OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 24, 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.

Saving the bee a major issue at Oregon State (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University is hot on the trail of improving the lot of honeybees, an interest triggered by declining populations of the insect vital to agriculture.

OSU lands federal grant to study Medicaid (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million from the Centers for Disease Control to study the health impact of opening the Oregon Health Plan to more people. (see also KEZIStatesman Journal)

Bright young librarians: Anne Bahde (Fine Books Blog)

Our series profiling the next generation of special collections librarians continues today with Anne Bahde, History of Science Librarian in the Special Collections Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

2013 a challenging year for Oregon, Idaho onion growers (Capital Press)

“The heat makes (thrips) more active (and) we had a lot of virus pressure this year,” said Stuart Reitz, a crop system extension agent at Oregon State University’s Malheur County research center.

Da Vinci Days suspends operations (Democrat-Herald)

“This is a festival that’s been a big part of the community for the last 25 years,” said board member Steve Clark, Oregon State University’s vice president for marketing and development. “How can it be a big part of the community for the next 25 years?”

Oregon State hires new compliance officer in athletic department (Oregonian)

Kyle Pifer has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday.

OSU helps kick bacteria where it hurts (Corvallis Advocate)

Bruce Geller of the OSU College of science led a collaborative study which successfully used new antibacterial agents called PPMOs (peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer), synthetic analogs of DNA or RNA, to specifically target the genetic make-up of bacteria. PPMOs effectively inhibit the expression of certain essential bacterial genes.

Study: Heated chemo-delivering nanoparticles kill 95 percent of ovarian cancer cells (Fierce Drug Delivery)

A new study out of Oregon State University has shown that a combination of mild heat and nanoparticle-delivered chemotherapy can have a whopping effect on ovarian cancer cells that have otherwise built up a resistance to cancer drugs.

Literary masters set to shine (Gazette-Times)

They include Portland writer Robert Crum, Corvallis mystery novelist Wendy Madar, Oregon State University faculty members Elena Passarello and Susan Jackson Rodgers, and McMinnville writer and Linfield College professor Joe Wilkins.

A fresh look at the wolf-grizzly relationship (High Country News)

A study by Oregon State University ecologist Bill Ripple has, for the first time, linked the welfare of wolves to the welfare of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem. This was big news when the story broke in August, which means that either the story hit during the doldrums of the 24/7 news cycle, or that grizzly bears and wolves have been promoted to front-page fodder by the mainstream press.

Harvest time (Newport News-Times)

It was a foggy Tuesday afternoon, but it didn’t dampen student spirits any as 23 second graders from Kim Haddon’s Sam Case Primary class harvested plants and vegetables with the assistance of Oregon State University master gardeners at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse garden.

 Forums give Measure 02-86 campaign the balance it needed (Gazette-Times)

Previous forums hosted by the Kiwanis Club and the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce and the Corvallis City Club were informative, but inexplicably did not include presentations from levy opponents. Wednesday, community activists Jeff Hess and Tom Jensen spoke out against the levy at a forum in the Memorial Union at Oregon State University.


Homecoming Week Oct. 21-26: Join the Homecoming tradition all week and be part of Beaver Nation.  Games in the MU Quad,  Pepsi Pong Tourney, a concert prior to the football game on Saturday and much more!  You won’t want to miss the parade and bonfire/pep rally (located behind the Hilton Garden Inn) on Thurs. Oct. 24.  www.osualum.com/homecoming

Center for Teaching and Learning’s Fall Symposium: You’re Invited to CTL’s Fall Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 24, held at the Memorial Union. You can register for anything from a single hour-long session to a full day exploring the symposium’s three tracks: Promoting Learning, Ensuring Rigor, and Supporting Inquiry. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/fall-teaching-symposium

All Majors and Engineering Career Fairs: This event offers you the chance to network with employers and explore a position or organization that you had not previously considered. These employers travel to OSU just to see you. The Career Fairs are located in the CH2M Hill Alumni Centers Oct. 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., get a professional photo taken for your Linkedin profile.

Pathways to Ending Mental Health Oppression: This interactive session will focus on creating pathways to end mental health oppression through engaging in dialogue based in a “community of care” ethic. No registration. More information at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85407. Oct. 24, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center.

Oregon Archives Month at OSU: The 8th annual historic recipe event, the Taste of the ‘Chives, falls on National Food Day! This year we’re celebrating the launch of the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives with beer-infused foods and recipes with brewing ingredients. Oct. 24, noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room East on the third floor of the Library. For more information:  http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/archivesmonth.html. Info: Tiah Edmunson-Morton, 541-737-7387 or tiah.edmunson-mortion@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This one hour (brown bag) noon-time forum will examine the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. Meetings take place at noon  Oct 24, Womens Building 210; Oct 31, Kidder 128. The proposed (draft) resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate later in the quarter.

A Toast to OSU’s Fermentation Science Program: At the Oct. 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Bob McGorrin of the Food Science and Technology Dept. will discuss a new research program in distilled spirits. Triad meets in the Agriculture Science Room at the La Sells Stewart Center, 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, by Oct. 21 to save a seat.

