OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 17, 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 mourns loss of dedicated administrator Mark McCambridge (LIFE@OSU)

Mark McCambridge, former vice president for Finance and Administration at Oregon State University, died Thursday, Jan. 16, from cancer. He was 62. (see also Daily Barometer)

Easy ways to move more at work (ABC News)

“There’s a major decline in physical activity from 18 to 19 years old,” says Bradley Cardinal, PhD, a professor of social psychology of physical activity at Oregon State University, who says there can be another when you enter the workplace—particularly if you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day long.

One step at a time, researchers learning how humans walk (Science Daily)

The research could find some of its earliest applications in improved prosthetic limbs, said researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. Later on, a more complete grasp of these principles could lead to walking or running robots that are far more agile and energy-efficient than anything that exists today.

Three-quarters of Oregon in severe drought (KEZI)

“Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “We’ve seen a dry November and December, and now we’re seeing a dry January. And now we’re starting to worry about it.”

World’s oldest trees grow faster, sequester more carbon (UPI Asia)

Despite a common view of large old trees as unproductive, a study has found the world’s oldest trees are growing faster and sequestering more carbon as they age. An international research group, writing in the journal Nature, said 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get, Oregon State University researchers involved in the study reported Wednesday.

Willamette Valley loses OSU Extension agent (Capital Press)

Linn County field crops extension agent Paul Marquardt is leaving Oregon State University to take a position with DuPont in Iowa. Marquardt, who started with OSU in March of last year, said he was leaving for personal reasons.

Elena Passarello, from Scream to Song (KLCC)

Elena Passarello is an Oregon Book Award finalist for her book of essays on the human voice, Let Me Clear My Throat. She was the first woman to win the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in New Orleans, and teaches at Oregon State University.

G-T loses appeal of OSU pay records denial (Gazette-Times)

The Gazette-Times suffered a setback this week in its efforts to obtain a complete set of payroll records from Oregon State University along with explanatory information about OSU’s compensation database.


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.

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.

Language, Power, and Hospitality: As part of the Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference this session, lead by Roni Sue and Chris Lenn,  explores how communication affect the ways we build or harm our connection with others? 2:30-3:20 p.m., MU 206. Full conference schedule available on our website. Pre-registration not required.

Peeling the Onion; Unraveling the Layers of You: As part of the Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference this session, lead by OSU CRFs, will provide an interactive discussion of social identity, perception, and assumptions. 2:30-3:20 p.m., MU 208. Full conference schedule available on our website. Pre-registration not required.

Creating Change in Our Community: As part of the Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference this session explores ways to create change in our communities. Panelist include poet Shelly Moon, Jackson Street Youth Shelter Community Liaison Hannah Miller and Garden Manager for the Corvallis Environmental Center Deanna Lloyd. 3:30-4:20 p.m., MU 206. Conference schedule available on our website. Pre-registration not required.

Cultivating Social Justice in Higher Education: As part of the Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference  this session will feature a panel of OSU educators sharing their experiences working towards social justice within higher education. 3:30-4:20 p.m., MU 208. Conference schedule available on our website. Pre-registration not required

The Ninth Edwards Lecture: 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.

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.

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.


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


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.

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

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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

News for Employees

NEW! Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is Jan. 31 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Winter 2014.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Clothing donations sought: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for the Career Wardrobe event, Feb. 13 in the MU Ballroom. The annual event helps OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 137 Strand Agriculture Hall (Stag) and Career Services located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

NEW! Recognize your Business Center HR Team: As institutional members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, you can nominate your Business Center Human Resources Unit, or a specific person within Human Resources, for a Western Region Award.  Not only will it bring recognition for the good work they do, but it could result in a cash award.  Nominations must be made by Jan. 24 at http://www.cupahrregions.org/western/awards.asp.

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.


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

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.

The University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director-UHDS position. Posting # 0011848 . Closes Jan. 29.

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.

Public Info Representative 2 – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0), 12-month position. Posting #0011826. Closes Feb. 3.

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.

CPO Outreach Educator – Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.00 FTE) CPO Outreach Educator position that will serve the Metro Region. Posting 0011851. For full consideration, apply by Feb. 4. Closes Feb. 14.

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: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant,” Anne Bradstreet. Widespread fog, mainly before 10 a.m. Otherwise cloudy. High today of 40, low of 36. Much the same for the rest of the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 55 and a low of 22. Sunny throughout the weekend.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 55 and a low of 47. Partly sunny throughout the weekend.

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

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