OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 22, 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.

College services, costs discussed at Capitol (Statesman Journal)

Bob Davies, president of Eastern Oregon University, and Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, told a legislative committee Thursday that the universities will need to figure out how to share services as the three largest schools begin using their own governing boards.

Senate approves nominees for Oregon university boards (Register-Guard)

Lawmakers during the most recent legislative session approved the creation of independent panels to give the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University more autonomy from the State Board of Higher Education. The new boards will have the authority to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee university operations. (see also Oregonian)

Americans uninformed about fracking, says new study (Climate Central)

Most Americans have heard little or nothing of the oil and gas production process called hydraulic fracturing, and many don’t know if they support or oppose it, according to a new paper by researchers from Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities.

Researchers not worried about radiation (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University say two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear spill, they are not seeing any negative effects on the West Coast. Kathryn Higley, a professor and the Department Head of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University says her team has been monitoring the radiation levels not only in Japan but also in Oregon, Washington, Canada, and Australia.

Inside the Collaborative Life Building at South Waterfront (Portland Business Journal)

The complex is actually three buildings in one. It also has three owners and users: OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University. There will be classrooms, teaching labs with state-of-the-art equipment, simulation rooms, retail spaces (Elephant’s Delicatessen is on the ground floor), a satellite library, lecture halls, dental clinics and underground, low-vibration microscopy lab with seven electron microscopes.

Could hops help fight cancer? (KIMA Yakima)

Now researchers at Oregon State University say evidence is mounting that a flavorless chemical component of hops may have cancer-preventing properties.

OSU partners with Mt. Hood Community College (KEZI)

Oregon State University is expanding once again, this time by teaming up with a community college near Portland. (see also LIFE@OSU)

OSU-Cascades details fall enrollment picture (KTVZ)

Oregon State University – Cascades recently posted official fall enrollment numbers, showing a 19 percent increase in undergraduate students and an 8 percent increase in students taking graduate-level courses.

Class project helps Corvallis homeless (Daily Barometer)

One class project can have a huge impact on the community. A group of six international Chinese students raised $1,300 for the winter women’s shelter, Room at the Inn. The shelter is a temporary winter lodging that runs from November to April and serves up to 12 women who are 18 or older.

Gilchrist Forest may grow (Bend Bulletin)

While the Gilchrist family practiced sustainable logging, Crown Pacific liquidated much of the timber on the land, said Steve Fitzgerald, a forestry researcher for the Deschutes County-Oregon State University Extension Service. He said he’s enthusiastic about the state’s management of the expanded forest.

The glamour of opera (Gazette-TImes)

Dreamers, divas and the disguised come together in this year’s fall Oregon State University Opera workshop, featuring OSU voice students.

New island pops up after volcanic eruption (WHAS – Louisville KY)

“In the deeper ocean we know less because the activity doesn’t register on the ocean’s surface,” said Bill Chadwick, a research professor who studies submarine volcanoes at Oregon State University. (see also ABC News)

Pre-industrial rise in methane gas has natural and anthropogenic causes (R&D Magazine)

Lead author Logan Mitchell, who coordinated the research as a doctoral student at Oregon State University, said the “early anthropogenic hypothesis,” which spawned hundreds of scientific papers as well as books, cannot fully explain on its own the rising levels of atmospheric methane during the past 5,000 years, a time period  known as the mid- to late-Holocene.

OSU hotline offers answers to Thanksgiving food safety questions (Albany Tribune)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, receive answers to questions like these from the Oregon State University Extension Service’s holiday food safety/preservation hotline at 1-800-354-7319. The free service is open for calls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18-22, and Nov. 25-26.

Oregon farmers aren’t excited about hemp (Oregon Business)

“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.


Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159

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

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.

Meat center: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m..  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

“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.

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.

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

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


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

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

Upcoming events

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.

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! Accessibility Basics for Electronic Documents: Learn how to make documents accessible to people with disabilities. The session will focus on broad concepts, but also on specific related software features in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF). We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees who create and maintain documents on public OSU websites are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 25 and Dec. 5.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Healthy Life challenge: OSU is currently being out-pledged by UO in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge. The challenge ends Monday, Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced at this year’s Civil War game. So far UO leads 63 percent to 37 percent. Last year OSU won the challenge. To participate: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1367036/Healthy-Life-Civil-War-Challenge-2013

NEW! First-Year Experience Initiative website: The first-year experience initiative leadership is pleased to announce the launch of the FYE website. The website is designed to provide faculty and staff with information on the various focus areas of this initiative and share the research and data that motivates this work. The FYE leadership will update this website as different components of the initiative are implemented and assessed.

NEW! Healthy Thanksgiving, from Recreational Sports: Stay active and healthy during the holidays and purchase a Half Term Membership to Recreational Sports for only $41/$34, valid until Jan. 3, 2014! Use our indoor track, cardio and weight equipment, courts, pools and more! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

NEW! Call for Nominations: Two community awards recognized yearly at the Peace Breakfast: The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk;” and the Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations are due by Dec. 6, 5 p.m.  To find out more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards

NEW! Register for Winter Intergroup Dialogue: Intergroup Dialogues are 9-week sustained learning communities carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict and community. Participants will engage in the analysis and understanding of issues of diversity and social justice, as well as build practical skills to communicate across difference. Skills acquired through our program have multidisciplinary applications and are employable in diverse environments and among diverse populations. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1. To register, visit the http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd

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.

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 TechnicianThe 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.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Linn County Extension office invites applications for a part time, 0.40 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position, located in Mill City. Posting # 0011615. Closes Dec. 2.

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.

Grants and Contracts Coordinator – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants and Contracts Coordinator position. Posting #0011610. Closes Dec. 3.

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.

Accountant 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011622. Closes Dec. 9.

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: “But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” – L.M. Montgomery. Chance of patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m., otherwise sunny and cold. High today of 49, low tonight of 20. Much the same throughout the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny throughout the weekend. Highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s, lows in the teens.

Newport: Sunny this weekend with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the 30s.

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

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