Prezi Basics: with Chris Buttacavoli (TAC) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Prezi is a cloud-based presentation tool that uses a giant canvas to create a dynamic viewing experience.  It is one of the major alternatives to PowerPoint for slide shows.  In this session you will learn how to design for and build in Prezi.  We will touch on topics for future sessions such as time lines and mind maps.  Oct. 24, 2 to 3 p.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1aGpeXG

CANCELLED! Advocacy in Science: “The Case for Science Driven Advocacy,” has been cancelled.

October Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs or attend a D.I.Y. demonstration at the Repair Fair Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the OSUsed Store. Demonstrations are on How to Reduce your Energy Bills, Bike Maintenance and Common Sewing Fixes. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

ArtScience and Data-Driven Experience Lecture: Ruth West, an interdisciplinary artist-researcher and Director of the xREZ lab, will offer a lecture on the benefits of cross-disciplinary art-science collaborations, entitled “From Genetic Calligraphy to Scalable Auditory Data Signatures: ArtScience and Data- Driven Experiences”. She will speak from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Kearney 112.

Vocal Master Class with Bass-baritone Derrick Parker:  The public is invited to observe Derrick Parker working with voice students from OSU, Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Rd.

Upcoming events

NEW! Between the Cracks Forum: San Francisco based contemporary dancer and choreographer Justin Morrison collaborates with OSU Popular, Technology and Performance music faculty: Mike Gamble, guitar, Shawn Trail, percussion/electronics and Dana Reason, piano/keyboard, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/BetweenTheCracksForum

Music à la Carte: Sarah Brown, clarinet and David Servias, piano,  Friday, Oct. 25, noon, OSU Memorial Union Lounge. For more information, oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series

Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger: Four Oregon Book Award winners and five other distinguished Oregon writers will read from their works Oct. 25 at a Corvallis fundraiser for the local food bank. The event, which takes place at the Whiteside Theatre, will include OSU faculty members Elena Passarello and Susan Jackson Rodgers. Blues musicians Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino (an OSU faculty member) will perform at 6:30 p.m., and the readings will start at 7 p.m. National Book Award winner Barry Lopez will emcee this year’s event. Admission is a suggested donation of $9 at the door. http://www.magicbarrel.org/

Recital: Sophia Tegart, flute and Lauren Servias, piano, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Benton Hall Room 303. Arrive early. Seating is limited to approximately 60.

CPHHS Homecoming Trivia Bowl – Team up with your colleagues, classmates, friends and family at the CPHHS’ Homecoming Trivia Bowl from 3–5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Hallie Ford Center. Vote for your favorite healthy recipe created by your peers, then stay for some trivia fun with local icon Mr. Bill’s Traveling Trivia Show! Visit health.oregonstate.edu/homecoming for more info.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! 2013 Cuba summer experience presentation: “Cuban Culture, Society and Politics Today: From Revolution to Globalization,” presented by Amy Below, Dwaine Plaza & Kathleen Stanley. School of Public Policy  Brown Bag Seminar  Room 304 Fairbanks Hall, Oct. 25, noon to 1 p.m.

NEW! Toward Collective Liberation Leadership for Anti-Racist and Feminist Social Justice Organizing.   Oct. 25, noon in Bexell 207.  Join American activist and writer Chris Crass for an exploration of strategies to build visionary social justice movements.

 NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Doug Bateman, USGS, will speak on “Forest management and headwater fish: What do policy makers need to hear when they see the New Alsea and Hinkle Creek data?” at 10 a.m., Oct. 28, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Jana Lee of the USDA ARS in Corvallis will give a seminar on “Spotted Wing Drosophila and FAQs.” She will speak on Oct. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Open Access and Article Metrics Lecture:  Dr. Peter Binfield, co-founder and publisher of PeerJ, will speak on Altmetrics in celebration of Open Access Week 2013: Redefining Impact.  Altmetrics is the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments. Friday Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Library Rotunda, 2nd Floor.  Refreshments provided.

Open Access presentation: The OSU Libraries & Press is hosting a presentation by Peter Binfield on Open Access and Alt Metrics from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Friday Oct. 25 in the 2nd floor Valley Library rotunda as part of Open Access Week.  Binfield is a physicist, Alt Metrics advocate, and co-founder of PeerJ, a new Open Access journal in Biological and Medical Sciences. This year’s OSU Libraries & Press Open Access Hall of Fame inductees, Kevin Ahern, Marit Bovbjerg and Rich Carter, will also be awarded at the event.

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

Coastal conference: Registration is open for the 2013 Heceta Head Coastal Conference, Oct. 25 & 26 at Florence Events Center, Florence OR.  Co-sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the conference brings current ocean science and policy to Oregonians. This year’s theme “Oregon’s Ocean: So Many Fish in the Sea” focuses on fish–from the science, to the management, to the fishermen. To register: visit http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/hecetaheadconference

Zoology seminar: Jan Medlock – OSU Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor will speak at 3:30  p.m, Oct. 28 in ALS 4001.

Statistics Seminar Series: “Letting Go of Sample Survey Methods That No Longer Work and Inventing New Ones,” by Don A. Dillman, Regents Professor, WSU.  Oct. 28, 4 p.m., Owen 102.

