OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 16, 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.

A degree in beer, wine and kombucha (The Atlantic)

Led by Seth Cohen, who earned a doctorate in food science and tech from Oregon State University, Corvallis, the program began about two years ago with more than $250,000 raised in state and federal grants. The first wave of about 70 students in the program will graduate by the end of the year.

Scientists say stop worrying about Fukushima radiation in fish (OPB)

Delvan Neville, a PhD candidate in Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University, has tested dozens of samples of albacore tuna for radioactivity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s intervention levels for cesium 134 and cesium 137 is 1200 becquerels per kilogram. The highest levels he’s seen in his albacore, of both cesium 134 and cesium 137 combined, is 1 becquerel per kilogram – a level so low that his device couldn’t pick it up until he concentrated the samples.

After two years, bipedal robot takes steps outside (Michigan Daily)

MARLO was designed and built by Jonathan Hurst, assistant engineering professor at Oregon State University, using funding provided by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, a program funded by the Department of Defense. MARLO is one of three robots created using Hurst’s ATRIAS principle, or “assume the robot is a sphere.” The other two robots are housed at Oregon State University and Carnegie Melon University.

Older trees are growing faster, storing more carbon, as they age (Science Daily)

n a letter published today in the journalNature, an international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get. The study was led by Nate L. Stephenson of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center. Three Oregon State University researchers are co-authors: Mark Harmon and Rob Pabst of the College of Forestry and Duncan Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences. (see also Wood Business)

OSU holds panel on Sochi Winter Olympics (KEZI)

The Winter Olympics begin next month in Sochi and they’re shedding light on homosexuality laws in Russia. A panel at Oregon State University is talking to the public Wednesday afternoon about current Russian laws.

Louisiana forests being sacrificed to fuel Europe’s biomass boom (Al Jazeera America)

Mark Harmon, a professor of forestry science at Oregon State University, said it’s helpful to imagine a forest as a bucket and carbon as water. “It’s kind of like a leaky bucket — if you put another hole in the bucket, it’s harder for the bucket to hold water,” he said. “Biomass producers are saying they’re going to harvest more, saying they’re going to take more trees, and saying that won’t lead to more leaks (of carbon). But if you take more you’ll have more leaks.”

OSU, city plan events to honor Martin Luther King (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis will celebrate peace and the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. this month with a series of events coordinated by OSU and the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Commission.

Storms bring little relief (LaGrande Observer)

“From this point you don’t know,” said Darrin Walenta, Oregon State University Extension agronomist in La Grande. “This will be my 14th spring. I have never seen a consistent weather pattern for the spring.”

Beekeepers swarm to first meeting of 2014 (Curry Coastal Pilot)

Meanwhile the beekeepers have been busily buzzing about with new activities, including the kickoff of the 2014 Oregon Master Beekeeping Program through Oregon State University (OSU).

The big carnivores are in trouble and that’s no little thing (Mother Nature Network)

Even streams can change as a result of fewer carnivores, according to William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author.

Water seminar, OSU reception highlight agenda (Capital Press)

A special seminar on water and agriculture, and a second annual event focusing on Oregon State University Beavers past and present highlight the education and outreach efforts of this year’s Northwest Ag Show.

Beneficial insect lessons for Idaho farmers (Public News Service)

Gwendolyn Ellen, coordinator of the Farmscaping for Beneficials Program, Oregon State University, is one of the experts who will explain how biodiversity in agriculture benefits production, as well as the environment.


NEW! Flu Vaccine Still Available: Student Health Services has vaccine available to students, faculty and staff. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged – especially for young adults – due to the presence this year of the H1N1 strain. No appointment is necessary. Call 541-737-9355 or go to studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu for more details about hours, cost and insurance coverage.

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.

Publishing, IRB, and Data Management Workshops at OSU Libraries: The Winter 2014 OSU Libraries Graduate and Faculty Workshop series kicks off with workshops on 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

SEIU meeting: Classified workers will be holding a monthly meeting Jan. 16, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. The agenda includes Sub-local 083’s new constitution and by-laws, upcoming election and nomination procedures and issues surrounding unification. A special General Council has been called for Feb. 1, and a legislative trip scheduled Feb. 17, which also will be discussed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Annual Peace Breakfast: Breakfast, award presentations, and  keynote speech by Walidah Imarisha, an educator, writer, organizer, and poetry artist. Music by OUTSPOKEN and poetry by Anderson DuBoise III. Jan. 20, 9 to 10:30 a.m., MU Ballroom. Tickets will be available at the door, but organizers advise patrons to buy tickets in advance from the MU Information Desk, as the event regularly sells out. Tickets are on sale for $10 for general admission and $6 for students; children ages 5-and-under will be admitted free.

NEW! MLK Candlelight Vigil: This is the event acknowledging the ending of a great man but the continuing of his Legacy. We will begin the vigil in front of Snell promptly at 8pm and walk to the bottom of the MU steps, followed by discussion in the MU MLK room (208). Jan. 20, 8 to 9:30 p.m.

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

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.

Lane County Tack Sale: This event is a 4–H fundraiser for the Lane County Extension 4-H Horse Program. Come out to the Oregon Horse Center at 90751 Prairie Road in Eugene on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 per person, 8 and under are free. We have 50 vendors and counting from all over Western and Southern Oregon. It’s going to be BIG! Don’t miss it! www.lanecountytacksale.com

Students sought for speed friending: INTO OSU and OSU Libraries are hosting a speed friending session Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Valley Library. Take a study break and make a new friend. Talk to people from around the world. Free pizza. Registration required: http://bit.ly/osuspeedfriending.

