OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 27, 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.

Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how GMOs work (Oregonian)

Steve Strauss is a professor with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, where he is part of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and conducts research on genetically engineered trees for uses in forestry, bioenergy and horticulture.

2014’s Best and Worst Food Cities for your wallet (Wallet Hub)

Lisbeth Goddick, Paul & Sandy Arbuthnot Professor and ODI-Bodyfelt Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology, Oregon State University, weighs in.

Oregon BEST looks to create a new timber industry (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon BEST and Oregon State University are teaming with a Southern Oregon timber business in a bid to turn the state into a center for Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacturing.

Keeping track: OSU Advantage Accelerator (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University set up its Advantage Accelerator program and opened an office a year ago in leased space on the second floor of a small office building at 200 S.W. Fourth St. in downtown Corvallis. The goal of the program is to bring cutting edge ideas to market by connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to the resources needed for success and assisting high-growth, innovative companies from the mid-Willamette Valley and extended Oregon State University community.

Intel ‘futurist’ Brian Johnson to speak on technology in Tuesday lecture at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Brian David Johnson, the ‘futurist’ at Intel Corp., will speak Tuesday at Oregon State University as part of the College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series.

OSU celebrates new Ettihad Cultural Center (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s newest cultural center is having a grand opening celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in room 49 at the Memorial Union. The Ettihad Cultural Center, located in Snell Hall 424, is a cross-cultural resource for OSU students who have a cultural or ethnic background in central and southwestern Asia and northern Africa, and for those who are interested in learning more about those cultures and regions. (see also Daily Barometer)

Corvallis firefighters and OSU students to canvas for smoke detector checks (Gazette-Times)

Volunteer firefighters from the Corvallis Fire Department and sorority members from Oregon State University plan to go door-to-door Saturday, asking residents to check their smoke alarms. The canvassing is intended to ensure that residents have working smoke alarms and is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of National Fire Safety Month.

Bike thefts spike in Corvallis: ‘This is a city-wide issue’ (KVAL)

One statistic complicating the situation is that Oregon State Police are reporting a decrease in bike thefts from calls to campus. There were eight bike thefts reported to OSP in September, down from 11 in September 2013. There were 22 bike thefts reported to OSP through Oct. 21.

Honorary degree set for late Corvallis man (Gazette-Times)

Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education has conferred an honorary degree to former Oregon State University administrator Bob Bontrager, Ph.D., to recognize his leadership in developing the LBCC and OSU degree partnership program. Bontrager died Oct. 17

OSU #1 for sexual health (KEZI)

Oregon State University is ranked first in the country when it comes to sexual health on campus, according to an annual report card released by Trojan Condoms.

Locals pitch in for Make a Difference Day (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University organized a number of volunteer activities, including weeding at a community garden, serving a meal to the homeless at Stone Soup, doing yardwork at the Heartland Humane Society and the Children’s Farm Home, and picking up cigarette butts at campus smoking areas.

Have you always wanted a cattle ranch? (Bend Bulletin)

But ranching can be a tough proposition, especially if the new owner takes on some debt to make the purchase. The costs of fertilizer, power for irrigation systems, hay and other expenses have also increased, said Tim Deboodt, Oregon State University extension agent in Crook County.

Oregon School Counselor of the Year: Forest Grove’s Marinda Peters of Fern Hill Elementary (Oregonian)

Peters earned her bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology atPacific University before completing a school counseling licensure program at Portland State University and being hired at Fern Hill in 2008. She’s now working on her doctorate through Oregon State University’s Counselor Education program.

Why your teen may be a rebel (The Express Tribune)

The research helmed by Joshua Weller, assistant professor at the Oregon State University said, “These findings suggest that less-refined decision skills early in life could potentially be a harbinger for problem behaviour in the future.”  However, if poor decision-making patterns can be identified while children are still young, parents, educators and health professionals may have an opportunity to intervene and help those children enhance these skills, he added.

