OSU Today

Monday, May 13, 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.

OSU opens biomechanics laboratory in Central Oregon (OPB)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray is in Central Oregon Monday for the opening of a new state-of-the-air biomechanics laboratory. The facility will help researchers study human movement and improve strategies for treating injuries.

Drought monitor: 91 percent of Oregon abnormally dry (KVAL)

“We’ve seen some pretty drastic swings from very wet to very dry over the past year,” said Oregon State University’s Kathie Dello, who is the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at OSU. “The whole West Coast has been abnormally dry. We’ve had some strong high pressure ridging, which means the storm track is sent to our north. (see also KTVZ)

Trees looking a little haggard? Blame it on drought stress (KATU)

“My best explanation is drought stress,” said Brad Withrow-Robinson, a forester with the Oregon State University Extension. “We had a pretty hard end of summer last year – no rain until mid-October – then boom! It was winter.” (see also OregonLive)

Climber’s spirit lives on at OSU (Statesman Journal)

A graduate of Oregon State University, Unsoeld later served on the faculty of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Oregon State before taking a leave of absence to join the Peace Corps and embarking upon his historic trek.

‘One World. One humanity.’ (Gazette-Times)

Maitripa College in Portland — where Oregon State University philosophy associate professor James Blumenthal is a founding faculty member — is the host of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Oregon.

Fruit fly predictions have farmers anxious (Spokesman-Review)

Researchers at Oregon State University are predicting record levels of the invasive pest, which wreaks havoc on blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, peaches, prunes and other popular fruits. (see also KGW, NW Cable News)

Oregon lawmakers seem receptive to OSU-Cascades expansion plan (Republic)

Oregon State University-Cascades has the authority to expand into a four-year school, but it still needs the money.

Predator and prey, a delicate dance (New York Times)

An opinion piece by Michael P. Nelson, an environmental ethicist at Oregon State University, and John A. Vucetich population biologist and Rolf O. Peterson wildlife ecologist, both at Michigan Tech.

OSU President Ed Ray, PSU’s Wim Wiewel both made more than half a million dollars, study says (Oregonian)

A new study says Oregon State University President Ed Ray was the nation’s 20th highest-paid public university president in 2011-12, with total compensation topping $700,000. But that finding, released Sunday evening by the Chronicle of Higher Education, is wrong, university officials say.

Lesser-known Pauling legacy is Science Pub topic (Gazette-Times)

Linus Pauling’s research into vitamin C might be what the public remembers most about his legacy, but the Oregon State University graduate and two-time Nobel Prize winner is better known among scientists for his insights into chemistry and its application to medicine.

Oregon chancellor worries about affordability (Mail Tribune)

The interim chancellor of the Oregon University system says she’s worried that continuous tuition increases are going to stop enrollment growth at Oregon’s public universities.

Gary Payton named Grand Marshall of Seafair Torchlight Parade (Seattle Times)

Payton, an Oregon State University graduate, was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft and played 13 years for the Sonics.


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“The Ecology of Plastic Marine Debris: Life in the ‘Plastisphere’:” A talk by Erik Zettler from Sea Education Association and Woods Hole, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 13. The free, public event will be held in Burt Hall, room 193.

Julie Green lecture: “The Last Supper,” a lecture by Oregon State University art faculty Julie Green, will be held on Monday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave. Green will discuss her ongoing art project to paint last meal requests of death row inmates.

Fantasy & Religion: The Religious Studies group will be hosting a casual discussion about religious themes in fantasy literature for OSU students and faculty.   The conversation will include the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Hunger Games, etc.  Milam Hall, Room 301, Mon. May 13, 4 p.m.

Corvallis Science Pub: Chris Petersen of the Valley Library and Steve Lawson of the Linus Pauling Institute on the Pauling legacy and current research. May 13, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Publication party: Join Judy Li and Peg Herring for an evening of discovery as we celebrate the publication of  Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fella new book for children published by OSU Press.  May 13, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe. The forest and animals in the book are based on those found at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, where stream ecologist Judy Li has conducted much research.

“Why Does J.K. Rowling Quote The Bible?:” A talk by Martin Kavka of Florida State University, will argue that J.K. Rowling offers her readers a more worldly and life-affirming sort of Christianity than previous British fantasy literature had provided. The free, public event will be held at the International Living Learning Center, room 155, on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Save the date! Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence– OSU Undergrads will be presenting the projects they’ve created, the research they’ve conducted, and the things they’ve invented in the MU Quad on Tues, May 21 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come see their creative accomplishments!   This event is part of Recognizing Excellence.

