OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 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.

Couch potato science: Oregon State University warns against time on your tush (Oregonian)

For the study, co-authored by OSU’s Bradley Cardinal and Hyo Lee, a former OSU doctoral student, researchers examined activity patterns of more than 5,500 adults through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants wore accelerometers – devices that measure acceleration.

Psst. Wanna buy a whale? (Science)

Second, if trade in whale meat is legalized, it could be difficult to identify black market meat. Monitoring and enforcement would be a challenge. “These problems are not easily solved,” adds Scott Baker of Oregon State University, Corvallis. His molecular sleuthing of whalemeat markets has shows a large trade in illegal or unreported whale products. A return to commercial whaling, he suspects, would provide even greater incentives for illegal hunting.

Should schools teach ‘soft skills?’ Many experts say yes (Deseret News)

These outcomes make sense, reasons Oregon State University researcher Brian Flay, because “improved social and character skills leave more time for teachers to teach, and students to learn and be more motivated.”

Pacific Northwest cheese subject of OSU Press Book (Oregonian)

Portland author Tami Parr has written the definitive history of cheese in the Pacific Northwest, a 208-page paperback book published by Oregon State University Press and featured on the cover of its recent catalog.

Advocacy group calls for clearer seafood consumption guidelines (Fresno Bee)

General advice can be difficult, said Christina DeWitt, director of the experiment station in Astoria, Ore., for the Oregon State University department of food science and technology – one of the schools involved in the Seafood Health Facts project.

Bambu, OSU to team up on honey bee matters (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A Portland-based renewable products company plans to back honey bee research through an agreement with Oregon State University.

State officials say still plenty of whales seen on Oregon Coast (Beach Connection)

Recent tagging studies by Oregon State University scientists show that most gray whales only stay about three weeks in the warm waters off Baja, Mexico. Then they head back to the cold, but plankton-rich waters of the north Pacific. The exception is mothers and calves, which stay on the breeding grounds between two and three months.

OSU to offer class on cheese-making basics (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preservers will offer a “Basics of Cheese Making” workshop on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. The class will be held at the OSU Extension Service Marion County office, 3180 Center St. NE, in the first floor conference room.

Small Farms Conference meets Feb. 22 at OSU (Hood River News)

Hundreds of farmers from throughout Oregon will gather in Corvallis this winter to improve their skills and get inspired for the next growing season. The 14th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference will take place Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Oregon State University.


Lit Review, Zotero, and Qualtrics Workshops at the Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Graduate and Faculty Workshop series continues with sessions on 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

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.

NEW! Water Resources Seminar: Stephen Lancaster, of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will speak on “Simulation of river bluffs and slip-off slopes with a discrete particle-based model ,” Jan. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in Owen 101.

Oregon Sea Grant Director Open Forum : A candidate for the position of Oregon Sea Grant Director will give a presentation on: “The Role of Sea Grant in the Future and Opportunities for Oregon” followed by questions.  It  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. 22, with Shelby Walker.  More info on the Sea Grant website.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Trent Northen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present a seminar “Metabolic dark matter: mass spectrometry explorations of bacterial metabolism” on Wednesday, Jan 22, 3:30 p.m.in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Sharlene Santana, Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Curator of Mammals, Burke Museum of Natural History, University of Washington, Seattle, will speak on “Ecomorphology and the Evolution of Bat Diversity.” Jan. 22, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Linus Pauling talk: Linda Richards, 2014 Chemical Heritage Foundation Doan Fellow, will speak on “Linus Pauling and the Responsibility of the Scientist” on  Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. in LPSC 402. She will speak on how Linus Pauling’s work, as a chemist and an activist, affected the global peace and social justice movements. Hosted by OSU-ChUME.

Upcoming events

NEW! January Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs or attend a drop-in demonstration at the Repair Fair Thursday, Jan. 23 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th Street). Demonstrations are on fixing sock holes, book repair and D.I.Y. T-shirt bags. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

NEW! Student Art Open House:  The Beth Ray Center for Academic Support is hosting a Student Art Open House on Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m.  Please join us in celebrating the artistic achievements of OSU students.  Refreshments provided. For more details, visit http://success.oregonstate.edu/BRC_Programming.

NEW! Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend: OSU Swing Club and Blues at OSU are joining up with Corvallis Swing Dance Society to bring a weekend of live music and dancing to Corvallis.  The festivities kick off on Friday, January 24 at 8:30pm in the Women’s Building room 116.  $12 for Friday evening’s dance includes live music with Walker T. Ryan.  For more information and full weekend schedule visit swingandblues.org

NEW! LUNAFEST: The 13th annual national touring film festival LUNAFEST will come to Corvallis Jan. 25, 6 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Emily Ho, director of the Moore Family Center at OSU, will be the guest speaker. The fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Women’s Cancer Coalition Fund at Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. $15, $12 students and seniors. Available to purchase at http://www.lunafest.org/corvallis0125. With an Oregon Trail Card $5, available at door only.

