OSU Today

Tuesday, March 11, 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.

Missing plane defies search technology (L.A. Times)

R. Kipp Shearman, an Oregon State University associate professor who studies currents in the South China Sea, said the ocean in the probable crash area was influenced by monsoons and currents that can push floating debris 50 nautical miles in a day.

Here’s a list of the $29 million in university building projects funded by the Legislature (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s new campus in Bend will get $3.85 million as part of its transformation into a four-year university campus. The money will be used to build the first academic building on the campus and help it accommodate as many as 5,000 students by 2025. (see also OPBDaily Journal of Commerce)

Earthquake strikes off California coast (KEZI)

Scientists at Oregon State University say that’s due to the type of earthquake it was. They classify it as a strike slip earthquake, where fault lines rub against each other. They say that’s different from the often deadly subduction zone quakes.

What do Oregon students from low-income families really pay for college? (Oregonian)

Oregon students from high-income families pay less than that to attend the state’s public universities, but don’t get much of a break, if any, from the sticker price. Freshmen with family incomes above $110,000 paid, on average, 96 percent of the full price of $20,000 to $22,000 to attend UO, Oregon State University or PSU in 2011-12.

OSU ranked in the top 10 for ag, forestry (Capital Press)

Dan Arp, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said the rise in ranking was a “testament to the continued great work of our faculty and researchers,” according to an OSU news release.

Matthew Kish: Meet Obama’s manufacturing point man in Oregon (Portland Business Journal)

President Barack Obama last week announced his latest efforts to boost manufacturing. I caught up with Brian Paul, an Oregon State University professor who is a point person for the Obama administration when it relates to manufacturing, to hear what the new White House effort means for the state.

Sustainability Coalition shows off success, looks for future (Gazette-Times)

You had to keep moving or you would miss something at the sixth staging of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition celebration. Over here Dave Eckert of the coalition’s water action team was demonstrating what happens to water when it rains on the Oregon State University campus.

Eighth ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser set for Saturday (Gazette-Times)

The eighth annual “Empty Bowls” event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Football Center at Oregon State University.

Dolled up or working, Barbie reduces girls’ career dreams, but Mrs. Potatohead doesn’t (Washington Post)

In a psychology lab at Oregon State University, 37 girls ages 4 to 7 have finally demonstrated what feminists have long warned: Playing with Barbie dolls drives home cultural stereotypes about a woman’s place and suppresses a little girl’s career ambitions. (see also Huffington Post)


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.

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

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.

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.

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

Upcoming events

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 March 12, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Solidarity March: Oregon Students United (OSU) have organized a Solidarity March, Wednesday, March 12  at 1 p.m.,  to honor our campus diversity and support each other. The purpose of this event is to promote student voice responding to the two reported incidents of racism on our campus. The route will start at the Pride Center, then flow to Snell Hall, the Women’s Center, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, and finally end the event at the Native American Longhouse at 2 p.m. for the Student Led Round Table Discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, March 13, on the OSU campus to approve tuition and fee levels for the 2014-15 academic year. The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room of the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, located at 725 S.W. 26th 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 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. 

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.

 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 Library’s Autzen Classroom  Wednesday and Thursday  March 12 and 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Research and Practice Informing Curricular Change: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and the College of Engineering are hosting an interactive seminar and forum on “Using Outcomes From Research Studies on Undergraduate Student Motivation” with speaker Holly M. Matusovich, assistant professor in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech.  March 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Furman Hall 105. Refreshments provided.  More info available at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/events.

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

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! CAPS Faculty/Staff Survey Reminder: Recently Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sent out a survey to gather information about faculty and staff perception of our services.  If you have not yet completed the survey, your participation is valuable as we evaluate our services.  Please click on the link below by Friday, March 14.

NEW! Student award nominations: The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to recognize students and their faculty mentors for significant contributions to undergraduate research with two awards – Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year and  Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.  Nominations are due by April 14 and 16, respectively. Nomination forms and more information about the awards are available on the URSA Web page – http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/

NEW! OSU Gerontology Club Photo Contest – Submit your photo(s) of an older adult with a member of a younger generation by Monday, March 31, for your chance to win prizes including an OSU signed baseball, football and other Beaver memorabilia. For more information on how to enter, email osugeroclub@gmail.com.

The Spin on Research: Walking the tightrope for research compliance

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.

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.

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


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

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.

Office Specialist 2–Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012059. Closes March 17.

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. Closes March 17.

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.

Office Specialist 2—The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0012045. Closes March 18.

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.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an hourly pay of $12.00 per hour, plus a full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To apply for this position, please submit ONE Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the link listed https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11162802 Closes March 24.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Analyst Programmer.  The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an annual salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 (depending on experience), and a full benefit package including medical, dental, life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To review the full position description and qualifications please see the link listed.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11059722 For full consideration please apply by March 17. Closes March 31.

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 Director of Diversity Development –  Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month Associate Director of Diversity Development. Posting #0012068. Closes April 4.

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.

Career Services Director–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Career Services Director position. Posting #0012073. Closes April 10..

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

Waldo Place/Valley Library Loading Dock: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center, Waldo Place and the Valley Library loading dock will be closed March 22-30, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘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: It will be a cloudy, jazz and coffee kind of morning but things will brighten up considerably later on. Partly cloudy with a high of 58 and a low of 34. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny, high of 46, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of 58, low of 42. Sunny Wednesday.

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

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