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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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.

Growing industrial hemp in Oregon (Think Out Loud: OPB)

Russ Karow, head of Oregon State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Science is one of the guests.

So, you have gonorrhea. Who tells your ex? (NPR)

Now, you might be wondering: Shouldn’t it be the patient’s job to notify ex-partners? “People don’t necessarily do that,” says Jocelyn Warren, a public health researcher at Oregon State University. Studies show that couples — especially young couples — don’t communicate about their sexual histories. (Surprise, surprise!) And telling an ex about an STD infection can be especially “difficult,” Warren says. (see also KUH FM)

Die-hard sports fans view ads associated with rival teams negatively, regardless of the message (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University and California State University, San Marcos asked college students, who were a mix of average sports fans and “highly identified” fans, or super fans, to look at a generic ad that that featured an association with either the home or a rival team and included either strong or weak arguments about product quality. (see also KEZI)

Growing family business (Oregon Business)

The Austin Family Business Program’s annual awards event, set for Nov. 21 this year, does more than honor family-owned Oregon businesses. Webb-Grimmett learned, as have many other families who have participated, that the event reflects the program’s educational mission: to provide the resources family members need to manage and grow their businesses.

Global map of seeds, food and biodiversity launched (Sci Dev Net)

Paul Jepson, director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center, Oregon State University, United States, says: “The concept behind the seed biodiversity map is an interesting one — it should allow assessments of threats and opportunities to be made at multiple scales, and it should facilitate connections to be made between projects.” (see also ReutersHispanic Business)

Florida State, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon State honor Native American Heritage Month (NIKE, Inc.)

Teams from each participating school will make a departure from their traditional colors for one game, donning turquoise Nike N7 uniforms, to highlight the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth.

International student scholarship program celebrates 30 years (LIFE@OSU)

Now in its 30th year, the International Cultural Services Program at OSU is a model organization supported by International Student Advising and Services that has provided scholarships to hundreds of international students over the past three decades in exchange for their participation in community events as representatives of their particular culture.

ADHD medication abuse on the rise on campus (KTVZ Bend)

“A lot of students that are prescribed those medicines are sharing them with their friends or using them for things other than helping with their attention deficit disorder,” said Dr. Jeff Mulls with Student Health Services at OSU.

OSU sorority plans 5K ‘color run’ on Saturday (Gazette-Times)

The Chi Omega sorority at Oregon State University is planning a 5-kilometer fundraising color run to benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Realism over reverence: A loveable soil nerd’s advice for sustainable activism (Idealists in Action)

James Cassidy, a soil sciences instructor and faculty advisor to one of the longest-running organic student farms in the country, comes into his office at Oregon State University wearing a t-shirt that says “eat locals.” It shows a zombie chasing a guy on a tractor.

Using the environment as a weapon (Santa Barbara Independent)

Hamblin, who grew up in the military and is now an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, moved from describing how President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — hinting back at that first question posed — played up the environmental risks in Vietnam to how an international treaty signed by the United States in 1977 prohibiting governments from employing environmental modification didn’t really ban much at all.

Online ed threatens universities, OSU faculty member warns (Gazette-Times)

Online courses are catching on rapidly with students — and universities can either take advantage of their popularity or risk being left behind. That was the message delivered Monday by Oregon State University educator Kevin Ahern at the monthly meeting of the Corvallis City Club.

Amazing, ancient grains packed with fiber (News-Register Today)

The Douglas County Master Food Preservers winter classes, beginning in January, cover the topics of ancient grains, homemade pasta, gumbo making, and Greek cooking

OSU Foundation being asked to divest from fossil fuel companies (Gazette-Times)

A group of Oregon State University faculty members is trying to convince the OSU Foundation to discontinue its investment in fossil fuel companies. OSU Divest has met with the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee and will make a presentation and answer questions on the topic at Thursday’s Senate meeting at the LaSells Stewart Center.


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

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: EndNote Web, Nov. 13, Zotero, Nov. 14, and Intro to Data Management, Nov. 14. For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

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.

Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project information session on Phase 2 of the communication:  Salary Structure for Managers/Supervisors of Professional Faculty:  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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water: Mark Needham (Oregon State University) , Wednesday, November 13, 4 to 5 p.m., “New marine reserves in Oregon: Does the public care? in Owen 102.

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

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Faculty senate: The Nov. 14 Faculty Senate agenda can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/1114/. The meeting will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.

NEW! Open House Event: Speaker Victor Kuhns, director for Vets Helping Vets HQ on veteran programs, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OSU Veterans Lounge in the MU. Refreshments and food will be provided.

