OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 4, 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.

Japan’s ‘toxic monster’ creeping toward US (Fox News)

“At first we were only thinking about objects like the floating docks, but now we’re finding that all kinds of Japanese organisms are growing on the debris,” John Chapman of the Marine Science Center at Oregon State University told FoxNews.com.

Butkus to young athletes: Steer clear of steroids (Democrat-Herald)

Dick Butkus, a Chicago Bear who was one of the most intimidating and feared linebackers in NFL history, can’t remember a hit that he regretted. “I never took a premeditated cheap shot,” he told an audience of more than 200 Friday at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.

Tech industry, Oregon State faculty baffled as university dismisses longtime head of engineering and computing program (Oregonian)

Professors in Oregon State University’s electrical engineering and computer science department, and Oregon tech leaders who recruit from the school, say they are frustrated and baffled by the school’s decision to dismiss the department’s longtime head of the program.

Oregon’s food innovation legacy (Portland Monthly)

Masoni is a product and process developer for the Food Innovation Center, a Portland-based component of Oregon State University’s prestigious food science program. She helps clients with everything from food safety to production to distribution and marketing.

OSU names Mary Phillips as Research Development director (Gazette-Times)

Mary Phillips has been named director for the Office of Research Development, a new unit within the Research Office, effective Dec. 1. (see also Democrat-Herald)

WSU President Elson Floyd on managing his busy schedule (KING 5 News Seattle)

Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd talks with KING 5’s Chris Daniels about his use of social media, the many demands on his time, and why he’s taking on a new role as a member of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees.

Small Oregon chicken producers see surge in demand (Oregonian)

But since small producers have fewer customers if they do have a problem it’s easier to contain, said Lauren Gwin, a small farm expert at Oregon State University.

OSU, city sign agreement for traffic improvements (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is building a new residence hall in the southwest corner of the campus on property bounded Southwest Adams Avenue, Washington Avenue, 13th Street and 14th Street. As part of the project OSU is required to make improvements in the intersection of 15th and Washington. Concurrently the city of Corvallis is reconstructing 15th Street between Western Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.

Principals try to keep up with frenetic pace (Portland Tribune)

Keefer was an elementary school teacher in Beaverton for seven years before his start in administration at Skyline School. He’d gone into mechanical engineering at Oregon State University but did a volunteer stint in a classroom, loved it, and switched his major to education. He loves going back to the classroom.

Dad’s Weekend in Corvallis (KEZI)

Oregon State University is hosting 45,000 fans for the Friday night football game against the University of Southern California, but is also hosting thousands of dads.

Having a mammogram can be a lifesaver (Democrat-Herald)

Today, Yeager has been cancer-free for three years. She’s redoubled her commitment to a healthy lifestyle and is taking classes at Oregon State University in preparation for pursuing a nursing degree. She also is something of an unofficial ambassador for the importance of getting mammograms — and having them done now instead of putting them off.

Where the jobs are (Bend Bulletin)

“Bend has obviously had some strong population growth over the years,” Lehner said. “But if you want to support those higher-wage jobs, you need even more growth.” Expanding Oregon State University-Cascades Campus into a four-year school could help in the long run.

Descendants of Fort Hoskins commander visit historical house (Democrat-Herald)

“This was a more formal room where Capt. Augur would meet with his military people,” explained Kathleen Bryant, as she pointed to the front room on the left. “This was the original mantel piece here. The fire box we’re fairly certain was original.” The captain and his wife’s bedroom was on the ground floor, while the children — all nine of them — slept upstairs, according to Bryant, an Oregon State University teacher and graduate student. She is researching and preparing a restorative interior design of the house for her doctoral thesis.

Advisor to speak on vets’ educational benefits (Democrat-Herald)

Gus Bedwell, veteran services advisor from Oregon State University, will be speaking on veteran’s educational benefits, rights and responsibilities at The Bunker, 2125 Willamette Ave. S.E., in Albany.

Spread of stinkbug alarms growers, scientists (Earth Fix)

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.

Fungal gene switch may open door to new antibiotics (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)

Scientists at Oregon State University say they have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has provided access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied. The researchers believe their finding may open the door to the identification of a range of new antibiotics. (see also Science Daily)

Kitumara receives 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame award from Oregon State University (Argus Observer)

Grant Kitamura, of Ontario, received the 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Oregon State University of Agricultural Sciences at a ceremony on Oct. 25 in Corvallis.

