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Wednesday, May 28, 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.

NuScale completes federal funding deal worth up to $217 million (Oregonian)

NuScale, which emerged from research at Oregon State University, is developing modular nuclear reactors that it says are cheaper, quicker to build and safer to shut down in the event of a disaster. The technology is unproven, and the federal program is designed to help nurture new sources of energy by funding development and the extensive licensing process.

Twitter challenge at OSU (Ellen DeGeneres Show)

Last week’s filming of the Ellen DeGeneres Show at OSU airs today on local networks.

OSU to name new residence hall after pioneering student (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will name its new residence hall after William “Bill” Tebeau, a pioneering student who persevered through numerous challenges to become the first African American male to earn a degree from the university. (see also KVALBaker City Herald, KEZI)

How an OSU discovery might protect the military and civilians against chemical weapons (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University researchers have made a discovery that could have important applications for military and civilians alike. The discovery could protect the masses against deadly nerve gases. Specifically, researchers found that certain compounds can decontaminate nerve agents, including deadly sarin gas, which was used in the conflict in Syria. (see also Electronic Component Newse!Science NewsHomeland Security Newswire)

Butterfly ‘eyespots’ add detail to the story of evolution (Science Codex)

A new study of the colorful “eyespots” on the wings of some butterfly species is helping to address fundamental questions about evolution that are conceptually similar to the quandary Aristotle wrestled with about 330 B.C. – “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” After consideration, Aristotle decided that both the egg and the chicken had always existed. That was not the right answer. The new Oregon State University research is providing a little more detail. (see also Business StandardNews 24, Innovations Report)

Take a walk through Oregon’s storied beer history (Portland Business Journal)

However, it’s generally lacked a means to chronicle its ale-making successes. Until now. Oregon State University has launched the online Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives. Shots from the state’s rich history began appearing on the site in the spring.

Extend the season of fresh fruit, local produce in your kitchen (Oregonian)

In June, the Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a 4-part series of hands-on food preservation classes to help community members learn to preserve fresh, local produce for year-round enjoyment. Each class will focus on a difference aspect of safe, healthy food preservation. These classes are appropriate for both novice food preservers or those with experience who hope to update their skills and knowledge.

Campaign for immigrant driver’s cards ramps up (The Daily News)

Bill Lunch, a retired Oregon State University political science professor, said the measure’s opponents may have an advantage that isn’t measured in dollar amounts. Voters who are confused or uninformed about the measure could choose to oppose it by default.

Gov. Kitzhaber to sign declaration of cooperation in support of RAIN (Nanotechnology Now)

An outgrowth of the Oregon Regional Solutions process and funded by the Oregon Legislature in the amount of $3.75 million, RAIN is a partnership among the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eugene, Corvallis, Springfield, Albany, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and other regional entities to encourage innovation-based companies and research-inspired startups. The Declaration of Cooperation marks an important milestone in the RAIN Regional Solutions project, signifying broad on-going support of the project among the partners.

New Oregon Snowflake shrub is related to currants and gooseberries (Oregonian)

If you don’t have much space to plant shrubs, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Oregon Snowflake, a new flowering currant developed by Oregon State University that is smaller than other currants.

Undergraduate research awards (LIFE@OSU)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the following award recipients for outstanding achievements in undergraduate research.


NEW! La Cocina Latina: Today in Pangea NUTR 447 Class  is taking over and serving up some Latin dishes including Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas, Peruvian Ceviche, Argentinian Steak Salad and more! For the full menu head over to Pangea’s Daily Specials (URL: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/murfs/todays-special)

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Scholarship and Creativity Fair: Join our College of Liberal Arts faculty as they showcase their innovative and creative work — from illustrating the psychological effects of meditation, to taking a social justice tour of Corvallis, to understanding the crisis in Ukraine, and more. Come, too, for an evening of live performances and readings by our stellar faculty and students.  May 29, 5-8 p.m., Club Level, Reser Stadium.  Refreshments will be served.  Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/cla

NEW! Spring concerts: The MUPC will hold its annual spring concerts, Battle of the Bands and Dam Jam on May 30, and May 31, respectively in the MU Quad. Battle of the Bands showcases 10 OSU student bands competing for cash prizes, with the winning band opening for the Dam Jam concert the following night. Battle of the Bands begins at 4:30 p.m. on May 30. The opening band for this year’s event is an all OSU professor band named B2K and the Delicious Spoon. The Dam Jam concert takes place Saturday, May 31, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and music beginning at 8 p.m.

NEW! Choir concert: The Oregon State University men’s and women’s choirs present their final concert of the school year on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. Performing will be Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull and the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russ Christensen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at tickettomato.com. OSU students and youth through age 18 will be admitted for free.

NEW! Ballroom dance: The Oregon State University Ballroom Dance Company ( formerly Cool Shoes), will perform their award-winning showcase “Swingin’ Ballroom,” Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, 7:30 p.m.  at Corvallis High School Auditorium, 1555 SW 35th St.  Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door the nights of the performances. For more information contact Cathy Dark at 541-737-5929.

NEW! Noche de Gala: Empowering Cultural Identity” event in MU Ballroom, Friday, June 6, includes dinner, entertainment and awards 6-8 p.m. (ticket required) and a dance from 9 p.m.-midnight (no ticket required). Formal attire recommended. Free tickets now available in MU 103.  Co-hosted by MASA, MEChA, Kalmekak and CASA Latina/o de OSU, sponsored by SEAC, funded by Educational Activities. Contact: Esmeralda Flores florese@onid.oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

Day of Caring Service Projects, Friday May 30: Registration for Day of Caring Service Projects on the afternoon of Friday May 30 is now open. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in this day of service. Choose from 14 different service projects with 12 community partners. Projects will take place at various times in the afternoon and check-in will be on campus at the Dixon lower courts, with transportation provided from there. Many projects can accommodate children and youth as well.Registration is required: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/day-caring-2013-service-projects.

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/

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Frontiers in Applied Economics Seminar Series. Sheila Olmstead (University of Texas at Austin) presents “Damming the Commons: An Empirical Analysis of International Cooperation and Conflict in Dam Placement”. Friday, May 30, 3:30-5 p.m. in 019 Milam Hall.

NEW! School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series: Victoria Braun will speak on “Common and Differential Effects of Meditation Styles on Interpersonal Conflict Coping and Prosocial Construct Activation,” May 30, from 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

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.

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.

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)

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

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 this Friday, 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.

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.


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

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.


Corvallis: “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” ~ Maya Angelou, 1928-2014. Showers likely today into tonight, with a high of 65 and a low of 48. Warmer tomorrow with partly sunny skies.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today and possible thunderstorms tonight. High of 58, low of 34. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers like through tonight, high of 59, low of 49. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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