OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 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.

OSU scientists to track bees like researchers track wolves, other species (Portland Tribune)

With scientists wondering how to fully explain the massive loss of honeybees due to disease, mites and colony collapse disorder, researchers at Oregon State University have decided to rig miniature wireless sensors to bumblebees to track their movement and provide more data on their behavior. (See also KEXPrecision Ag, AgProfessional)

Literature, What is it Good For? (Huffington Post)

OSU’s Evan Gottlieb reflects on why teaching literature is still so important.

A look at how a federal shutdown would affect local operations (Gazette-Times)

With the federal government on the verge of a possible shutdown local jurisdictions began bracing Monday for impact. There would be immediate changes required for Oregon State University if federal facilities shut their doors.

Grants could help data centers, server farms cool their jets (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The grant will fund testing and data analysis by Oregon State University’s Energy Efficiency Center at the City of Gresham’s data room.

Celebrated memoirist Nick Flynn to read at OSU on Oct. 11 (Albany Tribune)

Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. (see also Gazette-Times)

Citizen science: Help classify plankton in waters off southern California (Earth Sky)

The Plankton Portal Project leader Robert K. Cowen, at Oregon State University, agreed. He said, in the same press release:… With the volume of data that ISIIS generates, it is impossible for us to individually classify every image by hand, which is why we are exploring different options for image analysis, from automatic image recognition software to crowd-sourcing to citizen scientists.

Drosophila numbers increase greatly in Idaho (Capital Press)

“It’s been a major pest the last couple of years … and it seems to be more prevalent this year than last year,” said Pokarney, who added that Oregon State University researchers are working with growers to develop practices that can reduce the insect’s threat.

Essential books for the new OSU student (Gazette-Times)

“The Oregon Experiment,” by Keith Scribner. 2011. While a more dramatic read than Malamud’s “A New Life,” Scribner’s novel also focuses on yet another new-to-campus faculty member while offering a modern-day glimpse of a fictionalized Corvallis and university


XPress Stop Grand Opening: The US Post Office is no longer open in the Memorial Union. Please join OSU Printing and Mailing Services for the Grand Opening of the XPress Stop on Oct. 1,  9-11 a.m. Located in Memorial Union Room 109, festivities will include a raffle with prizes, refreshments, and a tour of the facility. XPress Stop services include printing, mailing/shipping (USPS, UPS, and FedEx), binding, faxing, design, notary, and passport photos. For information: lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu.

“Forest and Fluvial Geomorphology of the West Slope Western Cascades,” a free talk by Julia Jones, an Oregon State University hydrologist, will be held noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Wilkinson Hall, room 108, on the OSU campus.

Presentation and Open Forum for Office of Equity and Inclusion Associate Director position: OEI invites you to attend candidate presentation and open forum sessions for its  Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Compliance, and Conflict Resolution position. Oct. 1, 1:15-2:45 p.m., MU 211

Statistics lecture: “The Right Treatment for the Right Patient (at the Right Time),” a talk by Marie Davidian, 2013 President of the American Statistical Association and William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. Oct. 1, 4-5 p.m. Owen 102. Reception follows.

Upcoming events

NEW! Evening Public Sale: 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, and all desks, tables and filing cabinets will be 50 percent off. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Student Media Open House: Student Media welcomes new and returning students to its open house Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the KBVR TV Studio in Snell Hall. Students will have an opportunity to meet with editors/managers to discuss involvement opportunities in Student Media.  Student Media includes; Beaver Yearbook, The Daily Barometer newspaper, KBVR FM, KBVR TV and Prism art and literary magazine and all related digital and social media.

NEW! “Difficult Conversations”: Join us for a no-cost faculty and staff workshop led by the Center for Learning & Organizational Development on Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union, Room 211. You will gain tools to handle difficult conversations, and increase the likelihood that they will be productive and have positive outcomes. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=2255 to register.

