OSU Today

Tuesday, April 2, 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.

Wolves teach scientists their limitations (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

His fitness had a flip side, though. The lone wolf’s genes quickly became a new source of inbreeding. “His positive effect was powerful but very short-lived,” says Michael P. Nelson, an environmental philosopher at Oregon State University and longtime collaborator with the Isle Royale study.

Corps assess quake threat to 20 dams (Statesman Journal)

Meanwhile, Oregon State University has just started to map areas of the Willamette Valley likely to see soil liquefaction in a major quake, said Ed Mason, assistant professor of engineering. Prolonged shaking causes some soils, such as sand, to behave like a liquid, which leaves structures built on them vulnerable to shifting. (see also Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

3 NW colleges get $625K for tsunami training (KGW)

Oregon State University receives $315,000 as the lead institution, with $194,000 going to Central Washington University and $116,000 to the University of Portland. (see also WFTV)

Grad students explain it all to you (Gazette-Times)

Ever wondered what all those graduate students at Oregon State University were up to? Now’s your chance to find out.

Children’s book set in familiar national forest (Register-Guard)

A former OSU ecology professor takes youngsters into the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River.

Scalping Dalai Lama tickets is bad karma, OSU prof says (Fox 12)

Oregon State University associate professor Jim Blumenthal also teaches at Maitripa College in Portland, which is sponsoring the Dalai Lama’s appearances in Portland. He says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a negative effect on the scalper’s karmic disposition. (see also Statesman Journal)

KCC, OSU expand ag program (Capital Press)

Klamath Community College has announced plans to develop an on-campus farm and partner with Oregon State University to offer degrees in agricultural sciences at KCC’s Klamath Falls campus. (see also Herald & News)

How OSU fieldwork can combat floods and droughts (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University engineers believe a new school-created system that creates small wetlands networks in Midwest farmlands could help prevent massive spring floods. (see also Farm Futures)

Bicameral task force tackles climate change (Huffington Post)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reported on an Oregon State University study published which found that global temperatures would rise.

Lack of rain breaking records in Salem area (Statesman Journal)

The second-driest start to the year on record was 2011, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Putting a human face on a product: When brand humanization goes wrong (Science Codex)

Lead author Marina Puzakova, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University, said even though consumers can tell a camera designed with human characteristics such as little eyes and legs isn’t a person, the very act of humanizing a product can be a powerful tool.

OSU-Cascades advisory panel formed (KTVZ)

Oregon State University – Cascades has formed a committee to help inform and gather input from the Central Oregon community as it expands to a four-year university on a campus in Bend.

Gardeners, be on the lookout for pest (Mail Tribune)

Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU sale benefits rural Chinese students (Gazette-Times)

Chinese students at Oregon State University will host a sale this month in hopes of raising money to enhance education programs in the impoverished regions of rural China.

Former CDC leader to speak in Corvallis about health care (Statesman Journal)

Dr. Julie Gerberding, an infectious disease specialist, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.


DPD Director Candidate:  Anita Revilla will present a teaching forum on “Citizenism and Citizen Privilege: Expanding our vision of Social Justice,” Tuesday, April 2, 10-11 a.m., Milam 215.

NEW! Open forums, Associate Director for Design and Construction: This position provides leadership to Design & Construction, Campus Planning and Construction Contracting groups within Campus Operations. Forums are scheduled for the campus community to hear candidate presentations from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2: Bradly Fenton, Memorial Union LaRaza Room 208. Thursday, April 4: Kirk Pawlowski, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room. Friday, April 5: Lori Fulton, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room

Brown Bag Lunch International Seminar: Presented by Kaush Arha who recently served as a Senior Advisor to the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. April 2 –  “2014 Transition to Afghan Lead in Security, Governance and Development: Fragile and Reversible Gains.”  Noon in Richardson Hall Room 313.

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. April 2; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WTaPpp

Dying to Tell: Stories of Good Death:  The stories of the dying offer important lessons for the living. Dr. Felicia Cohn, the Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, will share stories of these struggles, highlighting common ethical issues, patient hopes, and physician distress. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium on Tuesday April 2 at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Educational Equity among Latinos in the Corvallis School District. Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County will present the results of their study on educational equity issue for Latinos in the local school district. Sponsored by Benton Linn Health Equity Alliance, Northwest Health Foundation and CL@SE. April 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Corvallis Public Library: Community Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

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.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

Screenwriter Q&A: Screenwriter Mike Rich will appear at Oregon State University on Thursday, April 4, for a special screening of his award-winning film, “Finding Forrester.” A question-and-answer session will follow. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Online Copyright Workshop: With Kevin Smith, Duke’s Scholarly Communications Officer. April 3, noon to 1 p.m., Autzen Classroom (second floor) Valley Library. This will provide some updates about the status of four recent copyright cases involving academic libraries – GSU, UCLA, HathiTrust and Kirtsaeng v. Wiley — along with lessons that can be taken from each.

NEW! MOOCs and Higher Education webinar: What are massive online course?  Do they work?  How will they impact academia? “Learning and the Massive Online Open Online Course” webinar conference.  Multiple topics and sessions over two days. April 3-4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kidder 202.

http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/eli-online-spring-focus-session Contact: Jon.Dorbolo@oregonstate.edu

NEW! TAC 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.  Weds. April 3 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WTbzuL

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Jeffrey Bennetzen, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, will present a seminar “Mechanisms and rates of local genome rearrangement in angiosperms” on Wednesday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Land, Water & Atmosphere: Next 50 years: Julia Jones, WRGP professor, will give a seminar on “Climate and streamflow trends in the Columbia River basin: evidence for ecological and engineering resilience to climate change” as part of the Water Resources Seminar Series April 3 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.  Free & open to the public.  Graduate credit-WRS 507; WRS 505.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students.  Thurs. April 4, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WTcc7H

OSU-Cascades “It’s in the bag!”: Fate and Luck: A series crossing boundaries. Sandy Brooke, associate professor of art, talks about art, media and global ideas. April 3, noon, Cascades Hall Room 118, Bend.

