OSU Today

Friday, May 17, 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.

Portland brewery tests out water-recycling fuel cells (OPB)

The fuel cell was developed by professor Hong Liu and researcher Yanzhen Fan in Oregon State University’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. They’ve been working on it for years, but the Widmer pilot fuel cell will be the first one they’ve ever tested in the field. If it works and can be scaled up, it could save $400,000 a year.

OSU program preps Madras Latinos for college (KTVZ)

Oregon State University’s Open Campus spearheads Juntos (“together” in Spanish), working in partnership with Madras High School with the support of several other community organizations.

New Longhouse opens on campus (LIFE@OSU)

Native American students, staff and faculty at Oregon State University have a new home-away-from home, the new Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws, (Beaver House in Chinook jargon) nestled in a grove of trees in the heart of campus.

Native American Student Association hosts events (Gazette-Times)

Drew Pennington of Warm Springs tosses a log on the fire as a long line of students wait to pick up their food at the annual Native American Student Association salmon bake Wednesday afternoon on the Oregon State University Memorial Union quad.

The Power of Plot (Huffington Post)

Associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb talks about the differences between narrative and plot.

Breaking the chains of history (Portland Tribune)

An OSU Press book explores the history of slavery in Oregon.

Lake Oswego company releases first professional microscope for iPhones and iPads (Oregonian)

While Bodelin is working with national and international distributors to sell its microscope, Baker, who grew up in Gladstone, attended Oregon State University and now lives in Lake Oswego, focuses on Oregon when it comes to production.

Senate okays bill that requiring prevailing wage (Statesman Journal)

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that will require contractors who do business with the Oregon University System to follow prevailing wage laws. House Bill 2646 received a 27-2 vote and will head to the House for approval. Oregon is one of 32 states to have a state-level prevailing wage, which is required on all state and local building projects. House Bill 2646 adds universities projects to the list.

Fuels of the future. Neither dream nor whim, but necessity (Industry Leaders Magazine)

Electricity can be produced from wastewater, at least according to scientists from Oregon State University. In a paper issued in the renowned scientific journal, they trotted out that they had found a method which allowed them to get energy from biodegradable components of sewage with help of special bacteria.

Indigo Rose tomatoes are blue and mine aren’t ripe yet (Orange County Breeze)

Another is Indigo Rose, developed by Oregon State University to collect a natural anti-oxidant in the skins of its fruit — the tomatoes turn a deep purplish blue wherever sunlight hits them.

Reasons to grow heirloom vegetables and fruit in your garden (Living Green)

But according to one report from Oregon State University, 90 percent of the crops that were grown in the U.S. a century ago are no longer grown commercially or maintained by major seed companies. More than 400 pea varieties were listed in seed catalogs in 1903; today, just two varieties account for nearly the entire domestic commercial crop.

Beauty queen gets her gaming face on (KVAL)

The now 28-year old is not only a beauty, but also a bright young woman who graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University with dual degrees in International Studies and Speech Communication with a minor in Spanish. What you may not see is her “gaming” face, as in video gaming.


Purple Up: OSU Classified Workers:  Local 083 / SEIU bargaining team would like to remind you that we are in bargaining negotiations at Portland State University in Portland, on May 16-17.  We will be continuing to try to negotiate a fair contract for classified workers.  Please show your support by wearing and or displaying purple.

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.

TEK conference: “Resilient Relationships across Cultural and Ecological Landscapes,” Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. OSU Native American Longhouse. A Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) conference, featuring many tribal wisdom keepers and native scientists.  Full schedule: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

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. May 17, 10-10:50 a.m.. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

Engineering ExpoThe 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

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.

Faculty Staff Fitness 4th annual TRY-Athlon: Run, walk or swim on your college tag team. Just pass the baton.  25 yards in the Langton Pool, 40 yards walking or 50 yards running, both at Reser Stadium. May 17, noon to 1:30.  To form a team, call 7-3222 or 7-6786.  Forms for registration can be found at: http://health.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff-fitness

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

Free health coaching session: Are you interested in improving your overall health, wellness, and nutrition?  Dedra Demaree (OSU faculty), Bob Kerr (OSU staff) and Heidi Neuffer (certified health coach) invite you to join us from 4-5 p.m. May 17 in Weniger 212 for a free session focusing on weight loss help including diet, movement, and healthy habits.  Sponsored by the Argentine Tango Club.