Hereford triplets beat the odds (Capital Press)

The chance of triple births in beef cattle are 1 in 100,000, according to Charles T. Estill, associate professor of rural veterinary practice at the Oregon State University Veterinary School.

GreenSpace: Unvented gas stoves are an asthma risk (Philly.com)

The researchers, led by Molly Kile, an environmental epidemiologist at Oregon State University, said they didn’t know whether a lack of venting actually caused respiratory issues, but they recommended more research.

OSU Master Gardeners’ gratifying grafted vegetables at the Oregon Garden (Oregonian)

The two longtime Master Gardeners with the Oregon State University Extension Service would look at each other and smile. This was why they toiled. People need to know, Olson said, about these vegetables that have garnered so much attention around the country, including stories in USA Today and the New York Times.

Sizing up OSU’s Homecoming parade (Gazette-Times)

Sunday marks the start of Homecoming week at Oregon State University, so it’s time to ponder one of the mid-valley’s enduring mysteries: Why isn’t OSU’s Homecoming parade bigger than it is?

Roses and Raspberries (Gazette-Times)

ROSES to George Bailey, an Oregon State University toxicologist who died Monday, just a month before he was to receive the 2014 Discovery Award presented by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon Health & Science University.


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!

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.

NEW! Connecting the Dots: Open Access, Open Education and an Open Future: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition, will speak on the movement for open education and the Open Access movement. Monday, Oct. 27, 1-2 p.m., 2nd Floor Rotunda, Valley Library. See http://bit.ly/1sBd1k6 for more details.

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. Mon. Oct. 27, 1:30 to 2:20 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/1v0vqWG

Hydrophiles: Hyrdophiles presents the inaugural Water on Tap event is this coming Monday, Oct. 27 from 7-8 p.m. at the Old World Deli. This week’s presentation is titled Countries at Risk: an Assessment of States with Shared Transboundary Water Resources.

Storytelling, Religion and the Contours of Well-Being:  Paul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, will explore the death of Jean-Marie Gibbal.   Some have attributed Gibbal’s premature death to korte or death magic that practitioners had sent from Mali (where Gibbal had done fieldwork) to France.  This story provides the framework for a wide-ranging discussion of ethics, embodiment, epistemology, religion, storytelling and our never-ending quest for well-being in the world.  Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store Halloween Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and draw an eyeball from the “cauldron” for a chance at 25, 50 or 75% off one item. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Oct. 28- Nov.1  OSU Homecoming Celebration! Join Beaver Nation in celebrating OSU Homecoming by participating Spirit Week activities in the MU Quad Tues – Fri, the Homecoming Parade and Block Party on Oct. 30, OSU Showcase and campus open houses on Oct. 31 and the OSU vs CAL Homecoming football game on Nov. 1.  For more information: www.osualum.com/homecomingcalendar

Grand Opening of the Ettihad Cultural Center: The grand opening celebration of the Ettihad Cultural Center (ECC) is designed to help facilitate a deeper understanding for students and staff of  this culture. The ECC started with a new vision of unity and this event makes history as the first center of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Oct. 28, 3 to 5 p.m., MU New Horizon Room.

CPHHS Accreditation Ceremony: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences in celebrating its recent accreditation as Oregon’s first and only college of public health. The event is from 11-11:30 a.m., Oct. 31 in the college’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more about this up-and-coming college and why it’s the future of public health.

Pretty Faces ski film screening! Women in Science is co-hosting a screening of the ski film Pretty Faces on Wednesday Nov. 12 at Majestic Theatre. Film starts at 7:30 p.m. This film celebrates women’s achievements in the mountains. For more info, check out www.unicornpicnic.com or email womeninscience@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Common Core State Standards Informational Panel: The College of Education is sponsoring a panel of six public school teachers discussing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how the CCSS have affected classrooms, elementary through high school. There will be refreshments, Q&A, and an introduction about the background of CCSS. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., Kearney 112. Free.

