OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 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.

Drinking 5,600 beers a day could make you smarter (Slate)

Researchers at Oregon State University discovered that doses of xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops, improved memory and thinking in a lucky group of mice. (see also Daily MailFox News, Quartz)

Global warming could reduce plankton stocks and effect carbon cycle (International Business Times)

Ocean warming over the coming years could reduce phytoplankton stocks and in turn affect marine life and the planet’s carbon cycle, says a new study from Oregon University. (see also Yahoo News UK)

Increase pesticide rules, education, Oregon task force says (Statesman Journal)

Oregon should establish a state-of-the-art bee health diagnostic facility at Oregon State University and increase funding for a state pollinator health education program, a task force formed in response to recent mass bee die-offs is recommending.

‘College playbook’ helps first-generation students get their diplomas (KVAL)

Oregon State University joined a handful of other institutions across the nation in offering first-generation or under-represented students a playbook that helps them get their diploma.

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves (Medical Xpress)

Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers from Oregon State University are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis. (see also KEZI, Environmental News Network)

‘Terroir’ matters in cheese, researcher finds (Capital Press)

While some may consider “terroir” an ambiguous French concept, Lisbeth Goddik has scientifically confirmed that cows in different areas produce milk containing different lactic acid bacteria.

Coming our way, tsunami ‘debris’ with a purpose (Statesman Journal)

Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project.

OSU-Cascades computer science program leader named (KTVZ)

The recently approved computer science degree at Oregon State University – Cascades has gained its first full-time faculty member, computer scientist Marc Rubin.

International Coffee Day Hookup (Liberty Voice)

According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, boiled coffee beans contain kahweol and cafestol which increase cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (or “bad” cholesterol). Filtering the beans when brewing coffee removes kahweol and cafestol.

Business students move into new home with start of school year (Gazette-Times)

After a long, quiet summer, Oregon State University’s campus again was bustling Monday morning with students and faculty rushing to classes. Unofficial enrollment figures show that OSU’s enrollment for fall term is around 24,100 — down about 70 students from last year.

Young people with autism more sedentary, study finds (Disability Scoop)

Even though the young people with autism were less active, the researchers found that they were similarly capable in nearly all of the fitness tests. “That’s really exciting, because it means those underlying fitness abilities are there,” said Megan MacDonald of Oregon State University who worked on the study. (see also Science DailyRed Orbit)

New book details threats to the world’s forests, offers solutions for conservation (Phys.Org)

In the 1950s, we assumed that the forests were not going to change,” said Richard Waring, retired professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the book. “We assumed that if you disturbed them in a certain way, they would come back. Right now it looks like some of the drier forestlands will be in continuous transition to ecosystems that may not include trees at all.”


Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Oct. 7.  WW Open House meetings will be held Sept. 30, 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, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Aggregate demand discussion: The School of Public Policy presents Jang-Ting Guo, economist from UC Riverside, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., Sept. 30, in Nash 214. Guo will speak on “News about the Aggregate Demand and the Business Cycle.”

Upcoming Events

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.

CPHHS Homecoming event: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for the second annual CPHHS GridIron Chef Contest and Homecoming Beaver Bowl. Submit your favorite healthy snack, appetizer or tailgate food recipe by Oct. 6 to be entered in the contest and don’t forget to sign up for the Beaver Bowl fun run. Taste and vote on your favorite recipe Saturday, Nov. 1 after the Beaver Bowl. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/1vrd8NJ

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Webinar on Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia: In CSMC’s ongoing series of career development webinars, panelists John Conley (EECS), Thuy Tran (College of Engineering), and Shanti Deemyad (Univeristy of Utah) will discuss the transition into an academic position on Oct. 2, noon. Register or join us in Gilbert 324.  http://csmc.us/news-event/events/postgraduate-career-strategies-academia

NEW! Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 3, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, and Dec. 2.

