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Tuesday, June 11, 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.

US science fleet’s future is far from ship-shape (Nature)

“The community is deeply concerned that the ability to go to sea will be significantly reduced in the next decade, as research ships are retired or laid up,” says Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The average age of the ships is more than 23 years, and many are scheduled to retire in the coming years. Unless new vessels are built, the total number of vessels available to scientists will plummet.

OSU Beavers head to College World Series (KOIN)

Danny Hayes hit a two-run home run and Oregon State advanced to the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Kansas State on Monday night in the finale of the Corvallis super regional.

Increasing incentives for energy efficiency (Think Out Loud)

OSU’s Inara Scott is the guest. Oregon is listed as the fourth most energy efficient state in the US, behind Massachusetts, California, and New York. But can we do even better? A new study from Oregon State University addresses the disparity between the incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency, and how to bridge that gap.

Panel clears OSU statewides budget (Capital Press)

The budget for Oregon State University’s statewide public services keeps improving. The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education on June 10 added $500,000 to the budget, a move that, if approved, will allow the statewides to continue operating at their existing service level.

These drones spy on spuds (OPB)

This is one of two remotely-piloted vehicles researchers will be using here at the Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.  It’s called the HawkEye.   It weighs just eight pounds and is roughly the size of small duffle bag.   It has a propeller, but no wings.  It’s kept in the air with a brightly colored parasail.

Genetically modified wheat: No answers yet, federal investigators say (Oregonian)

Tests by Oregon State University and the federal Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, determined the rogue wheat was a “Roundup Ready” variety developed by Monsanto Co. to resist its widely-used glyphosate-based herbicide. The variety was tested in 16 states from 1998 to 2005, but was never approved for commercial use. Monsanto withdrew its application to develop the variety in 2004, and the last Oregon field tests reportedly were in 2001, deepening the mystery of how it appeared in the Oregon field this spring. (see also The Examiner)

More elders with small families will drive demand for caregivers (KVAL)

By the year 2050, one in four Oregonians will be over age 65 – about double today’s elder population, according to Oregon State University researchers.

Senate votes to grant in-state tuition to out-of-state vets (Oregonian)

Honorably discharged veterans from all states would be granted in-state tuition under a bill passed unanimously by the Oregon Senate on Monday.

Neighborhood garden hosts workshop (Statesman Journal)

No one I’ve met has a passion for soil like James Cassidy. The Oregon State University crop and soil scientist taught an outdoor workshop on the best methods for soil health in the home garden May 11 at a Southeast Salem Neighborhood garden.

Oregon State celebrates past, future of Black Cultural Center (Albany Tribune)

The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at Oregon State University is getting ready for a new home. Following closely on the heels of the Eena Haws Native American Longhouse, which had a grand opening in May, the current BCC, as it is known, is being replaced with a new building.

Changes lined up for da Vinci Days (Gazette-Times)

The festival also will feature the traditional kinetic sculpture races, an Oregon State University speaker series and a film festival (68 films were entered, and 38 were selected).


Export control candidate: The Research Office invites you to attend an open forum with Joe Valentine, candidate for the Export Control Officer position. The title of his discussion is “Export Controls and Research Compliance”.  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 11, from 10 to 11 a.m.

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. Pablo Mendoza, June 11, 1:45-3 p.m. in MU 208. List of candidates and details available at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83792/.

Cooley retirement: A retirement celebration will be held for Valerie Cooley on Tuesday, June 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the MU, Room 109.  Val is retiring after 31 years at OSU.  Almost every student and employee that comes to OSU goes to the Campus ID Center, and Valerie has welcomed them all with a wealth of knowledge and a warm smile.

Investigating Lifelong Science Learning: Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is hosting a presentation and discussion examining our growing understanding of how the public learns science across their lifetime. John Falk will share insights provided by research on when, why and where people learn science, followed by a discussion on science education research. This talk is derived from an NSF Distinguished Lecture and will take place on Tuesday June 11, 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder 278.

Memorial for Alexis White: Corvallis Central Park Gazebo, June 11, 4 p.m. Please join us to honor the memory of Alexis White, OSU graduate  student, teacher, poet and friend, who died one year ago. Bring poems, stories, songs, or memories to share, or come to listen and remember.

Upcoming Events

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! Art reception: A reception for the Giustina Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Art Immersed in the Aquatic Underworld,” takes place June 12, 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery in the LaSell Stewart Center on campus. The exhibit runs June 1-28.

