OSU Today

Wednesday, April 16, 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 Dance concert celebrates 35th year (Gazette-Times)

Carol Soleau, an Oregon State University dance instructor, has choreographed the annual exhibition of ballet and modern and jazz dance since its start, which was her second year as an OSU instructor. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the Majestic Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

College students launch campaign to raise visibility (New Pittsburgh Courier)

At Oregon State, for example – where 332 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral Black students make up just 1.2 percent of the student body – the campaign began on Twitter and Facebook then spilled over into a campus solidarity march against racism. The march brought out hundreds of OSU students, faculty, and staff (including the university president and vice provost).

OSU study: Changes in processing, handling could reduce commercial fishing injuries (Democrat-Herald)

Handling frozen fish caused nearly half of all injuries aboard commercial freezer-trawlers and about a quarter of the injuries on freezer-longliner vessels operating off the coast of Alaska, new research from Oregon State University shows. (see also Innovations Report, The Fish SiteScience Codex)

Fire management strategy and preparing for blight (Ag Info)

Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling a disease that can wipe out entire apple and pear orchards.

Oregon State holding luau this Saturday (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s 59th annual Luau is Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

2014 Vice Provost for Excellence winners announced (LIFE@OSU)

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence, given by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement.

New Extension agent steps into Grant County role (Blue Mountain Eagle)

Lifelong experiences have prepared Shanna Northway for this moment. Northway, Grant County’s new Oregon State University Extension agent, has been involved with Extension Service programs such as 4-H and FFA since third-grade, and pursued agriculture into adulthood through her education and teaching experiences.

Oregon State media advisor quits over public records dispute (PBS)

There’s good, bad and ugly in the tale of former Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson. “Former,” because in January 2014 she resigned from her position at OSU after a three-month battle over an open records request she made under Oregon’s Open Records Law. Willson requested campus crime statistics and employee compensation information to share with her students as part of a data journalism exercise.


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

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.

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.

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. 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

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.

NEW! Art About Agriculture reception: Join us at a reception for the new Art About Agriculture 2014: Agricultural Bounty & Community in the City and the Town Exhibit, including the Fields & Woods Exhibit, being displayed in the Giustina Gallery and Murdock Gallery inside of LaSells Stewart Center. April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light appetizers will be served and wine available from Winestyles.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Classified workers’ meeting: We will be holding our monthly meeting on Thursday, April 17, noon to 1 p.m., in Room 213  in the MU.  Join your co-workers to talk about the current Local 083 election, current CAPE campaign, and help us with ideas for the third annual Corvallis May Day Solidarity Fair scheduled for Saturday, May 3.  A light lunch will be provided.

NEW! Music à la Carte: The OSU Clarinet Mafia and Double Reed ensembles will perform on Friday, April 18 at 12 p.m. in the MU lounge. Admission is free. Bring your lunch and come enjoy a varied program from two of OSU’s chamber music ensembles.

NEW! Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday April 18, 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.

NEW! Book reading: Linda Hogan, a Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, will read from her work Friday, April 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University. A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

NEW! Discount Drawing at the OSUsed Store: Come by our monthly Saturday public sale 9 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th St and draw from the egg basket for a chance to get 25, 50 or 75% off one item! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on online.

NEW! Between the Cracks: Spacial Shifting. Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue. OSU art and music faculty and students perform new works for electronic and acoustic instruments. Featuring: Shawn Trail, percussion; Daren Keck, vocal synthesizer; Jade Hails, percussion; Lori Goldston, cello; Justin Sandoval, composer; Allison Johnson, composer; Bob Brudvig, percussion; Shelley Jordon, video; Mike Gamble, guitar; Clare Hogan, percussion; Wade Rasmussen, percussion. Admission: $15 at the door, $10 for Arts Center Members. Free for college students with ID.

NEW! Alumni Association Spring Awards: Join the OSU Alumni Association at the April 25 Spring Awards celebration as we celebrate the dedication and generosity of Rockne Freitas ’68 and Penny Atkins ’79, the 2014 recipients of the E.B. Lemon and Jean & C.H. “Scram” Graham awards. 6:30 reception, 7 p.m. dinner, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. www.osualum.com/springawards2014

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! Education special seminar: Brett Bigham, the first Special Education teacher in Oregon to be named Teacher of the Year, will speak on “The Path to Advocacy,” Friday, April 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 202 Furman Hall

NEW! The Clinic as Biological Warfare: Bringing together contemporary work in feminist disability studies and Foucault scholarship, Philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins will argue that the medical model of disability is a biopolitical tactic.  Using Foucault’s writings about race, biopower, and abnormality, this ‘lunch bunch’ presentation will show that the “birth of the clinic” transforms the violence of “race wars” into the apparent humanitarian aims of medicine. April 18, noon, Milam Hall 301.

NEW! Department of Applied Economics BrownBag Seminar: Assistant Professor Yong Chen gives a talk entitled Natural Disasters and Their Impacts on County Income. Friday, April 18, noon to 1 p.m. Ballard Extension Hall Room 104.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Beyond the Basics with Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips.  April 18, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1ey7j.

NEW! School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series: Misha Kleronomos will speak on “Dual lifespan trauma in the promotion of fibromyalgia syndrome,” April 18, 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

NEW! Student Affairs Director of Communications and Marketing: Division of Student Affairs Director of Communications & Marketing candidate open forums are scheduled for April 18, 21 and 23.  Schedules, profile and accommodation requests related to ability information is available at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/candidate-interviews-communications-marketing-director.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver JobNet for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing!  Bring resume.  This event will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Union, Room: 206. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

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

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.

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.


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

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.

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. Closes April 30.

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.

Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition position. Posting #0012251. Closes May 13.

Program Technician 2 – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. For full consideration, apply by April 30. Closes May 15.

Traffic and maintenance

Valley Library elevators: The elevator shop will be performing state required full load elevator safety testing Saturday, April 19.  This will require testing the brakes, and car safeties by loading the cars with test weights, and making sure the brakes, and safeties hold a full rated load.  Crews will only take one car out of service at a time, this should limit disruption to the building patrons.

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: Warm weather has had us all as busy as beavers during a spring thaw, but rain will slow us down a bit this week. Rain today, high of 63, low of 48. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 55, low of 38. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, with a high of 55 and low of 48. Rain tomorrow.

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

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