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Thursday, March 6, 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.

Could playing with Barbies limit girls’ career choices? (International Business Times)

Despite the marketing ploy “Be Anything, Do Everything” launched by Mattel in August 2013, it seems the slogan doesn’t ring true for young fans of Barbie. Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of California in Santa Cruz, have revealed the adverse influence on the perceptions about future career opportunities for young girls. (see also Jezebel, Register-Guard, UPI)

Global average temperatures are near 11,000-year peak (Scientific American)

But even these archives have their limits: many detailed reconstructions of climate, particularly of temperature, apply to only limited regions or extend back at most a couple of millennia, says Shaun Marcott, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

U.S. Science Fleet’s future is far from shipshape (Scientific American)

“The community is deeply concerned that the ability to go to sea will be significantly reduced in the next decade, as research ships are retired or laid up,” says Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The average age of the ships is more than 23 years, and many are scheduled to retire in the coming years. Unless new vessels are built, the total number of vessels available to scientists will plummet.

California’s last slave case (New York Times)

An opinion piece by OSU assistant professor of history Stacey Smith.

Study: Wolf attacks leave cows with PTSD-like symptoms (KVAL)

Unlike cows that haven’t ever had a run-in with wolves, ones that have witnessed wolf attacks can experience stress-related illnesses and have a harder time getting pregnant – meaning decreased profits for ranchers, according to a new study by Oregon State University. (see also FOX New Orleans, KPICGazette-Times)

Tracking a wolverine through the American West (Discover Magazine)

OSU’s Katie Moriarty is featured (subscription only)

‘We’re not telling people where to park, or how much they need to pay. We’re giving them a choice’ (KMTR)

Oregon State University has a new parking and transportation plan in the works that could double permit costs in some areas on campus. (see also LIFE@OSU)

$2M challenge gift for Whyte T&F Center (OSU Beavers)

Oregon State Athletics has received a $2 million challenge gift in support of the second phase of the Whyte Track and Field Center that will be used toward the construction of grandstands, a press box, hammer throw area, scoreboard, main entry plaza and other amenities.

Now, wristband that reveals your toxin exposure (Business Standard)

Kim Anderson from Oregon State University and colleagues said that people breathe, touch and ingest a mix of many substances at low levels every day and figuring out if natural and synthetic compounds can lead to disease is difficult.

OSU football players, staff, coach youngsters (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University football players and coaches will assist fledgling gridiron players during a morning of football drills and skill building at the annual OSU Football Skills and Agility Clinic, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.

Scientist Richard Carlson speaks at OSU (KEZI)

The Carnegie Institution’s Richard Carlson will speak as part of the annual Condon Lecture, which is directed towards non-scientists to inform the general public about intriguing topics.

New snack delivery business (KEZI)

If you have the midnight munchies but don’t want to order an entire meal, you can now order snacks to be delivered to you if you live near Oregon State University.


Graduate student success workshops: Hugh Kearns, internationally recognized speaker, educator and researcher will present five workshops on March 6, 7 and 10 geared toward graduate student success in writing, time management, presentations and personal confidence.  There will also be a workshop specifically for faculty who mentor research students.  All six will be streamed live by OSU’s Media Services and questions can be asked in real time.  Seating is limited. For information and to register, visit Hugh Kearns Workshops – Graduate Student Success

Ecampus and TAC Short Course:  ELI Short Course, Designing and Delivering a Quality MOOC, with Dianna Fisher (Ecampus) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Presentations will be offered live inside a virtual learning space that’s designed to promote interaction between the ELI presenters and participants while exploring the content. Location:  Kidder Hall 202 Mar. 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/eli2014-moocs

The OSU Electron Microscope Facility Open House:  Come see demonstrations on the electron microscopes, fluorescence microscope, electron microprobe (Burt Hall 150A), and tomography software.  Talk to staff about your microscopy and or analysis needs. Thursday March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Linus Pauling Science Center Suite 145.  Snacks and beverages are provided.

