OSU Today

Thursday, April 11, 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.

Can nuclear fuel waste be used for good? (Big Think)

Last month, Russell Goff, a graduate student in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University, incorporated a company that will offer safe sterilization of food and medical supplies using gamma rays emitted from used nuclear fuel rods.

More Oregon wolves, fewer funds for livestock losses (KTVZ)

Jefferson and Crook counties sponsored a wolf forum that attracted about 50 ranchers,” says Barber. “The forum focused on prevention and non-lethal methods to reduce interaction between wolves and livestock, and featured guest speakers from ODFW and Oregon State University.”

Audit highlights problems with Oregon public universities (Register-Guard)

Secretary of State Kate Brown today released a performance audit that recommends significant changes to increase accountability in the Oregon University System and its seven universities. (see also Portland Business JournalKTVZ)

Surprise: Organic apples and pears aren’t free of antibiotics (Vermont Public Radio)

Apples and especially pears are vulnerable to a nasty bacterial infection called fire blight that, left unchecked, can spread quickly, killing fruit trees and sometimes devastating whole orchards. “It’s basically like a gangrene of your limbs. It’s hard to stop” once it takes a hold, says Ken Johnson, a plant pathologist at Oregon State University. (see also NPR)

Research and Extension Center face $66K funding cut (Herald & News)

Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center is facing a $66,000 cut in funding from Klamath County.

Hatfield Marine Science Center opens doors wide on Saturday (Oregonian)

On any given day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, you can explore the tide pools, hang out with the resident octopus or learn about everything from invasive species to earthquakes.

Valerie Cooley receives PFLA ‘Our Hero’ award (LIFE@OSU)

After 31 years with Oregon State University, Valerie Cooley has finally retired from the OSU ID Center, but those seeking new IDs still see her smiling face as she’s stayed on to help with the transition to new leadership.

OSU bassers headed to college fishing’s national championship (Statesman Journal)

The Beavers bass fishing team is headed to the FLW College Fishing National Championship April 19-21 in Rogers, Ark. Oregon State’s  Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks will join 24 other teams to compete for the title of national champion in this three-day nationally televised event.

Getting the kids to clean up (North Jersey.com)

Teaching children to take responsibility for their things from a young age prepares them for responsibilities later in life, according to a study from Oregon State University. It is never too early or too late to teach children how to clean and maintain their room.

Oregon State teacher blends art, technology (Austin American Statesman)

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. (see also WSBTVWFTV, Bend Bulletin)

Ashes, ashes, can we put them all around? (Courier Gazette)

Dan Sullivan, soil scientist with the Oregon State University Extension Service says that wood ash can be useful in home gardens, in your compost pile or as a pest repellent.

Franklin thrives on a culture of smartness (Portland Tribune)

Christopher McBee is deciding between staying close to home or braving it in the cold Midwest. The aspiring engineering student has been accepted to Oregon State University and Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisc., which gave him a nice scholarship offer — but all his friends are going to OSU.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. $. The Art Center, Corvallis.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Retirement:  Trish House of the Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) will be retiring from OSU after 16 years of service.  Please join the celebration on Thursday, April 18, 1 to 3 p.m., in Hovland 09.

NEW! Beaver Strides online registration and kickoff party: Spring term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. For more information and to register click here: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides Register in advance and attend the Beaver Strides Kickoff party on April 19 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Plageman Building, Student Health Services room 322.  Registered Beaver Striders will pick up their free pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes.

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.

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

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.

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/

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/

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! CH2M HILL CEO Lee McIntire to speak: “Working on the Frontier—The changing nature of global business”. In this discussion, McIntire will explore reasons for a business to expand internationally, and the opportunities and risks associated with going global. April 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. Division of Business and Engineering Lecture Series. Info at oregonstate.edu/main/leemcintire or 541-737-1109.

NEW! Creating a Stand-Out Resume:   Writing a stellar resume can be challenging!  These tips can help you make it stand out!  Doug Rice from Enterprise Holdings will present on Monday, April 22from noon to 1 p.m., in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West.

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.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Van Pool: Salem to Corvallis via I-5, cost  $135 month. If interested contact Audrey Powell at audrey.powell@oregonstate.edu. For additional van pool info, visit www.valleyvanpool.info.

NEW! Ride the Heart of the Valley benefit bike ride.  OSU College of Veterinary Medicine SCAVMA.  One Health fundraising event to benefit both animal and human medical charities.  Event held on Saturday, April 27, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at OSU CVM Equine Arena, 700 SW 30th St.  Pre-registration $30 before April 14 and $35 after.  More information and online registration: http://groups.oregonstate.edu/scavma/ride-heart-valley

NEW! University Day awards: Nominations are being accepted for several campus-wide awards to be presented at University Day that honor outstanding contributions and performance by OSU faculty. All nomination materials must be submitted by April 25 to: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203. The award criteria, eligibility, synopsis, guidelines and nomination materials are linked from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/. Faculty are eligible to nominate deserving colleagues. Contact vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu if you have questions related to the awards or nomination requirements.

NEW! Mi Familia Weekend Resource Fair: May 17-18, OSU will be hosting the second annual “Mi Familia Weekend,” an event designed to connect Latino/Hispanic families to OSU. The second day of the event will be a Resource Fair in the main lounge of the MU from 10 a.m. to noon for students and their families to learn about academic programs, institutes, and student resources on campus. The event is a great opportunity to expand visibility of your program. Based on last year’s attendance, we estimate that up to 350 individuals will be attending. While table space is offered at no cost, we highly encourage donations. Donations provide scholarships to families in need to attend the event. Inclusion and recognition in program sponsorship begins at Supporting Sponsor level – $250. Contact Mi Familia Weekend Coordinators morenola@onid.orst.edu and valverdr@onid.orst.edu to reserve space or more information.

NEW! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: May 13.

NEW! The Source: This edition of The Source will give readers a snapshot of the interesting variety of teaching, research and engagement work our faculty, staff and students experience here in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/april

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Motor Pool West: Due to construction parking for the new Austin Hall Building, starting April 12, a portion of the Campus Way/Motor Pool West lot will be closed.

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:

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.

Re-opened:  The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is recruiting to fill one full-time, classified Grants/Contracts Coordinator position.  Posting # 0010445. Closes April 24.

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: “Tis spring; come out to ramble The hilly brakes around, For under thorn and bramble About the hollow ground The primroses are found.”  — A.E. Housman. There is a slight chance of showers today but we could also see some afternoon sunshine. High today will be 60 with a low tonight of 33.

Central Oregon: Sunny and crisp today with a high of 55. Lows dipping to 26 tonight, and clouds begin rolling in tomorrow.

Newport: Showers are possible but so is a bit of sunshine. The high today will be 52 with a low of 39.

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


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