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Monday, April 14, 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.

Beer spills into history books (Register-Guard)

Beer is so significant in Oregon that somebody should make a historical collection so future generations can study the details of the state’s current frothy culture — including, for example, the Cascade aromatic hop used to make beers such as Total Domination or Hammerhead. At least that’s the thinking behind the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives founded recently at Oregon State University. (see also KOINYahoo NewsOregonian)

OSU Cascades designs students’ first two years (Bend Bulletin)

As Oregon State University-Cascades Campus attempts to recruit its first freshman class for a 2015 debut as a four-year university, the school faces the challenge of differentiating itself from a cheaper local option and larger, storied home campus in Corvallis.

What could the average public university do with $1 billion (US News & World Report)

The University of Louisville last week announced it had shattered its goal of raising $1 billion, with three months to spare.  That’s a lot of money, particularly for public universities that have been cash-strapped and raising tuition and fees to compensate for a decrease in state support in recent years. The University of Louisville is one of just 52 public universities to undertake a billion-dollar fundraising campaign. Oregon State University did it in January, the Texas Tech University system reached its goal in February 2013 and the University of California, Davis surpassed $1 billion in November 2013.

New OSU research shows tree scraps can be used in energy storage devices (Portland Business Journal)

A chemistry lab at Oregon State University may have just found a novel, and cheap, new material to build batteries with: scrap wood. (see also Renewable Energy World)

New statewide council focuses on prescribed fire (Bend Bulletin)

The new council could benefit both students and professionals focused on wildfire, said John Bailey, an associate professor for Oregon State University. Through it they will be “keeping up on the latest and greatest in prescribed fire and technology,” he said.

Food or medicine? Many face a tough choice (Bend Bulletin)

“Adults with chronic diseases are often faced with a lot of choices where there aren’t many good options,” said Leslie Richards, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Services. This is particularly true in areas with high food insecurity, which makes finding healthy food a challenge, she said.

Livestock agent hopes to reduce feed costs (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s new livestock and rangeland extension agent in Malheur County wants to find ways to help reduce feed costs for area cattle and dairy producers. That will include looking at alternative feeds, including potatoes and barley.

Tonight’s Science Pub to hear about natural gas for transportation (Gazette-Times)

Chris Hagen, an engineer at Oregon State University’s Cascades campus, will discuss the use of natural gas in transportation at tonight’s Corvallis Science Pub.

Wilsonville company to develop drone technology (Oregon Business)

Grant money will help fund research work with Oregon State University to verify the accuracy of HoneyComb’s drone data.

Hundreds explore wonders of marine science (Newport News-Times)

Visitors check out the tide pool exhibit Saturday afternoon at Marine Science Day at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Prepare for the luscious taste of homegrown blueberries (Oregonian)

Three categories of blueberry plants are best-suited for Oregon climates: Northern highbush varieties, rabbiteye varieties and half-high varieties, according to Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Drag bingo raises money for AIDS network (Gazette-Times)

The first $1,800 raised was to go to the Steven Leider Scholarship Fund to provide emergency assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Oregon State University students who are financially cut off when they come out to their parents about their sexuality.

OSU football players share tips with kids at Boys & Girls Club (Democrat-Herald)

Question: How many elementary-school flag football players does it take to stop a drive by former Oregon State University star receiver James Rodgers? Answer: Just about all of them.

Local artists’ work featured in OSU art show (Magic Valley)

Oregon State University has chosen works from two Magic Valley artists for its annual art show called Art About Agriculture.

Rescued falcon released into wild after being nursed back to health (Statesman Journal)

Since then, the bird — occasionally referred to as Merlin by staff — has undergone surgery with at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University and spent months in recovery. “We jokingly were calling her the Chicken Hawk,” said Jennifer Warnock, a surgeon with OSU who had helped the falcon with her recovery. “She’s tiny, she’s all of 100 grams, but she’s so ferocious.”

Preliminary DNA analysis completed on California wolverine (Science Codex)

The interagency effort began in March after an Oregon State University graduate student working on a cooperative project with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station photographed a wolverine, an animal whose presence has not been confirmed in California since the 1920s.

OSU student GOP hosts Second Amendment Week (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University College Republicans will host their fifth annual Second Amendment Week on April 14-18, with activities each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the quad at OSU as well as some evening events and a drawing for firearms.

Michelle Obama shares childhood photo in honor of National Siblings Day (Daily Mail)

The two overlapped in their studies at Princeton University, where Craig was a star basketball player and Michelle majored in sociology. After graduating from Princeton, Craig worked in finance before taking a massive pay cut to return to the world of college basketball as a coach. He is currently the head coach for Oregon State University’s basketball team.

