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Tuesday, June 4, 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.

Is a Lack of water to blame for the conflict in Syria (Smithsonian)

In Syria, a devastating drought beginning in 2006 forced many farmers to abandon their fields and migrate to urban centers. There’s some evidence that the migration fueled the civil war there, in which 80,000 people have died. “You had a lot of angry, unemployed men helping to trigger a revolution,” says Aaron Wolf, a water management expert at Oregon State University, who frequently visits the Middle East.

U.S. girls better behaved than boys, but not in Asian nations (UPI)

Wanless and Megan McClelland, an associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, along with co-authors at U.S. and Asian universities, conducted assessments of 814 children in the United States, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Restoring NW wildlife. Come home, condor? (Crosscut)

That is the subject of a fascinating new book,”California Condors in the Pacific Northwest” by Jesse D’Elia and Susan M. Haig (Oregon State University Press, $19.95). The co-authors are wildlife specialists — D’Elia a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Portland, and Haig an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center and professor at Oregon State in Corvallis.

Oregon State makes online insect guide more mobile friendly (The Grower)

Oregon State University has revamped the Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook website to make it more user friendly, regardless of the screen size users are viewing it with.

Rhododendron enthusiasts say azalea lace bug can be fought with pesticides (Oregonian)

Robin Rosetta, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, is coming to the end of a sabbatical she took to study azalea lace bugs (Stephanitis pyrioides). She says her research led her to read much of the recent scientific literature on the insect.

Berry bliss: Early, abundant (Register-Guard)

Lane County strawberries are making up for arriving about two weeks late last year: They arrived about two weeks early this year, said Ross Penhallegon, longtime agent with the Oregon State University extension service.

Lectures in history: Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy (C-SPAN)

Airing on C-SPAN 3, June 8 at 8 p.m. & midnight ET and June 9 at 1 p.m. ET. Oregon State University professor Christopher McKnight Nichols teaches a class on Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy, focusing on the period between 1989 and 2001. The class looks at military engagements by the United States during the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, including Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Haiti and Serbia — as well as the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.

Farmer planted two types of wheat not involved with GM trials, sources say (Capital Press)

Russ Karow, head of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Oregon State University, said to his knowledge neither Rod nor WB528 were tested with the Roundup Ready gene. (see also Wall Street Journal, Boise Public Radio)

Ocean dentrification (Environmental News Network)

“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. (see also Science Blog)

Idaho scientists using medical imaging technology to examine nuclear fuel (Oregonian)

The Missouri University of Science and Technology and Oregon State University are partners with the INL on the project.

Field days cover hot topics in wheat, other crops (Capital Press)

Upcoming field days at Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center will cover hot topics like new wheat varieties and early-planted canola.


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! Printing and Mailing closed: Printing and Mailing Services (100 Cascade Hall) will be closed from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, for an all-employee meeting. We will be open before and after the meeting. Please email Lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

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.

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.

NEW! PCOSW End-of-Year Event: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a networking reception and celebration for the end of the 2012-2013 year, in order to share about the projects, priorities, and accomplishments of the past year. Special thanks will be made to phenomenal contributors. Tuesday June 4, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hallie Ford Center.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! University Chorale concert: The University Chorale will hold their spring term concert at noon, June 6, in the atrium of the Kelley Engineering Center. Each piece is led by a different student conductor.

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 4-5pm on Friday,  June 7 in Weniger 212 for a free session.  Learn specific components of building a healthy lifestyle and some of the current
practices that people commonly confront in achieving their health goals. The session is sponsored by the Argentine Tango Club at OSU.

NEW! Random Review: Kate MacTavish, champion runner and OSU professor will review “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at noon Wednesday, June 12.

NEW! Brickman retirement: Please join us  in honoring Nancy Brickman for her 31 years of dedicated service to the School of Civil and Construction Engineering.   Reception will be held in Kearney Hall on Thursday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to noon.

NEW! Thompson Retirement: Gabrielle Thompson of AMBC will be retiring from OSU after 30 years of service.  A celebration will be held on June 20, 1 to 3 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 9.  Refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Well Water testing: Sustainable Living Clinic: Thursday, June 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Bring 1/2 cup of well water in a clean container for screening, groudwater educator will be on hand to answer questions about groundwter, septic systems, and wells. Benton County Sunset Building Lobby, 4077 SW Research Way. Free and open to the public.

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! Psychological Science series: “Assessing Street Smarts: The Beaver Interpersonal Sensitivity Project”  The final talk of the School of Psychological Science spring colloquium series, given by Frank Bernieri. June 5, 4 to 5 p.m. Willamette West Room in the Valley Library. Admission is free and open to all OSU researchers.  For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

NEW! Water Resources Seminar Series: Joan Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, will speak about “Sprawl in the carbon cycle: Parcel size and household behaviors carbon storage on large lots.” She will speak on June 5 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Room 4000. A reception will follow in ALS3006.

NEW! Saving Green: Advancing Sustainable Business Practices in Corvallis: A free and public presentation on sustainable business practices will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. This event will feature presentations by OSU graduate students, done on behalf of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Corvallis community. The presentation will identify different steps that can be taken to encourage Corvallis businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Learn more about the event on the Coalition’s website.

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.

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.

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.

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! Weeknight games: Pac-12 universities are required to play two Thursday or Friday night games at home every three years. There will be one in 2013 and one in 2014. The OSU Athletic Department and TAPS are working together to develop a parking plan for that day that will minimize the impact to overall campus parking and operations, and also allow for game-day parking for University supporters and fans.  More information will be distributed later. The first scheduled weekday game is Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., OSU vs USC.

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.

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 18-20 while 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

Langton Place: Due to construction and the safety of pedestrians, Langton Place between Waldo Hall and Langton Hall will be closed June 3-7, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 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.

Central Campus metered lot (east of bookstore): Due to the construction of the new student Experience Center, the metered lot in the center of campus will close permanently beginning June 17.

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.


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

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.

Cashier 2 – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Cashier 2  position. Posting #0010799. Closes June 17.

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.

Research Associate – The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Research Associate position.  Posting #0010793. Closes June 23.

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

Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010796. Closes July 2.

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.


Corvallis: Better scramble for your sunglasses today because it’s going to be a hot one. High of 84 and a low of 52. Tomorrow will be almost identical.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 82 and a low tonight of 52. Up to 85 tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today with a high near 63. A low of 51 tonight.

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


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