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Thursday, April 17, 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.

Daily Planet (Discovery Canada)

This program features OSU’s Dean of the College of Engineering Scott Ashford speaking about earthquakes.

On your mark, get set, grow! (NPR)

For guidance on the world of speedy plot-to-table vegetables, we turned to Ryan Schmitt, a horticulturist and garden blogger in Longmont, Colo., and Westin Miller, a community and urban horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Full cycle (Newport News Times)

Volunteer Oregon State University master gardeners and apprentices assisted the students. In the fall, the same group of students harvested plants at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

Religion, spirituality influence health (Charlotte Post)

Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates.

College Republicans offer semi-auto rifle, handguns at fundraiser at Oregon State University (Oregonian)

OSU College Republicans are holding a fund-raiser and giving away three guns, including two semi-automatic pistols and an assault rifle. It’s part of the group’s Second Amendment Week celebration, which also includes a concealed carry class.

Fiction writer to read April 25 at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Fiction writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read at Oregon State University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

Two products control fire blight in organic pear, apple orchards (The Grower)

Trials conducted by Oregon State University involved applications of Blossom Protect, a yeast that clings to apple and pear blossoms and prevents colonization by fire blight bacterial. The product was developed in Europe and registered for U.S. use by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2012.

Sculpture and mortality (Corvallis Advocate)

Renowned German artist Oliver Herring will appear for a special lecture and reception as part of Oregon State University’s Visiting Artist Series on Wednesday, April 23.


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

NEW! Ecampus Faculty Forum: Discover techniques you can use to improve your online course or develop a new one at the Ecampus Faculty Forum today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. OSU faculty will share innovative teaching methods and course development best practices during interactive sessions. The event at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center includes breakfast and a lunch presentation by Eduventures CEO Mark Nemec, featuring a 2014 online education market update.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Khmer Night: hosted by Cambodian Students Association sponsored by SEAC, MU Ballroom April 20, doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. Enjoy traditional, modern, and hip hop dances, song, student skit, and dinner. Free tickets available in SEAC. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: svayte@onid.orst.edu

NEW! Move It Mondays:  A group walk takes place every Monday during the academic year (excluding holidays), rain or shine! We meet at noon near the east entrance of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) and walk for 45 minutes on various routes near campus. On April 21 our guest will be Megan Brothers, the SSI Transportation Project Coordinator. We will be touring campus sustainable buildings and doing an optional campus clean up.

NEW! Native Plant Sale – Tuesday, April 22 in the MU Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.mCome early for best selections. The CAS sponsored student organization OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter will be holding its annual Native Plant Sale as a fundraiser for Avivara http://www.avivara.org/ non-profit organization working to improve the quality of, and access to, education in Guatemala. Great prices on a variety of NW native plants donated by local SevenOaks Native Nursery available at the Earth Day Community Fair OSU MANRRS Chapter booth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Rescheduled:  Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Screen Time and Your Child’s Brain Development.” This event has been rescheduled for Friday, April 18, noon, MU 208. 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.

NEW! Disability Studies @ OSU: All OSU community members are invited to join in conversation about the emerging DS curriculum. We will also be discussing the first sections (pp. 1-76) of Exile and Pride by Eli Clare (available at the OSU bookstore). Please note the new location: Milam 306. The bi-weekly time slot remains the same: Friday, April 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

NEW! Food Science and Technology Seminar: Tom Shellhammer, OSU Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Challenging Brewing Dogma Regarding Hop Flavor in Beer” , Monday, April 21,  3:30-4:30 p.m.,  Wiegand 132.

NEW! Lecture and Micro Maker Faire.  MAKE magazine editor and OSU alum Travis Good to talk on inventing, hacking, and fabricating on the DIY campus. Followed by a micro maker faire of 13 OSU and Corvallis groups. Monday, April 21, 5 to 7 p.m. LaSells Stewart. Free and open to all. For more information (541)760-8015 or create@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Linus Pauling Legacy Award: Zia Mian, a physicist with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award, sponsored by the OSU Libraries and Press. Mian will deliver a free public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 pm.  For more information, please contact the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at 541-737-2075 or scarc@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Corvallis Economic Development Commission: The EDC is holding a special meeting on campus. Jim Coonan, an entrepreneur and angel investor, and the new President and Executive Director of RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) will be presenting an overview and update of RAIN. Also, Mark Lieberman and John Turner, co-directors of the OSU Advantage Accelerator will be providing an update of their progress in moving technology concepts into business startups in Corvallis. Monday, April 21 from 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m in the ILLC bldg., room 155.

NEW! Gatekeeper Training: Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students. This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. April 24, 2-4 p.m., MU Journey Room. Presented by Jim Gouveia, LCSW with CAPS. Registration required: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/features/gatekeeper-training. Additional workshop available on May 16.

NEW! Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture: The Tenth Annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture will take place on Friday, May 9, 4 p.m. in 112 Kearny Hall and will feature President Edward Ray. His lecture is entitled, “The Role of Governance, State Funding and Accountability in Reaching the 40-40-20 Goal.” He has been a strong advocate for increased state funding and accountability in reaching Oregon’s ambitious 40-40-20 goal by 2025. For more information and to see past lecturers, visit: http://education.oregonstate.edu/carpenter-lecture.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Call for entries: “A View from Rose Colored Glasses.” This All About Paper Show will be installed to compliment the “Simply RED Fiber Art Show.” All work must be primarily made with or on paper, including layers of paper, printing, painting or drawing on paper, sculpted paper, and paper adhered together. $20 per person for submission. 3 pieces per artist maximum – digital submission.  Pieces must be less than 4’wide/ 50 lbs. All work must be matted, framed and/or ready to hang. A limited amount of free standing work will be accepted. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., April 18. Click here to apply.

NEW! The SHPR Digest, W14: On television, on the radio, and around the world, faculty and students across the School of History, Philosophy and Religion have had an unprecedented Winter quarter including international honors, new museum exhibits, multiple new books and publications, and more! Read our latest news, including our upcoming events schedule, in the SHPR Digest.

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.


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

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: “Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come” ~ Thomas Carlyle. Rain today. High of 61, low of 43. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today. High of 55, low of 31. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today. High of 54, low of 42. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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