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Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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 renames tutoring complex for Beth Ray (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University honored first lady Beth Ray, wife of OSU President Ed Ray and a longtime mentor to many students, by renaming the Student Success Center in her honor. (see also Daily Barometer)

Bridge-gate aside, traffic studies do not stop traffic (Marketplace)

“Some people refer to traffic studies as merely an observation of the way that pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles are interacting with the built environment,” says Oregon State civil engineering professor David Hurwitz.

Mint researchers study building blocks of wilt resistance (Capital Press)

The genetic building blocks of the mint plant may hold the key to defeating the crop’s longtime enemy — verticillium wilt. Oregon State University researcher Kelly Vining has sequenced roughly 25 to 50 percent of the genetic data contained in a mint species, Mentha longifolia.

This programmer tracks whale songs in 2D (Fast Company)

So Nouri learned when he tried to apply his spectrogram-analyzing model to a dataset from researchers at Oregon State University–and found that his model was entirely inaccurate. Nouri found that the DCLDE dataset he’d based his model on had a two-stage detection process, with humans operating at the first detection bottleneck.

Orchard sanitation fends off drosophila, researchers say (Capital Press)

However, Oregon State University entomologist Amy Dreves has found the fly also lays eggs and survives in blueberries that have dropped and begun decaying.

Next-generation pest map tracks life cycles (Capital Press)

The next generation of maps aimed at predicting insect life cycles will be released by Oregon State University this spring.

Photographs explore boundary of public, private land (LIFE@OSU)

Artifacts & Incidents, an exhibit of photography by Nicole Jean Hill, opens Jan. 13 in Fairbanks Gallery. There will be a reception for the artist, free and open to the public at 4:30, Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Editorial: Short session can be too full (Bend Bulletin)

Central Oregon has important legislation carried by State Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, to help Central Oregon Community College get the money it needs to acquire the building on its campus leased by Oregon State University — Cascades Campus. It matters for COCC and the future of OSU-Cascades. We’re counting on the local delegation to ensure that one doesn’t get lost.

Business workshop to help streamline family meetings (Statesman Journal)

The Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University is running a family business education program called Family Business 360.


Publishing, IRB, and Data Management Workshops at OSU Libraries: The Winter 2014 OSU Libraries Graduate and Faculty Workshop series kicks off with workshops on Publishing Your Research (Jan. 14), Preparing Your IRB Submission (Jan. 16), and Intro to Data Management (Jan. 16). Register to save your seat and check out the full slate of offerings this term by visiting: bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Advisor Coffee Talk: Emily Bowling with the Center for Center for Civic Engagement will be joining us to talk about ways we can help connect the OSU student community with the local community at large. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 10-11 a.m., LPSC 402. There will be time to ask her questions, share your experiences and mingle with your peers. Bring your own coffee or hot water (we will have tea). We will provide snacks.

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.

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

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.

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.

“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 EconomistThe New York TimesNewsweek 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Photography exhibit: Artifacts & Incidents, an exhibit of photography by Nicole Jean Hill, opens Jan. 13 in Fairbanks Gallery. There will be a reception for the artist, free and open to the public at 4:30, Wednesday, Jan. 15.

NEW! Music of Hope and Resistance: Historically, music, song, and dance have been the voice for resistance, protest, and hope. Experience music that focuses on slavery, poverty, anti-war movements, women’s rights, gay rights, class struggle, civil liberties, civil rights, economic injustice, politics and wars, and also to resist imperialism and promote revolutionary ideas. Focus will also be on music of hope: idealism, social reform, equal rights, moral improvement, and community activism. Jan. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Native American Longhouse

NEW! Speaking Justice:  Join us for a night of spoken word poetry performed by OSU community and special invited artist: Too Black. Speaking Justice is part of the MLK 2014 Celebration and sponsored by UHDS and the Cultural Resource Centers. Jan. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., MU Lounge

NEW! Comedy: “The King of Spain’s Daughter,” a one-act comedy by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The play is being rescheduled due to December’s snow storm. A matinee performance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. Tickets for the Lab Theatre production are $5 and $3 for students, and $6/$8 for the Majestic. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.

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.

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.

Reception with Kevin Nadal: 4 p.m., Jan. 17, MU 213 For more information, contact  Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu.

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/

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Food Science and Technology seminar:  Isin (Sunshine) Karagoz of the OSU Department of Micobiology will speak on “Safety Assurance of Pecans by Irradiation,” Jan. 15, noon in Wiegand Hall 132.

NEW! Winter 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Richard Cuenca (Oregon State University) will speak on “Three-and-a-half decades of progress in monitoring soils and soil hydraulic properties,” Wednesday, Jan. 15, noon to 1 p.m. OWEN 101.

