OSU Today

Wednesday, April 3, 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.

OSU avatars to smack down teen obesity (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University will combine soccer, real-world experiences and virtual-world scenarios to help prevent teenage and adult obesity. (see also Oregonian, Lund Report, Gazette-Times)

Marine predators and prey density (Inside Higher Ed)

In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University’s Kelly Benoit-Bird examines why safety marine prey species do not always find safety in numbers. Benoit-Bird is an associate professor of ocean ecology and biochemistry at Oregon State, where she leads the Pelagic Ecology Lab.

Gov. Kitzhaber signs tuition bill allowing in-state tuition for immigrants (Statesman Journal)

Opponents have already said a legal challenge is likely. Gabriela Morrongiello, a sophomore at Oregon State University who is from California — and who is president of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom chapter — stated there would be a challenge in her testimony to a House committee on Feb. 13.

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

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.

Wi-Fi tags help track ergonomic equipment for students with disabilities (KLCC)

Students with injuries or disabilities have easy access to ergonomic furniture through a new wireless tracking system at Oregon State University.

OSU program serves important niche for professionals, advanced hobbyists (LIFE@OSU)

Professional development is a popular term in the business world these days. At Oregon State University, OSU Professional and Noncredit Education is bringing the world of professional development to workers and job-seekers around Oregon, as well as OSU faculty and staff.

Pedestrians at serious risk when drivers are ‘permitted’ to turn left (Phys.Org)

“There are far more pedestrian crashes in marked crosswalks than anywhere else on roads, and pedestrians already have a false sense of security,” said David Hurwitz, an assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University. “This study found that one key concern is permitted left turns.” (see also ExaminerInnovations Report, TruthDive)

Is your belly hurting your bones? (Prevention Magazine)

Menopause increases the rate of bone turnover, which speeds bone loss. But having one or two drinks a day might slow this process. When researchers from Oregon State University asked 40 early menopausal women who regularly had one or two drinks a day to stop drinking for two weeks, they found increased bone turnover that was reversed when the women resumed their normal drinking.

OSU leads on grant for teaching teachers about tsunamis (Gazette-Times)

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.

Action on OSU residence hall delayed two weeks (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council held a public hearing on the matter Monday night at the downtown fire station, but the council did not deliberate or vote on the issue because of a public request to keep the matter open for an additional week.

Sun bus to Africa (Gazette-Times)

Carly, who is a program director with both Energize Corvallis and the Environmental Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University, said the idea of using the school bus came to the couple in 2011, at the end of the second of two short solar energy installation trips to Sierra Leone. On those trips, eight people and all the solar equipment shared a minibus.

Researchers develop online landscape design testing (Indiana Public Media)

IUPUI and Oregon State University researchers have developed an interactive online program that they say could help restore wetlands that once covered the state, while reducing flooding and boosting crop production.

A taste of Tuesday: Duck helps Beaver chef win (KVAL)

Jay Perry knew he wanted to be a chef at a young age. “When I was 18, I saw the chef at a hotel I was in,” said Perry, chef at Oregon State University Marketplace West Dining Center.

Public invited behind doors of HMSC (Newport News-Times)

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will allow the public to explore “behind the scenes” of its facility on Saturday, April 13, when the center hosts its annual Marine Science Day.


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Mike Rich at KBVR: OSU Alum and award-winning screenwriter Mike Rich will make a presentation to OSU Student Media on Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m., in the KBVR TV Studio (Snell Hall).  The event is open to all OSU students and staff.  Rich is the writer of the award-winning and acclaimed screenplays Finding Forrester, The Rookie, Radio, and Secretariat (2010).

NEW! Singer presentation: “Sing Differently: Waking Up from the Impossible Dream.” Presentation by Michele Troise, Benton Hall Room 303, April 4, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! Music a la Carte: Oregon Chamber Players Quintet “Family Show” performs April 5, noon. Familiar tunes and fun for all ages. Memorial Union Lounge, Free.

NEW! Music event: Michele Troise Session with Bella Voce Women’s Choir, Fri., April 5, noon.  Benton Hall Room 202. Open to the public, free. Info: oregonstate.edu/cla/music 

NEW! OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: Come by our public sale Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We have sales every first Saturday of the month in addition to our Wednesday sales. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver JobNet (http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events) for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing!  Bring resume.  This event will take place on April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 208.

NEW! Recreational Sports Working Out: A Plan—Learn how to plan and stick with your exercise routines. On Monday, April 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Recreational Sports offers a $5 drop-in session in Dixon Weight Room 2 for students and RecSports members. For more information, contact our Fitness Services and Education Coordinator, Cathy Sullivan, at (541) 737-3243.

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! DPD Director Candidate: Carmen Phelps will present a teaching forum on “Ex Changing Discourses; Transforming the Academy One Class at a Time: The DPD Faculty Summer Seminar at OSU,” Thursday, April 4, 3-4 p.m., Milam 215.

NEW! Federal employment webinar: Securing Federal Employment Abroad. Thursday, April 11 1 to 2 p.m., Kidder 202. Want to see the world while serving your country? Join us for a discussion about the mission- critical, international positions in the government. Participants will hear from agency representatives and Partnership staff on a variety of international opportunities and how applicants can leverage language and technology skills to secure a coveted position abroad. NOTE: This webinar is also being recorded, find more information at oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events

NEW! Conversational Skills workshops: May 7-May 15. Follow-up sessions are also provided for those who have completed Conversational Skills training. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU faculty and staff, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=33 and for follow up sessions at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=32.  For questions, contact Leigh Larkin in the Center for Learning & Organizational Development at leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu.

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

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. Thursday, April 4: Kirk Pawlowski, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room. Friday, April 5: Lori Fulton, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room

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! Search Advocate Workshop: Learn how to work with OSU search committees to enhance the quality of search and selection efforts. This two-part workshop provides theory, research, and strategies that can help search committees test their thinking, address complex process concerns, improve search validity and fairness, promote diversity, and address potential bias risks. Participants who complete Sessions I and II will be eligible to serve as advocates on OSU search committees. Session I will be held on April 23 and Session II on April 25, each at 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the Professional Development Website <http://oregonstate.edu/training>  for more details and to register.

NEW! Performance Coaching opportunity: Performance coaching can be described as a series of guided conversations that enable a “coachee” to achieve higher levels of personal or professional accomplishment. On request, the Center for Learning & Organizational Development is prepared to match you with a performance coach from a pool of trained coaches. For details and contact information, visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/coaching

NEW! 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 conference. 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/

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.

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.

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:

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.

Instructor- ESL – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instructor- ESL position. Posting #0010500. Closes April 23.

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 OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is accepting applications for full-time summer job openings. Review the job descriptions at http://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: Skies will be blue today, and hard to believe but the high could reach 76. The low tonight will be 50. Sadly, rain returns tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 62, and a low tonight of 39. Showers likely tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today with a high of 56 and a low tonight of 37, as showers roll in. Rain tomorrow.

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

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