OSU Today

Tuesday, April 22, 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.

Superman’s krypton aids hunt for world’s oldest ice (Live Science)

“There are interesting scientific questions we could answer if we had such old ice,” said Christos Buizert, lead study author and a paleoclimatologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (see also NewsweekNBC News, Seattle Times, Science World Report)

Councilors lay out expectations, issues for renewal of OSU’s master plan (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council met Monday night with officials from Oregon State University in a work session that discussed the upcoming revision of the university’s Campus Master Plan. No decisions were made, given it was a work session, and there were no fireworks per se, but councilors clearly wanted to put OSU on notice that the city has no intention of rubber-stamping their plan.

OSU president delivers State of the University address in Bend (The Broadside)

Two years later, during his annual address on April 2 in front of a sold-out Tower Theater, Ray commended the leaders in the expansion and promised to create a collaborative town-gown initiative in Central Oregon.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day (LIFE@OSU)

In conjunction with the national Take Your Sons and Daughters to work day, OSU is hosting Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, April 25. Bring your Kids to Campus Day is way to celebrate family, the importance of education and to highlight the myriad of family-friendly activities on campus.

Farming still attracts many despite challenges (Capital Press)

Certainly the poor economy during that time hammered the hope out of some would-be farmers. “I’m not sure they tried it and didn’t like it — it probably had something to do with the recession,” said Larry Lev, an applied economics professor at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Earth Week at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will celebrate Earth Week April 20-26, acknowledging a new theme each day. (see also KEZI)

Learning to talk the talk, online (ISSUU)

Oregon State University offers an online undergraduate degree or minor in German, where students complete courses in the language and culture of German-speaking countries.

BPA, Oregon Best partner on academic prize program (The Columbian)

At a program kickoff event earlier this month, the prizewinners from the initial participating schools — Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver — formed three inter-university teams and picked study topics.


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.

Earth Week – Celebrating Community Day: Tuesday Earth Week events include the 14th Annual Earth Week Community Fair at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the M.U. Quad, Earth Day Flash Mob at 12:45-1 p.m. in the M.U. Quad and the Earthday Hoo Haa! at 3:30-7 p.m. at the Organic Growers Club farm. Learn more on the Earth Week website.

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.

NEW! Understanding Different Communication Styles: Elizabeth Root, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Speech Communication, School of Arts and Communication at OSU, will be speaking on “Understanding Different Communication Styles,” April 22, noon to 1 p.m., ILLC 350.  This session will facilitate discussion around identifying and understanding different communication styles, such as how some cultures favor direct or indirect communication.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  Richard Corley, Systems Toxicology & Exposure Science, PNNL, will be presenting a seminar – “Every Breath You Take: Exposure Science and the Virtual Respiratory System”- at 2 p.m, April 22, in ALS 4001.

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.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, April 22, 3- 4 p.m., in the President’s Conference Room, 650 Kerr. The only agenda item is consideration of proposed refinements to the legislative capital funding request for the 2015-17 Biennium resulting from input from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Speciesism – The Movie: Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. “Speciesism: The Movie” sets out to investigate, but that is only the beginning. The film will be followed by an interactive discussion with philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins, Corvallis animal activist Nettie Schwager, and Amy Whitfield, president of Vegans and Vegetarians at OSU. April 22, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium. Everyone who attends gets a free raffle ticket and the chance to win prizes.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Spring Career Fair: The Spring Career Fair is coming up April 23. Please join us in the Ch2M Alumni Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget to get your photo taken at our Linkedin Photo Booth for a professional photo for use on business networking sites. Find out more at:  http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs

NEW! Wind ensemble: Come join the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, in a concert to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of James Douglass, director of bands emeritus, and his 31-year career at OSU. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and online at Ticket Tomato dot com. OSU students with ID and K-12 students will be admitted for free while seating is available.

