OSU Today

Tuesday, May 28, 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.

Vulnerable bridges not so rare (Seattle Times)

Chris Higgins, an Oregon State University engineering professor who studies truss bridges, said a much likelier threat to the existing bridge would be a major hit by a ship rather than a vehicle accident.

How to fix health problems with exercise (CNN)

“Exercisers fall asleep faster, suffer fewer middle-of-the-night wake-ups and have a reduced risk of sleep disorders,” says study co-author Brad Cardinal, co-director of the sport and exercise psychology program at Oregon State University.

Tuition set to rise 4.5 percent at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Students at Oregon State University can expect to pay a little more for their classes next year.

OSU researcher studies ways to build tornado-resistant homes (KVAL)

Researchers at Oregon State University are working to build homes that can hold up better in tornadoes like the ones in Oklahoma.

Growers plead for OSU Extension (Mail Tribune)

They gained critical knowledge from Oregon State University’s Extension Service about topics such as climate conditions, the soil types that suited different grape varieties best, how to manage plant diseases and pests, and about suitable irrigation methods — among others.

Are you ready to kiss frogs goodbye? (TruthDig)

“An enormous rate of change has occurred in the last 100 years, and amphibians are not evolving fast enough to keep up with it,” says Andrew Blaustein, author of the 2011 paper in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and professor of zoology at Oregon State University.

Nurturing startup success (Oregon Business)

Most recently, Oregon BEST provided a $53,000 commercialization grant to enable Puryalytics to work with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to develop a floating, solar-activated stormwater treatment device that could be deployed in retaining ponds or ditches along roadways and parking lots to keep contaminants from reaching streams.

Military history in the spotlight at Oregon State University (History News Network)

Oxford University Press joined with Oregon State University on May 6-7 to celebrate the launch ofThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Military and Diplomatic History. Senior editors David Milne, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Christopher McKnight Nichols, assistant professor at Oregon State University, joined assistant editor Danielle Holtz, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and editor-in-chief Timothy Lynch, associate professor and director of Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne, at Oregon State University as part of an international Conference on American Military and Diplomatic History.

Harvest of the hives (Democrat-Herald)

Scollard also tends honeybee hives at his home near Oregon State University, where he works as a music instructor. “Most people don’t even notice the beehives, but they are working hard,” he said.

OSU Woodwind Chambers delight in Albany concert (Gazette-Times)

In its second installment of the season, the OSU Woodwind Chamber Players delivered the goods in a well-received concert May 16 at the United Presbyterian Church in Albany.

Five iodine-rich foods that can help keep your baby healthy in the womb (Medical Daily)

If you want to opt for something you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet, canned tuna is your best option. Go for canned tuna in oil instead of water because it contains more iodine (17 mcg, 11 percent of DV), says Oregon State University (OSU). The added health benefits of this no preparation, ready-to-eat dish is its high content in protein, vitamin D, and iron.

OSU to offer free nitrate testing for well water (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering free well water nitrate screenings for well owners.

Fashion show will feature OSU student designs (Democrat-Herald)

The annual spring fashion show at Oregon State University will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Add the buzz of mason bees to your home garden (Mail Tribune)

“The diversity of flowers requires a diversity of pollinators,” said George Hoffman, entomology researcher in Oregon State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Science. “Also, if one disease affects one pollinator, it doesn’t necessarily affect the others. Gardens need a diversity of pollinators so one disease or parasite won’t wipe out all its pollinators.”

New OSU website details Pauling’s work on proteins (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center has added “Linus Pauling and the Structure of Proteins: A Documentary History” to its series of documentary history websites on Pauling’s life.

High vitamin E intake not a health concern (US Pharmacist)

According to Maret Traber, PhD, of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, it is impossible for toxic levels of vitamin E to accumulate in the liver or other tissues. Two major systems in the liver routinely excrete excessive amounts of vitamin E, and the very high intakes achieved with supplementation merely double tissue levels, which is not harmful.


“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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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! Sit Less Move More Campaign Kick-off: Come learn about the new physical activity campaign from RecSports. May 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the MU Quad. Play games, earn prizes and participate in a 15 minute resistance tubing demonstration at 2:15 p.m. or Yoga demonstration at 3:15 p.m.. Learn more about the campaign at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/bewell/be-active/sit-less-move-more/

NEW! Queer Mingle: Thursday, May 30, 5 to 7 p.m., Pride Center.

