OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 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.

Megaquake preparedness will cost Oregon billions (Statesman Journal)

“The scope of the disaster that the Pacific Northwest faces is daunting,” said Scott Ashford, chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience Plan Implementation. “We won’t be able to accomplish everything we need to do in one or two years, but hopefully we won’t have to. What’s important is to get started, and the time for that is now.”

Bend City Council OKs OSU-Cascades campus over objects of neighbors over traffic (Greenfield Daily Reporter)

The City Council has approved plans for a new four-year college campus in Bend, although several members have misgivings about the way Oregon State University is handling the expansion. (see also Register-GuardKEZI, OPB)

OSU celebrates National Work & Family Month (LIFE@OSU)

October is National Work & Family Month, which is dedicated to ensuring that the worlds of both work and family are in balance in everyone’s life.

Hallberg’s picture of health: The toll of stress (Minnesota Public Radio)

Host Tom Crann and Dr. Jon Hallberg discuss a new study by Oregon State University’s “Center For Healthy Aging.” It shows how stress, in both larger and small amounts, can shorten your life, especially for men.

Three more universities join Unizin (Education Drive)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Tuesday that it is joining Unizin, the consortium of universities that formed in June with the goal of developing, controlling, and sharing digital course content. Oregon State University and the University of Minnesota are also officially joining the consortium, according to the UWM announcement

NASA ocean data shows ‘climate dance’ of plankton (Innovations Report)

“The continuous year-in and year-out measurements provided by NASA’s ocean color satellites have dramatically changed our understanding of phytoplankton dynamics on the Earth,” said Mike Behrenfeld, author of the study and phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. “What we now see is a closely linked system of phytoplankton cell division and consumption lying at the heart of the plant’s annual cycle.”

Dwindling recess times concern parents, educators (KOIN)

Oregon State University’s Healthy Youth Program found the average time for recess is 30 minutes per day, statewide. But it can vary from school to school even in the same district.

Yellow aspens recovering thanks to wolves (Environmental News Network)

“Without wolves, this would not have happened,” said Luke Painter, an instructor at Oregon State University and lead author of three recent papers that describe the results of his fieldwork monitoring vegetation growth patterns in the park. “Wolves caused a fundamental change, but certainly they are interacting with other factors such as bears, climate, fire and human activity.

USDA awards grants from 2014 Farm Bill (Capital Press)

Oregon State University and Washington State University landed grants to study organic foods, soil conservation and climate change mitigation.

OSU will host farm succession workshops (Capital Press)

Many family farms have no succession plans in place if the current owner retires, dies or is disabled. To help families plan, Oregon State University is holding a series of workshops this winter and spring in Salem, Redmond and Pendleton.

Experts call depiction of Eric Frein as ‘survivalist’ inaccurate (Penn Live)

Richard Mitchell, professor emeritus of sociology at Oregon State University and author of “Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times,” said the image of Frein depicted by police doesn’t comport with the survivalists he’s encountered in years of study.

Wal-Mart awards $4M in grants to help spark innovation in American manufacturing (Design-2-Part-Magazine)

Oregon State University to develop two novel alternative mold fabricating approaches, and evaluate for functionality, precision and cost reduction potential.

Improper ventilation when using gas stoves increases risk of asthma in children, study says (Headlines & Global News)

The study was conducted by researchers from Oregon State University. They noted that parents can reduce the risk of asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis for their children by paying close attention to proper gas kitchen stove ventilation. (see also Consumer Affairs)


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.

Fall 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff – Thursday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the MU Journey Room, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $20 (charged to student account, or to PacificSource if a grad assistant). Faculty/Staff: $30 (charged to PEBB Insurance or by cash or check). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! School of Public Policy Brownbag: The SPP Brownbag Series kicks off Friday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1, Memorial Union Journey Room, with a special presentation, “The History and Politics of Scottish Secession.” Alison Johnston and Keith Baker (both OSU Political Science) will discuss the origins of the Scottish independence campaign and the political consequences of the recent vote on secession from the United Kingdom. Sponsored by the OSU School of Public Policy.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Registration is open for Social Media, Mobile and Reputation Management StrategiesCourse 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!

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.

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.

“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

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.

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.

News for Employees

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Student Services Transfer Manager: The Office of Enrollment Management invites applicants for a full-time Administrator 3 – Student Services position.  Posting #0013041. Closes Oct. 10.

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.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs. Posting #0012944. Closes Oct. 13.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University. Posting #0013066. Closes Oct. 13.

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: www.osualum.com/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

Building power shutdown: As part of the , the Real Time Utility Monitoring, the following buildings will experience a power shutdown on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the following times; 7-10 a.m. – Weniger Hall; 10 a.m. -1 p.m., – Kelly Engineering; 1-3 p.m. – CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

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: “All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.” – Thomas Wolf. October has rolled in with plenty of fog, but clouds will high tail it for the hills by afternoon, replaced by sunshine. High of 70, low of 46. Partly sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 63, low of 36. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Scattered sprinkles and fog this morning, gradually becoming sunny. High today of 64, low of 49. Mostly sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

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

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