NEW! Carpool/vanpool information meeting: This meeting is targeting OSU staff/faculty and employees of other local organizations who live in the Linn/Polk/Marion County area and commute to Corvallis. We’ll provide information about how commuter carpools and vanpools work, and some current vanpoolers will share their perspective. Noon to 1 p.m. Fri. April 25 at Kearney Hall Room 311 (Civil Engineering Library). RSVP to Nicholas.Snowhill@oregonstate.edu by Wed. April 23

NEW! Earth Day Service Projects, Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26:  Registration is now open for all Earth Day Projects! The Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring 6 environmentally focused service projects in recognition of Earth Day 2014. Five projects will be taking place Saturday, April 26, 2014 and 1 project will take place Friday, April 25, 2014 in the afternoon. Snacks and refreshments (including morning coffee) will be provided. Lunch will be provided for the all-day project.  Pre-registration is required. See details and register here at http://oregonstate.edu/cce/earthday.  For more information, contact cce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Latin Night  – “World Cup” hosted by Association of Latin American Students sponsored by SEAC, MU Ballroom April 26, doors open 5 p.m., show starts 5:30 p.m. Enjoy OMC Latin band, dances, and dinner. Free tickets available in SEAC beginning April 21. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. Accommodations related to disability can be made at: ALAS@oregonstate.edu or Rebecca.Evans@oregonstate.edu

Water Conservation Scavenger HuntWednesday April 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., search the campus for examples of how the built environment affects water resources and try to win a Hydroflask! Instructions and clues will be available at the Fresh From the Faucet booth on the MU Quad at Tuesday’s Community Fair or visit http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/feature/20140411-osu-earth-week for information under ‘Water Conservation Scavenger Hunt’.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Take your kids to campus: In conjunction with the national Take Your Sons and Daughters to work day, OSU is hosting Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on April 25. Bring your Kids to Campus Day is way to celebrate family, the importance of education and to highlight the myriad of family-friendly activities on campus. For more information and to register go to: oregonstate.edu/childcare/bring-your-kids-to-campus-day

Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat: As an educator and artist, Claudia Ramirez Islas uses art as a medium to open dialogue about social justice issues that have impacted her life and the lives of many all over the world. The Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat will provide a space for the OSU community to come together and share how we can advocate for ourselves and others through a social justice lens. April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Spaces are limited, RSVP at http://bit.ly/1iB8rcS

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Inclusivity at Oregon State: A University Community Dialogue: Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion in a conversation about how we can individually and collectively counter acts of bias and engage in proactive efforts to realize a vision of the preferred future of Oregon State as an equitable and inclusive community. Wednesday, April 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 101 Furman Hall.

NEW! Student leadership: At the April 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Tram Hoang, Tina Clawson and students at the Dixon Recreation Center will discuss their student leadership program. 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 larry.pribyl@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3817.

NEW! un-Packing Christian Privilege: The idea of Christian Privilege is not new, resulting as it does, from the dominant or normalizing influence of Christianity in our North American culture. Description and more information at  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/93915/. The Sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Thursday, April 24, noon-1:30 p.m. in MU 206

NEW! Starker Lecture Series: Paige Fischer, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Western Wild land Environmental Threat Assessment center and PNW Research Station, Prineville, will speak on “Beyond Boundaries: Social Challenges and Opportunities in the Forest Landscape Management.Thursday, April 24, 3:30 p.m., RH 107. Reception to follow. For more on the Starker Lecture Series visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

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

 “We Power Orange: Advocating with OSU-AAUP”:  We invite everyone to participate in the next community conversation about ways that OSU-AAUP can be a more effective advocate for all faculty.  On Wednesday, April 23, noon in Milam Hall 319, we will discuss ‘what is AAUP?’ and have a dialogue about advocacy goals at OSU. For more information: http://osuaaup.org/, Joseph Orosco, joseph.orosco@oregonstate.edu.

TAC Webinar: Sococo Virtual Office, with Steve Roberts (TAC) and Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Have you been looking for something a little different than the usual collaboration tools? In this session we will demonstrate how we use Sococo with its intuitive interface and rapid guest access for team collaboration. Wed., April 23, 10-11 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1dD6H.

