OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 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.

OSU/city collaboration project set to be renewed (Gazette-Times)

The collaboration project involving the city of Corvallis and Oregon State University is all but certain to continue beyond the three-year term of the original intergovernmental agreement. That was the strong consensus of the steering committee of the project, which met Monday afternoon at the downtown fire station.

Enrollment up 300 this year, Ray says (Gazette-Times)

On-campus enrollment at Oregon State University for the fall term is likely to settle around 24,450. OSU President Ed Ray announced at Monday’s Collaboration Corvallis steering committee meeting that the university estimates that it will have 300 more students on campus this fall than it did last fall.

How to make a better adhesive without the nasty chemicals (Green Business)

The new technique was invented and patented by Dr. Kaichang Li, associate professor in the Department of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He saw a need for a cheaper mass-produced bio-adhesive based on the readily available soybean, and figured out a way to block the expression of certain amino acids in the soy that were not present in the mussel protein.

Weather spotters keep eyes on the sky (Bend Bulletin)

“Someone seeing something is much better than an automated station telling me that it is storming,” said Dello, who is also the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Bark beetle research shows future evolution of Utah forests (Standard Examiner)

Dan Ott, a PhD student from Oregon State University, set out to the Uinta Mountains after an unseasonable snowstorm on June 18. It was his fifth week in the field, and a blanket of snow covered his study site by morning, which turned to a soggy puddle by afternoon. At least the sun shone bright in a clear blue sky. His studies often keep him out well after midnight.

Corvallis council passes new rules for demolition permits (Gazette-Times)

In other action in the three-hour, 15-minute meeting councilors agreed to send a request from Oregon State University for a parking lot change to the Urban Services Committee. OSU wants to relocate 26 free parking spaces near the INTO building to a lot at the old University Plaza Building at Southwest 15th Avenue and Western Boulevard.

Watch for Japanese transponders on the Oregon coast (Northwest Cable News)

Report location to Sam Chan, a watershed health specialist with Oregon State University Extension and Oregon Sea Grant here or to the NOAA Marine Debris Program here. (see also Oregonian)

Musician needs help finding stolen bass (KEZI)

Richard Meyn is a principal bassist for the Eugene Symphony and music instructor at Oregon State University. He says around 11 p.m. Saturday he was running groceries up to his apartment, when he came back outside and his bass was gone. (see also Register-Guard)

10 ways to get 10 minutes of exercise (Toronto Star)

Though longer-bout exercisers in an Oregon State University study did weigh less than those who did intermittent exercise — even the same amount — so long walks, runs, bike rides and more are still worth doing.)

Award-winning authors to read Friday at OSU‘s Valley Library (Gazette-Times)

Authors Nick Dybek and Inara Verzemnieks plan to read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Valley Library at Oregon State University. Both are visiting faculty members in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing this year.


Grand Opening North Porch Cafe: Free Thai Iced Tea with entree before 5 p.m.all week. Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday – Thursday: buy one entree get the second half off. North Porch is located in the East Wing of the Memorial Union.

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

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! Open Enrollment Help Sessions: Oct. 7, 1-4 p.m., Valley Library, Barnard Classroom #5420. Have questions or need assistance in completing Open Enrollment online and/or the online HEM health assessment.  Drop-in during the Help Session for assistance.  For additional days/times, please visit:  Open Enroll Help Sessions.  If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! APASU Open House: All students who are interested in and/or identify with API culture are invited to attend this free event to find out what the Asian Pacific American Student Union is all about! Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m., in MU Horizon Room 49. Sponsored by SEAC; funded by SORCE. For accommodations related to disabilities please contact: leewin@onid.oregonstate.edu

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.

NEW! Employee Benefits Fair: Health Insurance and Pension/Retirement providers will be available to answer your questions as well as various OSU resources.  Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom.  For a complete listing of providers that will be present visit:  Employee Benefits Fair. If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver Careers for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialists. You will receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing, so bring your resume. This event will take place on Tuesday Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., in MU 206. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

NEW! OSU District Plan Open Houses:  OSU is hosting two pubic open house events in October to provide updates on the OSU District Plan development with the community and to give community members an opportunity to share comments and concerns with OSU planning staff.  All are welcome to attend these no-cost Open Houses: Oct. 21, 4-7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center and Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., at Chintimini Senior and Community Center.  For more information, contact David Dodson at 541-737-8503 or visit the OSU District Plan Updates page.

Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to faculty, staff and students on a drop-in basis at the Craft Center.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! PEBB Health Plan Presentations : Oct. 9 in the MU Ballroom West.  Short-term & Long-term Disability, 9 a.m.- 10 a.m., presented by Standard Insurance.  PEBB Plans Overview & HEM, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Presented by PEBB.  No registration is required.  The morning presentations will be streamed lived and recorded for those that cannot attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Undoing Border Imperialism:  Activist and author Harsha Walia will discuss her recent book and her extensive work building immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. Thursday, Oct. 9, noon, MU La Raza Room.

NEW! Medicare Basics Workshop Come and learn the basics of Medicare and understand how Medicare Supplemental plans work. Oct. 9, 2 – 4 p.m., MU Ballroom West. No registration is required.  If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu. Presented by: Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA).

NEW! Beyond the Body: An Ecological Approach of Religious Materiality:  Manuel Vasquez, Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Florida, will argue for continued centrality of the body in the study of religion exploring ecological, cultural, and social networks as keys to how religion is lived.  Thursday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Lorenzo Ciannelli, Associate Professor, CEOAS, will speak onTransdisciplinary Research and Education in Marine Resource Sustainability,” Oct. 8, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

Fall 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Watershed-based Partnerships for a Resilient World: Brent Steel (Oregon State University). Sustainable Rural Communities and the Urban-Rural Divide in Oregon, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4 to 5 p.m. Kearney 305.

Triad: Why Accreditation Matters. At the Oct. 9 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Tammy Bray, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will discuss the college’s recognition as Oregon’s only accredited school of public health. 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. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat. See http://oregonstate.edu/triad.

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!

Hip-Hop Festival and Symposium: The College of Liberal Arts will host a Hip-Hop Festival and Symposium featuring performances, workshops and panel discussions about hip hop music and culture at Reser Stadium, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Featured artists include MC Lyte, Lil Flip and Illmaculate. Admission is free with OSU i.d. $15 in advance for general public, $20 at the door.

New Faculty Orientation: The Research Office will host a half day New Faculty Orientation event on Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall that will introduce you to critical information, resources, and services to empower your research, and outreach efforts. Lunch is provided. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/research/. For questions contact Jane Cigarran at jane.cigarran@oregonstate.edu .

The second offering of the online Digital Brand Management Certificate series begins Oct. 27: OSU’s College of Writing, Literature and Film partnered with Professional and Continuing Education to create a four-course certificate program designed to help professionals leverage digital marketing tools and best practices to successfully navigate an increasingly digital world.  The first course, Digital Brand Strategies, launches Oct. 27. Register now!

News for Employees

NEW! PCOSW Scholarship Applications: Applications for PCOSW scholarships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, or PCOSW, provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities, as well as individuals conducting research related to women’s issues. Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 and are awarded during fall, winter, and spring terms; the deadline is Friday of Week 5 with notification in Week 7. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/awards-and-scholarships

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. FTE will not be split among units. This choice will determine Senate representation. Contact Vickie Nunnemaker at vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu by noon, Oct. 17 with your selection. Provide your name, the units you are split between, and the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned; Indicate ‘Split Appointment’ in the subject line.


NEW! URSA-ENGAGE: The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty for the 2015 URSA-ENGAGE Program, which will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter, spring and fall terms of 2015. The Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline is Oct. 29, available here: http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ For more information, contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

NEW! NSF partnership: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation- Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships program. The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsfstc. Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Mary.Phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Oct. 13.

NEW! NSF physics program: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation- Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics program. The Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/theory-institute-atomic-molecular-and-optical-physics. Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Mary.Phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Oct. 13.

NEW! NSF biological field stations/marine laboratories: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation- Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories program. Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/wf-fsml. Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Mary.Phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Oct. 14.

NEW! Keck Foundation: The OSU Foundation is calling for concept papers that have the potential to meet the funding interests of the W.M. Keck Foundation. which seeks to support outstanding basic research in science, engineering and medicine that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems and  also strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/keck-foundation. Information: Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations, OSU Foundation,  Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Mary.Phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 19.

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.

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).


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

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

Congestion: An open house program takes place Oct. 10 in LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.  OSU Fall Preview will host more than 800 prospective students and their families. Due to this, there will be an increase in vehicles and foot-traffic during campus tours.

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: “That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below, And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow, And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky, Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie!” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier. Another warm October day is on its way with sunny skies and a high of 84. Mostly clear tonight with a low of 52. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 81, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog, become mostly sunny, with a high of 71. Cloudy and 55 tonight. Cloudy tomorrow.

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

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