OSU Today

Friday, March 15, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

‘Parallel universe’ of life in oceanic crust could be Earth’s largest ecosystem (Wired)

The work “confirms that there are subsurface environments that can support life without using oxygen,” said Martin Fisk, a biogeochemist at Oregon State University who also studies oceanic crust microbiology at the Juan de Fuca plate, but was not involved in the new research.

Scientists warn Oregon legislators of cataclysm when earthquake, tsunami strikes (Oregonian)

Seawater hits the city of Seaside on the Oregon coast in a simulation at the O. H, Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University. The event will be brought about by the Cascadia Subduction Zone thrust fault approximately 50 miles offshore.

Researchers turn winemaking trash into potential treasure (MSN)

Pomace, the waste from wine processing, could be a fine new way to turn a profit for winemakers, according to Oregon State researchers. (see also Western Farm Press, Prepared Foods)

Role of kinship in mass strandings of pilot whales questioned (Science Daily)

Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, said genetic identification showed that, in many cases, the mothers of calves were missing entirely from groups of whales that died in the stranding. This separation of mothers and calves suggests that strong kinship bonds are being disrupted prior to the actual stranding — potentially playing a role in causing the event. (see also The Examiner, Yahoo, MSN)

Dr. Cristina Eisenberg wants wolves in our backyard (Shalom Life)

Eisenberg attended Prescott College in Arizona where she earned a Master’s in Conservation Biology and Environmental Writing, following that up with studies at Oregon State University, matriculating with a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife. What was once a curiosity has grown into a powerful understanding, and Eisenberg now teaches and promotes the importance of predators and specifically wolves in natural ecosystems.

Market pressures, not laws, will dictate animal treatment, expert says (Capital Press)

Mench said she expects the hog industry to end the use of crates within 10 to 15 years at the insistence of major pork buyers. “It won’t have been done through legislation. It will have been done by the retailers,” she said during a March 13 lecture hosted by Oregon State University

OSU honors Christmas Tree pioneer (Gazette-Times)

Hal Schudel of Corvallis, a pioneer in the U.S. Christmas tree industry, will be honored next month by the Oregon State University Alumni Association.

Welcoming smiles (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students from left Lindsey Wong, 18, Katie Laverty, 19, Karen Massey, 18, Sarah Massey, 18, and Haley O’Donnell, 19, visited with Bently a 6-year-old smooth coat Border collie and his handler Ann Reynolds from Welcome Waggers on Wednesday at the Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Model examines nanotoxicity in different ionic strength media (Nanotechweb)

Our research team at Oregon State University, led by Robert Tanguay, investigated size- and surface coating-dependent toxicity of AgNPs while also controlling particle agglomeration.


Clothing Swap: Want a new wardrobe?  Want to get rid of that sweater that doesn’t fit? Come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Friday, March 15 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Clothing may be dropped off any time through March 15. More: 737-3186.

Webinar: TAC.FM, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) & Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). Drop in on our Friday morning TAC Technology webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/tacfm.  Fri. Mar. 15, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhP8Zj

OSUDivest: A meeting open to all faculty on an initiative to divest OSU investments out of fossil fuel companies. Furman Hall 301, 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 15.

Dean of Science candidate: Brian Kay – Head, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois – Chicago, will speak on March 15, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Friday, March 15 at noon in Women’s Center. As a direct link to President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/home

Music à la Carte: Lark Celtic music. Jennifer Parke (fiddle), Beth Brown (cello), Bruce Marbin (guitar, bouzouki), and Colleen Kitchen (bodhran, pipes, whistle, piano, vocals). Noon, Friday, Mar. 15. MU Lounge. Free admission.

Activist art:  Come view an exhibition of activist art as created by students in the course: Global Perspectives on Women’s Health. This social activism project will address global concerns of women including maternal mortality, sex trafficking, and mental health. March 15, 2-5 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Waning Winters and the Interconnected Effects of Snow and Wildfire. Anne Nolin, Institute for Water and Watersheds at OSU, will speak on the relationships between snow, climate and wildfire. March 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Three Creeks Brewery, Sisters.

Scholars’ Insights: a graduate student competition to communicate impact  Grad students present their thesis/scholarly work in three minutes to the general public and compete for cash awards.  Presented by the OSU Graduate School, Free admission.  Reception and awards at end of competition.  April 3, 1 to 5 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.  For information, megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing. Mon. March 18, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WshOzO

NEW! Pollution and children: “Before your first breath: How prenatal exposure to air pollution influences child health,” a talk by Julie B. Herbstman of Columbia University will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 19 in 4001 Ag Life Sciences on the OSU campus.

NEW! Weather talk: “Demons and Butterflies: Weather predictions and predictability theory,” a talk by Richard Anthes of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Burt Hall, room 193, on the Oregon State University campus.

NEW! Financial workshop: Deferred Compensation Basics (2 sessions available), March 20, 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m., MU JPLC Journey Room. Presenter:  Karen Blanton, Oregon Savings Growth Plan. This workshop provides basic information about the Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP) and its investment options. Workshop is intended for employees exploring the plan, interested in enrolling in the plan, or seeking a refresher course on the plan. Additional information on the Plan is available at:  http://www.oregon.gov/PERS/OSGP

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on March 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail tosponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.

