OSU Today

Tuesday, March 19, 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 State plans dorm on campus parking lot (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University hopes to build a residence hall on what is now a parking lot. The $30 million project requires city approval. (see also KLCCThe ColumbianOregonLive)

OSU hires new Marine Science chief (Gazette-Times)

Marine biologist Robert. K. Cowen, currently with the University of Miami, will take the helm of Oregon State University’s oceanographic research facility in Newport this July, OSU announced Monday.

Big quake could cut off Southern Oregon (Ashland Daily Tidings)

An Oregon State University research report also suggests that the southern end of the fault — a portion that skirts approximately the southern third of the Oregon coast — slips far more frequently, producing earthquakes in the lower magnitude-8s about every 240 years. (see also Mail-Tribune)

OSU students seek votes for charity funding (Gazette-Times)

A group of Oregon State University students is asking for the public’s support to help land funding for a new children’s charity.

OSU grad honored for pursuing education despite challenges (Gazette-Times)

Price is an Oregon State University graduate who was named the nation’s Outstanding Continuing Education Student by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which represents more than 350 institutions in North America.

Today

NEW! Inside Higher Ed Webinar:  STEM Teaching Methods That Work:  Steve Benton of the IDEA Center will explore the relationship between teaching methods and learning objectives in STEM education to support meaningful improvements in STEM education.  Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for a live viewing March 19, noon to 1 p.m., in Waldo 329. Feel free to bring your lunch!  Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/inside-higher-ed-webinar-stem-teaching-methods-work

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

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! SEIU meeting: The monthly SEIU Classified Workers meeting will be held on Thursday, March  21, in the Pan Afrikaan Room (MU 213) from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be updating those who attend on finances, CAPE, and current bargaining progress.  A light lunch will be provided.  Note that classified worker meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

NEW! Diet and Optimum Health Conference:  The Linus Pauling Institute invites you to the 7th biennial Diet and Optimum Health Conference, May 15-18.  Deadline March 31 to submit abstracts for poster presentation. Discounted registration for OSU faculty, staff & students.  Free Public Session Saturday, May 18: “Whole Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.” More information

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Webinar: What Happens After My Federal Job Application is Submitted? March 20, 10 to 11 am., 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. From essays to interviews to security clearances, Partnership staff and agency experts will discuss how to stand out after your resume has been submitted. This webinar is being recorded, more information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events

NEW! Soil science webinar: March 20 at 2 p.m., CBI’s soil scientist, Wendy Peterman, will lead a free webinar hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Peterman will present on tool development that managers in all watersheds of the Southern Rockies LCC can use to project the effects of climate change on soil vulnerability conditions and help resource managers develop appropriate strategies to mitigate negative climate impacts. http://consbio.org/newsroom/events/webinar-soil-vulnerability-future-climate-change-2

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. Weds. March 20; 2-2:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/WsijK8

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Francis Martin, French National Institute for Agriculture Research, will present a seminar “Exploring the genome diversity of mycorrhizal fungi to understand the evolution and functioning of mutualistic symbioses” on Wednesday, March 20, at 4: p.m., in ALS 4001.

NEW! Dean of Science candidate: Sastry Pantula – Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation will speak on  March 21, 110 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

NEW! Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines series will focus on how other disciplines study climate change, present the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and provide an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.  This session will feature Chris Daly, Hilary Boudet and Raymond Malewitz. March 21, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348. RSVP’s appreciated: 541-737-5705

NEW! Ageism session: ”Examining Ourselves: Uncovering Ageism & Adultism in Everyday Life,” an interactive, lunch and learn session exploring society’s construct to oppress and disempower our members who exist on both sides of the age continuum. Lunches are welcome! March 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206.   http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/73045/

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.  Thurs. March 21; 3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Wsi81s

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Francis Martin, French National Institute for Agriculture Research, will present a  PUBLIC lecture “The forest social network: how trees and fungi communicate in the forest” on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m in the Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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.

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

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.

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! OSU Press books up for award: Two OSU Press books have been named as finalists for the 2012 Book of the Year Award by Foreward Reviews. “Wild Delicate Seconds” and “Walking Distance: Extraordinary hikes for ordinary people,” are both shortlisted for the award in adult nonfiction. For more information: https://botya.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2012/press-release/

NEW! Campus Creature Census – Register by April 15: The Spring Creek Project invites everyone to help us create an inspiring catalog of all the other-than-human creatures with whom we share the OSU campus. You’re invited to choose a plant or animal, and contribute a portrait in prose or poetry, visual art or photography, or a brief field guide-type entry. Submission guidelines are available online: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Vanpool: A new vanpool from Salem to Corvallis is forming, traveling via Highway 99.  Several vanpools currently serve Corvallis from starting locations in Eugene and Salem.  Check out www.valleyvanpool.info or call 541-924-8480 for details.  The average price is $120-$140/month.  To explore transportation options and win prizes for the trips you already make by bike, teleworking, carpooling, etc., visit www.DriveLessConnect.com or oregonstate.edu/sustainability/transportation.

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

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.

Jobs

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

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Arabic Language and Sponsored Student Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Arabic-speaking students and government sponsored students. The Arabic Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education and information sharing in Arabic for lower level English speakers. As Sponsored Student Advisor, this position is also responsible for maintaining productive relationships with sponsors and effective record-keeping and reporting for sponsored students.  This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144102.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Chinese Language Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Chinese-speaking students. The Chinese Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education, information sharing in Chinese for lower-level English speakers and programming. This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144092.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Enrollment Specialist.  This position provides service and support for academic staff and students, maintains official records, and implements administrative policies. Handles problems and non-routine situations by determining the approach or action to take and interprets guidelines, procedures, policies and practices. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144062

Weather

Corvallis: Second day of finals week and feel like you’re barely hanging on? You will survive! We’ll have rain today, likely starting after 11 a.m., with a high of 57 and a low of 46. Rain continues tonight and into tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Any morning snow will turn to rain by the afternoon, and will stay rain until at least Wednesday. The high today will be 51 with a low of 37.

Newport: Rain starting after 11 a.m. today. High of 51, low of 47.

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

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