OSU Today

Monday, May 12, 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.

 Top Oregon State University research lands lofty White House science job (Portland Business Journal)

An Oregon State University researcher has landed a plum Obama Administration assignment. The White House on Thursday announced that Rick Spinrad will become chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad had served as OSU’s vice president for research since July 2010. (see also Science, KEZI, Gazette-Times)

Study: Frequent fighters more likely to die in mid-life (NW Cable News)

“We’ve known for a long time that hostility has a big effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality,” says Carolyn Aldwin, a researcher who studies adult development and aging at Oregon State University. Expressing hostility through frequent conflict may make things worse, she says, and the new study “makes a very strong case that all the stresses they talk about are linked with mortality.” (see also King 5)

OSU, other researchers get $900,000 USDA grant to study climate change in Oregon  (Oregonian)

Researchers then will work with extension agents from Oregon State University and others to develop educational programs for K-12, college students, and the public. (see also Seattle Post-IntelligencerKNDU)

City looks at plan to fund OSU Extension programs (Statesman Journal)

Salem City Council Monday, May 12 will consider adopting a resolution to support a proposed Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District. The service district would provide taxpayer funds to offset budget cuts to Marion County Extension, which provides a variety of agricultural programs.

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.

Is there a link between environment and mental health? (Bend Bulletin)

Reese, an instructor of counseling at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, is building on work from his doctoral thesis to develop a way to integrate nature into his counseling work. He currently uses his approach in private practice, but will offer a course this summer — open to students and non-students — meant to introduce the theory behind his thinking and ways to apply it.

OSU president looks at future of higher education (Wallowa Chieftain)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray shared his vision for the university’s future and compliance with the state’s 40-40-20 goal at the 10th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture Friday.

Weber, former director of Hatfield Marine Science Center, dies Monday (Newport News-Times)

Lavern Weber, director of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center for a quarter-century and a leader in the development of Newport as a marine science education and research center, died Monday. He was 80.

Exact outline of melanoma could lead to new diagnostic tools (BioPortfolio)

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. (see also Medical News Today)

Agencies hope hub will be approved (Democrat-Herald)

Representing human and social services are Jeff Snedon, program manager for Linn County Developmental Disabilities; Ron Mize, director of the Oregon State University Center for Latino/Latina Studies and Engagement; and Bill Hall, Lincoln County commissioner.

You can use the app no matter how remote your wanderings take you’ (KPIC)

Information about the Pacific Northwest’s wide array of wildflowers is just a swipe away with a new mobile app designed in part by botanists at Oregon State University.

Turn fish waste into food for aquaponics garden (Hillsboro Tribune)

“An aquaponics system grows both fish and plants that can be harvested sustainably,” said David Landkamer, an aquaculture specialist with the Oregon State University Sea Grant Extension program. “It’s an elegant system.”


Mindfulness Meditation Mondays: The Mental Health Initiative is co-sponsoring Mindfulness Meditation Mondays through June 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Memorial Union Room 213).  Guest facilitators will be John Edwards, Chair, School of Psychological Sciences; Dee Denver, Professor of Zoology, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing; Jim Gouveia, Emmy Woessner and Michele Ribeiro from Counseling and Psychological Services.  This meditation time is part of the flourishing series that also hopes to create a contemplative community.

Move it Mondays: Move It Mondays is a group walk that 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 May 12 the special guest will be Taryn Hand, dietitian. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn something new while you “get your move on.”

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. 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.

NEW! Engineering Expo: The 15th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects from across all engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center. The senior design showcase with nearly 200 student-built projects is combined with a “Robo*Palooza,” and the event is free and open to the public.

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 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Information: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/music.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Assigning Video for Class Projects: Steve Roberts (TAC), Jon Dorbolo (TAC) and Marisa Chappell (HST). Media creation is active learning.  Assigning video creation to students in any discipline can be practical and engaging. This session explores the conditions and strategies for creating and grading video class projects. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 2-2:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/1i90Z6b

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “How to Survive Your Child’s Teen Years.” 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. May 14, noon, MU 208.

NEW! Antarctica review: Andrew Thurber, OSU Antarctic researcher, will review “Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent” by Gabrielle Walker at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at noon Wednesday, May 14.

