OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 6, 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 launches online certificate for higher ed professionals (Campus Technology)

Oregon State University has launched a new online certificate program designed to help higher education professionals improve their teaching abilities. (see also WLTZ)

Oregon Pot: By the numbers (OPB)

OSU’s Seth Crawford’s study is cited by this OPB in-depth look at marijuana in Oregon. (see also KVAL, Gazette-Times)

State, federal role in electrical utilities’ labor issues should be reexamined, study says (Phys. Org)

“It doesn’t seem that dire until a storm hits, or somebody makes a mistake, and then you are risking a blackout,” said Inara Scott, an assistant professor in the College of Business at Oregon State University.

GOP tsunami misses Oregon (Register-Guard)

Moore and political analyst Bill Lunch, a retired Oregon State University professor, said the Democrats’ success was a mixture of slowly shifting demographics as well as factors specific to this election.

Public lands feeling the pressure of popularity (Bend Bulletin)

The pressure that increasing popularity puts on public lands isn’t unique to Bend, said Matt Shinderman, senior instructor and program lead for sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades. Over the past two decades, people have been drawn to cities around America where outdoor recreation can be part of their daily lives.

OSU celebrates newest student resource, Ettihad Cultural Center (LIFE@OSU)

Rayan AlRasheed, a student leadership liaison for the Ettihad Cultural Center, said the center originated as a student group two years ago, but their annual cultural events were so well attended (the last attracted more than 2,000 attendees) that the students were able to convince OSU administrators that creating a cultural center would serve a growing group of underrepresented students.

Water-permeable parking lot (KEZI)

The Oregon State University Extension Office in Eugene did a little green renovation Wednesday. The office moved one step closer to having a water-permeable parking lot.

OSU hosts Dads and Families Weekend (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University expects 6,000 to 8,000 people to descend on Corvallis this weekend for the university’s annual Dads and Families Weekend. Josh Cohrs, an OSU junior and co-coordinator for the event, said that Dads and Family Weekend is smaller than the annual Moms Weekend in the spring, but it still has a significant draw.

Fighting back against sexual violence (KEZI)

“It’s likely that over the next few years as we increase the awareness, as we increase bystander intervention, and as we increase the acceptance of this issue on campus, we are going to see the number of instances on campus actually going up,” said Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU Vice-Provost for Student Affairs.

Genetic sleuthing reveals grisly details of historic whale hunting (Mongabay)

By using mitochondrial DNA from 231 of these bones, researchers at Oregon State University have now identified the species of whales that the whalers hunted.

Engineering soybean disease strategies (Farm and Dairy)

Led by Dr. Brett Tyler, now at Oregon State University, the project’s goal is to engineer new disease-resistance strategies to reduce soybean crop yield losses due to root and stem rots.


EndNote, Zotero, and Qualtrics Workshops at The Valley Library: Fall term is halfway done so it is time to think about learning to capture, manage and cite your research sources with Zotero (Nov. 6). If work is getting underway on survey research, then consider using Qualtrics (Nov. 6) – OSU has a campus-wide license. 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

Many Hands Trading will donate $1 out of every $4 you spend in their store in the Memorial Union on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to the OSU Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  Our exercise program focuses on increasing independence and functional mobility.

CAS Associate Dean forums: Candidates for Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences will be presenting public forums on campus. All the forums will be 10:30 a.m. to noon in 202 Kidder Hall. Thursday, Nov. 6: Donald Conner, Professor and Department Head of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Deep-Sea Medicine: At the Nov. 6 meeting of Triad, OSU faculty and staff club, Kerry McPhail of the College of Pharmacy will discuss her search for new drug candidates from the oceans. 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.

Oregon State Retirement Association (OSURA) Workshop: Ron LeBlanc, Certified Financial Planner and David Beckham, Attorney, will speak on “The Business of Retirement” on Nov. 6 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the OSU Foundation, 35th & Western.  A range of financial and estate planning topics will be discussed; participants will receive fact sheets and worksheets. Guests are welcome.  No charge.

November Repair Fair:  Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demonstrations to learn more skills. Demonstrations offered for door draft snakes, patching holes and green cleaning. See the schedule and list of repair skills at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair. Nov. 6, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th Street).

