OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 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.

Erosion hitting Oregon coast hard (Sustainable Business Oregon)

“In a general sense, Oregon has faced much more erosion in the short term than has southwest Washington, which has seen more accretion as a result of sediments from the Columbia River and jetties at the mouth of the Columbia and at Gray’s Harbor,” said Peter Ruggiero, an associate professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. (see also KGW, Northwest Cable News, Statesman Journal)

Oregon tech ecosystem bounding back (Oregonian)

The new report is a joint effort of the Technology Association of Oregon, the Oregon Business Council and Oregon State University, with financial support from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency. Its findings, and a survey earlier this fall sponsored by TAO, found that a shortage of skilled workers tops Oregon tech companies’ concerns.

OSU board meeting postponed (Gazette-Times)

The 14-member OSU Board of Trustees was slated to meet for orientation sessions on campus today and Wednesday, but with snow remaining on Corvallis-area roads and the possibility of more in the forecast, university officials decided on Monday to cancel.

Weather update: OSU closed, UP to open late (Oregonian)

Freezing temperatures and significant snow accumulation have forced Oregon State University to close its main campus in Corvallis on Monday, including the Valley Library. (see also KGW, Gazette-Times, FOX 12)

20-year weather event has city admitting it should have communicated better (Gazette-Times)

So why as of this morning is much of the snow, now turned to ice, still on area roads? “This weather is a joke,” said Casey Kanalos, an Oregon State University student from Bend. “It seems like Corvallis isn’t really prepared for snow.”

Oregon State University, Mesalands Wind Center to study bird, bat impacts (North American Wind Power)

New Mexico-based Mesalands Community College has announced that graduate students and professors from Oregon State University will be utilizing Mesalands’ wind turbine, located adjacent to the North American Wind Research and Training Center, to evaluate wind farms’ potential impact on bird and bat fatalities.

Oregon State unlocks master regulator gene in fungus (Biofuels Digest)

In Oregon, researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a master regulator gene in a common fungus, which expands access to new compounds that could have use in industrial biofuels. Scientists succeeded in flipping a genetic switc, activating more then 2000 genes in the fungus.

Distinct humpback whale populations found in Pacific (Discovery News)

Humpback whales are found in all oceans of the world, but the North Pacific humpbacks are genetically isolated enough to be considered a subspecies of other humpbacks, of which the new populations are further subclassifications, study co-author Scott Baker, a professor of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, said in a statement.


Late start: The Corvallis campus of Oregon State University will have a delayed opening today, with campus opening at 9 a.m. 

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. 10 in Furman 300. The  resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 12.

Upcoming events

NEW! Scheuermann retirement: Tom Scheuermann is retiring as Director of University Housing & Dining Services after 20 years as leader of the department and 23 years of service to Oregon State. Scheuermann plans to continue to be part of the OSU community through teaching in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) graduate program. UHDS invites friends and colleagues to join in honoring and thanking Tom at a reception from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 13, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

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.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during 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.

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/  (Cancelled Dec. 9-10, to be rescheduled) Dec. 18, Martin Fitzpatrick; Dec. 19, Katherine Bunting-Howarth.

Lectures and webinars

CANCELLED: Board of Trustees meetings: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees meeting has been postponed due to inclement weather and will now take place Jan. 9-10.

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.

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/.

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.

News for Employees

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

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

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.

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: After a long string of snow days, we’re back at work. Freezing fog expected this morning, followed by mostly cloudy skies with a high of 29 and a low of 28.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny with a high of 36 and a low of 20.

Newport: Slight chance of snow, followed by cloudy skies. High of 43, low of 37.

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

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