OSU Today

Monday, March 3, 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.

Alpacas rescued from starvation after boom goes bust (Seattle Times)

Here, at the large-animal hospital at Oregon State University, in stalls with wood shavings on the ground, are the alpacas that look at you with those innocent eyes. They evoke even more sympathy from observers who know what they’ve gone through. According to authorities, they were starving to death.

UN applauds natural pest controls used by farmers in Mali (Irish Examiner)

The society has published two reports by scientists in Oregon State University (OSU) working with researchers in West Africa. These reports focused on health and environmental impacts of pesticide use.

February storms reduce drought levels (Statesman Journal)

Salem accumulated seven inches of water this month, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Small farm operators seek profitability (Capital Press)

One of the focuses of the recent Small Farms Conference at Oregon State University was profitability.

Caribbean reefs under attack by predatory lionfish (Caribbean 360)

“They’ll eat just about anything they can swallow and almost nothing eats them,” said principal author Stephanie Green of Oregon State University. That’s why they’re so easy to catch, she explained.

Sustainability engineering hits the manufacturing sector (Sourceable)

The new approach, under development by engineers from Oregon State University (OSU), seeks to address all aspects of the production process, including social and human welfare issues on top of the standard economic and environmental concerns.

March Madness? How about Veggie Madness (LIFE@OSU)

In a unique and healthy twist on the traditional “March Madness” college basketball tournament, Oregon State University and PacificSource Healthy Life have joined forces to identify a “Sweet 16” of vegetables and develop a tournament bracket to crown the Veggie Madness Champion.

As Oregon wolves spread, so does ranchers’ unease (Capital Press)

A 2010 report by John Williams, an Oregon State University extension agent in Wallowa County, estimated wolves cost ranchers an additional $260.90 per head of cattle. Williams broke down the cost as $25.20 per head for killed calves; $21 per head for reduced weaning rates; $55 per head for weight loss; $67.20 per head for reduced conception rates; and $92.50 per head for increased management costs. Williams said the costs may have increased slightly since he wrote the report.

Tap into Oregon’s hops and brewing history (The Daily Meal)

Oregon State University is such an amazing resource for our beer community. The school’s latest accomplishment is to establish an archive to preserve and document the hops and craft brewing history in Oregon.

Youth suicide series: Gaps in a crisis-driven system (Democrat-Herald)

Linn and Benton counties lost at least three young people — two high school students and a recent graduate — to suicide between October and December last year. In the past month since Gelser, D-Corvallis, introduced a bill aimed at helping prevent these deaths, youth suicides at Oregon State University, Bend High School and Eugene made the news.

Central Oregon Community College enrollment dips (Bend Bulletin)

Another bright spot is the number of high school students taking courses at COCC, which is up 28 percent from last year. Moore also said she sees potential in the growth of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.

National Nutrition Month event at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club and Be Well are celebrating National Nutrition Month this March with a two-day event in the Memorial Union Quad.

Oldest trees are growing faster, storing more carbon as they age (Science 2.0)

In a letter published today in the journal Nature, an international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get. The study was led by Nate L. Stephenson of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center. Three Oregon State University researchers are co-authors: Mark Harmon and Rob Pabst of the College of Forestry and Duncan Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU: No, we don’t cut the heads off of cats (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is not cutting the heads off cats in laboratory experiments, contrary to an Internet rumor being circulated on Facebook and elsewhere.

Social movements talk set for Tuesday (Gazette-Times)

The noon session is scheduled for room 319 at Milam Hall at Oregon State University. The event is scheduled by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures.


Blood Drive:  The American Red Cross and the OSU Alumni Association are planning a one day blood drive next week. The blood drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.  To schedule your appointment contact Red Cross at 800-733-2768 or sign up online at  www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code:  OSUALUMNI

Move It Mondays: Move It Mondays is a group walk that takes place every Monday during the academic year (excluding holidays), rain or shine! We meet at noon near the east entrance of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) and walk for 45 minutes on various routes near campus. On March 3 the guest will be Susie Brubaker-Cole, the Associate Provost of Academic Success and Engagement.

Retirement party for Patrick Kamins: A retirement party for Patrick Kamins, Student Services Coordinator of the College of Veterinary Medicine for the past 14 years, will be held in the Magruder Hall Lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 3.

Center for the Humanities Guest Lecture: Charlotte Headrick, Professor of Theatre Arts at OSU and former Moore Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, will speak on “Reclaiming Women’s History: Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed and the Ongoing Story of the Magdalene Laundries” Monday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Plant Science Seminar Series: Gary Taubes, author of “Why We Get Fat” & “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” will speak on “Reports From the Field: Did We Miss an Obvious Hypothesis of Chronic Disease?” March 3, 4 p.m., in ALS 4000.