Kathy Howell retirement:  The College of Forestry will be hosting a retirement celebration for Kathy Howell, Monday, Jan. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Peavy/Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle.  Please join us to wish Kathy all the best, and recognize her 18 years of invaluable contributions to the College and University community.

Linda Miller retirement: Linda Miller is retiring as Scheduling Coordinator after more than 30 years of outstanding service to OSU. Her colleagues in the Office of the Registrar invite you to join them in honoring her dedication and achievements, at the Corvallis Depot Passenger Room and Railroad Office (700 S.W. Washington) on Friday, Jan. 31, 4 to 6 p.m., for cake and light hors d oeuvres.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! The Ninth Edwards Lecture: Dr. Brian J. Kirby, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, will give a lecture entitled “Geometrically Enhanced Differential Immunocapture: Using obstacle arrays in microfluidic devices to enhance efficient and pure rare cell capture from fluid suspensions.” Friday, Jan. 17, 4 p.m., Joyce Leadership Center, Memorial Union. Presented by the School of Civil and Construction Engineering.

NEW! Oregon Black History Interactive Workshop: Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU Journey Room. RSVP to chris.lenn@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Lit Review, Zotero, and Qualtrics Workshops at the Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Graduate and Faculty Workshop series continues with sessions on the Literature Review Jan. 21, Intro and Advanced Zotero Jan. 22, and surveying with Qualtrics Jan. 23. Register to save your seat and check out the full slate of offerings this term by visiting: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Student Success Series Workshops: Publishing Your Research: The OSU Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate School is providing a free workshop for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the sciences focused on preparing and submitting work for publication. The workshop will take place Jan. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Joyce Powell Journey Room of the MU. Students must register here.

NEW! Open access brown-bag: Brown-bag presentation and dicussion to learn all about Open Access, Tuesday,  Jan. 21, noon in LPSC 402. Michael Boock from OSU Libraries and Press will present. Network with OSU Science Communicators. All welcome!  More information

NEW! Candidate “vision seminar”: Bron Taylor, Director Candidate for the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiate will lecture on “Toward a Terrapolitan Earth Civilization.” Taylor is Professor of Religion and Environmental Ethics at the University of Florida, and the author of Deep Green Religion. He will speak on Jan. 21 from 4 to 5 pm in Memorial Union 208.

NEW! Coaching workshop: Check out the free workshops for employees at all levels of the university, designed and delivered by the Center for Learning and Organizational Development. Coming up Jan. 28, a workshop entitled  “A Simple Coaching Process” outlines an easy-to-follow conversational process that demonstrates an alternative to telling people what to do. For a full listing of workshops and to register, visit


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 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.

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.

Digital publishing talk: Korey Jackson, new Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services at OSU Libraries and Press, will give a presentation on the future of Digital Publishing at OSU Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Willamette Rooms on the third floor of The Valley Library.

Literary Northwest Series: Natalie Serber, author of the story collection “Shout Her Lovely Name” (A New York Times “Notable Book” of 2012), and Jay Pontieri, author of Oregon Book Award nominated  “Wedlocked,” will read in the Valley Library Rotunda on Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. This reading is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Oregon Sea Grant Director Open Forums : Two candidates for the position of Oregon Sea Grant Director will give presentations on the topic: “The Role of Sea Grant in the Future and Opportunities for Oregon” followed by questions.  Each presentations will take place at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, in the Library Seminar Room, and will be available online live stream with chat, http://live.oregonstate.edu/  from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, Mark Sytsma and Jan. 22, Shelby Walker.  More info on the Sea Grant website.

Center for Teaching 2014 Winter Symposium: Join your colleagues at the Center for Teaching and Learning Winter 2014 Teaching Symposium on Jan. 30. Sessions throughout the day will cover a broad variety of topics, including curriculum design, experiential learning, new media, and student motivation, to name just a few. You’re also invited to a hosted luncheon session around this year’s theme, the Pedagogy of Hope. Check in early and enjoy a continental breakfast. Learn more and register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/2014-winter-teaching-symposium

Educational Workshop to Learn about Small-scale Poultry Production: The Oregon State University Extension Service and the Lane Small Business Development Center are partnering to offer an educational class for small-scale and backyard poultry producers.  This class will cover the ins and outs of raising chickens, turkeys and other poultry and is designed for those interested in raising poultry for eggs or for meat. This class will be offered on Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. on the Lane Community College main campus in Eugene.  The cost of the class $35 and pre-registration is required.  To register please call the Lane Small Business Development Center at (541) 463-6200.

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).

News for Employees

Mom’s Weekend: As Winter Term is in full swing, that means that Moms and Family Weekend is quickly approaching on May 2-4. The Memorial Union Program Coordinators are in the process of planning the program for that weekend, and would love to include any activities that you have going on.  Please send the date, time, and brief description of any activities you have planned to Caitie Karcher or Jessica Hammock no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 7.

Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

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.

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.

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.

Office Specialist 1- Billing – OSU Student Health Services invites applications for a 12 month full time position. Posting # 0011838 .  Closes Jan 24.

Office Specialist 2 – University Relations and Marketing – University Events invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, limited duration, Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0011828. Closes Jan 27.

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.

4-H Program Outreach Coordinator –  Washington County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 4-H Program Outreach Coordinator position located in Hillsboro. Posting # 0011827. Closes Feb. 7.

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.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by March 1.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  Oregon State University Extension service invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Assistant Professor (Practice) position that will serve the Central Oregon Region (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Warm Springs), located in Redmond. Posting # 0011824. Closes March 15.


Corvallis: Fog is the key word for the rest of the week, as our area experiences dense morning fog. Today’s high will be 40 with a low of 35.

Central Oregon: Sunny and clear, with a high of 57 and a low of 28. Sunny again tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny and 57 today with a low tonight of 43. Sunny and a balmy 61 tomorrow.

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

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