OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 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.

Labor-starved pear farmers buckle under bumper crop (NPR)

According to Bruce Sorte, an economist with Oregon State University, Najera Perez’s experience is quite common. And it leaves a gap. (see also KQED)

China honors OSU researcher for decade of scientific collaboration (LIFE@OSU)

Major advances against some of the world’s most devastating plant diseases are starting to emerge from more than a decade of international scientific collaboration led by Brett Tyler, director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University.

Survey shows Oregonians broadly support land-use principles (Capital Press)

The sponsors included Oregon State University, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Oregon Health & Science University. Interviews were completed in five geographic regions — Central, Eastern, Portland Metro, Southern, and Willamette Valley — to permit statistically reliable analysis at the regional level, according to the sponsors. (see also The Lund Report)

Autistic children’s learning and fine motor skills (KVUE: Austin)

The study, led by Megan MacDonald, PhD, of the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences at Oregon State University, looked at whether autistic children’s motor skills were related to their adaptive behavior skills.

Magic Barrel returns to raise funds for food bank (LIFE@OSU)

National Book Award winner Barry Lopez will emcee the 20th annual Magic Barrel, which will include Portland writer Robert Crum, Corvallis mystery novelist Wendy Madar, Oregon State University faculty members.

High court sides with campus paper at Oregon State (WFTV)

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a complaint from the creators of a conservative-leaning student newspaper who were dismayed that Oregon State University confiscated their distribution bins and dumped them in a storage yard. (see also KTVZ)

Top public universities push for ‘autonomy’ from states (Huffington Post)

The schools aren’t closing. Rather, Oregon’s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system. The move, long pushed by some university leaders in the system, will give the University of Oregon, Portland State University and Oregon State University more freedom to hire and fire presidents, issue revenue bonds, and raise tuition.

Oceanographer Murray Levine has died (LIFE@OSU)

Murray D. Levine died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. He was 64.

Bonnie Tufts of PaCS has passed away (LIFE@OSU)

Bonnie L. Tufts passed away on Sept. 26, 2013.

Mystery boat in Tofino could be from tsunami (News1130)

Nobody is yet sure where the boat came from but Dr. John Chapman, a marine biologist and invasive species expert with Oregon State University, says a potentially harmful Mediterranean mussel is easy to spot. (see also CBC)

Ocean acid trip: The hidden harm of climate change (Bay Nature)

Five years ago, the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery at Netarts Bay on the Oregon coast suffered a mass die-off of larval oysters. The owners suspected disease, but water samples turned out to be pathogen-free. Oregon State University biogeochemist Burke Hales, who coauthored a 2012 report on the oyster die-off, identified low-pH seawater as the culprit.

Yaquina Bay runs through it (Newport News-Times)

In the labs and offices at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, you’ll find plenty of the high-tech tools of the trade for conducting cutting-edge marine science: microscopes, computers, cameras, carefully calibrated instruments that measure everything from chemicals in fish tissue to the subtle movements of the sea floor.

OSU prof wins Chinese friendship award (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University botany and plant pathology professor has been awarded one of China’s highest scientific honors for his collaborative work on plant diseases that damage potatoes and soybeans. (see also Oregonian)

Sheep industry grows through initiative (Capital Press)

Since December, he has been learning about sheep production from Bob Klinger, a Grand Ronde, Ore., sheep rancher, who ran the Oregon State University sheep unit for 23 years before retiring several years back.

City Council considers Collaboration Corvallis recommendations on land use, livability (Gazette-Times)

Included in the livability recommendations was a plan to consult with Oregon State University on a possible advisory group to ultimately replace the collaboration project, which has a three-year mission of working on issues related to the impact of enrollment growth in the neighborhoods.


Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Oregon State University: Defining the Path Forward: OSU engaged in a comprehensive self-study of equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts university-wide during the 2011-2012 year. The result is a set of recommendations that will make OSU a model equitable, inclusive, and diverse university. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU 206. Contact 541-737-3556 for accommodations.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Career Services 101.” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu. Oct. 8, noon, MU 208.

Showing of Historic Films– A Peek Into The VHS Vault: OSU Special Collections and Archives will show recently transferred films that haven’t seen the light of day since the last century. In observance of Oregon Archives Month, we’ll share glimpses of campus history. Oct. 8, noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room in the Library. For more information:  http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/archivesmonth.html

Horticulture Seminar Series: Megan Woltz, at the USDA ARS in Corvallis will give a seminar titled, “Relationships between landscape structure, coccinellid activity density, and aphid suppression in soybean.” Oct. 8, 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.

Vistas and Vineyards: A juried show to celebrate 24 years of painting as a plain air artists group in and around the Willamette Valley. Oct. 2-30, Guistina Gallery, La Sells Stewart Center. Artist’s reception Oct. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

NEW! Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff – Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 17, in the MU Journey Room, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $27 (charged to PEBB Providence 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.

