OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 21, 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.

Eyespots shift predator’s attack (Nature)

Kathleen Prudic, now at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and her team let praying mantids (Tenodera sinensis) feed on Bicyclus anynana butterflies, which have small, drab eyespots in the dry season and larger, brighter spots in the wet season.

Anti-viral drug out of Oregon could be used to treat Ebola (Think Out Loud)

Professor Patrick Iversen, at Oregon State University, has helped develop a promising anti-viral drug that could be used to treat Ebola in West Africa and if needed, the United States. The drug, known as AVI-7537, slows the Ebola virus’s ability to spread throughout the body-a process which gives the body more time to fight the virus before it becomes lethal.

A new biomarker discovery could help cats live longer (Shiny Shiny)

Researchers from Oregon State University have found a biomarker called SDMA that allowed them to identify the signs of kidney disease an average of 17 months sooner than existing techniques. They trialled it with 32 healthy older cats, and found that spotting the problem early allowed them to live for up to four years post-diagnosis. (see also Health Canal)

Sigma Pi leads efforts for Purdue food pantry (Journal & Courier)

The pantry will be based on similar pantries at other colleges, including the one at Oregon State University where researchers found that 59 percent of students were food insecure.

New mural adorns Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez (LIFE@OSU)

Side by side, artists who worked together on a new mural pulled down linens to unveil the piece to community members during an October reception at the Centro Cultural César Chávez.

OSU Muslim students host panel discussion on life in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

The Muslim Students Association of Oregon State University will offer a discussion of the challenges and benefits of living as Muslims in Corvallis from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The event will be in room 155 of the International Living and Learning Center (INTO) on the north side of Western Boulevard, just west of 16th Street.

Studies to evaluate Juniper’s commercial potential (Building Materials)

Research will be conducted at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Or., with the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau to determine juniper’s structural characteristics and engineering design values.

Fighting the energy civil war (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s football team is in the hunt for its first win since 2007 in its Civil War rivalry against the University of Oregon, to be played Nov. 29. But there is yet another Civil War competition in which OSU would like to break its losing streak: the Energy Civil War.

Better running robots may stem from research on birds (Veterinary Practice News)

Running robots of the future may get its leading edge from birds, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College, among other collaborators.

Time for Oregon to target economic weak spots (Oregonian Editorial Board)

Robbins’ target industries have the potential to produce anchor employers, but only if someone plants the seeds and helps control the weeds that can strangle job growth. That means developing necessary infrastructure so Oregon’s drone industry can grow even as other states invest heavily in efforts to woo drone-related businesses. It means leveraging assets like the Oregon State University Forest Research Laboratory. It means helping existing rural food processors and manufacturers connect with global markets. And it means using the “Oregon brand” to promote more than tourism.

Beekeeper program returns for second year (Herald & News)

You don’t have to own bees to learn about beekeeping. In a program offered by the Oregon State University Master Beekeeper Program, complete beginners can learn about the buzzing insects that keep agriculture going.

Real-time ocean acidification data available for shellfish aquaculture (The Fish Site)

The IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal features data streams from five shellfish hatchery/growing sites using monitoring systems, dubbed “burkolators,” that were developed by Burke Hales, Ph.D., Oregon State University.


Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.

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. 21, the guest is the CelloGrass of Portland.

Free volleyball admission: The Oregon State women’s volleyball team continues their drive for postseason this Friday hosting No. 25 USC at noon in Gill Coliseum. The match will feature free admission for all OSU faculty and staff with their OSU ID card and $1 admission for all other fans and community members. Faculty and Staff will need to show their ID at the ticket office for free admission. Fans are encouraged to bring their lunch to Gill Coliseum for the match; concessions are also available.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Retirement Reception for Mike Mays: Join us for a retirement reception in the Career Services lobby for Mike Mays! It will be held on Nov. 21, from 2-4 p.m.  We will be celebrating Mike and his contributions to OSU Career services and wishing him a fabulous retirement. More information can be found on our calendar here.

