OSU Today

Jan. 7, 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.

Pollution’s destructive impact on coral – and how it can be reversed (Living Green Magazine)

“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.

OSU’s Brad Cardinal doesn’t miss a day of exercise; you shouldn’t either (Oregonian)

Brad Cardinal, possibly Oregon’s most motivated exerciser, hasn’t missed a day since Oct. 1, 2009. Not when he’s had a cold, the flu or medical procedures. Not when he’s traveling and stuck in an airport. Not when he’s swamped with work at Oregon State University, where he co-directs the sport and exercise psychology program.

Oldest known fossil of flowering-plant sex found in amber (National Geographic)

The process is very similar to how modern-day flowering plants reproduce, said study co-author George Poinar, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (see also CBC)

Officials driving done range initiative scramble to comply with FAA directives (Oregonian)

Rick Spinrad, director of research at Oregon State University, said he, Near Space Corp.’s Eric Simpkins and others who prepared Oregon’s proposal are busy coordinating state efforts to comply with the FAA’s deadlines.

Deschutes County, OSU-Cascades eye land swap (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus officials are working with Deschutes County to trade small portions of land at the future four-year university site in west Bend, wary of any potential soil contamination from the county’s nearby demolition landfill, which stored old construction material and waste for 25 years.

Whiteside to show German horror film (Gazette-Times)

The silent film will be accompanied on the piano by Portland musician and composer Beth Karp, who has written her own score for the screening. The event is sponsored by the Oregon State University School of Language, Culture, and Society in the College of Liberal Arts.

Six novel machine learning applications (Forbes)

Oregon State University is working on software that will determine which bird species is/are on a given audio recording collected in field conditions.

New compounds discovered that are hundreds of times more mutagenic (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered novel compounds produced by certain types of chemical reactions — such as those found in vehicle exhaust or grilling meat — that are hundreds of times more mutagenic than their parent compounds which are known carcinogens. (see also KVALScience Reporter)

An old fashioned New Year’s resolution: Memorize more poetry! (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.

Dealing with the Stink Bug (AgInfo)

The brown marmorated stink bug has been making a continual trek across the U.S. growing regions and Nik Wiman with Oregon State University recently took a look at the current status of the pest.

Dan Larson named Housing & Dining Director at Oregon State University (Food Management)

Oregon State University has named Dan Larson executive director of University Housing & Dining Services, reports the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Time for a new approach to professional development research? (Education Weekly)

The scholars, Heather Hill of Harvard, Mary Beisiegel of Oregon State University, and Robin Jacob of the University of Michigan, lay out their idea for a new approach to research. Rather than studying one-off programs after the fact, they say that the field should do more to conduct rigorous research at the early stages of program development. Chief to this approach would be to fund smaller scale, low-cost trials that hold the program’s content constant, but vary across sites as to how that content is delivered. Ultimately, those approaches that seemed promising could be scaled up to large-scale efficacy trials.


TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough.  We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over Dec. 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more.  Tuesday Jan. 7, 10-10:50 a.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXIOM See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni  Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon. 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.

Random Review: Gerald Krantz, OSU Professor Emeritus of Zoology will present an overview of the Aubrey-Maturin Napoleonic War novels by Patrick O’Brian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. A sign language interpreter can be provided with 48 hours’ notice. Please call 766-6928.

OSU Divestment meeting:  OSUDivest is a group of students, faculty and staff committed to urging the OSU Foundation to divest its stock holdings in fossil fuel companies. They will meet Jan 9, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 300.

The Beth Ray Center for Academic Support:  Join us for the re-dedication of the Student Success Center on Jan. 13.  Reception opens at 4:30 with a program at 5 p.m.  Take a tour of the building, and learn more about how this facility is delivering personal academic assistance to OSU students.

Winter Gala: PFLA is excited to announce that the Winter Gala is rescheduled for Jan. 17,  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery .  OSU Catering will have a fbuffet of new and favorite menu items and the  popular silent auction will return with items for bid.   Proceeds from the silent auction help support professional development workshops.   RSVP to the Winter Gala by Jan. 10.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Vanessa Sperandio, Department of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, will present a seminar “EHEC sings: Pour some sugar on me” on Wednesday, Jan 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Humanitarian Engineering: At the Jan. 9 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Kendra Sharp of the College of Engineering will describe a program in which engineering students can combine technical skills with expertise in the social sciences, humanities and natural resources. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from 12 to 1. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have a catered lunch. To reserve a seat, contact nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0783.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Beyond Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Thurs. Jan. 9. 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YGSoG

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  John Stegeman, Director of Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health will be presenting a seminar – “Oceans and Human Health: Molecular Approaches to Global Issues”  – at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

NEW! Statistics seminar series: Gu Mi, Oregon State University, will speak on “Goodness-of-Fit Tests and Model Diagnostics for Negative Binomial Regression of RNA sequencing Data,” Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Owen Hall 106.

TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough.  We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over December 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more. Wednesday Jan. 8, 3-3:50 pm. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXK9c See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni   Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  John Stegeman, Director of Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health will be presenting a seminar – “Insights at the intersection of ortho-PCBs, orphan P450s, and orthologs of PXR in zebrafish.”  – at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in LPSC 125 .