NEW! Mark McCambridge memorial: A celebration of Mark McCambridge’s life will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Oregon State CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom, 725 S.W. 26th St. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Benton County Hospice Services, 2350 N.W. Professional Dr., Corvallis, OR, 97330.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Cascadia Lifelines At the Jan. 23 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Scott Ashford, head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, will discuss the Cascadia Lifelines Program, which aims to prepare for the next megathrust earthquake. Triad meets in the AgScience Room at the La Sells Stewart Center, 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 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 23, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 411a.

NEW! Forest Ecosystems and Society candidate: Michael Tarrant, a candidate for the Department Head of Forest Ecosystems & Society, will speak Jan. 23, 2 to 3 p.m., RH 107. For interview schedules, live stream video links, and feedback forms: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/fes-dh-interview-schedules.

NEW! Mental Health at OSU: CAPS invites you to a presentation of the OSU Healthy Minds Study results. Learn about the mental health status and needs of OSU students at this open forum. Presented by Sandi Cleveland, MPH. Sponsored by CAPS on behalf of the OSU Mental Health Initiative. Friday, Jan. 24, noon to 1 p.m., 202 Kidder. It will be live streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

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 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture: Educator and activist John Hunter will speak on “Seeds of Peace Tomorrow are in the Children of Today,” Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium, OSU campus. Sponsored by: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, City of Corvallis and OSU.

Wellness Workshop: Workouts for Small Spaces. Learn a fast effective workout you can do with minimal time, space and equipment. Earn a free resistance band for attending. Free to OSU community. Tuesday Jan. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. Dixon lower classroom. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/wellness-workshop-workouts-small-spaces

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 http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23

Cayuse Admin User Training:  A targeted, free-form training, appropriate for users with a baseline knowledge of the Cayuse System.  Content is largely directed by attendee questions. Designed for regular users of the system such as Research Administrative Support personnel, Grant Coordinators, etc. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. in MU 211

News for Employees

NEW! ARTMARKS 2014: OSU Craft Center Instructors “Crafting a Community”  An art exhibit Featuring: Ceramics, Glass, Photography, Printmaking, Fine Woodworking, Fiber Arts, Metal Work & Mixed Media at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery through Jan. 30.  Gallery info:muart Craft Center info: craftcenter 541-737-2937

NEW! Marine Science camp: The six day 4-H Marine Science Camp will take place on the OSU campus for one day and one night and in Newport at the Hatfield Marine Science Center for four days and nights. It takes place Aug. 3-8. Oregon resident students currently in grade 9, 10, or 11 and who have an interest in science, technology and mathematics are eligible. For more information: http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/marine-ambassador-camp-2014-application

NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2014 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 3.

NEW! Winter 2014 issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress now online: In the latest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, OSU celebrates 125 years of agricultural research at each of Oregon’s 11 branch experiment stations, from Astoria to Union. And we introduce our new online multimedia format, with videos and slideshows that bring you into the field with OSU scientists. It’s viewable on any screen, from smartphone to jumbotron. Check it out at  http://oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu or download the app for your tablet: http://oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu/winter-2014/apps

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites nominations of individuals or teams of individuals who have significantly advanced the mission of outreach and engagement. Award categories include: service, strategic impact, program support, innovation and diversity. Award winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque. Deadline: Feb. 17. More information: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/vice-provost-awards Questions: contact Jackie Russell at jackie.russell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1382.

Book collecting contest: Valley Library and the Himes and Duniway Society are sponsoring a book collecting contest for all full-time students. Collections can be on any topic, and cash prizes will be awarded: 1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250. For full application details, along with sample entries, please see bit.ly/1hKiXPg or stop by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, 5th floor Valley Library.

College of Science announces new Associate Dean:  The College of Science named Julie Greenwood as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Greenwood has been an associate professor in Oregon State’s biochemistry and biophysics department since 2000. The associate dean will provide vision, direction and coordination for undergraduate academic and student programs, initiatives and policies. More information.

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

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.

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.


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

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.

The College of Agricultural Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Regulatory and Safety Compliance Officer position (Internal to OSU Employees Only). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0011816. Closes Jan. 24.

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.

Administrative Program Specialist – The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting #0011858. Closes Jan. 28.

The University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director-UHDS for Assessment 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.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Baker County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (0.35 FTE), Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Baker City. Posting # 0011857. Closes Feb. 3.

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.

Office Specialist 2-  The School of  Public Policy, Economics Program invites applications for a 12 month full time position. Posting # 0011846 .  Closes Feb 7.

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 is recruiting for a full-time (1.00 FTE) Assistant Professor (Practice) position that will serve the South Central Oregon Region (Klamath and Lake Counties). Posting 0011856.  Closes March 15.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Jefferson Street closure: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center project, Jefferson Street between Waldo and 26th Street will be closed Jan. 22, 3 to 6 p.m. All sidewalks will remain open.


Corvallis: Foggy this morning followed by cloudy skies. Just cut and paste this forecast for the rest of the week. high today of 45 with a low of 34.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, with a high of 51 and a low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of rain today with a high of 52 and a low of 40. Sunny and warmer tomorrow.

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

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