OSU Today

Tuesday, June 3, 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.

A life well lived: Campus community pays tribute to the late Beth Ray (Gazette-Times)

On Monday afternoon, more than 400 people gathered in the large auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center to pay tribute to OSU’s first lady, who died March 21 at age 67 after a long fight with lung cancer. At the outset, her husband declared that this was not to be a time of mourning. (see also Daily Barometer)

Help name OSU’s new classroom building (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is inviting faculty, students, staff, alums and members of the Corvallis area community for help in naming OSU’s one-of-a-kind new classroom building that will open in fall 2015.

Where will the world’s water conflicts erupt? (Popular Science)

To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”

OSU researchers defend daily multivitamin use (KTVZ)

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and three other institutions are taking issue with recent claims that “the case is closed” on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients. (see also Bio-Medicine4-Traders)

Tracking potato famine pathogen to its home may aid $6 billion fight (Phys Org)

Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by researchers from Oregon State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and five other institutions, concludes that Phytophthora infestans originated in this valley and co-evolved with potatoes over hundreds or maybe a few thousand years, and later spread repeatedly to much of the world. (see also Farm BusinessScience CodexAg Info)

Making room for predators (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University ecologist Cristina Eisenberg believes that wolves and other large carnivores can continue to recolonize large parts of their historic range with a little help from humans.

Dusk heralds a feeding frenzy in the waters off Oahu (Science News)

In the waters off Oahu, though, that period of overlap happens for just a brief period at dusk. And its effects cascade up the food web, even up to dolphins, finds Kelly Benoit-Bird of Oregon State University in Corvallis and Margaret McManus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Their study was published May 20 in PLOS ONE.

Oregon State project for WVRC to receive national award (Democrat-Herald)

But thanks to a team of three graduate engineering students from Oregon State University, led by instructor Sarah Oman, clients can now cut four pieces at a time and perhaps, just as importantly, each piece is exactly the same length as the others, a previously demanding task.

City council passes parking district plan (Gazette-Times)

Come September the three current parking districts will be expanded to seven that will ring OSU at a depth of approximately half a mile. All-day permits will cost $20 a year for residents, $100 for employees, there will be two-hour free parking in all but a few “hot spots,” and permits will be allocated on the basis of two per lot, with one additional permit for every kitchen up to a maximum of 20 permits.

Fossils show Lyme disease is older than humankind (KVAL) 

Lyme disease has been around a lot longer than previously believed.  “A lot of people thought, ‘Wow, this is something, kind of a new disease that just suddenly arose and maybe evolved into forms parasitic to humans, but it was around for much longer,” said George Poinar Jr., professor emeritus at Oregon State.

Caspian terns taking too many Columbia River fish (Capital Press)

Salmon and steelhead make up 85 percent of the Goose Island terns’ diet, compared to 35 percent of the estuary terns’ diet, according to an Oregon State University study of the birds.


CANCELLED! 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, has been cancelled.

NEW! Research in Federal Agencies: The OSU Industry Exploration Program presents: A panel discussion on “Research in Federal Agencies.” Meet with researcher leaders from USGS, USDA, EPA and the Forest Service 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3 in the Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU). This event is co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association and the OSU Graduate School. Graduate students and postdocs, sign up here!

NEW! Fulbright US Student Program Information Meeting: Join OSU Fulbright program advisor LeAnn Adam to learn about the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and recent graduates to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide Tuesday, June 3, noon-1 p.m., International Resource Center in the MU west lounge . For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

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. 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.

TAC Webinar: iBooks for Class Projects, with Carmel Finley, Michael Jager, Jon Dorbolo.  Apple ibook Author is a powerful platform for creating digital books so that your students can show what they know.  This webinar focuses on techniques for constructing class assignments with digital books as the student outcomes. June 3, 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXI8R

Upcoming Events

NEW! Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Thursday, June 5. The University will take public comment regarding the proposed repeal of its administrative rules.  Oregon Senate Bill 270 separated OSU from the Oregon University System and the State Board of Higher Education and created a separate OSU institutional Board of Trustees.  After July 1, 2014, OSU will have different authority .  As a result of this legislation, the University will need to repeal its Oregon Administrative Rules in Chapter 576 effective June 30, 2014.  OSU will reinstate as University standards or policies, as of July 1, 2014, the OARs that were repealed and that still apply after SB 270.  The reinstated policies or standards will be substantially identical to the repealed OARs.  For more information, including a list of rules to be repealed, contact: Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206 and is open to the public.  For accommodations, please contact Beth Giddens at 541-737-2474 or beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

OSU 2014 Graphic Design Senior Shows! Please join us on Wednesday, June 4 in Milam Hall, room 215 from 9 -11 a.m. for the Senior Thesis Review and in Portland for the Senior Portfolio Show on Friday, June 6 at Blue Sky Gallery from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Both events are free. OSUGD Senior Shows 2014

Senior art exhibit: “So Long, Suckers,” an exhibit featuring the artwork of graduating seniors, will be on display in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University from June 2 through June 13. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. Exhibit awards, including the President’s Award for Excellence in Art, the Provost’s Purchase Award and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Purchase Award will be announced at the event, which is free and open to the public.

One-act festival: OSU Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival will run June 4 through June 8 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The festival includes ten one-act plays featuring an eclectic mix of comedy and drama directed by advanced directing students. The plays will be presented in two panels. Panel A runs June 4 and June 6 at 7:30 p.m., and June 7 at 2 p.m. Panel B will run June 5 and June 7 at 7:30 p.m., and June 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths and students, and $4 for OSU students. For information or to purchase tickets, 541-737-2784 or http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

Weight Watchers Information: A 13-week series of WW begins July 1.  WW Open House meetings will be held June 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam room 105.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, call 541-737-3106

Global Health: Learn more about global health and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ new Center for Global Health at the center’s inaugural symposium. The event will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5-6 on the OSU campus. See http://health.oregonstate.edu/global-health/symposium for more information about the symposium and to learn how to register. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Department of Applied Economics Seminar Series. J. Edward Taylor (University of California-Davis) will present a talk entitled “Climate Change and Labor Markets in Rural Mexico: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather” on Thursday, June 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. in 216 Covell Hall.

