OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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.

Odds lot: Statisticians party like it’s 2.013 x 10 cubed (Wall Street Journal)

“As with a knife in a surgeon’s hands, it can save a life, but it could also kill someone, in the hands of a crook,” says Sastry Pantula, dean of the College of Science at Oregon State University. He says one goal of Statistics2013, which he helped organize, is to encourage more informed use of statistics.

Have tuition hikes priced Oregonians out of higher ed? (Portland Business Journal)

According to Oregon University System data, the cost of 15 credit hours increased by an average of 73 percent at the state’s seven public universities between the 2005-2006 to the 2013-2014 academic year. At Portland State University, tuition rose 74 percent during that time period to $2,205; at the University of Oregon, tuition rose 90 percent to $2,760; and at Oregon State University (Corvallis campus only), tuition rose 64 percent to $2,292.

Editorial: OSU’s enrollment surge continues transforming Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Indulge us for a few more thoughts about another record enrollment at Oregon State University – and, more specifically, about the number of students attending OSU’s main campus in Corvallis.

The new forest economy: Exploring Oregon’s changing wood products sector (Portland Business Journal)

Juniper wood, which is slightly more dense than ponderosa pine, according to Oregon State University researchers. The harvest of such trees in Southeastern Oregon has created a new market that’s a part of what we’re calling The New Forest Economy.

Oregon politics (Oregonian)

On Thursday, senators will consider a slate of candidates to lead new institutional boards for Portland State University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.


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.

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.

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.

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

Student retreat info sessions: Applications available for Racial Aikido and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World retreats for students. Information session will be 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.

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 ShelterCommunity 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.

“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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Music à la Carte: OSU Meistersingers and Bella Voce. Friday, Nov. 22, noon, MU Lounge. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series

NEW! Inspiration Dissemination:  A radio program on Oregon State University’s 88.7 fm KBVR. At 7 p.m., Nov. 24, the radio show will feature Matt Ramirez — a MS student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. To learn more about the program or the upcoming discussion, visit: http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

NEW! OSU Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: OSU Beaver Store’s annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30-7 p.m.  OSU ID is required for entry.  Enjoy discounts, food, wine, music and prizes.

NEW! Winter Gala: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association invites you to attend the Annual Winter Gala Friday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Women’s Building Lobby. Come enjoy a meal prepared by OSU Catering, holiday music by the OSU Choir Ensemble and Silent Auction.  Tickets for raffle baskets provided by the Association of Office Professionals will be sold at the check in table. Proceeds support PFLA professional development workshops and AOP scholarships. RSVP by Dec. 2.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! “The Picture of Health: Village Viewpoints on Maternal Health in Sierra Leone” Join the next Africa Initiatives Meeting, Wed., Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Valley Library – Willamette West (3622) with speaker Caroline (Sudy) Storm, Applied Medical Anthropology and International Public Health.  This presentation will discuss local perceptions of maternal health,  discordance between public health policy, and village reality discovered during a photo-voice research project.  To join the Africa Initiatives listserv, subscribe here.

NEW! Healthcare Engineering Seminar: Dr. Lyle Fagnan will discuss the feasibility and acceptability of alternative care management strategies in rural Oregon primary care practices, a seminar related to his  work at ORPRN to “Transform Outcomes for Patients through Medical Home Evaluation and Re-Design,” funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Nov. 22, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Rogers Hall Room 226.

NEW! “From Macromolecular Engineering to Atomically Precise Manufacturing”: Eric Drexler, founding father of nanotechnology and author of “Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization,” will give a public talk. Nov. 22, 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! “Brain Imaging and Virtual Reality Investigations of Self-Agency and Visual Perspective”: As part of the OSU School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series, Kristen Macuga will give a talk. Nov. 22, 4 p.m., Reed Lodge room 111.

NEW! Environmental Deliberation and the Problem of Subjection: Jared Hibbard-Swanson (Willamette) will use examples from anti-GMO activism and the politics of hydro-electric power to illustrate the difficulties that residual identity attachments present to deliberative environmental politics.  Nov. 22, 4 p.m.,  Milam Hall 319.

NEW! Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open.  This interactive day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Facilitated and sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. Pre-registration required:  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.

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.

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.

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

“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.

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.

“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

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).

News for Employees

NEW! Holiday Decorations: The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers recommendations to guide departments as they plan for the use of holiday decorations in their units: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/sites/default/files/guidelines_for_decorations.pdf. Please contact the office at 541-737-3556 with specific questions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: “External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him.” ~ Charles Dickens. Cold and clear sums up the weather for the rest of the week. Sunny skies today with a high of 48 and a chilly low tonight of 25. Much the same for the rest of the week. Time to cover up vulnerable plants and insulate the outdoor faucets.

Central Oregon: Sunshine after morning clouds. High of 37, low tonight of 14. Sunny and cold tomorrow.

Newport: Not a bad day at the beach if you remembered your jacket. Sunny and clear. High of 49, low tonight of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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