NEW! Learn about Open Oregon State: Open Oregon State is a new unit that works with faculty to create online educational resources (OERs) that can be accessed freely by students and teachers in digital media collections worldwide. Attend a luncheon Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to learn about our goals, projects and partnerships. Register today on the Open Oregon State website.

EmpCenter Open Labs: Are you new to OSU or a new supervisor?  Or do you just have questions about using the online time and attendance system, EmpCenter?  Come to an open lab and have all of your questions answered.  Labs are scheduled for Oct. 1, and Oct. 6.  See the announcement for times and locations http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/open-labs-fall-2014.

Dissertation defense:  Xiaoou Han, PhD candidate in Wood Science & Engineering will defend their dissertation entitled, “Marketing Sophistication in the Forest Products Industry”.  The defense will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1  at 8 a.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Open to the public.

Talk on linking teacher equality, student attendance and achievement: The School of Public Policy is presenting Seth Gershenson, economist, from American University, to speak, Oct. 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in Milam 206. He will speak on “Linking Teacher Equality, Student Attendance and Student Achievement.”

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Robert Cardiff, Center for Comparative Medicine, UC Davis, will present a seminar “Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: Lessons from the Mouse ” on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Winter 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Watershed-based Partnerships for a Resilient World: Laura Condon (Colorado School of Mines) will speak on “The Role of Regional Scale Watershed Management in Natural Systems: Connections, Interactions and Feedbacks,” Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 305

Triad: Is OSU lying about its age? At the Oct. 2 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, hear George Edmonston, former editor of the Oregon Stater, discuss OSU’s origins. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. See http://oregonstate.edu/triad.

GMAT Test Prep Course with OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education: Oct. 3-5, 2014: This 3-day course is designed to give you a full content overview and key strategies to succeed on all four sections of the GMAT exam. The GMAT is the preferred exam for most MBA programs across the United States. Oct.3-5. Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milam 019. Cost is $599. Learn more at www.pace.oregonstate.edu/testprep or call 541-737-4197.

“Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” workshop: Join the OSU Campus Coalition Builders for this day-long workshop. Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MU 206. Goals for the day include: identifying misinformation we have learned about others; identifying and expressing pride in groups we belong to; learning how other groups experience mistreatment; learning the personal impact of incidents of discrimination; and learning how to interrupt prejudicial remarks.  Details: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/97032/.  Pre-registration required:  http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/register-campus-coalition-builders-workshops

News for Employees

NEW! Training Days is open for registration!  This no-cost, two-day event focuses on presentations that range from learning more about functions pertaining to human resources, finance and administration, grants, and other business activities to personal finance, budgeting for retirement, and developing a personal fitness routine. For details and to register, visit http://fa.oregonstate.edu/training-days.

NEW! Office professionals nominations: Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about nominating one of your hard working employees or co-workers for the monthly Merit Award.  It‘s not necessary for them to be a member of AOP, but they should be classified or professional faculty. Please check out our website for more information on the monthly Merit award; http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition

NEW! NMC has moved:The New Media Communications program has moved from Strand Agriculture Hall to Bexell Hall. Phone numbers and e-mails remain the same. The relocation is for one year while Strand Agriculture Hall is being seismically upgraded and renovated. http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/new-media-communications

Vanpool from Lebanon to Corvallis: A new vanpool is set to hit the road and 6 riders or more are needed! The van will serve a regular Monday-Friday work schedule, but the exact hours and route will be determined by the needs of the riders. The van will serve the OSU campus with a possible planned stop at the Samaritan Health Services Avery Square, or another location. With 6 committed riders, the price would be $125 per month or less with more riders. To learn more about the vanpool, contact Leslee Moore at leslee.a.moore@ehi.com.

Parking permit availability: If you have not yet purchased an annual parking permit for the 2014-15 academic year, you may still get one for zones B1 and B2 zones, and for on campus residents, in the BR zone. http://parking.oregonstate.edu/purchase-permit If you have questions, please contact Parking Services at parking@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2583

Professional development: Fall-term training workshops, sponsored by Center for Learning & Organizational Development., are open for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23. Workshops are offered at no cost, and designed to support the professional development of OSU faculty and staff.

