OSU Today

Thursday, April 3, 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.

Another warning from the Northwest from Chile’s earthquake hot zone (New York Times)

Chris Goldfinger, a seismologist at Oregon State University whose focus is offshore faults like Chile’s and the Cascadia fault off the Northwest Coast, posted a piece on Chile’s “dodged bullet.” (see also Global Post)

Fukushima return: At nuclear site, how safe is safe? (National Geographic)

Kathryn Higley, a professor of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University, said that workers removed tons of surface soil, grasses, and plants that had been contaminated with airborne radioactivity released by the nuclear plant during the partial meltdowns and explosions. That material was packed in plastic sacks and sent to storage facilities for containment while its radioactivity decays. Additionally, the crews hosed down the exteriors of buildings and other areas where people might have contact with such contamination. Typically, such operations could reduce radiation exposure levels by 10 to 100 times, she said.

Grant funds research by drone company, OSU (Capital Press)

 A $150,000 grant will help a Wilsonville, Ore., company and Oregon State University document the effectiveness of drone aircraft in detecting plant health problems, soil and water conditions and disease or pest outbreaks. 

OSU president: Cascades campus site won’t budge (KTVZ)

But Ed Ray talks collaboration, says issues will be addressed with community.

Starving alpacas recovering at OSU veterinary college (KOIN)

A herd of 175 starving alpacas that was rescued in December from a Polk County ranch is recovering at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Oregon State University pays $101,000 to settle First Amendment lawsuit over trashed student newspaper (Oregonian)

The university, which had been found at fault by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to the six-figure payout to end the lawsuit. The suit was formally dismissed Wednesday.

Community leaders to read poetry today (Gazette-Times)

Included are Sarah Payne, Gazette-Times entertainment editor; poet Jennifer Richter, who is on the faculty at Oregon State University; and Paul Turner, the owner of Darkside Cinema.

Wildlife orphans among conference topics (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will co-host the 2014 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at LaSells Stewart Conference Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Smelt make it past Bonneville dam this spring (Columbian)

Oregon officials in the past month have confirmed smelt in the Tenmile, Coos and Coquille basins along the Oregon coast. Specimens and/or pictures were identified by local staff and confirmed by Doug Markle, a retired Oregon State University professor.

Nike & Intel join list of Oregon businesses pushing for same-sex marriage (Pink News)

Sportswear giant Nike and technology multinational Intel are among a few dozen businesses to throw their weight behind a campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Oregon. Oregon State University is also on the list. (see also Oregonian)


Campus Recycling: At the April 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Kyle Reed and Andrea Norris of Campus Recycling will discuss OSU’s recycling initiatives and how staff and faculty can participate. Triad meets in the MU, Room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have a catered lunch. To reserve a seat, contact nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0783

Director of the School of Arts and Communication SearchThe first of  two final candidates for the directorship of the SAC, Lee Ann Garrison of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will share a presentation, “Identity, Vision, and the Future of the School of Arts & Communication,” April 3, at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Lab Theatre.  The public presentation will be followed at 3:30 p.m., in the Withycombe Lab Theatre by an extended forum for SAC faculty and staff.  Both events will be recorded and made available via the CLA website.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Transportation and parking update: The OSU community is invited to learn about upcoming changes and share feedback on the updated proposal for zonal parking on campus this fall. Meetings will be held at noon, April 7 in the Construction & Engineering Hall in the La Sells Stewart Center (which will be live-streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu/.) and at 10:30 a.m., April 9 in the MU Lounge. Comments will be welcome at both meetings. For more information, please visit:http://parking.oregonstate.edu/zonal-parking

NEW! Valley Lightning Talk.  Create@OregonState hosts a new lightning talk forum. The goal is to forge a new multidisciplinary collaborative space, where anyone can attend, present their ideas and work, hear about cool new projects, find collaborators, or just relax and enjoy old and new colleagues. Monday, April 7, 6-8 p.m. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St Corvallis. 541-737-6535 or email create@oregonstate.edu.

Climate change film screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday April 4, 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.

Africa Night tickets: Celebrate diversity, justice and equality at ASA’s Africa Night, sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Tickets ($10/$8.50 OSU students, +$.25 credit card fee) now available MU 103. Doors/light snacks: 5 p.m., show: 6 p.m., at LaSells Stewart Center, Saturday, April 5. Accommodations for disability can be made at: 541-908-5124.

