OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 23, 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.

War on invasive lionfish in Atlantic yields first good news (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University, Canada’s Simon Fraser University and other institutions report both computer models and 18 months of field tests on reefs show reducing lionfish numbers by specified amounts — between 75 percent and 95 percent at the sites they studied — will allow a rapid recovery of native fish biomass in the treatment area. (see also LiveSciencePractical Fishkeeping UK, Nature World News)

Creating tastier and healthier fruits and veggies with a modern alternative to GMOs (Scientific American)

“There’s been a radical change in the tools we use,” says Jim Myers of Oregon State University, who has been a plant breeder for more than 20 years and recently created an eggplant-purple tomato. “What is most exciting to me, and what I never thought I would be doing, is going in and looking at candidate genes for traits.”

Lawsuit challenges eco-friendly timber deal (Yahoo News)

Wyden, D-Ore., has offered a bill to fast-track logging on the O&C lands following the principles of Oregon State University forestry professors Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin to increase jobs and revenues for timber counties. Wyden spokesman Keith Chu said the senator had no comment on the lawsuit, but he stood behind the ecological forestry principles in his bill.

Fast-forward breeding (Capital Press)

Pat Hayes, a barley breeder at Oregon State University, explained that 10.0777, crossed four years ago, is a doubled haploid. That means it was bred with two identical sets of genes — haploids — to avoid variation among the progeny. The technology fast-forwards breeding by years without introducing foreign genes, as is done with controversial genetically modified organisms.

Salmon expert: Urban waterways can help restore a fading species (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Yeakley edited “Wild Salmonids” with Oregon State University’s Kathleen Maas-Hebner and Robert Hughes. The latter duo works in the school’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Starker Lecture series begins Feb. 6 (Statesman Journal)

John Gordon will kick off the 2014 Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University Feb. 6 with a talk about the future of forestry in Oregon.

GMOs to be an extension association dinner topic (Democrat-Herald)

Dr. Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of Forest Biotechnology at Oregon State University, will talk about “GMOs in Today’s World” during the Linn County Extension Association annual dinner and meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

There’s a hole in that cow (Corvallis Advocate)

It’s a normal day at the farm for Teddy, the fistulated steer that is used by the Animal Science Program at Oregon State. Feeding time rolls around and Teddy comes into that barn with the other cows. His day is a little different than theirs, however, because today a group of students from Animal Science 121 are here to take a look at the inside of his stomach, or rather, his rumen.


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

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.

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.

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! The March: The Story Behind the March on Washington: Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion on Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m. in the Native American Longhouse for a viewing and discussion of the new documentary about the how the March on Washington came to be. We will discuss the role of the March in our country’s history and discuss the community organizing methods, which brought about this important event in American history.

January Repair FairBring 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.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! 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.

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.

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

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.

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! Psychology colloquium: “The Interplay Between Interpersonal Communication and Health,” Jan. 24, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Colin Hesse of OSU will present the second 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

NEW! Statistics seminar: Xiangrong Yin of the University of Georgia will speak on “Sufficient dimension reduction via distance covariance,” Jan. 27, 4 p.m. Owen 106.

NEW! Caring for Aging Skin: A class on caring for aging skill will be held Jan. 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., OSU Extension Service, Benton County Meeting Room, Benton County Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis.

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/

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/

News for Employees

NEW! Professional development opportunity: “Money is not enough: Creative rewards for employees” by Glen Fahs of the Cascade Employers Association. The presentation and buffet lunch, sponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) will take place on Feb. 3, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Ag Leaders room, $20 for PFLA members and $40 for non-members. Register by Jan. 29 at http://bit.ly/JZ2Ktf. For more information, contact Emily.Lafon@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! College of Liberal Arts Scholarships Applications are now available: Please direct interested CLA students to http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/scholarships. The application deadline Friday, March 21, 5 p.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to write letters or recommendations for students. Questions about scholarships can be emailed to liberalarts@oregonstate.edu

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

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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. Closes Feb. 14.

Department Head – The Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as head of the department.  Posting #0011837.  Full consideration date is Feb. 28 and closing date is March 14.

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

Jefferson Street closure: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center project, Jefferson Street between Waldo and 26th Street will be closed Jan. 24, 3 to 6 p.m. All sidewalks will remain open.

Weigand Hall: Due to an electrical panel upgrade rooms 123 – 130 & 233 – 244 located on the first and second floors of Weigand Hall will temporarily be without power, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.


Corvallis: “Grab your coat, and get your hat, Leave your worry on the doorstep Just direct your feet, To the sunny side of the street.” – Dorothy Fields. Sunny today with a high of 51 and a low tonight of 31. Sunny tomorrow as well before fog returns for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Dense freezing fog today with a high of 38 and a low of 27. Cloudy tonight, mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 54 and a low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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