OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 14, 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.

International culture program at OSU celebrates 30 years (Gazette-Times)

A program at Oregon State University that gives international students scholarships for serving as ambassadors of their home culture celebrated its 30th anniversary Wednesday. The OSU community honored the International Cultural Service Program, which has provided more than 500 international students with approximately $10 million in scholarships, in an event at the Memorial Union lounge. It was an apt location, just off the MU’s main flag-lined corridor.

PDX firm seeks nuclear revival (Portland Tribune)

NuScale, based on technology pioneered at Oregon State University, is developing small, modular reactors that Mike McGough, the company’s chief commercial officer, says “will truly change the way the world looks at nuclear energy.”

Spread of Asian Stink Bugs threatens US crops (Voice of America)

One way scientists are following the spread of the brown marmorated 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.

Dancing to a different beat (LIFE@OSU)

This summer the Utah Ballroom Dance Company worked with a team of three Oregon State students of electrical and computer engineering to develop a technology that could not be purchased.

Ag chemical application timing can reduce effects on amphibians (The Grower)

“Spring, for example, is a time with heavy agricultural application, and it’s also when amphibians lay eggs and develop as larvae and tadpoles,” Tiffany Garcia, an associate wildlife science professor at Oregon State University, said in a news release.

Sustainability in Brazil (Terra) 

During a four-month study-abroad trip to the Amazon, Lisa Baldinger, a junior in OSU’s Natural Resources Program, learned how a women’s craft cooperative weaves economic and environmental goals into a social fabric.

Health insurance workshop offered (Polk County Itemizer-Observer)

In response to what research shows is a widespread anxiety following sweeping health care reform, Polk County OSU Extension is hosting a Smart Choice Health Insurance workshop on Monday.

Wah Chang donates flu vaccines (Democrat-Herald)

A Linn County Health Department immunization nurse and Samaritan pharmacist are supervising Oregon State University College of Pharmacy students in leading the free flu vaccination clinics.

Keeping OSU fit (LIFE@OSU)

Beaver alum Stasi Kasianchuk has worked her way up the “food chain” within Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Fighting bugs with bugs (Ag Info)

More and more farmers are looking for better and more effective ways to control pests without the need to use a lot of chemicals. Researchers are discovering a unique and very effective means of doing that by finding a natural enemy of the bug you want to eliminate, grow it in a lab and then let it loose to attack the targeted pest. Dr. Peter Shearer, Entomologist at Oregon State University has been working on this “spider ate the fly” approach


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

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.

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: 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU Pumpkin Chunkin Competition: Friday, Nov. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. Teams from Nestucca High School, Ace Academy, and Churchill High School will meet up to challenge OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering students at a traditional pumpkin tossing competition – aided by some sort of highfalutin mechanical device. Field on the corner of NW Monroe and NW 11th St.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

WiN Expo 2013: Connect. Collaborate. Innovate. Be part of the largest convergence of talent, innovation, and thought leadership in the Willamette Valley! Network with your peers, industry leaders, cutting-edge researchers, and local dignitaries Showcase your organization’s newest innovative development! Meet potential new employees and partners, Nov. 18 from 4-9 p.m., OSU LaSells Stewart Center & Alumni Center.

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

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Ageless Aircraft in an Otherwise Aging Fleet: Composite Repairs: A presentation by Dagmar Kinne, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Oregon, who owns an FAA-type certificate for the twin rotor heavy lift helicopter models 107-II (Vertol) and the Model 234 (Chinook). She will speak  Nov. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., in Kearney 212.

NEW! Forward Osmosis Technology Discussion: Pacific Northwest National Lab is hosting a seminar at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute featuring Isaac V. Farr, director of research and development at Hydration Technologies Innovations. Farr will discuss forward osmosis as a method of water and wastewater filtration. Nov. 15, noon to 2 p.m. Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Building 11, HP Corvallis Campus.

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Tiffany Schriever, department of zoology, OSU, will speak on “Hydrology shapes taxonomic and functional diversity in desert stream communities,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 18, in Nash Hall Room 32.

NEW! Zoology seminar: Rachel Reid – UCSC, Earth Sciences Graduate Student (visiting in the OSU Zoology Terry Lab) will speak on “Marine Resource use by Modern and Holocene Coyotes (Canis Latrans) on the California Coast” and Brian Tanis – OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Terry Lab) will speak on a to be determined topic Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

NEW! Department of Food Science and Technology fall seminar: Alan Bakalinsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Increasing Acetic Acid Tolerance in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae for Improved Biofuel Production from Plant Biomass” Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.

NEW! Statistics seminar series: Leigh Ann Starcevich, statistical consultant and OSU alumna, will speak on ecological consulting experiences on Nov. 18, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag Room 203.

NEW! Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Developer: OSU AIAA will host Paul Bevilaqua, the former chief engineer of “Skunk Works,” Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP). Bevilaqua played a leading role in developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and he invented the dual cycle propulsion system that enables the Marine’s version of the aircraft to take off and land vertically. Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 125.

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Louisa Hooven, Research Associate in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on the “Effect of Fungicides on Development and Behavior of Honey Bees.” She will speak on Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Call for Student Art:  Submit your art to the Student Success Center (SSC) for display in the building.  Selected art will be featured in an Open House winter term.  Art must be consistent with the SSC environment and able to hang on the wall.  Email your submission to ssc.student@oregonstate.edu by Friday, Nov. 22. For full details, visit http://success.oregonstate.edu/SSC_Programming

NEW! Energy Civil War: The Energy Civil War is a competitive event hosted by the Student Sustainability Initiative and RecSports to promote renewable energy and physical activity at OSU and UO. Between Nov. 18-22, students are asked to workout on the ReRev ellipticals located in the main cardio room in Dixon Rec Center. These machines are a source of renewable energy on campus. We will be measuring which school can generate the most watt-hours. Please sign up for a shift to ensure the ellipticals are always powered during non-peak hours: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/feature/20131105-5th-annual-energy-civil-war .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 17.

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.

The Graduate School are accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 1.  This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 6 months from the appointment begin date.  Posting # 0011527. Closes Nov. 19.

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.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011564.  Closes Nov. 25.

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 News and Research Communications seeks a full-time, 12-month, fixed term News Writer. Position # 0011589. Closes Dec. 1.

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: “Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning…. I thought of the future, and spoke of the past.” ~ Truman Capote. Chance of showers today, with a high of 51 and a low of 41. Rain tomorrow and into the weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today with a high of 47 and a low of 33. Rain and/or snow showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today with a high of 52 and low of 43. Rain tomorrow.

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

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