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Friday, April 11, 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.

Demystifying driving’s dilemma zone (Live Science)

A graduate student at Oregon State University in Corvalis, who worked with David Hurwitz, an assistant professor of engineering, studied what happens when authorities put countdown clocks at intersections — illegal here but common in other countries. The counters show how many seconds until the lights change, similar to what is sometime seen at crosswalks in the U.S.

OSU Libraries offers open access ETexts to students (Library Journal)

Oregon State University (OSU) is helping faculty produce their own open access textbooks for courses. The university press, an arm of the OSU libraries, is starting work on a series of open access e-textbooks that officials hope will ease the rising textbook costs that are a consistent cause of student complaints.

New 3-D printer draws crowd at OSU’s Valley Library (LIFE@OSU)

A new 3-D printer began cranking out student-based projects during the first week of Spring Term, and so far the printer has created objects ranging from a replica of a human heart to a Nerf gun part. The new printer was purchased by the Friends of the Library, as a way to offer access to technology that some students might never be able to utilize.

OSU research helps prevent fire blight (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University have helped find a way to fight a disease that kills apple and pear trees.

Oregon governor assembles task force to tackle GMOs (Earth Fix)

The task force co-conveners, named in February, are Dan Arp, dean of Oregon State University’s School of Agriculture, and Jennifer Allen, director of Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. (see also Capital Press)

Local food sourcing popular but not simple (Gazette-Times)

An OSU Extension economist shares his observations.

Plant sweet berries for summertime flavor (Hillsboro Tribune)

So think about enhancing your edible landscape with healthful strawberries this spring. It’s best to plant them in late March through April after the threat of hard frost has passed in western Oregon, said Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.


Spring preview: The Office of Admission is hosting a Spring Preview event for recently admitted and future students on Friday, April 11 in both LaSells Conference Center and the Memorial Union.  Anticipated attendance is over 1,000 visitors.  Please note that parking and food service may be impacted. The event runs from 8 a.m-4 p.m.

Cultural fluency workshops: The Linn-Benton Employer’s Partnership for Diversity invites pre-registration for two separate one-day cultural fluency workshops in April and May.  Space is limited, so please register early (for one or both topics) by calling 541-766-6093 or emailing Rashad.brown@co.benton.or.us. Workshops include Navigating Difference Part 1, May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Personal Leadership, April 11 or May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to OSU employees. The April sessions are being held in the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. The May sessions are being held in the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD Offices, 905 4th Ave SE, Albany.

Art is a Hammer: Reshaping Reality through Cultural Activism Workshop: How can art be fashioned as a tool at the service of our vision for a more just and peaceful world? This workshop presentation by Climbing PoeTree combines performance, story-telling, slide-shows, and video to illuminate the powerful symbiosis between art and activism. April 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Native American Longhouse. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1iB8rcS

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.

NEW! Public Health Fair: It’s time to take a proactive, preventive approach to health and the college’s Public Health Club is ensuring you have the tools to succeed at this year’s Public Health Fair. The fair, held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Memorial Union quad, will feature various clubs and organizations from campus and the community that contribute to improving the health of others. Read more about the event at Take control of your well-being at this year’s Public Health Fair

Flourishing@OSU: Lecture series: “Transformational Listening for Flourishing Relationships,” by Aaron Wolf, OSU geosciences, April 11, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Kidder 202. Video recordings of past lectures can be found on the CAPS webpage:  http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mental_health_initiative/flourishing_lectures

School of Public Policy brownbag series: Rick Colwell (of CEOAS) will present “Baby Steps Towards OSU Carbon Neutrality.” The brownbag will be held Friday, April 11, noon-1 p.m., in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday April 11, 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.

Special Symposium:  The Biological and Ecological Engineering department is putting on a special symposium honoring the career of Richard Cuenca on April 11.  There will be a buffet lunch from noon-1 pm and the symposium run 1-5 p.m. in OSU Crops Building, Room 122.  Lunch is free to students and $40 for non-students.  Some of the topics being covered are: Soil, plant, water processes; Measurements in the atmosphere; Synthesis & modeling – capturing the complexity of the hydrosphere.  Must RSVP for lunch with Jennifer.cohen@oregonstate.edu

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Linus Pauling Lecture Series: Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi (UC Berkeley), will present “Illuminating Sugars, the ‘Dark Matter’ of the Cell Surface.”  April 11, 5 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center (Construction & Engineering Hall) with reception to follow at 6 p.m.


