OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 30, 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.

Shortage of computer science grads (KEZI)

No longer does a college degree mean instant employment, but Oregon State University expanded its computer science program for students who have graduated, but might be struggling to find work. (see also TCM)

Wrench in OSU-Cascades expansion plan (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus officials have hit a financial snag in their efforts to expand to a four-year university. And without a fix this upcoming legislative session, OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson said, “it throws a real wrench into the whole campus expansion.”

Bend commission to plan for OSU (Bend Bulletin)

The Bend Planning Commission will begin examining how the city can use zoning and other land use laws to shape the new Oregon State University-Cascades Campus and associated development.

Genome helps breeders develop better potato (Capital Press)

Oregon State University potato breeder Sagar Sathuvalli says mapping of the potato genome is a boon for contemporary breeding efforts.

The seed of an idea (Organic Gardening)

In her work with Jim Myers, an Oregon State University professor of vegetable breeding and genetics, an enterprising agriculture researcher named Lane Selman noticed that the criteria for new varieties were usually uniformity, disease resistance, and high yield—not flavor. So in 2010 and 2011, she organized tastings of different varieties of peppers being evaluated in field trials with a group of local chefs.

OSU to hold first off-campus housing fair (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will hold its first off-campus housing fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

OSU announces new hazelnut variety (Capital Press)

A new variety of disease-resistant hazelnut aimed at the kernel market has been released by Oregon State University.

Saving endangered whales (Daily Astorian)

Bruce Mate took his wife, son and 9-year-old daughter whale tagging on the first expedition off the coast of Newport 35 years ago. There, they met a young gray whale. Mate named her Elizabeth. Last summer, Mate took his granddaughter, who is now 9 years old, out on to the sea last summer to meet the large female whale. Struggling through deep-set emotion as he looked at a recent picture of Elizabeth, awe-struck, Mate commented on her “wrinkled old eyes.”

Study on the UGB and happiness (Bend Bulletin)

A new Oregon State University-Cascades campus study found Bend residents envision major population growth as harmful to their well-being, but the project has as much to do with how the data was measured as it does with the results.

Forestry prof champions diverse approach (Gazette-Times)

Gordon, who taught for a number of years in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and now lives in Portland, will be the keynote speaker in this year’s Starker Lecture Series at OSU. The series has been sponsored since 1985 by Starker Forests Inc., a family-owned timber company based in Philomath.

Crossroads International Film Festival kicks off Feb. 2 (LIFE@OSU)

When Risa Imamura arrived in Corvallis from Tokyo to attend Oregon State University, she knew no one. But she’d arranged to participate in a three-day homestay through the Corvallis-based organization Crossroads International, which mean that when she got off the airport shuttle, her host father was waiting for her.

First Corvallis Climate Summit a success (Corvallis Advocate)

The free event, which was led by 350Corvallis.org founder Kris Paul, featured well-known Oregon State University philosophy professor and author Kathleen Dean Moore as its keynote speaker. She said Corvallis is in perfect position to be a national leader, and its residents should feel a moral obligation to protect the planet.

Charitable fund drive ends Friday (LIFE@OSU)

The annual Oregon Charitable Fund Drive at OSU ends on Friday, Jan. 31, and the number of donors and amount of donations has dropped since last year.

Economic leaks are costly (Polk County Itemizer-Observer)

What does Polk County need to do to expand and keep more money flowing locally? Discover an unexplored innovation or facet of the local economy? That’s not as likely as people would like to think, according to Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University Extension Service economist and OSU professor who has researched and consulted in most regions across Oregon.

Don’t just stand there, bus a move! (The Source Weekly in Bend)

The queries Barram has fielded have less to do with her capacity as a city councilor and more to do with her role as co-chair of an information gathering and planning committee charged with helping direct Oregon State University-Cascades as it transitions to a four-year campus in Bend. (In case you are just tuning in: The first OSU-Cascades freshman class is slated for 2015.)

Food insecurities plague most college students (KVNU)

Researchers from Oregon State University and Oregon’s Benton County Health Department say nearly six of ten students have some form of this condition, which means they have limited or uncertain access to healthy food because of high costs. (see also ABC News RadioWJBD)

Poet Gary Young to read at OSU on Feb. 1 (Gazette-Times)

Poet and artist Gary Young will read at Oregon State University on Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

King of the seas? Not for long (Corvallis Advocate)

Computer models and 18 months of field tests on reefs conducted by scientists from Oregon State University, Simon Fraser University, and other institutions have revealed that reducing their populations by 75 to 95% could allow a speedy return of native fish in the biomass treatment area, and benefit larger ecosystem restoration.


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

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

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Tom Watts from the Registrar’s Office will join us to discuss the advisor’s role in petition processes, where to access the forms that are not available on the website, and a little information about PELP. He will also discuss Academic Requirements Committee petitions (registration issues), and the Academic Standing Committee petitions for reinstatement by exception (for suspended students). There will be time to ask him questions, share your experiences, and mingle with your peers. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2-3 p.m., Milam 215.

