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Friday, October 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.

State of the University 2013 (LIFE@OSU)

A full text of the address President Ray gave the faculty senate yesterday.

Ray: Board, donors give OSU strength (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s new governing board and growing fund-raising strength bode well for the future despite significant challenges, President Ed Ray told the Faculty Senate on Thursday.

Colleges pay cost to keep research afloat during shutdown (Statesman Journal)

But the Oceanus, operated by Oregon State University, is continuing its research. Despite the absence of essential federal grant funding, the university is fronting the cost of the project until the government reopens. “We are lucky,” said John Nabelek, an OSU geology professor leading the next Oceanus voyage. “We have a narrow time window to do this because of weather conditions; if we couldn’t do it now, then it would have to be postponed.” (see also The Republic)

Why shutting down U.S. Antarctic research will have global repercussions (Wired)

Andrew Thurber is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oregon State University who has spent much of the last few years studying shallow marine ecosystems around Antarctica. “Much of the equipment is delicately put to bed each winter and slowly woken up for the field season,” he notes. Other infrastructure requires even more attention.

Shutdown affects non-federal workers too (OPB)

Anna Semple is a faculty research assistant for a professor at Oregon State University. “My building has been shutdown and the data that I work on has been shutdown,” says Semple. “Both are federal. So even though I’m not a federal employee I can’t access my work.”

OSU holds Walk & Run (KEZI)

If you want to go for a walk with Benny the Beaver, you may have your chance on Friday. Oregon State University is holding its fourth annual Be Well Walk and Run Friday afternoon.

OSU students to be part of global initiative created by President Clinton (Albany Tribune)

Oregon State University has become a member institution of the Clinton Global Initiative University, an organization launched by President Bill Clinton to bring together student leaders from around the world.

US programmes aid independent living (British Psychological Society)

Led by Jangho Yoon, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Health Economist at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences in Oregon State University, the study considered data from 9,208 adults across a four-year period.

Public unaware of predator problem, livestock educator says (Capital Press)

“Wolves are a really big challenge,” said James “Jim” Males, the former director of the Oregon State University Animal and Range Sciences Department and now a professor emeritus who teaches half-time in Corvallis.

Wayne S. Cole, 90, dies; scholar of America’s pre-WWII isolationist movement (Washington Post)

“Treating Lindbergh sympathetically was something new,” said Christopher M. Nichols, an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University and an authority on the isolationist movement.

Study: Dams help the NW cope with climate change (Corvallis Advocate)

Julia Jones from Oregon State University co-authored the report. She says those dams give water managers the ability to hold water in reservoirs so it is available it is most needed in late summer for irrigation, flood control, recreation, hydropower, ship navigation, or fish migration.

Oregon bee trackers use tiny sensors to trace bugs (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Miniature wireless sensors to be attached to busy bumblebees are on the drawing table at Oregon State University.

Symphony offers ‘light and fluffy fare’ for opening concert (Gazette-Times)

Relax: Tonight’s season-opening concert for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra draws heavily on music that Marlan Carlson, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, describes as “light and fluffy.”


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.

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.

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.

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 

“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.

School of Public Policy Brownbag: The School of Public Policy brownbag seriesbegins 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! Advisor Coffee Talk: Academic advisors from the University Honors College will share about their programs and opportunities for high-achieving students.  There will be time to ask questions, share your experiences, and mingle with your peers. Snacks provided. Friday, Oct. 11, 1-2 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 402.

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.

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. Registration at 3 p.m., run starts at 3:30 p.m.

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.

NEW! Author talk: Nick Flynn, celebrated poet and author of the award-winning memoirs “The Reenactments” and “The Ticking Is the Bomb:  A Memoir of Bewilderment,” will read tonight in the Valley Library Rotunda at 7:30 p.m.  The reading is the first event in the 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing.


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.

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/

Upcoming events

NEW! Halloween with Harry:  Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Rob Birdwell, guest conductor. The orchestra performs music by John Williams from the Harry Potter films. Those with tickets to the concert may arrive at 1 pm for a special, interactive “Diagon Alley” community business fair in the lobby of LaSells, featuring refreshments and activities. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, Oct. 27 , 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.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! Science Communicators brown bag seminar: “To Advocate or Not To Advocate.” Are there circumstances in which OSU science writers and other communicators should frame scientists as policy advocates? Or should we avoid advocacy at all costs? Hosted by Nick Houtman, featuring Bob Lackey and Michael Nelson. Oct. 15, noon to 1 p.m.,  Marketplace West Dining Large East Room. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2013/10/01/third-tuesday-brown-bag-series/

NEW! Imagination and Social Change: The Creativity of Occupy – Oct. 15, 7 p.m., MU:208 (La Raza) – Social movements generate art, music, and innovative social forms. They open up possibilities for a different future. Andrea Marks, Bill Ritchey, and activists from Occupy Corvallis will speak about the creative activist imagination generated by Occupy movement, and how that movement has continued to inspire on-going social justice projects.

NEW! “Exploring Oregon’s History of Slavery”: A presentation  with R. Gregory Nokes, the author of  Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, published by OSU Press.   Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. , Valley Library Rotunda.

NEW! 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. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., MU 208. Contact 541-737-3556 for accommodations.

NEW! Beekeeping class: OSU Extension Service and the Small Business Development Center at LCC is sponsoring an evening class for anyone interested in keeping bees in your backyard or on your farm.  It includes the basics of beekeeping including biology of the honey bee, what equipment is needed to get started, how to manage bees through the year’s seasons and controlling pests and pathogens. The class takes place Nov. 13, 6 p.m. on the LCC main campus in Eugene.  The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. For registration and information about other classes being offered go online to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.

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.

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

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/

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.

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.

So You Think You Can Interview?    Want to feel more prepared?  Learn how to polish your interviewing skills and ace your interview!  Miriam Lea from Rentrak will present on Monday, Oct. 21 in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West from 11 a.m. to noon.  Sponsored by Oregon State University 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Child Care subsidy: Applications for the Faculty/Staff Friend-Raisers Child Care Subsidy, are due on Friday, Oct. 18. Forms are available in the Office Of Childcare and Family Resources, 151 Snell, or online at: http://oregonstate.edu/childcare/paying-child-care

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.

Associate Director-Transportation Solutions:  OSU Campus Operations is accepting applications for a full-time Professional Faculty position.  The individual in this position will be responsible for developing and maintaining a dynamic, sustainable, data-driven long-range plan and comprehensive mission to meet the growing and evolving transportation and parking needs of OSU. This position will direct and coordinate the efforts of the Motor Pool and Transportation and Parking Services (TaPS) managers for planning, organization, direction, budget, capital assets, contractual obligations and administration of transportation for the OSU campus.  Posting #0011431 Closes Oct. 18.

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.

Office Specialist 2– The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011449. Closes Oct. 22.

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.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is currently recruiting for a 1.00 FTE fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant, Posting # 0011200.  Closes Oct. 31.

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: The weekend’s here, and whether you spend it marching through a corn maze or trying not to eat that Halloween candy you bought too early, the weather should cooperate. There may be a few showers Saturday but Sunday’s looking clear and pleasant. Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 60 and a low of 43, the perfect weather for participating in the Be Well 5k, which kicks off at 3 p.m. in the MU Quad.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 58 and a low of 34. Chance of showers tomorrow before the sun returns Sunday and will likely stick around for most of next week.

Newport: Patchy fog this morning, turning to sunshine this afternoon. High of 57 and a low of 46. Showers begin tonight and into tomorrow, with clearing and sunshine by Sunday.

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

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