OSU Today

Monday, March 10, 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.

Tokyo radiation less than Paris’ three years after meltdown (Bloomberg)

While a careful search could still reveal trace levels of Fukushima-linked radioactivity in Tokyo, it now barely registers over readings from background sources, such as solar particles, rocks and soil, said Kathryn Higley, who heads the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics department at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Other cities probably have higher radiation levels because of natural sources, she said.

Fukushima’s long-term effects (Channel 1 News)

We surveyed the beaches with Dr. John Chapman, a professor at Oregon State University and one of the leading scientists researching the debris in Oregon.

Rubber wristbands could give clues to chemical exposure (Huffington Post)

Because silicone is able to absorb a number of different compounds, Oregon State University researchers thought silicone wristbands could be a potential way to monitor exposure to compounds by providing passive sampling of said compounds. (see also Scientific American)

‘Racially charged’ note found on OSU campus (Oregonian)

Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the author of a “very offensive and racially charged” note found in the Women’s Center on the Oregon State University university campus in Corvallis. (see also KPTVGazette-Times)

Project at 15th and Washington will improve safety, lessen congestion (LIFE@OSU)

Beginning this month, the intersection at Washington Way and 15th Street is receiving a major facelift as a result of a partnership between Oregon State University, which owns Washington Way and the City of Corvallis, which owns 15th Street.

Rethinking predators: Legend of the Wolf (Nature)

n the same year, Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, published a key paper on the most famous, and probably the best-studied, example of a terrestrial carnivore structuring an ecosystem: Yellowstone’s wolves.

Mid-Valley’s ‘Monuments Men’ helped rescue plundered art from the Nazis (Statesman Journal)

Two Mid-Valley residents played a part in that dramatic rescue effort. Mark Sponenburgh (1916-2012) was one of the 350 or so men and women from 13 nations who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section (popularly dubbed the “Monuments Men.”) Gordon Gilkey (1912-2000) served in the Roberts Commission, a related War Department project.

Housing disparity at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has one of the lowest percentages of students living on campus among major American research schools.

OSU to hold forums with finalists for community outreach post (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hosting three forums next week at which finalists for its community outreach coordinator position can answer questions from the public, students and OSU officials. The events are Monday from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 213, Wednesday from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at MU 213 and Thursday from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Dixon Recreation Center.

Farmers learn how to handle drought (KDRV)

The Oregon State University extension office offered a one-day course.  This course was geared towards farmers and ranchers and taught water conservation techniques and drought mitigation strategies.

Oregon State ranks seventh worldwide in agriculture and forestry (Prairie Star)

Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking seventh in a new international survey of more than 200 schools.

OSU-Cascades getting key expansion funds (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.

Argentina and Brazil have made biotech a national priority, Obama advisor says (Buenos Aires Herald)

The US Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on how best to improve the coexistence of biotech and non-biotech farms. “The markets don’t want any contamination with a genetic engineered plant,” said Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed-science professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “It makes producers very concerned.”

Hemp rules won’t be sorted out in time for spring planting (Capital Press)

Russ Karow, head of the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University, said legal and infrastructure issues most likely can be resolved, but not before farmers make crop planting choices this spring.

As craft brewing industry trows, NDSU’s barley and malt sciences experts sought (Inforum)

Oregon State University started its fermentation sciences department, which focuses on beer, wine and artisan cheeses, in the 1990s, said Bob McGorrin, chairman of the food science and technology department. Enrollment there has increased dramatically in the past 10 years, he said.

Sprout seeds indoors or in the greenhouse (Oregonian)

It’s best to start cool-season crops such as lettuce, cabbage, kale and chard in late February to early March in western Oregon, said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.


NEW! Clothing Swap: What better way to be “green” and glamorous for the spring season than with an updated wardrobe? Women and men, come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Bring and/or take gently worn clothing and accessories. Info here.

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. 

Upcoming events

NEW! Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. March 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to faculty, staff and students on a drop-in basis at the Craft Center.

NEW! Welcome Waggers return to the Valley Library: Relax during Dead Week and visit the friendly dogs and handlers from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit the dogs at Valley Library¹s Autzen Classroom  Wednesday and Thursday  March 12 and 13 from 3 to 5 pm.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

NEW! Change in classified worker meeting date: Because of election deadlines, the monthly Local 083 meeting date has been changed and will take place this Thursday, March 13.  Please watch for meeting details.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! OSU Night at the Symphony. OSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends can save 20% on tickets to “Tango Caliente” on Saturday, March 15 at the Oregon Symphony. Tickets start at $18. Use promo code “BEAVERS” when ordering tickets. More info.

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 11, 11 a.m.-noon in Weniger Hall 151, March 11, 4 to 5 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall, and Monday, March 17, noon to 1 p.m., Owen 101. The 4 p.m. March 11 discussion will be live streamed by Media Services  at http://live.oregonstate.edu/.  This will not be recorded, but there will be a chat function for people to ask questions.

A presentation on parking will take place at the Faculty Senate Meeting March 13, 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart center.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Cayuse Admin User Workgroup and Training: A targeted, free-form training, appropriate for users with a baseline knowledge of the Cayuse System.  Content is largely directed by attendee questions. Designed for regular users of the system such as Research Administrative Support personnel, Grant Coordinators, etc. March 11, 1-2 p.m., MU 211.

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. Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. Register Now

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Sexual Development in Adolescents” 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 noon, March 12, MU 206.

NEW! Flourishing@OSU: Lecture series: Yoga: The Path to Mental Health and Flourishing,” by Subbappa Ribeiro , owner, BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of the Willamette Valley. March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Kidder 202.

NEW! Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: David Sampson, Professor, Coastal Oregon Marine Experimental Station and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Newport, will speak on“Fishery Selectivity and Its Relevance to Fishery Management and Stock Assessment.” March 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Spin on Research: Walking the tightrope for research compliance

NEW! RecSports Spring Term Memberships Available for Purchase: Kick start spring by becoming a member of Recreational Sports! From cardio equipment to weight machines, swimming pools and rock walls, we’ve got the facilities and services to support your health and wellness goals. Did you know? You may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information.

NEW! ARCS Foundation funds two doctoral awards for College of Science: The College of Science has partnered with Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Portland Chapter to recruit top applicants to PhD programs in the departments of biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, statistics and integrative biology. This week the chapter funded two 2014-2015 awards—each for $18,000, payable over three years.

NEW! Coming soon: Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online March 17-21 will be processed at 50% off. Please begin assessing your confidential records now so you don’t miss this cost-saving opportunity! More info on our calendar.

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.


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

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.

Head Advisor/Academic Advisor – School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as Head/Academic Advisor position.  Appointment level will be commensurate with education and experience.  Posting #0012035. Closes March 19.

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.

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. P/T. This position will support and assist with the laboratory teaching program for the Department of Chemistry. Preferred candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or related field. Posting #0012050. Closes March 20.

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.

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: We’re all dragging ourselves into the last week before finals, thanks in large part to losing that hour yesterday. Showers today with a high of 55 and a low of 44. Clearing tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow likely today, high of 40, low of 24. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 50, low of 42. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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