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Friday, March 21, 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.

Oregon company nabs funding for water-saving farm drones (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Working in partnership with Oregon State University, HoneyComb will use the new money to test and verify the accuracy of its agricultural platform.

OSU finds new compound that could treat autoimmune disease (Medical Xpress)

Scientists at Oregon State University have discovered a chemical compound that could be a safer alternative for treating autoimmune diseases. Although studies in humans are still needed, the finding could bring hope to people suffering from conditions caused by their immune system attacking their bodies. Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body resulting in diseases such as colitis, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. (see also Health Canal)

The nonviolent path of Cesar Chavez (PRX)

A conversational profile of Cesar Chavez featuring his United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, Chavez scholar Jose-Antonio Orosco (Oregon State University) and Texas community organizer Juanita Valdez Cox.

Despite big education goals, college enrollment falls (Portland Business Journal)

At Oregon’s seven public universities, Oregon State University (6 percent) and the Oregon Institute of Technology (10 percent) reported increased enrollment, but the other five reported flat enrollment or declines.

‘The Next Tsunami’ examines our short term memory about disasters (LA Times)

“It seems that the more ‘advanced’ a society becomes, the shorter its memory,” suggests geologic oceanographer Chris Goldfinger (OSU) late in Bonnie Henderson’s riveting “The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast.” “Native Americans not only have a memory of the last Cascadia earthquake 311 years ago, they have a memory of the explosion of Mount Mazama about 7,600 years ago. We, on the other hand, can’t remember much that happened before Twitter and Facebook.”

Spring arrives with some sun (Gazette-Times)

However, after that, the Weather Service predicts that an upper-level low system will come in from the Pacific starting late Monday night, and by Tuesday cooler, wetter weather is expected to return — and perhaps stay for the rest of next week. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing, according to Kathie Dello, the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Mystery bugs infest McKay Elementary, force kids out of classrooms (KPTV)

The district says they’ve sent off bug specimens to Oregon State University for analysis, they hope to have the problem under control as quickly as possible. (see also KATU)

OSU president to give address in Bend (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray will deliver a State of the University address April 2 at the Tower Theatre in Bend.

Report shows lax enforcement of biotech rules (Capital Press)

Some of the noncompliance incidents released to Capital Press raise concerns about the possibility of cross-pollination or escape, said Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed science professor at Oregon State University.

Oregon adopts new science curriculum (Bend Bulletin)

The three Central Oregonians on the state’s science content and assessment panel, which recommended to the State Board of Education that the standards be adopted, span the range of local institutions: Michael Giamellaro is an assistant professor of science and math education at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus; Silas Towne works as a Central Oregon Community College chemistry instructor and tutor supervisor; and Benjamin Iverson is a science teacher at High Desert Middle School.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici visits 4-H Tech Wizards at Forest Grove High School (Oregonian)

Run by the Oregon State University Extension Service, 4-H Tech Wizards focuses on mentoring and encourages study in science, technology, engineering and math, know as STEM subjects.

Opposition to OSU-Cascades site organizes (Bend Bulletin)

A new group attempting to organize opposition to the decision to locate Oregon State University-Cascades Campus’s new location on Bend’s west side held an open meeting and fundraiser Thursday night.

Whale Watch Week nears (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, in nearby Newport, will offers daily programs, including 30-minute whale skeleton tours and marine-mammal presentations. (see also Bandon World)

Apartment project latest sign Bend housing market is on the mend (OPB)

There are plans to build new elementary and middle schools for Bend-La Pine, and movements on expanding higher education resources. Oregon State University-Cascade recently selected a new site for its growing campus in Bend and the Central Oregon Community College will launch a new nondestructive and testing program in Redmond to allow students “hands-on” experience in construction without the heavy equipment or machinery.


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.

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.

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.

Letures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Incorporating Learning Theories within TurningPoint  – with Turning Technologies training staff. Learn how to incorporate TurningPoint features into presentations to enhance and support effective learning theories.  Tuesday, March 25 8 a.m.  Register Now

NEW! Recipe to Market, Brand and Market Planning Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in this month-long online course the ins and outs of successfully marketing and branding a product. The course will begin May 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.