Campus Climate Survey Preliminary Results: Learn about preliminary employee survey findings, plans for ongoing assessment, and plans for designing and implementing strategies on 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 Accommodation requests related to a disability can be made at 541-737-3556 or oei@oregonstate.edu.

MBA Program Information Session: The College of Business is offering an MBA Program Information Session on Wednesday, June 4 from noon- 1p.m. in the Memorial Union, Rm. 221. Learn about the new tracks offered, and how an MBA can help your career. Bring a brownbag lunch; beverages provided. Contact 541-737-5510 or osumba@oregonstate.edu with questions or to RSVP. http://www.business.oregonstate.edu/mba

Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Kyle J. Hartman, Professor and Assistant Director, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV will speak on “Threatened Salmonids in Mongolia: Challenges in Understanding Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Remote Areas,” June 4, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Student Affairs – Director of Career Services Candidates Open Forums: Three candidates will speak on the topic: “What is your vision for a cutting edge Career Service office at OSU”.  1.  Leslye Erickson, June 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 202.  2.  Patrick Antony, June 23, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 101.  3. Greg Flores, June 25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 101. There will be a question and answer period following the candidates’ presentations.  Resumes and an evaluation form will be available.

News for Employees

NEW! Beaver Champions sought: The Beaver Champion Award is given each year at University Day to an individual or individuals for outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The President’s office invites nominations for the 2014 Beaver Champion Award, which will be awarded on University Day. Please send your letter of nomination to President Edward Ray, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Administration Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

NEW! Fall Move-In: UHDS Fall Move-in Promotion Opportunities for OSU-affiliated departments, student groups, and organizations – UHDS has revised our move-in promotional offerings this year to reflect OSU’s Strategic Goals of Healthy People, Healthy Economy and Healthy Planet. To participate this year your organization must follow the procedure listed under the “Fall 2014 Move-In Promotion” heading at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/marketing-and-promotion-uhds-facilities.  Please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

NEW! Recreational Sports Summer Term Memberships Available for Purchase: Summer is your time for health, wellness, and fun! Be well with Recreational Sports and purchase your summer term membership today! Summer term memberships are valid from date of purchase until Sep. 26. The cost is only $83 for faculty/staff (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents) and $68 for students (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents). Additionally, you may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information!

NEW! Rec Sports Student Membership for the Summer: Are you a student who is in Corvallis for the summer but not taking classes? You may qualify for an Extended Student Membership. Extended Student Memberships are available for students who are enrolled in Spring Term classes and are paying full student incidental fees but will not be fee-paying students over the summer. Visit the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon to learn more. Extended Student Memberships are only $68, valid until Sept. 26.

Recipe to Market, Development and Production Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in they month-long online course about the ingredients sourcing and production of food products. The course will begin July 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.

The Spin on Research: A note from Rick Spinrad: Fair Winds and Following Seas

National Science Foundation- Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF-Theory Institute in AMO Physics Program. The Institute will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. Guidelines:http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/theory-institute-atomic-molecular-and-optical-physics Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: Oct. 13.

Extended Deadline for Proposals! Faculty Funding Opportunity: Academic Affairs is offering compensation and course development support during Fall 2014 for redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses as hybrid courses to be offered in Spring or Summer 2015. These funds are in support of participation in a hybrid faculty learning community and course redesign. Academic Affairs will allocate $2,000 per course to each participating faculty member. Proposals are due June 12. See Request for Proposals; contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu if you have questions.


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

AmeriCorps member position: OSU Extension Service – Marion County is seeking a Mentor Development and Youth Retention Project Coordinator through the VISTA AmeriCorps program. For information: vista@oregoncampuscompact.org.

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.

Academic Wage –Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  academic wage-salaried, anticipated to last for three months Posting #0012462. Closes June 8.

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.

SageCon Program Manager – The Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) Program Manager. Posting #0012475. Closes June 11.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1   – OSU Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.65 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Dallas.  Posting # 0012433. Closes June 14.

Education Program Assistant 1   – OSU Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hood River.  Posting # 0012434. Closes June 15.

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.

Analyst Programmer 3 – OSU Libraries & Press invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Analyst Programmer 3 position.  Posting #0012458.  Closes June 20.

Analyst Programmer – OSU full-time. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3, position in the OSU Library. Posting #0012458. Closes June 20.

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.

Export Control and International Compliance Officer – 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 and Waldo Place: As part of the Student Experience Center project, from June 16 – Sept. 22, Waldo Place (from Jefferson Way to Campus Way) and Jefferson Way (from Waldo Place to 26th Street) will be closed to traffic for street improvement work.  Detour signs will be in place to route traffic down Benton to Washington Way. Also the Library loading dock will be temporarily relocated to the east side of the building at the Fire Lane.

Memorial Place: As part of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) construction project, the north end of SW Memorial Place will be closed June 11-14, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the installation of BCC’s storm system tie-in to existing manhole in SW Memorial Place.

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: “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. “~James Dent. Chance of drizzle before 11 a.m. today, then cloudy skies gradually clearing by afternoon. High today of 73, low of 45. Sunny and warm tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 76, low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of drizzle today, high of 61, low of 48. Gradual clearing tomorrow.

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

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