OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 7, 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.

Built-in GPS aids 4,000 mile migration of Pacific salmon (Weather Channel)

“Before the fish even hit the ocean, they have information about how they should orient to reach, or remain in, favorable locations,” lead researcher Nathan Putman, Ph.D., of Oregon State University, said in a news release. How do they know where to go? (see also Christian Science Monitor, UPI, LiveScience)

Second snow storm slides in for mid-valley (Gazette-Times)

Like the Dec. 6 snowstorm — which brought up to 9 inches of snow — Thursday’s powder piled up high throughout the day, causing hazardous road conditions, school and government office closures and canceled meetings and events.

Unlocking aluminum (Modern Metals)

“Suddenly we have this solution-based, bottom-up approach starting from the molecular-level construct and that’s how cool this is—scientists have developed these protocols to perform targeted synthesis of aluminum hydroxide clusters (Al13) in water, which can be readily used as a ‘green’ solution precursor for large-scale preparation of aluminum oxide thin films and nanoparticles for electronics, catalysis, photovoltaics and corrosion prevention,” says Chong Fang, assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Chemistry. Oregon State, the University of Oregon and the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, have combined efforts to work on the metal’s breakdown.

Researchers discover rare new species of deep-diving whale (PhysOrg)

The new specimens are held by various institutions and groups, including the US Smithsonian National Museum in Washington DC, the Island Conservation Society in the Seychelles, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The genetic analyses were conducted as part of an international collaboration with the US NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Oregon State University.


The Corvallis campus is closed today. Please check future OSU Today issues to see if events have been rescheduled.

CHANGE OF VENUE!: Visiting Writers Series: Poet and artist Gary Young will read in the Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., on Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Young has authored seven volumes of poetry including his most recent collection, Even So: New and Selected Poems. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. This reading is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

NEW! Women’s basketball rescheduled: The OSU Women’s basketball game against Colorado scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday has been postponed and will be played Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m., and the women’s basketball game scheduled for Sunday will be played Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.


Omani Night (Please check on the day of the event to see if this is still being held): Celebration of Omani culture, includes dances, gallery, and free food, hosted by the Omani Student Association of OSU. Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are free and can be found in MU 103. Requests for accommodations related to disability can be made by calling 541-745-8006 or 541-745-8802. Sponsored by the SEAC.

Upcoming events

ISOSU Coffee Hour: Monday, Feb. 10, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the International Resource Center. Come enjoy some international food while mingling with OSU students.

Faculty Sessions with President Ray: The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two winter term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray for either Feb. 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or March 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Plant Science Seminar Series: Charles Benbrook Research Professor and Program Leader Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, will speak on “OM-6:OM-3 Ratios of Organic and Conventional Milk: The Nutritional Significance,” Feb. 10, 4 p.m., in ALS 4000.

NEW! Science Pub: Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated; and Carl Schreck, Oregon State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will take us on a trip underwater to see lamprey in their native habitat in a talk titled, “Cry of the Pacific Lamprey: What this ancient fish is telling us about our waters,” Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St., Corvallis.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Spiritual Development in Children.” 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. Feb. 11, noon, MU 208.

NEW! 2014 Cuba Information Session: Students & Faculty are you interested in learning more about a 10 credit course that travels to Havana Cuba for twelve days in 2014? Attend one of two OSU information sessions Feb. 12, 4-5 p.m., Fairbanks Hall  Room 304 or Feb. 13, 4-5 p.m., Gilkey Hall Room 314. Contact Dwaine Plaza, 541-737-5369, or http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/soc204/plazad/Cuba2013/Cuba2013.html

Beavers Wanted:  How to prepare for Success at the Career Fair:  Employers come to Career Fairs to hire and network with Beavers.  Find out tips on how to make employers want to hire you!  Loni Hartman from A Consolidated Graphics Company will speak on Monday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon in the OSU Library:  Willamette East & West Rooms.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Resume:  Can You Pass the 10 Second Rule?   Writing a stellar resume can be challenging!  Learn how to grab the employer’s interest in 10 seconds! Lea McLeod from Degrees of Transition LLC will present on Monday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

I Don’t Need a Job, Why come to the Career Fair? Unsure of when to start attending the Career Fair? Join us to hear Loni Hartman’s perspective from A Consolidated Graphics Company.  The presentation will be held on Monday Feb. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Center for the Humanities Lecture: Nancy Rosenberger, Center Research Fellow and professor of Anthropology in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, will present “Questions of Resistance in Neoliberal Society: Organic Farmers in Japan” on Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