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)

News for Employees

NEW! 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.

NEW! Oregon Women in Higher Education conference: Proposals are being accepted for either a concurrent session or poster to the OWHE conference happening on Jan. 24, 2014 at OSU. Deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 4.  See http://owhenet.jigsy.com/ for more details. All conference presenters whose proposal has been accepted will receive free registration if they present at the conference and agree to facilitate one OWHE webinar during 2014-15. Students, faculty and staff of all genders and from both 4-year and 2-year institutions are encouraged to submit proposals and attend the conference. For info: Mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

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.

“Google Apps for OSU: Drive & Sites”– new sessions.  Google Apps for OSU has been enabled for the entire OSU community. This 60 minute session focuses on Google Drive, its configuration and sharing capabilities, and the files you can create in Drive, including Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. A brief introduction to Google Sites will be included as well.  More info is available at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule.

Faculty/Staff Fitness: The Faculty Staff Fitness program is in full swing, located in Langton Hall and the Women’s Building. There are still some available  classes, which can help you work towards fulfilling your requirements for the  PEBB Benefits Exercise Rewards Program.  Classes include swimming, tennis, weights, conditioning, and FSF has also partnered with the Physical Activity Course Program.  Sign up online or in person. More information is available on the FSF site or the Dixon Recreation site.

Campuses Take Charge: During fall term, join hundreds of people in the OSU community by selecting three energy saving actions to try for one month.  Last year, we saved 561,528 pounds of CO2 during Campuses Take Charge, equivalent to taking about 53 cars off the road for a year or growing 6,531 tree seedlings for ten years.  Our goal is to double our CO2 savings this year!  For more information, visit the Ecologue.

Calling all OSU Employee Artists: The Annual Classified and Professional Faculty Art Exhibit co-sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is accepting submission/registration to the 2013/2014 show! Share your talent and creativity with the campus for display at the LaSells Stewart Center. The last day for submissions is Nov. 15, noon. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit

Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction: All payroll deduction forms for Recreational Sports memberships are due to Recreational Sports by Friday, Nov. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to use payroll deduction to purchase your membership. Forms can be found by clicking here. Please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions. Be well!

PEBB Exercise Rewards Program: Recreational Sports and Faculty-Staff Fitness are both approved for the Exercise Rewards Program. This means that PEBB-eligible faculty/staff and their spouse/domestic partner are each eligible for a $15/month reimbursement reward for engaging in physical activity at least 12 times/month. Mix and match with Recreational Sports and Faculty-Staff Fitness to meet your requirements. Get all of the details from the Recreational Sports website and the Faculty Staff Fitness 

Cracking the Codes: The recorded version of the OSU public lecture and film screening of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity with Shakti Butler is available online: http://media.oregonstate.edu/.  Please share with your colleagues, friends, and students.  It runs approx. 2 hours.

Become an OSU Search Advocate: There are still spaces available for the next Search Advocate workshop series Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.  Register at OSU’s Professional Development website http://oregonstate.edu/training/index.php by Oct. 25.   Advocates help search committees avoid unconscious, unintentional biases, and enhance validity, diversity, and equity in the search/selection process.  The first session provides a case study, research, theory, and legal background, and position development; the second session includes remaining search stages, a panel of search advocates, strategies for advocates to use, and a closing case study.  To be eligible to serve as a search advocate, you must complete both sessions.  For more information: Anne Gillies anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-0865.

Traffic and Maintenance

Sports complex closure: Due to the Homecoming Bonfire, the Sports Complex Lot will be closed Oct. 24, 6 p.m. to Oct. 25, noon.

Fairbanks: Vacuum excavation for a new water line along the sidewalk north of Fairbanks Hall will require an approximate 4-week sidewalk closure.  ADA access to Fairbanks Hall will remain open by using the south-accessed (at Jefferson Street) parking lot on the west side of Fairbanks.  The two ADA parking spaces and lift for the building will be available for the duration of the sidewalk closure, Oct. 21-Nov. 25.


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

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.

Cook 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Cook 2 position.  Posting #0011470.  Closes Oct. 28.

Food Service Worker 3 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 3 position.  Posting #0011490.  Closes Oct. 29.

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 Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011469. Closes Nov. 1.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator– The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011476. Full consideration date, Nov. 1; Closes Nov. 6.

OSU Extended Campus is seeking a Project Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011474. Closes Nov. 3.

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.

Medical Aide-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month Medical Aide. Posting #0011485. Closes Nov. 4.

Human Resources Manager– The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Manager position. Posting #0011486. Closes Nov. 4.

Food Service Worker 3 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 3 position.  Posting #0011496.  Closes Nov 5.

Administrative Program Specialist– The Office of Dean of Students invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting # 0011493. Closes Nov 10.

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Student Services Coordinator position.  Posting #0011367.  Apply by Nov. 15.

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: “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 10th October 1842. Dense fog advisory in effect for this morning, after which clouds will eventually give way to sunshine. High of 66, low of 42.

Central Oregon: Sunny and clear today with a high of 72 and a low of 36.

Newport: Fog, drizzle and clouds today with a high of 55 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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