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Thursday, May 15, 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.

New study supports drug effective in treating alcohol and opioid dependency (Science World Report)

Similar to the study discussed earlier today about drugs that can help those with alcohol dependency issues, researchers from Oregon State University found similar results in their study of the drug Naltrexone. (see also News Medical)

Bend nonprofit awards first drone-related grants (KTVZ) 

“All of these grants help move unmanned technology forward significantly to increase safety, reliability, and functionality, making it possible for unmanned vehicles to take on important roles for which they are uniquely suited,” said Rick Spinrad, vice president of research at Oregon State University and board president of SoarOregon.

As hiring picks up across Oregon this spring, unemployment rate levels off (Oregonian)

Oregon State University economist Patrick Emerson called the recent months of job growth a “welcome change.” “The takeaway here is that hiring is pretty robust right now after years of no to very slow growth,” Emerson wrote on The Oregon Economics blog he maintains.

Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place Saturday (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s 38th annual Klatowa Eena Powwow will take place on Saturday, May 17, in Gill Coliseum on campus.

Tobias Wolff gets the Stone Lifetime Achievement Award (Corvallis Advocate)

Tobias Wolff, 68-year-old professor at Stanford, famed novelist, memoirist and short story writer, will be at Oregon State University on May 22nd, to give a reading and talk. The day before, he’ll be in Portland receiving the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, a biennial award endowed by Patrick and Vicki Stone.

OSU students displaced in fire Tuesday night (Gazette-Times)

A group of Oregon State University students were displaced after a house fire last night that consumed an upstairs bedroom at 812 N.W. 10th Street.

ADA enlists students for study (Democrat-Herald)

Downtown merchants will soon get the benefit of a survey by Oregon State University graduate students conducted on behalf of the Albany Downtown Association.

Pear growers have strategy for pest management (Good Fruit Grower)

Last winter, Katie Murray and Joe DeFrancesco of Oregon State University put together a working group of 25 pear growers and field horticulturists and gathered input from producers at five meetings in pear-growing districts of Washington and Oregon. They then wrote the strategic plan.

A GMO conundrum (New Hope)

“IFOAM is supposed to be the global clearinghouse for organic rules and the NOP was closely modeled on its standards. As such, the recent directive on cell fusion by NOP is at odds with IFOAM, and, I think, causing a certain degree of consternation,” says James R. Myers, Baggett Frazier Professor of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

National Pesticide Information Center beefs up mobile presence (Ag Professional)

People with questions about using pesticides correctly now can get answers on their smartphones and tablets, thanks to expanded online services offered by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University.

Barometer wins 17 awards at Oregon collegiate contest (Wallowa County Chieftain)

The Daily Barometer was honored with 17 awards in the 2014 Collegiate Contest at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Collegiate Day Friday at Linn-Benton Community College.


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.

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.

Educational Materials Access Week:  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! Adult caregiver discussion: Bring your lunch and join in on informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to best help the ones you love. Open to students, staff, and faculty who have taken on the role of being a caregiver for their aging loved ones, or who plan to do so. May 15, noon to 1 p.m., MU MLK Room.

NEW! Zebrafish research: Undergrad researcher Cory Gerlach will present about his research with zebrafish at noon, May 15 in the Hallie Ford Center room 115 for the Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium. More information: http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/colloquium

NEW! Classified Workers meeting:  We will be holding our monthly meeting on Thursday, May 15, in Room 213  in the MU from noon-1 p.m.  Join with your co-workers to talk about the current Local 083 election results, current CAPE campaign, meet your new bargaining team, and come congratulate Maggie Neel and Judy Cochran for their recent election to the SEIU Board.   A light lunch will be provided.

Prescribed Fire for Resilient Forests: At the May 15 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, John Bailey of the College of Forestry will discuss ways to reduce forest fire risks. 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.

Upcoming election: There will be a Benton County Commissioner Candidate Forum sponsored by ASOSU on May 15, noon, on the MU steps. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Registered voters are reminded that your ballots must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop no later than 8 p.m., May 20.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Smithsonian animal exhibit: The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is bringing “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” to Corvallis on Monday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A custom-built exhibition housed on an 18-wheel truck that will be parked in the Reser Stadium parking lot, the exhibit is free and open to the public. It features hands-on and minds-on activities in five sections: The Home, The Farm, The Wild, and The Veterinary Clinic. There are also behind-the-scenes insights into animal care and research at the Smithsonian National Zoo. You can view a video of the exhibit.

