OSU Today

Thursday, April 18, 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.

Orange and black throughout Capitol on OSU Day (Statesman Journal)

It’s Oregon State University Day at the state Capitol. Students from the university participated in opening floor ceremonies, manned educational booths and met with legislators. From orange suits to striped ties, even state lawmakers donned the school’s orange and black colors to show their support. (see also Capital Press)

Company develops solar-powered floating device to clean water (Portland Tribune)

Puralytics will work with faculty and students at Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to evaluate the concept, establish design parameters and generate testing data. OSU’s research team will construct artificial ponds or tanks to study the devices.

Too few experts trained in mobile lidar says report (E&T Magazine)

“A lot of people and professionals still don’t even know what mobile lidar is or what it can do,” said Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University, and lead author of the report. “And the technology is changing so fast it’s hard for anyone, even the experts, to keep up.

NuScale claims safety breakthrough (Gazette-Times)

Chief Technology Officer Jose Reyes, who based NuScale’s reactor design on technology developed at Oregon State University, announced the refinement on Tuesday at a conference on small modular reactors, known as SMRs, in Columbia, S.C.

Oregon State University featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University received 98 points out of a possible 99 as a ‘green’ school in the latest edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” The schools are chosen based on a 50-question survey conducted at hundreds of four-year colleges. (see also Sustainable Business Oregon)

Study: Many drivers unaware of pedestrians in crosswalks (Bay News 9)

Research from an Oregon State University Study shows that as many as 10 percent of drivers are completely unaware of pedestrians in crosswalks.

Popular bees (Idaho Agrobusiness Today)

Move over backyard chickens. Here come honeybees. They’re an emerging homesteading trend, according to a honeybee expert at Oregon State University. OSU Prof. and researcher Ramesh Sagili says “People are starting to see the importance of bees as pollinators and added that interest in beekeeping has picked up in the wake of news about a national decline in honeybees.

Clever kids eat fish (BabyExpert)

Professor Michael Morissey, director of the Oregon State University Seafood Laboratory, says, ‘Although young children and pregnant women should avoid eating shark, swordfish and Spanish mackerel, eating 12oz a week of a variety of fish is good for a healthy brain and eyesight.’

Soil parasite costs Pacific Northwest wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue (AgInfo.Net)

Transparent and thinner than a human hair, a parasitic roundworm is costing Pacific Northwest wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue each year because it’s cutting grain yields by an average of about 5 percent, according to Oregon State University researchers’ estimates.

Should the Northwest grow markets for forest biofuels? (Northwest Public Radio)

That’s Beverly Law, a forestry professor at Oregon State University. Law: “You need to be thinking about it from an atmopsheric perspective.” You might remember from middle school science class wood is 50 percent carbon. Burning it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, just like burning coal or gasoline does.

Institute for Natural Resources wins collaboration award (LIFE@OSU)

The Institute for Natural Resources’ (INR) Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) has received the 2013 Network Collaboration Award at the NatureServe network’s annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore. Oregon State University is INR’s headquarters. The work being honored began at OSU and is now split between OSU and Portland State University. (see also Phys.Org)

The new three Rs: Reuse, Recycle, Radiation? (Sustainable Brands)

Russell Goff, a master’s student at Oregon State University, has developed a method of using nuclear waste from commercial reactors to sterilize medical equipment and preserve food, according to NewsMedical.net. The new technology uses short-lived radioactive elements known as fission products that emit gamma rays.

Memoirist Raffel to read at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Author Dawn Raffel plans to read from her illustrated memoir “The Secret Life of Objects” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University.

Give2thetroops intern heads game event (Democrat-Herald)

Fredlund, 29, a senior in business administration at Oregon State University focusing on management and entrepreneurship with a minor in leadership, brought some of those game he received home with him, and he still plays them with his buddies and family.

OSU Pet Day 5K Fun Run (OregonLive)

Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; and now Pet Day. On Saturday, May 4, the fine folks at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine are hosting the OSU Pet Day 5k Fun Run in conjunction with their Pet Day.