School of Public Policy talk: Paul Glewwe, professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, will speak on, “Decomposing Gaps in Student Learning in Developing Countries: Evidence from Vietnamese and Peruvian Panel Data,” Nov. 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Kelley Engineering, Room 1001. Glewwe is the editor of the recent book Education Policy in Developing Countries and the paper “Does International Child Sponsorship Work? A Six-Country Study of Impacts on Adult Life Outcomes.”

Muslims in Corvallis: Challenges, Controversies and Perseverance: This presentation will highlight the experiences and condition of Muslims in Corvallis and will feature a panel by members of the Muslim Students Association of OSU (MSA) who will discuss the challenges and perks of living as a Muslim in this small college town. The presentation will also discuss the larger context in which American Muslims find themselves, and how the national conversation, with regard to homeland security, impacts the collective psyche of the community.  Fri,. Nov. 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m., ILLC 155.

Kazim Ali reading: Author Kazim Ali will read poetry at Oregon State University on Friday, Nov 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow this free, public event. Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator. He has written several volumes of poetry, including “Sky Ward,” “The Fortieth Day,” and “The Far Mosque,” which won the Alice James Books New England/New York Award.


OSUsed Store Giving Thanks Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th Street. We’ll be thanking our customers with prizes like coupons and Beaver gifts! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Indian Festival of Lights: Tickets ($6.50 OSU students/$9 general admission) are available in MU 103 for Indian Student Association’s Diwali Diya celebration. Tickets are limited, so get yours now to join the fun night of food, dancing, and entertainment this Saturday, Nov 22 at 7 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. For information/accommodations: oregonstateisa@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/events/304597146415832/

Evening of Opera: The Oregon State University Opera Workshop will present An Evening of Opera, featuring scenes from “Carmen,” “Little Women,” “The Mikado,” “Idomeneo,” and “The Medium,” on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 4515 S.W. West Hills Road. Admission is $10 at the door (open seating.) OSU students free with ID.  www.corvallisartsforall.org.


American Music: the Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents music by Stravinsky, Copland and Gershwin, with Alexander Tutunov, piano. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, LaSells Stewart Center. For tickets and more information, go to http://cosusymphony.org. OSU students free with ID.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lebanon to Corvallis vanpool: A meeting about a Lebanon to Corvallis commuter vanpool route will be held from noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, in the Oak Creek Building, Room 201, Oregon State University campus. For more information, contact Leslee Moore with Enterprise Rideshare at leslee.a.moore@ehi.com. Several riders already are committed; if the van has 6 full-time riders, the cost will be $125/month per person; the price would decrease as more riders join. The van plans to accommodate an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.

NEW! OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony present the fall concert. Chris Chapman and Jason Silveira, conductors, with guest conductor Jeff Boeckman of the University of Hawaii and soloist Brian Chin. Music by Paul Creston, Daniel Bukvich, David Maslanka and more. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. LaSells Stewart Center. Advance tickets $8 online only at tickettomato.com. $10 at the door. OSU students and K-12 youth admitted for free.

NEW! The 34th Annual Holiday Marketplace: Handmade Crafts, Fine Art and Specialty Foods made by Oregon Artisans plus Live Entertainment. Dec. 5-6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., MU Ballroom. mu.oregonstate.edu/craft-center/holiday-marketplace

Lectures and Webinars

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. Tues. Nov. 25, 9-9:50 a.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/1v0yv9i

NEW! TAC Workshop: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  In this workshop we will cover the basic course layout and tools in Canvas, and provide hands-on help to instructors on adding course content and setting up assignments, tests and the grade book. We support working with migrated content, course templates, and building sites “from scratch.” Tues. Nov. 25, 2-3:50 p.m. Location:  Bexell 120. 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/1CnigUo