NEW! Community Conversations: Hot Topics Presented by Student Events and Activities Center, this event provides dialogues, awareness and engagement in current local, regional and global topics. This week’s topic is about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Did it cause more harm than good? Come voice your opinion! This event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 in MU Room 213 from 1-2:30 p.m.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Physical & Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, will present a seminar “ From cradle to grave: Microbial C transformations in the rhizosphere” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity:  Sharyn Clough (Philosophy), Evan Gottlieb (English), and Stephanie Jenkins (Philosophy) will discuss this new book with author Colin Koopman (UO- Philosophy).  Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Milam 319.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Chad S. Boyd, Rangeland Ecologist, United States Department of Agriculture, Eastern Oregon Ag Research Center, Burns, will speak on“Ecosystem Management as an Organizing Vision for Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation,” Oct. 29, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! “Humanity Before Us: Crossing the Cultural Divide:” Photographer and Visual Storyteller Joni Kabana offers perspective on visual representation in cross-cultural environments. Oct. 29, 7 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Reception at 6:15 p.m. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/heatosu/joni-kabana-oct-2014/

NIH & OSU Open Access Policies and 3D Printing Workshops at The Valley Library: The Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with a session addressing the NIH Public Access and OSU Open Access initiatives Oct. 28. For those curious about three-dimensional printing options at the library (and on campus), check out the 3D Printing Oct. 30 workshop. View the full series of workshop offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Student learning and success: The College of Liberal Arts presents Tia Brown McNair from AAC&U, who will give a presentation on “Innovation to What End? Promising Strategies and Critical Questions for Improving and Equalizing Student Learning and Success,” Tuesday, Oct. 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Room 213.

Horticulture departmental seminars: Sugae Wada, research associate, OSU horticulture, will speak on “In Vitro Mineral Nutrition for Genetically Diverse Germplasm: Challenges and Opportunities,” Oct. 28, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

OSU Advantage Accelerator Seminar: Demystifying Sales. Come to a free seminar led by Jacey Marushia-Laurain of Sharp Business Consulting. Her topics will include: knowing your customer, channel identification and selection, tools for managing sales, & tips for creating successful interactions. OSU Advantage Accelerator Main Conference Room Oct. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Limit 10. RSVP to reserve your spot. For more details visit us here.

Photographer talk: British photographer and conceptual artist John Hilliard will speak about his work on Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. His talk, “A Catalogue of Errors,” is free and open to the public. Hilliard’s appearance is part of the Visual Artists and Scholars lecture series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU.

College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Futurist with the Intel Corporation Brian David Johnson will speak on “Humanity in the Machine: What Comes After Greed?” Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. He will explore how technology reflects the mission and values of the societies that create it. Free and open to the public.

News for Employees

NEW! NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation- Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) program. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future. Guidelines: oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-snm. Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Mary.Phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Monday, Nov. 24.

Pledge to Go Healthy in the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge: From now through Nov. 26, we’re encouraging Beaver Fans to step up and pledge to a healthy life. For every pledge to Go Healthy this Civil War, PacificSource Healthy Life will donate $1 to the charity of your choice, including OSU’s own Healthy Youth Program. Plus, you could win great prizes, including two tickets to this year’s Civil War. Join the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge today: http://healthylifechallenge.org/home/

Safety Contract Classes Available & First Aid Kits: Recreational Sports offers safety classes for students, members, the OSU community and the general public. American Heart Association and Red Cross courses are available to take in a group setting or one-on-one. The Safety program continues to have a robust schedule of class offerings. Additionally, Recreational Sports sells First Aid Kits. Help to keep our Beaver Nation healthy and safe. Learn the necessary skills today! Contact Recreation Services for more information.