Dance performance: The OSU Ballroom Dance Company will present “Ballroom in Black,” featuring Cool Shoes and New Shoes, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at the Corvallis High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door.

“The Misanthrope:” The Oregon State University Theatre will present Molière’s wild and witty comedy classic “The Misanthrope.” Performances are scheduled May 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at OSU’s Withycombe Hall Theater. Tickets for the production are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students. For more information or ticket purchases, contact OSU Theatre Box Office 541-737-2784 or purchase tickets online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/


OSUAA Community Day of Service, May 18: Join the OSU Alumni Association in giving back to OSU’s hometown during our annual community day of service. On Saturday, May 18 from 9 to noon we will be cleaning various sites around Corvallis. Visit www.osualum.com/service for more information and registration.

Upcoming Events

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities & services Tuesday, May 21 at 12:10 p.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

NEW! Divine Nine Greek Week: D9 Sorting Party: May 21, 5:30-7 p.m., OSU Native American Longhouse. Looking for a way to give back and have fun? Please join the Divine Nine in collecting and sorting toiletries for Community Outreach, Inc. We ask that each participant bring travel sized toiletries to donate. For more information: divine9.oregonstate@gmail.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OsuDivine9

NEW! Alternative Spring Break Reunion/Celebration: Join us and invite other staff, students or faculty who want to learn about the AB program or possibly participate in a future trip! Hear from 30 trip participants from 3 separate trips! Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., MU 109A. http://oregonstate.edu/cce/alternative-break-spring-break-report-out-2013

NEW! Mahler symphony: The Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler will be featured in the final concert of the season by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra on May 21 at 8 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.  Tickets are $18, $25, and $30 in advance, available online at cosusymphony.org. Free to OSU students. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20, $27 and $32. For information: cosusymphony.org

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.

US Student Fulbright Program: Informational meetings for the US Student Fulbright program will be held during spring term. Deadline: Monday Sept. 30, 2013 for 2014-15 academic year abroad. All applications of students currently enrolled at Oregon State must apply through the Campus Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) LeAnn Adam. The application cycle for the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. student program will open in May. Meetings are May 21, 3 to 4 p.m.; and June 3, noon to 1 p.m., all at Heckart Lodge 205. More Info: LeAnn Adam (leann.adam@oregonstate.edu) OSU Fulbright Program Adviser, and see the US Student Fulbright Web site: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Weight Watchers Information:  A 13 week session of WW begins May 28. WW Open House meetings will be held on May 21 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The next 13-week session begins May 28. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website (required). Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session.  For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Nurturing on the coast: “Cultivating a Community-wide Culture of Nurturing along the Southern Oregon Coast,” a free, public talk by Stephen Bavolek of the Family Nurturing Centers, International, will be held at noon on Monday, May 20, in the Hallie Ford Center, room 115, on the OSU campus. The talk is part of Oregon Parenting Education Week: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/oregon-parenting-education-week

NEW! Chinese graffiti: “Elegant Graffiti: Art of Public Writing in Traditional China,” a Center for the Humanities talk by Lei Xue, associate professor of art at Oregon State University, will be held Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. Xue traces the origin of elegant Chinese graffiti and will discuss their significance in visual/literary culture. The free, public talk will take place at the Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

NEW! AAUP End-Of-The-Year Meeting:  All Students, Staff and Faculty (tenured and non-tenured, adjunct, professional, and research) are invited to the OSU chapter of the AAUP informational meeting. Come hear what OSU-AAUP has been doing across campus and statewide.  Invited speakers include Professor Michael Dreiling, who will share the story of why the University of Oregon faculty decided to organize a union.  Tuesday, May 21, MU Room 208, 4:30-6 p.m.

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Harold Zahl of OSU will speak on “Reconstructing and Modeling Tree Invasion of Subalpine Meadows in the Oregon Cascades,” May 21, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines series will focus on how other disciplines study climate change, present the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and provide an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.  This session will feature Jacob Darwin Hamblin , Jeff Bethel, and  Dominique Bachelet .   May 22, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348. RSVP’s appreciated: 541-737-5705

NEW! Conflict Management Basics: May 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom, Valley Library. In this brown bag session presented by the University Ombuds Office, participants will learn the basic skills needed to manage day-to-day conflicts and address difficult dialogues.  For more information click here. RSVP: d.sheffold@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Spring Colloquium: OSU’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing will host a Spring Colloquium on June 3, in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This Colloquium will highlight the computational toxicology and genomic research being done on campus with the goal of developing new collaborations. Attendance is free.  There will be a poster session open to students, postdoc and research staff/faculty with cash prizes! Learn more about the Colloquium and register online at http://springconference.cgrb.oregonstate.edu/Program

Research Development Director Candidate Open Campus Forum:  Janet Nelson, Monday, May 20, 11 a.m., LPSC 402.