NEW! Horticulture departmental seminars: Nik Witman, assistant professor senior research, OSU horticulture, will speak on “Stinking it up: Brown marmorated stink bug and PNW specialty crops,” Nov. 25, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Postgraduate webinar: Postgraduate Career Studies: Industry, Thursday, Dec. 4, noon, online. To register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/230757999  For more information: http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/news-event/events/postgraduate-career-strategies-industry#.VG5m6lfF995

Graduate education: The Graduate School will host Renetta Tull on Monday, Nov. 24. Tull will be at OSU to meet with faculty, students and staff about best practices in graduate education to increase student success.  She will give a presentation, “Professional Development and Mentoring Interventions for Graduate Student Success” on Monday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. in MU 208.

Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 1, and Dec. 2.

News for Employees

NEW! Benton County Extension accepting Master Gardener applications for 2015 Program: Love plants, people, and learning? Apply to become a Master Gardener. Applications and more information can be found on our website. Questions about the program? Contact Pami Opfer at 541-766-6750 or Pamela.opfer@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to apply is Dec. 1.

NEW! CR parking permits: OSU Athletics is asking students that have CR parking permits in the gravel lot behind the OSU Softball Complex to please move their vehicles before they leave for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend (Nov. 27-30). CR permits will be honored in the Parking Structure (5th floor) beginning Mon., Nov. 24. All vehicles left in the OSU Softball Complex parking lot will be towed at the owners’ expense, prior to the Civil War football game. Remaining vehicles will be tagged for removal starting at 7 a.m. Sat., Nov. 29.

NEW! Health Inequities Symposium: Student Health Services is planning a Health Inequities Symposium on the Oregon State University campus, April 21 & 22, 2015. The focus will be on health inequities in the United States, specifically the root causes of these inequities within marginalized populations in the United States and on our college campuses and how this affects student success. The symposium will include a range of possible topics such as food insecurity, sexual health, disabilities, chronic diseases, access to affordable health services, and violence against marginalized populations. Submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop, panel, poster or other session by visiting: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/health-promotion/health-inequities-symposium

News from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences: Explore what students experience while studying Exercise and Sport Science, hear from college partners on what accreditation means to them, read about a new living-learning community, catch up on fun photos of the CPHHS Homecoming celebration and more in Synergiesbit.ly/1t5ltUl

Call for Awards Nominations for the 2015 MLK Celebration:  Know of a student, faculty or staff member who enriches our OSU community in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King? We welcome nominations for our two community awards, which are recognized yearly at the MLK Peace Breakfast.  The awards are the Frances Dancy Hooks and Phyllis S. Lee. We are requesting that nominations be submitted by Dec. 10. For more information or to submit a nomination visit: Frances Dancy Hooks and Phyllis S. Lee Award Information and Nomination Page.

Funding Available for Course Redesign: The Center for Teaching and Learning provides $2,000 to OSU faculty for the redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses as hybrid courses through the Hybrid Course Initiative. These funds are in support of participation in the hybrid faculty learning community and the development of a new hybrid course. Request for Proposals now available; proposals are due Dec. 20, 2014. Contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Thanksgiving home stay families still needed: Interested in sharing Thanksgiving with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Thanksgiving festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_1yTjGUsntSs1cu9.   Hosting application deadline is end of November.  Hosts will be informed of student placement shortly thereafter.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for 6th-12th grade girls. Middle School Club meets Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., from Jan. 27–March 3. High School Club meets Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm, from Jan. 28–March 4. Topics: Genetics, Civil Engineering, Beyond the Microscope, Engineering & Computer Science, Zoology, and Toxicology. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $85. Tuition assistance, scholarships available.


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

The OSU Foundation invites applications for the position of Investment Accountant.  This position plays a key role in the Foundation’s management of all investment-related assets.  Interested candidates can submit a Foundation application, along with your cover letter and resume to Patricia L. Kenney, Sr. Director, Human Resources.