Dean of Science candidate: Vince Remcho – Interim Dean, College of Science, Oregon State University will speak on March 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

News for Employees

NEW! Women’s Center awards:  The OSU Women’s Center is inviting nominations for our 2013 OSU Women’s Center Student Awards to be held May 10. Please help us recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of scholarship, leadership, and service of one undergraduate and one graduate woman at Oregon State University. Please click on the link below for information on how to nominate someone and other information about the awards: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/2013-womens-center-student-awards

Aging Conference: The 37th Annual Gerontology Conference will be held April 3-4 at OSU’s CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This two-day conference will feature workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information on the theme of “Mindful Aging.” Speakers include Eric Tangalos of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Taren Sterry of New York Hospice Care, and Lawrence Scott Sherman of Oregon Health and Science University. For information and to register, go to http://osugero.org/

saTechOR Unconference 2013:  Don’t delay! There are less than 40 spots remaining at the 2013 Student Affairs Technology Unconference at Oregon State. This free conference will take place on Saturday, April 13, in the International Living-Learning Center.   There is also an optional welcome event, lecture and social event on the Friday eve of the unconference. All participants get a free T-shirt and meal card, but more importantly a day to network and share ideas around the intersection of Student Affairs and technology. Information and online registration: http://satechunconference.com/oregon/

Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): For employees attending other institutions:  Deadline is March 27 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Spring 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Photo contest: Pi Alpha Xi, The Honor Society for Horticulture, is conducting a photocontest.  Submit a photo from one of four categories:  1) Plant or Flower Close Up, 2) Northwest Natural Beauty, 3) Oregon Landscape and Agriculture, and 4) OSU Spirit (sports, campus activities, campus life, etc.).  Open to everyone.  Each photo entry costs $5. Category winners will receive $10 and best in show will receive $50. To enter: http://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/content/photo-contest. Deadline April 10.

Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online March 18-22 will be processed at half our normal (15¢/lb.) fee. More info on Campus Recycling’s calendar.

NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – SNM program. NSF announces a third year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-snm. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to the Research Office: April 15.

Livestrong vote: The students of Camp Kesem at OSU would like you  to VOTE to help bring funding to OSU through the LIVESTRONG Community  Impact Project. Camp Kesem is a university-based summer  camp where college students fundraise and host camps, free of charge,  for children with a parent who has, or has had cancer. Vote now until the deadline, March 28: http://vote.livestrong.org/applicants/11-Oregon-State-University/

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Ave. NE parking lot closure: Due to the construction of a new resident hall the Washington Ave NE lot will be permanently closed starting March 25.

East Green House Lot Closure: Due to landscape work six spaces located on the south side of the parking lot adjacent to the East Green Houses will experience intermittent closures from March 4 through March 18.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The Department of VP for Research will begin review of applications in the University’s Office Specialist 1 pool on March 8.   Interested parties should apply no later than Friday March 15.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term,  Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting # 0010279. Closes March 15.

Office Manager – The Department of Wood Science and Engineering in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Manager. Posting #0010346. Closes March 18.

Office Specialist 2– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2- Medical Insurance and Billing. Posting #0010338. Closes March 18.

Advisor-Academic E-Campus position working with the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife at Oregon State University, full-time (1.0 FTE) 12 month, fixed term.  Posting # 0010283.  Closes March 18.

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center’s plant pathology program is seeking an Education Program Assistant 2. Duties include planning and delivering bilingual (Spanish/English) extension seminars/workshops to nursery industry.  Conducting applied research related to plant health, disease and pest management in nursery systems.  Position #0010272 Closes March 25.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division invites applications for an Accountant 1 position.  This position is full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month appointment.  Closes March 25.  Posting #0010278.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. This position will serve Malheur County. Malheur County is located in the southeastern portion of Oregon and almost 10,000 square miles of primarily rangeland.  This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. Posting # 0010312. Posting closes March 26.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for two full-time, 10 month, Food Service Worker 2 positions.  Posting # 0010388.  Closing date is Mar 28.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a .75 FTE 12-month, or full-time 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position. Posting #0010127. For full consideration by Feb. 28. Closes Mar. 30.

Oregon State University Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is recruiting for a full time, tenure track, 9-month faculty position Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Posting #0010252. Closes April 1.

Head Academic Advisor -The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Head Academic Advisor. Posting #0010354. Closes March 19for full consideration. Posting # 0010354. Closes April 2.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Dispatcher. This is a permanent full time position.Posting #0010340. Closes April 5.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning seeks a full-time Director. The Center was established in 2012 with a mission to conduct research and development that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEM learners and practitioners. Position # 0010269. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide administrative and program support to the Donor Relations/Stewardship and Events team and general administrative support for the Athletics Development team.     The OSU Foundation offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.    The starting annual for this position is $32,868.


Corvallis: “If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.”- Irish proverb. There’s a chance of showers today, and that continues through the weekend, with sun not expected to return until Monday. Today’s high will be 61 with a low tonight of 44.

Central Oregon: It will be partly sunny today with a chance of showers tomorrow, and possibly snow by Sunday. High today of 60 with a low of 33.

Newport: There’s a chance of showers throughout the weekend. High today of 51, low of 45.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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