OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 9, 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.

Local economy’s strengths, potential highlighted by panel (Gazette-Times)

Also on the panel of speakers for the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored session was OSU President Ed Ray, who shared information on the university’s enrollment growth and regional economic impact.

Once and for all: Is this a hazelnut or a filbert? Yes (KVAL)

More and more Oregon farmers are taking an interest in growing hazelnuts. But many Oregonians still call hazelnuts “filberts.” Why?  KVAL News asked Ross Penhallegon with the Oregon State University cooperative extension service.

10 dietetics and nutrition programs to check out (Allied Health World)

Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, begins their dietetics program with a pre-dietetics option, which contains a challenging science-based curriculum and can help prepare younger students for the academic rigors of upper division coursework. Necessary science courses in those first two years include 15 credits each in anatomy and physiology and general chemistry; eight credits each in biology, microbiology and organic chemistry and four credits in biochemistry. Students who earn a GPA of 3.4 or better are expected to have a better-than-average chance of dietetic internship placement after graduation.

Flu spreads in Benton, Linn counties; vaccinations urged (Gazette-Times)

Charlie Fautin, administrator of the Benton County Public Health Department, said he has been in contact with staff from area hospitals and Oregon State University regarding the flu, and “everyone is seeing it.”

Environmental heroes of 2013 (Green News Update)

If you want to look back 10,000 years or more, the Ice Core Lab at Oregon State is a great place to study an unbroken record of what happened in the past climate. It’s a record of temperature, air, chemicals and dust bound up inside ice as part of geologic time. Venture forth with Ph.D. candidate Julia Rosen in her “ice core diaries” — invaluable lessons that may foretell the future.

Salmon expert to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Jim Lichatowich, a noted biologist and author, will discuss the fate of Pacific salmon during a presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Oregon State University. The free, public event begins at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library on campus. (see also Statesman Journal)

Sardine crash raising alarms (Merced Sun-Star)

“We are likely to see more local events like this if sardines disappear or redistribute along the coast and into deeper water,” said Selina Heppell, a fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University.

Locals delighted with seawall (Hawke’s Bay Today – New Zealand)

Professor Paul Komar, emeritus professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, is writing a report for the council on “barrier breach responses” between Tangoio in the north and Clifton in the south.

Cannard not facing DUII charge (KEZI)

A twist in a once suspected DUII case that left an Oregon State University student with critical injuries in November: the current toxicology reports are saying the evidence is currently not supporting a DUII charge.


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.

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 411a.

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., 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

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.

“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.

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! Hmong Cultural Night: HMONG OSU presents: HMONGTV NETWORK, a cultural event with performances and food, Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. Pick up your free ticket now (limit 4/person) in MU 103, weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. while supplies last. Sponsored by Student Events & Activities Center, funded by ISOSU. For information or requests for accommodations for ability, contact thaom@onid.ort.edu.

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 buffet 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! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with  Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. Fri. Jan. 10. 9-9:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YH0EC

NEW! Forest ecosystems and society seminar: Troy Hall, a candidate for the department head of Forest Ecosystems & Society, will present a seminar on Jan. 13, 2 to 3 p.m. in Richardson Hall 107. For interview schedules, live stream video links, and feedback forms: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/fes-dh-interview-schedules.

Links will be active at the time of the seminars, and available for viewing following the presentations.

NEW! Plant Science Seminar Series: Tom Bruulsema, Northeast Regional Director, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Ontario, Canada, will speak via video connection on “Nutrient Stewardship for Nutrition Security,” Jan. 13, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Candidate “vision seminar”: Mitch Thomashow, Director Candidate for the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiate, will lecture on “Perceiving Global Environmental Change: Environmental Humanities and The Real Work.” Thomashow is founding director of Second Nature, a consortium of university administrators for sustainable campuses. He will speak on Jan. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 213.

NEW! Science Pub: Sugat Patel, an Infectious Disease Physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis will discuss trends in HIV/AIDS and how he and his colleagues treat people in the mid-Willamette Valley in a talk titled, “Living with HIV/AIDS:  A Medical Success Story,” Jan. 13, 6 p.m., at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St., Corvallis.

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.

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

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.

“Discovering the Scientist Within” workshop at OSU for middle school girls: This free workshop for middle school girls for encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Linus Pauling Science Center.  Pre-registration is required. New this year, parents will have the opportunity to attend parent sessions. For information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/cosey/dsw or call 541-737-9424.

News for Employees

NEW! Global Learning Curriculum Development: The Center for Teaching and  Learning invites all OSU instructors to develop new courses or modify  existing ones with the goal of internationalizing the curriculum.  while participating in a 5-session faculty learning community.  CTL  and OSU’s International Programs will allocate $1500 per course for  participants in the 5-session faculty learning community.   Applications are due Friday, Jan. 10.  For more information and to  submit proposals, please contact Larry Becker  (beckerla@geo.oregonstate.edu), Coordinator, Global Learning, Center  for Teaching and Learning.

NEW! Synergies newsletter: Learn how four College of Public Health and Human Sciences graduate students helped to fund a winter women’s shelter, read about a pioneering alumna who broke gender barriers to become a successful business woman, discover a new interdisciplinary course that teaches future scientists to effectively communicate their research, and check out a feature on the new Moore Family Center endowed outreach coordinator and more. http://bit.ly/Ky88nM

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.

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.

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: We’re in for a long stretch of rain, but for what it’s worth, we’re balmy compared to the rest of the country. Rain today with a high of 46 and a low of 43. Fifty percent chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, turning to rain tomorrow as things warm up. High today of 39, low tonight of 37.

Newport: Occasional rain and breezy today, high of 48, low of 46. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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

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