OSU Today

Monday, June 3, 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.

Just breathe (Gazette-Times)

In a bid to reduce the mortality rates for lung cancer, the leading cancer killer for both men and women, a scientist at Oregon State University and his colleagues are thinking small. Very small. (see also NSF Science 360)

‘This is where you come in’ (Gazette-Times)

Sen. Ron Wyden asks OSU students to take the lead on renewable energy.

County budget woes threaten Oregon agriculture (Oregon Business)

Farmers and vintners fear that looming cuts to Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) could undercut the region’s pear, wine and agriculture/livestock industries, valued at over $80 million. SOREC, which supports agriculture in southern Oregon through education and research, may lose a major source of funding as longtime partner Jackson County grapples with a $6.8 million budget deficit.

Watch for high spotted wing drosophila numbers in the Northwest (The Grower)

“All indications estimate this season will be similar or worse than 2012, which was the worst on record,” Oregon State University Extension entomologist Vaughn Walton said in a news release.

Researchers document acceleration of ocean dentrification during deglaciation (R&D)

“The warming that occurred during deglaciation some 20,000 to 10,000 years ago led to a reduction of oxygen gas dissolved in sea water and more denitrification, or removal of nitrogen nutrients from the ocean,” explained Andreas Schmittner, an Oregon State University oceanographer and author on the Nature Geoscience paper.

NASA astronaut to discuss asteroids (Register-Guard)

NASA astronaut Stanley G. Love, a graduate of Churchill High School in Eugene, will discuss asteroids, how people might be sent to explore them, and how to protect the Earth from them in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Genetically modified wheat: Discover in Oregon field re-ignites scientific dispute (Oregonian)

Stunned researchers at Oregon State University couldn’t help but question themselves. Once, twice, three times in early May — in two different labs — they analyzed DNA extracted from wheat plants grown on an eastern Oregon farm.

OSU researchers help threatened wheat crops in Asia (Albany Tribune)

Researchers at Oregon State University have helped develop new environmental monitoring technology that will allow farmers thousands of miles away, in west and central Asia, to save millions of dollars while more effectively combatting a pest that is threatening their wheat crops. (see also Science Newsline, PhysOrg)

OSU geographer to receive international prize for mediation (Albany Tribune)

Aaron Wolf, a geography professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a 2013 recipient of Il Monito del Giardino (The Warning from the Garden) Award by the Bardini and Peyron Monumental Parks Foundation of Florence, Italy.

Students pitch in for mid-valley nonprofits (Gazette-Times)

More than 250 volunteers fanned out across Benton and Linn counties Friday afternoon in the mid-valley’s first-ever United Way Student Day of Caring. Students and faculty from Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College tackled 16 community service projects for nearly a dozen public and private agencies in what organizers hope will become an annual event.

Research maps sea level change on the New Jersey coastline (Space Daily)

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.

New online tool helps growers manage insects (Precision Pays)

Growers can now easily identify and manage insects while in the field using smart phones and tablets with a new online tool developed by Oregon State University and partners.

College pays, but only if you finish (Gazette-Times)

Despite justifiable worries about student debt, a nifty new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that a college education still is a sound investment.

Today

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

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.

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! Rethink PowerPoint! with Joni Tonn (TAC). Rethink and improve your PowerPoint presentations with researched techniques.  Focus is on PowerPoint pedagogy in the classroom, though information is applicable for most presentations.   Specific topics include: directing attention, less is more, outcomes as guidance for creation, displaying qualitative and quantitative data, using tools within PowerPoint to enhance presentations, and time at the end for specific questions. Mon., June 3, noon to 12:50 p.m.  Register here:  http://bit.ly/Z8Pgvs

NEW! Open Forum for Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation, & Planning: The campus community is invited to attend candidate presentations focusing on the support of the Division of Student Affairs in further developing the culture of inquiry in alignment with the OSU Learning Goals for Graduates, and the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Initiatives. List of candidates and details available at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83792/. June 3, Kerry Levett, 2-3:15 p.m. in MU 208.

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.

Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants: June 3 and June 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Michael Oriard retirement reception: After more than 35 years of service, College of Liberal Arts associate dean and Distinguished Professor Michael Oriard is retiring at the end of this school year. Please join us for a reception honoring him on Tues., June 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

NEW! 2013 Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show: Come and meet “The Whole Dam Family” at this year’s Oregon State University Graphic Design Senior Show! We will host two events — on campus and in Portland: June 5, Wednesday, MU Ballroom, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and June 6, Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 5 to 8 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

NEW! Lonnie B. Harris Cultural Center: Work on the new Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center will be under way when we return in the fall.  Join us in celebrating the center’s rich history at Oregon State on June 5, 1-2 p.m.  The formal program will take place in a tent next to the original building, and will be followed by historical tours and refreshments.  For more information contact University Events at 541-737-0724.