NEW! Concert pianist: Corvallis-OSU Piano International will host an “informance” (talk and performance) with concert pianist Alexander Ghindin on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at noon in room 303 of Benton Hall on the Oregon State University campus. Ghindin will speak on Life and Music Study in Russia. Admission is free. Seating is limited to 60.

NEW! Socratic Club on Buddhism and Jesus: The first Socratic event of the new academic year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The topic is “Buddhism and the Teachings of Jesus: Two Perspectives.”  The speakers are author Prabhu Guptara and OSU faculty member James Blumenthal. If you cannot attend the event, a live stream of the event will be available for viewing at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Open auditions for “The King of Spain’s Daughter:” Lab Theatre, Oct. 9 & 10, 7 p.m.: The King of Spain’s Daughter, a one act comedy by Teresa Deevy will be presented Dec. 5-7 in the newly renovated Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall at Oregon State University.  For the first time in the history of Oregon State, this production will be “shadowed” by interpreters using American Sign Language. Deevy herself was profoundly deaf and could lip read in three languages.

NEW! An event with Shakti Butler: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, film screening and community conversation. Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Cracking the Codes asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. More information available at www.crackingthecodes.org.

NEW! Crowds on Friday: Campus Visitors Center will be conducting our annual Fall Preview this Friday, Oct. 11 all day. It will be located in LaSells Stewart Center and also the CH2MHill Alumni Building. There will be around 1,300 guests from all over the United States. We wanted to make sure campus was aware of the increased population here on Friday.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. 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.

Art exhibit closing: The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit invites the public to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 9 in Fairbanks Gallery. Steve Anchell, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Sandra Brooke, Kathleen Caprario, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers and Felix Oliveros are included in this exhibit.

“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.

Faculty senate meeting: The agenda for the Faculty Senate Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center is now available on the Faculty Senate website:


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, Oct. 11. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Coalition for Community Dialogue Info Sessions: Have you had experiences have inspired in you a passion for social justice? Coalition for Community Dialogue—a student-led program of SLI— wants to build a network where people can meet to support, learn and grow together. Information sessions are Oct. 9  and 11 beginning at 2 and 2:30 p.m. in MU 206. We can be contacted at Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Ivan Arismendi, Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU, will speak on “Differential invasion success of introduced salmonids: patterns & hypotheses” Oct, 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water: Faye Yoshihara (Forest Fractal, LLC)  will speak on “Genius of Place: applying Biomimicry to Urban Storm Water Managemen,” Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 102 .

NEW! Sign language in the life of a CODA (child of a deaf adult): At the Oct. 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mai Araki of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center will describe her experience learning sign language as a child. 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! “JFK, Pragmatism and Peace:”   In our first “Pauling: A Year of Peace” event, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Linus Pauling’s Nobel Peace Prize, historian Timothy Naftali, senior research fellow for the New America Foundation, will explore the Kennedy presidency and the dichotomy of working towards peace in a world poised on the brink of war. Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Memorial Union, La Raza Room.

NEW! Campbell Lecture Series: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at noon Friday, Oct. 11 for the 2013 Campbell Lecture Series featuring UCLA School of Public Health’s Child and Family Health Program Director Neal Halfon. The free lecture titled “Bridging maternal and child health and life course to promote healthy development” will be held in the Hallie E. Ford Center room 115. View the lecture live online here.

NEW! Fall graduate student seminar:  Science and Other Agendas in Climate Change, Oct. 10, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Richardson 313.

NEW! Seminar with the 2013 OSU College of Forestry Alumni Fellow: College of Forestry graduate Martin Goebel is a pioneer of the sustainability movement. He founded Portland-based Sustainable Northwest. He will speak on “The Collaborative Leadership Imperative in 21st Century Natural Resource Management” Oct. 25, 3 to 4 p.m. in Richardson 107. Reception to follow. For more information: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/2013-college-forestry-alumni-fellow-seminar

TAC Webinar:  Improving PowerPoint Slide Design with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10-10:50 a.m.

“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, Construction and Engineering Hall, is free and open to the public. Email moorefamilycenter@oregonstate.edu for more info.

Arts and Engineering Lecture Series: Shona Kitchen, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and designer, will give a public lecture on technology and the artistic process. She will speak on Oct. 10 in Owen Hall, Room 102, from 6-7 p.m.

Research Office New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are invited to come Oct. 17, to hear an overview of services that support faculty success in research such as navigating rules and regulations, successes in funding and more. Includes a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies. Lunch and late afternoon reception included. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22. For more information: 541-737-3467.

