OSU Today

Friday, March 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.

OSU-Cascades getting $5.5 million (Bend Bulletin)

A legislative panel Thursday night approved millions to help the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus expand and a new Jefferson County courthouse become a reality.

OSU schedules four forums to discuss parking/transit plans (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will host four forums next week to gather feedback from the community on its parking and transit plans. (see also KEZI)

OSU named Top 10 ag and forestry school (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University gets high marks for its agriculture and forestry programs in a newly released quality index, ranking seventh in the world out of more than 200 institutions with similar offerings.

Asparagus wins OSU Veggie Madness bracket (LIFE@OSU)

This dark horse vegetable competed against a total of 15 other vegetables in the March Madness-style event that came down to four top vegetables, including red pepper, kale and broccoli.

Wagering on health care reform (Willamette Live)

A provocative inquiry into the dollars and sense – and the morality – of health care will be served up at the next luncheon meeting of Salem City Club.  Three experts will speak; Dr. Stephanie Bernell, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Health Management and Policy programs at Oregon State University, Eric Fruits, PhD, president and chief economist at Economics International Corp., a consulting firm specializing in economics, and Michael C. Huntington, M.D., former Medical Director of the Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis and a founder of Mad As Hell Doctors.

Dolled up or working, Barbie crushes girls’ career dreams, study says (Baltimore Sun)

“Although the marketing slogan suggest that Barbie can ‘Be Anything,’ girls playing with Barbie appear to believe that there are more careers for boys than for themselves,” wrote authors and psychology professors Aurora M. Sherman of Oregon State University and Eileen L. Zurbriggen of UC Santa Cruz. (see also Consumer Affairs, KTLA Los Angeles, Northwest Cable News)

Wolf encounter leaves cows with post-traumatic stress (San Francisco Gate)

A study by Oregon State University found the stress decreases pregnancy rates and increases the number of lighter calves and the likelihood of getting sick. Weight loss translates into a financial loss for ranchers. (see also OPBAgInfo, Miami Herald)

OSU-Cascades expansion (Cascade Business News)

Last week, OSU-Cascades released their first round of artist renderings of what the new, four-year university campus could look like. As an essential part of their planning process, they followed the release with two public meetings in an effort to garner support and receive feedback on the project.

Students flock to OSU’s off-campus housing fair (Gazette-Times)

More than 1,000 students attended the first off-campus housing fair Thursday at Oregon State University. The fair was organized by the Associated Students of Oregon State University to assist in helping students transition to off-campus living.

A changing climate on saving wolves (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

“To preserve a healthy ecosystem with climate change, we at times are going to have to intervene, and that’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around,” said Michael Nelson, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in environmental ethics and philosophy.


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

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/

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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

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! TAC Webinar: Thinking Outside of the Box with Anywhere Polling – with Turning Technologies training staff. Participants will learn to incorporate interesting and unique multi-media resources with Anywhere Polling. The learning theories discussed will include the use of Role Reversal – Constructivism, Peer Instruction and Group Interaction. Tuesday, March 11, 8 a.m. Register Now

NEW! WiN PubTalk: Wearable technology is undoubtedly the future of consumer electronics. Come learn what is happening locally in this exciting field. Panel will Include: Tyler Phillipi – Formerly of OnTheGo Platforms, Richard Burright – NSExtreme, and Jerry Wiant of Perpetua Power. Discussion begins March 11, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corvallis Sports Park. $10 General $5 Student. For more details visit Willamette Innovators Network

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is March 26 to submit the application for employees 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

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

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.

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/


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

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.

Bioenergy Instructor-BioResource Research Program invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month fixed-term Instructor position responsible for developing and enhancing bioenergy education. Posting #0012000. Closes March 18.

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.

Temporary Public Information AssistantThe University Honors College invites applications for a part-time (.49) Temporary Public Information Assistant position. Posting # 0012044.  Closes March 23.

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

‘A’ Avenue closure: Due to work being done on the original Caesar Chavez Cultural Center, the west portion of ‘A’ Avenue will closed March 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 9 lot and street closures: Due to the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Club bike Race, the following parking lots and streets will be closed March 9, 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: “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens. There should be a spring in your step today as we see sunny skies and a high of 63. Low tonight of 42. Rain showers will return by late afternoon Saturday. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Sunday morning.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 54 and a low of 34. Increasing clouds Saturday and rain by Sunday.

Newport: Isolated showers today with a high of 57 and a low of 47. Rain by tomorrow.

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

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