Climate talk: “Climate and streamflow trends in the Columbia River basin: evidence for ecological and engineering resilience to climate change,” a free, public talk by Julia Jones on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences building, room 4000, at Oregon State University.

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.

Privacy and the Internet: At the April 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Nancy King, professor in the College of Business, will discuss her research on the laws regulating the sharing of personal data. Meets in MU 109A, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

International Programs Speaker Series: Mario Magaña continues IP’s monthly series, Unique Journeys: Collaborating Beyond Borders. An Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU, Magaña discusses experiences ranging from working with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to a Fulbright position at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. April 4, noon to 1 p.m., MU 208.

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.

Ocean acidification talk: George Waldbusser of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on the early life stages of marine bivalves. Waldbusser will discuss the biology and ecology of shell formation, the role of shells in coastal environments, and how local and global drivers of ocean acidification are affecting organisms that form calcium carbonate. Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Auto insurance talk: Julie George, graduate student in Women Studies and Sociology, will discuss the difference between personal injury protection and bodily injury coverage on your auto insurance policy, as well as other issues, to help make informed risk management decisions. Bring a copy of your current policy. April 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Willamette Room, Valley Library. For more: http://oregonstate.edu/own/events

News for Employees

NEW! Pet Costume Contest at Pet Day: The student clubs at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine invite you to walk the runway at the First Annual Pet Day Costume Contest. President Ed Ray and First Lady Beth Ray will be judging the fun on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. on the north side of Magruder Hall (30th & Washington). There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners plus everyone who enters gets an orange “I Am An OSU Pet” bandanna. Super hero rabbits, ballerina cats, rock star dogs, they’re all eliglible to win! If you register online before May 4, it’s only $5: Sign up here.

NEW! Fall 2013 On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall 2013 move-in for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Wednesday Sept. 25. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. As always, we appreciate your support as we prepare to welcome our students to OSU.  To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.  Move in details are soon coming and if you have questions please contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

Art about Agriculture: The 31st annual OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Art about Agriculture exhibit has just opened at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. The exhibit runs through April 25. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 19.

Rec Sports Winter Term/Half Term Memberships and Lockers Expire April 5: Winter Term/Half Term memberships and term lockers expire Friday, April 5. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back if we clean your locker out for you. Renew your membership and locker today at the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon. Questions? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, 541-737-4883.

Workshops: The Center for Training & Organizational Development is offering three brand new and two repeat workshops for faculty and staff. Workshops are designed to develop awareness and skills that will improve your success in the workplace and beyond. Workshops are offered at no cost. Please visit website http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 to view topics and register online. For questions contact Leigh Larkin at x7-3207.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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

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:

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 11 hours per week) Education Project Assistant position for the Marion County Extension Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Salem, Oregon.  Posting # 0010442. Closes on April 2.

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.

Archivist: Campus Planning invites applicants for a full-time (1.0FTE), Archivist position. Posting #0010476 Closes April 5.

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 Office of the Provost seeks an Administrative Support Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month professional faculty position. Job posting 0010404. Closing date is April 7.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is recruiting to fill one full-time classified Grants/Contracts Coordinator position (Internal to all regular status OSU and OUS 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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin reviewing applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 Pool – on April 2 for 2 positions.  Posting #0009494 Closes April 10.

Medical Aid (CNA/CMA) –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Medical Aid. Posting #0010452. Closes April 10.

Sponsored Student Programs Manager – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sponsored Student Programs Manager position. Posting #0010441. Closes April 12.

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

Professional and Non-Credit Education (PNE) is accepting applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0010490. Closes April 14.

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.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – Environmental Health Sciences Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse coordinator position.  Posting #0010423. Closes April 14.

Research Analyst 2 – Office of Sponsored Programs in VP for Research invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Research Analyst 2 position.  Posting #0010473. Closes April 15.

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 April 5. Closes April 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.

Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 3 – Office of Budget/Fiscal Planning invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Analyst Programmer position.  Posting #0010486. Closes April 19.

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

Assistant Manager of Vendor Payment Operations – Office of Business Affairs invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Assistant Manager of Vendor Payment Operations position.  Posting #0010455. Closes April 22.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor of Finance position. Posting #0010431. Closes Apr. 30.

Administrative Manager  – The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Administrative Manager. Posting # 0010438  Closes April 30.

International Scholar Advisor – International Scholar and Faculty Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Scholar Advisor position. Posting #0010489. Closes May 31.

4-H Camp Skills Instructors. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is accepting applications for full-time summer job openings for students.  OSU posting #C49241. Review the job descriptions at www.oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu.  For more information email robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Foundation is currently recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant for Special Events in the Corvallis office.   This position provides administrative assistance and support to the Donor Relations and Special Events team.   The starting annual salary for this position is $32,868.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Student Services Assistant Manager.  This position manages support services and leads orientation programs for INTO OSU students. The Assistant Manager has a high-level of decision-making and authority and works closely with the Student Services Manager on the daily operations of the Student Services team.  This is a full-time position with a salary range of $35,000-$37,000.  For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6274832

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.


Corvallis: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood. It will be partly sunny today with a high of 65 and a low tonight of 44. Partly sunny tomorrow as well.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 65 and a low tonight of 37. Sun continues tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today with a high of 55 and a low of 45. More of the same tomorrow.

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

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