Plant Sciences Winter Seminar Series:  Gary Taubes, author of the nationally known books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, will present a public seminar on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Engineering Auditorium. He will speak on, “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity.”

Wind Ensemble: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Christopher Chapman, will perform at March 3, 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The concert, titled “Frozen Cathedrals,” will feature guest conductor Frank Tracz of Kansas State University. Admission is free to OSU staff, faculty, and students with ID. K-12 youth are also admitted for free. General admission tickets are $10 at the door. OSU Bands participates in Corvallis Arts for All, offering up to two, $5 tickets for those in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card.

Upcoming events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Josh Lawler, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, will speak on “Will Animals be able to Track Projected Changes in Climate?” March 5, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

Fair Use/Author’s Rights Workshop:  The final session in the Winter OSU Libraries Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series addresses Fair Use of copyrighted materials and the Author Rights you retain as creator of such materials. Mar. 4, Valley Library.  Register to save your seat by visiting: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops

Until the Rulers Obey:  Until the Rulers Obey brings together voices from the movements behind the wave of change that swept Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century. These movements have galvanized long-silent—or silenced—sectors of society: indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy.  Editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein present a film and reading from their new collection of essays. March 4, noon, Milam Hall, Room 301.

Johnson Hall Accessibility Workshop: An accessibility workshop for the new Johnson Hall building will be held on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette East Classroom (3622). The accessibility workshop is a design brainstorming session meant to focus on the specific challenge of access, and set the project on a course to meet and exceed OSU goals.

News for Employees

NEW! Distinguished professors: Congratulations to Professor Marie Harvey and Professor William Ripple, for being selected as Oregon State University’s 2014 Distinguished Professors. Harvey is widely known for her pioneering work in reproductive and sexual health, shifting the research from an exclusive focus on women to one that examines the relationship dynamics of couples as they apply to both pregnancy and disease prevention. Ripple began his career studying the relationship between old growth forests and spotted owls and evolved his research to examine the impact of predators on ecosystems. For more information:  OSU to honor two faculty members as Distinguished Professors.

NEW! OSU Event Planners Tradeshow:  The tradeshow offers attendees an educational keynote brunch, followed by a complimentary tradeshow for all attendees.  The keynote brunch features widely respected presenter David Rabiner. Participants can mingle with other meeting and event planners while exploring a vast range of vendors and suppliers from around the state.    Educational Brunch (click here to register):  PFLA Member (Professional Faculty Leadership Association):  $25;  Early Bird/Non-PFLA Member:  $40; Regular and/or On-Site:  $50.  To attend the complimentary tradeshow only: click here to register.

NEW! Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NSF-NUE) in Engineering Request for Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NSF-NUE) in Engineering program. The NSF-NUE program aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-nue . Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: April 4.

Faculty and staff sought to dance in luau: The 59th Annual Luau will be held on April 19, and Hui o Hawaii would like to feature a dance with faculty and staff.  Practices will be held at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (need not be present full two hours).  If you interested or need information, please contact Ashley at 8082058281 before March 14.

Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship Volunteers Needed:  OSU will be hosting the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship at Trysting Tree Golf Course, April 25-27.  We are currently seeking volunteers to help with live scoring and other event duties.  Please contact Kathy Brier for more information.  Kathy.Brier@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8785.

Open Access Policy Article Deposit Form: The Center for Digital Scholarship and Services at OSU Libraries & Press has just released a simple web form (http://deposit.library.oregonstate.edu/ldaplogin) to facilitate the deposit of the author’s accepted manuscript (post-peer review, pre-typeset) of articles to ScholarsArchive@OSU in support of the OSU Open Access Policy. Faculty may also use the form to get an automatic waiver to the policy. Contact Michael Boock (michael.boock@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

Eugene-Corvallis Van Pool seeking riders:  OSU students, staff or faculty looking for a commuter opportunity from Eugene to the OSU campus and back each day, should contact Valerie Rosenberg by email at:  valerie.rosenberg@oregonstate.edu  The van is operated through Valley Van Pool.  More information can be found at: http://www.cwride.org/Page.asp?NavID=76

Women in Ag conference: OSU Extension Service Small Farm program and Oregon Women for Agriculture will host a site in Corvallis for the 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference which offers women in Oregon, Washington and Idaho a unique opportunity to gather for a 1-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, practical advice for improving farm management skills and networking with other women producers.  The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, March 15. This conference is designed for women who have been farming for years, as well as for new and aspiring farmers. The registration fee is $25 before March 1, and $30 after. Registration includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch, handouts and a book. For more information: www.womeninag.wsu.edu.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is March 17 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Spring 2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Flu Shots Still Available: Influenza is here and can linger well into spring. OSU students, faculty and staff can still get a flu shot at Student Health Services. Come to Plageman Student Health Center during our regular hours. No appointment is necessary; there may be a short wait as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $27 (charged to PEBB Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit; bring your insurance card and OSU ID). More information: 541-737-9355 or studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.