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.

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.

Upcoming events

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.

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.

China Night Tickets Available: Tickets in MU 103 SEAC. Student tickets $8.50 with OSU ID and Non-student tickets $10. With card a .25 cent transaction fee. Event is Feb. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., dinner served 5:45 p.m., at LaSells Stewart Center. https://www.facebook.com/events/244498122384011/

Signing Day: The Oregon State University football program invites Beaver Nation to be a part of the Signing Day Celebration from the Valley Football Center Wed., Feb. 5, the first day high school recruits can sign National Letters of Intent. At 7 a.m., the public is invited to join the football team for breakfast and lunch for the approximately five hours of live programming with the Voice of the Beavers Mike Parker. Parker will interview the Beaver coaching staff, current and future student-athletes as well as other guests. There will also be video presentations throughout the day. Breakfast is $6 between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., while lunch is $8 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you can’t be on site, you can follow on osubeavers.com. It’s not too late to sign up for the Signing Day Celebration dinner/auction the evening of Feb. 5 at the Portland Hilton and Executive Towers.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Fair Use/Author’s Rights Workshop, Feb. 4, at the Valley Library: The first February session on Feb. 4 in the OSU Libraries Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series addresses Fair Use of copyrighted materials and the Author Rights you retain as creator of such materials.  Register to save your seat and check out the remaining offerings this term by visiting: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops

Politically Engaged and Objective:  A How-to Guide for Philosophers and Scientists. Join us for the inaugural SHPR lunch bunch of 2014 with philosophy professor Sharyn Clough, co-director of the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics.   Jan. 31, noon in Milam 301.

Obamacare Community Conversations: SEAC is hosting a Community Conversation centered around one of the biggest issues today: The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Panel of six healthcare and business professionals will discuss their understanding of the ACA, and its effect on society with a discussion to follow. Jan. 31, 2 p.m., MU Journey Room, event is free. https://www.facebook.com/events/196932830504116/

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.

“Nanotechnology for the Poor: A Look at Energy, Water, Food and Health Technologies.”  Thomas Woodson from the Georgia Institute of Technology. This lecture explores the question of what role nanotechnology may play in the lives of the world’s poor. Sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Humanitarian Engineering Program. Feb. 3, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 112 Kearney.

Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) Virtual Annual Meeting: Connected Learning: Opening Pathways, Enabling Collaboration.   You are invited to join us in the Zone for this year’s ELI Virtual Annual Meeting. The content anchors this year include emerging technology, future modeling, and academic transformation; mobile learning; methods for evaluating technology-based instructional innovations; online and blended teaching and learning; etextbooks; and learning analytics. Feb. 3-5, Waldo 320B. Contact: TAC – TAC@oregonstate.edu – 541-737-1852.  View the Virtual Agenda for session topics, times and learn more here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/eli2014

“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.

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.

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/

Food drive events

NEW! Crock-Pot-Cook-Off  To Benefit Linn Benton Food Share: Sponsored by the AMBC.  Calling all crock-pot chefs!  Compete for OSU glory and enter your favorite chili, soup or side for just $5.  Cook-off on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Hovland Hall conf. Room 09 from 11:30 a.m. until the pots are empty! Help us judge and taste all the cook-off entries for just $3! See http://oregonstate.edu/fa/bc/ambc/crock-pot-cook for details.

News for Employees

KBVR FM Receives National Recognition For Excellence: The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System nominated KBVR FM as a finalist in four national award categories, including Best College Radio Station at a university of more than 10,000 students. The station is one of three college radio stations in the country to be nominated for the best station award.

Graduate scholarship available: The Graduate School is now accepting nominations from departments and programs for the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship.  The deadline for Nominations is March 10.  Information and nomination instructions are located at: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/finance/awards/oregon-lottery-scholarship.

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.


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

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.

Biological Sciences Research Technician 3 – The Ag Greenhouse Operations invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Biological Sciences Research Technician 3 position. Posting #0011880. Closes Feb. 4.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – 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. 14.

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

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Washington County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (0.80 FTE), Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hillsboro. Posting # 0011900. Closes Feb. 21.

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.

Director of Student Affairs Communications and Marketing –Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Director of Student Affairs Communications and Marketing position. Posting #0011907. Closes Feb. 28.

Assistant Professor –  Oregon State Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Assistant Professor position in Southern Willamette Valley Field Cropping Systems.  This position is 0.75 FTE tenure track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed term funding; or it can be a 9-month 1.00 FTE (tenure track) with 2 months of summer salary covered with recurring fixed term funding. Posting # 0011899. For full consideration, apply by Feb. 28. Closes March 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.

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: It’s rainy now but get ready to dance, because there’s sun ahead for the weekend. Chance of showers today and showers likely tomorrow. High of 47, low of 35.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow today, and chance of rain or snow tomorrow. High of 47, low of 26.

Newport: Chance of showers today, with showers likely tomorrow. High of 47, low of 40.

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

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