OSU Today

Friday, May 24, 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.

Debra Derr, Mt. Hood Community College’s next president, plans for a long tenure at the Gresham campus (Oregonian)

Derr started her academic career as a student specialist and counselor at Clackamas Community College in 1980. Mt. Hood hired her in 1987 to coordinate disability services and eventually promoted her to vice president for student development and services. While at Mt. Hood, she earned a doctorate of education from Oregon State University. (see also Portland Tribune)

Study: Amphibians disappearing at alarming rate (Chicago Sun-Times)

Andrew Blaustein, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University not involved in the study, said the results were not surprising, because scientists have been worried about amphibians since the early 1990s. (see also Democratic Underground, iTech Post)

Soboba college basketball player looks to the future (Press-Enterprise)

Burton was a forward/center basketball player for the Oregon State University and has been studying toward a degree in ethnic studies. Graduation ceremonies at OSU are scheduled June 15.

Illuminating history of slavery in Oregon a teachable moment (Seattle-Times)

In his new book, Nokes adds to the ideas he and lots of other folks got in elementary school. “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” explores how the great American tragedy played out in the Northwest. (OSU Press)

It’s good to be bad: In defense of not-so-nice poetry (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.

Gender differences in young children (British Psychological Society)

There is a notable gender gap among children with regard to their behaviour and self-control. This is according to new research published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly, which found girls in the US who are aged three to six tend to have better self-regulation than their male counterparts. Despite this being the case in America, the investigation – which was led by Shannon Wanless during her doctoral studies at Oregon State University and included 814 youngsters –  found no such gap among children in Asia.

Things one should know about becoming a successful entrepreneur (Jagran Post)

Sometimes the better part of wisdom is to know when to quit in a new business, a new study has concluded. The study conducted in the Oregon State University found that even though persistence is a key to business success, entrepreneurs might be more successful if they not only knew when to start a business and take risks, but also knew when to abandon it and find something that provides a greater opportunity.

Widmer’s BEST practice: Fuel cells for wastewater cleaning (Sustainable Business Oregon)

“We chose to partner with Widmer because they are very engaged in sustainability efforts, their wastewater has an ideal mix of organic materials for our technology, and they use a lot of water,” said Hong Liu, a professor in Oregon State University’s biological and ecological engineering department and a Waste2Watergy co-founder.

How I got 10,000 Twitter followers in a week (Junkee.com)

The Average Shark is actually the work of Zach Williamson, Devin Feldman and Daniel Wallace, three enterprising American college students. Zach got his start by Tweeting as Red Foreman, a spot-on parody of the grumpy That ‘70s Show patriarch. Inspired by its success, he recruited his roommate Dan, from Oregon State University, and his friend Devin, from Loyola Marymount. Between them, the three now Tweet from dozens of different accounts.

Research maps historic sea-level change to New Jersey Coastline (Penn News)

A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin P. Horton, an associate professor in theDepartment of Earth and Environmental Science, relied upon fossil records of marshland to reconstruct the changes in sea level along the New Jersey coast going back 10,000 years. The study was published in the Journal of Quaternary Science. Horton’s co-authors were Simon E. Engelhart, who earned his doctorate at Penn and is now at the University of Rhode Island; David F. Hill of Oregon State University; Andrew C. Kemp, who earned his doctorate and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn and is now at Yale University; Daria Nikitina of West Chester University; Kenneth G. Miller of Rutgers University; and W. Richard Peltier of the University of Toronto.

Mamta Accapadi named vice president for student affairs at Rollins College (Orlando Sentinel)

Mamta Accapadi has been named vice president for student affairs of Rollins College.
According to a Linda Costa Communications Group release, Accapadi previously was assistant director of the Multicultural Information Center at University of Texas at Austin. Her earlier work history includes positions at Oregon State University.


Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Michael S. Denison, PhD, Fellow ATS, RKGAAGS, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis  –“Translation of Toxicological Mechanisms into Bioassays for Chemical Detection and Site Characterization: Dioxins and Related Chemicals”  at noon on Friday, May 24, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

Jan’s retirement celebration: Jan Cyrus is retiring from the department of fisheries and wildlife. A celebration will be held on her behalf May 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Nash 032.


Recreational Sports Memorial Weekend: All Fit Pass classes are cancelled on Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. Recreational Sports facilities will be open with standard Spring Term hours during these dates and Fit Pass classes will resume Tuesday, May 28.

Divine Nine Step Show: The 11th Annual Step Show will be Saturday, May 25 at the LaSells Stewart Center. There will be a BBQ (included in ticket price), starting at 2 p.m., and the show will start 3:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8 in advance at MU 103, or $10 at the door. For questions or for accommodations related to disability, contact: OregonStateBSU@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Skyping with women in Gaza: OSU women are invited to come to the Women’s Center May 28, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., to Skype with women in Gaza in order to increase understanding and awareness about issues impacting them. Students, staff, faculty and community members welcome. Host partner is the American Language Center in Gaza City.

NEW! Harshberger retirement: Margaret Harshberger is retiring, and a celebration will be held 3 p.m. May 29 in McNary Dining Center.

NEW! May Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs or attend a DIY demonstration at the last Repair Fair of the year Wednesday, May 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Surplus/Recycling Warehouse. Demonstrations are on DIY Safe Pest Control, Bike Maintenance and Green Cleaning. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/0529repair.

Corvallis Young Pros Event: Upcoming graduates and OSU faculty/staff are invited to join Corvallis Young Pros for its  monthly networking event. This will be an ideal opportunity for new graduates to network with local professionals and learn of job opportunities in Corvallis. When: Tuesday, May 28 from 5-7 p.m. Where: CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Willamette Room. OSU Catering will be provided, alcohol for cash purchase.

