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Tuesday, May 27, 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.

Rare butterfly back in Willamette Valley refuge (KOMO News)

“This is the first time we’ve had a planned release of Fender’s blue, ever,” said Paul Severns, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University, who is using the release as a way to study which species of lupine the butterfly prefers for its eggs and larvae. (see also KATU)

Birds communicate reproductive success in song (Science Codex)

The discovery was just published in a professional journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, by scientists from Oregon State University, along with collaborators from Wellesley College, Queen’s University and Trent University in Ontario, Canada.

OSU baseball to host NCAA regionals (Statesman Journal)

The NCAA selected Oregon State as a regional host in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, it announced Sunday.

Branded beef now the norm (Capital Press)

Branded beef products are a very big part of our industry and are very well thought of,” said Dave Bohner, extension beef specialist at Oregon State University in Burns, Ore. “It is a way to differentiate one product from another and add value to the product,” he said.

Editorial: University contributions go beyond the classroom (Bend Bulletin)

Universities bring more to communities than students and automobiles, and Oregon State University-Cascades already is going beyond the classroom in its contribution to Central Oregon.

Denver to direct Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program (LIFE@OSU)

Dee Denver has been given a new half-time appointment as Director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program.  Denver earned a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas in 2002.  He was then awarded fellowships at Indiana University and the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution in New Zealand.

Thursday event to showcase liberal arts at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University is hosting a Scholarship and Creativity Fair to showcase the research and creative accomplishments of its faculty on Thursday.

‘Get There’ campaign saves 93,057 miles in car trips (Gazette-Times)

The city of Corvallis, the Cascades West Council of Governments and Oregon State University, with assistance from other local organizations and businesses, sponsored the “Get There” drive less campaign, which ran May 5-16.

Seeing the forest for the trees, and much more (Gazette-Times)

Humans aren’t the only beings who use forests, however, explained Robin Galloway of the Oregon State University Extension Office. Good forest management means taking wildlife into account, too.

 Twins are OSU-bound (Portland Tribune)

Both brothers have received letters of acceptance to attend Oregon State University next fall. Marcos’ roommate in Buxton Hall on the Corvallis campus will be his friend Deevon Castaneda, while Daniel’s will be Zach Zouyed.

Digging deep inside Mt. St. Helen’s (Bend Bulletin)

Along with UW, Rice and the USGS, participants include teams of researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York and Eid­genoessische Technische Hochschule of Zurich.

Fish Trax Marketplace links consumers to Gulf fish and fishermen (Perishable News)

The program was developed in 2007 by Oregon-based Advanced Research Corporation through a partnership with Oregon State University, NOAA, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other collaborating organizations doing scientific research on fish. Its first use was tracking where fishermen were catching Oregon salmon.

Residents will testify on aerial spray risk (Curry Pilot)

Jeffrey Jenkins, of the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University, outlined how long herbicides last in soil and water. The toxins in question with the Cedar Valley spraying — 2,4-D, atrazine, imazapyr and triclopyr — have half-lives of 60, 60, 90 and 46 days, respectively.

Taking their cheers to the big crowds (Sierra Vista Herald)

The lure of major universities in Arizona is obvious for local high school graduates, but why did Mueller choose Oregon State? “I love the rain,” she said, during a recent interview in Veterans Memorial Park. There’s more to it than that. She plans to major in biology, loves research, and plans to continue on to medical school.  OSU offers what she’s looking for.

City toasts 30 years of craft beer (OPB)

Fast forward to the present, and BridgePort is releasing its Trilogy series of three beers — one past, one present, and one future. The latter is slated to be released in the fall after a group of Oregon State University students collaborate to develop it.


Cristina Eisenberg: The Carnivore Way. Our tangled history with large carnivores has ranged from a close spiritual bond during pre-European settlement of North America to reviling these species as a threat to our livelihood. Eisenberg will discuss the science informing this topic and read from her new book, “The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators,” Tuesday, May 27, noonRichardson Hall 107. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

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! Tue. May 27, 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXDC1

Campus Climate Survey Preliminary Results: Learn about preliminary employee survey findings, plans for ongoing assessment, and plans for designing and implementing strategies: Tuesday, May 27, 2-3:30 p.m. in MU 208 or Wednesday, June 4 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Kidder 202 (this session will be streamed live and recorded). Both the recorded session and survey results will be available at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/climate-assessment

Suicide Awareness Panel: This panel will cover causes, prevention, and intervention methods for suicide. The panel is a way to start an important conversation around mental health and the issues surrounding suicide. Facilitators will be Jim Gouveia, LCSW, from Counseling and Psychological Services, Winston McCullough and David Kerr, both from the School of Psychological Sciences.  Tuesday, May 27 at 3 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

Lincoln’s Religion and the Religion of Lincoln.   Tuesday, May 27 at 4 p.m., in MU Journey Room.   In the final Horning lecture for the year, Prof. Richard Fox (USC) will examine the long double life of Abraham Lincoln in American religious history– as a man of religious belief himself and, after his death, as the chief hero of America’s civil religion.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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.

