OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 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.

When preschoolers act out: Tips for teaching good behavior, self-control (Oregonian)

The story that followed cited research by Shannon Lipscomb, an assistant professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus. Lipscomb was the lead author of an article titled “Genetic vulnerability interacts with parenting and early care and education to predict increasing externalizing behavior” that was published in the Oct. 23 edition of the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

How to pick the right mulch (ABC News)

“Compost is used to feed crops; mulch is used to suppress weeds,” said Daniel McGrath, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension. “Compost is decomposed organic matter that is generally higher in nutrients and relatively low in carbon compared to mulch. Mulch is raw, un-decomposed organic matter.” (see also News Day)

Startups show off creativity, new products at WIN expo (Gazette-Times)

Exhibits from the university’s advantage accelerator were right inside the front door of the Alumni Center, and Dean, a former Hewlett-Packard employee, spent two years as an entrepreneur in residence at OSU working on his plan to use microwaves to extract oils from items such as mint and lavender.

Oregon among lowest in nation for unneeded antibiotic use (Lund Report)

As part of its ongoing effort to urge consumers to help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics, AWARE, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is taking part in “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” Nov. 18-24. AWARE is partnering with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy to offer educational information and activities promoting appropriate antibiotic use and hand hygiene during a free public event called “AWARE on the Square,” set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. They also are providing free flu vaccinations for uninsured adults from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see also Oregonian)

Oregon State ROTC students pursue ‘insurgents’ (Gazette-Times)

The atmosphere is serious as the cadets, mostly students at Oregon State University (a few come from Western Oregon University), look at terrain maps made of laminated symbols arrayed on the ground, which are meant to symbolize the forest around them.

Oregon Tech Education (OPB)

The results of the survey come at a time when technology education at at Oregon State University is at a crossroads. The longtime head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Terri Fiez wasabruptly dismissed from her position in September to the bafflement of many colleagues and industry professionals.

Northwest books (Seattle Times)

“Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge” by Kathie Durbin (Oregon State University Press, $21.95). Environmental journalist Durbin argues that the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act in 1986 has altered communities on both sides of the river in Washington and Oregon. She suggests that the Pacific Northwest will follow suit, with the Gorge’s shift from an economy based on natural resources to a focus on recreation and technology.


PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members:Current changes and updates! How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the MU Board Room. Reserve your seat by calling Kirsten at (541) 714-4296, or by email at kallam@osufederal.com.

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.

Student retreat info sessions: Applications available for Racial Aikido and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World retreats for students. Information sessions will be: Nov 19, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 213, and Nov. 20, 5-6 p.m. in Milam 123. These free retreats promote campus dialogue about race and racism, and will take place Jan. 10 – 12. Read more, apply, or contact us on our website.

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.

TEDTalk Hunger Discussion: In a world filled with food, why are people still suffering from starvation? Watch Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Program, discuss global hunger & learn what’s going on in your own backyard. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Valley Library, Willamette Room. This event is part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Refreshments provided.

OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Oregon State University – Cascades continues its fifth consecutive year of Science Pub offerings with a presentation by nutrition professor, Melinda Manore.  Manore, a professor and researcher at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences will present “Eating for Health and Performance: Small Steps – Big Rewards” on Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins in Bend. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.

My Hands are a City: The OSU Concert Bands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $10 at door. K-12 and OSU students, staff and faculty, free with ID. Information: bands.oregonstate.edu

Upcoming events

NEW! Spinning the Numbers: The Pride Center and HSRC are hosting an outreach event that will raise awareness of the fact that 20% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Neon pinwheels will be given out that highlight important facts about the LGBTQ youth community and homelessness. Show your support by helping us share these important statistics around campus on Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the MU Quad. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

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

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.

November Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs or attend a drop-in demonstration at the Repair Fair Wednesday, Nov. 20 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store. Demonstrations are on changing out bicycle tubes, basic vacuum maintenance and fixing sock holes. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

Faces of Homelessness Panel: Local individuals share personal experiences of homelessness. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Services Resource Center, Join us Wednesday Nov. 20, from 6-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Canned food donations requested at the door; proceeds will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Community Outreach, and the OSU Food Pantry.  Refreshments will be provided.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water: Robert Lackey (Oregon State University); Topic: Scientific Assertions that Muddle Ecological Policy; Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4 to 5 p.m., Owen 102.

NEW! Open forum: Enterprise Computing Services is hosting four candidates for the Associate Director position over the next two weeks. Candidate Chris Lamber will speak Thursday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2 p.m., in MU 208. Michael Quiner will speak Friday, Nov. 22, 1 to 2 p.m., in MU 206. They will present for 30 minutes, with a Q&A to follow.

NEW! TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough.  We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over December 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more. Thursday Nov. 21, 2-2:50 p.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXC9P  See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni   Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

NEW! “Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Weber, Religion, and Modern Manhattan”: This lecture will assess the acuity of German sociologist Max Weber’s 1917 argument that that “the fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the ‘disenchantment of the world’ by probing the history of religion in modern Manhattan – the capital of American secularism. Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Student Seminar: Michael P. Nelson, Ruth H. Spaniol Chair at OSU and John Vucetich, lead PI for the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose project, will speak on “Critical Thinking and Ethics in Science and Advocacy: The Isle Royale Wolf Case,”  at 4 p.m., Nov. 21 in Richardson Hall 313.