NEW! Memorial Day Celebration May 19-23: Join OSU and Corvallis in a week of memorial for this countries service men and women. Service members, past and present, and their dependents are invited to place a pin on the world map displayed in the campus’ Memorial Union Main Lounge to signify the different locations they have served. Carnations will be provided in the Memorial Union throughout the week for the community to place at various veteran memorials around the campus. There will be a memorial service starting at noon on May 22 which will include a flag fold and POW/MIA table as well as a display of military memorabilia from student/staff veterans in the Veterans Lounge.

NEW! Step Show: Presented by Divine Nine. Saturday, May 24. LaSells Stewart Center. Doors open at 4 p.m, show starts at 5 p.m.  Tickets: $5 OSU Students, $7 General Public. Tickets available at MU 103. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by Educational Activities. Presented by OSU Black Students Union. For disability accommodations email Jason.Dorsette@oregonstate.edu

The University Honors College Thesis Fair: The Honors College Thesis Fair will be held Friday, May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of graduating Honors students through informative and fun poster displays.

Powwow: OSU’s annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place on Saturday, May 17, in Gill Coliseum. Grand Entry takes place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Host Drum is the Blacklodge Singers. Honor Drum is Little River Singers. MC is Nick Sixkiller. In addition to the powwow, the annual salmon bake takes place in the MU Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 16 in the MU Quad. A meet and greet at the Eena Haws Native American Longhouse is set for Friday, May 16, 5 p.m., 311 S.W. 26th St. The meet and greet will feature the 1491s, a Native American sketch comedy group. The 1491s will also perform May 17, 5 p.m. during the powwow. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information: http://oregonstate.edu/nal/

OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon 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.

OSU Day of Service: Time to give back to our community! Join us Saturday for OSU Community Day of Service on May 17 from 9 a.m.-noon at one of our volunteer sites in Corvallis. For more information www.osualum.com/service

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday May 16, 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.

NEW! Best Health Care?  U.S. – International Comparison: Gerald Friedman, economist, UMass Amherst, will report results of his study of a U.S. universal, publicly-funded health care system and potential economic impact on Oregon and the nation. Noon-1:30 p.m., May 16, Hallie Ford Center Room 115.

NEW! Disability Studies @ OSU: All OSU community members are invited to join in conversation about the emerging DS curriculum. We will also be discussing Exile and Pride by Eli Clare (available at the OSU bookstore). Please note the new location: Milam 306. The bi-weekly time slot remains the same: Friday, May 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

NEW! Food Science and Technology Seminar: Christina DeWitt, Assoc. Professor, OSU Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “OSU Seafood Lab—Critical Research and Exciting Developments,”  Monday, May 19,  3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.

NEW! Center for the Humanities Guest Lecture: Myra Seaman, Professor of English at the College of Charleston and editor of the award-winning postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, will speak on “Objects of Correction: How the Book Fashioned the Household in Late Medieval England,” Monday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue. A reception will follow.

NEW! Valley Lightning Talk. Monday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St Corvallis. Create@OregonState hosts a new lightning talk forum. The goal is to forge a new multidisciplinary collaborative space, where anyone can attend, present their ideas and work, hear about cool new projects, find collaborators, or just relax and enjoy old and new colleagues. 541-737-6535 or email create@oregonstate.edu.

TAC Webinar: Create Your Own iBook: With Carmel Finley, Michael Jager, Jon Dorbolo. Apple ibook Author is a powerful, useable, and no-cost platform for creating digital books.  This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about digital book production.  You can do this! Fri. May 16, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXqig 

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.

In the Intimacy of the Sultan’s Palace: Photography, Power, and Authority in Abd al-Aziz’s Court: Lunch bunch lecture with Patricia Goldsworthy (WOU), Friday, May 16, Milam Hall 301 at noon. This talk examines the relationship between the sultan and his photographer as a way of understanding the cultural and political negotiations in this era between France and Morocco.

