OSU Today

Friday, March 22, 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.

Planning Commission approves OSU plan for new residence hall (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis Planning Commission unanimously passed Oregon State University’s proposal for a new residence hall Thursday night.

Evan Gottlieb: Do we need to identify with a protagonist to enjoy a novel? (Huffington Post)

OSU professor grapples with protagonists who are hard to like.

The Everyday Activity Workout (Men’s Journal)

A new study from Oregon State University shows “everyday activity,” like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to work instead of driving, can be boost your health and weight-loss efforts as much a 30-minute bout on the treadmill or stationary bike at the gym. (see also Shine)

Study: Oxidative stress can kill neurons by damaging cell proteins (Statesman Journal)

The findings were published by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University; Maria Clara Franco and Alvaro Estevez, now at the University of Central Florida; and researchers from several other institutions. They culminate a decade of work.

 Bill would classify giant cane as weed (Capital Press)

Speaking before the House Energy and Environment Committee March 19, Robinson and retired Oregon State University extension agent Susan Aldrich-Markham said the plant poses a catastrophic risk to Oregon’s environmental health.

Backyard chickens rule the roost in west Washington County (Oregonian)

“Everyone has a little desire to go back to the farm. Raising chickens is fairly easy to do in a small area and costs are relatively low for facilities,” said Jim Hermes, poultry specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Groundfish bycatch reduction project successful in Pacific Northwest (FIS)

“Fishers are really engaged in the research because they are concerned about getting shut down if the weight of the halibut bycatch approaches a certain threshold,” said Wakefield, who works out of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Centre. “They don’t want to unnecessarily be killing halibut, salmon and other species.”

Removal of tsunami dock begins in Washington (LiveScience)

The docks are of particular concern, because both harbored marine species that could potentially establish themselves on the Pacific coast. The dock that washed ashore in Oregon held about 13 pounds (about 6 kilograms) of organisms per square foot, according to Oregon State University.

Is it time for tall wood? (Earth Techling)

Forest scientists at Oregon State University, for example, have published numerous studies concluding that all currently known forms of commercial tree removal have worse carbon footprints than leaving the forests alone. However, those studies rest on assumptions such as an 80-year lifespan, typical of American buildings.

Five Oregon artists working with Encaustics (LIFE@OSU)

The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is pleased to present Waxing Poetic: Five Oregon Artists Working with Encaustics, on display through May 8. A reception will be held April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Concourse to hear the artists discuss their work. This event is free and open to the public.

Flaxseed-fed cows have healthier milk (Farmer’s Weekly)

Oregon State University scientists fed 10 pregnant cows increasing amounts of flaxseed up to 7% of their daily diet. The aim was to find the optimal quantity of flaxseed that would maximise the amount of omega 3 in milk and other dairy products without negatively affecting their production and texture.

Quinoa (Ag Info)

Researchers from Oregon State University are exploring the potential for quinoa to grow in the Northwest’s diverse climates. Preliminary experiments have shown that some varieties of quinoa, harvested for its tiny grain-like seeds, can be cultivated in the Northwest. To expand on those findings, OSU is a partner on a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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 

NEW! Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Bill Swift of Cascade Employers Association presenting “Accountability & Delegation”. Learn the skills of building a culture of trust which is vital to promoting clear accountability, powerful engagement and natural delegation.  Tuesday, April 911:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. $20 PFLA members/$40 non-PFLA members (includes lunch) LeSells Stewart Center Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

NEW! Dream Ocean Satellite Image Workshop: A workshop to brainstorm types of satellite images that would benefit ocean industries such as fisheries and aquaculture. This two-day workshop will be held June 4-54 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Funding for travel and accommodation is available.  Registration is required. For more information, please visit: http://omel_test.coas.oregonstate.edu/home/events/2013_DOSI/2013_DOSI_Workshop_Industry_NASA.shtml.

News for Employees

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.

Graduate certificate in university teaching: Applications are now being accepted for the new Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. This 18-credit certificate will provide advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education or other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. It is designed to be completed within two years and may be done in conjunction with a concurrent graduate degree or as a standalone certificate. Additional information is available here: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/gccut. Deadline for priority consideration is April 1.

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.

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.

University Housing & Dining Services is hiring a new Director of Residential Dining & Catering. Posting #0010358. Closes April 5.

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.

Staff Psychiatrist –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Psychiatrist. Posting #0010416. Closes April 21.

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: The final day of finals. You’re almost there! There’s a slight chance of showers before 11 a.m., today, but otherwise it will be cloudy and dry. The weekend is a mix of clouds and sun, with no precipitation expected. High of 50 today, low tonight of 31. 

Central Oregon: It will be mostly sunny this weekend, with a few clouds. Today’s high will be 37 with a low tonight of 15.

Newport: Showers will be fading today as the sun returns for the weekend. High today of 48, low of 36.

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

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