“Google Apps for OSU: Calendar:” informational sessions, Jan 9 and Jan 13. Interested in learning more about the Google Calendar app and its essential functions? Want to know more about who’s using Google Calendar, the use of multiple calendars at OSU, resource calendars and ownership, and sharing and privacy in Calendar? Please register for one of our 50 minute in-person sessions in the Valley Library at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule.

WiN PubTalk: Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator. 5 minute pitch. 5 minutes of advice. Live and in-person. Best ideas will automatically be a finalist for acceptance into the Advantage Accelerator. For more information or to apply to pitch visit www.willametteinnovators.com. Pitches will begin on Jan. 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corvallis Sports Park. $10 Admission.

Master Recycler Class: Spots remain in the 2014 Master Recycler class, sponsored by Campus Recycling and offered free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. The course will be on Tuesday nights Jan.14 through March 4 along with a couple field trips, and covers all aspects of waste reduction. More class info and registration is on Campus Recycling’s website.

News for Employees

NEW! Women’s Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2014. The applications are due by Friday, Jan. 17. For more information please visit http://campaignforosu.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm. Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Faculty/Staff fitness: The Faculty and Staff Fitness Program still has some Winter Term classes available.  We are offering everything from weights, swimming, yoga, dance, to nutrition consultations offered for free through the College of Public Health and Human Science’s Moore Family Center focusing on Nutrition.  Register online or come into our office located in Langton Hall 123.  Schedule here.

NEW! Recreational Sports & PEBB Exercise Rewards – submit now: This is a reminder for all individuals enrolled in PEBB Exercise Rewards program to submit paperwork for the October – December quarter. All information regarding how to enroll in the program and how to submit paperwork can be found here. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! RecSports Winter Term Memberships Available for Purchase: Start the year off healthy & well by becoming a member of Recreational Sports. From cardio equipment to weight machines, swimming pools and rock walls, we’ve got the facilities and services to support your health and wellness goals in 2014. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information.

Family Friendly Lounge: Find yourself needing somewhere to hang out for a while having your kid in tow? Check out the new Family Friendly Lounge in the MU. It is on the second floor in Room 209. Inside you will find: a couch, kid-sized furniture, books and activities, and computers (free printing if you bring paper).

OSU directory: The 2013-14 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, kami.hammerschmith@oregonstate.edu, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

Long Term Research Rooms: Apply for a long-term (6 to 12 months) research room at the Valley Library.  Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in special projects may apply.  Applications (available here) will be considered based on project merits and specific need for library space and materials.  The application deadline is Feb. 14 and decisions will be made Feb. 28.  Please complete and return to the library circulation desk, or return by email to lori.hilterbrand@oregonstate.edu.

Staff Art Show:  Currently on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, and up through Jan. 27, this exhibit showcases the creativity of your co-workers!  For more information about the show, or to be made aware of next year’s call for artists, contact University Events.  The 4th annual Staff Art Show is co-sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals and the Professional Faculty Leadership Association.

General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2014 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 3.

Honors College course proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals.  For more information: tara.williams@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-6412.  Deadline is Jan. 27, 2014.

Traffic and maintenance

Bloss West  lot closure: To facilitate Board of Trustees activities, a portion of the Bloss West Lot will be closed Jan. 9-10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jefferson Street closure: Due to set up for a crane at the Student Experience Center, Jefferson Street will be closed between Waldo and 26th street on Jan. 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed through, but the south sidewalk will be accessible.


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

Assistant Director of Operations and Communications – Admissions  Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0011691. Closes Jan. 7.

Science Storekeeper, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Science Storekeeper position. Posting # 0011778.  Closes Jan. 9.

Office Specialist 2 – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position as Administrative Office Coordinator. Posting #0011754. Closes Jan. 10.

Research Program Coordinator-Environmental and Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Research Program Coordinator.  Posting # 0011733. Closes Jan. 10.

Office Specialist 2 – Division of International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011716. Closes Jan. 12.

Fiscal Coordinator 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0011760, closes on Jan. 14.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Lane County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .75 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0011747. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Lane County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .46 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0011748. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Klamath County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .46 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Klamath Falls. Posting # 0011782. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .45 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011745. Closes Jan. 15.

Manager of Access Services – Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Access Services position. Posting #0011712. Closes Jan. 16.

Sponsored Student Programs Manager – International Student Advising and Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Sponsored Student Programs Manager position. Posting #0011735. Closes Jan. 17 (full consideration), Jan. 31.

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.

Director of the School of Arts & Communications – College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of the School of Arts & Communications.  Posting #0011676.  For full consideration, apply by Feb. 7.


Corvallis: Unlike the big freeze the rest of the country is facing, we’re going to be relatively mild and rainy this week, just another Oregon January. We’ll see rain today with a high of 46 and a low of 40. More rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today with a high of 46. Rain possibly changing to snow later tonight, as the low dips to 33.

Newport: Rain today, with a high of 47 and a low of 44. Heavy rain tomorrow.

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

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