Kremske, Macias win Corvallis Half-Marathon (Gazette-Times)

Placing first among women at the Corvallis Half Marathon and breaking the women’s course record that she set herself last year was possibly only the second most-interesting thing to happen to former Oregon State University runner Jennifer Macias this weekend: she also got engaged.

OSU Extension to host anniversary celebration in Prineville (Bend Bulletin)

The Oregon State University/Crook County Extension Service will host its 100th anniversary celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 7 on the front lawn of the Crook County Courthouse, 300 N.E. Third St. in Prineville


Conversational skills: Conversational Skills and follow-up workshops return to OSU April 14-April 18. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For details and registration, download the flyer at http://hr.oregonstate.edu/files/training/axtell/axtell-flyer2014.pdf

Mindfulness Meditation Mondays: The Mental Health Initiative is co-sponsoring Mindfulness Meditation Mondays through June 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Memorial Union Room 213).  Guest facilitators will be John Edwards, Chair, School of Psychological Sciences; Dee Denver, Professor of Zoology, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing; Jim Gouveia, Emmy Woessner and Michele Ribeiro from Counseling and Psychological Services.  This meditation time is part of the flourishing series that also hopes to create a contemplative community.

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.

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.  

Upcoming Events

NEW! Discount Drawing at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and draw from the egg basket for a chance to get 25, 50 or 75 percent off one item. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Health Professions Fair:  The Health Professions Fair connects students with admissions representatives from over 60 health professions schools in Oregon and across the country.  This free event will be held Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.  Students from all majors, first-years through seniors, are welcome.  For more information, visit the event website.

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 8:30 p.m. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: 808-864-9794. Sponsored SEAC, funded Ed Act.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Wellness Workshop; Paths to Flourishing: Come learn about positive psychology and flourishing concepts based on Seligman and Keyes’ work and start implementing strategies toward a more fulfilling life today! April 15, 4  to 5:30 p.m., Dixon lower classroom. Pre-register at:http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/wellness-workshop-paths-flourishing Free to OSU community.

NEW! 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 15, 4-5 p.m., International Resource Center in the MU . For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Screen Time and Your Child’s Brain Development.” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu. April 16, noon, MU 208.

W! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Nancy Keller, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present a seminar “Insights into the fungal secondary metabolome” on Wednesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Veronica Dujon, Associate Dean of Curriculum Development and Enrollment Management and Professor of Sociology, Portland State University, will speak on “Contested Water Rights in the Klamath Basin: Sustaining a Sense of Place under Conditions of Declining Resources, April 16, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

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.

NEW! Open Textbook Workshop for OSU faculty: OSU Libraries and Press invite OSU faculty members to learn how open textbooks can benefit their students in the classroom and in the pocketbook. This two-hour workshop on May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. will introduce the concept of open textbooks and how to find and incorporate them into courses. Participants will write a brief review of one open textbook after the workshop for a $200 stipend. For more details and registration information, see: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/open-textbook-workshop

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

Beavers Wanted:  How to prepare for Success at the Career Fair:  Employers come to Career Fairs to hire and network with Beavers.  Find out tips on how to make employers want to hire you! The presentation will be on Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to noon in MU 208.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

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/

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.

Resume:  Can You Pass the 10 Second Rule?   Writing a stellar resume can be challenging!  Learn how to grab the employer’s interest in 10 seconds. Nancy Hawkins from Trimble Navigation will present on Tuesday, April 15, 1 to 2 p.m., MU 208.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

First Year Students: Why You Should Attend the Career Fair: Unsure of when to start attending the Career Fair? Join us to hear career specialists present on the advantages to networking before your job search.  The presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2 to 3 p.m., MU 208.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

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.

News for Employees

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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)  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 closure: The Washington Way closure will be extended west to 26th Street, April 15-29.  For this time period, access to Washington Way from Benton Place, the adjacent parking lot, and 17th Street will be restricted.  Additional information at Campus Closure, Shutdown, and Detour Notices. Local access to the NROTC and Dixon Drive will be available from 26th Street. The parking lot and parallel parking along Benton Place will remain open, with only minor parking closures to accommodate turnarounds at Washington Way.

MU Elevator Shutdown: The east elevator (#3) in the MU will be shutdown April 14, from 6 to 9 a.m. Signage will be in place to direct people to the next closest elevator.

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: Sing a song about sunshine, since today is the last day this week we’ll be enjoying sunny blue skies. High of 72, low of 42. Chance of rain tomorrow and for the rest of the week. 

Central Oregon: Sunny today, with a high of 70 and a low of 33. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 59, low of 43. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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