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Friday, April 12, 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.

Solar booster shot for natural gas power plants (Science Daily)

The manufacturing methods will be developed by PNNL staff at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a research and development facility in Corvallis, Ore., that is jointly managed by PNNL and Oregon State University. (see also RenewablesBiz and Energy Central)

Compromise on university board bill (Register-Guard)

SB 270 would create boards of trustees at the University of Oregon and Portland State University and, potentially, at Oregon State University. While lawmakers, university representatives and other invested groups have reached compromise on many other issues, the boards’ composition remains a final key sticking point.

Unmanned aviation vehicle to check out acres of potatoes (OPB)

Researchers with Oregon State University believe new remote-controlled aircraft could help farmers better manage resources in the field, lowering their costs while increasing yield of high-value crops.

OSU scientists turn wine-making waste into biodegradable products (KGW)

Now scientists at Oregon State University have begun turning that waste into potential profit. They created a way to turn the grape pulp into biodegradable containers. The flower pots can be planted right into the ground. (see also NW Cable News)

Esri chief scientist receives distinguished teaching honors (Yahoo)

While serving as Esri’s chief scientist, Dr. Wright retains her position as professor of geosciences at Oregon State University. She views herself as a scientist working within and between the areas of geographic information science, marine science, and ocean informatics. (see also ABC News)

Role of German companies in Holocaust discussed (Gazette-Times)

On Wednesday, more than 100 people filled an auditorium at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center to hear Peter Hayes lecture on how corporate self-interest adapted to, and ultimately supported, Hitler’s genocidal policies.

Food insecurity on the rise in Benton County (The Corvallis Advocate)

Anne Hoisington, MS, RD, and senior instructor with the OSU Extension program, researches community and household food security.

Southwest Portland’s Janice Levenhagen-Seeley starts Chick Tech to spark young girls’ interest in technology (OregonLive)

Chick Tech program manager Jen Davidson, 25, is earning her doctorate in computer science from Oregon State University. She tells a familiar story about being one of the few women in her field as an undergraduate and constantly feeling like she had to prove herself the first couple of years.

Saturday: Marine Science day (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will allow the public to explore “behind the scenes” Saturday when the Newport facility hosts its annual Marine Science Day.

CH2M Hill CEO to give talk on global business (Democrat-Herald)

Lee McIntire, chairman and CEO of CH2M Hill, will give a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Oregon State University, discussing the opportunities and risks of running a global business.

Denbrow pitches Oregon Universal Healthcare study (Lund Report)

“Our health system is one of the most expensive, inequitable, inefficient and unsustainable in the world,” said Chunhei Chi, a health policy scholar at Oregon State University. “I think it is vital that we conduct research so we can run our policy decisions on sound data.”

Gardening with disabilities (Statesman Journal)

Pat Patterson, a Master Gardener trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service, does not let a bad back or an artificial knee keep her from her garden.

Greeks hold ‘Mock Rock’ to combat abuse (Gazette-Times)

For the 24th year, the “Mock Rock” event, organized by the Kappa Delta sorority, involved 20 Greek houses in raising money for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence and the national Prevent Child Abuse America.


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! DPD Director Candidate: Nana Osei-Kofi will give a teaching forum on “Educating for Environmental Justice, Friday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Milam 215 .

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.

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.

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.


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/

India Night 2013: Saturday, April 13: Join the Indian Students Association for one of the biggest cultural nights at Oregon State University. From 5-8 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets on sale at the MU 103. OSU Students – $8.50 Cash; $9 Credit. Non-Students-$10 Cash; $10.50 credit. Tickets include performances and Indian cuisine. Visit the Facebook Event Page or the ISA Facebook Page.

Race Car Unveiling: Oregon State’s Global Formula Racing (GFR)  team, which won three world championships, will showcase its newest race car to kick off the 2013 season April 13, 6 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center Atrium. Come meet members of the GFR team, learn more about the design and manufacturing process, and be the first to get an up-close view of the 2013 car. Refreshments will be provided. Images of the 2010 – 2012 cars: http://www.global-formula-racing.com/index.php/cars. For more information, contact Doug Peterman, GFR Marketing Manager, at doug.peterman@Global-Formula-Racing.com or (541)280-5948.