GTA Mentors Program Informational Session: The Center for Teaching & Learning will be hosting an informational session for those GTAs interested in learning more about the GTA Mentors Program. The session will be held this Thursday, March 6 from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Valley Library Willamette West Room. If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please see the following link: GTA Mentor Program

Multiracial Beavers Kick-off Meeting: Identify as bi/multiracial, mixed heritage or Hapa?  Want to explore your multiple and fluid identities in a supportive environment?  The Multiracial Beaver group is an informal space intended to build community with multiracial OSU students, staff, and faculty.  March 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Center. For more information or accommodations for disabilities, contact: 514-737-7298 or charlene.martinez@oregonstate.edu

Winter Blues: At the March 6 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, David Kerr of the School of Psychological Science will discuss his work on seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Triad meets in the MU, Room 211, 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! PROMISE Information Session: Calling OSU undergraduate students!  Looking for a paid summer internship that is more than just a job? Want to gain skills to be competitive in the workforce? PROMISE is a ten-week developmental internship program for OSU undergraduate students designed to provide professional or technical paid work experience and mentoring at OSU, state, and local agencies. Come to the info and application session on Thursday March 6, 2-4 p.m. in the Native American Longhouse.

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.

Nietzsche and Spirituality in the US:  Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  will discuss insights from her recent work American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas, published by the University of Chicago Press. March 6, 4 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Book discussion: Authors Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell will lead a book discussion on “Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism,” based on readings from the book, lead group discussion and Q & A. Book signing for this 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award nominee follows. March 6, 4-6 p.m, MU Lounge.  A limited number of books for loan per event details at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85409/; official website: http://www.combineddestinies.com

Celebration of life:  A celebration of life is being held for Peter “Ping Ping” Gidlund, an OSU student who died on Feb. 6, 2014. Friends are invited to gather and share memories of Peter as we spend time together in community. Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Marketplace West Dining (NW Conference Room).

Comedy by OSU Theatre: Performances of the student-directed play “Beyond Therapy,” a comedic portrait of love and neuroses, will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and at 2 p.m. March 9 in the OSU Lab Theatre. The show also serves as the official opening for the newly renovated Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for students/youth and $4 for OSU students. They are available for purchase through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

Upcoming events

SOIL 205 Service Learning Symposium Poster Session:  For more than six years, the Department of Crop and Soil Science SOIL 205: Introduction to Soil Science has been coordinating and participating in dozens of Service Learning Projects in the Corvallis area. See what they’ve been up to on March 7, 11 to 11:50 a.m., MU Ballroom.

Celtic music: Lark, a local Celtic Music band, will perform Friday, March 7, noon to 1 p.m. in the MU Lounge.

Parking forums: A series of parking forums is giving the campus community the chance to voice their opinion and help guide plans for a new parking system. The meetings are as follows: March 7, 2 – 3 p.m., MU Lounge, March 11, 11 a.m.-noon in Weniger Hall 151, and also March 11, 4 to 5 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. A presentation on parking will take place at the Faculty Senate Meeting March 13, 3 p.m., La Sells Stewart center.

CANCELLED: Recovery Advocates to Visit Campus: This event has been cancelled.

Departure of Victoria Nguyen: Join the ISS family this Friday, March 7, 4 p.m., in the Native American Longhouse to recognize Victoria Nguyen’s leadership in moving forward the vision of the Cultural Resource Centers. She has taken a position as Associate Director for Diversity Programs at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins April 1.  WW Open House meetings will be held March 18, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam room 105.  There will be no meeting on March 25.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Center for the Humanities Guest Lecture: Robert A. Nye, Professor Emeritus of History at OSU, will speak on “How the Duel of Honor Attenuated Violence and Promoted Civility in Western Europe,” Monday, March 10, at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue. A reception will follow.

NEW! Science Pub: At the March 10 Corvallis Science Pub, Arup Indra of the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy will discuss what scientists know about skin development and what happens when things go awry. The Science Pub presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli located at 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

NEW! Open Forums for Director, Community Outreach – Corvallis Town & Gown: The campus community is invited to attend finalists’ presentations focusing on “The First 30 Days Game Plan.” Open Forums are March 10 and 12 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in MU213 and on March 13 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Dixon Rec Center Conference Room. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to disability please contact debby.widony@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748.

