OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 21, 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.

Accelerator gets up to speed (Gazette-Times)

Earlier this year the Legislature agreed to provide $3.75 million in seed money, and both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are providing financial and logistical support.

Planning commission approves new street standards for OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis Planning Commission has approved a request from Oregon State University to modify the standards it uses for streets in the campus zone. The commission OK’d the request on a unanimous vote after a public hearing and deliberations that lasted one hour and 45 minutes.

Juntos students explore college options (Madras Pioneer)

The Juntos Program, sponsored by Oregon State University, is in its second year of encouraging local Latino students to go to college. “In our first group, with had three families, and now we have 62 members,” said Jennifer Oppenlander, OSU Open Campus coordinator for Jefferson County.

Oregon farmers don’t share the enthusiasm for growing hemp (Capital Press)

Activists cheer the prospect of growing industrial hemp in Oregon, pointing out its numerous uses in food, fiber, oils and even building materials. But the state’s farmers like to inspect the bandwagon before jumping on, and it’s unlikely they’ll plant hemp anytime soon. “I don’t think anyone’s even considering it at this point,” said Russ Karow, chair of the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University.

Ocean acidification threatens the future of mollusks, crustaceans and corals (El Mercurio – Chile)

Between 2006 and 2009, the productivity of oyster crops along the Oregon Coast diminished by 80 percent. “At first we thought that there was a bacterial issue, but in 2009 the mortality rate didn’t diminish and we began to investigate,” George Waldbusser, marine biologist and professor at Oregon State University, told El Mercurio. (This piece is in Spanish)

Only an apple (AgInfoNet)

When you eat just a piece of fruit or serving of vegetables, you’re hungry in about an hour. So this is about satisfying an appetite. What do you do? I asked Oregon State University professor of nutrition, Melinda M. Manore, who was awarded a big research grant by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, this very question.

Energy department expands research into methane hydrates (Energy.gov)

Oregon State University, in conjunction with a separate project funded by the EU through Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Tromso (Norway), will assess the response of methane hydrates to environmental changes at the Svalbard continental margin, part of Norway’s continental shelf.

OSU student organizes Winter Ale Fest in Milwaukie to raise money for ALS (Oregonian)

Trevor Lauman, a Rex Putnam graduate who is studying fermentation science at Oregon State University, said his father Wayne’s death from ALS two years ago pushed him to organize the fundraiser. Wayne Lauman was a basketball and track coach at Rex Putnam.

4 things U.S. college towns could teach planners about biking (Bike Portland)

Portland’s estimate, meanwhile, was at 6 percent for 2012, just ahead of Gainsville, Fla. Corvallis, Ore., which is home to Oregon State University and a bike commute mode share just short of 11 percent, would rank third nationally if it were large enough to make the 65,000 population cut.

Coastal experts meet (Scoop – New Zealand)

Keynote speaker Professor Paul Komar, Oregon State University, set the tone for the conference with a discussion on the Earth’s changing climate and coastal hazards. While much of Dr Komar’s work has been undertaken in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, he has also been involved in studies in the Hawke’s Bay.

Different types of teacher interactions support children’s development in different areas (Medical Xpress)

The study, by researchers at the University of Virginia, Oregon State University, and Clemson University, appears in the journalChild Development. It sheds light on a topic that’s been the focus of recent reforms in early childhood policy.

It isn’t compost: Find the right mulch to suppress weeds (Omaha.com)

“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.”


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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU Opera Workshop Opera Scenes: Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. Tickets: $10 at the door. OSU students free with ID. Tickets and Information: friendsofosuopera.com

NEW! Oregon State Glee Sing Off: Sunday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets: $10 at the door, $5 for seniors and students with ID. Information: singorange.com/glee-choir

NEW! President’s Winter Coffee: On Tues., Dec. 3, from 9:30-11 a.m., OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray in celebration and conversation at the Memorial Union Lounge. We will be taking non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry.

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

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

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.

 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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Psychology colloquium: “Brain Imaging and Virtual Reality Investigations of Self-Agency and Visual Perspective,” Nov. 22, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Kristen Macuga of OSU will present as part of the School of Psychological Science Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

NEW! Student Teaching Application Meeting: Education Double Degree students planning to student teach during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to a free, informative application meeting on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Furman 303.  Student teaching applications due April 1, 2014 with prior admission to the Provisional Level (Level 2).   http://education.oregonstate.edu/information-students

NEW! Zoology seminar: Camerron Crowder – OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Weis Lab), will speak on “Impacts of Temperature on the Reproductive Physiology of the Brooding Coral Pocillopora damicornis during different Phases of the Lunar Cycle: Insights From Transcriptomics” and Emily Hartfield-Kirk – OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Lytle Lab) will speak on “Genetic consequences of climate change in aquatic, arid-land populations,” Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

NEW! Prof. Shimon Weiss Analytical Chemistry Seminar: Voltage Sensing Inorganic Nanoparticles.  Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. in LPSC 402.  He will report on efforts to develop voltage sensing inorganic nanoparticles that self‐insert into the cell membrane and optically record, non‐invasively, action potential on the single particle level.

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Alex Stone, Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Exploring Habitat Conservation in Willamette Valley Processed Vegetable Agroecosystems.” She will speak on Nov. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.

NEW! Reduce Your Risk for Sprains and Strains:  Free Safety In Motion® (SIM4®) training will help you rethink the way you reach, lift, carry, push and pull and provide techniques proven to reduce physical stress and strain, boost balance and strength, and improve productivity. Dec. 3, 9 a.m., Oak Creek Building Room 201.   Space limited – Register now http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=6.

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.

“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.

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).

“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.

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.

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/.

News for Employees

NEW! Turkey sale: The OSU Meat Science Club is selling smoked turkeys. Prices are $3.99/lb for wholes, and $4.25/lb for halves. Turkey weighs anywhere from 10-20 lbs, and are on average ~14 lbs after being smoked and cooked. You may request a specific size. Pick-up dates for the turkeys will be Nov. 22, and November 25-27 at the Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store, from 1-5:30 p.m. For more information, or to order a turkey, email Nathan.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for 6th-12th grade girls. Middle School Club meets Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25. High School Club meets Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 26. Topics will include physics, K’NEX engineering challenge, anatomy, computing, information evaluation & visualization, and chemistry. Undergraduate women studying science at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register, http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $75. Scholarships available.

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.

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.

Accountant 1 – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011613. Closes Dec. 2.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Dean – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu  Posting #0011618.  For full consideration apply by Dec. 3.

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: Nothing burns like the cold.” – George R.R. Martin. Sunny today but cold, with a high of 47. Chance of freezing fog tonight with a low of 21.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 32, and a low tonight of 9.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 46, and some freezing fog tonight with a low of 31.

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

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