OSU Today

Thursday, June 12, 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.

‘Philosophy of Phish': Oregon State offers course tied to band’s summer tour (Billboard)

Phish fans wanting to get a bit deeper during the band’s upcoming summer tour will have a new outlet to explore their favorite jams. As long as they’re willing to do some homework. Oregon State University is offering a course this summer called “Philosophy School of Phish,” taught by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, an assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion and self-professed Phish fan. (see also Jam Bands)

6 ways you can help your dad with healthy aging (Health.com)

Aches, pains, and injuries as your dad gets older can also keep him glued to the couch. A recent Oregon State University study found that older adults who take statins are less physically active than those who don’t, possibly because of muscle pain attributed to the cholesterol-lowering drugs. But it’s important to work with your father—and his doctors—to make sure he’s staying as physically active as he can, while eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Building soluble circuits to end e-waste (PopSci Australia)

According to researchers at Oregon State University, villagers living close to these e-waste dumps are 1.6 times more likely to develop cancer than urban dwellers who live in cities so polluted that particulates routinely block out the sun.

Laser fluorescence could find life on Mars (Science Codex)

Chemical compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, often are found on comets, meteorites and in space between the stars, and are considered candidates for being one of the earliest forms of organic matter in the universe. Like living organisms, these molecules fluoresce when excited by ultraviolet light, making them an ideal target for using this new technology, according to Martin Fisk, a professor of marine geology at Oregon State University and a co-author of the study.

OSU to graduate record class (Gazette-Times)

Nearly 5,900 students will graduate from Oregon State University this weekend, more than any previous class

Computer science student beats odds, hopes to expand computer usability (Oregon Icito)

But with the help of an OSU professor and others who believed in him, Hill will participate in commencement ceremonies in June and graduate this summer with a degree in computer science. He will also go on to pursue a doctoral degree, as one of only 13 Google Lime Scholars in the nation – $10,000 awards made to students with mental or physical disadvantages to encourage them to stay in the field of engineering.

The making of a metric (TCM)

It sounds like a perfect match for industrial engineering, but in the real world, terms like happiness and sustainability are difficult to quantify. That’s where Professor Karl Haapala and his colleagues at Oregon State University come in. They’ve been working with small and mid-sized businesses to design sustainability into the manufacturing process from the beginning, rather than waiting until the end.

Oregon hunters being surveyed on lead ammunition (KTVZ)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University are collaborating on an effort to survey Oregon hunters about their use and knowledge of lead ammunition. (see also Salem News)

OSU art faculty exhibit opens June 19 (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit will take place June 19-Oct. 8 in Fairbanks Gallery on the Corvallis campus. The public is invited to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Trial plants look, smell yummy (Dallas Morning News)

Tomatoes with purple fruit, for example, are extolled for their anthocyanins, which are high in antioxidants. For decades, researchers at Oregon State University have been seeking to create tomatoes with antioxidant potential. The first such tomato, ‘Indigo Rose,’ was released in 2012 and already is available from many online seed sources.

Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber (Science Codex)

“This genome sequence will help usher in a new era for studying the biology of the eucalyptus tree.” said Pankaj Jaiswal, a botany and plant pathology professor in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Our advances in understanding could help redefine the possibilities of improving biomass yield, stress tolerance and other traits.” (see also Biofuels Journal)

Oregon State Mars Rover team competes in NASA challenge (EECS News)

Five members of Oregon State’s Robotics club on the Mars Rover team took their finals early so they could travel this week to Worcester, Mass. for the 2014 Sample Return Robot Challenge. The event on June 9 to 14, is hosted by NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has nearly $1.5 million available for prize money.


Interim Vice President for Research: Campus forums are being held with the candidates for Interim Vice President for Research. Brenda McComb, Dean of the Graduate School, June 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 208. These meetings are open to anyone in the university community, and will include a brief presentation by the candidate, followed by plenty of time for Q&A.

World Cup Opening Match Event:  2014 FIFA World Cup – Bringing Brazil to Corvallis. Thursday, June 12. Join friends and fans and watch the opening match Brazil vs Croatia. Club Level of Reser Stadium. Doors open at noon. Kick-off at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Food & drink available for purchase.

