OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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.

It’s not just the freshmen 15 that plagues college students; food insecurity is also a problem (Portland Business Journal)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that 59 percent of college students, at least at one Oregon university, were “food insecure” at some point during the previous year, raising concerns for their physical and mental health, as well as academic success. (see also Science Daily)

Entrepreneurship program moves forward (KEZI)

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), is a network that will help match entrepreneurs to resources in the region. “Corvallis is a small city,” said OSU Advantage Accelerator Co-Director Mark Lieberman. “Fifty-five thousand people. Eugene: 155,000 people. And you can’t think about competing with some of the other large metropolitan areas, which have a wealth of human resources.”

Converting grass seed to grain in the Willamette Valley (KLCC)

But sometimes it’s a net benefit to the environment to truck products from far away. Oregon State University Professor Larry Lev says take coffee. You could grow it here indoors but it would take a tremendous amount of energy.

Engineering firm gives OSU an educational robot (Gazette-Times)

A Portland-based manufacturing company has given Oregon State University a new $30,000 industrial-quality robot that is expected to give engineering students enhanced training opportunities in the emerging field of robotics.

Mid-Valley In Business: Worth watching in 2014 (Gazette-Times)

RAIN isn’t a business, but rather a cooperative effort between mid-valley communities, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and private parties to help commercialize research performed at the universities – and to attempt to spin off private companies that presumably will hire locally. The initiative was approved by the 2013 Legislature, which also allocated $3.75 million in startup money.

Resource Center serves OSU’s most economically vulnerable students (LIFE@OSU)

The reality of food insecurity among college students is nothing new to Clare Cady, coordinator of the OSU Human Services Resource Center  (HSRC). (see also Science Codex)

Prevent a garden slugfest with baits, upkeep (ABC News)

Effective snail and slug management calls for a combination of garden upkeep and trapping. As for the most commonly used homemade baits, however, put away the saltshakers and leave the beer in a cooler, said Robin Rosetta, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also Long Island News DayBrandon Sun)

Oceans at risk (Oregon Environmental Council)

The culprit is carbon dioxide: the very same greenhouse gas that is causing climate change is also making ocean water more acidic. So say Julia Roberson from Ocean Conservancy and George Waldbusser, a research scientist from OSU.

Study of pesky insects begins (LaGrande Observer)

Darrin Walenta, Oregon State University Extension agronomist, said since September, when residents were reporting numbers of bugs so high they could hardly go outside, more scientists have teamed up to find out what exactly the “grass bugs” are — and how to manage them.

Central Oregon Coast science talk looks at ocean acidification (Oregon Beach Connection)

The Hatfield Marine Science Center moves inland a tad this week with the “Science on Tap” series, a lecture by OSU’s Dr. Annaliese Hettinger about ocean acidification, held in Toledo, Oregon. The talk happens Wednesday, January 29 at Twisted Snout Brewery/Pigfeathers BBQ and is free. (Above: Newport’s Yaquina Bay).

Hermiston annexes OSU Extension Center (NBC)

Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center (HAREC) will soon be able to conduct more research on local crops thanks to an annexation approved by the Hermiston City Council on Monday.

 County jobless rate inches down in December (Gazette-Times)

The public sector showed a net year-over-year gain of 100 jobs, with Oregon State University’s growth driving the trend. State government educational services — OSU’s category — added 150 jobs since December 2012, offsetting the loss of 40 federal jobs and 10 in local government.


OSU Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Scan & Deliver Service Interruption on Jan28:  Due to an important server migration, this library service will be unavailable starting at 8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday.  Log-in will be disabled, request forms will be down, library staff will not be processing requests, have access to check accounts or request statuses.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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. Please call OSU Extension Service of Benton County to register 541-766-6750 or email andrea.watson@oregonstate.edu

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 28, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 411a.

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

Forest Ecosystems & Society Seminar: Steven Strauss, a candidate for the Department Head of Forest Ecosystems & Society, will give a seminar on Jan. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., in Richardson Hall, 107. For interview schedules, live stream video links, and feedback forms: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/fes-dh-interview-schedules.