NEW! “artx: creativity/innovation:” A Talk by Joel Slayton, artist and technologist, from San Jose State and the ZERO1 Network. This conversation explores art’s intersection with techno-culture. LaSells Stewart Center, Nov. 21, 6-7 p.m. For information: create@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6535

NEW! From Macromolecular Engineering to Atomically Precise ManufacturingEric Drexler, founding father of nanotechnology and author of Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization, will speak on Friday Nov. 22, 3-5 p.m., in Construction and Engineering Hall (LaSells Stewart Center).

UHDS Executive Director Candidate Open Forum Presentation – University Housing & Dining Services invites the public to attend our second candidate’s 30-minute presentation.  Topic: Talk about a time you had to initiate, develop and deliver a strategic organization-wide project that included both partners across campus and community-wide. How did you inspire multiple constituencies to “buy in” to the vision and plan?  Sandra (Sandy) Schoonover – University of Montana, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the MU Journey Room.

Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Early Literacy” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu. Nov. 20, noon, MU 213.

TAC Webinar: Blended Learning – How (and Why) to Create a Successful Hybrid Course, with Cub Kahn (CTL)  A growing number of OSU faculty are redesigning classroom courses as hybrids, which combine significant online learning activity with a reduced amount of on-campus “seat time.”  This webinar will demonstrate effective methods for designing and teaching a hybrid course, as well as reasons that you might consider a blended approach.  Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1 to 1:50 p.m. Register: http://bit.ly/16OrSOj

“International wildlife conservation and the critically endangered Chinese crested tern”: As part of the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar, Professor Daniel D. Roby will give a talk Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Nash Hall, room 206.

“Scientific Assertions that Muddle Ecological Policy”: OSU professor Robert Lackey gives the next talk in the Water Resources Seminar series. Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Owen Hall, room 102.  Information: bweatherford@coas.oregonstate.edu

“Constantine in Context:”  For two centuries, Constantine scholarship has revolved around a single question: Was he a sincere convert to Christianity or simply a political opportunist? Hal Drake of UCSB will try to answer this question by applying the tools of public policy analysis to examine his reign. Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.

Social Media Bootcamp for Campus Communicators: Siouxsie Jennett, an award-winning digital media professional, PSU instructor and national speaker will lead a bootcamp tailored for higher education communication professionals.  Thursday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in MU Room 211. Cost: $150. See pne.oregonstate.edu/smbootcamp to register and submit topic preferences.

Dining for your health: At the Nov. 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute will discuss research on diet, the immune system and cancer. 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.

Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing on Friday, Dec. 6, to set or change fees and charges for services from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, and to make accommodation requests related to a disability, contact Beth Giddens, Senior Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel, beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is open to the public.

News for Employees

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 OSU 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. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. Deadline: Nov. 22. Information: http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

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.  Information: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/awards-and-scholarships.

NEW! IGERT recruitment: OSU’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Research and Traineeship (IGERT) program is currently recruiting students for Fall 2014. A background in Engineering, Computer Science, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Design, Public Health, Sociology or other disciplines may be enhanced by doctoral training in the Aging Sciences. NSF stipends of $30,000 per year are available along with support for tuition, health insurance, and research. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information: Anne.Hatley@oregonstate.edu.

Alternative Spring Break: Choose from three service trips in San Francisco, Yakima and Ashland. This is an opportunity to dedicate a week to positively impacting a community, while having fun with fellow OSU students who have made an active commitment to learning and growing through service. Applications are due Dec.2, and can be found at oregonstate.edu/cce/alternativebreaks.

Student Sustainability Project Grants Available: The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is now accepting applications for project grants. The SSI strives to address all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Any individual OSU student or student group can apply for up to $6,000 in funding. More information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/projects. Applications are due Dec. 15.

Recreational Sports Half Term Memberships – As the holiday seasons approach, don’t miss out on ways to get and stay active! Recreational Sports is here for you. Purchase a Half Term membership for only $41 (faculty/staff/affiliates/associates) and $34 (student affiliates/dependents). Memberships are valid until Jan. 3, 2014. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

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

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 .

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.

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 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.

Communications Specialist – Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invite applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), communications specialist and science writer to support the communications activities of Climate Impacts Research Consortium.  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu   Posting # 0011585. For full consideration apply by Nov. 25.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 (Internal to OSU Employees Only) The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0011592. Closes Nov. 27.

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.

Human Resources Technician – The Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Technician position. Posting # 0011602.  Closes Dec. 1.

News and Research Writer – University Relations and Marketing – News and Research Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term News and Research Writer position. Posting #0011589. Closes Dec. 1.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Agricultural Science and Marine Science Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1.  Posting # 0011551.  Closes Dec. 2.

Assistant to the School Director – School of Public Policy invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011596. Closes Dec. 6.

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: “Onion skins very thin, Mild Winter coming in; Onion skins thick and tough, Coming Winter cold and rough.” ~ folk saying. It’s going to be a very rainy day, but as a cold front moves in rapidly this afternoon and chills the place down, the rain will begin to move out, and by tomorrow we’ll have sunny skies. Today’s high will be 54 but will likely drop fast this afternoon. Low tonight of 34.

Central Oregon: Rain likely today with a high of 52. Showers leaving by later tonight, and the temperatures will drop to 29. Partly sunny and cool tomorrow.

Newport: Rainy today with a high of 56. Low tonight of 36. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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

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