Engineering Expo: The 14th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects that range from across all engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center. The senior design showcase with more than 150 student-built projects is combined with a “Robo*Palooza,” and the event is free and open to the public.

The University Honors College Thesis Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of graduating Honors students.  Free refreshments are provided with many students on hand to discuss their thesis work, whether complete or still in progress. For more information visit: http://honors.oregonstate.edu/thesis-fair

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Brad St. Clair of the USDA FS will speak on “Adaptation of Forest Trees to Climate Change,” May 14, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Peter S. Spencer, PhD, FANA, FRCPath, Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University –“Genotoxic Triggers of Neurodegenerative Disease”  at noon on Wednesday, May 15, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Using Social Media in the Classroom, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.) permeates many aspects of our daily lives, so why not the classroom as well? This webinar touches on the use of social media in higher education today and offers some ideas of how you might utilize it in your own classes.  Wed. May 15, 2-2:50 p.m.  Register here:  http://is.gd/9yBC0q

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: John Schmidt, USGS, Grand Canyon: A Watershed Perspective on Restoring the Colorado River. Subject to federal budget sequestration constraints. May 15, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

NEW! Starker Lecture: “Oregon’s Biomass Experience: An Integrated Approach to Forest Biomass,” part of the Oregon State University Starker Lecture series, which is focused this year on the topic: Forest Biomass — Energy and Beyond, will be held Thursday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m. Matt Krumenauer, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, will speak in Richardson Hall, room 107, on the OSU campus. Info: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

“Letting God In To The Public Sphere: On The Dangers Of ‘Covenant Theology’ In Judaism:” A talk by Martin Kavka of Florida State University, will be held Tuesday, May 14 at noon in Milam Hall, room 301. Kavka will show that the Jewish tradition contains strands in its sacred writings that show a way past contemporary battles about the proper place of religion in public.

STEM seminar:  Laboratory Learning is an iconic component of secondary and collegiate level science courses, but practice and instruction in this arena are changing. One of the most dramatic transitions in laboratory instruction is the use of distance delivery (a.k.a. e-learning) approaches which present unique challenges and require innovation to match and potentially exceed learning outcomes of a bricks and mortar lab with the added benefit of improving accessibility of science education. May 14, 4 to 5 p.m., Kidder 202 and live streaming at http://live.oregonstate.edu. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/events

Transgender discussion: Transgender Awareness as a Component of an Inclusive Community.  Reading and Open talk with Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of best-selling memoir “She’s Not There.” May 15, 7 to 9 p.m., C&E, LaSells Stewart Center. Free to the public.  https://www.facebook.com/events/183530985129636/

Distinguished Professor Lecture: Joseph Beckman, Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics will speak Tues., May 21, 9 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. His lecture is titled, The Linus Pauling Institute and the Environmental Health Sciences Center:  Why study ALS at OSU?” The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on faculty.  This event is part of Recognizing Excellence.

News for Employees

NEW! Printing and Mailing Services morning closure: Printing and Mailing Services (100 Cascade Hall) will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m. May 16, for an all-staff meeting. We will be open before and after the meeting. Please email Lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

NEW! Motorcycle Visibility Day: The 7th Annual OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 (parking from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) (event from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.) Pre-register to participate at http://tinyurl.com/osumoto2013.  This is your opportunity to park on the Memorial Union Brick Mall without a parking permit and display your ride for others on campus to see. For more information: Rick.DeBellis@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Call for 2013 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations:  Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee co-worker 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, please review nomination information at:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Friday, May 31.

Reminder: Faculty Senate committees: Submission of Committee Interest Forms are due Monday, May 13 at Noon. The form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/forms/cif/2013/. If you wish to resign from current committee membership, please either contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include your name, the name of the committee from which you wish to resign and your date of resignation. Faculty whose Faculty Senate committee/council terms extend beyond June 30, and are either retiring at the end of spring term or whose 1039-hour appointments end spring term, are no longer eligible to continue serving. If you are not filling a specified emeritus/retired position on the committee/council on which you serve, or if you are unsure, please email vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu so a determination may be made and/or a replacement identified.

New children’s health center: OSU is considering pursuing an NIEHS/EPA funded Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center. The proposed focus is “Interactions between dietary factors and environmental stresses in modulating disease susceptibilities”. The scope of studies will ideally range from mechanistic, model-based systems through population-based studies. Interested persons should write one paragraph that briefly describes i) chemical exposures of interest, ii) children’s health outcome of interest and iii) your area of expertise. Submit to Emily Ho emily.ho@oregonstate.edu by May 29, 9 a.m.

