OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Oregon families squeezed by rising child care costs, falling wages (Oregonian)

“There is a substantial group of families who would prefer to have a parent stay home,” says Bobbie Weber, a faculty research associate at Oregon State University and one of the state’s leading authorities on child care costs. “But if you look at the wages being paid in jobs in the growing sectors, they can’t. They literally can’t provide food and housing if someone stays home.”

Student veteran enrollment is up at OSU (OPB)

Oregon State University is enrolling military veterans at higher rates than before. OSU is creating new programs and expanding others with student veterans in mind.

OSU report: Climate changes triggers increased N.W. risk (Gazette-Times)

A news release this week from Oregon State University said the report was written by a team of scientists coordinated by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at OSU. It’s the first regional climate assessment since 1999. (see also Responding to Climate Change)

Pesticide effects on amphibians (KEZI)

Oregon State University researchers are looking at the effects of pesticides and fertilizers on the amphibian world, and have put together a comprehensive study that is different from others.

Research says onion bulbs pose no E. coli risk (Capital Press)

Research by an Oregon State University scientist shows there is no risk of E. coli contamination from dry bulb onions. (see also Argus Observer)

Industrial hemp in Oregon (Oregonian)

Russ Karow, a crop and soil scientist at Oregon State University, told the gathering of enthusiastic hemp supporters to have realistic expectations. Oregon’s climate, irrigation demands and the economics of farming will factor into farmers’ decisions about whether to farm hemp, he said.

Are caterpillars on the march in your backyard? (Oregonian)

Rondon, who is an Extension Associate Professor with Oregon State University, says this is the first time in eight years working at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center that she has fielded calls about caterpillars.

Zombie babies and Frankenstein: Why pop culture still hesitates to depict undead kids (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb on why zombie babies still aren’t making much of an appearance.

Rivals for Life, do you bleed orange or green? (KUIK)

Oregon State University and the University of Oregon Alumni Associations’ “Rivals for Life” Civil War Blood Drive is kicking off its twelfth season. Once again, both universities will unite with a shared vision of helping to save lives and to become varsity members of their community.

Downzoning creates buzz at OSU/city steering committee meeting (Gazette-Times)

Downzoning, or reducing the maximum density of housing in neighborhoods, was one of the recommendations forwarded to the committee by the neighborhood planning workgroup of the project, which is examining livability issues that have stemmed from Oregon State University enrollment growth.

Bend and Medford as economic growth engines (editorial) (Oregonian)

In Bend, continued expansion of course offerings at Oregon State University-Cascades will make the area more attractive to employers.

OSU Extension partners with Cover Oregon (The World)

OSU Extension is making efforts to help you overcome your fear about the mandatory health insurance enrollment by partnering with Cover Oregon.

Poet will read at Grassroots in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Islam grew up in Novi, Mich., earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Oregon State University.

Harvest, weed prune for winter (Oregonian)

“Speaking for me, I’m celebrating the break from vegetable gardening that winter provides – it’s time to clean up and look ahead,” said Weston Miller, horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.“As an avid vegetable gardener, I am anticipating applying what I’ve learned in the garden for next year’s crops.”

Widmer’s new Steel Bridge Porter (Oregonian)

The Brew Crew will donate some of the proceeds from Collaborator sales to a scholarship fund at the Brewing Sciences School at Oregon State University.


International Education Week 2013: Creating Visibility of the World at OSU Today, Nov. 11-15. More than 25 events, including documentaries, panel discussions, information sessions, festivals and a photo contest are planned throughout the week.  For the calendar and description of events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew

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. 11, SHS health coach Malinda Shell will join the group to answer questions.

OSU Libraries Fall Workshop Series concludes with EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, and Data Management workshops: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series concludes with Week 7 sessions on citation managers and data management: Basic EndNote & Intermediate/Advanced EndNote Nov. 11, EndNote Web, Nov. 13, Zotero, Nov. 14, and Intro to Data Management (11/14). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings:  Kate Boersma, Department of Zoology, OSU, will speak on “Direct and indirect effects of drought on aquatic invertebrate communities in fragmented streams,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 11, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project information session on Phase 2 of the communication:  Salary Structure for Managers/Supervisors of Professional Faculty:  Monday, Nov. 11, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115 OR Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115.  Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited to supervisors/managers of professional faculty positions; both sessions will be live streamed, recorded and available on the project website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/job_category/

Zoology seminar:  Tom Newsome – OSU Forestry, Postdoc (2013 Fulbright Scholar) University of Sydney Research Fellow, will speak on “The Big Bad Wolf and Baby Stealing Dingo: A Cross Continent Comparison of Two Controversial Top-Predators,” Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Native American Cultural Geographies Lecture: Natchee Barnd, Professor of Ethnic Studies at OSU and current Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, will speak on “The Art of Native Space”, Monday, Nov. 11,  at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

IMPACT Open Session: IMPACT is an education-based prevention program that focuses on reducing high-risk alcohol and other drug use among students. Consider attending one of the two open sessions to learn more about the program. Monday, Nov. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Room 208. For more information visit: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/open-impact-session

Statistics seminar series: Members of the OSU statistics faculty will speak on ” Introduction to Research Conducted by the OSU Statistics Faculty,” Nov. 11, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag 203.

Queer film festival: The Corvallis Queer Film Festival will run from Nov. 11-15 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, with all shows beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to free screenings each night, one of the films’ directors will visit Corvallis and participate in a panel discussion. For schedule: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/main/queer-film-fest-comes-corvallis

Upcoming events

NEW! After the Fall: OSU Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s play, “After the Fall,” will show Nov. 14-16 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

Honoring Bonnie Tufts: An open house will be held at the property services building, 644 S.W. 13th St, on Nov. 12, 10 to 11 a.m., to honor the late Bonnie Tufts. A plaque has been placed on the park bench outside the building, as well as an azalea. A picture board will be on display inside the building.