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.

NEW! Faculty Senate: The June 12 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://senate.oregonstate.edu/agendas/424. The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Faculty may participate remotely by logging on to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ at any time during the meeting; Senators need to log in to the Faculty Senate Chat Room so that attendance is accurately recorded.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday June 13, 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, calls for political action and divestment. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.

NEW! PFLA Networking: PFLA, AOP and Triad members and guests are welcome to a networking event Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m., Fernwood Circle Guesthouse, 1110 NW Fernwood Circle, Corvallis for a short tour, beverage and light snack. For info: http://www.fernwoodcircle.com/ RSVP by June 16 to: Deb.weitzman@oregonstate.edu

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit Committee will be meeting on Friday, June 20, from 1-3 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, 650 Kerr.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Qualtrics Training Day: A Qualtrics Trainer will be on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 to offer a workshop on using Qualtrics effectively. The workshop is full but it will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu and then posted on Media Space at a later date. View the training schedule. Contact Stefanie Buck, stefanie.buck@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: This month we will be hosting a “Research Round-table” featuring six OSU librarians who will be sharing short project updates. Topics include tidbits from Special Collections, Ecampus, 3D printing and more. There is sure to be something for everyone at this month’s seminar! Friday, June 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

News for Employees

NEW! Community partners for Mexican teachers: Seeking educators at all levels as “Community Partners” for 30 Mexican teachers coming for English Teacher Training at INTO OSU, July 16-Aug. 14.  Meet with a teacher for a couple of hours each week of their stay, at times and places you choose together, for conversation, a walk, coffee, a snack.  Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Open educational resources RFP: Open Oregon State is a new initiative from OSU Extended Campus that creates open educational resources (OERs). To support this initiative, Open Oregon State is accepting proposals to create OER modules, and we will provide funding of up to $2,000 to foster faculty participation in working with our development team to design and produce modules. The current RFP ends July 7. Details: open.oregonstate.edu/opportunities.

NEW! Host a Mexican English teacher for a half day, July 20.  INTO OSU will be providing English Teacher Training for 30 teachers from all over Mexico, July 16-Aug. 14.  You can show our community spirit by hosting for a half day on July 20, a visit to your home and a meal.  It’s all very flexible –  whatever you might be doing anyway on a summer Sunday in Corvallis or nearby.  Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester@oregonstate.edu

OSU Today Summer Schedule: Starting June 16, OSU Today will be published on a weekly basis each Monday. In order to have your event posted it must be submitted to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by Friday, noon of the previous week. Daily publication will resume at the beginning of fall term.

Xpress Stop Summer Hours: You can Print Mail and More all summer long from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  Summer hours begin on June 16.  We are located in MU 109.

July 4 home stay: Interested in sharing July 4 with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Tuesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Tuesday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Saturday, June 14.

Recreational Sports – Summertime Activities: RecSports has a lot going on this summer to help you get and stay active! Our summer memberships are currently available for purchase, including Extended Student Memberships for students staying in Corvallis over the summer. We transition to our summer break hours June 13 and we’ve got a full schedule of Fit Pass classes for you! Don’t forget about intramural leagues and tournaments – available to all members. Email Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, to learn how Recreational Sports can support your summer wellness experience!

Search Advocate full-day workshop now available: Be prepared to work with search committees on the 2014-15 Provost’s Initiative searches–or any other searches—by completing this workshop covering strategies to enhance validity, fairness, and diversity in the search process.  Instead of requiring the typical two-workshop series (totaling ten hours), this summer we are streamlining the workshop to a single day ( 8 a.m.-5 p.m., breakfast and lunch included).  Register at the OSU Professional Development website http://oregonstate.edu/training/index.php for either July 9 OR July 10.  Questions?  Contact Anne Gillies anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0865.


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.

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   – Curry County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Gold Beach.  Posting # 0012486. Closes June 15.

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.

Executive Support Specialist 2 – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Executive Support Specialist 2. Posting #0012460. Closes June 16.

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.

Education Program Assistant 2   – Extension Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), invites applications for a part-time, (.40 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 2 position located in St. Helens.  Posting # 0012541. Closes June 17.

