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Friday, April 4, 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 State President stands by decision on site for OSU-Cascades in Bend (Oregonian)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray said he’s from New York and not prone to scare. And that’s one reason why neighborhood opposition won’t make him alter OSU’s plan to put its expanded Central Oregon campus on the west side of Bend. (see also Register-Guard, KXLY)

Latino student center gets major upgrade at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Nazario Rivera discovered the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez shortly after arriving at Oregon State University from Hermiston and getting involved with some Latino student groups. It quickly became a kind of home base for him on campus. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials (Product Design & Development)

This breakthrough by chemical engineers at Oregon State University could soon reduce the cost of solar energy, speed production processes, use environmentally benign materials, and make the sun almost a “one-stop shop” that produces both the materials for solar devices and the eternal energy to power them. (see also Science 2.0Solar DailyBusiness Standard India)

Stripe rust found in Willamette Valley wheat (Capital Press)

Initial stripe rust reports in the Willamette Valley are later than the last few years in western Oregon, says Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers, but still indicate that the disease has overwintered in some fields. He’s recommending farmers scout their fields for signs of the disease and treat as needed.

OHSU, OSU students ‘put their values into play’ with free health fair (Portland Business Journal)

The event marks the culmination of Health Equity Week, which is put on by students at OHSU, Oregon State University, Western University of Health Sciences, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the National College of Natural Medicine.

AK 24/7 The Hustle Never Stops (UP Global)

Akili King has been making moves and moving forward since I met him at the Oregon State University Startup Weekend back in May 2013. He was an organizer at the athletic department focused event and seemed at the time driven to help the athletes think about the road ahead if a career in professional sports didn’t work out.

OSU pays $101,000 to settle campus paper lawsuit (OPB)

Oregon State University has settled a First Amendment lawsuit over removing distribution boxes for a conservative-leaning student newspaper. The university paid $101,000 in attorneys’ fees and damages.

‘Philosophy Talk’ debates privacy at OSU (Gazette-Times)

A pair of Stanford philosophers got a rock star’s welcome at Oregon State University Wednesday evening as the radio show “Philosophy Talk” came to campus to tape a discussion of privacy issues in the digital age.

Proteins discovered in gonorrhea may offer new approach to treatment (Science Blog)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered novel proteins in, or on the surface of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, which offer a promising new avenue of attack against a venereal disease that is showing increased resistance to the antibiotics used to treat it.

Health and Soul (Corvallis Advocate)

The idea that religion and spirituality can have an impact on an individual beyond their beliefs, ethics, and peace of mind is nothing new. Recent research (published in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Journal) from the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences has taken an important next step in the study of this phenomena.


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! Music à la Carte: Thousand Waves. Portland ensemble comprised of Koto, guitar, violin and flute, noon, Friday April 3, Memorial Union Lounge, free.

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 recent graduates 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/

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.

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.


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.

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.


NEW! Anderson & Roe Piano Duo: This final concert of the season for the Steinway Piano Concert series bring a dynamic duo known for giving highly visual, energetic performances and for their viral music videos on YouTube. Their mission: to keep live classical music performances fresh and interesting. Don’t expect them to remain seated at all times for this PG rated performance at  4 p.m. Sunday April 6, LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and information: corvallispiano.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! Labyrinth: Open Labyrinth Walk hosted by United Campus Ministry at OSU will be offered Monday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.  Come and go as your schedule allows.

NEW! Working conditions for non-tenure track faculty:  Last spring, more than 1,200 non-tenure-track (professional, research, and instructional) faculty members filled out an OSU-AAUP/Faculty Senate survey.  The survey results will be discussed at noon, on April 9 in MU208.  Come hear about what is working, areas that need improvement, and discuss policy recommendations that demonstrate support to all of our colleagues who power orange.  For more information: http://osuaaup.org/ or Lori Cramer lcramer@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Book contest: Join OSU Libraries and Press as we celebrate the winners of our first OSU Book Collecting Contest with an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 9 in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, 5th floor Valley Library. Prizes will be awarded to the winners: 1st Prize ($1000) Jessica Kibler, “On Empathy”; 2nd Prize ($500) Eric Fritz “An Evolution of Food Ideas”; 3rd Prize ($250) Matt Dodson, “Literature and Theory about Ecology.” Light refreshments will be served and winner collections will be on display.

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Bring your lunch and join discussions and information meetings on what it means to be a caregiver to an aging loved one and how to best help the ones you love.  Upcoming meetings are April 17, noon to 1 p.m., MU MLK Room, May 15, noon to 1 p.m., MU MLK Room, and June 19, noon to 1 p.m., MU Board Room. Open to students, faculty and staff.

Transportation and parking update: The OSU community is invited to learn about upcoming changes and share feedback on the  zonal parking system coming to campus this fall. Meetings will be held on April 7 at noon, in the Construction & Engineering Hall in the La Sells Stewart Center (which will be live-streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu/) and on April 9 in the MU Lounge at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. Comments will be welcome. For more information, please visit: parking.oregonstate.edu/zonal-parking

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher.  April 8, 3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1djoD.

NEW! EndNote, Qualtrics, and Mendeley workshops at The Valley Library: The Spring Grad Student & Faculty Workshop Series is underway!  Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with EndNote (April 9) and Mendeley (April 10). Learn to develop and deploy your next research survey with Qualtrics (April 9). Register to save your seat and review the full series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Candidates for Director of Public Safety: Candidates for the position of Director of Public Safety will host open forums this week. Dave Benson will present at 11 a.m., April 8, Kidder Hall 202. Joe Boyer will present 11 a.m., April 9, Kidder 202, and Denson Chatfield will present 11 a.m., April 10, Kidder 202. All presentations will be lived streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

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 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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Safety Classes & First Aid Kits Available: Recreational Sports offers a variety of safety classes for students, Rec Sports members, the OSU community and general public. Additionally, first aid kits are available for purchase at the Recreation Services Desk inside of Dixon. Prioritize health and safety in Beaver Nation and get equipped with knowledge and tools today! Contact Jennifer Stewart, Coordinator of Safety & Training, with questions.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Baker – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Baker  position.  Posting #0012207.  Closes April 11.

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.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one full-time, 10 month, Food Service Worker 2 position.  Posting # 0012204.  Closes Apr 16.

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.

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 22.

OSU Alumni Association is seeking a Director of Alumni Career Services. Position description and application information at: www.osualum.com/jobs  Apply by April 30.

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: “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare. Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 53. Rainy Saturday, cloudy Sunday.

Central Oregon: Scattered rain and snow showers today and tomorrow. High of 46 today, low of 43. Chance of showers Sunday.

Newport: Chance of showers today. High of 53, low of 45. Rain tomorrow, chance of showers Sunday.

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

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