OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 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.

Will online classes make professors extinct? (CNN – opinion)

“The roles of those who decide to stay in higher education will shift to things such as content specialists, course facilitators, course designers and researchers,” said Jonan Donaldson, instructional design specialist at Oregon State University and co-author of “Massively Open: How Massive Open Online Courses Changed the World.”

Large study shows pollution impacts on coral reefs, and offers solution (Phys Org)

We were shocked to see the rapid increase in disease and bleaching from a level of pollution that’s fairly common in areas affected by sewage discharge, or fertilizers from agricultural or urban use,” said Rebecca Vega-Thurber, an assistant professor in the College of Science at Oregon State University.

Benton County jobless rate falls in October (Gazette-Times)

In the public sector, Oregon State University’s continued growth resulted in 60 additional jobs in state government, offsetting a year-over-year loss of 60 jobs on the federal side. Local government added 10 jobs, all in education, since October 2012.

Drug interactions causing significant impact on statin use (Science Daily)

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology by scientists from Oregon State University and four other universities or research institutes. (see also Journal of Invasive Cardiology)

Student group makes traditional food to aid in typhoon relief (Gazette-Times)

A Filipino student group at Oregon State University is raising money for relief efforts in the Philippines following the devastating typhoon that hit the country earlier this month by making and selling traditional foods. (see also KEZI)

Office parties make a comeback (Gazette-Times)

Richelle Hayes, director of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University, says holiday parties are picking up. “(Business) is coming back from six years ago,” Hayes said. “We are seeing more and more repeat bookings and new inquiries.”

US: Blueberry tree research could help growers branch out (Fresh Plaza)

Wei Qiang Yang, blueberry agent for the Oregon State University Extension Service, has tested a grafted blueberry “tree” that grows on a single stem on a research plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora every year since 2009. Yang is collaborating with researchers who are testing other blueberry varieties grafted onto rootstocks at land-grant universities in California and Florida as part of a multi-state effort.


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. 26, 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.

Pack a Snack discussion: Do you have weight loss goals?  Workout goals?  Are you trying to maintain your weight?  Learn from nutrition students about smart snacking and new strategies for healthier snacks. Nov. 26, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., McNary Dining Hall, Timberline Room. Free to students and staff.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Comedy: “The King of Spain’s Daughter,” a one-act comedy by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. Tickets for the Lab Theatre production are $5 and $3 for students, and $6/$8 for the Majestic. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.

OSUsed Store Thanksgiving Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St, at which several receipts will be randomly printed with a voucher for a free pumpkin pie! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Thrift Shop Celebrates Orange and Black Friday: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop announces “Orange and Black Friday” with special sales and extended hours for shoppers on Friday, Nov. 29. Shop hours for this date only will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Thrift Shop is located at the corner of 2nd and Jackson in downtown Corvallis. Proceeds from the Thrift Shop support community non-profit organizations and scholarships for OSU students.

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.

Lectures and webinars

 NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Stewart Reid, Jefferson Fish Society, will speak on “Fisheries Biology, Ichthyology, Theoretical Ecology—Three Horsemen of the Fish Apocalypse—Leading Causes for Declines and Extinctions of Fish in North America,”  at 10 a.m., Dec. 2, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! Zoology seminar: Dana Warren – OSU Fisheries and Wildlife, Asst. Professor, Senior Research, will speak at 3:30 p.m, Dec. 2, in ALS 4001.

NEW! Breakfast discussion: Can breakfast work for you?  Come hear nutrition students present on the benefits of breakfast. Learn how it can help you stay focused and healthy. Dec. 3, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., McNary Dining Hall, Timberline Room. Free to students and staff.

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Sean Anderson from California State University – Channel Islands will present a seminar on “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Disaster Zones: The CSUCI-OSU Service Learning Model to Improve Undergraduate Education, Restore Wetlands, and Foster Healthier Communities in Louisiana.” He will speak on Dec. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Experiencing Wine: Lessons for the Enthusiastic Beginner:  Elizabeth Tomasino, Assistant professor of Enology, is offering a two-week accelerated program in wine evaluation and tasting. The program begins on Dec. 3 in Wiegand 238 at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is $250, with a 10% discount for OSU faculty and staff.  For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HdCCtn. Pre-registration is required.

Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This one hour (brown bag) noon-time forum will examine the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. The final two faculty forums will take place at noon Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 in Gilkey 109. The  resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 12.

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.

UHDS Executive Director Candidate Open Forum Presentation – University Housing & Dining Services invites the public to attend our final 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?  Dan Larson – Oregon State University, Tuesday, Dec 3, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the MU 211 American Indian Room.

News for Employees

NEW! NSF – Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – FDSS program. The program offers awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/faculty-development-space-sciences-fdss. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 2.

Thanksgiving reminder: OSU Today will not be sent out Nov. 28-29. It will resume Dec. 2.  Additionally, OSU Today will switch to a Monday-only format on Dec. 16 and Dec. 30. There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 23-27. Normally daily issues will resume Jan.  6, 2014.

International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) has mid-year applications: Do you know an international student who is passionate about sharing their culture and needs financial assistance?  To honor the 30th anniversary of ICSP, we have the unique ability to re-open the International Cultural Service Program scholarship applications to offer a mid-year award to qualified international students. Please encourage students to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, Dec. 2, and awards will be given for Winter and Spring 2014.  Application details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/international/ICSP/applying.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

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.

Advisor-Academic – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011555. Closes Dec 2.

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.

Accountant 1 – Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 (Payroll) position. Posting #0011641. Closes Dec. 6.

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.

Financial Aid Advisor – Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting #0011634. Closes Dec. 15.

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: It feels cold enough for ice skating, but it’s gradually getting warmerPartly sunny today with a high of 50 and a low of 27. Much the same for tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny with a high of 54 and a low of 25. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 57 and a low of 42. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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