OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 6, 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.

Strong ethnic identity can bolster girls’ self image (Psych Central)

Some past research has suggested that women of color were less vulnerable to concerns about body image, but the latest studies found that Latina girls are reporting body dissatisfaction at a rate similar to that of Caucasian girls. “We’re in a perfect storm of dissatisfaction,” said Dr. Elizabeth Daniels, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University–Cascades.

Largest fault slip ever responsible for 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami (Red Orbit)

“This gives us some unprecedented insights into how earthquakes actually work. No one really knows how much frictional resistance there is to slip and this for the first time gives us some idea,” said co-author and Oregon State University geology and geophysics professor Robert Harris.

Five distinct humpback whale populations found in North Pacific (NBC News)

Humpback whales are found throughout the world’s oceans. In the North Pacific, they number more than 21,000 today, up from less than 1,000 at the end of commercial humpback whaling in 1966. “That is a great thing,” Scott Baker, a marine biologist with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, told NBC News. (see also Science World Report)

‘Noisy’ icebergs could mask whale calls (Discovery News)

Recent reports have said that especially near port of calls in industrial countries, noise levels rose about 10 decibels in the last 30 to 40 years,” said study co-author Haru Matsumoto, an acoustic engineer at Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “That’s almost three times noisier.”

OSU launches small farms help center (Corvallis Advocate)

OSU’s new Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, a product of the Extension Center Small Farms Program, is fostering a new era of strong local food systems at a time when the demand for local food sources is growing exponentially. (see also KLCC)

Can you be a Beaver and a Saint? (The Advocate)

Applause filled the MHCC Board room on the morning of Nov. 25 as Mt. Hood President Debbie Derr and Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, signed an agreement that would grant eligible students dual enrollment at both schools.

As I See It: OSU Foundation should sell off gas, oil investments (Gazette-Times)

A piece by OSU’s Kathleen Dean Moore.

A regional look at the distribution of farm program payments and how it may change (Choices)

An article by John Antle and Laurie Houston of the department of applied economics at OSU.

The lowly Oregon onion at risk (The Dalles Chronicle)

Bulb onions, you see, are cured in the field before they’re ever sent to market, a process that an Oregon State University scientist has found leaves the onions E. coli free. In addition, the papery outer skin is virtually always removed before the onions are eaten.

How to pick the right mulch (Statesman Journal)

“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.”


Clothing Swap: What better way to get ready for the New Year than with an updated wardrobe? Women and men, come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Friday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Bring and/or take gently worn clothing and accessories. More info here.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 6.

The 33rd Annual Holiday Marketplace: A festive event featuring over 60 Oregon Artisans selling handmade crafts, fine art & specialty foods takes place Dec. 6-7 in the MU Ballroom. There will also be live performances from local talent throughout the 2-day event.  http://mu.oregonstate.edu/craftcenter/holiday-marketplace

Poinsettia plant sale: Now through Dec. 13, the OSU horticulture club is offering poinsettias for sale in the East greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Plants are $15 each or three for $40.

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. 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.

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

Candidate for Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning: Frankie Laanan, professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, will be available Dec. 6 for an open forum/discussion with candidate open to all faculty, staff and students in Furman 100,  11 a.m. to noon. More info at  http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/director-candidates-Dec-2013

Special Music à la Carte: Music for the Season, University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir. Friday, Dec. 6, noon, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe.

Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing on Friday, Dec. 6, to set or change fees and charges for services from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, and to make accommodation requests related to a disability, contact Beth Giddens, Senior Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel, beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is open to the public.

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.

Psychology colloquium: “Physical Activity and Children with Disabilities,” Dec. 6, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Megan MacDonald of OSU will present the final installment of the Fall 2013 School of Psychological Science Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Miller retirement: Linda Miller is retiring as Scheduling Coordinator after more than 30 years of outstanding service to OSU. Her colleagues in the Office of the Registrar invite you to join us in honoring her dedication and achievements, at the Corvallis Depot Passenger Room and Railroad Office (700 SW Washington) on Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 6 p.m., for cake and light hors d oeuvres.

School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series: Megan McDonald will speak on Physical Activity and Children with Disabilities, Dec. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

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 Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during these 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.

Terra Madre DayJoin the OSU Food Group in conjunction with Slow Food Corvallis, and Ten Rivers Food Web for our fourth annual winter holiday market celebrating food and community gathering. The event will host over 40 local vendors, a meal featuring local ingredients for purchase, children’s activities, and live music. Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.


Corvallis-OSU Symphony Holiday Concert featuring the OSU Choirs:  Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other selected choral and orchestral works with Tina Bull, Steven Zielke, Russ Christensen and Marlan Carlson, conductors. Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.,  LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $18-$30 advance, $20-$32 at the door. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.org

Upcoming events

Gregory retirement: Stan Gregory, Distinguished Professor, is retiring after 32 years on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  A reception in his honor will be held on Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 20 of the Forest Sciences Laboratory (3200 SW Jefferson Way, just west of Richardson Hall).

