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Wednesday, April 10, 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.

Will J.C. Penney return to old price-tag tricks? (Market Watch)

This is one of the most common but effective pricing tactics, and it’s used largely by retailers who specialize in low prices and by electronics stores that want customers to pay extra for a better gadget, says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University College of Business.

Disaster movies explained (LiveScience)

“These are representations of a future where a complex world becomes simplified,” said Richard Mitchell, an emeritus professor at Oregon State University. “The apocalypse is always reserved for ‘the other.'”

Drones will fly over Eastern Oregon potato fields in order to spot plant problems (Oregonian)

Agricultural researchers will begin testing two small, remote-controlled aircraft this month, flying them over potato fields in the Hermiston area as part of Oregon State University’s efforts to help farmers more efficiently use water, fertilizer and pesticides. (see also Willamette Week, Potato Grower News)

Nutritional poverty (Democrat-Herald)

While there have been studies examining dietary deficiencies among children with relatively low socioeconomic statuses, Simone Frei noted that there have been few similar studies done in more prosperous and well-educated communities. And Frei, the manager of the Healthy Youth Program at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, was familiar with one such community: Corvallis.

So Frei, working with Gerd Bobe, a principal investigator with the institute and an assistant professor of animal sciences at OSU, launched a study to look at children in four Corvallis elementary schools.

CH2M Hill executive to speak at OSU (Gazette-TImes)

Lee McIntire, chairman and CEO of CH2M Hill, will present “Working on the Frontier: The Changing Nature of Global Business” at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Where music and technology groove together (Gazette-Times)

If Kevin Patton’s office in a corner of Benton Hall on the Oregon State University campus seems a little cluttered — a guitar over here, an electronic doodad rigged up by a student for a class over there, a laptop humming away on the desk — there’s good reason. This is what it looks like at the busy intersection of music and technology, and that’s home territory for Patton, who is an assistant professor of music and performance technologies at OSU’s School of Arts and Communication.

OSU to host NW radio conference this week (Gazette-Times)

Indecency and obscenity are expected to be among the hot topics up for discussion as college radio stations from across the Pacific Northwest gather at Oregon State University for the Northwest College Radio Conference on Friday and Saturday.

Political activities reminder:

The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.


Youth Summer Programs Fair: Are you looking for fun, exciting and educational summer programs to enroll your children in?  Are you needing all day or part day?  Do you want a program on campus or off campus?  All parents are invited to come meet with representatives from summer programs in the Corvallis area on Wednesday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.  Please come and go as your schedule allows.  If you have any questions, please contact Childcare and Family Resources  541-737-4906.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel investments: Organizational meeting for students, April 10, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 206. This is an information meeting for students who may be interested in getting involved in a campaign to persuade the OSU Foundation to change any investments it has in fossil fuel companies and, instead, replace these investments with ‘socially responsible funds. There will be free pizza for students, a short panel presentation, video, opportunity to ask questions and join a newly forming student divestment group.

Webinar : NEO – New Educator Organization, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you new to teaching at OSU? Wondering where to find what you need, and who to ask? This webinar addresses commonly-asked questions and gives an overview of support available to instructors of all stripes (experienced faculty, GTA’s, researchers, etc.). We’ll cover the basics of Blackboard, classroom technologies, and OSU’s teaching and learning resources. Questions welcome!  Weds. April 10; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://is.gd/kgFMBT

Dejunk your life: Do you need help with bringing things to completion and organizing clutter so that you can be more fully present at work and at at home? This is the last chance to register this term for “Dejunking Your Life,” presented by Paul Biwan, Center for Learning & Organizational Development. April 10, 1 to 4 p.m. No cost to faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 for details and to register.

News anchors sought: 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 3 p.m., Wednesday April 10 in Snell Hall (Studio B). For more information, contact Hayden Wilcox at tv.newsproducer@oregonstate.edu.

Psychological Science series: “Will Assigning Online Homework Make Your Students Learn More and Like You Better?”  The first talk of the School of Psychological Science spring colloquium series, given by Kathy Becker-Blease. April 10, 4 to 5 p.m. Willamette West Room in the Valley Library. Admission is free and open to all OSU researchers.  For more information on the colloquium series and a schedule of future talks, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Is Hell compatible with a loving God?: “Hell and the Love of God” a debate sponsored Oregon State University’s Socratic Club, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Milam Auditorium room 026, on the OSU campus. The speakers are Todd Miles, who will argue that the existence of hell is compatible with belief in a God of love, and Christian Piatt, who will argue that a belief in hell is incompatible with the biblical teaching that God loves all humanity. A live stream of the event will be available for viewing at http://live.oregonstate.edu

Music talent show: KBVR-TV is proud to sponsor the new community event, the Hearts of the Valley Talent Show! Come see local musical talent. The show will take place at the Majestic Theater this Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets cost $5 and can be bought at the Majestic Theater, Gracewinds Music or Happy Trails. You can also buy tickets at the door for $7.

