OSU Today

Tuesday, April 15, 2015

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.

The grumpy point: When a man turns 70 (NPR)

“Some older people continue to find sources of happiness late in life, despite dealing with family losses, declining health or a lack of resources,” Carolyn Aldwyn, a gerontology professor at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author, said in the university’s report on the findings. (see also Alaska Public Radio)

One of the smartest investments we can make (Ensia)

For centuries, coastal wetlands were considered worthless. It’s time to acknowledge the environmental and economic value of restoring these ecosystems. (Co-written by OSU’s Jane Lubchenco).

Promises of preparedness following devastating earthquakes (New York Times)

OSU’s Chris Goldfinger is featured in the accompanying video. (approximately 6:30 in)

Invasive lionfish on the decline thanks to foodies (HNGN)

A study released in January found that in reefs where lionfish were kept below “threshold density” native fish populations increased anywhere between 50 and 70 percent, andOregon State University  news release reported. In regions where there had been no effort to fight the invasive species local fish continued to disappear.

Professor to share stories of Latino leaders from new book (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Professor Kayla García will tell some surprising and inspirational stories based on her new book, “Latino and Latina Leaders of the 21st Century: Ordinary Beginnings, Extraordinary Outcomes.”

Changing pear palates (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Visiting American pomologist Dr Todd Einhorn from Oregon State University says consumers are looking for different tastes from pears and new varieties might be the answer.

Pay attention to the soil (Good Fruit Grower)

Omeg hopes to collaborate with Lynn Long, ­Oregon State University extension educator in The Dalles, on a trial to look at the benefits to tilling the cover crop biomass into the soil versus leaving it on top. He uses a rotary spader to incorporate the green manure, rather than a rotary tiller, to avoid soil compaction.


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

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.

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.

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/

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale: Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Benton County Fairgrounds Floral Courtyard. An extensive selection of perennials, natives, tomatoes, vegetables, trees, and shrubs will be for sale. Over 7,000 plants! Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Outreach and Engagement Colloquium: Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders”  Keynote speaker  Lou Swanson will share six things universities must do differently in the next five years to engage the next generation of learners. Followed by a faculty panel and table conversations. Thursday, April 16 from 2-5 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Hosted by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. outreach.oregonstate.edu/outreach-and-engagement-colloquium

NEW! 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

NEW! Dean of Veterinary Medicine candidates: The three finalists for the Dean position: will host campus forums in the next two weeks. They include Fern Tablin, Chair, Anatomy & Physiology, University of California – Davis, April 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Magruder 102; Don Reynolds, Professor & Dean of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island; April 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Magruder 102. The forums will also be recorded and posted to the web for viewing by those who are not able to attend.

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.

NEW! Metabolomics lecture: PhD Candidate Andrea Knecht and Postdoc Scholar Yasmeen Nkrumeh‐Elie will present “Use of metabolomics in nutrition and toxicology” on Thursday, April 17, noon in Hallie Ford Center room 115. Monthly presentations are part of the Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium sponsored by the Superfund Research Program. For details go to http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/colloquium

NEW! Obesity Prevention: At the April 17 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Siew Sun Wong of Extension and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will discuss a project aimed at preventing obesity in teenagers.  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.

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Rural Student Research: Join Karen Ast in a discussion surrounding the unique advising needs of college students from rural geographic areas.  Based on her thesis research, Ast will cover barriers to college entry for rural students, common experiences of rural Oregon students at OSU, and other nuances of this underrepresented population. The format will follow typical Coffee Talks of 15-20 presentation with plenty of time for questions, discussion and connecting with peers. April 17, from 2-3 p.m., ALS(Ag. and Life Sciences) 1019 A & B.

NEW! Great Stories about Latino/a Leaders: Professor Kayla García will tell some surprising and inspirational stories based on her new book Latino and Latina Leaders of the 21st Century: Ordinary Beginnings, Extraordinary Outcomes.  She will speak at the Old World Deli, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17.  Part of Tribute Month, sponsored by Centro Cultural César Chávez.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Straw Poll Related to Veterans Day: Academic, research and professional faculty are invited to participate in a straw poll related to a potential Veterans Day closure as a way to recognize veterans and starting fall term early. A brief background of the issue is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/VetDayPollV3.pdf and the straw poll, which will take one minute to complete, can be accessed at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6m2lGhnAvRnYbGJ; there is also a comments box if you wish to share your thoughts.

NEW! How’s your workstation working for you?  To help you improve your comfort and efficiency throughout your workday, Occupational Health and Safety has posted ten short instructional videos to help you assess and improve your workstation setup.  Whether you are wondering about how to adjust your chair or how to improve your workstation layout, this and other ergonomics information for improving your comfort is available at http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/ergonomics.  Contact Mike Sreniawski for additional information.

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.


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

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking an Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Posting #0012243. Closes May 11.

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.

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: “Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon.” Emerson. Mostly cloudy today with a high of 61 and a low of 46. Chance of rain tonight and tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 53, low of 34. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of rain today, high of 54, low of 47. Rain tonight, chance of rain tomorrow.

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

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