Marine Science Day at Hatfield: Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for Marine Science Day! HMSC will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. Meet researchers from Oregon State University and six government agency partners. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To volunteer: http://www.volunteersignup.org/JCWWD.

Japan Night: tickets sold out, but after 6 p.m. stand-by guests may be seated first come, first served. Join JSA on April 12 in the MU Ballroom. Doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. Enjoy traditional harp, taiko drums, student skit and dinner. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: japanesestudentassociation@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) still 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


Vietnamese Night: tickets sold out, but after 6 p.m. stand-by guests may be seated first come, first served. Enjoy student performances at “The Lotus” hosted by VSA in the MU Ballroom April 13. Doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: vsa@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

Documentary screening: The award-winning documentary “American Promise,” about the struggles of two middle-class African American families as they educate and parent their sons, will be shown at Oregon State University on Tuesday, April 15. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium in Milam Hall, 2520 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will follow.

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 5:30 p.m. ($10). Buy tickets in MU 103 or online. Show begins 6 p.m., 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! TAC Webinar: OSU’s Learning Management System Evaluation, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you curious to know more about the Learning Management Systems that OSU is evaluating in Spring term? Join this webinar to get your What, Why, When, Where and Who questions answered about the evaluation. We’ll also take a quick tour of Canvas and Blackboard to see their similarities and differences.  Mon. April 14, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1dvnM.

NEW! Intro to Data Management: Get a jump start on your data management plan with the Intro to Data Management Workshop on April 15. This seminar will provide an introduction to capturing, storing, and describing research data throughout the life of the research project and after.  This is intended for those researchers who need help with a data management plan or for those who are just beginning a data management plan. Register to save your seat, and check out the remaining sessions in the Spring Grad and Faculty Workshop Series by visiting: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Using college radio to communicate science: Joey Hulbert from the KBVR radio program Information Dissemination will present on  “Using College Radio to Communicate Science” on Tuesday, April 15, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center room 402. Hosted by the OSU Science Communicators. For more info go to: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/

NEW! Health for singers: Vocal and speech therapist Brenda Nuckton will present “Vocal Physiology and Health for Singers,” on April 15 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. in Benton Hall. Nuckton, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and the Peabody Conservatory, enjoyed a career as a stage director and stage manager for a number of years, including with the Metropolitan Opera, before becoming a vocal and speech therapist. At 3:30 she will work with and present to OSU voice students and at 7 p.m. she will give a lecture/demonstration. Both are open to the public and admission is free. Room in Benton Hall TBA – look for signs.

Center for the Humanities Lecture: Elena Passarello, Center Research Fellow, professor of Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and author of Let Me Clear My Throat will speak on her new essay collection, Up, Simba! A Famous Bestiary, on Monday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.  

Climate Club Brownbag LunchBraiding Disciplines fourth lecture of the series will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the OSU Native American Longhouse and will feature, Associate Professor of Geography, Hannah Gosnell  and Postdoctoral Fellow at OCCRI, Julie Vano.  They will address land use, future uncertainties of water resources in the West, and agricultural adaptation and resilience planning in the face of climate change.  Snacks provided, BYO Lunch.  RSVP 541-737-5705.

Peace Studies Lecture: “Here on the Edge: How a Small Group of WWII Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream” an OSU Press author reading and book signing with Steve McQuiddy. April 16, 7:30 p.m., 121 The Valley Library Rotunda, Corvallis, 97331 http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/event/steve-mcquiddy-here-on-edge-corvallis

So You Think You Can Interview?    Want to feel more prepared?  Learn how to polish your interviewing skills and ace your interview!  Doug Rice from EAN Holdings will present on Friday, April 18 in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West from 11 a.m. to noon.  Sponsored by Oregon State University Career Services.