Public Holocaust talk: Peter Hayes, From Aryanization to Auschwitz: German Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust. April 10, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. Hayes, the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, is the ideal person to have speak on the interaction between German corporations and the Nazi state. Hayes will address the involvement of German big business in the Holocaust and the advantages gained by the corporations, including the opportunity to exploit slave labor.

Documentary, discussion of military sexual violence: “The Invisible War,” a keynote speech by Myla Haider as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Withycombe Hall, room 109, on the OSU campus. For former Haider, working as an Army Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant, prosecuting rape cases for the U.S. Army was difficult and often disheartening. Following the screening of the documentary, “The Invisible War,” Haider will speak about her experiences as a criminal investigator and the past and current military practices surrounding sexual violence.

Upcoming Events

NEW! PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Thursday April 11 at 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center. As a direct link to President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/home

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Clare Cady will be joining us from OSU’s Human Services Resource Center. She will share a bit about what she and her office do and provide for students. There will be time to ask her questions, share your experiences and mingle with your peers. We will provide coffee, tea and snacks. April 11, 3 to 4 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Faculty senate: The April 11 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/0411/index.html. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. For those unable to attend the meeting, it will be webcast from http://live.oregonstate.edu/ beginning at 3 p.m.

NEW! Student conference: Social Justice in Policy and Education. April 12, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Journey Room, OSU Memorial Union. The objective of this conference is to address the issue of “social justice”: what the term does and should mean, given the complexity of society in the U.S. and the world; and how nations can best address issues such as diversity, poverty, equity, community, and conflict prevention.

NEW! Health Fair and Photo Contest, celebrating National Public Health Week: OSU celebrates National Public Health Week!  Check out our Health Fair in the MU Quad, Friday April 12, noon to 3 p.m. And join in the Public Health Club’s Facebook photo contest. First prize is a First Alternative Co-op gift card. Visit the Club’s Facebook page (OSUPublicHealthClub) for details.

NEW! OSU Night at the Symphony: La Guitar Quartet with the Oregon Symphony, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. More information: http://osufoundation.org/events/presidentscircle/2013/portland_symphony/

NEW! Marine Science Day: OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HMSC will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. Meet researchers from Oregon State University and six government agency partners. Explore with interactive science displays presented by marine scientists and special family-friendly activities by Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and US Fish and Wildlife. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday/

Between the Cracks: Aiyun Huang. Brave and cheeky as any indie filmmaker, Huang embodies the spirit of drumming, stretching the boundaries of your musical mind. April 11, 8:15 p.m. $.

Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Strings, April 12, noon, Memorial Union Lounge, free.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Dialogues on Ability: Have you ever thought about (dis)ability as an aspect of your identity? How does (dis)ability relate to your experience of the world and your interactions with others? Join us for an opportunity to share your experiences and get others’ perspectives on the role of (dis)ability in our lives. April 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at MU 206. Pizza and refreshments provided. Co-sponsored by CAPS, DAS, and Active Minds.

NEW! Webinar: TAC.FM, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) & Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). Drop in on our Friday morning TAC webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/tacfm.  Fri. April 12, 10-10:50 a.m. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

NEW! OSU Libraries Seminar: A seminar focusing on College Students, Technology, and Academic Workflows that features two presentations looking at different aspects of this topic, “Finding Techknowledgey,” and “The Impact of Mobile Devices on Undergraduate Students; Information Practices.” The seminar takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., April 12, in Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms (3622), Valley Library. For more information, contact Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Workshop: Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom. Fri. April 12, noon to 12:50 p.m., Waldo 320B.  Register here:  http://is.gd/FkGIJT

NEW! Eating-to-Learn WIC Spring Lunch: “Web and Document Accessibility Techniques.”  Gabriel Merrell (Office of Equity and Inclusion) will discuss how disabilities may hinder students’ ability to engage web-based and other documents essential to their education.  Resources on how to ensure equal access and opportunity to students will be provided.  He will speak on April 12, noon 1 p.m. in Milam 215.

NEW! Speaker and candidate for CL@SE Director position: Edward M. Olivos of the University of Oregon will speak on “Latino Parental Engagement in the Public Schools: Deconstructing Isolation and Inequality.” His talk takes place April 15, 3 p.m., MU 208.

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. in MU 208.

OSU Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online education at the Ecampus Faculty Forum on April 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Engage with your OSU colleagues during interactive sessions and panels, in which faculty share innovative teaching methods and best practices in course development. Come see why OSU is a national leader in online education. The event at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center includes breakfast and lunch. RSVP by April 5.

Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Thur. April 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.  Register here:  http://is.gd/Cf76uJ

Solar Energy for Ghana: At the April 11 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Carly and David Lettero will describe their project to install solar energy systems on medical clinics and schools in Ghana. Triad meets in the MU, room 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.

Webinar: Securing Federal Employment Abroad, 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

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

Sustainable Living Clinic:  Spring Garden starting, hosted by OSU Extension Master Gardeners. April 11, 1 to 5 p.m., Benton County Extension Office, 4077 SW Research Drive, Corvallis.  Master Gardeners will be available to the public to answer gardening related questions. So, come on by with your questions and plant samples, and visit with the Benton County Master Gardeners. Free and open to the public.

Starker Lecture Series:  Wood to Wing:  Envisioning an Aviation Biofuels Industry Based on Forest Residuals in the Pacific Northwest by Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor and Director, Institute for Sustainable Design, Washington State University, April 11, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall.  For more information about this and other events, visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. A live stream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

Talk on tribes and climate change:  “Justice Forward: Tribes, Climate Adaptation and Responsibility,” Kyle Powys-Whyte, April 11, 4 p.m., MU 208. This lecture will identify a system of responsibilities, ranging from webs of inter-species relationships to government-to-government partnerships, to motivate a shift to a forward-looking framework for supporting the continued flourishing of tribal communities. Powys-Whyte is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University and affiliated faculty for Environmental Science and Policy, the Center for Regional Food Systems Peace & Justice Studies, Animal Studies and American Indian Studies.

Talk on Polish Jews during Holocaust: Henryk Grynberg, Bearing Witness through Literature. Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. Himself a survivor, Henryk Grynberg is best known as an author of several distinguished works of fiction and non-fiction dealing with the Holocaust in Poland. He will do a book signing after his talk.

News for Employees

BEE Spring Photo Contest: Theme: Biological & Ecological Engineering Today. Open to everyone. Submission deadline: April 26, 5 p.m.; Voting deadline: April 30, 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the BEE Annual Spring Banquet on May 15.  Follow the link for rules & submission info: http://bee.oregonstate.edu/2013-photo-contest. All voting will be done via BEE’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BEEOSU.

Global Engagement Fair Registration: Does your unit or department provide opportunity for students to experience the world? Are you conducting global research? If so, register to participate in this new Mom’s Weekend activity. May 5, noon to 4 p.m., MU Brick Mall. Displays featuring information about previous, ongoing and future global engagement from the OSU community are welcome. Registrants will receive a 6ft table, 2 chairs and space for a 10×10 canopy (canopies will NOT be provided). Registration for participation closes April 18, 5 p.m. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/sli/seac/globalengagement

Call for Exemplary Employee Award Nominations: Do you know a professional faculty or classified employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty?  If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, go to http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by May 31.

Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading its latest edition of the monthly Synergies e-newsletter. This month’s features include a new alumni site, an accreditation update, a video highlighting National Nutrition Month events, an Exercise and Sport Science student who started a soccer league for children with special needs and a feature on Human Development and Family Sciences instructor Kathy Greaves. http://eepurl.com/wkuLv

TIAA-CREF One-on-One Financial consultations.  TIAA-CREF – will be on campus April 9-11.  To register, please call (800) 732-8353 or online at www.tiaa-cref.org/ScheduleNow.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to the ground breaking for the new Austin Hall,  Jefferson Way Street From Sackett Place to Weatherford Place will be closed April 19 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin reviewing applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 Pool – for 2 part-time positions.  Posting #0009494. Please apply by 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.

Faculty Research Assistant positionDepartment of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Laboratory Manager.  Required qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, fisheries management, marine ecology or closely related field. Posting # 0010518.  Closes April 19.

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 two 1.0 FTE 12-month, Academic Advisor positions. Posting #0010501. Closes April 24.

Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) is accepting applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2.  Posting # 0010511. Closes April 28.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term Instructional Design Specialist position.  Posting # 0010508. Closes April 28.

OSU’s Division of Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructional Design Specialist position. Posting # 0010505. Closes April 28.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with a background in engineering to join the office as a Licensing Manager.  The successful applicant must demonstrate passion to develop skills and excel in intellectual property management and licensing within a university setting. Posting # 0010502.  Closes April 29.

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.


Corvallis: We had a bit of a break, but Spring rain returns today with a high of 60 and a low of 40. Scattered showers expected tomorrow. 

Central Oregon: There’s a chance of showers today, then things will gradually clear up. Today’s high will be 60, with a low tonight of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today with a high of 49 and a low tonight of 42. Scattered showers tomorrow.

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


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