OSU Today

Thursday, March 13, 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 students march for solidarity (Democrat-Herald)

Chanting marchers made their way around locations at Oregon State University on Wednesday to voice opposition to recent incidents of racism there.

OSU prepares budget request (Gazette-Times)

The Finance and Administration Committee of Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees signed off Wednesday on a proposed legislative budget request for the 2015-17 biennium.

Starbucks wants you to be a Venti tipper (MarketWatch)

Why do people tip more when tapping on an iPad? “There’s lots of research that shows that if you decrease the cognitive load — the amount of mental effort required—to do a task, people are more likely to do it, says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University’s College of Business.

Link may exist between disposition and reproduction (Cattle Network)

In an experiment at Oregon State University by Reinaldo Cooke, crossbred heifers were divided into two groups.  After weaning one group was trained for handling by being brought up from pasture to a pen three times a week, for four weeks, so that they’d become acclimated to people and going through a working chute.

A celebration of influential professionals (Hydro International)

On Monday 10 March 2014, just before Rick Spinrad, OSU, from the Maritime Technology Society held his keynote speech at the Catch the Next Wave conference in London, UK, awards were presented to several influential professionals in the maritime industry. The accolades were awarded as follows: Rick Spinrad received the OI Lifetime Achievement Award, Roger Scrivens of RS Aqua was named as AMSI Business Person of the Year, and Dr Colin Grant (now retired from BP) received the Alan Greig Memorial Prize.

Everything Guide to Calcium (WBAY)

According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, to get the same level of calcium as in one 8-ounce glass of skim milk or milk (300 mg calcium) you would need:  Pinto beans: 8 servings, or 4 cooked cups.

Learn ways to protect your home from wildfire (Medford Mail-Tribune)

The Oregon State University Extension Service helps Southern Oregon residents and fire agencies get ready for the summer fire season with a new Citizen Fire Academy.

Spring Whale Watch Week set for March 22-29 (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, in nearby Newport, offers daily programs including 30-minute whale skeleton tours and marine mammal presentations.

OSU climbs up the world rankings (Corvallis Advocate)

It’s not easy for any higher education institution to find one of its programs ranked among the top universities in the world, but Oregon State University’s agriculture and forestry has just accomplished that feat. The program just grabbed a number seven ranking among 200 other schools for its work in the field on a new international survey from the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. This comes after OSU ranked eighth in 2013.

‘Personal passive samplers’ (Safety & Health)

Researchers from Oregon State University have determined that silicone wristbands absorb many chemicals and can be used to measure the level of exposure of those chemicals. In a study published in the February issue of Environmental Science & Technology, researchers had volunteers wear the wristbands for 30 days, during which the bracelets picked up 49 compounds, ranging from caffeine and nicotine to pesticides and flame retardants.


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.

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.

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.” 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. 

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.

Women of Color Dialogue Space: A space for dialogue regarding experiences of Women of Color on campus. Information about the new Women of Color Coalition will be discussed. Thursday, March 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Kerr Administration Building, Basement Level, B008, Career Services Classroom.

Faculty Senate: The March 13 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2014/0313/.  The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Action items: Robotics and Urban Forestry Category I proposals; Reports: Non-tenure Track Faculty Survey Results; Strategic Plan 3.0 Update; Learning Management System Evaluation; and implementation of Parking Restructuring; and reports from the Provost and Faculty Senate President. Faculty may participate remotely by logging on to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ at any time during the meeting.

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.

Food for Thought a good study break: Get informed on the current state of our food system and learn what sustainable food looks and tastes like! The event features a completely locally sourced two-course dinner/dessert with the movie Ingredients. The event starts March 13, 5:30 p.m. in Snell International Forum, tickets available in MU 103. Join the Facebook event.

NEW! Tree invasion of subalpine meadows in the Oregon Cascades: Harold Zald of OSU will discuss the value of the meadows, potential impacts climate change may have on them, and findings of his research examining tree invasion of subalpine meadows in the Oregon Cascades. Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Upcoming events

#ITooAmOSU Dialogue for Anti-Racist Allies: A space for dialogue regarding opportunities for White-identified anti-racist allies to support education and action about racial identity and racism on campus. Friday, March 14, 3:30-5 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room.

OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 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.

OSU Anthropology Department and OSU Athletics presents Empty Bowls Benefit Event: This event will promote sustainable food systems and fight food insecurity. Beneficiaries are World of Good and OSU Emergency Food Pantry. 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15, OSU Valley Football Center (724 SW 30th Street, north Reser Stadium). Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale, available at door or pre-sale in Waldo 238. For more information, contact Dawn Alapisco at alapiscd@onid.orst.edu.

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.

Letures and Webinars

NEW! Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Seminar: “Taking a Bite Out of Biodiversity,” Brian Machovina, Florida International University, Friday, March 14, 3 p.m.,  Richardson Hall 313.

News for Employees

NEW!  New Vice Provost for Student Affairs: Susie Brubaker-Cole will begin her appointment as Vice Provost for Student Affairs on July 1. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement at OSU. Previously, she served as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

NEW! On-Site Test Prep Courses: OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education is launching on-campus test prep classes for the LSAT ($999*), GMAT ($999*), GRE ($999*), SAT ($499*) and ACT ($499*) exams. Courses are capped at 30 students and range from 24-30 hours in length. The LSAT course begins April 5. For more information, visit: bit.ly/OSUTestPrep. *Advanced Registration & Staff discount available.

FSF Registration for Spring Term now open: You can check out the Spring Schedule and register on our website at health.oregonstate.edu/FSF or stop by the office at 123 Langton. You are also welcome to print the registration form from our website and send via campus mail to Langton 123 with payment. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 541-737-3222.

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.

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.

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/

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.


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

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.

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 17.

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.

Accountant 2 – OUS Organization under Business Services is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 position. Posting #0012076. Closes March 26.

Oregon State University’s Educational Opportunities Program is seeking an Academic Engagement Coordinator to bring culturally-relevant academic support to each of the Cultural Centers.  Posting #0012061. Closes March 28.

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.

Office Specialist 2  – Josephine County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0012077. Closes April 15, with a full-consideration date of 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.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Fiscal Coordinator 1.  Posting #0012058.  Closes April 4.

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.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Economics. Posting #0021071. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Management. Posting #0012069. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

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..

Senior Auditor– The Office of Audit Services  invites applications for three full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Senior Auditor positions. Posting # 0012048. Closes for full consideration April 11.

Chemist 3, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chemist 3 position. Posting # 0012086.  Full consideration date April 13. Open until filled.

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.

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.

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.

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: Another sunny day! Can you handle it? High of 64, low of 42. Showers tomorrow before more clearing on the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with showers tonight. High of 58, low of 33. Showers tomorrow.

Newport: Increasing clouds with rain tonight. High of 55, low of 45. Showers tomorrow.

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

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