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Friday, March 14, 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.

Elders’ medication may often cancel each other out (TIME)

“Many physicians are aware of these concerns but there isn’t much information available on what to do about it,” said David Lee, an assistant professor in the Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy. (see also Portland Business JournalBioMedicine, Science Daily)

OSU-Cascades proposal ready for Bend planners (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus filed its site plan application with Bend’s planning department Thursday, putting its vision for a southwest Bend campus under the light of public scrutiny.

OSU Board of Trustees endorses future tuition levels, funding requests (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously endorsed a plan to continue phasing out the university’s tuition plateau, which gives undergraduate students who take from 12-15 credit hours a break on tuition. (see also Bend Bulletin)

How Barbie affects career ambitions (The Atlantic)

A duo of researchers at Oregon State University hypothesized that playing with sexualized dolls not only hurts self-esteem, it influences the way young girls think about their adult lives. (see also Yahoo Finance)

Livestream shows baby birds hatching at OSU Extension Service (Fox 12)

Chicks emerging from their eggs in Oregon are being watched worldwide on the Internet.

Roper stepping down as OSU vice provost (Gazette-Times)

After nearly 19 years as vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University, Larry Roper is stepping down to spend more time in the classroom, the university announced Thursday. Susie Brubaker-Cole, the associate provost for academic success and engagement since 2008, will become vice provost for student affairs effective July 1.

Cititzens make recommendations on Bend campus (Bend Bulletin)

A citizens committee working on the development of the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus is recommending the university seek to have more than 75 percent of students live on campus and establish a campus police department from Day One.

Incentivizing wellness in the workplace seen as discriminatory (Consumer Eagle)

Oregon State University psychology professor Patti Watkins has spoken out against a Health Engagement Model offered to state workers by Oregon’s Public Employees Benefits Board. The program asks participants to answer a series of questions about their health habits and to report their weight and waist circumference.  Employees deemed “overweight” based on their answers must enroll in a weight loss program, with Weight Watchers as a covered benefit. Employees who opt out face higher insurance premiums.

Central Oregon Coast programs feature birding, impact of wind turbines (Beach Connection)

On Thursday, March 20, Rob Suryan presents “Seabirds and Marine Renewable Energy off the Oregon Coast.”

OSU marches against racism (KEZI)

Students at Oregon State University are taking action, saying racism is unacceptable. Hundreds of people marched for social justice on Wednesday after two racist messages were found on campus.

Ag research foundation funds new Oregon State research (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon announces grants totaling $420,314  for projects in agriculture, chemistry, horticulture and veterinary medicine at Oregon State University.

Editor’s view: An extra pig per litter with nutrigenomics (All About Feed)

Massimo Bionaz from Oregon State University for example explained to me that  nutrigenomics can benefit the dairy industry to a great extent. “Recent research indicated a strong nutrigenomics effect of methionine and lysine in controlling expression of genes coding for proteins involved in milk protein synthesis”, he said.


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  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.

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.

#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 ticketsMore info.

Upcoming events

Parking forum: A parking forum will be held Monday, March 17, noon to 1 p.m., Owen 101.

Employee Roundtable: A space primarily intended for employees to engage in a semi-structured conversation about how to effectively engage in education, action, and support of students, while taking care of ourselves and each other.  Lunch will be provided. Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU 213.

Weight Watchers open house: 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

Letures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar:  Student-Active Pedagogy: Becoming an Engineer of Learning – with Turning Technologies training staff. Discover how to incorporate the use of Turning Technologies clickers to transform a classroom into a student centered active pedagogy with a basic understanding of the academic, professional, and psychological benefits to their students. Tuesday, March 18, 8 a.m. Register Now

NEW! The Changing Course of  Higher Education in Oregon: Presentations and discussion by panel members Larry Flick, dean of the College of Education, Jeff Davis, director of the Benton Center, Tim Nesbitt, chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and Tony Van Vliet, former member of the Oregon House of Representatives and SBHE. Tuesday, March 18, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

NEW! Conversational skills: Conversational Skills and follow-up workshops return to OSU April 14-April 18! These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For details and registration, download the flyer at http://hr.oregonstate.edu/files/training/axtell/axtell-flyer2014.pdf

News for Employees

NEW! Summer internships:  Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is focused on improving the long-term sustainability of agriculture within the PNW region and is offering $500/wk undergraduate internships.   Internships will go from 9 June – 8 Aug. for the UI and WSU and 16 June – Aug. 15 for OSU. The application can be found at the following link:  https://www.reacchpna.org/blog/reacch-summer-internship-applications-now-being-accepted/.

NEW! University Chorale: University Chorale is a conducting lab for choral students, and we need you to be their choir! This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels, directed by Steven Zielke and OSU graduate teaching assistants. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. No audition or singing experience is required. The Spring choir will begin on Thursday, April 3 at 12 p.m. in Benton 204. For more information: szielke@oregonstate.edu

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.

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 participate by Friday, March 14.


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.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a .50 hourly Pharmacy Technician 2: Posting #0012079. Closes March 19.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 Full-time Pharmacy Technician 2: Posting #0012081. Closes March 19.

Administrative Program Assistant  – Lincoln County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (.50 FTE), Administrative Program Assistant position located in Newport.  Posting # 0012078. Closes March 19.

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.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy,  seeks a .50 FTE hourly Specialist 1 -Pharmacist (“Staff Pharmacist”): Posting #0012074. Closes March 24.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 FTE salaried Administrator 3 -Pharmacy (“Pharmacist-in-charge”): Posting # 0012075. Closes March 24.

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 –The Oregon University System invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 positions in their Treasury Operations Department. 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 #0012071. 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

26th Street closure: Due to tree maintenance being done, intermittent traffic lane and sidewalk closures will occur March 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This will also affect the ADA parking spaces and the services spaces  on the west side of the MU Quad.  Flaggers will permit transit and emergency vehicles through the area.

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: “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain. We’ll be hopping back and forth between showers and sun this weekend as we see rain today, a sunny, warm Saturday, and a rainy Sunday. High today of 60, low of 38.

Central Oregon: Showers today, high of 57, low of 25. Sunny tomorrow, chance of rain or snow on Sunday.

Newport: Showers today with a high of 54 and a low of 43. Sunny tomorrow, rain likely Sunday.

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

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