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Friday, Nov. 1, 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.

NOAA leader details efforts under her tenure (Statesman Journal)

Jane Lubchenco, fresh off four years as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, describes that time as exhausting, frustrating, difficult and depressing. So the former Oregon State University professor is especially proud of what she accomplished in the nation’s Capitol.

‘Flipping the switch’ reveals new compound with antibiotic potential (PhysOrg)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has opened access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied – with the potential to identify new antibiotics. (see also Red OrbitScience Codex)

Spread of stinkbugs alarms growers, scientists (OPB)

One of the ways scientists are following the spread of the non-native stink bug is by setting traps. There are four traps at the edge of a blueberry field at Oregon State University’s North Willamette research farm.

Former fugitive Katherine Ann Power speaks in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

The 64-year-old Boston-area resident will reflect on her past and her memoir-in-progress, tentatively titled, “Surrender,” during a public lecture scheduled for noon Thursday at Oregon State University. The lecture is sponsored by the OSU Peace Studies Program, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion and the Annares Project. (see also KEZI, OPB)

Idaho onion drip trials help control thrips (Capital Press)

“A healthy plant withstands thrips pressure better. I’m really impressed with the plant health improvement that we’re getting with some of those treatments,” said Bill Buhrig, a crop extension agent with Oregon State University’s extension office in Ontario who oversaw the Parma onion trials.

Mark Staben receives ‘Our Hero’ award (LIFE@OSU)

Mark Staben, Web and Multimedia Coordinator, College of Engineering.has been recognized as the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s October 2013 ‘Our Hero.’

Healthy Life Civil War Challenge (LIFE@OSU)

The third annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge has begun, uniting Ducks and Beavers statewide in a friendly competition to encourage, achieve, and take an active role in healthy living.

Those emerald shores just might be toxic (Boulder Weekly)

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released findings in the latest issue of Science that the proportion of cyanobacteria in algal blooms is increasing, and subsequently increasing the toxicity of freshwater lakes and estuaries, threatening aquatic organisms, ecosystems and drinking water.

Going it alone no longer (Inside Higher Ed)

George Mason’s provost, Peter N. Stearns, said that two things have changed since INTO’s initial approach. The first is that the British-based company has established a track record with American universities: its partnership with Oregon State University is now in its fifth year.

Breakthrough in study of aluminium should yield technological advances (Space Mart)

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon has announced a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years – a platform to fully study and understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world’s most important metals.

Skipanon Brand Seafood wins award (Coast River Business Journal)

The Austin Family Business Program named Skipanon Brand Seafood its Micro Family Business winner for 2013. The program at Oregon State University was founded in 1988 to applaud the accomplishments and contributions of family businesses for their innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment, and heart, according to the university website.

Three solutions to common compost problems (Statesman Journal)

“There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of topsoil than there are people on planet Earth,” said Nick Andrews, small farms specialist and compost expert for the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Compost is similar. It’s teeming with billions of microorganisms for each ounce of compost.”


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.

Monthly Cayuse Administrative Support Training: This training is intended for frequent users with moderate skill level who regularly support research efforts throughout OSU.  The format is question and answer with content driven largely by the attendees. Friday, Nov. 1, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in MU 211

The State of Our Mental Health: CAPS invites you to a presentation of the OSU Healthy Minds Study results. Learn about the mental health status and needs of OSU students at this open forum. Presented by Sandi Cleveland, MPH. Sponsored by CAPS on behalf of the OSU Mental Health Initiative. Friday, Nov 1, noon to 1:30 p.m. MU Journey Room.

Music à la Carte: Kenji Bunch, viola, and Monica Ohuchi, piano, MU Lounge. Nov. 1, noon. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series

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

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.

The Godfather of Zin: Joel Peterson, the inaugural recipient of the College of Science Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, founder of Ravenswood Winery, will speak at OSU Friday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m., in ALS 4001. Hosted by the OSU Department of Microbiology.