Beavers Wanted:  How to prepare for Success at the Career Fair:  Employers come to Career Fairs to hire and network with Beavers.  Find out tips on how to make employers want to hire you!  Carolyn Killefer will speak on Friday Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon in the OSU Library:  Willamette East & West Rooms.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

How You Can Use Social Media to Get a Job:  Discover how to efficiently use social media to get a job!  Karlina Christensen from the Statesman Journal Media will present on Monday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m., in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Job Search Strategies:  Increase your confidence and effectiveness by learning productive strategies to search for internships and jobs.  Loni Hartman from Bridgetown Printing and Jean Rupiper from Fast Enterprises will present on Monday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m., in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver JobNet (http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events) for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing!  Bring resume. This event will take place on Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Union, room 208. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

News for Employees

NEW! OUS Code of Ethics: It’s the time of year to remind OSU staff involved in any aspect of purchasing or decision-making pertaining to supplier selection to review and complete the OUS Code of Ethics statement. Directions on utilizing this OUS online tool are on the PaCS website:  http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/ethics. Every year significant resources are utilized addressing issues pertaining to potential conflicts of interests and ethics concerns. For questions contact Kelly Kozisek in Procurement and Contract Services at 737-2067 or kelly.kozisek@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest edition of its monthly Synergies e-newsletter. This month’s stories include a video featuring new students at our annual CONNECT social, a story introducing our new faculty, a video highlighting KidSpirit and its benefits to youth and Oregon State students, a tribute to former Associate Dean Liz Gray and more. http://bit.ly/16tzZh0

Computer Help Desk: The OSU Computer Help Desk is a free on-campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. We assist with diagnosing and repairing personal laptops, general software support, and resolving issues with Blackboard and ONID accounts. Our knowledgeable staff help customers over the phone or in person at our walkup location on the main floor of The Valley Library. No appointment necessary.

Career Services newsletter: Check out the October newsletter here: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/october_2013_newsletter.pdf

KBVR: Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on KBVR that invites OSU graduate students to share about their research and experiences. The purposes of the program are to provide opportunities to: 1) inspire others, 2) inform the scientific community, 3) conduct outreach, and 4) practice speaking to a diverse audience. There are also opportunities for undergraduates interested in scientific journalism! To hear past epsiodes, see the upcoming schedule, or find out how to get involved visit: http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

OSU staff discount to men’s basketball: As a thank you to faculty and staff,  the athletic department is offering a discount on men’s basketball single game non-conference and season tickets. Use the promo code OSUSTAFF to get up to 40 percent off non-conference games and 20 percent off season tickets with valid OSU ID (limit two).

Faculty and staff choir: University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting and faculty and staff are needed to be their singers. This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels, directed by Steven Zielke and OSU graduate teaching assistants. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.  in Benton Hall 204. No audition or singing experience required. For more information, stop by Benton 204 at 1 p.m. or szielke@oregonstate.edu

General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2013: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2013 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Oct. 14.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Jefferson Way from 15th St to 26th St will experience delays Monday – Friday during class change times.  Traffic will be stopped hourly from 15 til to 5 after the hour.  These delays are a safety measure to protect the students and staff (pedestrians) during construction of the Student Experience Center.  We are asking all people who drive this area as a short cut through campus to use an alternate route.  Also, any people scheduling deliveries be aware of these delay times and try to schedule deliveries at the bottom of the hour.

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.

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.

College of Business is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011434. Closes Oct. 14.

Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications for one part-time,  (approximately 26 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Posting # 0011430. Closes Oct. 14.

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 26 hours per week),  Education Program Assistant 1.  This postion will be located in Central Point.  Posting # 0011428. Closes Oct. 14.

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.

Advisor-The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for an Academic Advisor, full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position.  Provide advising support for undergraduate Environmental Sciences majors who are enrolled either on campus or through Oregon State University’s Ecampus. Posting #0011416. For full consideration apply by Oct. 20.

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.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator– The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011435. Closes Oct. 21.

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 Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011419.  Closes Oct. 22.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position. This position will serve Malheur County. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. To apply, visit Posting #0011413. Posting closes Oct. 30.

Research Coordinator.  OSU Zoology Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position PISCO-ODFW Marine Science Integration Researcher for a two-year project.  This is a new position that will serve as a formal bridge between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Posting #0011408.  For full consideration: apply by Oct. 31.

Information Technology Manager  – The Office of Enrollment Management invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Information Technology Manager position. Posting # 0011421. Closes Oct 31.

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: “Magnificent Autumn! He comes not like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds…But he comes like a warrior, with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent…. The wind…. wafts to us the odor of forest leaves, that hang wilted on the dripping branches, or drop into the stream.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Showers today with a chance of thunderstorms after 5 p.m., high of 58, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today with a high of 48 and a low of 32. The sun returns tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today with a high of 57 and a low of 41. Clearing and sunshine tomorrow.

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

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