OSU Today

Monday, March 18, 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.

Oregon lawmakers propose commemorative whale license plate (KING-5)

The Oregonian reports that coast lawmakers are supporting House Bill 2180, which would establish a new commemorative whale plate that drivers could buy for an extra $30 per year. The fee would fund Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, boosting gray whale research and tourism. (see also Oregonian)

More tsunami debris? Boat washes up in Oregon (KPTV)

A state Department of  Fish and Wildlife biologist said some of the marine life aboard appears not to be native to Oregon, and samples were sent to Oregon State University for identification. Gooseneck barnacles, mussels and seaweeds were among the marine life on the boat. (see also KATU, Oregonian, Statesman Journal)

Mobile LIDAR technology expanding rapidly (Innovations Report)

“A lot of people and professionals still don’t even know what mobile LIDAR is or what it can do,” said Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new report. “And the technology is changing so fast it’s hard for anyone, even the experts, to keep up. (see also Space Daily)

Fresh delivery (Gazette-Times)

Since June 2011, stores and the Oregon State University food service have donated more than 872,000 pounds of food, McCambridge said. The program has operated about eight years.

Homeless camp dismantled (Democrat-Herald)

Mounds of debris — much of it believed to be items stolen from students at Oregon State University — were removed Friday from a makeshift homeless camp at the Knife River pond about a half-mile east of Corvallis by a 10-person Linn County Sheriff’s Office work crew.

Former CDC director to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

A former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to speak at Oregon State University next month on building public-private partnerships to improve health care while lowering costs.

New website details Linus Pauling’s breakthroughs in protein structure (Phys.org)

The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center has added to its series of documentary history websites on the life of Linus Pauling with its newest addition, “Linus Pauling and the Structure of Proteins: A Documentary History.”

Oregon State shows off its top talents at pro day (NFL)

Oregon State University’s pro day work out was held on Friday indoors on FieldTurf. It featured 17 teams with 11 OSU players. No NFL head coaches were in attendance.

Whale stranding not a family affair (Japan Times)

Coauthor Scott Baker from Oregon State University said the study, published in the Journal of Heredity, suggested the breakup of family groups in deep water might be a reason for mass strandings. The study suggested that disruptions prior to stranding could be due to feeding or mating competition, and even aggression among pods.

Students building class apps: It’s just logic and a little creativity (KVAL)

While these classes do offer the building blocks for beginners, some people try out app design on their own. An Oregon State University student put his tech skills to the test and tried designing his own cell phone programs from scratch. Now on his third app, Chris Vanderschuere found that even the moon wasn’t out of reach. (see also Democrat-Herald)


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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Tuesday, March 19 at 12:10 p.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Terina McLachlain, OSU Natural Resources Ecampus Advisor, will leading a Professional Development session on Advising Online Students. In addition to this interactive presentation there will be time for questions and to mingle with your peers. March 20, noon to 1 p.m., Ballard Extension Hall, Room 200C.

NEW! OSU Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online education at the Ecampus Faculty Forum on April 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Engage with your OSU colleagues during interactive sessions and panels, in which faculty share innovative teaching methods and best practices in course development. Come see why OSU is a national leader in online education. The event at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center includes breakfast and lunch. RSVP by April 5.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! TAC Webinar: What’s New in Blackboard in Spring 2013, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Three changes to Blackboard roll out in time for Spring term: new options to enable cross-listed and combined course sites; the Blackboard Mobile Learn app for smartphones and tablets, and SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism-prevention service. This webinar will give an overview of each change and what they may mean for you and your students. Tues. March 19; 10-10:50 am. Register here: http://bit.ly/WshYXV

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Julie B. Herbstman, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Services, Columbia University –“ Before your first breath: How prenatal exposure to air pollution influences child health”  at noon on Tuesday, March 19, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Yuanchao Wang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, will present a seminar “Functional analysis of Phytophthora sojae RxLR effectors” on March 20 at 10 a.m. in LPSC 402.

NEW! Webinar: What Happens After My Federal Job Application is Submitted? March 20, 10 to 11 a.m., Kidder 202. The federal application process does not end when you press submit on USAJOBS.gov. During this webinar, we will discuss what students and jobseekers can expect in the next stages of the application process. This webinar is being recorded, more information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events.

NEW! Weather forecasting lecture: Richard Anthes, an internationally recognized atmospheric scientist, author, educator & UCAR President from 1988-2012, will speak March 20, 4 p.m. on “Weather Forecasting over the Ages-From Folklore to Science,” in MU 109, followed by a 5 p.m. reception in the MU Lounge.

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.

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.

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

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 to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.

News for Employees

NEW! Outstanding faculty research mentors: The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks nominations of outstanding faculty research mentors for consideration for OSU’s 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Complete applications are due April 12.  Information at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ or contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

NEW! Healthy Streets: The City of Corvallis has created a comprehensive City planning effort called the Healthy Streets Planning Initiative, which aims to treat storm water, develop alternative transportation routes, expand urban green space and improve community health. For more information, including upcoming events, survey results and goals, go here: http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1368

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/

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus electrical shutdown: PP&L, our Electrical Utility provider, is scheduling an all-day electrical shutdown, to replace a failed electrical cable, on Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This shutdown will affect the following buildings:  Moreland Hall, Langton, Snell Hall, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Waldo Hall, Kerr Administration Building, McNary Hall, Callahan Hall, Wilson Hall, Pharmacy, Joyce Collin Furman Hall, Strand Agricultural Hall, Fairbanks Hall, Women’s Center, Memorial Union. Core communications equipment in Kerr Administration is protected by backup generator and we expect no service interruption as a result of this electrical shutdown.

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:

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.

Office Specialist 2– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2- Contraceptive Care Program/Insurance and Billing. Posting #0010384. Closes March 20.

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: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca. Good luck this week as finals commence. We’ll have sunny skies today with a high of 56 and a low tonight of 35. Winter is expected to give a last hurrah Tuesday night as a cold storm moves in.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 48 and a low of 26. Rain and snow may move in tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today with a high of 50 and a low tonight of 42 as showers begin.

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

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