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.

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.

Busse retirement: Please join the University Honors College in celebrating Laurel Busse’s retirement.  After 28 years at OSU Laurel is retiring.  Join us for a farewell celebration, Wednesday, June 12, 5 to 7 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall, Room 233.  Appetizers will be served and we will also have a no-host bar.

Happy Birthday Gilkey Hall:  Stop by the main entry and room 109 of Gilkey Hall on Friday, June 14 between noon and 2:30 to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.  There will be a timeline, and an opportunity to learn more about the art that’s behind the name of Gordon Gilkey.  Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-gilkey

Albany Garden Tour: OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting the Albany Garden Tour on Saturday, June 15. Seven private gardens will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Cost is $10. Tickets are available at Tom’s Garden Center, Nichols Nursery, Albany Visitor’s Association, U & D Nursery and Garlands.

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

Lectures and webinars

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 11, Pablo Mendoza, 1:45-3 p.m., in MU 208

NEW! WiN Pub Talk: “Crowdfunding: FTW or EPIC FAIL?” – Panelists are three entrepreneurs in crowdfunding campaigns: Lee Moyer (www.leemoyer.com), award-winning iIllustrator, designer and art director, and Clint Bowers, founder and CEO of STRIPE Marketing. The third panelist to be announced.  June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Corvallis Country Club, $10 at the door or $5 with student ID. http://www.willametteinnovators.com/events

News for Employees

EmpCenter Training and Open Labs: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on June 16 (Classified Hourly employees, Unclassified Hourly employees, and Students/Temps). In addition, Open Labs have been scheduled for the next week.  Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

Seeking home stay families: Interested in sharing Independence Day with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Beaver Store Beaver Gear Sale:  Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  OSU Beaver Store Book Level.  Huge discounts on Beaver gear and souvenirs.

Prescription drop-box: OSU now has an unwanted prescription drop box housed in the OSP lobby (Cascades Hall).  This drop box is for faculty, staff, and students to depose of  unwanted Rx drugs.  It is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The purpose is to keep drugs out of the hands of those who may be suicidal or who struggle with drug abuse and dependence, and to keep drugs out of waterways via improper disposal.

Career Services newsletter: Find out the latest with the June 2013 edition of the Career Services newsletter: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/june_2013_newsletter.pdf

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!

Attendee Survey for Merchant Expo:  If you attended Merchant Expo on May 30 and would like to provide feedback for the event, please fill out the Attendee Survey, which will be open through June 12.  Those who submit a survey will be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 19 to submit the application for employees 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

Washington Way: Due to Geotechnical Boring, Washington Way travel lanes will be restricted to one lane between 35th & 30th as well as between 30th & 26thJune 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two way traffic will remain open but delays can be expected.  Flaggers will be in place to guide traffic.

Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez: Construction begins June 11 on the 4Cs building at 691 SW 26th Street. Walkways along the construction site will be closed. Community fencing and signage will be in place. This project will last for approximately nine months.

Free parking: June 14, TAPS will be offering free parking in all student and visitor parking lots to allow parents, family, friends and OSU alums easier access to campus to participate in commencement-related ceremonies and activities and to help students with their move-out process.  Additionally, TAPS staff will be out and about with maps and information to assist your guests in getting around and parking on campus.  For more parking information please see the Commencement website at: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/sites/default/files/maps/2013-comm_parking.pdf

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:

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.

ESOL/Bilingual Instructor – The College of Education invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 9-month, fixed–term Instructor position in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program.  Posting #0010784.  Closes June 15.

VP for Research is accepting applications for one full-time Program Representative 1. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number 0010821. Closes June 17.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Please contact Beth Dyer if you have any questions at beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu.  Posting #0010810.  Closes June 20.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a 1.0 FTE, or full-time 12-month, Research Associate (Postdoc) position. Posting # 0010785. Closes June 22.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0010773.  Closes June 24.

Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), limited duration (approx. 2 years), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 25.

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: “A noise like of a hidden brook, In the leafy month of June, That to the sleeping woods all night, Singeth a quiet tune.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Things may look a little different than they have lately, with clouds rolling in and a chance of showers. The high today will be 67 with a low tonight of 47. More of the same tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 67 and a low of 36. Sunny again tomorrow with a few clouds.

Newport: Chance of showers today with a high of 57 and a low of 49. More showers tomorrow.

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



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