WW II – 70th Anniversary Swing Dance:  Pull out your 40s era clothes and dancing shoes and join us for a memorial dance and fundraiser featuring the Albany Swing Band, Corvallis Swing Dance Society, WW II re-enactors, and more! April 5, 6:30 p.m., Women’s Building.    Doors open at 6:30 and dance lessons begin at 7 p.m. $10 per person – $15 per couple (avail in MU103). Sponsored by the History Students Association. Proceeds benefit the Benton County Cultural Coalition.

Centro Cultural César Chávez Grand Opening: Monday, April 7, 5 p.m. Program, 26th Street, south of Washington Way, across from Reser Stadium. Celebrate the grand opening of the new Centro Cultural César Chávez building. Tours and reception will follow the program. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/cccc-grand-opening Accommodations for disability can be made at: events@oregonstate.edu.

India Night tickets: Enjoy performances including: Bollywood, folk dance, song, and more at Indian Student Association’s “Filmfare” India Night, sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Tickets ($12/$9 OSU students, +$.25 credit card fee) now available MU 103. Doors open 4 p.m, show starts 5 p.m., dinner served 6 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, April 12. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: oregonstateisa@gmail.com

Luau tickets: Hui O Hawai’i’s “On Board to Paradise” Luau is April 19 in Gill. Doors open for lower level 4:30 p.m. ($15 advance/$20 door, includes dinner) and upper level at 5:30pm ($10). Buy tickets in MU 103 or online. Show begins 6pm, Eden Roc concert starts 8:30pm. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: 808-864-9794. Sponsored SEAC, funded Ed Act.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Graduate Student paper presentations: The Department of Applied Economics Annual Graduate Student Paper Presentations will be held this Friday, April 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Graduate students who plan to present their research in a conference or defend their thesis will practice their presentations and receive feedback from students and faculty. The presentations will be held in 200C Ballard Extension Hall.

NEW! Disability Studies @ OSU: All OSU community members are invited to the Women’s Center, Friday, April 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m., to begin identifying coursework for the Certificate in Disability Studies.  We will also select a book that will be discussed during the upcoming, spring-term meetings.

NEW! Digital Storytelling Workshop Series: International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) is sponsoring this workshop series from 5-6 p.m. during weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 (dates: April 16, 23, 30 & May 7) in Kidder 028. Workshop is limited to 20 students; please RSVP by emailing charlene.marek@oregonstate.edu.

Deciphering the Ukrainian Crisis: European, Ukrainian, and Russian Perspectives”: Want to know more about Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea? OSU professors Sarah Henderson and Alison Johnston (Political Science and Public Policy) will offer insight into the current crisis. noon to 1:30 p.m., April 4 in Snell Hall’s International Forum. Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the OSU School of Public Policy.

Fulbright US Student Program Information Meeting: Join OSU Fulbright program advisor LeAnn Adam to learn about the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. April 4, noon to 1 p.m., Native American Longhouse. For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Social Media 4 Social Justice: Join the Coalition for Community Dialogue in exploring the role of social media in social justice movements. Through an examination of recent social media campaigns, we will seek ways to move our work into web-based communities and be in solidarity with other movements through this medium. Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register at http://goo.gl/EjyKFs.

OSU Venture event: Last chance to register:  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 RSVP@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest monthly Synergies newsletter. This month’s features include an alum raising money for children in Nepal through a trek overseas, another alum who says an internship abroad changed his life, highlights from the recent CPHHS/Fu Jen Catholic University exchange visit, how a research colloquium inspires collaboration, a 4-H program award and more. http://bit.ly/1dNGLnF

NEW! Student raised beef for sale: The Steer-A-Year Program is hard working group of students learning about the beef industry. They are selling packaged beef available in wholes (~400 lbs of meat)  and halves (~200 lbs of meat) for $4.50/lb. and mixed quarters (~100 lbs of meat) for $4.75/lb. These prices includes all cuts of beef for the same low price unlike the store.  If interested, contact Matt Kennedy at matthew.kennedy@oregonstate.edu by May 1 for details.

NEW! STEM Academy: STEM Academy will be hosting 26 different Science & Engineering Summer Camps for students entering 3rd – 12th grades in the Fall of 2014. Topics include: Computing, Engineering, Geosciences, Lego Robotics, Physics, Biochemistry, Ecological Restoration, DNA Biology, Marine Genetics, and an Innovation Workshop. For more information or to register online, please visit http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Scholarships available.