Seminar: Keith Nelson of MIT will be presenting a seminar entitled “High-Field Terahertz Pulse Generation and Nonlinear THz Spectroscopy of Molecules and Materials” on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in LPSC 402.

Wellness WorkshopWorkouts 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

Upcoming events

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 30, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 411a.

NEW! Cultural Exposition: This is an exposition of culture through songs, poems, cultural stories, and presentation of cultural items. Jan. 30, 5 to 6 p.m., International Resource Center.

NEW! State of the University: Join Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray as he provides a compelling update on the university’s significant worldwide accomplishments in the past year.  He will also look forward, highlighting how the university’s mission of excellence, innovation and impact will serve Oregon, the nation and the world in 2014. Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hilton Portland, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, 97204. Regular price: $25. OSU Business Roundtable members are free. To register: http://bit.ly/1n9voYu

NEW! Flourishing @ OSU! “Flourishing @ OSU” will kick off on Friday with a lecture by Parcella Provence titled “Joy is Not a Four Letter Word”. Other event features include a video, “100 Reasons to Live”. Jan 31, noon to 1:30 p.m., Kidder 202. Cake and beverages provided. Additional “Flourishing @ OSU” lectures will held monthly through May.

Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to faculty, staff and students on a drop-in basis at the Craft Center.

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.

ISOSU Winter Cultural Showcase Auditions: The ISOSU Winter Cultural Showcase takes place Feb. 23. To participate, auditions are being held Jan. 30, 3 to 5 p.m. in MU 208, and Feb. 1, noon to 2 p.m, MU 206. This can include but is not limited to: songs, poems, comedy, skits, and dance.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Water Resources Seminar Series: Desirée Tullos (Oregon State University) will speak on “Linking fish and fluid behavior: Results from a physical model of turbulence and bioenergetics around large wood in rivers.” Wednesday, Jan. 29, noon to 1 p.m., OWEN 101

NEW! Building Beaver Nation At the Jan. 30 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Julie Schwartz of the OSU Alumni Association will discuss efforts to connect with OSU alums in the U.S. and around the world. 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! Speech Communication Colloquium: Elizabeth Root will present her research “Insights into the Differences—Similarities Dialectic in Intercultural Communication from University Students’ Narratives,” on Friday, Jan. 31, from 4  to 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall 101. This study examines the dialectic of cultural differences—similarities and considers pedagogical implications, based on an analysis of 44 university students’ narratives.

NEW! “How to Compost in Your Department” Luncheon: Register for this free luncheon on Tuesday, February 4, noon to 1 p.m. to learn about the options you have to compost food scraps in your department. You can reduce waste during the national RecycleMania competition and year-round! Campus Recycling can provide you with all the supplies you need to get started. Register at http://tiny.cc/compostfeb14 by Friday, Jan. 31 if you would like lunch.

NEW! Road Trip – Managing Expectations workshop:  Register for a free workshop scheduled for Feb. 5 and designed for employees at all levels of the university. The workshop addresses how the experiences of people are directly connected to met or unmet expectations. Concepts will be captured using a family vacation scenario and can be applied to the workplace, the classroom, or family situations. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=2373 to view details and register.

NEW! Richard Cuenca Retirement: The Biological and Ecological Engineering Department is hosting a special symposium honor Richard Cuenca’s career, Friday, Feb. 7 from noon-5 p.m. in MU 206. Lunch included from noon-1. Free to students; $40 for non-students.  Email Jennifer.cohen@oregonstate.edu to RSVP.  See more details here: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/91403/

Citation Manager (EndNote, Mendeley) Workshops at the Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Graduate and Faculty Workshop series continues with sessions on Basic/Advanced EndNote (Jan. 29) and Mendeley (Jan. 30), both useful citation manager tools. Register to save your seat and check out the full slate of offerings this term by visiting: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops

Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Texting/Social Media and Your Teen.” 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. 29, noon, MU 208.

Department of Food Science and Technology Faculty Seminar:  Lisbeth Goddik will speak on “Applied Research; a Key Component of the OSU Dairy Foods Extension Program,” Jan. 29, noon, Wiegand 132.

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

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Bob Zybach, President, Northwest Maps Company, Cottage Grove, will speak on “Spotted Owls and the Spotty Sciences that Spawned Them: 5 Questions.” Jan. 29, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

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! 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 Friday, March 7, by 4 p.m.

