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Friday, May 9, 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.

NOAA Gets First Chief Scientist In More Than A Decade (Science Insider)

President Barack Obama today announced that he intends to appoint oceanographer Richard “Rick” Spinrad of Oregon State University to become the next chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (see also Gazette-Times)

Exact outline of melanoma could lead to new diagnostic tools, therapies (Health Canal)

Researchers at Oregon State University have identified a specific biochemical process that can cause normal and healthy skin cells to transform into cancerous melanoma cells, which should help predict melanoma vulnerability and could also lead to future therapies. (see also Science Newsline, Plastic Surgery Practice)

OSU adds fifth solar array (Portland Tribune)

This spring, Oregon State University started using its largest grounded solar array under the university’s Solar by Degrees program. The program has three arrays covering 10 acres in Corvallis installed by Portland-based SolarCity, providing the campus with 2,200 kilowatts of power and reducing its overall carbon footprint.

Can horses help trauma survivors? (Bend Bulletin)

An Oregon State University-Cascades Campus professor has received a grant to study how horses can be used to treat trauma survivors. Assistant Professor of Counseling Daniel Stroud received a $50,000 grant from the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative for a 14-month study.

All the pretty flowers: Oregon app puts petals to the mettle (KVAL)

Have you ever been on an outdoor excursion in Oregon and wanted to know the name of the wildflowers around you? There’s now an app for that thanks to a team of botanists at the Oregon Flora Project at Oregon State University. (see also KMTR)

Former director of Hatfield Marine Center died Monday (Gazette-Times)

Lavern Weber, who was the director of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center for a quarter-century, died Monday. He was 80.

Sherwood bee deaths: Pesticides ruled out after testing, state says (Oregonian)

Bruce Pokarney, an Oregon Department of Agriculture spokesman, said both the state’s laboratory analysis and tests done at Oregon State University found no evidence that the deaths were related to pesticides. Rather, he said, it’s likely the bees were killed by traffic on the highway.

Bethel Students Visit Tsunami Wave Lab (KEZI)

Some Shasta Middle School students got a look Wednesday at how damaging tsunamis can be. They drove to Corvallis to tour the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University to take part in a tsunami structure challenge.

Pot legalization expert to deliver Tom McCall lecture Tuesday night (Gazette-Times)

Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project — and a leader of the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado — plans to deliver the annual Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday.


Pride Week – Friday: Today’s events include the Rainbow Run 5K at 3 p.m.; Queernival from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the Queer Campout, all on the MU Quad. For a complete list of events see the Facebook page.

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.

School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series: Nathan Herdener will speak on “Memory Enhancement for Emotional Faces,” May 9, from 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture: President Edward J. Ray will give the 10th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture at OSU on May 9.The lecture, presented by the College of Education, will begin at 4 p.m. in 112 Kearney Hall, 1491 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow. Ray will speak on “The Role of Governance, State Funding and Accountability in Reaching the 40-40-20 Goal.”

Pi Alpha Xi Fundraiser: Need a gift for mom? OSU’s National Honor Society for Horticulture chapter will be selling homemade soap ($4) using essential oils extracted from campus plants and greeting cards in the Horticulture Department office (ALS 4017). Perennial and annual plants ($5) will be on sale from 12-4 pm under the ALS-Cordley bridge Thursday and Friday, May 8-9.

Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday May 9, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 303. Attend this brown bag movie and discussion of the iconic 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.

DJ Spooky: DJ Spooky, aka Paul D. Miller, will perform a free concert Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center C&E Auditorium. He’ll be joined by OSU musicians Dana Reason and Michael Gamble. A composer, multimedia artist and author, DJ Spooky, is known for his genre-bending art, vast catalogue of music, and work in environmental awareness and social justice. The concert is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and College of Liberal Arts Music Department’s “Between the Cracks” series. Miller will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek and the U.S. Forest Service.

Glee Club: The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, one of the oldest and finest collegiate choruses in the U.S., will perform “Songs of Innocence and Experience” on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, with two Oregon State Choirs, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers, as will the University of Michigan Friars men’s a cappella group. Tickets for the Michigan Men’s Glee concert are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at tickettomato.com. K-12 and college students with ID can purchase tickets at the door for $5 each.

Volleyball Classic: This weekend (May 9-11), the 8th annual Willamette Volleyball Classic will be held at Oregon State. The tournament will feature 225 club teams (ages 12-18), from throughout the country and Canada, competing throughout the weekend at 9 different OSU/Corvallis facilities. Play begins at 6 p.m. on Friday night, 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and 8 a.m., on Sunday morning. The event is open to the public. The OSU community can expect to see a heavy uptick in traffic on Saturday and Sunday and some parking lots may be congested.

