OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 2, 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.

Preparing for the Big One: ‘I think this is something the state can take on.” (KEZI)

“The Cascadia Subduction Zone is likely the greatest natural disaster to face the United States. This would affect not only the Pacific Northwest, but really the rest of the country in the rescue and the relief efforts,” said Professor Scott Ashford, the Dean of Oregon State University’s Kearney College of Engineering. (see also KCBY)

Climate impacts the ‘Dance of the Plankton’ (Nature World News)

Unlike the plant ecosystems on land, the amount of phytoplankton in the ocean is always reflected in the abundance of organisms that eat phytoplankton, creating a perpetual shift in populations between predators and prey – that’s what researcher Mike Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University, calls the “Dance of the Plankton.”

Beer ingredients shown to improve memory, but there’s a catch (ABC News)

Before you get too worked up, Oregon State University researchers say that it’s actually a compound in hops, one of the basic ingredients in beer brewing that has been shown to improve memory in young mice.

Yachats talk focuses on seabirds (Newport News-Times)

The Seabird Oceanography Lab at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, led by Dr. Rob Suryan, is involved in research focusing on seabird ecology, oceanography and integrated ecosystem studies while providing research and educational opportunities for students.


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.

University Chorale: Faculty and staff can sing on their lunch break. University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting and needs singers. This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels. Beginning singers welcome. This term, UC meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 2 p.m., Benton Hall 204. For more information, szielke@oregonstate.edu .

Upcoming Events

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! One Health seminar series: David Wong, chief epidemiologist with the National Park Service, will speak about “America’s National Parks: Living Laboratories for Translating the Vision of One Health into Practice,” Friday, Oct. 3, noon to 1 p.m., ALS 4001. A discussion follows at 1 p.m. in Dryden 212b (RSVP required for lunch). To RSVP, contact Rhea Hanselmann (hanselmr@science.oregonstate.edu)

NEW! Core Curriculum: The OSU Core Curriculum is scheduled for winter and spring terms. Core is offered at no cost to OSU supervisors and managers. It is designed to strengthen understanding and skill competency in employee management, general supervisory procedures and practices, and basic contract and legal responsibilities. You will also learn about university resources that are in place to assist you. To register, visit: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=3

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.

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.

CANCELLED: GMAT Test Prep Course with OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education: Oct. 3-5, 2014: This course has been cancelled.

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!

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Emergency Plan App: The In Case of Crisis – Education OSU Emergency Plan is a new mobile app available for free in the App Store and Google play.  You can also download it here.  The app is intended for anyone who frequents OSU campuses.  The app places emergency response information at your fingertips for emergencies that could occur at OSU.  There is also a Contact List of phone numbers of commonly sought emergency services.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellowship: Graduate students work with Oregon lawmakers on ocean, coastal policy issues. Open to all Oregon graduate students with an interest in marine and coastal issues. Applications due by 5 p.m., Oct. 31. An informational webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 16 from 10-11 a.m.. Stay tuned for details. Any questions can be directed to Monty Johnson (monty.johnson@oregonstate.edu) or Sarah Kolesar (sarah.kolesar@oregonstate.edu).

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.


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 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.

Information Technology Consultant, Competency Level 2 – Information Services – Community Network invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0013134. Closes Oct 16.

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: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery. Patchy morning fog followed by sunshine. High of 73, low overnight of 42. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 66, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny after morning fog, high of 67, low of 50.

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

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