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Tuesday, May 13, 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.

Suspicious fire on OSU campus (KEZI)

Firefighters responding to the fire said the flames were limited to a men’s room on the second floor of the Memorial Union. They managed to limit the damage to a single stall.

Georgia Pacific effluent off Nye Beach not showing up in marine life (KLCC)

A new study from Oregon State University is adding to a growing body of evidence showing the effluent is not causing significant impact on the surrounding environment.

Shannon Riggs named ‘Our Hero’ (LIFE@OSU)

Shannon Riggs, Director of Course Development and Training with OSU Extended Campus, has been recognized as the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s May 2014 ‘Our Hero.’

From plants to plastic (Democrat-Herald)

EcNow Tech will use the grant in partnership with Oregon State University to create a new mix of biopolymers that will ultimately be more durable and affordable than, and compete with, petroleum-based products. The focus is on creating a small ice-cream stick that will be used by Springfield-based So Delicious Dairy Free, which offers customers alternatives to dairy-based foods and drinks.

Methane field discovered off Gisborne coast (Southland Times New Zealand)

Research to understand the interaction between gas hydrates and slow-moving landslides is to carry on during the next decade, and will include drilling into landslides in 2016. This first part of the project is a collaboration between Niwa, GNS Science and the University of Auckland from New Zealand, GEOMAR and the University of Kiel from Germany, Oregon State University from the USA, and the University of Malta.

The risk of being born at home (Bend Bulletin)

“If you included breech, twins, vaginal birth after cesarean, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in the sample, the intrapartum mortality rate went up significantly,” said Melissa Cheyney, a certified professional midwife and professor of anthropology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Many people wondered why those women would be choosing home birth.”

Gifted sisters realize dream (Register-Guard)

Churchill High School student Liliana Sampedro, who won one of this year’s prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships, gets a hug from her sister, Elizabeth, who won the award in 2009 and became the first person in her family to attend college. The daughters of Mexican immigrants, Elizabeth attends Oregon State University in pursuit of her master’s degree and Liliana will attend Brown University in the fall.


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

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.

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, 2-2:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/1i90Z6b

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 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.

Demonstration of Canvas – Come to Kidder 202 or join us online May 13, 3 to 4:30 p.m. for a demonstration of Instructure Canvas, one of the Learning Management Systems OSU is evaluating this term. Find out how Canvas works and get your questions answered. See all the details here. All feedback about the candidate Learning Management Systems is due by 5 p.m. May 30. Questions? Lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

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.

OSU 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.

Upcoming Events

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.

World Language and Culture Day 2014: A day bursting with performances, informational kiosks, and presentations for university and high school students, faculty, staff, and community, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., OSU MU Ballroom.  This event is free and open to everybody. Come celebrate the languages and cultures of the world with us.

Darline Joyner’s retirement: Darline has worked for OSU for 25 years,  with the last 22 years at Lab Animal Resources Center (LARC). Her celebration will be on May 15, from 2-4 p.m.,  at Lab Animal Resources Center, 3151 Washington Way.   Cake, punch and hors d’ oeuvres will be provided.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Spring 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series:  Steve Wondzell (Research Riparian Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Olympia Forestry Sciences Lab, USFS), will speak on “Hyporheic zones in mountain streams: physical processes and ecosystem functions,” Wednesday, May 14, 4 to 5 p.m., EC 1001.

NEW! MBA Information Session: In as little as nine months you can: gain career confidence through experiential learning; become a part of a distinguished business and alumni community, and complete your resume with a graduate business degree. Info Sessions: Wed, May 14, 6-7 p.m., KEC 1001. In Bend, Thurs, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, noon-1 p.m., both in GRC 126. Questions: 541-737-5510 or business.oregonstate.edu/mba.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center: With Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting.  Thursday, May 15, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1ebcU.

NEW! Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century: Eric Mazur (Harvard) is a leader in pedagogical strategy and research.  His work on peer instruction, assessment, and innovation is ground breaking.  His educational ideas are applicable to all disciplines. Be one of the first 50 to register and receive a copy of Peer Instruction. Thursday, May 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in MU 213.  Register at: http://bit.ly/Qo3xHr   For further information, contact: Jon.Dorbolo@oregonstate.ed

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.

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.

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.

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.

Demonstration of Blackboard – Come to Kidder 202 or join us online May 14, 2:30-4 p.m. for a demonstration of Blackboard. Check out the new features you may not know about, and find out what’s on tap for Blackboard. Blackboard is one of two Learning Management Systems OSU is evaluating this term. See all the details here. All feedback about the candidate Learning Management Systems is due by 5 pm, May 30. Questions? Lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

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.

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, at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

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.

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.

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! OSU Women’s Basketball Camps Offers Discounts For Faculty And Staff: Join us June 16-19 for Girls Hoop Camp and June 17-19, for Pee Wee Camp. These camps are designed to improve basic fundamentals, challenge individual skills, and teach your child to work in a team environment. The schedule is dedicated to the development of each campers skill level, as well as lots of fun! Register online at www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com and enter promo code OSU-STAFF14 for a discounted rate.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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

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


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

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. 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 16.

Education Program Assistant 1 (Internal employment opportunity)  – Lane County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.48 FTE) Education Program Assistant1 position located in Eugene.  Posting # 0012373. Closes May 18.

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 23.

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 23, closes June 20.

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.

IACUC Coordinator – The Office of VP for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term IACUC Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President for Research. Posting #0012388. Closes May 30.

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 for 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.

Coordinator of TOUR Program–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Coordinator of TOUR Program. Posting #0012383. Closes June 1.

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

International Program Advisor – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Program Advisor position. Posting #0012379. Closes June 15.

Traffic and maintenance

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.

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 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.

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: “It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.” –  William Carlos Williams. Another gorgeous, summer-like day as temperatures rise to 86, with a low of 48. Since we’re not expecting precipitation until the weekend, don’t forget to water all those plants you just put in your garden.


Central Oregon: Sunny with a high of 75 and a low of 44. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 67 and a low of 59. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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