NEW! Wellness program: Healthy Team Healthy U is back on campus, Thursday, May 29.  This is a 12-week wellness program developed by OHSU with proven results for losing weight, increasing fitness, and lowering blood pressure.  To participate in the program, you must be enrolled in a PEBB health plan as an employee or as a dependent.  Stop by between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to learn about the program, get your questions answered, or enroll and receive your free pedometer.  MU, Trysting Tree Lounge area (across from Bites).  For more information contact Employee Benefits at 541-737-2805, employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Beth Phelps Ray – A Celebration of Life:  OSU students, faculty and staff, Corvallis community, alumni and friends are all welcome to attend this celebratory, musical event on Monday, June 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center.  Learn more about the life of Beth at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2014/celebrating-the-life-of-first-lady-beth-ray/

NEW! Electronic Research Administration vendor demos: The Research Office is seeking input on vendor demonstrations for different electronic Research Administration systems to assist with the processing of submissions and reviews related to research compliance, environmental health and safety compliance. Tech Software, June 2, 9-11 a.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; A-Tune, June 3, 2-4 p.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; iMedris, June 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Kidder, Room 274; Huron, June 4, 3-5 p.m. in Kidder, Room 274; Topaz, June 5, 8-10 a.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; Key Solutions, June 5, 3-5 p.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115.

Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray for the May 29 session from 2-3:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Colin Johnson, Dept of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University, will present a seminar “The Emerging Roles of the Ferlin Family of Proteins in Membrane Trafficking and Human Disease” on Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Children and Money.” 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 29, noon, MU 208.

NEW! Discovering women’s rugby at OSU: At the May 29 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, David Dickson, coach of the women’s rugby team, will discuss efforts to build a team that competes up and down the West Coast. Triad meets in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, 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, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Fracking discussion: The Department of Applied Economics and The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences  presents Sheila Olmstead (Univ of Texas at Austin) as she talks about Fracking and Surface Water Quality, May 29, 6:30 p.m., C&E Hall in the LaSells Stewart Center. Also, join us at 9 a.m. on May 30 for a discussion/reception with Olmstead, CEOAS Admin Bldg. (26th & Monroe)

Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Angela Strecker, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Management,  School of the Environment, Portland State University, will speak on“Ecological Change in Lakes of the Columbia Plateau,” May 28, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

The future of sex work: A panel discussion to examine sex work through the lens of social justice and discuss the intersection of feminist critique with the growing global sex worker’s rights movement. Panel includes Nicole Von Germeten, OSU associate professor of history, Phoenix Calida, a sex worker and sex worker rights advocate, and Sabrina Morgan, a sex worker and human rights advocate. Wednesday, May 28, 4 p.m., Milam 319.

Final Climate Club Brownbag Lunch: “The Politics of Climate Change in Washington DC: ‘Debates’ about the science, confusion about the impacts, and other headaches” featuring Johannes Loschnigg. Tuesday, June 3, noon to 1 p.m., MU Journey Room. Bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, dessert provided.  RSVP:  541-737-5705

News for Employees

NEW! Everyone Matters @ OSU Advocate Awards: Everyone Matters @ OSU and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are accepting nominations for the Everyone Matters  @ OSU Advocates Award. Nominate staff or faculty who exemplify the principles of Inclusivity, Equity, and Diversity. Pinning ceremony: June 2, 11 a.m.-12:30pm – MU Quad. Nominate here: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_bdRWAIumm6b5QBD by May 28. facebook.com/EveryoneMattersAtOsu #EveryoneMattersOSU

24/7 – Yes We Can: You asked for it, so let’s give it a try!  The Valley Library will be open 24/7 for dead and finals week spring term.  We will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 and we won’t close our doors again until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13at the end of finals week.  If you like it, if you need it, if you want it, come on in and USE IT.  We’ll be here for you.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 9 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Help name the classroom building: The new classroom building currently being constructed on the northwest side of campus needs a name. Suggestions are being gathered based on four categories: purpose, philosophy, person, place. Suggestions will be pooled by category and prizes will be rewarded to one person per category by random draw. Prizes include gift cards, football tickets and parking permits. To enter, go to the OSU Facebook page and leave a comment on the building post, or visit the classroom building website for more details and a web entry form.

TRY-Athlon teams wanted: The 4th Annual FSF TRY-Athlon is coming up soon on Friday, June 6 from noon to 1 p.m. We have the following Colleges/Units represented so far: Business Affairs, Agriculture, CPHHS, Education, Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, and College of Pharmacy. If you see your College/ Unit represented and want to join their team, please let us know! If you don’t see your College/ Unit represented, it is not too late to start a team! Please visit our TRY-Athlon website or call 541-737-3222 for more information.