NEW! Grave Injustice: In Grave Injustice, Richard A. Stack (American University) examines the cases of individuals who have been executed but are likely innocent. He will speak in May 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 213 This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact brett.burkhardt@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Mexican America columnist: Syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist and OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano will present “Mexican Coke and Gabacho Tacos: Exploring Culinary Sites and Histories of a Two-Way Reconquista.”  Wednesday May 14, noon-2 p.m., The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at Centro Cultural César Chávez.

NEW! Demonstrations of Canvas and Blackboard: Looking for an easy way to check out Canvas and the new Blackboard? Mark your calendar for demonstrations of both systems: Tuesday May 13, 3-4:30 p.m., Instructure Canvas and  Wednesday May 14, 2:30-4 p.m. – Blackboard. You can join online or in-person in Kidder 202. See all the details here. All feedback about the candidate Learning Management Systems is due by 5 p.m., May 30. Lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Director of Rec Sports candidates:  OSU will host Andrew Fields, the director of University Recreation at Central Washington University, Wednesday, May 14, at 2:45 p.m. in the Joyce Powell Leadership Center of the MU.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Erik Nielsen, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, will present a seminar, “The roles of CSLD proteins in polarized cell wall deposition in Arabidopsis,” on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: John E. Stein, Science and Research Director, NOAA Fisheries, NW Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, will speak on“Managing Our Region’s Marine Fisheries – The Success and Challenge in Science Informing Policy,” May 14, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! School Choice Seminar: The School of Public Policy Economics program presents “The Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence From a Two-stage Experiment in India,” a seminar by speaker Karthik Muralidharan at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in Milam 206.

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.

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.

Mentoring workshops: 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Rec Sports Half-Term Spring Term Memberships: It’s a great time of year to enjoy the benefits of recreation. Be well with Recreational Sports and purchase your half-term membership today. The cost is only $41 for faculty/staff (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents) and $34 for students (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents and extended students). Memberships are valid from date of purchase until June 20, 2014. You may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information.

NEW! Oregon Parenting Education Week: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families May 19-23 for this year’s seminar series to learn more about parenting education in Oregon and beyond! Monday, May 19, will feature a full-day conference at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center featuring keynote speaker Ann Corwin, AKA “The Parenting Doctor,” and presentations from child experts across the state speaking about topics such as “Engaging Fathers,” “Partnering with High-Risk Families,” “Working with Children with Challenging Behaviors” and more. Register here. And make sure to stop by for a free, special presentation at noon, Friday, May 23, at the Hallie E. Ford Center to hear the seminar “Development and assessment of an evidence-based training program for at-risk preschoolers.”

NEW! Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships Available: The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is offering scholarships for undergraduate students in the STEM fields and graduate students enrolled in an MAT program in STEM education. Scholarships are open to students attending OSGC member institutions. Application deadline is May 23, 2014. Information: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/scholarships.

NEW! National Science Foundation – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF S-STEM program. This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of a degree in STEM disciplines. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-sstem. Information: Mary Phillips, mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: June 23, 2014

NEW! National Science Foundation- Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF MRI program. This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-mri.Information: Mary Phillips, mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: November 24, 2014

NEW! National Science Foundation- Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF FDSS program. This program aims to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-fdss. Information: Mary Phillips, mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: June 29, 2015.

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.


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

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.

Advisor – The College of Engineering invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advisor positions. Posting #0012377. Closes June 2.

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.

Strand Ag: As part of the Strand Ag Renovation Project, Waldo Place from Campus Way to just north of the middle entrance will be closed May 15, from 6-10 a.m. Concrete trucks will be in the street so that we can place concrete footings in the basement of Strand. The main east entrance to Strand will remain open for pedestrian travel.

Fire Alarm Testing at Weniger Hall: 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 13. As part of the Weniger Hall 3rd and 4th Floor pharmacy renovation,  a fire alarm test will be performed. Please note: This will be a noisy, and therefore disruptive, test of the alerting equipment.

Johnson Hall/Black Cultural Center Parking Lot: Due to Electromag/GPR survey work to be performed, the Johnson Hall (north of Ballard Extension Hall) and the Black Cultural Center parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 12.

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  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: Well it looks like we’re no longer frozen, the heat is officially back. Sunny today with a high of 81, low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 68, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow. 

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 70, low of 49. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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