The School of Public Policy brownbag series: Jenny Lin will present “US Firm Exports and Intellectual Property Rights” (with William F. Lincoln). Lin will be joining the OSU Economics program in Fall. May 9, noon-1 p.m. This week only, the brownbag will be held in Gilkey Hall 113, which does not allow food. The SPP Brownbag is open to the OSU community.

WIC seminar: Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) is hosting a lunch seminar (food provided) on Teaching WIC Online.This panel discussion will consider the methods, modes, successes, and challenges of teaching WIC online. May 9, noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 215.

Flourishing@OSU: Lecture series: “What Makes Life Worthwhile,” by Teri Duever, OSU School of Psychological Science, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., May 9, Kidder 202.


Spring Bird Blitz: As part of International Migratory Bird Day, Hatfield Marine Science Center is among a number of Lincoln County participants in the Spring Bird Blitz happening May 10 in a variety of coastal locales from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete list of the activities visit: http://springbirdblitz.wordpress.com/.

Underwater Robot competition: More than 150 elementary, middle school, high school, and college teams will bring their underwater robots to the Lincoln City Community Center on May 10 to compete in the annual Oregon Regional MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) contest. Coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant Staff, the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition encourages students to develop and apply STEM skills as they work collaboratively to create tethered underwater robots used in ocean exploration, scientific research, and marine technology industries. The public is invited to come out on May 10 and cheer for their local teams. For more information, OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu.

Just Kidding Films: MU Ballroom, Saturday May 10, doors open at 5:45 pm, event starts at 6 p.m. Free event. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by Educational Activities. For disability accommodation, contact troungk@onid.orst.edu

Campus Creature Census: Submission deadline for the second annual census is Saturday, May 10. Choose a favorite plant or animal and send us a creative portrait in prose or poetry, visual art or photography, or a brief field guide-type entry. The census is open to everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members. $100 prizes for the best student entries. Click here for details and guidelines, or contact Laura Harris, Spring Creek intern, for information about how to participate, at harrisla@onid.orst.edu


OSU Mothers’ Day Walking Tour: OSU is Corvallis’ newest Historic District with more than 80 contributing structures and the only Oregon campus listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the development of campus structures, and early Olmsted and Taylor campus plans, quads, and viewsheds. Appreciate the most comprehensive collection of distinctive John V. Bennes-designed buildings. May 11, 2 p.m., Meet east side of Benton Hall, 14th St near Monroe. Tour limited to 20 persons; RSVP for reservations (541) 737-0540.

Culture Shock: Presented by APASU. Traditional and Modern dances, martial arts, fashion, and music. MU Ballroom, May 11, doors open at 5:30 p.m., event starts at 6 p.m. Free tickets at MU 103 starting May 5. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by Educational Activities. For disability accommodation, contact troungk@onid.orst.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University Campus Band Concert: Directed by Robert Brudvig, this non-auditioned group is open to all currently enrolled students who wish to continue playing their instrument, even though they might be studying other disciplines rather than music. The free concert will feature a mix of band classics and contemporary works. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Information: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/music.

NEW! Educational Materials Access Week: Join the Human Services Resource Center and the Associated Students of OSU in the MU Quad on May 13-14 and share what #textbookscost you. This social media campaign will raise awareness of the issue of educational materials access and affordability on the OSU campus. On  May 15 join faculty, staff and students in the MU Lounge at the HSRC Teach-In from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn what is being done on campus to increase affordability of and access to educational materials.

NEW! OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day: OSU motorcyclists will participate in the annual Motorcycle Visibility Day to remind campus community members to be aware of motorcycles. Beavers can show off their bikes, connect with other riders and demonstrate that OSU has riders from all over campus. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wednesday, May 21. New location: SW Campus Way, outside Cordley Hall and the Hallie Ford Center.

Science Pub: At the May 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Andrew Thurber, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University who helped to conceive the study, will discuss how the oceans are responding to a changing climate. The Science Pub presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Majestic Theater located at 115 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Mentoring workshops: Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, will lead two workshops on May 21 in Richardson 107. “Re-thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support and Accountability,” at, 9-10:30 am, is a discussion about re-imagining how mentoring occurs on the OSU campus. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/1ivIBox. “Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy,” is from 11 a.m. to 12:30, with lunch at 12:30. Participants map their current mentoring network, identify pressing areas of need and create a plan to expand their existing mentoring network.  Pre-register at http://bit.ly/1kJEuYF.