Race workshop: “Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism” workshop, March 7 , 9 a.m. to noon, MU 206. This session with authors Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell is meant for those who have read the book. Pre-registration required. Event and registration details: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/90592/

Psychological Science Winter Colloquium Series: Angus Kittleman will speak on “The Guess & Check: Evaluating the Usability and Effectiveness of a Primary Prevention Assessment Tool for Classroom Teachers,” March 7, 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

Is Interreligious Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims Possible?:  Joseph Corrado, an instructor in religion, ethics and logic at Portland Community College, will discuss the importance of – and barriers to – a sustained effective discourse between Muslims and Christians. March 7, 6 p.m., MU213.   

News for Employees

NEW! 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 a professor and Extension 4-H youth development specialist appointed to the Oregon Youth Development Council, an alumnus who is improving elder health and respect, the second annual Food, Nutrition and Health Update, a 5K run/walk to benefit the CPHHS Athletic Training Club, a video highlighting National Nutrition Month events and more. bit.ly/1eXV5Z0

NEW! PCOSW Mentoring and Professional Development Award:  Nominations for the PCOSW University Mentoring and Professional Development Award are now being accepted.  This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development.  The award is presented at University Day and consists of $500 cash, a $500 professional development fund, a nameplate for the University Professional Development Award plaque in Kerr Admin, and a personal plaque.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2014: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2014 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: March 14.

Pioneers of Change: In case you missed it, the event “Pioneers of Change: Black Football Players at OSU from 1951-Present” is now available online. Find out more via the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog: http://wpmu.library.oregonstate.edu/oregon-multicultural-archives/2014/02/20/osu-football-desegregation-event/

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.

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.


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

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.

Education Program Assistant 2  – Clackamas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (.45 FTE), Limited Duration, EPA 2 position located in Portland.  Posting # 0012031. Closes March 9.

Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Science, is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), Academic Advisor. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0011979. For full consideration apply by March 10. Closes March 17.

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 10.

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.

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.

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

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.

Biological Sciences Research Worker  – Wasco County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (.20 FTE), Seasonal, Biological Sciences Research Worker position located in The Dalles.  Posting # 0012042. Closes March 15.

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.

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 17.

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

Ralph Miller Drive closure: Due to landscape/hardscape improvements being made on the south side of Gill Coliseum, parking along the north side of Ralph Miller Drive will be closed March 5- May 23. Also, portions of parking along the west side of Gill Coliseum will be closed at times to accommodate additional work.

March 8 lot and street closures: Due to the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Club bike Race, the following parking lots and streets will be closed March 8, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Parking Lots: Jefferson East & 14thLot; Campus Way East Lot; McNary Timed Lot; Pioneer Place. Campus Streets: Jefferson between 11th & 15th; 15th between Jefferson & Campus Way; 11th St between Campus Way/Madison and Jefferson.

Jefferson Street closure: Due to the placement of a crane for work to be done on the Valley Library roof, Jefferson St. at Benton Place will be closed from 10 p.m., March 10 to 3 a.m., March 11.

15th and Washington: Due to construction at Washington and 15th, pedestrians are asked to cross the street one block south at 15th and A streets.

Classroom Building Project: The large crane is being erected for use on the Classroom Building project. With its placement, you will begin to see steel framework and concrete continue to progress vertically at the building’s construction site. The boom will extend about 50’ over Austin Hall, about 30’ over ALS, about 40’ over the Women’s Building and about 10’ over the Fairbanks Annex. The crane will be 157’ to the bottom of the hook, so it will clear everything with ease. As a reminder, the crane does ‘weather vane’ when it is not in use so it is completely normal for it to be swinging with the wind when no one is around.

Benton Place closure: As part of the shops demolition and Washington Way realignment projects, Benton Place will be restriped for two way traffic March 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Angled parking on the west side will be replaced with southbound parallel parking. Benton Place will remain two way throughout the project (March-September.)  Upon completion, striping will be restored to the existing one way configuration. Local deliveries will be accommodated as needed.

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: “The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” – Audrey Hepburn. Showers and possible thunderstorms today. High of 57, low of 44. Chance of rain tomorrow. 

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today, high of 55, low of 33. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 53, low of 46. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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