OSU Today

Thursday, March 21, 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.

Valley sees record rainfall (Democrat-Herald)

“It’s about time that it’s raining. We really need it,” said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at OSU.

Slow, steady, fragile (Register-Guard)

The event also included a discussion by University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson and Oregon State University President Edward Ray about the roles their institutions play in economic development, including plans for a Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, to encourage technology-based start-ups. Ray estimated that if RAIN moves forward it could generate 135 ventures over a decade, triple the normal expected rate.

OSU Food Drive continues to foster creativity, teamwork (LIFE@OSU)

The February 2013 food drive raised $65,718 from events alone.  Payroll contributions totaled an additional $56,630, and 15,702 pounds of food was collected.

Fishermen and scientists work to reduce bycatch (The World)

Researchers working with the groundfish fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest have tested a new “flexible sorting grid excluder” — a type of bycatch reduction device that shows promise to significantly reduce the incidental bycatch of Pacific halibut from commercial bottom trawl fishermen.

Oregon State ups efficiency of equipment for disabled students with real time tracking (Campus Technology)

Oregon State University (OSU) has deployed a new system for tracking its specialized equipment for disabled student use. (see also Rehab Management NewsTelecompaper)

Critics deride ‘nanny state’ measures, supporters say laws are justified (Northwest Public Radio)

“There’s a kind of libertarian streak in Oregon politics,” expains retired Oregon State University political analyst Bill Lunch.

Applications being accepted for new graduate certificate in College and University teaching (LIFE@OSU)

This 18-credit certificate will provide advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students from across campus who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings or in other fields that may require similar facilitation skills.

Bringing barley back to the valley: OSU rejuvenates Oregon’s barley crop, brewers get amped (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University has been successfully working on reestablishing barley in Oregon, according to Oregon’s Agricultural Process magazine. Professor Pat Hayes and his team now have about 10,000 experimental barley varieties that they monitor for hardiness, disease resistance, and yield.

Portland scientists’ new malaria drug looks like a breakthrough, outside experts say (Oregonian)

“This is really exciting,” said Taifo Mahmud, an Oregon State University associate professor of medicinal chemistry who’s researched anti-malaria drugs. “I have a good feeling about this.”

Choose disease-resistant roses for your yard (Chronicle)

“If I’m going to grow roses I tend to grow roses that have fragrance,” said Barb Fick, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Some people go for color. I also go for disease-resistance.”

Archery Summit Winery introduces new general manager/winemaker Christopher Mazepink (Yahoo Finance)

After Mazepink’s graduate studies in Fermentation Science at Oregon State University, he began his impressive career as an assistant winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards, an ultra-premium winery located in Carlton, Ore, in 2002.  From there, he went on to become the assistant winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars in Newberg.


Dean of Science candidate: Sastry Pantula – Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation will speak on  March 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

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.

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 DalyHilary Boudet and Raymond Malewitz. March 21, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348. RSVP’s appreciated: 541-737-5705

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/

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

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Time and attendance forum for supervisors: The Time and Attendance project is holding an open forum for Supervisors on Wednesday, March 27 2-3:30 p.m. in Linus Pauling 125.  We will cover background information on the project, review supervisor responsibilities and review questions we expect employees to ask.  There will also be time for Q&A.  The forum will be streamed at live.oregonstate.edu.

OSUDivest: A meeting open to all faculty, aimed at the divestment of OSU Foundation portfolio out of fossil fuel companies. Furman Hall 300, 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 22.

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 at http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/conf2013/index.html

Lectures and webinars 

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Wayne Backes, Professor of Pharmacology, LSU Health Sciences Center –“ Organization of P450 System Enzymes in their Membrane Environment”  at noon on Friday, March 22, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

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. Fri. March 22; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WsivsM

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 Today during Spring Break: OSU Today will publish on Monday, March 25, only, during Spring Break, and will return to daily issues on Monday, April 1. Please have any submissions for next week to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by 4 p.m. Friday, March 22.

NEW! KBVR looking for anchors: KBVR-TV’s Beaver News will be looking for News Anchors for the Spring Term! Ideal for people interested in TV and TV journalism, the auditions are open to all OSU students. The auditions will be held 3pm, Wednesday April 10 in Snell Hall (Studio B). For more information, contact Hayden Wilcox at tv.newsproducer@oregonstate.edu.

PFLA awards: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award.  Please consider submitting a nomination to recognize a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. Additional award criteria is based on honoring a legacy of providing ongoing, strategic, and progressive leadership, administrative support and service among Professional Faculty and other OSU employees.   For complete selection and nomination information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/summary.html; application deadline is April 1.

Vet Med news: The latest edition of Animal Connection from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine features stories about a miniature horse with a big personality, a good Samaritan’s effort to save an Oregon war veteran’s assistance dog, and an elementary school’s bald eagle mascot.

Be Well newsletter: Check out the Be Well weekly E-NEWSLETTER. Each edition has an easy healthy recipe, one minute exercise video, listings of health and wellness opportunities on campus and in the community, and links to articles and information to help faculty and staff be active, eat healthy, manage stress and be smoke-free. Subscribe to the Be Well newsletter today!

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 p.m.-5 p.m, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.  For information, megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

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/

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/

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Student lots: Student/Visitor lots open no permit required, March 25-April 5.

Motor pool, Magruder: Due to the grading of the Campus Way/West Motor Pool lot and the gravel area South of Magruder Hall these lots will be closed March 25-29.

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 late April.


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

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.

Purchasing Analyst 2- Construction Contracting:  Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Purchasing Analyst 2- Construction Contracting position.  Posting #: 0010415. Closes March 27.

International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position. Posting #0010370. Closes March 28.

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 19 for 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 Department of Teacher and Counselor Education, College of Education invites applications for a Counselor Educator to teach in their graduate program in Counselor Education at Oregon State University – Cascades located in Bend, Oregon.   This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting # 0010412. Closes April 8.

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 Austin Family Business Program in the College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 12-month, Manager position. Posting #0010405. For full consideration by Apr. 5th. Closes Apr. 15.

The OSU Malheur County Extension Service Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the South East Regional Administrator.  Posting # 0010383. Closes April 17.

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


Corvallis: You may not have felt much like singing in the rain this morning, but it will be gradually getting less damp as we approach the weekend. Today’s high will be 49 with a low of 34.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today with a slight chance of snow tonight. High today of 42 with a chilly low tonight of 19.

Newport: Showers likely today and tonight. High of 46 with a low tonight of 36.

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

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