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

Director of MCB Program (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Graduate School invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, Director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program position.  Posting #0011966.  Closes March 3.

Instructor/Head Teacher – OSU Child Development Center is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE), temporary (spring term) position. Posting #0011120. For full consideration apply by March 3.

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.

Project Developer–Professional and Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Project Developer position. Posting #0011959. Closes March 5.

Graduate Admissions Advisor – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Graduate Admissions Advisor. Posting #0011952. Closes March 5.

Graduate Business Advisor – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Graduate Business Advisor. Posting #0011951. Closes March 5.

The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant who will develop web- and desktop-based data analysis and visualization software tools supporting alternative future landscape assessments at multiple scales ranging from small river basins to the Pacific Northwest region using the Envision modeling framework . Posting #0011984. Closes March 6.

Education Program Assistant 1  –  This recruitment will be used to fill two part-time (approximately 10 hours per week) seasonal (March – August) Education Program Assistant 1 positions for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University (OSU).  This position will be located at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.  Posting # 0012032. Closes March 7.

Temporary Food Service Worker 1  –  This recruitment will be used to fill four part-time, (approximately 30 hours per week), Temporary Food Service Worker 1 positions for Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at Oregon State University. These positions will be located in Salem, Oregon.  Posting # 0012018. Closes March 7.

Accounting Technician – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011969. Closes March 7.

Associate Director-Marketing – Alumni Relations invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Associate Director-Marketing position. Posting #0011967. Closes for full consideration March 7.

Accounting Technician– The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),  12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011969. Closes March 7.

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.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012006. Closes March 8.

The Natural Resources Program in the College of Forestry invites applications for an Academic Advisor (.75 FTE) primarily for Ecampus students. The Natural Resources Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Forestry, Forest Ecosystems and Society Department. Closing date is March 8. Posting# 0011981.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 2 position.  Posting #0011993.  Closes March 10.

Banquet Manager – University Housing & Dining Services, OSU Catering invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Banquet Manager position. Posting #0011996.  Closes March 10.

Administrative Assistant to the Dean – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Assistant to the Dean position. Posting #0011968. Closes March 10.

Associate Director – Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Associate Director position. Posting #0011944. Closes March 10.

Accountant 1 – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting # 0012020. Closes March 11.

Research Publishing and Outreach Manager – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0011938. Closes March 11.

Office Specialist 2  –  Harney County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position located in Burns.  Posting # 0012016. Closes March 12.

Finance Coordinator – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Professional Faculty Finance Coordinator position.  Posting #0012014. Closes March 14.

Project Coordinator – University Relations and Marketing -University Events invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Project Coordinator position. Posting #0011999. Closes Mar 14.

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.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator: The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011977. Closes March 16.

International Program Advisor – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Program Advisor position.  The location of this position will be in Washington State. Posting #0011990. Closes March 16.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closes March 19.

Program Technician 2 – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. Closes March 21.

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.  Closes March 31.

Associate Dean (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Graduate School invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Dean position. This is a one-year tenured administrator appointment with reappointment possible.  Posting #0011995. Full Consideration March 17, closes April 7.

Institutional Compliance Director– OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Institutional Compliance Director position. Posting #0012001. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Digital Communications Specialist to join its Communications & Stewardship team. The position is first and foremost a writer, with 80% of work time focused on researching, writing, and editing and 20% devoted to the technical production and publishing of electronic content. To view the complete job description

Traffic and maintenance

26th Street meters: Due to storm sewer work being done at Gill Coliseum, the six most southern metered stalls on 26th St at Ralph Miller will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 4.

Washington Way closure: Due to excavating within Washington Way to cap a steam service line to the shops that are being demolished, Washington Way will be closed from 15th Street to Benton Place March 6-7, 7 a.m.m to noon.  The actual excavation is taking place between the alley and Benton Place.

Benton Place Street and Parking Changes: During the Washington Way Realignment construction project (March 2014 – September 2014), Benton Place will be changed to two-way traffic.  This change will provide temporary two-way connection between Jefferson St. and Washington Way, to alleviate congestion caused by the closure of 15th Street. Benton Place is located just west of Kerr Administration and McAlexander Fieldhouse.  At the conclusion of the project, Benton Place striping will be restored to its existing one way northbound configuration.  For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/construction-traffic-and-safety.


Corvallis: No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” Lupita Nyong’o. Showers and gusty winds today with a high of 57 and a low of 46. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today with a high of 48 and a low of 46. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 53, low of 47. Rain likely tomorrow.

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

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