OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 13, 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.

Robot snake slithers like a sidewinder, ‘the ultimate all-terrain vehicle’ (Christian Science Monitor)

“The desert sidewinder is really extraordinary, with perhaps the fastest and most efficient natural motion we’ve ever observed for a snake,” said Ross Hatton, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis and a member of the research team, in a prepared statement. (see also Scientific American)

Americans love an underdog, and they seriously love their Royals (Kansas City Star)

Tight, action-packed games “create this emotional arousal” in spectators partly because of endorphins and adrenaline flooding through the nervous system, said Oregon State University marketing professor Colleen Bee.

How bad is the lionfish invasion? We’re now trying to train sharks to eat them (Vox)

As researchers from Oregon State University recently discovered, lionfish will stay in one area and keep devouring smaller fish and mollusks — often until the local population goes extinct.

The discovery of a terrifying sea monster? No, just a bizarre relative of the starfish (Daily Mail)

The creature can live around 6,564 ft (2 km) below the waves, but typically favours life between 50 ft (15 metres) and 500 feet (152 metres) below sea level, according to experts at Oregon State University.

Oregon State University outperforms in D.A. Davidson & Co.’s student investment program (Yahoo Business)

Up-and-coming investment professionals at 20 western U.S. public and private universities began the school year with a basis of $50,000 to invest in the stock market. Oregon State University (OSU) emerged as the victor for the program year, posting a total return of 38.0 percent for the program year and sailing well ahead of the S&P 500 Index’s return of 22.7 percent for the same period.

OSU president outlines decade of accomplishments, new challenges for the future (Albany Tribune)

In an annual address to the Faculty Senate at Oregon State University, OSU President Edward J. Ray reviewed what he called the “extraordinary” successes of the past 10 years, explored a range of financial and student issues, and cited major challenges and opportunities facing both OSU and the future of higher education.

Atwood named October PFLA ‘Our Hero’ (LIFE@OSU)

She is being recognized for inspiring others to work hard to make person connections.

Corvallis Science Pub speaker Dee Denver explores connections between spirituality, science (Gazette-Times)

It’s been a long path for Oregon State University biology professor Dee Denver, working to identify the common ground between science and Buddhism — and a Monday presentation on the topic is just another step on the journey.

OSU researcher honored (Gazette-Times)

An environmental epidemiologist at Oregon State University has been selected for an award for early career scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

OSU notes 15th year of Valley Library with tours (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is celebrating the Valley Library’s 15th anniversary this month with guided tours led by student employees to highlight the many services and resources the library provides beyond books and a study space.

OSU’s online program judged best in the state (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s online education program has been named the best of any college or university in Oregon.

Study: After dams are removed, rivers quickly return to normal (KUOW Seattle)

But a study from Oregon State University found that didn’t happen. Researchers studied the Rogue and Calapooia rivers in Oregon before and after dams were removed. (see also Statesman Journal)

OSU October garden calendar (Oregonian)

Perhaps the last thing you need are more tasks on your To-Do list. But the experts atOSU Extension Service believe that if you perform key garden chores in October, you will reap the benefit of a sustainable garden in the seasons to come.

Marine researcher named head of wave lab (Gazette-Times)

Pedro Lomónaco, an expert in coastal and maritime engineering, has been named the director of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University, according to an announcement Friday from the university.

Health stat: Smart people, bad diet (Gazette-Times)

A study of elementary school children in Corvallis found that about three-fourths of the students had vitamin D levels that were either insufficient or deficient, and they also lacked an adequate intake of other important nutrients.

Wildlife Safari, OSU pull off medical breakthrough on cheetah (KPIC)

The Wildlife Safari and Oregon State University have achieved a medical breakthrough. For the first time in history, a non-surgical artificial insemination in a cheetah has been confirmed.


Rural World exhibit: Opening Monday, Oct. 13, “The Rural World” exhibit offers a glimpse into the rural endeavors such as beekeeping, orchard cultivation, kitchen gardening, producing dairy products and wool, and brewing. These activities have provided  sustenance since early times and formed the backbone of rural economies in Oregon.  On display from Oct. 13-March 20, 2015. OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 5th floor of the Valley Library,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Zotero, EndNote, and Data Management workshops at The Valley Library: The Fall Grad Student & Faculty Workshop Series kicks off on Oct. 13. Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with Zotero (Oct. 13) or EndNote (Oct. 14). Thinking about your research data or developing your data management plan? Learn to manage it effectively and efficiently with Intro to Data Management (Oct. 14). View the full series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Meditation Mob: Join us in a relaxing and rejuvenating guided meditation during a break between classes. Monday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Quad.

