OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 10, 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.

Urgent new time frame for climate change revealed by massive analysis (Science Daily)

“This paper is unusually important. It builds on earlier work but brings the biological and human consequences into sharper focus,” said Jane Lubchenco, former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and now of Oregon State University, who was not involved in this study. “It connects the dots between climate models and impacts to biodiversity in a stunningly fresh way, and it has sobering ramifications for species and people.” (see also USA TodayGlobe and Mail, Nature World News)

How ‘preppers’ are gearing up for a U.S. default (CNBC)

Richard G. Mitchell, an emeritus sociology professor at Oregon State University and author of “Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times,” agrees.

Will Ore. test project bring offshore wind to the West Coast? (E&E Publishing)

But according to Christopher Romsos of Oregon State University’s College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science, water depths off the West Coast drop fairly rapidly around 20 miles offshore to depths of about 1.86 miles — far too deep to pound in the monopiles that support traditional, fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines.

Mental health program shows success (California HealthLine)

Adults who have an uninterrupted stay in California’s Full Service Partnerships programs are 13.5% more likely to successfully transition into independent living, according to the study by Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The study was published in October’s American Journal of Public Health.

New ideas making Bend better (Herald & News)

The controversy around these big projects helped focus attention on the concerns people have. But these projects never got around to causing the kind of ruination that people feared. Neither will OSU-Cascades. The campus will be a place that trains people for the future. It will be a place that helps protect Bend from downturns in the economy.

Extension Sustainability Summit on Wednesday’s Access Utah (Utah Public Radio)

“We are in the middle of the most profound social transformation of our time – the sustainability revolution – and most of us don’t have a clue about its tremendous scope, or the roles we play within it.” Viviane Simon-Brown, emeritus OSU Extension Forestry.

From no experience to master gardner (Beaverton Valley Times)

When the Oregon State University Master Gar­den­er program says no experience is necessary to join the class, they mean it. To join the program, the only requirements are a passion for gardening, a willingness to learn and a desire to share gardening information with the public — and a $140 class fee.

Fifth OSU cultural film festival begins next week (Gazette-Times)

The fifth International Film Festival, showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 20, in Corvallis.

Author charts history, politics of wolves (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Press has released a new book on the reappearance of wolves in Oregon:  “Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country.”

Student awards (LIFE@OSU)

DAMChic Magazine, Student Media both garner honors.

Oregon bass anglers head for collegiate invitational competition (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University is sending three pairs of anglers: Ryan Bell and Colton Thomas, both from Corvallis; Zach MacDonald of Willits, Calif., and Ryan Sparks of Gearhart; and Derek Mathes of Corvallis and Zach Martinez of Linden, Calif.

 Fishtrap adds staff, programs (The Observer)

As part of a new collaborative relationship with Oregon State University, two third-year masters of fine arts students, Sally Parrish and Jon Ross, have joined the staff for the coming year.


State of the University: President Edward J. Ray will present his State of the University address titled “Choosing to Change” at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center. All are welcome to hear this annual address regarding Oregon State University’s standing and future direction. The speech will take place at the beginning of the Faculty Senate meeting. All Faculty Senate meetings and forums sponsored by the Faculty Senate will be webcast at http://live.oregonstate.edu/. The webcast will be available a few minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Following the meeting or forum, the webcast will be linked from this site.

NEW! SEIU ratification votes today:  Classified Staff at OSU, please plan to attend one of the following ratification meetings to participate in a full presentation, discussion, and vote on the tentative agreement of your contract: 7:30 am – 8:30 a.m Linus Pauling Institute Rm 402; noon-1 p.m., Memorial Union Rm 213 (lunch provided); 5:15- 6:30 p.m., Strand Hall Rm 111 (Quilt Raffle @ 5:30). If you are unable to attend one of tomorrow’s meetings, you can obtain an absentee ballot in the mail by visiting seiu503.org.

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.

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: http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/1010/

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

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.

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. Live stream available at: http://live.oregonstate.edu

“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.

Upcoming events

Music a la Carte: Zisa-McKenna Duo, Oct. 11, noon in the MU Lounge. Bach to the Future, guitar and flute. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series 

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.

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.

Beaver BarCamp 12: The Open Source Lab will host an informal conference, Beaver BarCamp 12, at the Kelley Engineering Center on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participate in sessions throughout the day or propose a session on a project, hobby or research interest. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free registration at www.beaverbarcamp.org.

