OSU Today

Wednesday, May 29, 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.

New book may help make the case for restoring California condors to the Northwest (Oregonian)

Jesse D’Elia needed a topic worthy of his time and effort as he pursued his doctor of philosophy degree at Oregon State University. His professor, Susan M. Haig, served on a blue-ribbon panel evaluating the status of critically endangered California condors and efforts to achieve their recovery.

New ‘inhaled’ lung cancer drug may be on the horizon (Mesothelioma.com)

Researchers from Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey report that they have developed a new system that lung cancer patients will be able to use to inhale chemo medications, hopefully eliminating many of the toxic side effects associated with traditional chemotherapy drugs.

Institutional board forum with President Ray (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a meeting with President Ed Ray regarding the potential creation of an independent institutional board at OSU.

Researchers warn of ‘megadrought’ (Western Farmer-Stockman)

If climate warming continues to wear away at our atmosphere, there may be “megadroughts” in our future.
All this is the meat of a “Natural Geoscience” report co-authored by AmeriFlux former science director Beverly Law, an Oregon State University College of Forestry professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems.

Bill to cut pesticide use by Oregon state agencies wins Senate support (Oregonian)

State agencies will unify efforts and measure results under a new interagency committee headed by Oregon State University’s Paul Jepson, the state’s IPM coordinator since 2002. (see also Statesman Journal)

Slug and snail bait a hazard to dogs (Statesman Journal)

Stronger warning labels on slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde may have led to a huge drop in calls to a national pesticide hotline about possible dog poisonings, according to Oregon State University.

Dancing With the OSU Stars returns to campus (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will thump with the pulsing beat of the rumba and swing with the fast-pace of the paso doble on May 30, when Dancing with the OSU Stars returns to the LaSells Stewart Center.

Legendary OSU track coach dies (Register-Guard)

Berny Wagner, who served as head coach of Oregon State’s track and field and cross country teams from 1965-75, died from age-related causes at his home in Corvallis with his family at his side. He was 88.

Deputy Under Secretary Ann Bartuska visits campus (LIFE@OSU)

Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education and Economics mission Ann Bartuska came to campus May 28 to learn more about some of OSU’s research.

Rebounding real estate means good news for Forest Grove’s Viking House (Oregonian)

Hepler cites her experience with Viking House — working on a real construction crew with real blueprints — as a major factor in her decision to attend Oregon State University to study ecological engineering.


“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.

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! Student menu at Pangea: Nutrition Food Management Students are taking over Pangea Café Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. On Wednesday take a “Walk Through Oregon” and try some Honey-Soy Salmon, or Gluten Free Hazelnut-crusted Chicken. Thursday is a good day to have “A Taste of Italy” with Lasagna, or Francesco’s Gelato. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/pangea/nfm-week

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

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Free health coaching session: Are you interested in improving your  overall health, wellness, and nutrition?  Dedra Demaree (OSU faculty and health coach), Bob Kerr (OSU staff and health coach) and Heidi  Neuffer (certified health coach) invite you to join us from 4-5 p.m. on  Friday, May 31 in Weniger 212 for a free session.  The session will focus on weight loss help, specifically the power of creating structural tension and setting ‘SMART’ goals for healthy habits.  The session is sponsored by the Argentine Tango Club at OSU.

NEW! Choir concert: The OSU men’s and women’s choirs present their final concert of the school year on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at tickettomato.com. OSU students and youth through age 18 will be admitted for free.

NEW! OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: Come by our public sale Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We have sales every first Saturday of the month in addition to our Wednesday sales. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Institutional board forum: Oregon State students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a meeting regarding the potential creation of an independent institutional board. The meeting will be held Monday, June 3, 10 to 11 a.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction and Engineering Hall.

NEW! Graduating seniors art exhibit: The OSU Graduating Seniors’ Art Exhibit reception will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 4 in Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University campus. During the event, awards for the exhibit, and scholarships for the upcoming year will be announced.  Fairbanks Gallery is open to the public Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The exhibition runs from June 3–14.

NEW! Hanson retirement: Pam Hanson will retire from 18 years of service to OSU. Hired in 1995 by the office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Pam moved to work for the Chair of Health & Human Performance Public Health in 1998, received recognition in August of ’99 and was nominated for a Service in Excellence Award in 2003. In May of 2004 Pam came to work for the Memorial Union as Reservationist.  Reception takes place June 5in 109B Memorial Union from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Dual career partner opportunities: Nancy Aebersold of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) will share best practices for those seeking dual career partner opportunities on May 30 at 11:30 a.m. (sack lunch @ 11 a.m.) in MU 206 and at 6 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres @ 5:30 p.m.) in LaSells Agricultural Production Room. RSVP michelle.kutzler@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Endangered species: At the May 30 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Susan Haig of the U.S. Geological Survey and OSU Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife will discuss recovery efforts for the condor, spotted owl and other species. 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! 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 31, 10-10:50 a.m. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

NEW! Brown-bag Session: Professional Faculty Issues, May 31. The Faculty Senate is hosting a brown-bag listening session to hear concerns from professional faculty. Because these colleagues are major constituents of the Faculty Senate, the Executive Committee needs to understand their unique issues in order to better advocate on their behalf. You are invited to participate in the May 31 session from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in 202 Kidder Hall.

NEW! Workshop: Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom. Fri. May 31, noon to 12:50 p.m, Waldo 320B.  Register here:  http://is.gd/RssEZB

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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! OSU Today reminder: Starting June 17, OSU Today will switch to a weekly version during summer term and will appear on Mondays only. Please have your submissions to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by 2 p.m. the Friday before you wish it to appear in order to get into the coming week’s edition. Submission guidelines may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=6898

NEW! Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 10 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! U-Fit: Faculty/Staff Series with Rec Sports: Join Rec Sports this summer for a faculty/staff beginners exercise program. U-Fit is for individuals who want to build skills and confidence to become regularly physically active. Learn more here!

NEW! LPI blog: What Scientists Eat is an occasional series in the blog of the  Linus Pauling Institute’s Blog, featuring how LPI researchers and staff make use in their own lives of the results of scientific research. See an update about Director Balz Frei’s health regime

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.

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.

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.


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.

Assistant Professor – Environmental & Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010372 Closes May 30.

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.

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 (IDEA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0010732. Closes June 1.

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.

The OSU Foundation has a job opportunity for a Receptionist at the Corvallis Office.  This position will serve as first contact between Foundation employees and their callers and visitors and will provide excellent customer service to donors, visitors, special guests, and Foundation staff.


Corvallis: Just the right weather for curling up with a good book. Showers today with a high of 59 and a low of 47. Warmer tomorrow and downright sunny and nice for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Showers today, with a high of 58 and a low of 33. The sun returns tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today and tonight, with a high of 54 and a low of 49.

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


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