Beaver Strides: Join us every Monday rain or shine at noon for a 45 minute mid-day walk.  Meet near the southeast entrance to Student Health and walk various routes around campus.  All walking speeds and abilities welcome. This week’s guest walker is Danielle Caldwell, the Wellness Education Coordinator for the Department of Recreational Sports.  She is a wealth of knowledge about how to live a healthy and balanced life.

Ag Ed/Ag Sci candidates: Candidates for the Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences Department Head will be presenting at forums on campus. Dexter B. Wakefield, Education Research Coordinator, Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, School of Education, Indiana University, will present Oct. 13, 4-5 p.m., Kidder 202. D. Barry Croom, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Agricultural and Extension Education, North Carolina State University, will present Oct. 14, 4 -5 p.m., Hallie Ford Center 115. Thomas J. Dormody, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, will present Oct. 17, 9-10 a.m., Hallie Ford Center 115. Receptions follow each presentation.

25th Annual Yunker Physics Lecture: Eric Cornell, JILA, NIST & University of Colorado at Boulder, will speak about “Particle paleontology: looking for fossils from the early universe inside the electron”, Monday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. in 151 Weniger Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit: http://physics.oregonstate.edu.

OSU Center for the Humanities Film Lecture:  Jon Lewis, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss macabre mysteries of postwar Los Angeles and the restructuring of Hollywood cinema in Nothing Sadder Than the Truly Monstrous: The Black Dahlia Murder and Transition-era Hollywood on Monday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. A reception from 5-7 p.m. will follow.

Science Pub: Science and Buddhism might seem to have little in common, but they share surprising similarities. At the Oct. 13 Corvallis Science Pub, Dee Denver, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, will explore the intersection of these two traditions. The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Pancake retirement: Cherri Pancake, Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE), will be honored with a retirement party Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3 to 5 p.m.,  Kelley Engineering Center Fourth Floor Lounge.

NEW! Free Photo Booth:  Reduce your stress and take time to be social by taking pictures with silly props. Wednesday, Oct. 15,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the MU Quad.

NEW! Exercise for the Office: Oct. 15, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Faculty Conversations with President Ray: The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bNRL22smBHFnd0V to register for either Oct. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m., or Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

NEW! Finding the Light: A Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk: An event to raise awareness, support our families and friends, and connect with each other. Wednesday, Oct. 15. Meet at the Gazebo in Central Park at 7 p.m.

Miss Representation Film Screening: Free screening of a film that explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., MU 208

Flu Shot Clinic for Students/Faculty/Staff – 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! The Athletic Body and Religion:  John Frohnmayer (Rowing), Amy Koehlinger (Boxing), and Stuart Sarbacker (Yoga) will explore the intersections between religious embodiment, metaphor, bruising and accomplishment.   Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Challenges to Higher Education: What can WE do? A candid conversation with Jose Padin, Professor at Portland State University, to discuss challenges to academic quality, academic freedom, shared governance  and democratic public higher education. Wednesday, Oct. 15, noon-1, MU 13 (Multipurpose room); brown bag lunches welcome.  Sponsored by the OSU Chapter of the AAUP (http://osuaaup.org).

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.  Oct. 15, 2-2:50 p.m. 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/1v0t6yW

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: William J. Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will speak onStatus and Ecological Effects of the World’s Largest Carnivores and Herbivores,” Oct. 15, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Fall 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Ken Bierly (formerly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board) will speak on “Watershed Based Partnerships in Public/Private Managed Landscapes,” Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 305.

NEW! Did Jesus Claim to be God?:   Join us for a Socratic Club debate between Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) and Carl Stecher (Salem State University).  Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Milam Hall Auditorium

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning 2014 Fall Symposium:  Thurs., Oct 23, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Memorial Union.  Offers leadership sessions on program review and on eSETs and effective evaluation of teaching; Promoting Faculty Learning sessions on curricular development, technology in classrooms and Tips for Advising International Students; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning sessions on engaged research practices, effective syllabi, and MediaSpace platform; Promoting Learning sessions in Universal Design for Instruction and Internationalized Pedagogy.  Learning Management Systems sessions will focus on OSU’s migration from Blackboard to Canvas. Registration available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/symposia-2014-2015

NEW! 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 and the even will be followed by a wine and cheese social at 5 p.m. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/research/. For questions contact Jane Cigarran at jane.cigarran@oregonstate.edu .