Extended DeadlineFaculty Funding Opportunity:  Apply by May 28.  Funding from the Center for Teaching and Learning of $2,000 per course is available to faculty to participate in a faculty learning community in Fall 2013 and redesign an existing on-campus course in hybrid format with both online and classroom components.  Download request for proposals at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.

Fixed Term Faculty Survey: We are seeking input from non-administrative faculty members who are unclassified and not on a tenure-track. This includes instructors, research faculty, and professional faculty. Results will provide important information regarding the general climate and working conditions for non-tenure track faculty at OSU. Eligible faculty members should receive an e-mail linking to the confidential survey this week. This survey is sponsored by the Faculty Status Committee of the Faculty Senate and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). For more information email lcramer@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Get There! Corvallis 2013: No matter how you get to campus, and beyond, sign up at www.DriveLessConnect.com so you can win prizes! May 4-17, the City of Corvallis and Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments are giving away dozens of gift cards to local favorites like American Dream Pizza, McMenamins, Squirrel’s Tavern, and more, plus a bike, an iPad, and an overnight Coast trip! Track just one trip to be eligible for gift cards, and five to be eligible for grand prizes. Contact: Gregory Wilson, Gregory.Wilson@corvallisoregon.com

Call for 2013 Commencement Volunteers: Over 50 volunteers are needed to serve as information specialists and assist guests during this year’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at Reser Stadium. Commencement volunteers play an important service and public relations role. Sign up online at https://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Conference/commencement-volunteer/registration Additional information can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/volunteers

2013 Commencement Human Interest Stories: In an attempt to personalize the Commencement Ceremony, President Ray has requested that we include 3-4 human interest stories of personal achievement of our graduating students in his Commencement address. There are many untold stories of personal achievement and great accomplishments of our students. Please submit these stories no later than Monday, May 13, to Kavinda Arthenayake at Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

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Traffic and Maintenance

Parking lots near Goss: Oregon State University will no longer cover the cost of repairs for damages caused to vehicles parked in the faculty/staff and student lots near Student Legacy Park, Goss Stadium, the Softball Complex, or Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium.  As a result, damage caused by fly/foul balls should be reported to private insurance carriers beginning June 1, 2013.  Signs identifying these parking areas as “park at your own risk” lots will be installed in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy change, please contact the Office of Risk Management at (541) 737-7252.


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

College of Veterinary Teaching Hospital invites applications for 1.0 FTE Veterinary Animal Attendant.  Posting # 0010636. Closes May 13.

The Office of Admissions is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0010616. Closes May 13.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 2 position for the Extension Family and Community Health Program (FCH) at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Oregon City. Posting #0010683. Closes May 17.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP)  seeks a Communication and Outreach Manager, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0010601. Closes May 17.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) seeks a Faculty Research Assistant (Training, Gender, and Capacity Building Coordinator), full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0010602. Closes May 17.

The Extension 4-H Youth Development program (4-H), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences  is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1 position for. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Ore. Posting # 0010635. Closes May 20.

Receptionist – Radiation Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 1 position. Position will be filled utilizing the OS1 pool applicants. Posting #0010378. Closes May 21.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Coordinator position. Posting #0010615. For full consideration apply by May 7.  Closes May 21.

Quality Assurance Program Manager – Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes May 24.

Outreach and Engagement invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinators. One position will serve the Mid-Columbia Region and the second position will service the South West Region. The job location for each of these positions will depend upon the Region. Posting # 0010607.  Closes May 24.

The Extension Morrow County Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term 4-H Program Coordinator position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the 4-H/FCH Program Leader and the Columbia Plateau Regional Administrator.  This position is located in Heppner, Oregon. Posting #0010666. Closes May 27.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Apply to posting #0010651.  Closes  May 27.

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 College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Statistics position. Posting #0010598. Closes June 1.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Business Law position. Posting #0010600. Closes June 1.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. This position will serve Malheur County. Malheur County is located in the southeastern portion of Oregon and almost 10,000 square miles of primarily rangeland. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. Posting #0010665. Closes June 10

The Department of Pre-College Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator position. Posting #0010678. Closes June 14. Full consideration date is May 31.


Corvallis: “Yes, I will spend the livelong day With Nature in this month of May; And sit beneath the trees, and share My bread with birds whose homes are there.” – William Henry Davies. Showers today and tonight. Partly cloudy tomorrow. High of 66 today and 45 for a low tonight.

Central Oregon: Showers expected today. High of 67, low tonight of 34. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today with some clearing tomorrow. High of 56, low of 46.

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


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