OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 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.

Report: stop pollution and coral reefs could recover from disease within a year (Wired UK)

“What’s exciting about this research is the clear experimental evidence that stopping the pollution can lead to coral recovery,” said Rebecca Vega-Thurber of Oregon State University, who led the Florida Keys-based project from June 2009 to June 2012. “A lot of people have been hoping for some news like this.” (see also Science Daily)

Q&A with msnbc’s Suzy Khimm (MSNBC)

Yes, researchers have confirmed as much. From a recent study from Oregon State University:  ”A decrease in the supply of psychiatric hospital beds is significantly associated with a greater probability of jail detention for minor charges among persons diagnosed with severe mental illness.”

Suspects sought in violent robbery (Fox 12)

A Corvallis college student has a bloody bruise on the back of his neck after an armed robber struck him with the butt of his pistol. It happened Monday night at about 9 p.m. on the 1100 block of Northwest 23rd Street in Corvallis. Police said three men, two of whom had pistols, entered the home to commit robbery.

Oregon vineyards ponder impact of 2013’s record downpour (Capital Press)

“Was it challenging? Yes,” said Oregon State University professor Patty Skinkis, a viticulture specialist who conducts research in conjunction with the state’s growers. But like the vines themselves, adversity can bring out the best in growers and winemakers.

The nuclear option (Eugene Weekly)

“Nuclear has had a really complicated history,” says Kathryn Higley of Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. She points out that the initial applications were weapons-based and that there was instantaneous, massive death at Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and those incidents stay with you. Higley says this leads to people becoming far more concerned about a nuke plant 300 miles away than they are about getting an X-ray or CT scan, which she says gives a stronger dose of radiation than at any operating nuclear facility in the country.

Ron Wyden unveils O&C management bill (Oregonian)

Wyden’s new plan relies heavily on the work of forest scientists Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and K. Norman Johnson of Oregon State University. Both were key advisers in helping develop the Northwest Forest Plan in the mid-1990s after spotted owl protections led to a huge drop in logging on federal lands. (see also OPB)

Businessmen pick up option to buy land under Mirror Pond (Bend Bulletin)

Matt Shinderman, a member of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee, said it is important to complete the public process to determine the future of Mirror Pond. Shinderman is an instructor at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, where he teaches courses in environmental policy, sustainability and ecological restoration.

New OSU Master Gardeners celebrate (Daily Astorian)

Oregon State University Extension Clatsop County celebrated its 25th annual OSU Master Gardener graduation at a ceremony Thursday for 11 new graduates.

Oregon wildfire victims share $122,000 relief fund (Farm Progress)

Researchers at the Oregon State University shared in the funds to conduct research on reducing fuel loads on the range.


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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Happy Birthday Batcheller Hall!  Stop by the main lobby of Batcheller Hall on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.  There will be information on the building, and an opportunity to learn more about James H. Batcheller.  Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-batcheller

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.

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.

 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!  Open Forum: Transportation Solutions invites the public to attend a forum for the Associate Director for Transportation Solutions position. Topic: “Implementing and sustaining successful, integrated transportation solutions for a rapidly growing university while balancing community needs.” Candidate David Carr will speak Dec. 2, 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Candidate Meredith Williams will speak Dec. 5, 10:15-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union LaRaza Room 208. Q&A to follow each presentation.

NEW! Associate director of Enterprise Computing Services finalists: Enterprise Computing Services is hosting finalists for the Associate Director position next week. Forum sessions and finalists are: Lance Duddlesten, Dec. 2, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Memorial Union 208; Srini Gotety, Dec. 3, 2013, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Valley Library, Third Floor – Willamette Rooms.

NEW! Candidate for Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning: Monica Cardella, associate professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University, will give two public talks: Dec. 2: Public talk and open forum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Kidder 202 and streaming at http://live.oregonstate.edu; Tuesday Dec. 3: Open forum/discussion with candidate open to all faculty, staff and students in Furman 201G at 11a.m. to noon. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/director-candidates-Dec-2013

NEW! Open Forums for Coordinator, Community Outreach: The campus community is invited to attend candidates’ presentations focusing on “The First 30 Days Game Plan.” Open Forums are Dec. 4-5 from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. in MU213 and Dec. 6 from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. in MU211. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to disability please contact debby.widony@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748.

NEW! Oregon Passenger Rail Project discussion: Would you like to see train service improved from Portland to Eugene? A roundtable discussion at OSU has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1:30 in the Memorial Union Room 206. The OSU chapter of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) is hosting. For more information: www.oregonpassengerrail.org

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.

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.

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

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 – OSU, Tuesday, Dec 3, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the MU 211 American Indian Room.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Business attire sought: OSU MANRRS is seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for the annual Career Wardrobe event, held Feb. 13, 2014 in the MU Ballroom. The event helps OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 137 Strand Agriculture Hall (Stag) and Career Services in B008 Kerr. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.    

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.

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.

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.

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

Baccalaureate Core Grants: The Office of APAA announces grant funding for up to two awards of $5,000 each for academic units or a group of faculty to gather student learning data for the Difference Power and Discrimination (DPD) Baccalaureate Core assessment. Additional details and application are at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/assessment/announcements-for-assessment.  Contact Stefani Dawn, Interim Director of APAA, with questions – 7-0919 or Stefani.dawn@oregonstate.edu. Proposal deadline: Monday, Dec. 30.

Traffic and Maintenance

Agriculture and Life Science Building: The elevator in the ALS building will be temporarily shut down for flooring renovations on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

Marketing and Customer Service Manager: Printing and Mailing invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing and Customer Service Manager position.  This position reports to the Associate Director of P&M, and provides leadership for the customer service team at the Cascade Hall and the Xpress Stop, located in the MU.  Posting #0011652 Closes Dec. 6.

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.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position. To apply, submit one Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=9643792 Closes. Dec. 11.

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: Time to break out your Thanksgiving pants. And while you’re feasting, you should see some sunshine out your window. Mostly sunny through Friday, when rain rolls in by evening. Highs in the lower 50s with lows finally getting above freezing, although another cold front could mean some wintery conditions by late Sunday or Monday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny until rain moves in Saturday night. Highs in the upper 40s, lows increasing from the 20s to 30s by the end of the weekend.

Newport: Partly sunny until Thursday evening, when showers arrive. Highs in the upper 50s, lows in the 40s.

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

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