How You Can Use Social Media to Get a Job:  Discover how to efficiently use social media to get a job!  Karlina Christensen from the Statesman Journal Media will present on April 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Job Search Strategies:  Increase your confidence and effectiveness by learning productive strategies to search for internships and jobs.  The Job Search Strategies presentation will be held on Friday, April 18 from 2 to 3 p.m., in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

News for Employees

NEW! 2014 Master Food Preserver Program: This program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety preservation.  In return volunteers “payback” hours assisting others in learning correct food handling and preservation procedures. Anyone able to commit to the 48 hour training program AND volunteer at least 48 hours during the food preservation season can apply. Cost $75 View website for more information.

NEW! Momentum!: Read about the College of Engineering’s materials research in the spring 2014 issue of Momentum! The research of faculty members  Líney Árnadóttir, Joe BaioDavid CannJohn ConleyPallavi DhagatBrady GibbonsJason IdekerAlbrecht Jander, Armin Stuedlein,  David Trejo, and alumnus Randy Hoffman is featured.

NEW! Summer Housing for Scholars and Interns: UHDS Residential Conferences is offering housing for OSU interns and scholars this summer in West Hall. West offers furnished suite-style rooms with single- or double-occupancy bedrooms and a community kitchen. Room rates, photos, and reservation form may be found online here: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/scholar-housing. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at (541) 737-9195 or uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Family Climbing at Recreational Sports: The Adventure Leadership Institute offers families a fun and interactive environment to climb. Families can enjoy the indoor climbing center on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Do you have a family birthday or party coming up? Celebrate with us at the rock wall! Our rock wall can be rented for parties and our expert staff will provide instruction and equipment. Learn all about climbing with Recreational Sports here.

Boss of the Year/Office Professionals of the Year: Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is seeking nominations for Boss of the Year, to recognize creative approaches and consistently superior performance as a supervisor and AOP Member of the Year to recognize members whose creative approaches and consistently high performance as a professional in ways that benefits OSU. For questions please contact Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu and to nominate at the AOP website: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition Deadline: April 25.

Political activity limits: Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

Precollege Summer TAG Programs: Precollege Programs for TAG and high-ability students will be July 7-18.  Half-day Expeditions for students entering 4th/5th grades in the fall of 2014, Adventures in Learning for students entering 6th/7thgrades, and Outside the Box for students entering 8th/9th grades.  Courses include Astronomy, Lego Robotics, Chess, Engineering, Drama, Art, and more.  For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/precollege/expeditions/, or call 541-737-1289.

Interested in studying or interning abroad? The International Degree & Education Abroad (IDEA) Office has drop-in peer advising hours twice a week in Moreland Hall! International Ambassadors will be available in Moreland’s Malamud Room on Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Fridays 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Come speak with students who have been abroad and are knowledgeable about OSU’s program offerings. For more information, see IDEA’s Students webpage.


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

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.

Academic English Program Manager – INTO- OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic English Program Manager position. Posting #0012201. Posting closes April 12.

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.

Accountant 2 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 position. Posting #0012190. Closes April 14.

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.

Systems Development Engineer – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Consultant-BSG Development Engineer.  Posting #0012160.  Closes April 19.

Accountant 1 – Health Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012205. Closes April 21.

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.

Office Specialist 2-Copyright Specialist:  Printing and Mailing has an opening for one part-time, .50 FTE, Copyright Specialist position.  Posting #0012228 Closes April 23.

Medical Assistants, Student Health Services is hiring two (2) for a full-time, nine-month positions.  Posting #0012237. Closes April 27.

Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants, Student Health Services is hiring two (2) full time, nine-month positions.  Posting #0012232. Closes April 28.

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.

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.

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. 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. Closes May 4.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

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: “Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.” ~Ikkyu SojunMostly sunny today with a high of 66 and a low of 41. A bit cloudy Saturday with sun in the afternoon, and sunshine on Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny all weekend. High today of 67, low of 37.

Newport: Mostly sunny throughout the weekend. High of 58 today, low of 43.

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

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