American Winter:Community Services Consortium sponsors a free screening of the award-winning documentary about eight Oregon families struggling in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film shows the human impact of decreased social services funding and the shrinking middle class. Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff – Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 17, in the MU Journey Room, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $27 (charged to PEBB Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu. All students who get vaccinated may enter a drawing for $5 gift certificates to MU Retail Food Service.

CPHHS GridIron Chef and Homecoming Trivia Bowl: Think you have what it takes to create a healthy tailgate recipe? Like trivia? The College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center invite you to join their new Homecoming tradition! Enter your unique, healthy tailgate recipe by Oct. 4. Winners will be voted on and announced at the Homecoming Trivia Bowl from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hallie Ford Center. Find out more.

“Bob Moore and the Bob’s Red Mill Story – The Importance of Whole Grains”: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 for a presentation and cooking demonstration by Bob Moore, founding CEO of Bob’s Red Mill. Recipes and food samples will be given to those who attend. The event, held at LaSells Stewart Center, is free and open to the public. Email moorefamilycenter@oregonstate.edu for more info.

LAST CHANCE – Be Well 5k Walk & Run: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the FREE 2013 Be Well 5K Walk & Run (and 1 Mile Walk) on Friday, October 11. Register early for a free t-shirt. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: William Muller, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University, Canada, will present a seminar “Oncogene-mediated signal transduction in transgenic models of breast cancer” on Wednesday, Oct 2, at  3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Parking at OSU: Separating fact from fiction. At the Oct. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations and Marketing, will discuss plans to change parking regulations on and off campus. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, 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! OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: “Librarianship in the Land of Fields: Report of a Sabbatical in Poland,” by Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at OSU. Come hear about Richard’s Fulbright experience in Warsaw, Poland, where he taught library science courses at the University of Warsaw and lectured throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. Friday, Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: John Wiens, Winthrop Research Professor, University of Western Australia; Chief Scientist, Point Blue Conservation Science, will speak on,“A river runs through it: Wildlife and water in the California Delta.” Oct, 2, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

Ice cores reveal the Greenland temperature response to climate forcing during the last deglaciation” a free talk by Oregon State University geologist Christo Buizert will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Wilkinson Hall, room 108, on the OSU campus.

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction: All payroll deduction forms for Recreational Sports memberships and lockers are due to Recreational Sports by Friday, Nov. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to use payroll deduction to purchase your membership/locker. Forms can be found by clicking here. For more information: Ali Casqueiro

NEW! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Nov. 4.

Central campus construction: Having trouble navigating central campus due to construction? Here’s a video produced by the MUPC to help you get from the MU Quad to Jefferson and vice versa: http://bit.ly/1b04F9Y

Write to Harry Potter: If you like to write and are a fan of Harry Potter, consider an entry in the Corvallis-OSU Symphony’s Letters to Harry Writing Contest! You could win a ticket to the Oct. 27 Halloween with Harry Concert! All ages are welcome to participate.  Deadline is Oct. 15. Details at: http://visitcorvallis.com/events/corvallis-osu-symphonys-halloween-with-harry-letter-contest/ and http://cosusymphony.org.

Activism exhibit in the Valley Library: “Activism in Action: Voices from the Collection.” See what others have been fighting for through photographs, articles, newspapers, letters, and books found in our collections. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the entrance foyer of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center on the 5th floor of the Valley Library. For more information or to schedule a tour, please email scarc@oregonstate.edu , call 541-737-2075, or visit our web page at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu.

No access codes needed for teaching stations: To promote easier access to classroom teaching resources, access codes will not be required to access teaching stations in all General Purpose Classrooms starting this fall. Touch panels will be “touch and go”; warm up time is still required before selecting a source to power on the projector. If you need special software installed, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/is/classroom-technologies/classrooms/software-request before the term begins or as soon as possible.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to Media Services, diane.cooper@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-2121.

Childcare and Family Resources new location: Childcare and Family Resources has moved to 151 Snell Hall.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/childcare/

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2013: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2013 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 11.

