OSU Today

Wednesday, March 19, 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.

Forest scientist terms new Crown policy radical, experimental (CBC News)

That is of grave concern to Matthew Betts, who holds a doctorate in forestry from the University of New Brunswick and is now an associate professor in forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

Pomologist excited about the future of the pear (Australian Broadcast Corporation)

Visiting American academic, Dr Todd Einhorn is a Pomologist with Oregon State University and says new varieties of pear are the key to attracting new consumers.

TEPCO halts toxic water treatment system at Fukushima Power Plant (Voice of Russia)

The isotopes have been detected at very low levels at a Canadian sampling point far out to sea earlier than the models predicted, but not yet reported at the beach, said Kathryn A. Higley, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University. 

Plan for expanding parking districts wins committee’s approval (Gazette-Times)

The city’s current three parking districts will be expanded to a set that will essentially ring the Oregon State University campus. Boundaries have not been set, but in general the districts will extend to about a half-mile from campus.

Mistrust and perceived discrimination cloud Latino health care satisfaction in Oregon (Portland Business Journal)

Health care providers might need to improve their “cultural competency,” so that more Latinos feel comfortable accessing health care, according to anOregon State University survey. (see also SiloBreaker)

OSU-Cascades expansion (Cascade Business News)

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

NuScale adds engineering partner (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis-based company announced Tuesday that Enercon Services Inc. has taken an equity position and will provide support for NuScale’s efforts to win Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval of its small modular reactor design. NuScale’s SMR design is based on technology developed at Oregon State University by Jose Reyes, who co-founded the company and serves as chief technology officer.

Alpaca profits prove less than ‘huggable’ (Daily Yonder)

The recent financial collapse of Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch in Falls City, Oregon, is the highest profile example of what livestock rescue groups across the country have been dealing with in recent years.  There the Polk County Sheriff’s Office seized 176 starving alpacas—the survivors of a herd that originally numbered well over 200.  Assisted by Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue and the large-animal veterinarians and students at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the surviving animals were stabilized and males gelded to facilitate the adoption process.  All involved with the rescue incurred large costs, which they hope will be offset by adoption fees and special fundraisers.


Advisor Coffee Talk: Intercultural Student Services: Who We Are & Where We Are Headed: The purpose of this session is to share information about the purpose and new programs of Intercultural Student Services, and provide an opportunity for guided reflection and dialogue. Facilitated by: Allison Davis-White Eyes, Charlene Martinez, and Oscar Montemayor. March 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

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. Wednesday, March 19, 11 a.m. Register Now

AOP Luncheon Speaker: Campus Recycling Wednesday, March 19 at McNary Dining Hall Timberline Room from noon to 1 p.m. Come learn how to be an efficient recycler, do’s & don’ts, and have questions answered. Brown Bag lunches welcome and open to the campus. For more info: www.oregonstate.edu/aop or Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu

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.

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 this week, March 17-21, will be charged at 50 percent off our normal (15¢/lb.) rate. See important submission instructions here.

OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Wednesday, March 19.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Do the Math: A film screening of “Do the Math,” will take place Friday, March 21, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 303. Attend this brown bag movie and discussion of a  climate change movie that blends the reporting of climate science and calls for political action. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.

Letures and Webinars

NEW! Digital brand strategies: On April 7, Professional and Continuing Education is launching Digital Brand Strategies, the first course of the Strategic Approach to Digital Brand Management Certificate. Leading experts from Adidas, Wieden+Kennedy, and REI will help you construct your brand’s story in technology-rich environments.  All courses are online and $475. OSU students, staff and faculty qualify for 10% off the course price.

NEW! OSU Advantage: Do you want to expand the impact of your research through partnerships with industry or by helping launch a new company?  Learn what the OSU Advantage can do to help you on April 8 at 4:30 in the Memorial Union.  Learn about matching funds for new industry research projects and about the University Venture Development Fund.  The presentation will be followed by a networking reception.  RSVP required by April 1 to RSVP@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: “Bibliographic Management Tools Adoption and Use,” by Hannah Rempel, Instruction and Science Librarian, and Margaret Mellinger, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian, both at OSU Libraries. EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley? How do users choose a particular bibliographic management tool and what makes them stick with it? Hannah and Margaret will discuss the results of their study on this topic, a research methodology that can be used to gain a window into researchers’ workflows, and a model for understanding how users adopt productivity technologies.  Friday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

Professional Faculty Job Grouping and Compensation Program Training:  Managing Pay Within a Grade.  Friday, March 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Hallie Ford Center, Room 115.   Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited to supervisors/managers of professional faculty positions; the training will be live streamed, recorded and available on http://hr.oregonstate.edu/job-category.

