OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 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 Amazon rainforest is drying out, and that could be a major carbon concern (Raw Story)

“It’s well-established fact that a large part of Amazon is drying. We’ve been able to link that decline in precipitation to a decline in greenness over the last 10 years,” said Thomas Hilker, lead author of the study and forestry expert at Oregon State University. (see also Climate Central)

OSU celebrating fundraising campaign (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is hosting a celebration of its recent fundraising campaign at 4 p.m. Friday at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. Oregon native and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times will be the keynote speaker at the event, which is open to the public.

Commercial market for western juniper studied (Capital Press)

Oregon State University and the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau will assess the design values over the coming year. A bigger market for lumber made from western juniper could have an echo effect in Eastern Oregon, where removing the tree is seen as a key factor in helping sage grouse recover.

With population growth refusing to budge, study advises consumption cuts for sustainable society (International Business Times)

An extra child in the United States today will produce an eventual carbonfootprint seven times that of an extra Chinese child, 55 times that of an Indian child and 86 times that of a Nigerian child, calculated Paul Murtaugh, a statistician at Oregon State University.

Catching up with three good books (Portland Tribune)

The Brightwood Stillness” by Mark Pomeroy ($18.95, Oregon State University Press, 279 pages).  It is a book meant to be read as a precursor to examining your own family, friends and history.

Pac-12 universities adopt sweeping reforms for students, guaranteeing scholarships, improving health care and more (Pac-12)

Sweeping reforms for student-athletes, including guaranteed four-year athletic scholarships, continuing education, improved health care, liberalized transfer rules, and more, were adopted today by the Pac-12 Conference in a vote of the presidents and chancellors of the Conference’s 12 member universities.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Film showing of Día de los Muertos performance: In the spirit of Halloween, join us for a screening of Milagro Theatre’s La Noche Eterna. This story about a spirit reuniting with his love also tells the story of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Thursday, Oct. 30, noon to 1 p.m., in the Library Willamette Room. Refreshments will be available.

NEW! Coffee break: MU East Wing Open House: Informal tours of new campus event spaces and the global community kitchen, Oct. 30, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room. Coffee and snacks provided by OSU catering, décor arrangements will be on display from Special Occasions. First 200 visitors receive a coupon to the North Porch Cafe.

NEW! Homecoming parade: The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.  and will wind its way down 26th Street before disbanding at the Block Party and Pep Rally to be held between CH2M HILL Alumni Center and Reser Stadium. The party runs from 7-9 p.m. Come out for student performances, OSU celebrities and DJ and emcee Doc Titus. Details can be found at http://www.osualum.com/homecoming.

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

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

Rural World exhibit: “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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Financial Workshop: Do You Know How to Start Taking Money Out When You Retire?  Oct. 29, 9 to 9:50 a.m., MU Horizon Room. Presented by Fidelity.   For more information on the workshops and/or to register, please visit the Training Days website at:  http://oregonstate.edu/training-days/ For questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu or by phone at 541-737-2805.

NEW! Robots and Us: At the Oct. 30 meeting of Triad, OSU faculty and staff club, Bill Smart of the College of Engineering will discuss his work on the interface between humans and robots. 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.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar:   Wilhem Engström, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden will be presenting a seminar – “Environmental disruptors, carcinogenesis and the cell cycle”- at 1 p.m., Oct. 31, in ALS 4001.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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/

News for Employees

NEW! Campus Mail Envelopes:  A reminder to the campus community – if you have an abundance of empty campus mail envelopes on hand, please return them with your mail driver.

NEW! Joy Drive: The annual OSU Childcare and Family Resources Joy Drive is right around the corner. The Joy Drive pairs OSU sponsoring departments/individuals with OSU students who have children and are in need of help creating a joyful winter holiday season. Last year 52 student families were helped by the drive.  You may sponsor the children of a student family by emailing familyresources@oregonstate.edu by Nov. 5. You will then receive information on your sponsor family by Nov. 14, and should purchase and deliver gifts to the office by Dec. 1.

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.


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

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.

Early Childhood Associate Teacher – OSU Child Development Center invites applications for two Early Childhood Associate Teacher positions: 1 at full-time (1.0 FTE), and 1 at part time (0.75 FTE).  Posting # 0013158. Closes Oct. 30.

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 2– Deschutes County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Education Program Assistant 2 position located in Redmond.  Posting # 0013252. Closes Oct. 31.

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.

Consultant-Academic Advisor – The School of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0013231. Closes Nov. 6.

The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) Department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director position. This is an OSU Internal Employment Opportunity, the posting closes Nov. 6. Posting # 0013243

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.

Outreach Program Coordinator (Small Farms Coordinator)– Jackson County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE),  Small Farms Coordinator position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013249. Closes Nov. 22.

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: “Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” – Marilyn Monroe. Rain today, high of 59, low of 52. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 56, low of 41. Increasing clouds tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 59, low of 53. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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