Psychology colloquium: “Vierordt’s Law and Uncertainty,” Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Larry Ryan of OSU will present as part of the School of Psychological Science Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Tailgating: A healthy tailgating event will be held before the Nov. 1 home game against the visiting Trojans of USC. Beaver fans can stop by the PacificSource Healthy Life Vehicle located at Reser Plaza from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 to sample winning recipes from the Moore Family Center’s recent GridIron Chef Contest – while learning how to prepare a healthy tailgate snack.

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.


OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: Come by our public sale Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th St. We have sales every first Saturday of the month in addition to our Wednesday sales. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Brunch with Dick Butkus: Nov. 2, 8:30 to 11 a.m., MU Ballroom, tickets are $18 – limited number available. MUPC brings NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus to the Dad’s Weekend Brunch! Come and hear Dick Butkus speak about his life and career in football, answer questions from fans, and grab a picture with him too! All while enjoying a catered brunch for just $18. Tickets can be purchased in MU 103 Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW! Flying Club Open House – Corvallis Airport, Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Airplane Rides with a $20/person donation and free BBQ.  Come talk to members, see our aircraft and learn about the Oregon State Flying Club first hand.  OSU & LBCC students, alumni, staff & families are eligible for membership. Visit:  flying.oregonstate.edu

Masculinity, Fatherhood, and Family Panel: What does it mean to ‘be a man’? A panel discussion with OSU men about creating a better world for men, women and children. Come talk about fatherhood and family. A Dad’s and Family Weekend event hosted by Men’s Development and Engagement. Saturday Nov, 2; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; MU 206. For accommodations contact tyler.reisnaur@oregonstate.edu

Dad’s Weekend Comedy Show: Nov. 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, tickets are $34-38. The Dad’s Weekend Comedy Show is back! This year’s show will feature stand-up comedian Tom Cotter, runner up winner for “America’s Got Talent”, as well as Dave Anderson, a stand up comedian that appeared on Comedy Central, “Star Search” and current co-host of “The Mark and Dave Show” on 1190 KEX radio in Portland. Tickets can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/mupc/dads-and-family-weekend


Steinway Piano Concert Series: Joyce Yang, Nov. 3, 4 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Students 8-18 and college students free with ID. Tickets online at www.tickettomato.com. Information: corvallispiano.org

Upcoming events


Lectures and webinars

NEW! Statistics seminar series: Bryan Wright, Biometrician, Marine Mammal Program, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife;  Ariel Muldoon,Research Consulting Statistician for the College of Forestry; and  Matt Nahorniak, Statistician, South Fork Research, Inc, will share their experiences as statistics department alumni, on Nov. 4, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag, 203.

NEW! Copyright and Qualtrics Workshops at The Valley Library: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series continues with Week 6 sessions: Thesis Savvy/copyright (Nov. 5) and Qualtrics survey software (Nov. 7). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! TAC Webinar: Effectively Integrating Response Technology – with Turning Technologies training staff. Discover how to incorporate interactive questions into a lesson based upon desired learning objectives. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bQ4FZU

NEW! TAC Webinar: Writing Meaningful Questions – with Turning Technologies training staff. Learn how to design questions that permit students to employ critical thinking skills and encourage interaction, collaboration and communication. Nov. 5, 11 a.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bQ5HFn

NEW! On The Pathway To Reconciliation: Redeeming Troubling Sacred Texts:  Rabbi Sheldon Lewis will show how through the centuries many passages in sacred Judaic texts have been moderated up and transformed through determined reinterpretation by eminent Jewish sages. Nov. 5, 4 p.m., MU 206

NEW! “A (not so) Brief History of Laptop Orchestras, Choirs, and Ensembles (1916 – Present):” Perry R. Cook, professor (Emeritus), Princeton computer science and music. This talk examines the history of humans performing with computer mediated systems, especially in ensemble contexts, and what choirs of the future  might look like. LaSells Stewart Center, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m. For information: create@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6535.

The Power of Your Story: The Coalition for Community Dialogue invites OSU students to apply online for our free fall training taking place on Nov. 16, from 10-4. Priority deadline is Nov 4. There is power in telling your story and in listening to the stories of others. For more information or for accommodations, contact: Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9857.

Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Doug Markle, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, OSU, will speak on”Year class formation or why baby fish die,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 4, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

Zoology seminar: Miguel Cañedo – OSU Zoology, postdoc (Lytle Lab), will speak on”Water & Salt: Drivers of Stream Invertebrate Community Structure,” Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Department of Food Science and Technology fall seminar: Neil Shay, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Bioactive Phytochemicals: Antioxidants or Functional Ligands?” Nov. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.

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

Africa Initiatives Meeting:  Speaker Dr. Kenneth Maes, School of Language, Culture and Society, ” The Lives and Labor of Community Health Workers in Ethiopia ,”Wed., Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library – Willamette East (3622)  If you would like to join the Africa Initiatives listserv, please subscribe here.  Questions? contact Julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu.

Fall Cayuse New User Training:  This training is appropriate for new faculty, new staff or those seeking a refresher on the proposal management system.  A step by step overview of the proposal creation process is presented, highlighting tips, tricks and shortcuts, as well as an explanation of the distinction between 424 and SP functionalities.  Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 1-3 p.m. in MU 211

Forest Ecosystems and Society seminar: Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, will discuss Ethics in Advocacy at 4 p.m., Nov. 7, in Richardson Hall 313.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 14 and Dec. 6.

Accessibility Basics for Electronic Documents: Learn how to make documents accessible to people with disabilities. The session will focus on broad concepts, but also on specific related software features in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF). We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees who create and maintain documents on public OSU websites are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 25 and Dec. 5.

Experiencing Wine: Lessons for the Enthusiastic Beginner:  Elizabeth Tomasino, Assistant professor of Enology, is offering a two-week accelerated program in wine evaluation and tasting. The program begins on Dec. 3 in Wiegand 238 at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is $250, with a 10% discount for OSU faculty and staff.  For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HdCCtn. Pre-registration is required.

News for Employees

NEW! Healthy Life challenge: By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, which runs through Nov. 25, participants will be taking steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon non-profits in the process. Pledge to include a new healthy habit into your life at http://healthylifechallenge.org/home/ For every pledge received, PacificSource Healthy Life will donate one dollar, up to $10,000, across four nonprofit organizations that provide prevention and wellness programs.

NEW! NSF – Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – FDSS program. The program offers awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/faculty-development-space-sciences-fdss. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 2.

Meat center: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m..  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Perfect storm: Three big events are happening this week, Halloween, Beaver Nation Football home game and Dad’s and Family Weekend.  The student community is spreading the word on how beavers can #beSAFE, #beSMART, #takeCARE and #thinkCOMMUNIT and #beBEAVERBOLD!  Three students from the Student Events and Activities Center (SEAC); Vania Alfitri, Alan Louie and Fatima Alramadhan have created a video to get the word out. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/muatosu/2013/10/28/week-5-perfect-storm/

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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

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.

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.

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 Nov. 4.

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.

Bioenergy Advisor— The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Bioresource Research invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position.  Posting #0011501.  Apply by Nov. 5.

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.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Coordinator This position is a 12 month, full-time, administrative position. Posting # 0011526. Closes Nov. 15.

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.

Research Program Administrator, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. F/T. Reports to the Director of Research. Identifies and pursues funding opportunities. Manages the pre-award grants, contracts, and agreements efforts of Forestry faculty and research cooperatives. Posting #0011519. Closes Nov. 18.

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: No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -November!”–   Thomas Hood. Partly sunny today after some areas of morning fog. Showers roll in tonight and it’s going to be a soggy weekend. High of 62 today, low of 45. Highs in the mid 50s this weekend.

Central Oregon: Patchy fog and sunshine today before rain rolls in, and we could see some snow this weekend. High today of 59 with a low of 36. Things get chillier as the weekend progresses.

Newport: Mostly sunny today but rain comes in this evening and it will be a showery weekend. Today’s high will be 59 and a low of 47. In the 40s through the weekend.

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

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