OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 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.

Survey: Corvallis third most educated city in U.S. (KGW)

A survey by the business website 24/7 Wall St., lists Corvallis as the third most educated city in the United States. Some 52 percent of the residents of the city home to Oregon State University have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the site reported. (see also Northwest Cable News)

Commercial farming, other industries react to forthcoming FAA drone rules (Wall Street Journal)

The line of sight rule may be an issue for commercial farming because of the huge acreages involved, said Phil Hamm, director of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Oregon State University. For the past two summers, the university has used unmanned aerial vehicles to photograph potato crops for monitoring purposes. This work was done under a permit for research testing from the FAA.

Lionfish analysis reveals most vulnerable prey as invasion continues (Science Newsline)

The research has been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology by scientists from Oregon State University and Simon Fraser University. It used the study of lionfish to gain broader insights into how predators select their prey, and developed a new method for predicting diet selection across various prey assemblages.

Autopsies from space? Who killed the sea lions? (The Conversation)

A piece by Markus Horning, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University

OSU researchers develop tool to assess landslide risk (KGW)

Engineers down at Oregon State University have developed a new tool that can help determine if you’re living in a landslide-prone area by identifying where landslides have happened in the past. (see also Northwest Cable NewsTerra Daily)

Next Generation: Precision blood rinsing (The Scientist)

Dialysis with decreasing saline concentrations gently cleanses thawed red blood cells of the toxic cryoprotectant glycerol. This microfluidic approach cuts the time for glycerol removal from an hour down to three minutes, bioengineers Ratih Lusianti and Adam Higgins of Oregon State University reported last month (October 28) in Biomicrofluidics.

The morning download (Wall Street Journal)

 Federal rules on commercial drones are expected to require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours. That could be bad news for the agriculture industry. The line of sight rule may be an issue for commercial farming because of the huge acreages involved, Phil Hamm, director of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Oregon State University, tells CIO Journal.

Grant helps Oregon company develop biochar product (Capital Press)

Biochar is considered a quick fix for depleted soils and up to now has been favored by small, organic operations or home gardeners. It replenishes carbon in the soil, retains water and nutrients, makes soils less acidic and reduces erosion and leaching, Biochar essentially mimics organic matter that fallow wheat fields in Eastern Oregon and Washington lack, said Stephen Machado, a dryland cropping agronomist at Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton. He conducted the preliminary yield research.

OSU professor helps develop new test for feline kidney disease (Oregonian)

Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and other institutions have discovered a new way to test for kidney disease in cats.

OSU ROTC students learn leadership through mock combat (Gazette-Times)

The incident took place Sunday during a once-a-term field training exercise at Camp Najaf north of Adair Village. The two-day training had 88 students participating, mostly from Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus, but with a handful from the OSU’s Cascades Campus and Western Oregon University.

Better cell service at Reser Stadium (KEZI)

The athletic department at Oregon State University has been getting feedback from fans over the years. One of the biggest complaints about football games at Reser? Losing cell service. The university partnered with AT&T to expand coverage and has spent about $8 million to increase service around campus. (see also Consumer Electronics)

OSU to open new sports medicine center (KEZI)

A sports medicine facility is getting ready to open its doors on Oregon State University’s campus, ready to serve athletes and members of the public.

KBREC petition falls 21 short (Herald & News)

KBREC Success is the group of volunteers who organized 4-H participants, Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, health advocates, agriculture supporters and anyone interested in helping the extension center gather signatures over the last two months. Petitioners needed a minimum of 4,892 certified signatures to put the ballot issue creating a tax district on the May 2015 ballot. KBREC Success had a goal of 5,800. The signature count overshot that goal by 444, and overshot the minimum by 1,352.


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

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.

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.

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. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in 032 Nash Hall, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! President’s Winter Coffee: All OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals by joining President Ed Ray for free holiday treats and gourmet coffee on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Please bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry. Your donation is appreciated. Contact University Events at events@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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! SOIL 205 Service Learning Symposium Poster Session: More than 30 posters will be on display with 200 students on-hand to answer questions about how soil is at the center of everything.  Monday, Dec. 1, noon to 12:50 p.m., Memorial Union 49, Horizon Room.

NEW! Food Science and Technology Seminar: Yanyun Zhao, Professor OSU Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Nano-cellulose based InnofreshTM coatings for preserving pre- and post-harvest fruit quality” , Monday, Dec. 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132

NEW! MWESB Workshop: Join OSU and State representatives at this free Access – Opportunity – Connections: Taking your business to the next level with MWESB certification workshop to learn how Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) certification can expand opportunity and exposure to statewide vendors for your business. Dec. 4 at the LaSells Stewart Center, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Get Info and RSVP  or contact Christine Atwood at 541-737-4211  Christine.Atwood@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Experiencing Wine: A Sparkling Good Time. Elizabeth Tomasino-OSU, is offering an afternoon exploration of sparkling wine just in time for the holiday season. The one-day workshop will consist of two sessions, each will include wine tastings and is offered in two different dates & locations on Dec. 6 and 13. The cost is $110 (discount available for OSU faculty/staff). For more information visit: http://bit.ly/1qYbKyp

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.

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! OSU Beaver Store holiday hours: The OSU Beaver Store will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 28, and open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 29.

NEW! Crowd funding platform: The OSU Foundation launches OSU’s first crowd funding platform today. Join OSU students and faculty as we create big ideas that change the world. Help us open doors to a world of possibilities, improve lives through innovation, inspire social change, and more. Fund your passion and create Oregon State. Visit create.osufoundation.org to fund a project, share with your family and friends using #CREATEOregonState, or contact Lacie LaRue if you have a project idea or questions.

NEW! Donations of business attire sought: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for their 10th annual Career Wardrobe event, to be held Feb. 12, 2015 in the MU Ballroom. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 320 Snell Hall (SNELL) and OSU Career Services located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

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.

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.

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


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

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.

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 La Grande.  Posting # 0013381. Closes Dec. 12.

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.

Assistant Professor of Dual Language Bilingual Education and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity – The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position focused on Spanish/English Dual Language Bilingual Education. This position is part of the Provost Hiring Initiative for Advancing Student Success through the Lens of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. Posting # 0013336. Closes for full consideration Dec. 31.

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: “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” ~Seneca. Looks like these gray skies are going to stay awhile. Chance of rain today, high of 60, low of 45. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 55, low of 38. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 58, low of 49. Slight 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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