OSU Today

Tuesday, May 14, 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.

Study: Grazing helps invasive cheatgrass to flourish (Boise Public Radio)

A new study out of Oregon State University suggests that overgrazing could be helping an invasive grass to flourish. That differs from previous studies that have found grazing can better manage that plant — cheatgrass — which threatens rangeland habitat. (see also LA Times)

OSU Pres. Ed Ray challenges you to support OSU-Cascades (Portland Business Journal)

Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, announced that the OCF has committed $500,000 in the form of two challenge grants to support the campus expansion if private supporters contribute an equal amount by the end of 2013. Ray made the announcement during his State of the University address in Bend. (see also KTVZ)

Experts in diet, nutrition, convene at Oregon State University (Oregonian)

The session, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, atCH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University, is part of the “Diet and Optimum Health” conference, sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU. (see also Statesman Journal)

Starting business knowledge (Gazette-Times)

Akili King wishes he had been equipped with business knowledge back in 1997 when the San Francisco 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent. He left Oregon State University without a degree in pursuit of a professional football career and a fat paycheck. He was dumbfounded when he didn’t make the final cut at training camp and wasn’t named to the team roster.

Oregon crops may be at greater risk this year from invasive fruit fly (Oregonian)

Remember spotted wingDrosophila, the crop-killing fruit fly that showed up in Oregon about four years ago? Researchers at Oregon State University, who’ve been trying to kill it or control it ever since,say a mild winter and sunny spring may have laid the groundwork for severe problems this summer.

Story Next Door: Cuba bound (Gazette-Times)

This summer a new study abroad program will send 15 students from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University to Cuba for two weeks. For Tawny Garcia, the experience will will have a special significance. Garcia is a Cuban-American and an OSU senior. She will visit Cuba for the first time as a part of the Oregon University System program.

Agencies prepare for intense Oregon wildfire season (Statesman Journal)

Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, said most of Oregon is under severe fire danger for wildfire season because of the drought. The western part of the state, with its lush climate, is not always at a high risk, but lack of precipitation has led to a combination of dry ground and low snowpack levels.

OSU Beavers across nation gear up for day of service this Saturday (Albany Tribune)

Oregon State University volunteers from across the nation will gather in their communities this Saturday to show their Beaver spirit through the annual OSU Community Day of Service.

How to land a fundraising job in today’s market (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Jeff Comfort is vice president for principal gifts and gift planning for the Oregon State University Foundation. He joined the foundation earlier this year, after overseeing university-wide gift planning at Georgetown University. During his tenure at Georgetown, the university took in more than $500-million in cash and pledges.

Insight: Long-term nitrogen trends in pristine streams (Environmental Research Web)

Researchers at Oregon State University, US, have analysed over 500 years’ worth of nitrate and ammonium data from a number of streams across the US. Even near-pristine streams can be affected by nitrate pollution, the study revealed – a finding that will be important for better managing and protecting water resources in the future.


“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.

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.

“Bricks and Mortar Optional:  21st Century Laboratory Learning” 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Annual Salmon Bake: On Wednesday, May 15, the 15th annual Salmon Bake will be held in the MU Quad from noon to 3 p.m.

NEW! Strategic plan forums: OSU Strategic Plan steering committee will be conducting seven open forums over the next few weeks to solicit input for Strategic Plan III.  The first forum will be for the Division of Systems Science.  It will be held this Thursday May 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.  Click here for discussion questions and dates of other forums.

NEW! “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” A Farewell Concert of Cabaret and Musical Theatre, featuring Dr. Brad Townsend, OSU Director of Athletic Bands. The free, public event will be held at the Memorial Union, on Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m.

NEW! Grand Opening for the Native American Longhouse – Eena Haws:  Please join us Friday, May 17; the main program begins at 4 p.m. followed by tours and refreshments.  Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/nal

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.

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! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Eric Selker, The Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, will present a seminar “Genome defense, gene silencing and epigenetic dynamics in Neurospora” on Wednesday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Wearable sensors: At the May 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Patrick Chiang of the College of Engineering will discuss sensors that he has developed for non-invasive health-care monitoring. 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.

NEW! WiN Pub Talk: “Do This, Don’t Do That” – Panelists are 3 mobile app/game developers Patrick Thompson or Inkstone Mobile, Chris Skaggs of Soma Games & Code Monkey, and Chris Vanderschuere creator of the iPhone and iPad application Moon+May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Corvallis Country Club, $10 at the door or $5 with student ID. http://www.willametteinnovators.com/events

NEW! Eating-to-Learn WIC Spring Lunch: “Cultural Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom.”  Rebecca Valdovinos (INTO OSU) will discuss how the culture in which students grow up influences their writing.  Rebecca will address this sensitive subject as fundamental to all students’ development as writers in a diverse world.  Register for this seminar here.  May 17, noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 215.

NEW! Diet and health conference: The Linus Pauling Institute invites you to the  Diet & Optimum Health Conference  May 16, 17, 18. Public Session:  Whole-Food Approaches to Disease Prevention, Saturday May 18.

NEW! Save the date: Latinos in Oregon: current issues and future challenges: Panelists and community leaders Laura Isiordia, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, Marcela Mendoza and Consuelo Saragoza will discuss some of the Latin@ community’s issues and challenges. We hope this event to engage students and faculty about research and outreach/engagement opportunities to promote Latin@ well being. This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin@ Studies (CL@SE). May 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

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

SPEAKER CHANGE! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: Stephanie Green, David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, OSU, will speak on “Reconciling invasion processes and conservation action: Functional eradication as a framework for invasive species control in marine protected areas.” May 15, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

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/

Healthy Masculinity Conference 2013: Critically acclaimed slam poet and performer Carlos Andrés Gómez, will provide the keynote May 16 at 6 p.m. in the MU for OSU’s two day “Healthy Masculinity Conference 2013” May 16-17 in the MU. Join Carlos and other OSU members in “Exploring Masculinities,” and discovering how healthy masculinity can improve our lives. Register for free here to be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Carlos’ book.

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/

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.

Distinguished Professor Lecture: Thomas Dietterich, Distinguished Professor, Computer Science will speak Tues., May 21, 2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. His lecture is titled, Computer Science, Machine Learning, and the Pursuit of Knowledge”. 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

Printing and Mailing Services morning closure: Printing and Mailing Services (100 Cascade Hall) will be closed from 9 to 11 a.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.

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

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

RecSports Half Term Memberships: Purchase your Half-Term RecSports Memberships beginning Monday, May 13! Memberships are valid through June 28. A Half-Term Membership costs only $41 for Faculty, Staff, Domestic Partners, Spouses and Dependents and $34 for Student Affiliates/Dependents. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Street closure: Due to the Engineering Expo and Robo Palooza event, Memorial Place will be closed May 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

26th Street closure: Due to the opening of the new Native American Cultural Center, 26th street from Intramural and Jefferson street will be closed May 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

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:

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.

E-Campus Instructor.  Department of Zoology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, E-campus instructor.  Posting # 0010647. Closes June 1.

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.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),  12-month, fixed-term Print/Interactive Design Manager position. Posting # 0010693. Closes June 2.

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: “Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”- T.E. Lawrence. We’ll have partly sunny skies today and a high of 70, with clouds gathering tonight as the low dips to 46. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 63 and a low tonight of 36. A little cloudier tomorrow.

Newport: Foggy and then sunny with a high of 59. Slight chance of rain tonight with a low of47.

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


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