Gifts from the Kitchen Workshop: Make the holidays special by giving a personal gift from your kitchen. Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Benton County Extension Office, 4077 S.W. Research Way Corvallis. Ideas for gifts, presentation, and wrapping will be shared by Master Food Preserver Volunteers. Participants will make some gifts to take home with them. We will share ideas on canned foods, jams, jellies, candies, cakes, cookie mixes in a jar, and much more. Cost: $20 Please call 541-766-6750 to pre-register. Lambeth, Laura Laura.Lambeth@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Veterans Day Ceremony 2014: Oregon State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 685 are holding a ceremony in the MU Quad, beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. This event will include a mock funeral ceremony with a 21 gun salute, a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Ceremony, Color Guard performance, and the guest speaker will be Retired Colonel Jack Van Loan, an OSU Alumnus & former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and Vietnam Prisoner of War.

NEW! Tulip Bulb Sale: OSU’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Horticulture, Pi Alpha Xi, will be selling tulip bulbs under the ALS Bridge on Friday Nov. 7 from 12-5:30 p.m. and in the MU Ballroom on Saturday Nov. 8 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Bulbs will be available in OSU themed colors and are sourced locally from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

Music à la Carte: The “brown bag” concert series, Music à la Carte, takes place Fridays at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. The free, 45-minute concerts are held most Fridays during fall, winter, and spring terms. On Nov. 7, the guest is the  OSU Chamber Choir and the Crescent Valley High School Concert Choir.

Free Children’s Piano Concert with narration in English and Spanish: Peter and the Wolf. Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. Corvallis Public Library. This masterpiece work by Prokofiev will be performed by Rachelle McCabe with OSU music students Rebecca Grollman, Rachel McCoy, Ashley Walchli, Devin Haines, Phillip Johnson, Jayanthi Joseph, and Bryson Skaar. English and Spanish narration delivered by Daniel Fridley and Felix Oliveros. Presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International, Friends of the Library, and OSU Music. More information: http://corvallispiano.org

My Life at the Piano: Conrad Tao, Saturday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., Corvallis Public Library, Free. In 2011, Able to play children’s songs on the piano at the age of 18 months, Tao gave his first recital at the age of four and made his concert debut at age eight. Ten years into a professional career as a pianist-composer, and a college student now at Juilliard, Tao will talk about his life at the piano. Following the talk, at 2 p.m., Tao will present a master class featuring local students Michael Gu, 10 years old, playing pieces by Moskowski and Beethoven, and OSU music student Bryson Skaar, performing “Gargoyles” by Lowell Libermann.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium 2014 Student Symposium: OSGC will host the 2014 Student Symposium on Friday, Nov. 14,  9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. OSGC funded students awarded fellowships, NASA internships, undergraduate research scholarships, and team research awards will present their research projects via posters and oral presentations. The event is free and open to all.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Center for the Humanities History of Sex Lecture:  Nicole von Germeten, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, will discuss the records and tradition of sixteenth-century colonial Latin American sex work in “Bawds, Ruffians, and Brothels: Spanish Sex Workers in the New World” on Monday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m., in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

NEW! Science Pub: At the Nov. 10 Corvallis Science Pub, Megan MacDonald, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will explore the connection between autism and exercise. Since children diagnosed with autism tend to be more sedentary and also lag in the development of motor skills, physical activity may be more difficult to learn. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis.

NEW! Approaches to Disability: Redemptionism, Rejectionism, and Historicism:  Prof. Hector Avalos (Iowa State) will present three approaches from Biblical scholarship on disability: A redemptionist approach, which seeks to portray biblical views of disabilities in a positive light; a rejectionist approach which argues that many biblical views of disability should be rejected; and a historicist approach, which studies disabilities in a purely historical mode. Nov. 10, 7 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! Journey Into Leadership: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development invites you to apply for the annual “Journey Into Leadership” program. Up to 40 participants from all positional levels of OSU will be selected for the multi-series program beginning Dec. 12 and ending March 20. Visit http://hr.oregonstate.edu/journey-leadership for details and to apply by Nov. 20.

The SPP Brownbag Series: Continues Friday, Nov. 7, at noon when Rorie Solberg (Political Science) presents “We Don’t Know As Much As We Think: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court.” The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Another Politics:  Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming” from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In his latest book, Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Friday, Nov. 7, noon, Milam Hall, Room 319A.

STEM and student engagement: On Nov. 7, from 1-2 p.m., the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and the College of Engineering are hosting Denise Wilson from the University of Washington. She will be presenting on the role of affect and relationships in student engagement. The event will take place in Milam 215.  https://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/cultivating-stem-ready-society

Disability Studies @ OSU.  Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular.  Friday, Nov. 7,  2 p.m., Milam Hall Room 306. See http://oregonstate.edu/triad.