 Master gardner question of the week: Hazelnuts (Statesman Journal)

For the backyard, three cultivars that were developed by Oregon State University and are completely resistant to EFB are ‘Jefferson,’ ‘Yamhill’ and ‘Santiam.’ These trees grow to be about 75 percent the size of a ‘Barcelona’ tree over time so they are a bit smaller.


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.

NEW! Beaver Strides presents Move It Mondays: Move It Mondays is a group walk that takes place every Monday during the academic year – rain or shine! We meet at the SE corner of Plageman Student Health Services at noon, and walk around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods until 12:45 p.m. Free and accommodates all walking speeds. On Nov. 4, SHS physical therapist Hanz Tao will join the group to answer questions.

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.

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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. Open to students, staff and faculty. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., OSU Craft Center.

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information on our website.

NEW! “Anonymous People” Movie Screening: “Anonymous People” is a powerful documentary about recovery, addiction and the stigma associated with addiction. Addiction and recovery touches everyone’s lives yet the public rarely hears from this group of people. After the screening, the Collegiate Recovery Community will host a discussion. Wed. Nov 6, 6 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Lectures and webinars

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. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1bQ5TV7

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. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1bQ57aO

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.  Tom Fenske: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2:15-3:15 p.m., MU 213.

NEW! TAC Webinar:  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. Wed. Nov. 6, 3-4 p.m. Register here:  http://bit.ly/1aGpGoQ

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: DeWaine Jackson, Wildlife Research Manager, Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak on “ODFW Deer research – Columbian white-tailed, black-tailed, and mule deer,” Nov. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  Justin Teeguarden, PNNL, will be presenting a seminar – “What is on YOUR X-axis?  How Science and the Media Created the Hysterigen Bisphenol A”- at noon on Thursday, Nov. 7, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

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

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

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

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

“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.

Africa Initiatives Meeting:  Kenneth Maes, School of Language, Culture and Society,  will speak on “The Lives and Labor of Community Health Workers in Ethiopia” Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library – Willamette East (3622). To join the Africa Initiatives listserv, subscribe here.  More info: 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

News for Employees

NEW! Native American Heritage Month Display – The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a display documenting OSU’s Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws. The display can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library, across from the elevators and will be up through Nov 25th. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives

NEW! PCOSW Scholarship Applications: Applications for PCOSW scholarships are now being accepted.  The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, or PCOSW, provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities, as well as individuals conducting research related to women’s issues.  Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 and are awarded during fall, winter, and spring terms.  Interested individuals should visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/awards-and-scholarships.

NEW! Seeking Beaver Nation pets: Do you have a dog, cat, horse, hamster or other pet who is a Beaver Nation fan? Then enter them in the Beaver Fan Pet Photo Contest! To submit a photo of your pet wearing orange and black, visit the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Facebook events page. First place winner gets a CVM fleece vest, second place wins a CVM stainless steel mug and third place gets a CVM leash and bandanna. Deadline is Nov. 13.

NEW! NSF – Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – Transformation Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – AGEP-Transformation program. The program supports strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/AGEP-Transformation. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 9

NEW! OSU campus Oak awarded Heritage Tree Status: A native Oregon White Oak north of Magruder Hall has been selected as an inaugural Heritage Tree in Benton County. It is approximately 340 years old and one of the largest native oaks on campus. Beginning life in approximately 1673, it is a tree that predates the founding of OSU campus by nearly 200 years. It stands as a tribute to the many community members, design professionals and landscape managers who worked diligently to protect these native trees during construction.

NEW! Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for winter and spring terms, 2014. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 22. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

NEW! Career Services November newsletter:  http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ec54406607a44250282778f4c&id=2759d912a2

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.

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.

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 Nov. 4.

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.

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

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.

Accountant 1 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011536.  Closes Nov. 14.

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.

OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.

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 stingy sun trying to hold back  Even the warmth of its reflection, Flashing coldly In the lake. When November leaves drop in sudden gusts, Like a red and yellow flock of birds Swooping at once to ground.” Thomas Drinkard.  November has brought the rain, which we’ll be seeing all week. Temperatures remain moderate with a high of 50 and a low of 45.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain or snow today, changing to rain. High of 42, low of 31.

Newport: Rain throughout the week. High of 50, low of 48.

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


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