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Tuesday, May 6, 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.

RAIN board gets expertise from all corners of business (Register-Guard)

The so-called “ex-officio” directors, chosen because of their positions, include Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning; Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy; Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University vice president of research; and Kimberly Andrews Espy, University of Oregon vice president of research and innovation.

 Intersection work will close 15th Street through August (Gazette-Times)

Southwest 15th Street will be closed between Western Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue through August as part of the intersection upgrade at 15th and Washington. Detours began Monday, with 11th Street the suggested alternative.

Two OSU students identified as victims killed in crash near Eddyville (Oregonian)

Two students at Oregon State University were the victims of a fatal crash Sunday morning near Eddyville, Oregon State Police said Monday. (see also Statesman Journal, Oregonian)

Fans react to Robinson’s termination (KEZI)

The $4.2 million buyout has caused Beavers fans to have mixed feelings about the termination of Craig Robinson. The news spread like wildfire Monday morning on campus. (see also Sports Illustrated, USA TodayUS News & World Report)

Groundbreaking ceremony for cultural center (Chinook Observer)

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Monday for Oregon State University’s new Asian & Pacific Cultural Center at the Fairbanks Hall parking lot on Jefferson Way.

Ray to lecture on 40-40-20 goal (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray will give the 10th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture on Friday. The free, public talk is to begin at 4 p.m. in room 112 of OSU’s Kearney Hall, 1491 S.W. Campus Way.

Oregon drone testing to help determine federal regulations (FOX 12)

“(The testing program) is just getting off the ground, no pun intended,” said Rick Spinrad, director of research at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU Extension hires new agent for south valley (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named a new south Willamette Valley extension agent.

The mystery disease causing America’s starfish to explode (Daily Mail)

‘If they do go extinct, or at least ecologically extinct for some period of time, there undoubtedly would be some really huge impacts on the ecosystems that they live in,’ said Bruce Menge, a marine community ecologist at Oregon State University.

Commission refocuses research, promotion dollars (Capital Press)

Assistance in formulating new products will also be available from Oregon State University food scientists as part of a program funded by the commission.

A century of extending local service (Central Oregonian)

As a way to say thank you and “give back” to the people of Crook County, Oregon State Extension is pulling out all the stops for their 100th anniversary celebration.

OSU forage management series has opening (Democrat-Herald)

There’s still time to sign up for the OSU Forage Management Series.  For more information call Shelby Filley, OSU Extension livestock and forage specialist at 541-672-4461. The Wednesday, May 7 session will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the Oregon State University campus.


Get There campaign: Don’t miss the “Get There” campaign, May 5-16. Track your trips by bike, bus, walking, carpool/vanpool and teleworking at DriveLessConnect.com to win prizes like a Coast trip, iPad, and dozens of local gift cards to favorites like McMenamins and New Morning Bakery. Sponsored in part by OSU. For more information: Tarah Campi at tcampi@ocwcog.org.

Pride Week – Tuesday. Events today include Free Rapid HIV Testing from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Pride Center, Trans 101 from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. in MU 206, and Queering the API from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. For a complete list of events see the Facebook page.

Department of Mathematics – Department Head Candidate: Juan Restrepo will give a talk on Tuesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. – noon in Kidder 202. This talk will be his vision for Department of Mathematics.

Our Stories, Our Visions: A Space for Women of Color: As women of color who hold intersectional roles and identities, we need spaces to restore and build community, for us to thrive individually and collectively.  The purpose of this workshop is to share our stories and truths using arts-based activities and begin to co-create a vision for a thriving women of color community at OSU.  This workshop is a caucus space intended for students, staff, and faculty who identify as women of color. May 6, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 208. RSVP requested: pereange@onid.oregonstate.edu

African and Afro Brazilian music and dance performance:  Crianças de Zumbi (Children of Zumbi) Samba School – Portland Public School Program for North and Northeast Portland – is exploring African culture through Brazilian rhythms. Chuk “Chukinho” Barber, Director. May 6, 1 p.m., Memorial Union steps.

Publication/Research Impact Metrics, and 3D Printing Workshops at the Valley Library: Showcase Your Research (May 6) with traditional and new metrics to demonstrate impact. And finally, learn about 3D Printing (May 6 at the Valley Library.  Checkout out the full session descriptions and register to save your seat at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops.

Living in a New, Colorful Materials World: College of Science Chemistry Professor Mas Subramanian will discuss the discovery of new pigments with energy-saving applications in the 2014 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture May 6 at 6:15 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center. Subramanian is the 2013 recipient of the F.A. Gilfillan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science recognizing College of Science faculty who have a record of distinguished scholarship and scientific accomplishments.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Improving Service to OSU International Students: This lunch and learn session will examine biases that can impede our ability to best serve the OSU international student population. Details at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/94607. May 8, noon-1:30 p.m., MU 213. The Sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders.