NEW! Come to Dancing with the OSU Stars. Come see “Stars” from your Oregon State campus compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Check it out on May 30, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Admission costs $5 for OSU students and $8 for general admission. For complete event details (including a list of stars and ticket information) visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/489520944446855/?fref=ts

NEW! Sanderson retirement: An open house retirement reception in honor of Rebecca Sanderson, Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation & Planning will be held June 3, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the MU Lounge.

NEW! Donna Thwing’s retirement reception: The department of Procurement and Contract Services in the division of Campus Operations will celebrate the career and retirement of Construction Contracts Supervisor Donna Thwing. Donna’s career at OSU has spanned over 30 years. The open-house reception will be held in the Ag Production Room at La Sells Stewart Center from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

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

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

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.

PaCS Presents Merchant Expo 2013:  The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, May 30.  Find out additional information at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/. Get your photo taken with Benny Beaver from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! STEM candidates: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Invites the campus community to attend one of the open forums to meet candidates for Center Director May 29, 30, and 31. If you are interested in collaborating in the STEM learning arena join us!  Information about candidates and forums is available at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/director-candidates.

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on May 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.,  in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Robbie Waugh, Cell and Molecular Sciences, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, will present a seminar “Post domestication selection and adaptation in cultivated barley” on Wednesday, May 29,  at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Water Resources Seminar Series: Richard Snyder, of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California-Davis, will speak about “Three decades of ET and scheduling research with no end in sight.” He will speak on May 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Room 4000. A reception will follow in ALS3006.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Gitta Coaker, Plant Pathology, University of California – Davis, will present a seminar “Unraveling plant immune perception and signaling” on Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. in the Linus Pauling Science Center 402.

NEW! J-1 Postdocs & Student Interns: Career Development Essentials for Success in the American Academy: Career Development Coordinator/Counselor Marian Moore presents an interactive workshop to help you maximize your experience at OSU, make a significant impact, and market your skills and talents.  May 30, noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Heckart Lodge. You are encouraged to bring your CV or resume.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students.  Thurs. May 30, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/10M8MR9

NEW! Speech Communication Colloquium: Robert Iltis will present his research “Kultur-al Alienation: A Study in Propaganda,” on Friday, May 31, from 4 – 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall 101. This research examines how the appropriation and recreation of German rhetoric regarding Kultur was an essential component of British, French, and American propaganda during World War I.

NEW! Communication Tools and Techniques: A Professional Development Day hosted by PMI’s Willamette Valley Chapter in association with OSU College of Business, Business Solutions Group. May 31 from 8 a.m.  to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Student PMIWV members Free; members $99; non-members $249; non-member Students $37 (for non-members price of admission includes membership). Details and Registration

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

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.

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.

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! Stress reduction course: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and The Mind Spa is offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course this summer for any undergraduate or graduate OSU student. MBSR is a proven complementary medi­cine program that offers an approach to dealing with stress, pain, illness and the demands of everyday life. The course meets July 1-Aug. 19, once per week for eight weeks, with one daylong Saturday or Sunday class. Contact Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW! URSA Undergraduate Symposium:  The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) program is pleased to announce the first-ever URSA Undergraduate Symposium, which will spotlight undergraduate research efforts of OSU students from across the campus.  The event, which will be held Sept. 24-25 in ALS 4001, will feature talks from OSU undergraduates performing undergraduate research this summer.  All OSU students are welcome and invited to participate in the event. For more information: ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

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.

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.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Fairbanks: Ten spaces in the Fairbanks parking lot will be closed from May 31, 5 p.m., to June 2, 8 a.m., due to the Flat Tail Music Festival.

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.


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

Office Specialist 2 – The Research Office will begin a review of applications in the University’s Office Specialist II pool to fill the OSII position which closes on June 4.  Interested parties should apply to Office Specialist II pool #0010379 no later than May 29, 5 p.m.

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.

Sherman County Extension Services  is accepting application for one part-time, intermittent (approximately 8 hours per week as needed) Seed Certification Aide 1 position. This position will be located in Moro, Oregon. Posting number 0010754. Closes May 31.

Administrative Program Assistant –International Degree and Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Enrollment Manager and Program Assistant position. Posting #0010732. Closes June 1.

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: “Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.” – Kahlil Gibran. Not much chance of that today, but maybe by the end of the week. Showers today and rain tonight, with a high of 64 and low of 50.

Central Oregon: Showers today and rain tonights. High of 59, low of 40.

Newport: Showers today and rain tonight. High of 56, low of 51.

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


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