NEW! National sustainability conference:  With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.  Join the OSU Sustainability Office, Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Recycling in Portland Oct. 26-29; members of all three groups are presenting!  Register here (at the discounted member rate), let us know you’re attending and get a cold cup, water bottle or coffee mug.

OSU’s Africa Initiative will hold its first meeting of the year with Dr.  Jen Veilleux (Department of Geography) who will give a talk on “Water Development in the Nile Basin”.   Mon., Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m., 203 Wilkinson Hall.  Faculty, staff, students, and the broader OSU community who share interest in issues related to Africa are welcome.

Adventure Leadership Institute’s Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder – Open to all: Learn the essential skills of wilderness first aid and being a first responder in the wilderness through Recreational Sports’ Adventure Leadership Institute courses. Wilderness First Aid is occurring on Oct. 25-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wilderness First Responder will occur Dec. 13 – 20 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. These courses are open to OSU students, Recreational Sports members and the general public. Learn more about the Adventure Leadership Institute here or check out the course schedules here.

Running effective meetings: Registration is still open for “Running Effective Meetings” and other workshops presented by the Center of Learning & Organizational Development. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 for details and to register.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Winter or Spring 2014-15 release. The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 3.

NEW! PFLA Our Heroes sought: Do you know someone who’s a hero here at OSU because of the extra effort that they put forth or the extra moment they take to make your day pleasant?  Here’s a great way to celebrate them.  Professional Faculty Leadership Association is always seeking nominations for “Our Heroes” awards.  Neither you or the nominated individual need to be members.   Build up your karma bank by celebrating the heroes that help us every day.

NEW! 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.

Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is Oct. 24 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Fall 2014.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

Update voter registration information: In order to participate in the Nov. 4 General Election, voters must be registered by Oct. 14.  If you have moved since the last election you will need to re-register using your current address to ensure your ballot will reach you. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot. Voter registration cards are available from ASOSU in Snell Hall, the Memorial Union, and other campus locations. You can also register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.org/.

Bike parking survey volunteers needed:  Ever needed to park your bike but there wasn’t a place in sight? Help the OSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee address bike parking issues on campus by surveying bike parking utilization on Oct. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. To thank participants, the Sustainability Office and Parking Services will provide volunteers a swag item.  See more or contact alaina.hawley@oregonstate.edu.

OSU athletics supports breast cancer awareness: Oregon State Athletics is proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in the spirit of the cause is offering 1,000 free tickets for families (limit of 4) touched by any form of cancer for the Thurs., Oct. 16 home football game vs. Utah. The outreach is part of the department’s new “BeaversSalute” program. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis and available through the OSU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS and referencing “BeaversSalute families touched by cancer.”


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

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.

Medical Aide – The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications to fill 2 full-time (1.0 FTE),12 month, limited duration Medical Aide positions in the large animal reception of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Apply to posting # 0013154. Closes Oct. 20.

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.

Maintenance Laborer Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Maintenance Laborer Coordinator position.  Posting #0013166. Closes Oct. 22.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Campus Public Safety Dispatcher.  This is a permanent full time position.  Posting #0013177. Closes Oct. 22.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.To apply,  visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14247122  Closes Oct. 24.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0013168. Closes Oct. 31.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Astoria.  Posting # 0013172. Closes Oct. 31.

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.

Public Info Representative 2–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Public Info Representative 2, Posting #0013175. Closes Nov. 1.

Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations –Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations, Posting #0013179. Closes Nov. 10.

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

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film  invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses, on a trimester system, in global (non-western) related film electives and film theory. Posting #0013155. Closes Jan. 30, 2015.

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: You don’t ‘need nobody‘ to tell you that summer is over. Foggy this morning, followed by partly sunny skies and a high of 73. Rain tonight, low of 50. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 77, low of 44. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 64, low of 53. Rain tonight and tomorrow.

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

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