NEW! Gay LAtino Los Angeles screening: Join us for a screening of this new documentary on queer Latin@ identities followed by a discussion with director Jonathan Menéndez and actor Mario Novoa. Free Admission. Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. Darkside Cinema. 215 SW 4th St. https://www.facebook.com/events/472673562864474/

Annual Meeting & Member Social: The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Member Social on Wed., May 7, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the OSU Foundation Board Room, 35th & Western. President Ray and OSURA Scholarship winners will highlight the meeting. Members and their guests welcome. For questions, contact osura@oregonstate.edu.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

Slavic Student Association’s first Cultural Night: Learn to make a craft and enjoy Slavic food, as well as traditional and modern performances. Sunday May 11, 7 – 9 p.m., Snell International Forum. LIMITED free tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 7 at MU 103. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by ISOSU. For accommodations related to a disability, contact 541-829-1951.

A Little Taste of Oregon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association invites you to join us for a spring celebration featuring Oregon wines and brews paired with regional delectables. May 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m., MU Quad. $15 fee includes wine tasting & appetizers. RSVP Melissa.elmore@bus.oregonstate.edu by May 7.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Scholars’ Insights 2014 Hosted by the Graduate School, OSU Graduate Students will have 3 minutes to present the impact of their scholarly works to a non-specialist audience.  May 7, 6 to 9:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, free and open to the public.

NEW! Chemistry in Business: At the May 8 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Rich Carter, professor and chair of Chemistry and co-founder of a new business, Valliscor, will discuss his approach to research commercialization. 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, 541-737-3817.

NEW! Mexican American Studies talk: University of Arizona Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies Lydia Otero will present “Revisiting the Mexican American Past for a Place-Based Sustainability Model.” Thursday May 8, 3-5 p.m.,  The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at Centro Cultural César Chávez.

Department of Mathematics – Department Head Candidate: Juan Restrepo will give a talk on his mathematics research on Wednesday, May 7, from 9-10 a.m. in Kidder 202. The title of his talk is “Mathematical Challenges in the Geosciences.”

Baccalaureate Core Category Review Workshops for DPD, Western Culture, and Cultural Diversity:  Wednesday, May 7, 9 – 11 a.m.; OR Thursday, May 22, 9-10 a.m. This is a how-to baccalaureate core assessment/category review workshop for those units/courses up for review in 2014 and 2015. Registration Contact: Beverly Dirks at Beverly.Dirks@oregonstate.edu

TAC Webinar: iBooks for Class Projects, with Carmel Finley, Michael Jager, Jon Dorbolo. Apple ibook Author is a powerful platform for creating digital books so that your students can show what they know.  This webinar focuses on techniques for constructing class assignments with digital books as the student outcomes. Wed. May 7, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXmiD

Fisheries and wildlife seminar:  Dixon H. Landers, Senior Research Environmental Scientist, US EPA, Western Ecology Division, will speak on “Promising Transdisciplinary Perspectives to Resurrect the Tired Concept of Ecosystem Services,” May 7, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Wood  Science & Engineering Seminar: The Department of Wood Science & Engineering is hosting a seminar presentation by Michael A. Bilodeau, Director of the Process Development Center in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, on May 7, from 4 to 5 p.m., in 115 Richardson Hall. The title of the presentation is, “A Sustainable Model for Delivering Outreach Services at a Land Grant University.”  Abstract: http://tinyurl.com/lctauee

“A Code of Honor….Not Just For College: Making Ethical Decisions When Success Is Defined by Profits.” John Hall, owner and CEO, 16 Degree Advisory, will discuss the importance of business ethics and share his unique perspective toward applying ethics and values in organizations. Wednesday, May 7 from 7-8:15 p.m. at Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture. Free and open to the public. Info at business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls.

2013 Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) winners: Winners of two $1,000 scholarships will be celebrated in an event in the Valley Library Rotunda on May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. A reception follows. Brittany Backen’s winning paper is “Coed Cheesecake:  The 1959 Wrestling Court and the Politics of the Marriage Market at Oregon State College.”  Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna’s winning paper is “Effects of Xanthohumol on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome in Obese Rats.”  Both writers will give short talks about how they selected their topics and how their research was done.

News for Employees

NEW! NSF Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)Grant. Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/wf-fsml Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: Oct. 13.

NEW! NSF – Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF)- Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)program. This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-adbcInformation: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.eduDeadline: July 18.

NEW! NSF – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-ret Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: Aug. 6.

NEW! Department of Homeland Security S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the Department of Homeland Security S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead opportunity. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is soliciting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as the lead institution for a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/dhs-crce Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: May 30.

Call for Student Art:  Submit your art to the Beth Ray Center for Academic Support for display in the building! Selected art will be featured in an Open House next fall. Student must be OSU student in 2014-2015 year and art must be able to hang on the wall. Email a digital photo of your art to brc.student@oregonstate.edu by Friday, May 9

Student Sustainability Research Grants available: To better integrate OSU’s renowned research into daily operations, SSI will fund applied research designed to advance the sustainability of the Corvallis campus’ built environment, operations, policy, academics, or student engagement. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly impact environmental, social, and economic sustainability. To apply, student-faculty teams should submit an application form and required attachments by Friday, May 23, 2014. Visit SSI’s website for an application packet: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/research.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2014-15. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: May 5.