NEW! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2014-15. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: May 5.

Extended deadline. 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. Application deadline is April 9. The program runs June 23 – Aug. 29.  The internship project is a limited-duration project of a professional, managerial, or technical nature. For information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise

Digital Brand Management Certificate: The School of Writing, Literature and Film, in partnership with Professional and Continuing Education, is now offering a new Digital Brand Management Certificate through E-campus.  Registration closes April 7.  The certificate is aimed at helping students to be successful in applied/professional programs in the digital writing and marketing world. For more information: https://pace.oregonstate.edu/strategic-approach-digital-brand-management    

Print, Mail, and More in Memorial Union Room 109: An extension of OSU Printing and Mailing Services, the XPress Stop provides an array of mailing services, including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Quick print/copy services are also offered, giving customers the option of waiting while their job is produced or dropping it off and picking it up later that day. Additional services include bindery, notary, US passport photos, faxing, scanning, and a Kodak Kiosk photo printer. For more information, please contact Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-nrt Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: April 21.

NSF- Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program. The program seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-icsp. Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: May 5.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Natural Resources Leadership Academy. This year’s Natural Resources Leadership academy, an OSU Summer Session program, will be held June 15-20 and June 22-27 in Corvallis. This two-week intensive academy brings together natural resources professionals from around the world to learn, connect and inspire. Learn more and register online at http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/nrla.

NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – SNM program. NSF announces a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-snm. Information: Mary Phillips at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: April 21.


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

Human Resources Consultant 1 – University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0012156. Closes April 4.

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. Posting #0012050. Closes April 4.

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..

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting # 0012095. Closes April 11.

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.

Manager 1 – Retail Food with the Memorial Union Retail Foodservice at OSU, E.Cafe.  Posting # 0012139. Closes April 13.

Project Coordinator–Office of Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Project Coordinator position. Posting #0012157. Closes April 13.

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.

Administrative Assistant To – the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Administrative Assistant To (Administrative Manager) position. Posting #0012198.  Full consideration date April 15. Open until filled.

Administrative Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Animal and Rangeland Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Manager position. Posting #0012198. Full Consideration April 15, closes April 30.

Office Manager, Medical Records and Reception–Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Office Manger 2 position. Posting #0012161. Closes April 16.

Experiential Learning Coordinator: The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Experiential Learning Coordinator. Posting #0012166. For full consideration, apply by April 21.

Health Educator-Sexual Violence Education & Prevention Coordinator –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Health Educator position. Posting #0012155. Closes April 21.

Employee and Labor Relations Manager – Office of Human Resources (OHR) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Employee and Labor Relations Manager position. Posting #0012199. Closes April 30.

Administrative Program Assistant – Academic Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012119. Closes May 1.

The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecohydrology. Posting #0012123. Closes May 1.

Research Associate (Post Doc) – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for 1-2 part/full-time (0.50 – 1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) position(s). Posting #0012083. Closes May 3.

Accountant 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accountant 1.  Posting #0012184.  Closes May 9.

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

15th Street: 15th Street between Jefferson Avenue and Western Avenue will be closed for waterline work associated with the Washington Way Realignment Project, April 7-9, from 7 am. – 5 p.m.  Closure map and additional information at Campus Closure, Shutdown, and Detour Notices.

Gill West: Due to the Corvallis FIRST Robotics District Event, the Gill West parking lot and 26th Street in front of Gill Coliseum will be closed April 3-5, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Due to event loading and unloading, the closures along 26th street will be intermediate. Reserved spaces and ADA parking will be accessible.

Dixon Recreation: Due to the Beaver Freeze Triathlon, the parking in front of Dixon Recreation Center on 26th Street and a portion of the parking in the Washington Way lot will be closed April 5, 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note your vehicle will be towed if not relocated.

Washington Way Closed Through August 2014: Starting Monday, March 31: Washington Way between 15th and Benton Place will be turned over to the City for the road construction portion of the Washington Way Realignment Project.  Construction is expected to continue through August, and aside from brief openings for special situations, the City has decided to keep this section of Washington Way closed.

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.

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.


Corvallis: “Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring, The Winter Garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way, To fly–and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.”  –  Omar Khayyám. Rain likely today with a high of 58 and a low of 42. Chance of showers Friday.

Central Oregon: Isolated showers today, high of 51, low of 35. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 50, low of 43. Showers likely tomorrow.

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

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