How to motivate children to eat more fruit instead of packaged snacks: Slice it (Examiner)

College students love eating fat but may not want to get fat. They’re not getting enough fruits and vegetables at mealtime, says a new study out of Oregon State University. In a survey that studied the eating habits of 582 college students, researchers found that many of the students weren’t even getting one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. The recommended daily intake is five servings.


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  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

Classified worker rally: Please attend the Bargaining Table Rally on April 18. Meet at Reser Stadium Football statue at noon and join with us to make some noise. Let’s let management know we are serious about bargaining for a fair contract! Come; bring a friend; lunch will be provided. Best purple outfit wins a $25 Gift card from WINCO. OUS “Economic Proposals” to be submitted Friday.

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.

TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing.  Thursday. April 18; noon to 12:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/10M7rJV

The John Byrne Years: At the April 18 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, John Byrne will discuss little-known details of his years as president of OSU. 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.

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.

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.

House 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.

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

Religion, hatred and violence: The Dark Side of the Force: Religion – The Holocaust – and Turning the Corner?  Professor Paul Kopperman will lead the OSU Religious Studies Group in a discussion of the role that religion has played in fostering (and calming?) hatred and violence in the world.  April 18 in Milam Hall, Room 301 at 4 p.m.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Red Room Film screening/concert: The documentary film “Moldavian Blues” about the life of composer/pianist Burton Green will be screened at Interzone Cafe at 4 p.m., April 21. The screening will be followed by a duo concert by Greene and bassist Andre St. James. Cost is $5-10 sliding scale. Supported by the OSU Music Department.

NEW! Lincoln retirement: Please join us as Network Services celebrates our friend and colleague Mark Lincoln’s retirement, following a combined 17 years of service to OSU.  A reception to honor Mark is planned for April 30 from noon to 2 p.m in the Willamette Room at CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

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.

Music à la Carte: John Harbaugh/Joan Paddock Trumpet Duo. April 19, noon Memorial Union Lounge.

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

CORRECTED TIME: Climate change film: A screening of the film “Do the Math,” takes place April 21, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 Circle Blvd. The rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry. Includes Q&A via live streaming with 350.org staff following the movie. United Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring this event.

Spring Career Fair: The final career fair of the academic year is taking place April 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. All majors welcome. There will be more than 90 employers from various industries and graduate schools at the Career Fair to connect with students and alumni, offer jobs and internships, and provide other future career opportunities. OSU students and alumni are encouraged to attend. To learn more visit http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! EM Lab Director Candidate Seminar:  Greg McMahon will speak on “Skills in electron microscopy and how to translate it in the growth of the Oregon State University EM Facility.” Tuesday, April 23, 2 p.m., ALS 4001.

TAC Webinar: Collaboration Tools in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Learn about Wikis, Blogs, Journals and Discussion Forums in Blackboard, how they work, and how to determine which ones might be the best option for your course.  Fri. April 19; 10-10:50 am. Register here: http://bit.ly/10M7KVa

TAC Webinar: TAC.FM,  with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) and 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 19, 11-11:50 a.m. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

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.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

EM Lab Director Candidate Seminar:  Peter Eschbach will speak on “Skills in electron microscopy and how to translate it in the growth of the Oregon State University EM Facility.” Monday, April 22, 2 p.m., Nash 206.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Funding for Faculty:  Apply by May 6 to participate in the Fall 2013 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community.  Funding from Center for Teaching and Learning of $2,000 per course is available to instructors to participate in the learning community and redesign an existing on-campus course in hybrid format.  See request for proposals at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.  Learn more about hybrid courses at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/hybrid-course-initiative.

NEW! OSU Anthropology’s Field School to Rural Oregon: Learn about and hone skills in ethnographic research methods, Sept. 8-22, while earning 6 credits.  Cost is $550 plus OSU tuition.  For more information and to apply visit the OSU Anthropology website (http://oregonstate.edu/cla/anthropology/).