2nd Annual Open Forums on Graduate Education at OSU: Current graduate students are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Open Forums on Graduate Education at OSU project. Two ways to provide feedback, concerns and ideas: 1) Online Survey: www.tinyurl.com/OSUgraduateforum or 2) In-person Forum: Monday, May 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in MU 109. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.

How to Create a Successful Hybrid Course: Effective Practices and Support – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to attend this workshop to learn effective practices for hybrid (“blended”) course design and delivery, and to find out how to receive instructional design support and funding from the OSU Center for Teaching and Learning to develop a hybrid course.  Monday, May 20, 3 to 4 p.m., in Milam 215.  For information and registration:   http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83301/

Oregon Parenting Education Week seminar series: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families May 20, 21 and 23 in this year’s seminar series to learn more about parenting education. Schedule: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/oregon-parenting-education-week The events, held in Hallie Ford Center room 115, are free and open to the public.

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

Requests for Service of Alcohol at University Events: Risk Management Reminder: Patrick Hughes, Chief Risk Officer at OSU, reminds the campus community that all events where alcohol is served must be registered through the Office of Risk Management. Request must be submitted using the online registration form: http://risk.oregonstate.edu/alcohol-service. Requests must be submitted at least 21 days prior to the event date.

Day of Caring Service Projects: Friday May 31 Students, staff, and faculty and their children/partners/family members are invited to participate! 10 different service projects are available. Check in will occur between 1 and 1:15 p.m., at Dixon Lower Courts. Projects will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m., May 31. Transportation will be provided. Projects are a collaboration between United Way, HandsOn Willamette, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Pre-registration is required: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/day-caring-2013-service-projects.

OSU Adopts Eduroam for Roaming Wireless: Information Services is pleased to announce that OSU has joined eduroam, a federated roaming access service for the academic community that enables mobility and collaboration. In plainer terms, eduroam is like a large, worldwide wireless hotspot for higher education. Learn how the OSU community and our peers visiting OSU can use eduroam at oregonstate.edu/is/osu-adopts-eduroam-roaming-wireless.

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 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.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Polk County office of OSU Extension Service at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is located in Dallas. Posting #0010652. Closes May 21.

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.

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. Extend to May 24.

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. Extended to May 24.

Office Specialist II, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, F/T, starting at $2170/month plus benefits. Major duties include website management, event planning, and newsletter & publication preparation. Posting # 010684. 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.

Office Specialist 2 – full-time position for the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Posting #0010684. Closes May 25.

Accountant 1, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University.  F/T, starting at $3048/monthly + benefits.  Posting # 0010681.   Closing Date: May 26.

The Marion County Extension Services are accepting applications for one part-time, intermittent (approximately 4 hours per week as needed) Office Specialist 1 position. This position will be located in Salem, Oregon. Posting # 0010691. Closes May 27.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part time (approximately 18 hours per week) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 2 for the Oregon Open Campus Program in Crook County at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 2 years from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in Prineville, Oregon. Posting # 0010695. Closes May 27.

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.

Professional and Non-Credit Education (PNE) is accepting applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 1. Posting # 0010697. Closes June 2.

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.

Quality Assurance Program Manager – Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 3.

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.

Oregon State University Extension Service – Marion County is looking for an AmeriCorps member to recruit and train college students as mentors to youth grades 7 through 12. The Mentor Development & Youth Retention Project Coordinator would work in Salem. For more information: Dan Hoynacki,  503-551-3455, Dan.hoynacki@oregonstate.edu.

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: It seems only yesterday it was all sunny skies and warm temperatures, but don’t look back!  Slight chance of showers today with a high of 65 and a low of 48. Rain tomorrow and showers on Sunday.

Central Oregon: Isolated showers today, high of 59, low of 40. Showers tomorrow, clearing Sunday.

Newport: Chance of showers through the weekend. High today 56, low of 50.

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


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