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Monday, Nov. 24, 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.

Why are minorities over-represented in private prisons? (VICE)

A recent​ study by Brett Burkhardt, an associate professor at Oregon State University, found that private prisons across the country were found to have a disproportionately higher Hispanic population than public prisons by nearly two percentage points, and a smaller white population by more than eight points. That’s after accounting for factors that might explain away racial differences like facility location and immigrant numbers—Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) occasionally se​nds illegal immigrants to private facilities that aren’t explicitly immigration detention centers.

Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness for at-risk children (Medical Xpress)

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows. (see also University Herald, Psych Central)

Samaritan, OSU unveil new sports medicine center (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University and Samaritan Health Services have had a longstanding partnership when it comes to helping heal battered or bruised athletes. Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, they will take that relationship to a new level with the opening of the new 17,500-square-foot Samaritan Sports Medicine Center at 845 S.W. 30th St. on the OSU campus.

New advance in cryopreservation could change management of world blood supplies (Open Science World)

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world’s blood supply. (see also Beta Wired)

Philosophy Talk asks: What are the moral costs of climate change? (KALW San Francisco)

What values should we hold onto, and which must we discard, in response to the changing climate? John and Ken survey the moral landscape with Allen Thompson from Oregon State University, editor of Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future.

How the Jewish boy got so nice (Huffington Post)

For Jewish men, this well-meaning wish had unintended consequences: The NJB was yet another stereotype to overcome on their way to becoming truly American. “Philip Roth was one of the most important authors to blow this out of the water: that this was a debilitating thing to the Jewish male, rather than a wonderful thing,” says Neil Davison, associate professor of modern Jewish culture at Oregon State University.

Algorithm speeds lidar assessment of landslide risk (Phototonics)

Created by researchers at Oregon State University and George Mason University, the Contour Connection Method (CCM) is based on lidar data and requires minimal user input. The developers say it can analyze and classify landslide risk in an area of 50 or more square miles in about 30 minutes, a task that would otherwise take an expert several weeks to months to complete.

Study may lead to early diagnosis of feline kidney disease (Veterinary Practice News)

Oregon State University researchers worked with Idexx Laboratories on SDMA, or symmetric dimethylarginine, which they said can spot chronic kidney disease, a leading cause of death in older cats, much earlier than normal. Up to 35 percent of geriatric cats suffer from the disease, according to The Merck Veterinary Manual.

‘Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten but 20 to 25 percent experience difficulties ‘(KMTR) 

Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said OSU’s Megan McClelland, a nationally recognized expert in child development and a co-author of the new study.

Oregon State wrestler Amar Dhesi declared world champion after Georgian fails drug test (Oregonian)

It’s been a topsy-turvy month for Oregon State heavyweight wrestler Amar Dhesi. A pre-season All-American, Dhesi injured his knee in a match against Oregon native Tyrell Fortune in an exhibition meet earlier this month in New York.

7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but (Salon)

Despite being touted as the leafy green cure-all, excessive kale consumption may present health problems. According to Oregon State University’s Micronutrient Information site, kale has been shown to cause or aggravate symptoms of hypothyroidism: “Very high intakes of cruciferous vegetables…have been found to cause hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid hormone)… two mechanisms have been identified to explain this effect. The hydrolysis of some glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables (e.g., progoitrin) may yield a compound known as goitrin, which has been found to interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis.”

Universities archiving beer’s past and present (All About Beer Magazine)

At Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives (OHBA) has been seeking operational or administrative records from breweries, beer recipes, oral histories, photographs and more related to Oregon’s brewing and hop-growing industry. It’s part of a community archiving effort to safely store and record brewing history, says Tiah Edmunson-Morton, archivist for instruction and outreach who is overseeing the collection.

Trading huge telecom for a startup: Reliance CM’s big risk (Daily Finance)

As HP’s business shifted over the decades, some of its scientists and engineers left to start their own businesses in Corvallis, creating a base of manufacturing and technical businesses. In addition, Oregon State University helped to supply an educated workforce that allowed Corvallis to compete against the larger metropolitan areas of Portland to the north and Eugene to the south.

Corvallis, Albany more than ready when company comes to mid-valley for Civil War (Oregonian)

The University of Oregon Ducks take on the Oregon State University Beavers on Saturday, Nov. 29, in Reser Stadium. Corvallis is host of the game, but nearby Albany is only too happy to serve up some hospitality, too.