The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Business Center Manager. Posting #0013314 . Closes Nov. 21.

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.

Office Specialist 1 Pool – The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences will begin review of applications in the University’s Office Specialist 1 pool on Nov. 25.  Posting #0013078.  Closes Nov. 22.

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.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Purchasing Analyst 3 position for Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM), a unit within Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately one-year from the appointment begin date. Posting #0013320 . Closes Nov. 24.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for part-time (.49 FTE), 12-month, academic wage-hourly position as Faculty Research Assistant.  This position is anticipated to last for 3 months.  Posting #0013305.  Closes Nov. 24.

The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks a full time Animal Attendant for employment in the Small Animal Hospital.  Posting #0013346. Closes Nov. 25.

Office Manager 1 (Internal Employment Opportunity) – Linn County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Manager 1 position located in Albany.  Posting # 0013325. Closes Nov. 25.

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University invites applications for full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position as an Education Support Programmer.  Posting #0013290.  Closes Nov. 26.

Program Representative 1 – The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Representative 1 position. Posting # 0013370. Closes Nov 30.

General Counsel – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, General Counsel position. Posting #0013236. Closes for full consideration Nov. 30.

The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) Department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.  Posting # 0013243. Closes Nov. 30.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant – INTO- OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0013335. Closes Dec. 1.

Property Specialist 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full-time, 10-month Property Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0013350.  Closing date is Dec 1.

Administrative Program Specialist– Extension Service Admin invites applications for a part-time, (.50 FTE), limited duration, Administrative Program Specialist Posting # 0013326. Closes Dec. 1.

Assistant Dean – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Success position.  Posting #0013307.  Closes Dec. 1.

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 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 Dec. 3.

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.

Part-time Outreach Communications – Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (affiliate with the College of Agricultural Sciences) invites applications for a part-time, 12-month, Outreach Communications position. Closes Dec. 12. For more information or to apply visit http://aitc.oregonstate.edu/about/job.htm.

Analyst Programmer:  OSU Specialized Admin Services has an opening for one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 3 (Senior Developer) to assist in supporting IT initiatives for groups with Finance and Administration at Oregon State University. Posting #0013331. Closes Dec. 15.

Assistant Professor – The School of Arts and Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Media and Rhetoric position. Posting #0013327. Closes Dec. 15.

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Senior Grant and Contract Officer position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President. Posting #0013372. Closes Dec. 24.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Executive Director.  The Executive Director will provide dynamic, consistent and motivational leadership to develop the INTO OSU Center such that it reflects the goals and values of Oregon State University and INTO University Partnerships and promotes the delivery of a world-class student and stakeholder experience. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14824712 Please apply by Jan. 5, 2015.

Professor – The Department of Statistics invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Professor position. Posting #0013299. Closes Jan. 15.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate position. Posting #0013306.  Closing date is Jan. 15, 2015.

Assistant Professor – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor of Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics position. Posting #0013285. Closes Jan. 25, 2015.

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

Washington Way: As part of the Goss Stadium Addition project, 26 parking spaces will be closed in the Washington Way (Goss Stadium) Parking Lot (View Map) on Nov. 25 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., in order to auger post holes for the new fence being placed along the batting cages.

Advance Notice:  Two-hour power outage; Sackett Hall, Weigand Hall, Seed Lab, James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Hogg Metabolism Buildings; 349, 350, 351, 357, 358, Clark Laboratory,  Radiation Center, Swine Barn, Dairy Barn & Residence, East & West Greenhouse and Poultry Center. Dec. 14, 8 to 10 a.m.


Corvallis:  “Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.” ~ Robert Browning. Rain today, high of 52, low of 51. Showers tomorrow, rain Sunday. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 44, low of 36. Chance of rain throughout the weekend, highs in the 40s, lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Newport: Heavy rain today, high of 53, low of 48. Rain throughout the weekend, highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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

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