Center for Teaching Fall Professional Learning Community: In OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning’s “Facilitating PLC’s – Building Cultures of Inquiry,” participants will design and implement a professional learning community for a specific program.  Upon completion participants will receive a stipend paid as professional development funds. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/facilitating-plcs for guidelines and applications. Applications due Oct. 3. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Oct 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; and Dec 12, noon to 2 p.m. in Milam 215.

Ag Sci has moved: The College of Agricultural Sciences and related units have moved from Strand Agriculture Hall to Bexell Hall.  Units include:  Office of the Dean, CAS Academic Programs, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, Art About Agriculture, Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program, Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture in the Classroom, and Oregon FFA Association.  Phone numbers remain the same. The relocation is for one year while Strand Agriculture Hall is being seismically upgraded and renovated.

Recreational Sports Fall Term: There is a lot going on in Recreational Sports, from Fall intramural leagues, fitness offerings like Fit Pass classes and Dam Fit, and lots of adventure opportunities supported by the Adventure Leadership Institute. Head over to Recreational Sports to learn more. The Recreation Services Desk will have extended hours from Sept. 29 – Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday.

Registration is open for Social Media, Mobile and Reputation Management Strategies: Course four in the Digital Brand Management Certificate offered by the College of Writing, Literature and Film in partnership with Professional and Continuing Education, will teach techniques to leverage digital resources and engage audiences in support of organization and business objectives. Course begins Oct. 13, $475. Register now!

General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2014 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Oct. 20.

OSU Mobile App: The OSU Guide is a new mobile app available for free in the App Store and Google play.  You can also go here to download.  This guide is primarily targeted towards students – both graduate and undergraduate. Once the app is downloaded it allows users to select individual guides based on interest.  Individual guides include: Graduate Students, International Student Advising Services, Success at OSU, Events and Tradition, Health and Wellness, Dining on Campus and more.

Protecting Your Knees and Spine: All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of several free, 30-minute Leg Strength and Balance training sessions that provides practical techniques on how your foot position and body alignment can help you maximum strength and balance and help you protect your knees, spine and shoulders.  For more info or to register, see the OSU Professional Development Central Registration Site.

Self-Service Printing: Starting Sept. 29, XPress Stop will be the new home of Self-Service printing for Printing and Mailing Services. The XPress Stop is centrally located in MU 109 and will be open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. during the school year.  If you have any questions please contact Kiara Goldtrap at kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

2014 Be Well Run Walk ‘N Roll: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the FREE 2014 Be Well Run Walk N Roll (5K &1 Mile Walk). The scenic route will wind participants throughout Oregon State University’s campus, highlighting picturesque buildings and spaces. Pre-register today.


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

The Oregon State University Foundation (OSUF) has three openings for experienced higher education major gift officers.  These positions will join existing fundraising teams in the College of Engineering, the College of Business and in Athletics.  Please note: the positions for the College of Engineering and for Athletics are located in the Foundation’s Portland office; the position for the College of Business could be located in either Corvallis or Portland. If you are interested in advancing your career in an organization that is making a difference, please complete the Foundation’s job application, and send it with your cover letter and resume to Patricia Kenney, Sr. Director of Human Resources, osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu

Office Specialist 1, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a part-time (approximately 18 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position. Posting # 0013098. Closes Sept. 30.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Douglas County Extension invites applications for a 10 month, part-time, (.90 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg.  Posting # 0013044. Closes Sept. 30.

Office Specialist 2 – Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012631. Closes Sept. 30.

Education Program Assistant 1 (Internal Employment Opportunity) – Washington County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.80 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hillsboro.  Posting # 0013119. Closes Oct.1.

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – University Shared Services Enterprise invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 2 position. Posting # 0013091. Closes Oct 1.

