OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 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.

Those omega-3 acids aren’t so good for you in excess (Portland Business Journal)

Omega-3 fatty acids are a popular nutritional supplement that can improve heart health, but Oregon State University researchers have found that excessive amounts can cause other health problems. (see also Psych Central)

5 year study to focus on expansion of Medicaid in Oregon (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million to study the impact of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Marie Harvey is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at OSU. She says the main objective of the study is to link data together.

Breakthrough in study of alumunium should yield technical advances (Science 360 NSF)

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon today announced a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years – a platform to study and fully understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world’s most important metals. (see also Science Codex, Science Daily, Hispanic Business)

China honors OSU researcher (KEZI)

An Oregon State University researcher is in the international spotlight for his work on plant diseases.

Cherri Pancake on the 25th anniversary of the SC conference (Inside HPC)

SC13 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference. In the first of a series of insider interviews, we caught up with Cherri Pancake from Oregon State University to get her take on how far the show has come over the years.

World’s poorest to suffer most from warming ocean: Study (E&E Publishing)

“A lot of the areas most impacted by stressors have multiple things overlapping because they already are partially dictated by low oxygen and pH levels,” said Andrew Thurber, co-author of the PLOS study and a scientist at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.


OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW): Enjoy the celebration of the annual OPAW, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, hosted by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Programs. The week will be filled with events, including the popular Postdoc Poster Session with wine and cheese, a vendor show, and a fundraiser at the Laughing Planet.

Darwin’s Sacred Cause: James Moore questions the established view of Darwin as an objective scientist, showing how passionate opposition to slavery motivated his research and gave him courage to challenge the scientific and religious establishment of his day. Oct. 29, 4 p.m. MU Journey.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Toastmasters: The Oregon State Toastmasters Club 3722 is having their Open House on Nov. 1, at noon at the Valley Library, Room 1420.

Be Bright! Be Seen!: A pedestrian and bike safety event and alternative transportation fair will be held Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MU Quad. Register your bike with Campus Public Safety, receive free safety and visibility giveaways, learn about the many ways you get to campus that don’t involve driving, and have a chance to win a coveted illuminated umbrella. For more information:  http://oregonstate.edu/main/be-bright

OSUsed Store Halloween Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and try your hand at drawing a coupon for 25, 50 or 75% off one item! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Oregon State University welcomes football Hall of Famer, Dick Butkus to campus on Friday, Nov. 1:  A Q&A session with the legendary linebacker will be held in the Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center at 12:30 p.m.  The presentation will be made up entirely of your questions.  For more details, or to submit a question visit http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/butkus.  Here, you can also find more details regarding parking and a chance to win a personalized football signed by Dick Butkus!  Free and open to the public.

Poetry reading: Poets Charles Goodrich and Mary Szybist will read from their most recent poetry collections at Oregon State University on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. This is the first reading of the 2013-2014 Literary Northwest Series.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Jamie Cate, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, will present a seminar “From Neurospora to yeast: Pathways to sustainable biofuels” on Wednesday, Oct 30, at  3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water: Michael Nelson (Oregon State University) .  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 to 5 p.m., in Owen 102. Topic: The “Why?” of Water Resource Management.

NEW! Former fugitive gives talk: Katherine Ann Power, a former fugitive who spent 23 years on the run from the FBI is returning to Corvallis to talk publically for the first time about her experiences as a student activist, a wanted criminal, and a woman who now embraces peace activism rather than violent revolution. She will speak at OSU on Oct. 31, noon in MU 206 on “Surrender: Guerrilla to Grandmother.”

NEW! Four Months in Kenya: At the Oct. 31 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Brooke and Joan Collison will discuss their experiences teaching last fall at Kenya Methodist University and the Methodist Church Kenya Children’s home respectively. Triad meets in the MU, room 213, 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! 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 31, Kidder 128. The proposed (draft) resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate later in the quarter.

NEW! Director of Shared Services forum: The Director of Shared Services is responsible for the oversight and guidance of OSU’s Business Centers. Candidates will answer the question,”Given the unique position OSU is in related to changes in our governance (i.e. we will have an independent Board as of July, 2014), what implications and opportunities does that have regarding our balance between risk, compliance and customer service?” followed by 45 minutes for questions and answers.  Mark Johnson: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2 2:15 –3:15 pm, MU, JPLC Journey Room

NEW! Advocacy in Science: “Scientific Assertions that Muddle Ecological Policy,” Oct. 31, 4-4:50 p.m., Richardson Hall 313

NEW! School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series: Larry Ryan will speak on Vierordt’s Law and Uncertainty, Nov. 1, 4 to 5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

TAC Webinar:  Introduction to Mind-Mapping with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features.  Wednesday, October 30, 9-9:50 a.m.  Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1gbE6ly

Higher Education in Mexico: The challenges: Enrique Fuentes Flores of the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Mexico, will speak about the impact of social and political challenges in Mexico on universities and faculty, Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon in the MU Journey Room.

TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting.  Weds. Oct 30; 1-1:50 p.m.  Register here: http://bit.ly/13ZFVzp

Women in technology workshop: From College to Careers – Workshop for Women in Technology. Featuring a panel of dynamic women in technology. They will share their insights on technology careers and reveal how to go after the job of your dreams and get it. Network with peers, professionals and panelists. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. event. CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom. Register here: http://www.netappsled.com/OSU/osuReg.php

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Damien Fordham, ARC Super Science Fellow, University of Adelaide, Australia, will speak on “Extinction risk and climate change: from models to molecules,” Oct. 30, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

Constantine the Pious: In his lecture Professor Leithart will survey Eusebius’s account of Constantine’s Christian convictions and examine later legends of Constantine to focus on the changing notions of how successive emperors wished to portray their faith in an imperial context. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.

Fall Climate Social: Climate Change Success Stories.  The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative invite you to gather together across the disciplines on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, LSC Ag Production Room.  Space will be limited, so please be sure to RSVP here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5B93JQ6

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW): All faculty, staff, students, and postdocs are welcome to celebrate the yearly OPAW, hosted by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Programs, and acknowledge the work of OSU postdocs at the Postdoc Poster Session in the MU ballroom Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., accompanied by wine and cheese. Don’t miss out on the vendor show (2.30-6.30 p.m.) and free chair massages for participating postdocs (2.30-4.30 p.m.)

News for Employees

NEW! Farewell for Jeffrie Husband: The College of Forestry would like to honor and thank Jeffrie Husband for her 28 years of remarkable service, friendship and patience. Amanda Landis (in the FES Office, 321 Richardson Hall) has cards available to sign and is accepting donations for a gift. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 15. Her last day is Nov. 22. She has declined a party but invites people to stop in and see her before she leaves.

2013 Joy Drive: Childcare and Family Resources is looking for sponsors (departments, individuals, clubs, etc.) to buy gifts for the children of student parents at OSU this holiday season. For more information and to sign up to be a sponsor contact Childcare and Family Resources at familyresources@oregonstate.edu.

Keck Foundation – Call for Concept Papers: The Keck Foundation seeks to support outstanding basic research in science, engineering and medicine that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/keck-foundation. Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.Coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 18.

The Source: The Fall edition of The Source, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences’ e-newsletter is now available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/october  It has stories about the interesting variety of teaching, research and engagement work that our faculty, staff and students experience in the College, and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon’s principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide.

Faculty development fund: Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due Oct. 31. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for a maximum of $4,400 may be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants

Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction – deadline Friday: 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.

Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on KBVR 88.7fm: This program was created by two graduate students and is completely organized and produced by student volunteers without any financial support. Currently the hosts of the program are seeking undergraduate students interested in science communication to get involved in the program. Opportunities for interested students include scientific and promotional journalism, podcast creation, web development, graphic design and more. To hear an episode, find more information, contact the hosts, or see who is currently involved, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

Parking on campus Nov. 1: A rare weekday home football game will complicate parking on campus Nov. 1. Employees are encouraged to utilize alternative transportation that day, or to park either in designated parking areas (see map here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/10275103273/ ) or at the Benton County Fairgrounds between noon and 5 p.m. (a free shuttle to and from campus will be provided during those hours). For more detailed information on which lots are open and closed to faculty and staff on Nov. 1, see http://bit.ly/1fYf1vS

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.

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.

OSU International Degree & Education Abroad (IDEA) is hiring an Administrative Program Assistant.  This is a full time classified position. Posting # 0011513. Closes Nov. 3.

Office Specialist 2 –  Oregon Sea Grant at Hatfield Marine Science Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0011512. Closes Nov 3.

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.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 2 position.  Posting #0011489. Closes Nov. 4.

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.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for the position of Student Care Administrative Program Specialist.  This is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE classified appointment.  Posting # 0011493.  Closing Nov. 10.

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 Education is currently recruiting for a part time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011483.  Closes Nov. 12.

Director-Strategic Development– The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting # 0011518. Closes Nov. 12.

Advisor-Academic– The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011516. Full consideration date, Nov. 8; Closes Nov. 15.

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: The October sun is lingering, so take time to enjoy the last of the fall flowers. After a frosty morning we’ll see sunny skies and a high of 57. The low tonight drops down to 33.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 43 and a low of 24. Sunshine again tomorrow.

Newport: This morning’s frost will warm up as sunshine greets the coast. High today of 57 with a low tonight of 40. Fog and clouds tomorrow.

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

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