OSU Contract Services and Procurement – Request for Customer Feedback: The Contract Services and Procurement units within Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM) invite customers to provide feedback through brief online surveys, one for Contract Services and one for Procurement. If you’ve worked with both units, please fill out the survey for each unit. We appreciate your feedback on your experience working with us. The surveys are available through Nov. 7.

Accelerator accepting applications: The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator program is accepting applications for their next cohort, which begins in January 2015 and runs for five months. Applications from innovative and high-growth traded sector companies that produce goods and services used outside the region are encouraged. More information and an application is available on the website, at www.oregonstate.edu/accelerator.

SEIU Local083 Classified Employees: If you have not yet completed the SEIU503 bargaining survey, it can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015HigherEdSurvey. Remember that there are cookies at stake for any department that has 100% participation by all classified employees (members and fairshare).  You will need to send a list indicating who all the employees are in your department after they have completed the survey to claim your prize.


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

Temporary Information Technology Consultant – Hatfield Marine Science Center invites applications for a temporary, full-time (1.0 FTE), Temporary Information Technology Consultant, Competency Level 1.  This position is in Newport, Oregon.  Posting # 0013209. Closes Oct. 27.

Trades/Maintenance Coordinator – INTERNAL search. University Housing & Dining Services invites Internal OSU employees to apply for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Coordinator position. Posting #0013208. Closes Oct. 28.

Construction Contracts Officer – Capital Projects Contract Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0013196. Full consideration date: Oct. 29. Closes Nov. 5.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a 0.80 FTE, 12-month Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting #0013211.  Closes Oct. 30.

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.

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.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO (VPFA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Executive Assistant reporting directly to the VPFA.  This position provides high level administrative and clerical support, developing systems and processes to assist the Vice President and division’s leadership team in support of university strategic initiatives. Posting #0013222. For full consideration apply by Nov. 3.  Closes Nov. 15.

Faculty Research Assistant – Survey Research Center, Department of Statistics invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013205. Closes Nov 5.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension/4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a part-time, (75.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Albany.  Posting # 0013215. Closes Nov. 5.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension/4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a part-time, (75.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Condon.  Posting # 0013223. Closes Nov. 7.

Office Specialist 2 (Temporary) – IE3 Global invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, temporary Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0013193. Closes Nov. 7.

Information Security Analyst – Information Services – Office of Information Security invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Information Security Analyst position. Posting # 0013189. Closes Nov 7.

Faculty Research Assistant (Information Management Specialist):  Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is recruiting for a 12-month, 0.35 FTE, fixed-term, FRA for a Database/Data Management position with the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative.  Salary range is $45K-$55K (full-time rate).  Posting # 0013164.  Closes Nov. 9.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0013210. Closes Nov. 11.

Office Manager– Douglas County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Office Manager position located in Roseburg.  Posting # 0013190. Closes Nov. 11.

The Office of Research Integrity invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term IACUC Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013232. Closes Nov. 15.

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

Consultant-Academic Advisor – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0013228. Closes Nov. 16.

Secretary of the Board – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Secretary of the Board position. Posting # 0013192. Closes for full consideration Nov 17.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Head Librarian of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, Oregon. Posting #0013234. Closes Nov. 21.

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.

Senior Institutional Research Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting #0013220. Closes Feb. 28, 2015.

Traffic and maintenance

26th Street: As part of the 2014 Homecoming Parade and Block Party, 26th Street from just north of the LaSells Stewart Center up to Ralph Miller Lane, will be closed Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to midnight. There will also be rolling closures for the parade which begins at 6:30 p.m. (View Map). Please note that the parade route will end at the Block Party which will mean increased congestion around Gill Coliseum, OSU Beaver Store and 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.


Corvallis: “The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown, The trees in apple orchards, With fruit are bending down.” – Children’s song. Mostly cloudy, high of 62, low of 50. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 52, low of 40. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Isolated showers turning to rain by tonight. High of 58, low of 52. Rain tomorrow.

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

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