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant Director Open Forums : Candidates for the position of Oregon Sea Grant Director will give presentations to the campus community and partners on the topic: “The Role of Sea Grant in the Future and Opportunities for Oregon” followed by questions and discussion.  Each presentations will take place at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, in the Library Seminar Room, and will be available online live stream with chat, http://live.oregonstate.edu/  from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Mark Sytsma; Dec. 10, Shelby Walker; Dec. 18, Martin Fitzpatrick; Dec. 19, Katherine Bunting-Howarth.

Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Stan Gregory, OSU, will speak on “What does it all mean, Mr. Natural?” at 10 a.m., Dec. 9, 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 faculty forum will take place at noon  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: Rebecca Terry, Mark Novak, & Patrick De Leenheer – OSU Zoology, will speak on “Where does the time go? Asymmetric Mixing and the Depth-Dependent Distribution of Fossil Ages (or…the Scientific Process from Data to Models), Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Director of Oregon Sea Grant Open Forums : Four candidates interviewing for the position of Director of Oregon Sea will give presentations to the campus community and partners on the topic: “The Role of Sea Grant in the Future and Opportunities for Oregon” followed by questions and discussion.  Each presentation will take place at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, in the Library Seminar Room, and will be available to view by Live Stream with chat at, http://live.oregonstate.edu/ , from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 10, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.

Board of Trustees meeting: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting Dec. 10-11 on the OSU campus in Corvallis. The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center’s Willamette Room. The center is located at 725 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. A public comment opportunity will take place from 3 to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

All about fruit trees: The OSU Extension Service and the Lane Small Business Development Center are partnering to offer a class in Eugene titled All about Fruit Trees.  This class will taught be Ross Penhallegon with Lane County OSU Extension Service and will be offered on Dec. 11, 6 p.m. on the Lane Community College main campus in Eugene.  The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Amanda Whitmire, Data Management Specialist at OSULP, will present “Research Data Services at OSU Libraries and Press: What’s the Story?” on Dec. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 13 in the Willamette Rooms (Third Floor) Valley Library.  This seminar is intended to be a “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” about research data services for audiences including faculty and staff within OSULP and the wider campus community.

Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open.  Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. 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. Details and pre-registration (required) at  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.

News for Employees

NEW! AOP Toy Drive for CARDV: The Association of Office Professionals are collecting toys for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) this Holiday Season. Please donate unwrapped toys by Thursday, Dec. 12 by 5 p.m. at University Plaza Suite 250. For more information and types of toys please visit the AOP website: oregonstate.edu/aop or contact Laura Frye at (541) 737-8732

Deadline extended to 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. 10. To register, visit the http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd

Handmade in Oregon X: In connection with the Holiday Marketplace an art exhibit is currently on display in the in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery Dec. 3-6. The exhibit is comprised of seven artists: Bruce Coblentz, Ginny Gibson, Victor Guschov, Alan Higinbotham, Jennifer Lommers,  Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Cynthia Spencer.  Each of the participating artists will also be participating in the Holiday Marketplace.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 23 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2013-2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Sundown Towns: In collaboration with the Oregon Multicultural Archives, the students of the course TCE 408H “Sundown Towns in Oregon” have curated a display reflecting on their research process and showcasing their findings. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library in the display case across from the main elevators and will be up through the end of January. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives

2013 Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2013 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2014. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2013 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Street Closure: Due to utility work for the Memorial Union, Jefferson street from Waldo to 26th will be closed Dec. 16-27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.


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

Manager – Marketing & Customer Service: Printing & Mailing invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position.  Posting #0011652. Closes Dec. 6.

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.

EXTENDED! 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 Dec. 9.

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.

OSU is seeking applicants for the Director of Public Safety. Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0011654. Closes Dec. 12.

Manager, Conference Services: University Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting #0011627. Closes Dec. 12.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hiring for a Veterinary Technician 3 position.  Posting #0011659. Full consideration date Dec. 5. Closes Dec. 12. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Yamhill County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .20 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in McMinnville. Posting # 0011667. Closes Dec. 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .45 FTE, Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011669. Closes Dec 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Union County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .15 FTE, Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande. Posting # 0011636. Closes Dec 13.

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.

Office Specialist 1-Insurance-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month OS1 in Insurance/Billing/Patient Accounts.  Posting #0011674   Closing Date:  Dec. 16.

E-Learning Game Designer – Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  E-Learning Game Designer position. Posting #0011655. Closes Dec. 18.

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.

Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator –Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator position. Posting #0011651. Closes Dec. 22.

Corporate Business Manager –Professional and Noncredit Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Corporate Business Manager position. Posting #0011673. Closes Dec. 25.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month grants/contracts coordinator position. Posting #0011476. Closes Jan. 3.

Office Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Office Coordinator position.  Posting # 0011677. Closes for full consideration apply by Jan 5.

Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31, 2014.


Corvallis: Looks like we’ve got snow! Campus is open but commuters are warned to use good judgment whether or not to go in. It will continue to snow on and off today, mainly before 5 p.m., and another three inches could accumulate. The high today will be 28 with a low of 13. No more precipitation expected until Monday evening.

Central Oregon: Lots of snow today, up to five new inches, with a high of 16 and a low of, brrr, minus 2.

Newport: Snow today, up to four inches, with a high of 37 and a low of 21.

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

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