NEW! LGBTQ and civil rights: Prominent LGBTQ Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, Jan 15, 4 to 5 p.m., MU 208. This presentation provides information on the importance of LGBTQ leaders during the Civil Rights Movement. Participants leave with an expanded knowledge of LGBTQ leaders during the Civil Rights Movement and a deeper understanding of how race, gender and sexuality played a role in the exclusion of these voices.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Social Learn, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Blackboard has a new social networking platform that allows users to create profiles and connect with other Blackboard users, whether or not they are enrolled in the same course. Think Facebook for academics. It’s entirely optional for instructors and students. This webinar provides an overview of the features in Social Learn and how you can use them. Thurs. Jan. 16. 9:30-10:20 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YH47c

NEW! Superfund Research Program seminar highlighting the research of the Trainees each third Thursday at noon in the Hallie Ford Center Room 115. See the first two speakers for Jan. 16 on the SRP blog.

NEW! Candidate “vision seminar”: Jeffrey Lockwood, Director Candidate for the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiate, will lecture on “Shamans, Sisyphus, and Shortstops: Imagining Environmental Arts & Humanities at OSU.” Lockwood is an entomologist, philosopher, and writer at the University of Wyoming. He will speak on Jan 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Hallie Ford Center room 115.

NEW! The Emergent Learning Commons conference: An annual forum for the study of transformative technologies in education.  Session topics include immersive environments, augmented reality, and robotics.  All are invited at no cost.  Jan. 16-18, 202 Kidder Hall.  Registration and schedule: http://elcommons.org.  Produced by Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC).  Contact Jon Dorbolo.

NEW! 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 16, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 411A.

NEW! Is Obamacare the Best We Can Do? At the Jan. 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Dr. Mike Huntington, radiation oncologist at Good Samaritan, will discuss current health-care reform efforts. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. 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! OSU sheep and goat medicine elective: OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hosting a two week course offering necessary medical procedures for small ruminants between February 10-21. Contact Dr. Erica McKenzie, Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine for details if you have sheep or goats that require medical procedures (erica.mckenzie@oregonstate.edu).

Forest Ecosystems seminar: Henry Gholz, a candidate for the Department Head of Forest Ecosystems & Society, will give a seminar Jan. 15, 2 to 3 p.m., 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.

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.

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Jim Lichatowich, Fisheries Biologist, Alder Fork Consulting, Columbia City, will speak on “Salmon Management and Salmon Science at a Crossroads.” Jan. 15, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

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.

Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference: workshops, performance, and dialogue to explore the complexity of identity and tools for creating social change. Free event sponsored by Coalition for Community Dialogue and Project Social Justice. Event schedule and pre-registration on our website. Jan 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in NAL and MU. Information or disability accommodations requests: 541-737-7298, Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu Part of OSU MLK Celebration.

“Why do I have to choose between my Queerness and Person of Colorness?”:  This workshop, featuring Kevin Nadal, will use participatory activities, media and dialogue that draws on participants’ lived experiences to understand the dynamics of microaggressions and liberation for the LGBTQ+ community. Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Native American Longhouse. Register here: http://goo.gl/H89xcA

Climate Club Brownbag LunchBraiding 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.

Stories of Queer Diaspora: This workshop, led by Kevin Nadal, will feature a few performances by Queer and Trans People of Color, and participants will also learn how to tell their stories through poetry, spoken word, and comedy. Jan. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Native American Longhouse. Register here: http://goo.gl/H89xcA. Stories of Queer Diaspora Session will be available via live stream.

Fruit tree pruning workshops with OSU Extension: Ross Penhallegon has 20+ years of orchard management experience. Jan. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lewis Brown Farm in Corvallis and Feb. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Grandpa’s Farm Stand in Albany. $20 per class. Please complete and mail registration form or call 541-967-3871.

News for Employees

Undergraduate research awards: Oregon State University Libraries is pleased to announce the seventh annual Library Undergraduate Research Award. This award recognizes and rewards OSU undergraduates who, through comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in writing a paper or completing a project. Typically there are two $1000 scholarships awarded.  The deadline for your submission is Jan. 31.

IDEA Drop-In Hours: Interested in studying abroad? Have questions about interning overseas? We encourage students to visit the IDEA Ambassadors in Moreland Hall on Mondays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. These drop-in hours will be held each week– all students with questions regarding education abroad should consider dropping by. For details and contact information visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/students

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.

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.


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

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.

HR Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, HR Tech position. Posting #0011802. Closes Jan. 23.

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.

Marketing Manager – The University Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Marketing Manager position. Posting #0011792. Closes Feb. 3.

Nutritionist/ Health Educator:  Student Health Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Nutritionist/Health Educator.  This position is 12 month, full time. Posting 0011818. Closes Feb 7.

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: There has to be an invisible sun out there, but it will be obscured by the fog until this afternoon. High today of 47, low of 28. A frosty morning tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 55 and a low of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of morning fog, otherwise sunny. High of 57, low of 39. Similar tomorrow.

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

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