OSU Today

March 25-29, 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 taps Glenn Ford for top finance job (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University on Friday named Glenn Ford vice president for Finance and Administration, the university’s equivalent of a chief financial officer. (see also Financial ContentLIFE@OSU)

‘First bird’ falls from ancient perch (The Age)

Not all scientists are convinced that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Dr John Ruben, a zoologist at Oregon State University in the US, claims that some species of “mislabelled” dinosaurs may have evolved from ancestral birds.

Oregon stockpilers ready for overdue earthquake (USA Today)

There is up to a 40% chance that a magnitude 8 or above earthquake will strike off the coast of Oregon within the next 50 years, according to a study released by Oregon State University. The 2011 Japanese earthquake was a magnitude 9. (see also Daily News Journal)

Immigrant in-state tuition bill heads to Kitzhaber (Statesman Journal)

Castaneda will have one more year at Parkrose High School before she can apply to Oregon State University and work toward her goal of being a criminal prosecutor. “Just to see this pass and become law, I’m very excited,” said Castaneda, who also testified for it Feb. 13.

Government’s outgoing chief scientist says existing CO2 will cause storms and draughts for 25 years (Daily Mail)

Earth is warmer today than it has been for most of the last 11,300 years, research from from Oregon State University in the US has shown.

Historic day for OSU Field & Track (Statesman Journal)

It won’t make ESPN’s SportsCenter, but Saturday was a historic day for track and field at Oregon State University. (see also Herald & News)

Got an invasive species problem? Try eating it (Mother Nature Network)

“Until we can develop a better understanding of this invasion, one of the few control mechanisms may be to develop a market for them as a food fish,” coral reef expert and lead researcher Mark Hixon told PhysOrg. Hixon his Oregon State University team are looking for solutions with the help of a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the American Recovery and Investment Act.

Grafted tomatoes become super producers (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Jim Myers, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who specializes in developing plants that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest, created a purple tomato high in anti-oxidants called the Indigo. Last year, he and graduate assistants tested grafted vs. non-grafted Indigos, and the grafted plants produced three times more.

Study explores long-term water quality trends in near-pristine streams (Space Daily)

“Much of what we know about changes in stream water quality comes from studies where basins have been impacted by human activity,” said Alba Argerich, a postdoctoral research associate with Oregon State University and the study’s lead author. “Our work intentionally focused on relatively undisturbed streams, the very reference sites that serve as benchmarks for evaluating water quality trends.” (see also Science Daily)

California college students delve into wetlands conservation (The Advocate)

A group of students from Oregon State University and California State University Channel Islands, along with their instructors of environmental sciences, mark out and study two meter band transects in the Woodland Trail area of Belle Chase as they monitor three types of invasive trees on Tuesday. Russell Johnston manuvers through the underbrush to set up a study area.

Critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern conservation ital to saving the species (Wildlife Extra News)

The latest workshop included representatives of Zhejiang Province’s Ocean and Fishery, Forestry, and Environmental Protection departments. Leading Chinese research institutions contributed technical advice, and overseas experts presented their experience, including Caspian Tern restoration projects by Oregon State University (which will support the Jiushan Islands restoration programme), and translocation of Short-tailed Albatrosses by the Yamashina Institute of Ornithology, Japan.


NEW! 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 26; 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WT7YNo


NEW! Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Weds. March 27; 11-11:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WT8T08

NEW! Discount Drawing at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and draw from the egg basket for a chance to get 25, 50 or 75% off one item! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

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.


NEW! Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, 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. Thurs. March 28; 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WT9Hly

Upcoming Events

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! Health lecture: Julie Gerberding, the first woman to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak at Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 3, on “Becoming the Healthiest Nation.” Her free public lecture, which is part of OSU’s Discovery Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/discovery to learn more.

NEW! Singer gives talk: Artist in residency, vocal educator and singer Michele Troise will present a public talk April 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., titled “Sing Differently: Waking Up from the Impossible Dream,” in Benton Hall Room 303.

NEW! Climate change seminar: April 9, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Lasells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. CEOAS – Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Lynne Talley & Jeffrey Severinghaus “Air Bubbles in Ice, Salt in the Sea: What Geochemistry Can Tell Us about Climate Change.” Catered reception 8:15 to 9 p.m. in the Guistina Gallery.

NEW! School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series:  Please join us every other Wednesday (starting April 10) from 4-5 p.m. in the Willamette West Room in the Valley Library for a series of exciting talks from the faculty and affiliates of the School of Psychological Science.  Please see the schedule of talks and speakers at the SPS homepage (http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science/).

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 9, 11:30 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.

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

NEW! EmpCenter Training: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on April 1(Unclassified Exempt and Unclassified Non-exempt employees).   Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

NEW! Baccalaureate Core Grant Awardees : Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of two $5000 grants to gather student learning data for Baccalaureate Core assessment. The funded projects are (1) Comprehensive Assessment of Mathematics Baccalaureate Core Learning Outcomes (PI, Thomas Dick); and (2) Identifying a “Common Core” for Writing Skills Assessment in Engineering WIC Courses (PI, Tracy Ann Robinson). To learn more about these projects please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/assessment/home.

NEW! Scholarship opportunity: The OSU Association of Office Professionals will award one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2013-14 academic year.  For qualifications and application, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/aop.  All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.  A completed application, three current letters of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by April 1 to Cindy Alexis, Arts & Sciences Business Center, 2042 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, or by e-mail to cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Women’s Building: Due to plumbing repairs all domestic hot and cold water to the Womens Building will be temporarily shut down March 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while crews replace a valve that supplies water to the main showers.

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.

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 Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is recruiting to fill one full-time Grants/Contracts Coordinator position (Internal to OSU Employees Only). Posting # 0010445. Closes April 7.

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.

University Housing & Dining Services is hiring an Associate Director of Finance & Information ServicesPosting #0010420. Closes April 12.

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.

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: Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love,” – Chief Sitting Bull. Today sunshine is likely in the afternoon with a high of 62. The rest of the week there’s a chance of showers, so plan all your outdoor activities in short bursts. Highs in the low 60s, lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: It will be partly sunny today with a high of 48. A chance of showers the rest of the week, with highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.

Newport: Partly sunny today with a chance of showers the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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

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