Administrative Program Assistant – INTO-OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0013090. Closes Oct. 1.

Property Specialist 3 – Information Services – Telecommunication invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Property Specialist 3 position. Posting # 0013074. Closes Oct. 1.

The Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Intelligence Analyst position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013014. Closes Oct. 1.

Office Specialist 2– Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applicants for a part-time, (.90 FTE) Office Specialist 2 position. Posting number 0013092. Closes Oct. 2.

Office Specialist 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 36 hours per week) Office Specialist 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #  . Closes Oct. 2.

Research Associate (Post Doc)  – Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Research Associate (Post Doc) position located in Newport.  Posting # 0013088. Closes Oct. 2.

Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 2 – Information Services – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0013105. Closes Oct 3.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE) Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande.  Posting # 0013100. Closes Oct. 3.

Purchasing Analyst 3– Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), limited duration appointment expected to last for 1 year from the appointment begin date. Posting number 0013106. Closes Oct. 6.

Purchasing Analyst 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Purchasing Analyst 3 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date. Posting #0013106. Closes Oct. 6.

Office Specialist 1  – Jackson County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Office Specialist 1 position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013073. Closes Oct. 6.

Administrative Assistant to the Director  – Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Administrative Assistant to the Director position.  Posting # 0013072. Closes Oct. 7.

Accountant 1 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accountant 1.  Posting #0013116.  Closes Oct. 8.

Human Resources Business Analyst – The Office Of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, HR Business Analyst position. Posting #0013102. Closes Oct. 8.

Office Assistant  – Clatsop County Extension invites applications for a part-time, intermittent, (.15 FTE) Office Assistant position located in Astoria.  Posting # 0013114. Closes Oct. 8.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs. Posting #0012944. Closes Oct. 9.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Jackson County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013108. Closes Oct. 10.

Education Program Assistant 2  – Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 2 position located in Tillamook.  Posting # 0013089. Closes Oct. 10.

Office Specialist 2 – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0013104. Closes Oct. 13.

Applications Access Manager – Information Services  invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Applications Access Manager position. Posting # 0013068. Closes Oct. 13.

The School of Language, Culture, and Society is seeking a Oregon State ADVANCE Project Manager. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.. Posting #0013095. Closes Oct. 17.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Acquisitions & Collections Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian and OSU Press Director. Posting #0013075. Closes Oct. 18.

Marketing Manager –Professional & Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Marketing Manager, Posting #0013123. Closes Oct. 19.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Digital Applications Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian. Posting #0013037. Closes Oct. 22.

The OSU Alumni Association is recruiting for an Early Engagement Director. Apply by Oct. 31. Application instructions and position description are posted at: osualum@oregonstate.edu/jobs

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Forest Regeneration. This position has two components: a 12-month, 0.75 FTE tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor appointment and a 12-month, 0.25 FTE appointment as Director of the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative. Posting #0012861.  Closes Oct. 31.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 15.

Traffic and maintenance

Sidewalk Closure at Washington and 15th Street Intersection: Sidewalks along 15th Street were ordered to remain barricaded closed until the railroad has completed installation of the railroad signal arm crossing gates, which the railroad expects to be completed by November.  Pedestrians traveling east-west are encouraged to use the new sidewalks and crosswalks. Those traveling north-south should use the detour in place toward 17th Street. For your continued safety, please only use approved railroad crossings. Encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution around this and all construction sites.  Do not cross barricades and restricted areas.

30th to Western: As part of the construction of a southbound turn lane,  30th Street from Western Blvd approximately 300 feet north will be closed Sept. 25 – Oct. 15. All buildings and parking lots between Western Blvd and Washington Way will remain accessible from the north.


Corvallis: “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins. We’ll have scattered showers today with a high of 65 and a low overnight of 46. Sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 57. A clear, cold night ahead as temperatures dip below 30. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely with a high of 59 and a low of 50 tonight. Mostly sunny tomorrow and a bit warmer.

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

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