OSU Muslim students spread positive message about Islam (Gazette-Times)

The Muslim Students Association of Oregon State University hosted a public forum Friday afternoon entitled “Muslims in Corvallis: Challenges, Controversies and Perseverance” at OSU’s International Living and Learning Center. The forum was one of several programs at OSU honoring International Education Week. International Student Adviser, and practicing Muslim, Ismail Warsame, led the discussion hoping to dispel myths and to help teach the community about the challenges and benefits for Muslims living in Corvallis.

Winter celebrations on campus (LIFE@OSU)

As the winter  break approaches, a series of seasonal celebrations are taking place on campus to bring a little cheer as finals approach.

The color of living (Gazette-Times)

More than 250 Oregon State University students and their family members ran in the 5K event at the Benton County Fairgrounds to help raise more than $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. OSU sorority Chi Omega, a Make-A-Wish partner since 2002, has raised more than $9.5 million for the group. The first Color Me Chi O Fun Run in 2013 helped generate more than $12,000 and 100 percent of the event proceeds helped grant wishes to two children.

Meeting set on Lebanon-Corvallis carpool (Gazette-Times)

A meeting has been set for Tuesday at Oregon State University for those who are interested in starting a Lebanon-to-Corvallis vanpool. The meeting is at 1 p.m. in Room 201 of the Oak Creek Building at Oregon State University, 3015 S.W. Western Blvd.

OSU horticulturist lists least toxic sprays and treatment for fruit trees (Oregonian)

Follow that with appropriate sprays to get at those pesky insects, fungi and bacteria that like to make a home in cracks and crevices, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Mountain lion habitat (Penn Live)

The Upper Great Lakes area of Michigan and Wisconsin, while far to the east of modern mountain lion range, could support 582-1,677 of the big cats, according to researchers at Oregon State University, who applied western cougar habitat models to the study area.

Before Washington D.C., had Marion Berry, Oregon had the marionberry (The Week)

Across the country in Oregon, though, Marion Barry was never as famous as the marionberry, a delicious blackberry offshoot developed at Oregon State University and unveiled in 1956 — nine years before Marion Barry arrived in Washington from Memphis. The marionberry is named after Marion County, the home of state capital Salem and the testing ground for the berry.


NEW! Take A Stand:  Staff around Dixon will be standing today in support of the Sit Less Move More campaign, emphasizing the need for increased daily physical activity. Join in by taking the pledge here. Then complete the Sit Less, Move More  72 Hour Challenge and earn a free resistance band (while supplies last). Get started here. Free for OSU faculty/staff and students.

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. 

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store Giving Thanks Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, Nov. 26, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St where we’ll be thanking our customers with prizes like coupons and Beaver swag! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

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.

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.

Retirement Reception for Marybeth Trevino: International Student Advising and Services is pleased to invite you to join us on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the MU Main Lounge from 3-5 p.m. to celebrate Marybeth’s 35 years of great service to the OSU Community.  Light refreshments and cake will  be served.  Purple attire strongly encouraged.

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! Nesting bird lecture: David R. Klein, emeritus professor of wildlife ecology at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a special seminar on the “differential effects of coastal erosion and a predator change on colonial nesting birds on the St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea.” He will speak on  Tuesday Nov. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. in 032 Nash Hall, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

NEW! Teaching at a Land Grant University: A Commitment to Local Knowledges: In this DPD workshop, Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona will explore diverse applications of “critical localism” in teaching and learning across the disciplines. Dec. 3, noon-2:30 p.m., MU 208. Advance registration required. To register use the following link: DPD Workshop Information and Registration.

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

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Reminder of holiday deadline: OSU Today will not be published on Thursday or Friday of this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Submissions for events and news items taking place Dec. 1-2 should be submitted to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25 in order to print in the Wednesday edition.

NEW! Recreational Sports Thanksgiving Hours & Unlimited Number of Guests to Sponsor: During Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, Recreational Sports suspends the 2-person guest limited. Members can bring family, friends and visitors for only $7/day each. Not a member of Recreational Sports? Sponsor yourself in for only $7/day or purchase a half-term membership! Hours notice: Recreational Sports will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and reopen after the Thanksgiving holiday with normal operating hours on Saturday, Nov. 29.  Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! Staff Art Show: The fifth annual Staff Art Show is just around the corner; submit your work by Dec. 3 at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit  Don’t feel confined to traditional artwork, we want to see your creativity!  If you have questions about submitting please contact shelly.signs@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Internal Employment Opportunity)   – The Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Posting # 0013371. Closes for full consideration Dec 19.

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.

Instrument Technician 1- Mechanical – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instrument Technician 1- Mechanical position. Posting #0013367. Closes Dec. 29.

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.

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.

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: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world,” J.R.R. Tolkien. Rain likely today, high of 53, low of 46. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 36. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely, high of 54, low of 48. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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

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