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

Lectures and webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Tues. May 28, 10-10:50 a.m.  Register here:  http://is.gd/Jpww0Q

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Tues. May 28; noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/10M8rxQ

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Ivan Arismendi of OSU will speak on “Climate Change and Freshwaters: Towards Improved Understanding of Thermal Regimes in Streams,” May 28, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

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. Attendees will learn conflict concepts and theory, active listening skills, managing anger, and a collaborative model for identifying options and solutions. Please sign up early by sending an email to d.sheffold@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: Elizabeth Gaar, NOAA, Portland: Roadmaps to Delisting – Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans for Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead. May 29, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

“Google Apps for OSU: The Essentials:” Sessions on May 28-29. Google Apps for OSU will be enabled for the entire OSU community in July. To learn more about why OSU is adopting Google Apps and how it can foster collaboration with our colleagues and communities, please register for one of our 60 minute in-person sessions in the Valley Library at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=387. The presentation will include brief demos. Subsequent in-person sessions and online webinars will be announced this summer at http://oregonstate.edu/google.

Brown Bag Discussion: Why Social Media? Climbing the Mountain and Seeing the Light. A grant-funded science center perspective. Facilitator: Naomi Hirsch. May 29, noon to 1 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Large East Room. The is the first of a series of events sponsored by a new group on campus, OSU Science Communicators.

Strategic Plan forums: The Strategic Plan Committee invites everyone to attend at least one of the six open forums being held the week of June 3.  We will begin with the Outreach and Engagement forum, at  8 a.m. on June 3.  This is the only forum that will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu.  Click here for date and times of the other 5 forums.

News for Employees

NEW! No OSU Today on Monday, May 27: OSU Today will return Tuesday, May 28.

NEW! Smoke-free survey: 2012-13 has been the first year of the OSU Corvallis campus’s smoke-free policy. The OSU-Cascades campus in Bend is considering a similar policy. All faculty, staff and students should have received an invitation to complete an online survey developed by a team at OSU. The survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Your input will be of great help and inform planning efforts at both the Corvallis and Bend campuses.

NEW! EmpCenter May Timesheet Open Labs: Do you need assistance with your May timesheet in EmpCenter?  Come to one of the scheduled open labs for individual help.  See http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/announce/may-timesheet-open-labs for details.

Bard in the Quad auditions: Open auditions for Bard in the Quad will take place May 28-29, beginning at 6 p.m. at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis. This summer, Bard in the Quad will present Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.” This tale of comic misunderstanding, mistaken identity, and love lost and found will be transported to the wild world of the reality television show “Jersey Shore.” Performance dates for “Comedy of Errors” are Aug. 8-11 and Aug. 15-18. Rehearsals will begin on June 16. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/auditions or contact director Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

New voicemail platform: On Tuesday, May 28, OSU will be migrating to a new voicemail platform called Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging. If you access your voice messages only by calling the 7-7111 access number, you are a “voicemail-only” user. Please contact your department telephone coordinator to receive your temporary PIN for the new system.If you receive your voice messages in your email, you are a “converged” voicemail user. You will receive an email on May 28 from the system welcoming you to Unified Messaging; the welcome message will contain your new PIN. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/microsoft-exchange-unified-messaging

Undergraduate internship opportunities: Applications are now open for two paid undergraduate internships in the OSU Libraries and Press.  See the application Web page for full descriptions and requirements. Colegio César Chávez Collection Online and Physical Dual Language Exhibits.  This intern will create a dual language (English and Spanish) online exhibit of the Colegio César Chávez Collection and a dual language physical exhibit. Ellie’s Log Web Site. This intern will create, update and moderate content on the Ellie’s Log Web site and may contribute content to other Libraries or Press Web sites.

Traffic and Maintenance

Valley Library: Due to elevator cable replacement, elevators 4 & 5 will be temporarily shut down in the Valley Library while contractors complete repairs May 22, 9 a.m. to May 28, 5 p.m.  All other elevators will remain open.  Signage will be in place.

Langton Place: Due to constructed related activities, Langton Place will be closed May 24 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Washington Ave NE: Due to the Greek Week Bonfire, the far east section of the Washington Ave. NE lot will be closed May 23-24 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a Full time Animal Attendant for employment in the Large Animal Hospital.  The hospital is part of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and provides excellent benefits and a competitive salary.  Posting #0010604.  Closes May 24.

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. Extended 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.

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.

Food Service Worker 3: University Housing Dining Services invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 10 month, Food Service Worker 3 position. (Internal OSU Employees Only) Posting # 0010734.  Closes May 30.

Administrative Program Specialist – International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting #0010727. Closes May 30.

International Scholar Advisor – International Scholar and Faculty Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Scholar Advisor position. Posting #0010489. Closes May 31.  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.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0010706.  Closes June 3.

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

Education Abroad Advisor – International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Abroad Advisor position. Posting #0010728. Closes June 6.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE), 12-month, Associate Professor Senior Researcher position. The person in this position will be special Advisor to the VP for Program Development and Strategy. Posting # 0010719. Closes June 7.

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.

HR Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources is seeking a Human Resources Business Analyst.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0010751.  Closes June 17.

Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Health Program Coordinator. Posting # 0010742. Closes June 17.


Corvallis: Heading towards Memorial Day weekend, where many of us will be spending quality time with our families. Mainly because it’s going to be raining all weekend and we’ll be stuck inside with them. Showers through Sunday and rain on Monday. Highs in the low 60s, lows in the upper 40s.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow today, and showers throughout the weekend. Highs in the low 60s, lows in the low 40s.

Newport: Showers throughout the weekend. Highs in the mid 50s, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

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


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