News for Employees

Faculty Senate Elections – Declining Senator Election – All currently employed academic, research and professional faculty are eligible to be elected to a Senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. If you wish to decline to have your name placed on the Senator nomination ballot, please contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu no later than Noon on Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year. Faculty are eligible to participate in the below elections this fall regardless of whether they decline Faculty Senator election: Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator (one ballot).  Faculty Senators. Each eligible voter will receive a nomination ballot containing the names of faculty who are eligible to be elected; the results of this ballot will determine the election ballot.

Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for winter and spring terms, 2015. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 7. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

OSU Library System Changing: Dec. 1 a new library system goes live, offering one-stop discovery and requesting. The new search box accesses 9 million items from 37 Pacific Northwest libraries. Be prepared for changes in Circulation and Course Reserves. Patrons should gather research materials prior to Thanksgiving break (Nov. 30) when a system freeze will occur. More information about the change is available.  Please ask us for help by phone, on chat or in person.

LAST CHANCE – RecSports Payroll Deduction: Don’t miss out on your window of opportunity to purchase your membership to Recreational Sports and locker via payroll deduction. The deadline to purchase your 9-month or annual membership and locker via payroll deduction is Friday, Nov. 7. We will divide your cost of membership/locker over seven equal payments, November through May. Remember – if you are a PEBB eligible employee, you qualify to receive a $15/month reimbursement for being well at Recreational Sports! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

AOP Merit Award nominations: The Holiday season is fast approaching.  No better way to make someone’s day brighter, then by nominating one of your hard working employees or co-workers for the Association of Office Personnel monthly Merit Award.  It‘s not necessary for them to be a member of AOP, but they should be classified or professional faculty. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

Manager 1 – Retail Food Services: Memorial Union Retail Food Services, manager of Trader Bing’s and Ava’s Café. Posting #0013251. Closes Nov. 6.

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Nov. 10. Posting #0012692. Closes Nov. 9. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

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.

Veterinary Technician 2 (pool) – The College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences has a temporary, approximately 5 week duration, opening  for a veterinary technician to assist with anesthesia and monitoring.  Review of applications will begin on Nov. 11, 2014, interested parties should apply to posting #031139 no later than Nov. 10.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered for this position.

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.

Public Service Communications Specialist – Extension and Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Public Service Communications Specialist position. Posting# 001326. Closes Nov. 12.

Veterinary Technician. Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a full-time Certified Veterinary Technician for employment in our Large Animal Hospital.  Posting #0012692. Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013282, full-consideration closes Nov. 13.

Office Specialist 2: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture Science seeks an Office Specialist 2. Posting #0013265. Closes Nov. 14.

Consultant-Academic Advisor – The College of Engineering, Office of Student Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0013229. Closes Nov. 14.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position as Administrative Assistant to the Department Head.  This is an OSU Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting #0013278. Closes Nov. 14.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension family and community health invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0013276. Closes Nov. 14.

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. Closes Nov. 15.

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.

Student Retention and Success Manager –Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Retention and Success Manager, Posting #0013260. Closes Nov. 16.

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.

Medical Aide- Student Health Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 9 month, Medical Aide.  Posting #0013281. Closes Nov 17.

Property Specialist 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Property Specialist 3 position in Materials Management for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013291 . Closes Nov. 17.

Office Specialist 2 – New Student Programs & Family Outreach invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2, Posting #0013275. Closes Nov. 17.

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.

Project Coordinator –The Office of Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Project Coordinator, Posting #0013261. Closes Nov. 18.

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.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Jackson County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Land Steward/Natural Resource Coordinator position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013296. Closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Forest Economics. Posting #0013255. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 30. Closes Dec. 31.

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Wood Design – The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, in the College of Forestry, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position of Architecture and Wood Design.  Posting # 0013122, screening of candidates will begin Dec. 1 and will continue until position is filled.

The Office of VP of Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Conflict of Interest (COI) Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President for Research. Posting #0013295. Closes Dec. 3.

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

Power outages: As part of the Real Time Utility Monitoring project, Nash Hall will be without power from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 7. On Nov. 16, Cordley Hall will be without power from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Kelley Engineering will be without power from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kerr Admin partial lot closure: As part of the need for the Facilities Services Refrigeration Shop to replace the dry coolers on the side of Kerr Administration Building, a crane will need to be set in the south parking lot of Kerr (View Map) on Nov. 4-5, from 6 to 10 a.m. both days.

Nash Hall: As part of the Real Time Utility Monitoring, Nash Hall will experience a power shutdown on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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: “Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.” ~ Charles Dickens. Showers today, high of 60, low of 43. Mostly sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 61, low of 39. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 59, low of 46. Mostly sunny tomorrow after morning fog.

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

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