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

Charitable Drive: The 2013 annual State of Oregon Charitable Fund Drive will come to an end on Friday, Jan. 31.  This is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live.  So far 146 OSU employees have contributed $82,099. Currently we are 20 percent behind last year’s total contributions of $102,327. We encourage you to make your contribution before the fund drive ends. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/to give online or send your personalized form to 2013 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

National Innovation Summit Opportunity:  Innovation opportunity for federal agencies and industry includes co-registration for the National SBIR Conference. The state of Oregon and ONAMI have committed to a $20K sponsorship/participation package and will be able to offer significant support to those representing accepted technologies. Technology submissions are due Jan. 31 (simple web form at http://www.techconnectworld.com/World2014/participate/innovation/form.html). Send email to Skip@onami.us for more details.

Bioenergy Scholarships Available: Applications for 2014-2015 academic year are now available for students that plan to pursue the Bioenergy Minor.  The new research-based interdisciplinary minor is open to all majors and provides an introduction to bioenergy concepts and issues.  The deadline for scholarship applications is Feb. 21.  Email tucknotd@onid.oregonstate.edu or visit: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/bioenergy/bioenergy-minor

Library Undergraduate Research Award: 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 submission is Jan. 31.

OSU climate survey: You are requested to participate in Oregon State University’s first annual climate survey:

http://osuvalleylibrary.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0PACXTUyuqjeI5L   It should only take about 10 minutes and will  gather ongoing, longitudinal information about the workplace climate for OSU employees both in Corvallis and across the state.  The survey will provide a baseline to use for future surveys to assess progress in maintaining respectful work environments that promote success for all, and to help determine where to focus our efforts.   The information will be anonymous and all results will be reported in aggregate numbers. The Office of Equity and Inclusion will share the results with the community and will facilitate improvement efforts.  For more information contact Roni Sue at 541-737-0868.

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.

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


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

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.

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

Administrative Program Specialist- Referral Coordinator – OSU Student Health Services invites applications for a 12 month full time Referral Coordinator. Posting # 0011861 .  Closes Feb. 3.

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.

Senior Projects Manger – Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Senior Projects Manager position. Posting #0011870. Closes Feb. 4.

Accountant 2 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Accountant 2 position. Posting #0011886.  Full consideration date is Feb. 6. Closes Feb. 13.

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.

The College of Education is currently recruiting for a part time Office Specialist 2 position , For more information please see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #: 0011879.  Closes Feb. 8.

Accountant 2 – The Oregon University System, Treasury Operations Division invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) Accountant 2 position.  Posting #0011852.  Closes Feb. 10.

Accountant 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),  12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011876. Closes Feb. 10.

Accountant 1-Business Affairs/Payroll-Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting # 0011876. Closes Feb.10.

Community Outreach Director – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Community Outreach Director position. Posting #0011888. Closes Feb. 12.

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.

Coordinator – Outreach Program –  Oregon State Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Coordinator – Outreach Program and Program Leader position that will serve the Extension Warm Springs.  Posting # 0011893. Closes Feb. 16.

Student Success Manager – The Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Student Success Manager position. Posting #0011892. Closes Feb. 16.

Student Engagement & Community Outreach Librarian– Oregon State University Libraries & Press (OSUL&P) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure track position. Posting #0011855. Closes Feb. 21.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0011895. Closes Feb. 24.

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.

Three Summer Positions Open:  4-H Camp Skills Instructors. Teaching at Oregon 4-H Center near Salem. Wage, room and board provided. Job description and application at: http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/4h-camping

Traffic and Maintenance

Lock & Key Shop: Due to mandatory staff training, the Access, Lock & Key Shop will have a delayed opening Thursday, Jan. 30.The shop will open promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will close at its normal time of 3:30 p.m.


Corvallis: “To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.” ~W.J. Vogel. Now this looks more like an Oregon January. Rain today and tomorrow, with a high of 46 and a low of 45.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today and rain likely tomorrow. High today of 40, low of 36.

Newport: Rain today and tomorrow. High today of 52, low of 50.

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

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