Fisheries and wildlife seminar: John (Jack) C. Schmidt, Chief, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, USGS, Flagstaff, Ariz., will speak on “Big Science on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon – When is Enough Enough?” April 23, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Poor People Power: “The State, Social Provisions, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement.” OSU’s Marisa Chappell will explore the history of the segmented U.S. welfare state and suggests some lessons offered in an era of welfare restructuring, including the opportunity to articulate alternative visions of citizenship.. April 23, 4 p.m., MU206: Asian/Pacific Room.

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.

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

Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ for either April 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. or May 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

News for Employees

NEW! Performing Arts Exhibit and Archival Collections: The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view an exhibit showcasing the Obo Addy Legacy Project, an African dance and music group, and Milagro, a Latino based theatre company. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library, and will be up through September. Find out more about the collections and links to photos on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

NEW! AOP scholarships: AOP is soliciting applications for their 2014-2015 $500 scholarship. Applicants must be in good standing, have at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining, and be declared with a major or minor in the College of Business OR have a parent/legal guardian who is an AOP member in good standing. Applications packets are available by contacting Elizabeth Thomas at elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu. Deadline May 2.

Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for summer and fall terms, 2014. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 9. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

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.

Recreational Sports Challenge Course: The Adventure Leadership Institute’s Challenge Course Program offers experimental-based activities designed to facilitate group and individual development.  The Challenge Course uses a variety of problem solving initiatives as well as low and high course elements and obstacles to present challenges to engage groups and individual in a fun and supportive learning environment. Bring your group, team, club, or coworkers and we’ll create a program to best fit your specific needs and objectives. Learn more here

2014 Commencement Human Interest Stories: In an attempt to personalize the Commencement Ceremony, President Ray has requested that we include 3-4 human interest stories of personal achievement of our graduating students in his Commencement address. There are many untold stories of personal achievement and great accomplishments of our students.  We would love to share some of those stories during the ceremony.  Please submit these stories no later than Monday, May 12, to Kelly Anderton (Provost’s Office) at Kelly.Anderton@oregonstate.edu  Other inquires may be sent to Kavinda Arthenayake at Kavinda@oregonstate.edu.

NSF EarthScope National Office (ESNO) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF EarthScope National Office (ESNO) program. This solicitation calls for proposals to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-esno. Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline July 28.

NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program. The IRNC program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community.   Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-irnc. Information: Mary Phillips mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline May 7.


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

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.

Animal Attendant:  The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hiring an Animal Attendant for the Small Animal Hospital.  Posting #0012275. Closes April 27.

Office Specialist 2 – College of Forestry:  The Department of Wood Science & Engineering has a 1.0 FTE position available in the administrative office.  If interested, apply to Posting #0012270 by April 27.

Development Engineer – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Development Engineer position. Posting #0012274. Closes April 27.

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on April 30.  Interested parties should apply to posting #0011033 no later than April 29.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

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.

Education Project Assistant – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a part-time, (.30 FTE), EPA position located in Newport.  Posting # 0012252. Closes April 30.

Outreach Program Coordinator – Klamath County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Klamath Falls.  Posting # 0012269. Closes April 30.

Infrastructure Construction Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity)– Capital Planning and Development invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Infrastructure Construction Manager position. Posting #0012290. Closes May 1.

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.

Education Program Assistant 2  – Wasco County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), EPA 2 position located in The Dalles.  Posting # 0012265. Closes May 2.

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.

Health Educator– Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Health Educator-Coordinator position.  Posting #0012256. Closes May 13.

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.

Agronomy Instructor– The Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month agronomy instructor.  Posting #0012271. Closes May 23.

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.


Corvallis: “It was April, the sky and the sea were so clear that it was difficult to hold one’s eyes up against them – salt, infinitely wide, and filled with bird-shrieks – as if someone were incessantly whetting invisible knives, on all sides, high up in Heaven.” Isak Dinesen.  Showers likely today, mainly after 11 a.m. High of 57, low of 44. Rain tonight and tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow likely before 11 a.m., changing to rain showers. High today of 49, low of 34. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely after 11 a.m. High of 52, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

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

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