OSU Today

Monday, April 15, 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.

Oregon higher education stands to get powerful new overseer (Oregonian)

Most of the changes for the state higher ed board would be carried out through a separate bill, Senate Bill 270, to create independent boards to run the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Oregon State University also could switch from oversight by the higher ed board to an independent OSU board if President Ed Ray opts for that approach.

Should the Northwest grow markets for forest biofuels (EarthFix)

“Biomass burning from wood pellets releases a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a carbon debt that can last for decades,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology at Oregon State University.

Modified canola proposal studied (Register-Guard)

During the three-year interval, the state would fund a study at Oregon State University examining canola’s mobility and cross-pollination potential with other valley crops, and what the economic impact would be if the ban were lifted. The report would be presented to lawmakers to inform their long-term decision.

Organic standards board rejects effort to continue antibiotic use on apples and pears (Washington Post)

Two alternatives to antibiotics — a yeast-based product called Blossom Perfect and a new, less damaging copper spray called Previsto — have performed well in trials, according to Ken Johnson, a plant pathologist at Oregon State University. But despite that promise, Johnson said he believes 2014 is probably too soon to make oxytetracyline off-limits at organic orchards.

OSU prof honored for transgender work (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University faculty member has been named to the inaugural Trans 100, which calls attention to work being done in, by and for the transgender community across the United States.

Residents let their voices be heard on state budget (OPB)

Nancy Ames, a small-woodlands owner with acreage in the mountains east of Ashland, reminded the committee of the importance of the local Oregon State University Extension Service. Experts there have helped guide her and countless other small-woodlands owners when it comes to managing their acreage, she said.

Devin Gardner will wear Oregon State jersey in Michigan spring game to avoid wearing red (Yahoo Sports)

Rivalries are more fun the deeper they go. And when Michigan would rather ask Oregon State to use jerseys for the spring game rather than have their quarterbacks wear red, because that is the color of Ohio State, that’s exactly what we’re talking about.

Quick reads on health news (Gazette-Times)

Pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University who authored the study said the findings were made only in laboratory analysis of cells, and more work needs to be done with animal and ultimately human studies before recommending the use of coenzyme Q10 to help address this concern.

Six raised beds to try if you have bad soil (Democrat-Herald)

“By building raised beds, you instantaneously can have good garden loam,” said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Raised beds answer the question of how we garden in inhospitable areas that are too sandy, too wet or have too much clay.”

‘This merging of arts and sciences is really exciting’ (KVAL)

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.

A solar booster shot for natural gas power plants (Innovations Report)

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.

STA unveils plan to fix crowded corridors (Spokesman.com)

The pedestrian warning comes in the wake of a recently published study by Oregon State University that shows that pedestrians are particularly vulnerable in crosswalks where drivers are allowed to turn left through breaks in oncoming traffic. Drivers frequently pay attention to whether they have room to turn against traffic but neglect to check crosswalks.


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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Day at the Capitol: On April 17, OSU advocates, including more than 120 students, will be meeting with legislators in support of increased funding for higher education at the Oregon Capitol in Salem.  OSU Day also includes a full day of activities, including a Health Fair with OSU Pharm. D students; performances by the OSU Meistersingers; and a Q&A meeting with the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor, Ben Cannon.  A reception for legislators, staff, and the public will begin at 4:30 pm in the Capitol Galleria.  OSU supporters are invited. For the complete OSU Day agenda: http://oregonstate.edu/government/sites/default/files/2013osudayagenda.pdf

NEW! Chamber Music Corvallis: Diotima Quartet Program includes Janacek, Bartok, Brahms. Wed., April 17, 7:30 p.m.  LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, $ Info: chambermusicCorvallis.com, 541-757-0902

NEW! Library Research Awards: The Library Undergraduate Research Awards are being held on Thursday, April 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in The Valley Library Main Floor Rotunda. This event is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Come hear about the excellent research being done by OSU students and celebrate their success. Light refreshments will be provided. More info: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/undergrad-research

NEW! Corvallis Repertory Singers: Passion, Virtue, Revenge: Opera at the Whiteside. Great opera choruses with arias and ensembles. Includes music by Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Bernstein, Gilbert and Sullivan, and more. April 18, 7 p.m. Whiteside Theater, 361 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis. $. Info: repsing.org

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.

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.

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

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! 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.  April 17, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/10M7562

NEW! TAC Webinar: Introduction to Mind-Mapping, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. April 17, 3-3:50 p.m.  Register here:  http://is.gd/XbpWl3

NEW! Pathogens talk: “A tale of two poplar pathogens” an OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar by Richard Hamelin of the University of British Columbia, will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Building 4001.

NEW! Hydropower talk: “The geopolitics of hydropower development on the Mekong mainstream: lessons from Xayaburi Dam,” a free, public talk by Philip Hirsch of the University of Sydney, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in Agricultural & Life Sciences Building 4000. Sponsored by the OSU Water Resources Graduate Program.

NEW! Talk on history of American welfare: American Liberalism and the Transformation of Single-Parent Families in the 1960s Lv Hongyan, a Chinese historian of the American welfare state, received her PhD from the Institute of American Studies at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin Province, PRC. Her presentation will be April 18 in Milam Hall, Room 301 at noon.

NEW! Surviving rape, a personal story: “Moving Forward as a Whole Woman.” Speaker: Julie Stewart, a senior in Ecological Engineering, the ASOSU Director of Veteran Affairs. While serving in the U.S. Navy she was raped by a fellow service member. She will talk about her PTSD as well as her journey to healing. April 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., OSU Women’s Center.

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on April 23, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Staff tuition discount: Employees and dependents attending OSU, the Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount) deadline is April 26 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Spring.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For more information:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Summer Life Scholars applications: Applications for the Center for Healthy Aging Research 2013 Summer Life Scholars program are due on May 3. Stipends of up to $2,000 are available to OSU undergraduate students for scholarly, creative research in the interdisciplinary field of aging.  Students must identify and work with a mentor from the Center for Healthy Aging Research.  Up to 5 students will be selected for the program. See health.oregonstate.edu/healthy-aging/student-opportunities; Contact: Anne Hatley@ 541-737-4993

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

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

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Recreational Sports – Men’s Locker Room Water Shutdown April 18, 7 to 11 a.m.: Due to an immediate need to repair, water in the Men’s Locker Room will be shut off, including the shower area, bathroom toilets, urinals and sinks. Bathrooms throughout the rest of Rec Sports will be available for use.

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:

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.

 Information Technology Consultant, Competency Level 2 – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant position. Posting # 0010471. Closes April 28.

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:  When you’re dragging in on a Monday, sometimes you wish energy would just rain down from the heavens. Instead, most of us will have to bear it. Today we’ll likely see showers with a high of 54 and a low tonight of 37.

Central Oregon: Is it Spring yet? Chance of snow today with a high of 44 and a low of 26. More snow and maybe some rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today with a high of 49 and a low of 42. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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


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