Coordinator-Outreach Program   – OSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development, invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Outreach Program Coordinator position located at Warm Spring Reservation.  Posting # 0012487. Closes June 18.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for a Chinese Language & Culture Advisor This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Chinese speaking students. The Chinese Language & Culture Advisor works on cross-cultural education, information sharing in Chinese for lower level English speakers and programming.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=12434112 For full consideration apply by June 18.

Interim Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement – Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement position. Posting #0012505. Closes June 19.  This is an internal position.

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.

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.

Public Service Communications Specialist – The department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Service Communications Specialist. Posting #0012479. Closes June 21.

Office Specialist 2   – Morrow County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE)  Office Specialist 2 position located in Irrigon.  Posting # 0012519. Closes June 22.

Department of Integrative Biology seeks candidates for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term, 12-month Faculty Research Assistant.  This position conducts genetics research in Michael Blouin’s lab (http://people.oregonstate.edu/~blouinm/). Responsibilities include basic molecular biology procedures, working with large databases, working with students, and ordering and managing supplies. Posting # 0012523.  For full consideration, apply by June 23.

Accountant 1–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012517. Closes June 23.

Education Program Assistant 1   – Coos County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0012527. Closes June 26.

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.

Academic Coaching Program Coordinator – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Coaching Program Coordinator position. Posting #0012522. Closes June 30.

Manager of Undergraduate Curricula & Advising – The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Manager of Undergraduate Curricula and Advising. Posting # 0012446. Closes June 30.

Temporary Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, temporary (approximately 6 months) appointment as an Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 3 in the OSU Library. Posting #0012309. Closes July 10.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) seeks an innovative, collaborative and service oriented leader for the position of the Head of the Library Experience and Access Department (LEAD). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month tenure-track faculty position. Posting #0012512. Closes July 18.

Traffic and maintenance

Move Out: To accommodate the 4300 students moving out of the halls and coops we are going to have some parking and traffic changes on the Westside of campus similar to previous years that will be in place through Friday, June 13. The two changes are:  “One Way” running West on Intramural Way – signs will be placed so that Intramural Way runs as a “One Way” going West on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to allow students and parents to parking on the south side of Weatherford and the Quad for loading of their vehicles. Please not that this traffic change does NOT impact the parking spots behind West Hall.  “One Way” running South on Sackett Place Between Linus Pauling and Jefferson Street – signs will be placed so that Sackett Place between Linus Pauling and Jefferson Street runs as a “One Way” going South on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to allow students and parents to parking on the east side of Sackett for loading of their vehicles.

Commencement Parking and Campus Construction:  Congratulations Class of 2014!  Capital Planning and Development and Transit and Parking Services are establishing pedestrian routes to help people get around campus construction for Commencement, including two temporary pedestrian pathways that will cross 15th St. construction for those who park in the lots across from Kerr.  Signs will be in place to direct people to these pathways and to the free shuttle service stops.  Parking and Shuttle Maps

Fireworks: The Corvallis Knights will be holding a fireworks event on campus June 14, 9:45 to 11:30 p.m.

Advance notice – Annual steam shutdown: The annual steam shutdown for maintenance will begin June 15, 6 p.m. The goal is to start bringing the system back up on June 18, noon, with full operation anticipated by 4 p.m.

Washington Way realignment: As part of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement project, the City will be closing 15th Street to all traffic between Western Blvd and ‘A’ Avenue, to allow the contractor to install a new 24” valve on the existing water mainline.  This will take place June 10-11, and may extend into June 12.  15th Street will be reopened to local traffic only following this scheduled work.  Access from ‘A’ Avenue to 15th Street will remain open to businesses, residences and OSU.  Business access signs will be relocated to either 16th or 14th Streets during this period of closure.  Sidewalk and pedestrian access will remain open.

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: “What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ” ~ Gertrude Jekyll. Chance of showers mainly after 11 a.m., high of 69, low of 51. Showers likely tonight. Chance of showers Friday.

Central Oregon: Sunny and 69, low of 43. Slight chance of showers Friday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 50. Chance of showers Friday.

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

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