HR Advocate: The Office of Human Resources will be implementing a new program, HR Advocate, effective May 20.  HR Advocate will allow us to better assist employees, managers/supervisors and departments by processing and tracking requests in one central location for Accident/Injury Reporting and Mandatory Reporting Incident.  Requests and/or incident reports will be submitted online using the Public Incident Reporting form located at: https://oregonstate2-gme-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php/pid573535?  Please begin using this online form for the above items as of May 20.  More information is available on-line at: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/workers-compensation-resources/incident-reporting.


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

Temporary Education Program Assistant 1   – Hood River County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE) Temporary Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hood River.  Posting # 0012422. Closes May 27.

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.

Associate Pathway Program Manager (Internal) – INTO-OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Pathway Program Manager position. Posting #0012404. Closes May 29.  This is an internal position.

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 30.

Health Educator-Nutritionist– Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Health Educator-Nutritionist.  Posting #0012340. Closes May 30.

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.

Office Specialist 2- The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for a full time, 12 month OS2 position. Posting #0012424. For full consideration, apply by June 1.

Accountant 1 – Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012403. Closes June 1.

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.

Interim Vice President for Research (Internal Employment Opportunity) – OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Interim Vice President for Research. Posting # 0012428. Closes June 3.

Coordinator – Communications and Marketing The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term Cereal Variety Outreach Coordinator.  Posting #0012365.  Closes June 6.

Office Specialist 2 – International Student Advising and Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012376. Closes June 6.

Coordinator of Career and Major Decision Making — The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator of Career and Major Decision Making position. Posting # 0012419.  Closes June 7.

Assistant Director of Admissions, Marketing, & Programs (Internal Employment Opportunity) –Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Admissions, Marketing, & Programs. Posting #0012429. Closes June 9.

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

Administrative Program Assistant – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Temporary Classified, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012420. Closes June 10.

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.

Information Technology Communications Manager – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Information Technology Communications Manager position. Posting # 0012435. Closes June 16.

Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment –Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment. Posting #0012425. Closes June 16.

Vice Provost for International Programs (Internal Employment Opportunity for OSU and OUS) – OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Vice Provost for International Programs. Posting # 0012442. Closes  Jun 20.

Officer-ECICO – OSU full-time. The Vice President of Research Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President. Posting #0012431. Closes June 27.

Traffic and maintenance

Jefferson Way: For the Battle of the Bands and Dam Jam events, 26th Street between Jefferson and Campus Way will be closed May 30-31, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Washington Way: Access to Washington Way from Benton Place and 17th Street have be reestablished, which includes a new accessible ramp at the north end of the 17th Street crosswalk.  These reconnections can provide alternate routes around the 15th Street closure.

Park Terrace East Lot: For the OSU Nutrition On the Run 5k fun run/walk event, the Park Terrace East Lot will be closed June 1, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Goss Stadium: As part of hosting NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional games, the lot directly east of Goss Stadium (between Armory Lane and Washington Way) is scheduled to be closed May 29 – June 2,  between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.  Only cars with NCAA issued parking permits will be allowed, and all others will be removed at owners expense.  All other lots around Goss Stadium will have attendants two hours before each game. Please note that valid OSU permit holders who are NOT attending the tournament will be allowed access without paying the Athletics fee. Based on the Regional results, a second tournament will be held June 5 – 9, and the same setup will take place.

Jefferson Way: As part of the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center project, Jefferson Way between 26th Street and Weatherford Place will be closed 6 a.m., May 27,  through 5 p.m., May 29 for waterline work

Jefferson Way: As part of the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center project, several parking spaces along Jefferson Way near Fairbanks Hall will be closed from May 27 – Aug. 3. If these spaces become available sooner, we will open them up as soon as possible.

30th Street: As part of the Samaritan Sports Medicine Facility project, a one-lane closure along 30th Street between Oak Creek Bridge and the south entrance to Reser parking lot (between Western Blvd. and Washington Way) is scheduled for May 29 – 30. All drives and parking lots between Western Blvd. and Washington Way will be accessible during the lane closure. On June 2, both lanes of 30th Street will be closed between Oak Creek Bridge and the south entrance to Reser parking lot.  Magruder and Reser parking lots will be accessible from the north, i.e. Washington Way.  Oak Creek Building and CEOAS Storage Buildings will be accessible from the south, i.e. Western Blvd.

Weniger and Gilbert building access: Due to a delay in obtaining permits from the City, the start of renovation work was delayed, so this closure has been extended to June 30. Please expect limited access to certain areas of Weniger and Gilbert Halls at different times, depending on where work is occurring.  The ceilings and ceiling mounted lighting will be replaced in the corridors of both buildings and several offices and labs on the second floor of Weniger.  Demolition in corridors will be done either in the evenings or on weekends, but installation will be done during normal hours.  In addition, the floors will be replaced.

Richardson/Peavy lot: To complete maintenance work, cranes have been scheduled and will necessitate the closure of the Richardson/Peavy Hall Lot on Tuesday, May 27, 6 a.m. to noon.


Corvallis: “Among the changing months, May stands confest The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.” ~ James Thomson. Chance of showers today, high of 70, low of 46. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers, high of 64, low of 37. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 60, low of 49. Showers likely tomorrow.

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

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