WiN PubTalkWillamette Innovators Network is hosting, “Strictly Social.” Come network with local entrepreneurs at the Corvallis Sports Park, top floor, on Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

CL@SE Open House: Following the PCUN discussion, the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) will host an open house Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 to 6 p.m., in Gilkey Hall, Room 200.  Light refreshments will be served.  Meet new staff of CL@SE and learn more about Latino/a research and engagement activities at OSU.

International Cultural Service Program celebrates 30 Years: ICSP began at OSU three decades ago and now exists at several other Oregon universities. It is one of our signature scholarship programs for international students, enabling the campus and community to learn about dozens of countries and cultures each year through speaking engagements and other forms of outreach. Celebrate the program and its participants Nov. 13, 3 p.m., MU Lounge.

Thrift Shop Celebrates Orange and Black Friday: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop announces “Orange and Black Friday” with special sales and extended hours for shoppers on Friday, Nov. 29. Shop hours for this date only will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Thrift Shop is located at the corner of 2nd and Jackson in downtown Corvallis. Proceeds from the Thrift Shop support community non-profit organizations and scholarships for OSU students.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Immigration Reform and Leadership Transition:  Jaime Arredondo, Ramon Ramirez and Larry Kleinman will discuss PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste/Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) leadership transition and update on immigration reform update.  PCUN is Oregon’s farmworker union and the state’s largest Latino organization. Event sponsored by OSU’s CL@SE.  Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Waldo 201A.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Vladimir Botchkarev, Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, will present a seminar “Epigenetic regulation of Keratinocyte differentiation and reprogramming” on Wednesday, Nov 13, at  3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Philip Mote, Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Oregon Climate Services; Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, will speak on “The latest on future climate change in the Pacific Northwest,” Nov. 13, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Grazing and climate change: Robert Beschta, OSU Professor Emeritus, will speak about the impact of livestock grazing on Western public lands from a climate change perspective with “Restoring public lands after a century of livestock grazing and a changing climate: is it still possible?. Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

NEW! High-speed rail in the Willamette Valley: At the Nov. 14 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Linda Modrell, Benton County commissioner, will discuss plans for a new high-speed train in the valley, including the potential for serving Corvallis. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, 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.

TAC Webinar:  Improving PowerPoint Slide Design with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11-11:50 a.m..  Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1gbEa4G

UHDS open forum: The public is invited to attend a forum for the Executive Director of University Housing and Dining Services position. On Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m., John Yaun from Marshall Uniersity will speak in the MU Journey Room.

Horticulture Seminar Series: Laurent Deluc, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Grape berry synchronization: Evidence of the naturally occurring plastic nature of the ripening program.” He will speak on Nov. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Research commercialization course: The NCET2 Research Commercialization Introductory Course starts Nov. 14.  The course is free of charge but you must register at


Speech Communication Colloquium: Erin Gallagher, along with Julia Green, will present Blogs as Teaching Tools: Increasing Student Motivation and Accountability Through the Use of Online Media” on Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106. This study provides some of the first empirical data about using blogs as a pedagogical tool and includes practical recommendations.

Science communicators brown bag: “IS IT SAFE?” Talking about Risk with Kaci Buhl, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center room 402. As a long time veteran of the National Pesticide Information Center, Kaci Buhl has taken thousands of phone calls about risk. She has also trained staff, state agencies, and EPA personnel in these topics.

Journey into Leadership: The multi-session Journey into Leadership program begins Dec. 13 and ends March 21, 2014. This program is in its 12th year with nearly 500 faculty and staff both on- and off-campus who have participated. We are accepting applications through Nov. 20. For details and the applicant submission form, visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership

News for Employees

NEW! Homestay families sought: Interested in sharing Thanksgiving with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Thanksgiving festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, Nov. 25.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Winter 2013-14 Solicitation (Spring 2014 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 18.

OSU child care survey: OSU is seeking input about the child care needs of the OSU community. If you are a parent of a child ages newborn to 12, or expect to have a child within the next two years, please participate in a survey that was sent out via INFORM on Nov. 5. The survey must be completed by Nov. 19.

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 noon, Nov. 15. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit

Recreational Sports Half term memberships: Half Term memberships to Recreational Sports are now  available for purchase. Half Term memberships are valid until 1/3/2014. The cost for faculty/staff/affiliates/dependents is only $41 and student affiliates/dependents only $34. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Dec 3.  WW Open House meetings will be held Nov. 26, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The new 13-week series begins Dec. 3 in a new location, the Moore Family Center, Milam 105. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Ave. lot closure: Due to the installation of telecom conduits for the new resident hall, various parking spaces located in the Washington Ave lot will be closed Nov. 6-27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 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.

College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants to utilize the pool (posting #0011033) to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Vet Tech 2 position AND one temporary Vet Tech 2 position. 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.

Service Center Operations Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting #0011498.  Closes Nov 22.

Advisor-Academic – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011555. Full Consideration Date, Nov. 25; closes Dec 2.

Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees position. Posting # 0011535. Closes Nov 30.

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.


Corvallis: The air is full of the ghosts of autumns past today. A dense fog advisory is in effect for this morning, followed by cloudy skies. High today of 56, low of 43.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny before evening rain. HIgh of 60, low of 37.

Newport:  Chance of rain, high of 63, 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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