Climate Club Brownbag LunchBraiding Disciplines third lecture of the series will be held on Friday, March 21, noon to 1 p.m, in the OSU Native American Longhouse and will feature professor of geography, Julia Jones and director of the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), Sally Duncan.  They will address climate change effects on hydrology, land use, and the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management.  Snacks provided, BYO Lunch.  RSVP 541-737-5705.

News for Employees

OSU Today for Spring Break: OSU Today will be published on Monday only next week, and will resume daily issues on March 31. Deadline for inclusion in the March 24-28 issue is noon Friday, March 21.

Professional Faculty heroes: Do you know someone who’s a hero here at OSU because of the extra effort that they put forth or the extra moment they take to make your day pleasant?  Here’s a great way to celebrate them.  Professional Faculty Leadership Association is always seeking nominations for “Our Heroes” awards.  Neither you or the nominated individual need to be members.   Build up your karma bank by celebrating the heroes that help us every day.

RecSports – Sponsor Friends & Family During Break: During Spring Break, Recreational Sports suspends the limit for sponsoring guests. That means that you can sponsor in as many guests as you would like for $6/day each! Bringing a large group? Call ahead and let us know you’re coming (541-737-3748).

Parking plan: To find out more details on the OSU parking plan, and to provide feedback on the plan, to  http://parking.oregonstate.edu/ and click on “Zonal Parking Information” or watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1cZgthI

PROMISE sponsors sought: Applications are currently being sought for PROMISE sponsors. PROMISE is a 10-week developmental internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience and mentoring in the state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students. The program runs June 23 – Aug. 29.  The internship project is a limited-duration project of a professional, managerial, or technical nature. The project must occupy the full 10-week internship period at 40 hours per week. The cost of the internship salary and other personnel expenses is $4,300. OSU departments and programs may request that up to half of the total cost be subsidized by the PROMISE program; the balance will be charged to the departmental index. For information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise

Summer Research Internships at Branch Experiment Stations. The Branch Experiment Stations (BES) for the College of Agricultural Sciences are pleased to announce 10-week experiential learning opportunities for any Oregon State University undergraduate students.  The Branch Experiment Stations are off-campus research facilities located across Oregon assisting stakeholders to address the critical issues specific to that locale.  Successful applicants will be provided $6,000 to offset expenses.  Applications and potential projects are posted at the following website http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/students/bes-internship/projects . Deadline is 5 p.m., March 21.

Recreational Sports Memberships & Lockers – Expire Friday, March 28: Prior to taking off for spring break, don’t forget to renew your membership and/or locker. Winter term/half term memberships and winter term lockers expire Friday, March 28. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back. Renew at the Recreation Services Desk inside of Dixon’s West Entry and contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

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/.

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

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.


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

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.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012055. Closes March 26.

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.

Office Specialist 1  – Lincoln County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position located in Newport.  Posting # 0012104. Closes March 28.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting # 0012095. Closes March 28.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closing date extended to April 2.

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.

Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services has one opening for a full-time, twelve-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0009220.Closes April 12.

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

Campus power outage: A power outage to remove and replace old cable will take place Saturday, March 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buildings affected by outage include: Fairbanks, Moreland, Memorial Union, Langton, Waldo, Strand, Snell, McAlexander, Kerr, Gladys Valley, Pharmacy, Benton Annex, Furman, McNary, Callahan and Wilson.

Strand Ag Vacuum Truck:  A large vacuum truck is being used to remove soil from within the Strand Ag basement to allow our general contractor to build the additional foundation footings that are needed for the seismic upgrade.  Vacuuming was stopped during finals week, due to the noise involved, but it will resume during spring break. Vacuum Schedule: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/sites/default/files/strand_vac_truck_schedule.pdf

Sidewalk closure: Due to the installation of new water and power lines, the south sidewalk of Strand Ag will be closed from March 24 – Oct. 17 to accommodate for site work.

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.


Corvallis: It’s the final day of winter. Rainy today with a high of 56 and a low of 36. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today. High of 54, low of 27. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 51, low of 41. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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