NEW! Diwali Dhamaka: Tickets are still on sale in MU 103, and at the door for the Diwali “festival of lights” hosted by the Indian Student Association. Diwali is one of the most popular Indian holidays; it celebrates the victory of good over evil and signifies hope, goodwill, and friendship. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 7 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Tickets: $5.75 students and $9.75 general admissions. For more information: oregonstateisa@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Fall Choral Concert: OSU Meistersingers and Bella Voce. Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St. Tickets: $10 at the door. K-12 and OSU students, free with ID. Information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! Between the Cracks presents trumpeter Andy Kozar: Kozar performs new music by: Eve Beglarian, Mathew Burtner, Scott Worthington, Tyler Harrison, Quinn Collins and Kozar.  Nov. 16, 7 p.m., The Art Center, 700 S.W. Madison. Tickets: $15 non-members/$10 members and free for OSU students with ID. For more information visit Between the Cracks Facebook page: http://www.andykozar.com/Home.html

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony Concert: Stravinsky: Petrushka, featuring Lauren Servias, piano; Wieniawski: Violin Concerto, featuring Sarah Kwak, violin.  Sunday, Nov. 17 , 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $18-$30 advance, $20-$32 at the door.  Up to three K-8 students free with ticketed adult, high school and college students free with ID, subject to availability. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.org

NEW! Omani National Day: Come join the Omani Student Association on Monday, Nov. 18, in celebration of Omani culture. Memorial Union Lounge 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free Omani traditional food and gallery. For more information:  541-745-8006, 541-745-8002

NEW! Exploring the Small Farm Dream workshop: This workshop will provide  an overview of the key factors to consider before starting a small farm business. This class will be taught by Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service and will be offered on Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. on the LCC main campus in Eugene.  The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, descriptions of the other 8 classes being offered or to register go online to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.

NEW! Miller retirement: Linda Miller is retiring as Scheduling Coordinator after more than 30 years of outstanding service to OSU. Her colleagues in the Office of the Registrar invite you to join us in honoring her dedication and achievements, at the Corvallis Depot Passenger Room and Railroad Office (700 SW Washington) on Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 6 p.m., for cake and light hors d oeuvres.

OSU Press Book Sale: In celebration of University Press Week (http://bit.ly/HvcZoc), OSU Press invites the OSU community to a 25 percent-off sale on a wide selections of its books. Nov. 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Valley Library lobby.

History, Philosophy and Religion open house: Join the faculty and staff of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion as they show off their newly remodeled workspace on the third floor of Milam Hall and learn about new research and teaching initiatives happening across the School.  Friday, Nov. 15, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Lectures and webinars

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! For the Beauty of the Earth: The Moral Urgency of Climate Action: Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. Nov. 17, 9:45 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Ronnekamp Hall, 435 N.W. 21st St. For more information contact: jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-6750.

NEW! Design It New:  Elizabeth Sheehan, Center for the Humanities Fellow and Professor of Literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will explore the relationships between early 20th-century avant-garde fashion and fiction in her lecture, “How Modernism Matters: D.H. Lawrence, Fashion, and Enchanting Objects,” on Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

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.

Changing role of fathers: Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family will discuss research on the changing role of American fathers and strategies for greater work-life integration. “The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted: takes place Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. MU 206 (sack lunches available at 11 a.m.) “The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress takes place Nov. 14, 6 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

Fall 2013 Graduate Student Seminar: Jane Lubchenco will speak on “Science Advocacy and Federal Environmental Policy at 4 p.m., Nov. 14, in Richardson Hall Room 107.

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


News for Employees

NEW! Non-Perishable Food & Toiletries Drive: Nov. 11-22. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Human Services Resource Center, and OSU Panhellenic Council. Boxes will be placed at MU info desk, Java II, EBGBs, Cascadia Market, Main Squeeze, Dixon Recreation Center, and Kerr Administration. All donations will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Community Outreach, and the OSU Food Pantry.

NEW! Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Service Projects: Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and coordinated by the Center for Civic Engagement, volunteers are needed for two service projects one with Habitat for Humanity and another with Linn Benton Food Share. Happening on Monday, Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Transportation provided. If interested, please contact cce@oregonstate.edu. Pre-registration required. Register here.

Campus visitors: A Beaver Open House will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 on the OSU campus. Approximately 1,600 guests, including prospective students and their parents and guardians, will be visiting OSU during the day. OSU faculty, staff and students should be advised that parking and dining centers may be more crowded than usual near central campus.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events Request: Join us in the 32nd annual celebration on the life and legacy of Dr. King in the spirit of our theme: Uniting Our Powerful Voices, by hosting an event.  Events will take place Jan. 13-24, 2014. We encourage event proposals from diverse organizations and departments, and welcome all students, academic departments, and professional offices to contribute to this celebration. Submissions are due by Nov. 27, 5 p.m. To submit an event: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/mlk

Enhance your job skills: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development announces its full schedule of soft skills development, management and supervisory skill-building, new employee orientation and well-being workshops available through June 2014. These workshops are free to faculty and staff and designed to develop personal and professional attributes that enhance interactions, job performance and career prospects. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration to view the schedule and register.

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.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed starting Nov. 14 and will run through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

Langton Hall: Due to the replacement of the building hot water heater all cold and hot water will temporarily shutdown in Langton Hall. This will affect the entire building on Nov. 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1.  Posting # 0011520.  Closes Nov. 17.

Career Services Coordinator – OSU-Cascades invites applicants for a full time (1 FTE) 12-month Career Services Coordinator position.  Posting #0011578. Closes Nov. 18.

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: Everywhere seems foggy and gray this morning, but it’s due to clear up a bit. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise cool and cloudy. High today of 54, low of 40. Chance of showers tonight.

Central Oregon: Patchy fog, followed by sunshine. High of 53, low of 33.

Newport:  Patchy fog, followed by clouds and later sunshine. High of 53, low of 43. Slight chance of showers tonight.

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

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