I’ve a Mother There: In many Mormon communities, the Mother in Heaven is described as welcoming departed spirits back to the heavenly realm.  Susanna Morrill, Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Lewis and Clark College, will explore how early Mormon women writers helped to shape this present-day understanding of the Mother in Heaven in: “How Mormon Women Shaped Conceptions of the Mother in Heaven,”  Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Forum on Learning Management System: During winter and spring quarter, OSU will undertake a university-wide process to review options for learning management systems to best support our educational needs. Several products, including the current system, Blackboard, are being considered as the platform of choice for OSU. Employees are invited to join an overview session to learn why this effort is underway, how the review is being done, and how to participate. Learn more about this project at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/elearnosu/ or contact Lynn Greenough at Lynn.Greenough@oregonstate.edu. Overview session: Friday, Feb. 14, 2 to 3 p.m., Kidder 202. Remote participation: http://live.oregonstate.edu

Food drive events

Folding for Food- Public Health and Human Sciences:   Put your creativity and your dollar bills to good use – submit your best origami-folded bills to 101 Milam by Feb. 21 for contest prizes. Then vote (with coins or dollars) for your favorite in 101 Milam between Feb 24-27. All money will be donated to OSU Food Drive. For questions, contact susan.carozza@oregonstate.edu.

Papa’s Pizza Coupons for Sale: The University Honors College Student Association is selling coupon sheets to Papa’s Pizza (located in South Town) for $15 each for the Food Drive from Feb. 6-20. This coupon sheet is worth over $100 in savings, including a coupon for a free small pizza. Email univhonorscollegesa@oregonstate.edu for details.

Economics Program Plant Sale: Come by Ballard Ext. Hall, Room 303, M-F 8-5, Feb. 3-28, to purchase a variety of easy care plants, mostly succulents. $5 suggested donation for most plants with all proceeds going to the Food Drive. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/econ/plant-sale if you have questions.

3rd Annual Prettiest Pet Contest: Does your pet have what it takes to be the prettiest? Enter the Grad School’s 3rd Annual Prettiest Pet Contest with your pet’s photo & $1 entry fee at 300 Kerr Admin Bldg. Vote for the prettiest pet by donating funds/food from Feb. 5-28. The “prettiest” pet wins a prize & bragging rights for 1 year! For questions, contact Jessica.king@oregonstate.edu.

Book & Media Sale: Check out books and media for sale at the Valley Library’s 4th floor reception area, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F, Jan. 30-Feb.28. Inventory is constantly changing throughout the month. Benefits go to Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact jolynn.ohearn@oregonstate.edu.

Change Drive: From Feb. 3-28, the Chemistry Dept. is collecting spare change from anyone who wants to donate. So check those couch cushions and the bottom of your washing machine and bring it to Gilbert Hall. Or keep your eye out for one of our “punny” donation envelopes in campus mail. Questions? Contact Luanne.johnson@oregonstate.edu.

 Quilt Raffle: Beautiful quilt made by Robin Baker of Primetime Quilters. On display in the Research Office located at A312 Kerr Administration Building. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 from Jan. 30-Feb. 28. For questions, contact mimi.poitras@oregonstate.edu. 

Flower Power for Linn Benton Food Share: For every purchase made at Flower Power Fundraising, 50% will be given back to OSU Libraries, Extension & Experiment Station Communications & E-Campus to support Linn Benton Food Share. Lots of varieties of bulbs, strawberries, vegetables and flower seeds to choose from!

News for Employees

NEW! Forestry research symposium: The Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium will take place April 21-22, on the OSU campus, hosted by OSU’s College of Forestry!  This symposium will allow graduate students to share your ideas, communicate research, and celebrate the diverse concepts of forestry and related fields occurring across campus.  The theme is Branching out: Communicating forest research beyond academics. Second call for abstracts is Feb 15. For more information: http://gradsymp.forestry.oregonstate.edu.

Key Deposit Policy Change: Effective immediately, Facilities Services Access, Lock and Key (The Key Shop) will discontinue requiring deposits for the issuance of keys. Departments continue to be responsible for the return of all keys and access cards from their exiting staff members. Returning keys and access cards to the key shop is best managed through the use of OSU’s departmental termination checklist. For more information contact Access, Lock and Key at (541) 737-3565 or go to http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/key/.

Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest monthly Synergies newsletter. This month’s features include an Oregon Stater cover story highlighting the college’s journey to become the first and only accredited college of public health and human sciences in Oregon, three CPHHS alums who faced each other at the Super Bowl as assistant athletic trainers, a CDC researcher who’s making her new home in the CPHHS and more. http://bit.ly/1fHVQ82

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching: Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2014 cohort of the Graduate Certificate in  College and University Teaching (GCCUT). The GCCUT program is an 18-credit graduate certificate that provides advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings, or in other similar fields. The program is designed to be completed in one or two years, and can either be pursued concurrently with other graduate degrees or on its  own as a standalone option. More information here: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/gccut. Deadline for priority consideration is April 1.

Oregon Sea Grant RFP: The Oregon Sea Grant College Program invites proposals from researchers who are affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for research projects that address cutting-edge social science and human-dimension topics related to important marine and coastal issues. Approximately $300,000 is available to support 2 – 4 projects over the two-year time span of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. Proposals of $90,000 or less per year will have a competitive advantage. Letter of Interest Due: Friday, Feb. 14, by 5 p.m. Full Proposal Due: Monday, March 3, 5 p.m. For more information: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/research/special-rfps

Sea Grant sale: Now through Feb. 28, Oregon Sea Grant is offering 20 to 30 percent discounts on all its publications and videos. To purchase online, go to marketplace.oregonstate.edu and use these promotional codes: 28Feb20% (20% discount) or 28Feb30% (30% discount on Pathways to Resilience, The Oregon Rain Garden Guide and Celilo Falls DVD).

Fish ethology meeting: The 19th Biennial  Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes meeting, June 22-26, 2014, at Oregon State University. We already have a special session scheduled on lamprey ecology, behavior, evolution and conservation. Please send us your suggestions for special themes, sessions or invited speakers. Titles and abstracts for oral and poster papers can be submitted any time. Awards will be made for student oral and poster papers. Abstract submission guidelines are now available: http://eeef2014.org/

Horticulture Club Winter Plant Sale:  The OSU Horticulture club will be holding a lily and indoor plant sale through Feb. 12, noon to 5 p.m., in the East green houses outside of Cordley Hall. Plants: Asiatic Lilies- $7 each or 3 for $20; Christmas Cactus- $3; Variegated Begonia- $3; Sanseveria- $3.

Financial support for Open Access publishing in biological and health sciences: OSU Libraries has entered into agreements with Open Access publishers BioMed Central and PeerJ that reduce cost barriers for OSU faculty to publish in their journals. These publications focus primarily on research in biological and health sciences. For more details, see: http://cdss.library.oregonstate.edu/oa-publishing-support

NSF – Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – SRN competition 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability. The program seeks to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-srn. Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Feb. 28.

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.


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

Temporary Office Specialist 2 – Precollege Programs invites applications for a part-time (.25 FTE), 4-5 month, Temporary Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011930. Closes Feb. 7.

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 1 – The University Administrative Business Center (UABC)/Accounting Team is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011904.  Full consideration Feb. 10. Closes Feb. 14.

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.

The University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting # 0011905. Closes Feb. 12.

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.

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. 13. Closes Feb. 20.

Systems Development Engineer – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Systems Development Engineer position. Posting #0011906. Closes Feb. 13.

Analyst-Bioinformatics Trainer – The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0011766. Closes Feb. 14.

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. 14.

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.

Accounting Technician – Health Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011914. Closes Feb. 16.

Centro Cultural César Chávez Cultural Center Coordinator – Intercultural Student Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Centro Cultural César Chávez Cultural Center Coordinator.  Posting #0011927.  Closes Feb. 17.

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.

Project Coordinator –Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Project Coordinator position. Posting #0011912. Closes Feb. 23.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst – Information Services-Network Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3 position. Posting #0011924. Closes Feb. 28.

Web Services Manager –Enrollment Management Unit invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Web Services Manager position. Posting #0011923. Closes Feb. 28.

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.

Executive Assistant to the General Counsel – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to the General Counsel position. Posting #0011929. Closes for full consideration March 4.

Research Associate (Post Doc) – The Department of Botany & Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting #0011812. Closes March 7.

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


Corvallis: Admit it. Most of us felt a little like this when we woke up to a snow day yesterday. Well guess what? Here we are again! We’ll have snow today before 10 a.m., and then snow with a possible freezing rain mix through the evening. High of 28, low of 26. Rain should arrive by late morning Saturday but freezing rain is still a possibility.

Central Oregon: Up to three inches of new snow today, and another possible eight inches overnight. Snow again tomorrow. High today of 29, low of 26.

Newport: Snow before 10 a.m., then snow possibly mixed with freezing rain. High of 33, low of 32.

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

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