OSU Today

Thursday, May 30, 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.

Ecology lessons from the cold war (New York Times)

An op-ed piece by OSU’s Jacob Hamblin.

Put out the damn fire (Eugene Weekly)

OSU philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore on climate change.

Virus vs bacteria: The invisible war raging in our oceans (Mother Nature Network)

“They are everywhere, from the surface down to the bottom, from pole to pole,” said study researcher Stephen Giovannoni, a professor of microbiology at Oregon State University, adding that SAR11 microbes are most abundant in the warm waters of ocean gyres, or rotating currents, where they can account for as much as 40 percent of plankton cells.

 Lean and serene (TurfNet News)

To be an instructor – check that – to be THE instructor in Oregon State University’s turfgrass program it helps to have a background in wrestling. And if that’s the case, Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., should be just fine as he completes his first six months on the job as the program’s only professor.

Scholarship and the humanities (LIFE@OSU)

College of Liberal Arts hosts Scholarship and Creativity Fair.

Unapproved genetically modified wheat found in Oregon (USA Today)

A farmer discovered the genetically modified plants on his farm and contacted Oregon State University, which notified USDA early this month, Firko said. (see also CBS News, The Guardian, Voice of America)

Girls on the Run hosts 5K run this Saturday (Gazette-Times)

The run, which is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels, will begin and end at Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium.

Alumni Day of Service (KMTR)

OSU alums do community work in Eugene. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Several county programs get six-month budget reprieve (Ashland Daily Tidings)

The programs, including the Oregon State University Extension and Experiment Station, public health and veterans services, will receive six months of general fund support. (see also KTVLOPB)


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.

Student menu at Pangea: Nutrition Food Management Students are taking over Pangea Café Thursday, May 30. Thursday is a good day to have “A Taste of Italy” with Lasagna, or Francesco’s Gelato. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/pangea/nfm-week

PaCS Presents Merchant Expo 2013:  The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center today.  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.

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.

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.

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.

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! CLA fair: The College of Liberal Arts Scholarship and Creativity Fair takes place today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Reser Stadium, Club Level. The fair will showcase the scholarly insights and creative accomplishments of faculty across the college’s six new schools.  This event brings together influential research and creativity to celebrate the betterment of the community, the nation, and the world through the modes of inquiry available in the liberal arts.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! 5K: The Girls on the Run Willamette Valley council is sponsoring a 5K fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday. The run, which is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels, will begin and end at Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. Strollers and pets also are welcome. The registration fee is $15 for students and $20 for the general public. Runners will receive a T shirt upon registering. To register: http://kidspirit.oregonstate.edu/community-events.

NEW! Spring Hybrid Learning Community Showcase:  Tuesday, June 4, 2 to 3 p.m., Milam 215. Learn more about hybrid (“blended”) teaching and learning at OSU.  This term’s faculty learning community participants, who are redesigning large-enrollment courses, will present design approaches and selected elements from their planned hybrid courses.  Please register to reserve a seat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 5 in 109B Memorial Union from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Retirement Reception for Barbara Cusimano and Ann Asbell:  The School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will celebrate the careers of Barbara Cusimano and Ann Asbell.  The reception will be held in the Women’s Building Lobby from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  Remarks will start at 3:30.

Lectures and webinars

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. Register: http://springconference.cgrb.oregonstate.edu/Program

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.)

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.

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

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! Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants: June 3 and 4, 5 p.m. RSVP or questions please contact Jianbo at the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development at jianbo.hu@oregonstate.edu 541-737-2366. The NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online “How-To” workshop over two evenings at ALS 1019 to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in August of 2013.

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

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

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!

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Place: Through May 30, 5 p.m., Langton Place will be closed.

Benton Place and Naval ROTC lot closure: Due to the PAC12 Baseball Regionals taking place, the Benton Place  & Naval ROTC Lot will be closed  May 30-June 3, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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:

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.

Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.75 FTE, fixed-term, Extension FCH Program Coordinator in Lane County.  This position provides leadership for the nutrition education program in Lane County. Posting #0010742. Closes June 17.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus and Special Initiatives Leader position.    Posting # 0010747. Posting opens May 30 at 6 p.m. and closes July 7.

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.

Be Well Today

Did you know that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”?  We’re not advocating that you use food to cope with stress, rather we’re highlighting information to manage stress.  A diet for stress management: http://bit.ly/12RgxprA dozen simple stress tips http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/one-dozen-simple-stress-busters/ Or, use your phone to check out these Apps:  http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/apps-downloads


Corvallis: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl. There’s a chance of showers today with a high of 66 and a low of 44. Tomorrow the weather will shift as if by magic, bringing us sunny skies and highs in the 70s into the foreseeable future.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 60 and a low of 31. Sunny and warmer tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 47. Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s through the weekend.

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


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