NEW! BEE Photo Contest: Open to everyone. Voting has begun but entries are still welcome. Win an IPad Mini or a Google Nexus 7. FMI and rules go to http://bee.oregonstate.edu/2013-photo-contest

Humans versus Zombies: A student-led activity, will be taking place April 19-28 on the grounds of campus.  This outdoor-only tag game features teams of students as humans and zombies, all wearing identifiable head and arm bands with the letters HVZ on them.  Players will be carrying brightly colored Nerf toy blasters.  Game moderators will be wearing identifiable arm and headbands.  Any students or staff with concerns should contact Campus Public Safety non-emergency number, 541-737-3010.  Students participating in this event are also asked to stop what they are doing if a campus community member requests them to do so. For more information  email mods@osundead.com or visit the HVZ website at www.osundead.com.

STEM Academy: STEM Academy will be hosting 19 different Summer Camps for second-twelfth graders this summer. Topics include: “Blender” Computing, DNA Biology and Bioinformatics, Ecological Restoration, Creative Computing, Video Game Design, Food Science, Computing though Collaboration, Engineering, WaterBots: Underwater Lego Robotics (girls session and co-ed session available), Engineering and the Environment, Lego Robotics, and Exploring Microtechnology. For more information or to register online, please visit http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Scholarships available.

New employee orientation: New to OSU? Stop by an upcoming monthly new employee orientation presentation designed to assist new staff and faculty 1) understand the “big picture” of OSU, 2) learn about campus resources and services, 3) understand terms and conditions of employment and 4) discover other important information to help you assimilate to OSU. Administrators and topic experts will be present for questions and answers. No registration required. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/orient/newemplres for a list of upcoming dates.

Fitness assessments: Free fitness assessments are now available for anyone involved in the Faculty Staff Fitness program. For those not in the FSF program there is a $10 charge. Fitness Assessments help determine the answer to these questions by measuring your Cardio Vascular Health, Core Strength, Upper Body Strength and Flexibility.   You will also benefit from the guidance that will be given to you after the Fitness Assessment by Rochelle Schwab and Personal Trainers. FSF will work around your work schedule.  Call the FSF office for an appointment, 541-737-3222.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to assemble and disassemble of a crane for the Austin Hall Building a portion of Jefferson Way will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 22-24.

Langton Place: Due to the installation of new ADA parking and road work for Langton Place two parking spaces will be closed for the duration of the project, April 22-June 14, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The road will remain open during this work.

Electrical shutdowns: A series of electrical shutdowns around campus will take place in April and June. Below is a proposed schedule of shutdown locations, dates and times.
April 21
The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Covell Hall, Merryfield Hall-West end, Graf Hall, Batcheller Hall, Benton Hall.
These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.: Milam Hall, Bexell Hall, Kidder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Gleeson Hall, Gilkey Hall, Gilbert Addition, Shepard Hall, Dearborn Hall, Rogers Hall
April 28
The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building.
June 16
The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, McNary, Wilson, Callahan.
These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m. Then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.:Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building, Snell, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Pharmacy, Women’s Center, Education, Kerr Admin.
Your contacts for questions and concerns regarding this shutdown are Stuart Larson (stuart.larson@oregonstate.edu) and Scott Drahn (scott.drahn@oregonstate.edu) .  You can also contact the Campus Operations Work Coordination Center (541) 737-2969.

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.

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:

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.

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.

International Programs Manager – The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Programs Manager. Posting #0010534. Closes April 30.

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.

EXTENDED: Staff Psychiatrist –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Psychiatrist. Posting #0010416. Closes May 5.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting # 0010543.  For full consideration apply by April 23. Closes May 7.

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.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 30.  Applications will continue to be accepted after the “for-full consideration” date, until the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

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’s been a beautiful morning, but it looks like some April showers are on their way this afternoon. The high today will be 60 with a low tonight of 45.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, with a chance of showers tonight. High today of 56 with a low tonight of 39.

Newport: Chance of rain today, and more rain on the way tomorrow. High of 53, low of 45.

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


For comments or feedback about this email contact

Find the OSU Today Web site and archive online.

Submission guidelines

Copyright © 2019 Oregon State University. Disclaimer.

OSU Today is a daily e-mail news briefing provided by OSU News and Communication Services. Contact us to unsubscribe or subscribe, or visit lists.oregonstate.edu to manage your subscriptions.