Training Days (Oct. 29 and 30): This no-cost, two-day program features focused learning sessions that range from learning more about functions pertaining to human resources, finance and administration, grants, and other business activities to personal finance, budgeting for retirement, and developing a personal fitness routine. Details, schedule and registration (http://oregonstate.edu/training-days)

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Race and history workshop: “History, Race, Power and Economics” will help participants critically explore and examine the ways in which history, race, power and economics shape the distribution of resources and access to opportunities in the United States.  Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Joyce Powell Leadership Room, MU. RSVP to Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu, if interested.  Limited spaces are available until filled.

NEW! School of Public Policy Brownbag: The School of Public Policy brownbag series begins Friday, Oct. 11, when Todd Pugatch and Elizabeth Schroeder will present their paper, “Incentives for Teacher Relocation: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance”. The brownbag will run from noon to 1 p.m., in Fairbanks 304. Pizza and drinks will be provided. The SPP brownbag is open to all members of the OSU community.

NEW! Justice and healing workshop:Polishing and Offering Stones: Justice and Healing:” In this session is to challenge ourselves and to support one another in “noticing” and “addressing” the distress patterns that delimit our own humanity and inability to play our parts in creating a just and equitable world. Friday, Oct. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., Joyce Powell Leadership Room, MU. RSVP to Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu, if interested.  Limited spaces are available until filled.

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Chris Jordan, NOAA Fisheries, will speak on “Recovering salmon populations – is stream habitat restoration a viable strategy?,” at 10 a.m., Oct. 14, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! OSU Libraries Fall Workshop Series starts with Data Management, EndNote, EndNote Web, Mendeley, & Zotero sessions: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series kicks off with citation manager and data management sessions in Week 3: Zotero (Oct. 14), Intro to Data Management (Oct. 15), EndNote Web (Oct. 15), Mendeley (Oct. 17), and EndNote (Oct. 17). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops

NEW! Science Pub: “Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture:  The good, the bad, and the righteous.” The Science Pub platform is an informal and interactive setting open to any members of the public where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! Oct 14, 6-8 pm, Majestic Theatre http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Alec Kowalewski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Cultural Practices.” He will speak on Oct. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.

NEW! 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.

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.

TAC Workshop:  Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom.  Friday, Oct. 11, 10-10:50 a.m., Waldo 320B.

“Bridging maternal and child health and life course to promote healthy development:” The 2013 Campbell Lecture Series features UCLA School of Public Health’s Child and Family Health Program director Neal Halfon.  Oct. 11, noon, room 115, Hallie E. Ford Center,Visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/campbell-lecture-series to view the lecture live online.

The Limited Test Ban Treaty at 50: Perspectives on Impact. Tim Naftali, Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Christopher McKnight Nichols, and Joseph Orosco lead a roundtable discussion on the impact of this treaty since it went into effect 50 years ago this month. Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 5th floor Valley Library.

Celebrating 300 years of probability and statistics:   Public lecture and reception on Saturday, Oct. 12. Location: Hoffman Hall at Portland State University. Schedule: 1:30 p.m. poster session; 2:15 p.m. foreword; 2:30 pm public lecture “Apps, Earthquakes, and Survival: some statistical stories from Google and beyond” by Tim Hesterberg of Google Inc.; 3:30 p.m. reception. For more information, please visit http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/~kovchegy/stat2013oregon/

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.

Resume:  Can You Pass the 10 Second Rule?   Writing a stellar resume can be challenging!  Learn how to grab the employer’s interest in 10 seconds! Lea McLeod from Degrees of Transition LLC will present on Friday, Oct. 18,  from 11 a.m. to noon in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

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

News for Employees

Political activity limits: Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

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

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.

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.

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.

The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant to the Registrar position. Posting # 0011441. Closes Oct. 16.

Accountant 2 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 position (internal to OSU employees only). Posting # 0011443.  Closes Oct 16.

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.

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. 25.

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 Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Benton, Lane and Linn Counties, with primary responsibility for community horticulture. The primary work station will be either Benton or Linn County Extension office and will be determined in consultation with the West Central Regional Administrator. Posting # 0011448. Closes Nov. 3.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This position is located in McMinnville. This is a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Yamhill County with primary responsibility for community horticulture. Posting # 0011447. Closes Nov. 3.

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: It’s just about time for pumpkin gathering, and we might even have some sun this weekend for it. Foggy this morning, leading to a mostly cloudy afternoon. High today of 59, low tonight of 45. Patchy fog and clearing tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 58 and a low of 34. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain today with a high of 58 and a low of 47. Cloudy tomorrow after morning fog.

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

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