OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 10, 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.

OSU Board of Trustees elects initial leadership (OSU News)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees, in its first meeting since being confirmed by the Oregon Senate in November, on Thursday unanimously elected Patricia “Pat” Reser of Beaverton, Ore., as initial chairwoman. (see also Gazette-Times)

Cry wolf? Large carnivore decline puts humans at risk, study says (NBC News)

“We should be thinking of ourselves in the end because if enough important species go extinct and we lose enough ecosystem services and economic services, then humanity will suffer,” William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis and the study’s lead author, told NBC News. (see also BBC News, MSN New Zealand, The Guardian, NPR)

New OSU Sports Medicine Center (KEZI)

Oregon State University will see a new sports medicine facility on its campus this year, but the center will not just be for students and athletes but also for the general public.

Cover crop goal a stretch for seed growers, expert says (Capital Press)

Oregon’s Willamette Valley supplies seed for a large percentage of what is becoming a dynamic Midwest cover crop market. But it will take increased yields and a good understanding of that market to meet future demands, according to an Oregon State University extension agent.

Survey finds commonalities among Oregonian’s values and beliefs (Register-Guard)

That’s among the more revealing findings in a statewide Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey conducted last year by two researchers and underwritten by four organizations, including Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

NAFTA at 20 Years (Counterpunch)

Ron Mize, OSU Associate Professor of Language, Culture and Society, was quoted in Nick Alexandrov’s Counterpunch article featuring an assessment of the North American Free Trade Agreement on its 20th anniversary.  Citing Mize and Alicia Swords’ Consuming Mexican Labor: From The Bracero Program to NAFTA, Alexandrov identifies NAFTA’s impact on Mexican farmers in terms of land transfers: “These transfers were concurrent with wipe-outs of both tariffs on agricultural goods entering the country, and subsidies for Mexican farmers—’a death sentence’ for these people, Ronald Mize and Alicia Swords conclude.”

Growers on the lookout for grass weed escapes in wheat (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University weed specialist recently advised Willamette Valley wheat growers to be on the lookout for grass weed escapes this spring.

Oar, paddle maker is poised for a boom (Medford Mail Tribune)

Newport’s entrepreneurial skills landed him a spot on the dais at next month’s Oregon State University Alumni Association’s Celebration of Excellence in Portland.

Margaret Burnett (Daily Edventures)

Burnett, a professor of computer science at OSU and proud mentor, has been a pioneer of women in computer science since she started her career in 1971. In fact, she was the first woman hired into management at a 13,000-employee complex of Procter & Gamble.

Oregon State Student Media Adviser Appeals Denial of Public Records (OPB)

Kate Willson came from the investigating reporting world to Oregon State University to work as the news adviser for the student media department.


Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees meeting continues today, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center. A public comment period will be held from 2:45 to 3 p.m. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees

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

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.

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

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,” 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


Hmong Cultural Night: HMONG OSU presents: HMONGTV NETWORK, a cultural event with performances and food, Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m., MU Ballroom. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! MLK Celebration Kick Off in the Quad: Come kick off our annual celebration in the MU Quad with music and refreshments. Get information on events, promotional items, and more! This event will be on Monday, Jan. 13,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sponsored by the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternal Council, and Office of Equity and Inclusion.  For more information about the MLK celebration and schedule of events, visit http://oregonstate.edu/oei/mlk

NEW! Der Golem: The 1920 German horror film “Der Golem: How He Came into the World” will be shown at the Whiteside Theatre in downtown Corvallis at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Admission is free. 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.

NEW! Jim Day retirement: Enrollment Management will be hosting a retirement celebration for Jim Day, Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hawthorne Suite of Milam Hall.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please join us to wish Jim a long and happy retirement as we celebrate his 18 years of service to Oregon State University.

NEW! Corvallis Climate Summit: Corvallis area climate organizations and individuals will gather Jan. 26 to connect, strategize and collaborate during the first-ever Corvallis Climate Summit. The event takes place at 1166 NW Jackson Ave., the First United Methodist Church Community Center building, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Dean Moore,  OSU Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Director, Olivia Poblacion, will serve as emcee for the event, which is free and open to the public. More information available at http://350corvallis.org/

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! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Healthy Eating Habits.” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu. Jan. 14, noon, MU 208.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, TAC. Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing. Tues. Jan 14. 2:30-3:20 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YH337

NEW! Voices Behind Global Movements: at this free event, explore social change leadership through interactive workshop and a Reader’s Theater of speeches from justice leaders and activists. Jan. 14, MU Journey Room, 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by: Student Events & Activities, ISOSU, Center for Leadership Development, Center for Civic Engagement. Part of OSU MLK Celebration. Information or disability accommodations requests: alfitriv@onid.orst.edu.

NEW! “Sidetracked: Why our decisions get derailed and what we can do to stick to the plan”. Francesca Gino, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School to discuss ethics, judgment, decision-making and other topics covered in her new book Sidetracked. Gino’s studies have been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Jan. 14 from 7-8:15 p.m. at Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture. Info at business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls.

NEW! Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws and the Sochi Olympics.   This panel discussion will explain and contextualize Russia’s anti-gay laws, explore whether these laws and the 2014 Sochi Olympics warrant a comparison to Nazi Germany and the 1936 games, and open a discussion on the history and implications of anti-gay legislation more broadly. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m.,  MU213.

NEW! Pacific salmon expert Jim Lichatowich:  Lichatowich will speak about his new book, “Salmon, People, and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery (OSU Press). Jan. 15, 7 p.m., The Valley Library Rotunda. Historian of science historian Carmel Finley will join Lichatowich for a lively panel discussion.  Audience Q&A. Desserts and refreshments. Books available for purchase and signing.

NEW! Climate Club Brownbag Lunch: Braiding Disciplines series is designed to spur conversations about climate change among people of different academic backgrounds.  The first will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the OSU Native American Longhouse and will feature oceanographer Alan Mix and environmental ethicist Kathleen Dean Moore.  Please bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, dessert provided.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2014. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Feb. 17.

NEW! MLK Day of Service, Registration for the 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service is open! Students, faculty, staff, and partners and children are all invited to participate in one of our 11 projects on Saturday Jan. 18. Morning, mid-day, and afternoon projects are available. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers. Check in will be located in the McAlexander Field House, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/mlk-day-service-projects.

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.

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.

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.

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: “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.”  ~John Steinbeck. Rainy and breezy today with a high of 53 and a low of 51. Rain, wind and thunderstorms throughout the weekend, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: Rain likely by the end of the day with a high of 48 and a low of 36. Rain turning to snow tomorrow and into Sunday. Highs in the 40s, lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

Newport: Rain and gusty winds throughout the weekend. Highs in the lower 50s, lows in the mid 40s.

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

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