Applied economics lecture: The Department of Applied Economics Seminar presents Jay Shimshack (Tulane University) and his talk “Hurricanes and Avoidance Behavior: Evidence from Bottled Water Sales” Join us on Friday, May 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. in 019 Milam Hall.

The Next Public Health Challenge: Losing the anti-obesity paradigm: In this provocative seminar, Dr. Linda Bacon (City College of San Francisco) debunks the obesity myths, explains the fall-out of a health agenda based on the concept that thinness is the goal and that one’s weight is simply a matter of personal choices, and offers an alternative path to better health and well-being for people of all sizes. Thursday, May 22, 5:30-7 p.m., Withycombe Theater.

News for Employees

NEW! Professional Faculty award nominations due: Nominations are now being accepted for the Karel J.H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award with nominations due Friday, June 6.  The award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across campus. Eligibility for this award is limited to fixed-term professional faculty who fall within the categories of administrative support, computer-technical support and/or development support.  For complete criteria and nomination information visit


NEW! Beaver Community Fair 2014 – Registration Open:  Reserve your booth for the 2014 Beaver Community Fair.  Information and registration for OSU departments, programs and recognized student organizations is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/seac/initiatives/bcf/.  This year’s Fair will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014 in the MU quad.  Questions, contact dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu.

Nominations sought for outstanding service to persons with disabilities:  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit Nominations for the Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities Award. The award is to recognize an individual who has provided outstanding service to those with disabilities. Nominations from individuals with first-hand knowledge or experience with nominee’s efforts, in particular, are most welcome. The deadline for nominations is May 15. Send completed nomination form, letter of nomination (include details of activities that justify nomination) and other supporting documentation, i.e., letters of support. Forms should be sent to Paula Dungjen, 201 Joyce Collin Furman Hall.

College of Science names Doug Keszler new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies: The College of Science announces Douglas Keszler as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, effective May 16. Keszler joins Julie Greenwood as an associate dean and part of the dean’s leadership team for the College of Science. Keszler is a Distinguished Professor in OSU’s Chemistry Department, an adjunct professor in the Physics Department and the Director of Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. Keszler joined OSU in 1984. Click here for more information.

Faculty Funding Opportunity: Academic Affairs is offering compensation and course development support to faculty during Fall 2014 for redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses as hybrid courses. These funds are in support of participation in hybrid faculty learning community and development of new hybrid courses. Academic Affairs will allocate $2,000 per course to each participating faculty member who develops a hybrid course. Proposals due May 30. See Request for Proposals; if questions, contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu.

Memorial Day basketball tournament: The student organization Veterans and Family Student Association is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for 5th-8th graders on campus  May 26 to benefit veterans.  The OSU Beavers men’s basketball team has made themselves available on this day to show support to all of the participants, the community, and the charity.  All participants will have the opportunity to play in a competitive tournament as well as meet the basketball team and staff. All teams must have between 3-5 players and all fall within the same age/gender bracket.  Registration is $60 per team regardless of how many players are on the team.  All of the profits are going to the Benton County Foundation where it will be dispersed between two funds: The Alworth-Holcomb Memorial Fund and the ROTC and Veteran Support Fund. To register,www.osuhoopsforthetroops.com

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.


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

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.

Administrative Program Specialist –  the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0012238. Closes May 28.

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.

Public Info Representative 1–Professional & Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Public Info Representative 1. Posting #0012396. Closes June 1.

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.

Financial Aid Advisor–Financial Aid and Scholarship invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Financial Aid Advisor. Posting #0012391. Closes June 2.

Assistant Director–Financial Aid and Scholarship invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director. Posting #0012393. Closes June 9.

Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards–Student Conduct invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of SCCS. Posting #0012350. Closes June 11.

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

Memorial Place: Memorial Place between Campus Way and the southernmost driveway on the north side of Plageman Hall will be closed Friday, May 16, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles that are not moved will be towed.

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.

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: 15th Street is 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: This streak of warm weather may have you dancing in the street, but showers are on their way for the weekend. Sunny today with a high of 87 and a low of 48. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 82, low of 47. Sunny and cooler tomorrow.

Newport: Increasing clouds, with drizzle tonight. High of 70, low of 52. Chance of drizzle Friday.

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

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