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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Tuesday, April 16 at 12:10 p.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

NEW! OSU athlete talent show: The OSU student athletes will showcase their talents on the stage rather than their field of play on April 16 in The Other Side Talent Show and Silent Auction.  Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. with Silent Auction bidding beginning at that time. The Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Donation of $5 or a contribution of elementary school supplies are requested. All supplies & 50 percent of door proceeds will go to benefit Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver, which was destroyed in a fire this year.

NEW! Retirement Income Planning Workshop:  April 18, noon-1 p.m., MU 208.  Presented by: Fidelity.  Workshop will cover ways to save for retirement, creating an income in retirement and how to protect your assets through retirement. Registration is not required, seating is available on a first come basis.

NEW! Spring Fling: Professional Faculty Leadership Association presents  Annual Spring Fling  Friday, April 19  noon to 1 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby.  Take a step back in time with Oregon State University’s historic tea luncheons.   Lunch will be inspired by an English Tea and complimented with a collection of tea sets from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences. Register by Monday, April 15 at http://tinyurl.com/PFLASpringFling    $15 (payable to PFLA and mailed to Michelle Mahana, #123 Women’s Building)  Lucky draw tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $1/each or $5/6 tickets       Questions?  Please call Michelle Mahana  at 541-737-3256

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Whale seminar: “Humpback Whale Communication and Social Behavior: Understanding Social Sounds and Their Context,” a free seminar by Michelle Fournet of Oregon State University, on Monday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in Burt Hall, room 193 on the OSU campus.

NEW! Data Management, EndNote, Zotero & Mendeley Workshops: The OSU Libraries Spring Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series kicks off with a busy Week 3. Sessions include Mendeley (April 16), Zotero (April 17), EndNote Web (April 17), Basic & Intermediate/Advanced EndNote (April 18) and Data Management (April 18). View session descriptions and register to attend at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! CTL symposium: The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that registration is open for the third Spring  Term Symposium to be held Tuesday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the MU.  Come for one session, share lunch and conversation, or stay for the whole day!  Register for one or multiple sessions: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/new-teaching-and-learning-symposium-3

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Fred Altre of OSU will speak on “Past and Future Extent of European Beech,” April 16, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! American Liberalism and the Cold War: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox – OSU Emeritus and Oregon historian William Robbins will examine the life and politics of Monroe Mark Sweetland (1910-2006) who was an Oregon politician that served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly.   April 16, 4 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Why is the Deschutes River So Peculiar? The Curious Case of Cascadian Rivers. Gordon Grant with the USDA Forest Service and the OSU College of Forestry will speak on what the Deschutes and other rivers of the Cascades have to teach us. April 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunriver Home Owners Aquatic and Recreation Center.

NEW! Job Search Strategies:  Want to feel more prepared?  Increase your confidence and effectiveness by learning productive strategies to search for internships and jobs.  Natalie Swartzendruber from CampusPoint will present on Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to noon in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.

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.

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.

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.

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 22 from noon to 1 p.m., in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West.

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! Women’s Center awards: The OSU Women’s Center is inviting nominations for our 2013 OSU Women’s Center Student Awards to be held May 10. Please help us recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of scholarship, leadership, and service of one undergraduate and one graduate woman at Oregon State University. Please click on the link below for information on how to nominate someone and other information about the awards: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/2013-womens-center-student-awards

NEW! Unmanned aviation vehicles have useful applications for OSU: The Vice President for Research offers his view on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Please see The Spin on Research

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness: If you are interested in signing up for Faculty Staff Fitness now is the time to do so at http://health.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff-fitness. Graduate students as well as family members are welcome.   The term is just beginning and it is not too late.  For information: Rochelle.schwab@oregonstate.edu

NEW! History of Disability exhibit: Oregon State University and the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD) are bringing 3,500 years of disability history to the LaSells Stewart Center from April 16to May 2. The display chronicles the seldom-told history of individuals with disabilities from medical, moral and social minority viewpoints.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Graduate School is accepting applications for one full time Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0010458. For full consideration apply by April 25.

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: It was a beautiful morning for a bike ride, and it will be warm but cloudy for most of the day, with a high of 63 and a low tonight of 42. Showers are likely throughout the weekend. 

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today with a high of 58 and a low of 54. Showers tomorrow and snow Sunday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 53 and a low of 43. Showers through the weekend.

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


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