LPI blog: Maret Traber  has been honored internationally for her work on vitamin E. She is also its most enthusiastic fan. See the Linus Pauling Institute blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/linuspaulinginstitute/

Faculty Senate Elections: – Faculty with Split Appointments – According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office by noon on Oct.18 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between, and the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned; please indicate ‘Split Appointment’ in the Subject line. Tenured faculty will be apportioned in their tenure unit.

Dad’s Weekend: As the school year is quickly approaching, that means that Dads and Family Weekend is right around the corner on Nov. 1-3. The Memorial Union Program Coordinators are in the process of planning the program for the weekend, and would love to include any activities that you have going on. Send the date, time, and brief description of any activities you have planned to Caitie Karcher or Jessica Hammock no later than Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.  

“Google Apps for OSU: The Essentials” – new sessions: Google Apps for OSU has been enabled for the entire OSU community. To learn more about why OSU adopted Google Apps and how it will foster collaboration with our colleagues and communities, please register for one of our 60 minute in-person sessions in Milam Hall and the Valley Library. More info is at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule. The presentation will include demos of Google Drive and Google Calendar.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to repairs on the building steam system all steam services to Nash Hall will be temporarily shut down Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This will affect all heat & equipment utilizing steam.

Free parking: Aug. 19 – Oct. 11, student lots open (green signs) no permit required.


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

Administrative Program Assistant– The Lab Animal Resource Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0011362. Closes Oct. 2.

Professional and Noncredit Education is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0011358. Closes Oct. 3.

Tillamook County Extension Service is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook. Posting # 0011377, Closes Oct. 3.

Extension Service Administrative Office is accepting applications for one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting # 0011279. Closes Oct. 3.

The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Student Services Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011332.  Closes Oct. 4.

Office Assistant: Printing and Mailing is recruiting for a part-time, .25 FTE, (not benefits eligible) Office Assistant position. This is an on-call position that will work with Printing and Mailing’s Document Services team on scanning and processing documents.  This position will follow established processes, have critical attention to detail, accuracy and meeting project deadlines. Posting #0011345  Closes Oct. 4.

The Child Development Lab is accepting applications for a part-time (.50 FTE) 9 month Instructor/Family Advocate position for OSU’s Head Start Prekindergarten Program.  The position requires bilingual Spanish/English language skills. Posting #0011294. Closes Oct. 4.

Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer Competency Level 2 position.  Posting # 0011351. Closes Oct. 6.

Manager-Finance and Accounting – The Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time, 12-month fixed-term Finance and Accounting Manager position. Posting # 0011307.  Closes Oct. 6.

Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) is accepting applications for one part-time, (approximately 32 hours per week). Education Program Assistant 1. This position will be located in Lebanon, Oregon.  Posting # 0011364. Closes Oct. 8.

Tillamook County Extension Office is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook, Oregon.  Posting #0011412. Closes Oct. 9.

Coordinator, Community Outreach  – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Coordinator, Community Outreach position. Posting # 0011384. Closes Oct 17.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – The Environmental Health Science Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator position. Posting #0011309. Closes Oct. 20.

Douglas County Extension Office is seeking an Office Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting # 0011319. Closes Oct. 21.

Director – The Center for Lifelong STEM Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director position. Posting #0011233, closes for full consideration on Oct. 21.

The College of Forestry is recruiting for a Professor and Department Head, in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES).  The College of Forestry seeks an established and broad thinking scholar, an effective and inspiring leader, and a highly competent administrator for this position.  FES is an energized and interdisciplinary department containing leading scholars whose expertise ranges from the biophysical to the social sciences, from policy to ethics.  Posting #0011321.  Closes Nov. 15.

Regional Network Director – OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a full-time, alumni relations professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks and alumni programs in Oregon (other than Portland) and Boise, ID. Position description and application info at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: Things may be breaking down (or shutting down) at the highest levels, but the most of us are back to work on this rainy morning. Showers and possible thunderstorms today and tomorrow with a high of 61 and a low of 44.

Central Oregon: Isolated showers today with a slight chance of showers tomorrow. High today of 56 with a low of 30.

Newport: Showers today and tomorrow with a high of 58 and a low of 46.

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

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