NEW! Welcome Waggers therapy dogs at OSU’s Valley Library: Feeling stressed?  Relax with some dogs at the library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom, on the 2nd floor, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 5 and Thursday June 6, to visit dogs and people from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

NEW! Band concert: Three of the four Oregon State University concert bands will present their final concert of the school year on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Tickets are $10 at the door, with open seating in the auditorium. OSU students, staff and faculty will be admitted for free with a valid OSU ID card.

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.

Graduating seniors art exhibit: The OSU Graduating Seniors’ Art Exhibit reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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! Disability Studies Conversation Series: Emerging Courses in Disability Studies:  Please join us for the last conversation of the series. We will discuss emerging coursework in disability studies, including sex and disability, madness, the psychology of disability and ethics of disability. June 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Womens Center. Faculty, staff and students are welcome, Questions? Contact Michelle Bothwell: bothwell@engr.orst.edu

NEW! Near-Earth Asteroids: Threats and Opportunities – With the recent fireball in the morning skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains, the near-earth passing of Asteroid 2012 DA14, and the upcoming earth-pass of Asteroid 1998 QE2, NASA Astronaut Stanley G. Love, Ph.D., will discuss asteroids, how to protect the Earth from them, and how we might send people to explore them in a lecture in the Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center, on Wednesday, June 5, 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: Michael Pope, Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust: Land Trusts and Conservation: Connecting Communities to Lands of Natural Beauty, June 5, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Kara DiFrancesco of OSU will speak on “Assessing the Robustness of Proposed Flood Management Action Under Climate Change,” June 4, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

Advisor Coffee Talk: Susie Brubaker-Cole and Jeff Malone will be joining us to facilitate a two hour professional development session on MyDegrees and note taking best practices for OSU advisors. There will be time to ask them questions, share your experiences and mingle with your peers. We will provide coffee, tea and breakfast foods. June 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Milam 213.

Export control forum: The Research Office invites you to attend an Open Forum with Michael Miller, candidate for the Export Control Officer position. The title of his discussion is “Export Control Implications & Challenges in University Research”.  This position is an important regulatory position and will assist all researchers to be aware of the requirements we must follow. The forum will be held at the Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402 on June 7, from 9 to 10 a.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports – Summer Term Memberships: Purchase your Summer Term Membership to Rec Sports today, valid until Sept. 27. Prioritize your health and wellness this summer and enjoy an air conditioned facility, outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, group fitness classes, and more! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information or visit Dixon’s Recreation Services Desk.

NEW! Girls’ basketball camp: Oregon State Women’s Basketball invites your daughter to participate in summer camp. We offer two different camps for girls entering K-9th grade. Pee Wee Camp runs June 18-20while Girls Hoop Camp starts June 17 and ends June 20. To register and find out more information about camps: www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com

Exemplary Employee Award: The Call for 2013 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended until Monday, June 17. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review nomination information at:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Monday, June 17.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

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.

Sackett Place: Due to sink hole repair work, the northern extents of the Sackett Place will be closed June 5, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park Terrace East Lot: Due to the Celebrate the Legacy of the Black Cultural Center Ceremony,  a portion of the Park Terrace East Lot will be closed June 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington Ave NE Lot closure: Due to construction of a new residence hall,  the Washington Ave NE (gravel lot) will permanently close starting June 17.

Jobs

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

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.

Oregon State University Malheur County Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor position in Rangeland and Livestock. This 12-month position is 0.75 FTE tenure track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed term funding. This position is responsible for the Rangeland and Livestock Extension program in Malheur County, Oregon. Posting #0010665. Closes June 10.

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.

Assistant Professor  – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010782. Closes June 28.

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.

Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services position.  Posting #0010781. Closes July 8.

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.

Weather

Corvallis:You can learn a lot of things from the flowers, for especially in the month of June. There’s a wealth of happiness and romance, all in the golden afternoon.” – Alice in Wonderland. We’ll have mostly sunny skies today with a high of 78 and a low tonight of 47. Temperatures will jump into the 80s by tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 77 and a low of 41. In the 80s by tomorrow.

Newport: Foggy, then cloudy with a chance of sunshine by this afternoon. High of 66, low of 49. Similar most of the week.

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

 

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