OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

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.

Protecting the world’s predators (Science)

A live chat Thursday noon PST with Michael P. Nelson, an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy. He holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and serves as the lead principal investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program at Oregon State University.

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

OSU researchers 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. These compounds were not previously known to exist. (see also Environmental News Network)

OSU professor’s book of essays named Oregon Book finalist (Gazette-Times)

A collection of essays by an assistant professor of English at Oregon State University is a finalist in the 2014 Oregon Book Awards. “Let Me Clear My Throat,” by Elena Passarello of Corvallis, is one of five finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction. (see also Oregonian)

Wasp seen as solution to invasive stink bug (Capital Press)

However, researchers from ODA, USDA, Oregon State University and other institutions must first determine if the wasp is effective in our environment, he said. Tests indicate that the wasps prefer to invade the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug more than related species, which is a good sign, Bai said.

Guest parking permits discussed for districts near OSU (Gazette-Times)

There currently are three parking districts in the city, A and B north of Oregon State University and C, which is east of OSU. Permits cost $15 per year for residents and nonresidents, and those without permits can park once a day for free for two hours.

‘Drone’ researchers prefer the term ‘unmanned aircraft’ (KVAL)

Rick Spinrad with Oregon State University said the application prepared by the three states appealed to the FAA. Alaska has been working with unmanned aircraft technology for years, and Oregon provides an extraordinarily diverse terrain. (see also Cascade Business News)

Oregon was once a slave state (Willamette Week)

In his new book, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory (OSU Press), Nokes details the only slavery case brought before an Oregon court.


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.

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

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! Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Michelle Kappes, OSU, will speak on “Foraging Strategies of Pelagic Seabirds: From Biologging to Behavior.” Jan. 8, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Theater auditions: The University Theatre will hold auditions for the second installment of its American Voices Season.  On Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 8 and 9, auditions will be held on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. for Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive.  Five great roles and there is a need for a mature male role late 30s to 40s.  All are welcome to audition.  Contact director Charlotte Headrick for more information cheadrick@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4918

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Jan. 9 Faculty Senate agenda can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2014/0109/. The meeting will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Senators may participate via webcast by logging in to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ at 3 p.m. Senators and proxies must log in to the chat room with their real name for attendance purposes. The New Senator Orientation will occur from 1 to 2:45 p.m., on Jan. 9 in the LaSells Stewart Center Ag. Production Room.

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! Psychology colloquium: “Physical Activity and Children with Disabilities,” Jan. 10, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Megan MacDonald of OSU will present the first installment of the Winter 2014 School of Psychological Science Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

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.

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 .

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

“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.

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.

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.

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! Career services January newsletter: To view the latest newsletter: http://eepurl.com/LZbbb

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Shops area: Scheduled electrical service interruption will take place Jan. 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a number of the physical plant buildings on campus as part of an electrical rerouting project.

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.

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.

Accounting Technician – The College of Veterinary Medicine Finance Services invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month Accounting Technician.  Posting #0011795.  Closes Jan. 14.

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.

Education Program Assistant 2 –  Washington County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .75 FTE, Education Program Assistant 2 position located in Hillsboro. Posting # 0011807. Closes Jan. 17.

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: “The trees down the boulevard stand naked in thought, Their abundant summery wordage silenced, caught in the grim undertow; naked the trees confront implacable winter’s long, cross-questioning brunt.”–  D. H. Lawrence. Rain today and tomorrow with a high today of 47 and a low of 40.

Central Oregon: Rain today with a chance of rain turning to snow tonight, and possible snow tomorrow. High today of 46 low of 33.

Newport: Rain today and tomorrow. High of 49, low of 42.

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

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