AgSquared workshop: Learn about how to use AgSquared’s online software toolkit to easily gather the information you need to better manage your farm and make both day-to-day and strategic farming decisions. Drew Katz, AgSquared’s Director of User Support and Farmer Engagement, will train you in how to get started with AgSquared. March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milne Computing Center Room 201. Register here $10/person. Lunch will be provided.

Chemical biology lecture: Weihong Tan, University of Florida, will be presenting a seminar on Monday, March 31, entitled “The Foundation of Molecular Medicine: A Chemical Biology Approach” in LPSC 402 at 4 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! MU retailers open during Spring Break: MU Retail Food Service will have three locations open over spring break! E.Cafe, JavaStop and Java II. Bites will be operating out of JavaStop for the break, if you have any special requests for items you normally get at Bites, let them know and you will be able to get it at JavaStop over the break! http://mu.oregonstate.edu/murfs/bites-javastop

NEW! Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ for either April 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. or May 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

RecycleMania update: OSU may be trailing UO in the recycling civil war (see results here), but we still have this week and next to take the lead! You can help by recycling unneeded winter term or other archived papers and emptying your deskside recycle bin, all before Friday of spring break (March 28). Learn more about RecycleMania here.

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.

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).

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


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

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 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.

A full-time Project Coordinator position is being sought for the Memorial Union. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 9 months from the appointment begin date. Posting #0012108. Closes March 27.

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.

Manager of Vendor Payment Operations (Internal Employment Opportunity for Business Affairs only)–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Vendor Payment Operations position. Posting #0012114. Closes April 1.

Manager of Financial Reporting (Internal Employment Opportunity for OSU and OUS)–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Financial Reporting position. Posting #0012117. Closes April 2.

Office Specialist 1  – Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0012116. Closes April 2.

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.

4-H Camp Skills Instructors. The OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is accepting applications for full-time summer job openings. Review the job descriptions at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/.  For more information email robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Monroe Weniger lot: Due to a staging area for the Weniger/Gilbert Hallway Ceiling replacement project, five spaces on the east side of the Monroe Weniger lot will be closed through May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Motor Pool parking lot: Due to grading of the Campus Way West Motor Pool Parking Lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Vet research lab parking lot: Due to grading of the Vet Research Lab parking lot, it will be closed March 24-30.

Pioneer Place parking lot: Due to grading of the Pioneer Place parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Benton Hall south parking lot: Due to grading of the Benton Hall South parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Magruder Hall south parking lot: Due to grading of the Magruder Hall South parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Park Terrace: Due to some underground work being done, portions of the Park Terrace East and Park Terrace West parking lots will be closed. March 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to delivery of a field office trailer, the SE corner of the SW Park Terrace lot will be closed March 26, 5 a.m. to noon.

26th Street: Work is schedule to begin on the 26th street ADA “South Crossing” Monday, March 24. Traffic diversions will be taking place on and off through the end of Spring Break. Bike lane closures will take place March 27-April 1. The closure of the center middle lane will take place April 2-4.  For more information: http://facilities.oregonstate.edu/outages/134/osu-26th-st-ada-south-crossing-traffic-control-schedule-stagging-march-24-april-4-2014

Washington Way closure: As part of the Shop Demolition/Washington Way Realignment project, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 15th to Benton Place.  The contractor will be excavating and abandoning utilities within the roadway.

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.

OSU Black Cultural Center construction field office: Starting March 24, Anderson Construction will be staging their construction trailer in the SE corner of SW Park Terrace Place & Monroe Ave.  This will allow contractors to be adjacent west of the Black Cultural Center project site. Temporary power and fencing will be installed next week.

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: “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy. Mostly cloudy this morning with gradual clearing. High of 57, low of 32. Sunny this weekend with highs in the low 60s.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today with a high of 48 and a low of 21. Sunny through the weekend, highs  in the mid 50s.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 52, low of 37. Sunny all weekend, highs in the 50s.

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

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