NEW! Accessible Design: Chris Downey will speak on accessible design and its effect on you from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in Linus Pauling Science Center 125. Downey draws on his unique perspective as a seasoned architect without sight to help realize environments that offer not only greater physical accessibility, but also a dimension of delight in architecture experienced through other senses. Downey also give an academic-focused presentation at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, and design-focused presentations at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, all in the MU Journey Room.

Center for the Humanities Lecture: Kara Ritzheimer, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion will speak on “A Nation Lacking Its Moral Center: Censorship and National Identity in Post-WWI Germany,” Monday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Distinguished professors: Join us Tuesday, May 13, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center to recognize and hear from the 2014 Distinguished Professors: Marie Harvey and William Ripple. Presentations will be, “It Takes Two to Tango: Unintended Pregnancy and STI Prevention,” and “Conservation by Tooth and Claw: Top Predators Shape Ecosystems.” Free and open to the public, for more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/recognizing-excellence

WiNPubtalk: 3D Printing: 3D printers can already make incredible things and will do even more in the future. Guest speakers include Greg Elfering VP Sales 3D Systems from Chicago 3D, Paul Benning HP Fellow, and Steve Smith Director of Sales for Metal Technology. Come see all the possibilities May 13, 6 to 8 p.m. at the VUE (5th floor 517 SW 2nd) For more information visit WiN.

Open Textbook Workshop for OSU faculty: OSU Libraries and Press invite OSU faculty members to learn how open textbooks can benefit their students in the classroom and in the pocketbook. This two-hour workshop on May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m., will introduce the concept of open textbooks and how to find and incorporate them into courses. Participants will write a brief review of one open textbook after the workshop for a $200 stipend. For more details and registration information, see: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/open-textbook-workshop

News for Employees

NEW! The Source: The e-news letter from the College of Agricultural Sciences, is now available online at: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2014/may. The Spring issue gives a sense of the breadth of things going on in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Wage Grants for Student Sustainability Positions: The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is accepting applications from OSU Corvallis campus departments to fund student positions for Summer 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly impact the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the campus’ built environment, operations, policy, academics, and/or student engagement. The priority deadline is May 23. Apply at: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/wages

Association of Oregon Recyclers Conference: The 36th annual AOR Conference & Trade Show held June 19-21 at the LaSells Stewart Center will feature workshops, tours, and networking opportunities with waste reduction experts. Register by May 30 for the early bird rate. OSU students and staff may take advantage of the AOR member rate. See the agenda and details online.

OSU Printing and Mailing Services continues its winning streak!: The team received another award from the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP). This annual competition showcases the contributions that College and University Printers make to their institutions throughout the year. Printing and Mailing won the ACUP top award in the Digital Black and White category for a marketing collateral piece that was produced right here in our Cascade Hall facility.


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

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.

Temporary Bio Science Research Tech 1 – Horticulture Extension invites applications for a Temporary full-time,  Temporary Bio Science Research Tech 1 position located in Umatilla. Posting # 0012375. Closes May 15.

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.

Office Specialist 2–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2. Posting #0012348. Closes May 16th.

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.

Accountant 2 – OSU full-time. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0012356. Closes May 19.

Accountant 1 – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting # 0012363. For full consideration, apply by May 23rd.

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.

Coordinator of STEM Outreach–OSU Cascades in Bend invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Coordinator of STEM Outreach position. Posting #0012343. Full consideration May 23rd, Closes June 20th.

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

Roadway Closure at Waldo Place: As part of the Student Experience Center project, a short section of Waldo Place from Jefferson Way to the Library loading dock will be closed Monday, May 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to a concrete pour scheduled. All Library deliveries will be able to access the loading dock from Campus Way south onto Waldo Pl. Flaggers will assist with delivery driver access. Additional information at Campus Closure, Shutdown, and Detour Notices.

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 until Aug. 31, for the complete reconstruction of this parking lot, including ADA improvements, as part of the Austin Hall and APCC projects.


Corvallis: “Sweater, n.: A garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” Ambrose Bierce. You and Mom might need sweaters this Mother’s Day weekend; showers are likely today, with a possibility of a thunderstorm after 11 a.m. High near 60. Low around 43. On Saturday, showers and a possible thunderstorm in the morning. High near 61, low near 39. The sun returns on Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 68.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny with a chance of showers after 11 a.m. High near 52, low 36. Chance of showers and mostly cloudy on Saturday, with a high of 52 and low around 34. Sunny on Sunday with a high near 64.

Newport: Showers, with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. High near 55. Low around 46.  Showers and a possible thunderstorm Saturday; high near 56 and low around 44. Mostly sunny on Sunday, with a high near 62.

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

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