OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 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.

The Green Diploma (Eugene Weekly)

The expansive atrium of Oregon State University’s Kelley Engineering Building fills with the mid-morning chatter of students. Light streams in through the immense glass windows of this certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building, reducing the need for electric lighting as it illuminates half-built solar vehicles that look like Mars rovers in a nearby classroom, complete with solar panels and heavy duty wheels.

Finding common ground in the controversial GE food labeling effort (OPB)

At first glance, Frank Morton and Steven Strauss seem to hold diametrically opposed views. Morton is an organic seed farmer in the Willamette Valley and plans to vote in support of the labeling effort. Strauss is a bioengineering researcher at Oregon State University and plans to vote no. Both serve on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Genetically Engineered Task Force.

Mid-valley health specialists prepared for possible Ebola cases (Gazette-Times)

Although odds are against the deadly Ebola virus turning up in the mid-valley, the fact that Oregon State University is home to numerous international students ups the ante a bit, according to Dr. William Muth, infectious disease specialist with Samaritan Health Services. “We have been meeting with staff at OSU because they have students from West Africa and traveling back and forth,” Muth said. “We always think about the international character of the OSU student population. Also, there may be local health care workers who have been in that region.”

Researchers request help finding tsunami debris-tracking transponders (Times-Standard)

The remaining transponders’ batteries are now dead, so researchers are asking beachgoers and fishermen to search for the soda bottle-like containers and return them to Oregon State University, which is partnering with Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan.

OSU extension agronomist Don Horneck dies at 56 (Capital Press)

Don Horneck, an extension agronomist for Oregon State University at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has died at age 56.

Research seeks best crops in tight water times (Herald & News)

In the last few years, water issues in the Klamath Basin have evolved. With the enforcement of adjudication and water calls on landowners in the Upper Basin, more ranchers and farmers are having to learn what they can do with less water or no water. Those are questions the Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center have been working to address.

Even in fall, life’s a picnic for yellow jackets (Hillsboro Tribune)

It’s easier to deal with these aggressive wasps if you know how they live, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Yellow jackets are heavy-bodied, with black and yellow or white markings and live in gray, papery nests that are usually located below ground, but some are suspended above.

Kids with autism tend to be less active (FOX 23 Maine)

“These kids, compared to their peers, are similarly fit. That’s really exciting, because it means those underlying fitness abilities are there,” study author Megan MacDonald, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a university news release.

Unizin welcomes three new founding members (University Business)

Unizin, a university-owned and directed consortium that provides standards-based digital education infrastructure for its members, announced today that Oregon State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota are now members of Unizin.

Back to the whale hunt for Japan (USA News)

“I was disappointed [with Japan’s announcement] but not shocked,” said Scott Baker, a professor and associate director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. “Subverting the ruling of the ICJ appears in keeping with Japan’s lengthy history of subverting the majority resolution of the IWC.”

District FFA digs up the dirt on soil (Capital Press)

Sandy soil means it’s easier to till and makes it suitable for pivot irrigation, said Oregon State University extension soil scientist Don Wysocki. But it can also be susceptible to problems like wind erosion and leaching nutrients.

State Ag Board lines up legislative priorities (The Times)

Improve international and domestic market access for state farm goods by funding Oregon State University programs aimed at “business development, value-added manufacturing and other rural economic development initiatives.”


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)

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.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Upcoming Events

NEW! DAS open house: Disability Access Services is hosting open houses in Kerr A200 and the DAS Testing Center (Heckart Lodge at 30th & Jefferson), Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Learn more about services, assistive technology demonstrations and tour the Testing Center to get acquainted with testing spaces, security measures and assistive technology available for students eligible for alternative testing accommodations.

NEW! Film screening: “Resistance,” a documentary on the history of antibiotic resistance, will be screened Oct. 7 at the Linus Pauling Science Center, 125. Doors open at 6, screening begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with director Michael Graziano at 7:45 p.m. Sponsored by the School of Language, Culture & Society’s Food in Culture and Social Justice Program and the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! The Pleasure of Hurting for God:  Ariel Glucklich, Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, will look at pilgrims, mystics, snake handlers and explore the phenomenon of religious subjectivity where pain and pleasure (joy) interact in complicated and mutually reinforcing ways.   Monday, Oct. 6 , 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Thai and Vietnamese cooking talk: Mai Pham, the chef/founder of the nationally acclaimed Lemon Grass and Star Ginger restaurants and author of several books on Thai and Vietnamese cooking, will speak at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). OSU will begin transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas starting Winter 2015. Join our webinar to learn what Canvas is about, and how instructors can begin to prepare for it this fall. Tuesday Oct. 7, 10-10:50 am. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1v0rS6S

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

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. 6.  See the announcement for times and locations http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/open-labs-fall-2014

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, .50 FTE (approximately 20 hours per week) Accountant 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013133. Closes Oct. 20.

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.

Outreach Program Coordinator (Farm Manager) – Jackson County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE),  Farm Manager position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013139. Closes Oct. 31.

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

Nash, ALS, LPSC: As part of the Classroom Building Project, necessary TPO Membrane installation will be applied to the Classroom Building on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7 a.m. to noon. Due to this work, nuisance odors will be apparent at Nash Hall, Ag Life Sciences Building and Linus Pauling Science Center. This work may also cause disruptive noise.

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: Well it’s the end of Week One, and we all could use some space. Sunny today and throughout the weekend, highs ranging from 78-80, lows in the mid to upper 40s. 

Central Oregon: Sunny all weekend, highs in the mid 70s, lows in the mid 40s.

Newport: Mostly sunny all weekend, highs in the low 70s, lows in the mid 50s.

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

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