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

The Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University seeks candidates for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term, 12-month instructor position.  This position specializes in cadaver-based, vertebrate anatomy, and physiology.  A master’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field is required.  Posting #0012257.  For full consideration, apply by  May 8.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012322. Closes May 9.

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – OSU full-time. This internal recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0012332. Closes May 9.

Assistant Director of Operations and Communications–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0012283. Closes May 9.

Office Specialist 1 – OSU part-time. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time .375 FTE (approximately 15 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position with the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 12 months from the appointment begin date. Posting #0012330. Closes May 11.

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 11.

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

Office Specialist 1– Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Immunization Program Assistant OS1.  Posting #0012185. Closes May 12.

Executive Assistant (Internal Employment Opportunity) – OSU Office of Audit Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant position. Posting # 0012248. Closes for full consideration May 12.

The Intercultural Student Services Department and the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement are currently recruiting a full time, twelve-month, Social Change Leadership Programs (SCLP) Coordinator. Posting #0012313. Closes May 12.

Fiscal Coordinator 1–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0012293. Closes May 12.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Clatsop County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.38 FTE) Education Program Assistant1 position located in Astoria.  Posting # 0012341. Closes May 16.

Human Resource Manager – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resource Manager position. Posting # 0012312. Closes May 16.

Instructional Design Specialist–Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Instructional Design Specialist position. Posting #0012327. Closes May 18.

Facility Research Assistant – The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (.60 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0012303. Closes May 23.

FRA/Lab Technician – The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (.60 FTE), 12-month, Lab Technician/Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0012303. Closes May 23.

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.

Associate Director- Admin and Operations: The Department of Recreational Sports seeks creative initiative with a passion for well-being.  Inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director position. Posting #0012328. Closes May 26.

Associate Director for Federal Relations – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director for Federal Relations position. Posting # 0012326. Closes fur full consideration May 30.

Administrative Assistant – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant position. Posting # 0012319. Closes May 31.

Traffic and maintenance

Park Terrace East: As part of the Black Cultural Center Project, portions of Park Terrace East parking lot within the construction perimeter fencing will be closed starting May 5 and remained closed through Dec. 15.  The sidewalk along Monroe between Park Terrace Place to and along Memorial Place will also be closed for construction activities.

15th Street Closure:  Starting May 5, 15th Street will be closed between Washington Way and Jefferson Way.  The detour to 11th Street will be in place at that time.  The closure and detour for through traffic will be in place through the month of August.  Local access to OSU, businesses, and residential will be available at times from 15th Street, up to the point where construction on the street eliminates access.  Alternate routes to OSU, businesses and residential will be required. OSU Kerr Administrative Parking and OSU Facilities will find access via Benton Place. OSU Parking lots east of 15th Street will find access via 11th Street to Washington Avenue. Businesses south of the railroad crossing will find access via 15th Street from the south only as well as from side streets. Washington Avenue crosswalk will be closed except when temporary access is established. Adams Street/Kerr Admin crosswalk will be closed due to safety concerns for pedestrians.  A temporary crossing will be established once construction progresses south of the crossing. Pedestrians coming from east of 15th should use pathways to the north to cross at Jefferson Street.  15th Street sidewalks will be closed.

Kerr South Crosswalk Closure: Due to safety concerns, it was decided to keep the Kerr south crosswalk closed (beginning next week) until the contractors have worked through to the south of the crossing.  They will then establish and maintain a temporary crossing once there is less heavy construction and truck traffic in the area.  This is estimated to several weeks.  During this time, Jefferson Street will need to be used to cross 15th towards Kerr Admin.  Signage will be in place to help direct pedestrians.

Benton Place Closure:  Benton Place is still closed, so that the trench that was created for the waterline installation can be patched back.  Crews are working to establish reconnection to Washington Way as soon as possible.  This impacts entrance to Benton place, 17th Street, and Goss Stadium parking lots.

Adams and Washington Avenue Crossing: Pedestrian crossings will remain closed at Adams and Washington Avenue as well as all sidewalks on 15th street. For safety, pedestrians are asked to cross at Jefferson.  Once the site is safe enough to open crossings, we will send updates.

Vehicle Detour:  All drivers are asked to avoid construction by taking the main detour, using 11th street to get around this closure and through campus.

Fairbanks parking lot: The parking lot on the west side of Fairbanks Hall will be closed May 5 through Aug. 31. Starting May 5 at 7 a.m., the lot will be closed for the Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) groundbreaking ceremony.  After this event, the lot will remain closed until August 31, for the complete reconstruction of this parking lot, including ADA improvements, as part of the Austin Hall and APCC projects.

Washington Way closure: The Washington Way closure will be extended west to 26th Street, April 15 – May 2,  (previously expected to occur 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.


Corvallis: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman. Isolated showers. High of 65, low of 39.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny. High of 58, low of 31.

Newport: Isolated showers. High of 57, low of 43.

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

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