OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 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.

NASA Airborne Campaign tackles climate questions from Africa to Arctic (Space Ref)

Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, will lead the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, which seeks to improve predictions of how ocean ecosystems would change with ocean warming.

Kids’ asthma, wheezing and and bronchitis can be linked to unventilated gas stoves, OSU researchers say (Oregonian)

As home cooks fire up their stoves for Thanksgiving, Oregon State University researchers would like parents who own gas stoves to keep this in mind: Using gas kitchen stoves without proper ventilation could be hazardous to children’s respiratory health.

How smart was that turkey and ham before it became dinner? (Forbes)

Did you know, for example, that wild turkeys can climb trees?  And if you throw an apple to a group of wild turkeys they’ll play with it like a football, according to Oregon State University poultry scientist Tom Savage. (see also SeaCoastOnline)

OSU students sound off on race (Gazette-Times)

No one was marching in the streets of Corvallis to protest Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  But more than 250 college students and community members turned out Tuesday afternoon for a hastily convened and often emotional discussion of the racially charged case on the Oregon State University campus.

Tasmanian pasture seed production can replicate the billion dollar industry in the US state of Oregon (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Professor Tom Chastain from Oregon State University says the key to profitability is specialisation. “Oregon is the leader in pasture seed production in the United States,” he said.

10 retail tricks that make you spend more (Morning Star)

The “compromise price effect” is most often used by discount retailers and electronics stores that want customers to pay extra for a better camera or computer, says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University College of Business. Here’s how it works: If a $225 Polo Ralph Lauren down winter jacket is strategically placed next to a slightly cheaper — but very similar — $195 jacket by Kenneth Cole, the customer might be tempted to opt for the latter and walk away still believing that he or she got a good deal. The “compromise price effect” can be effective in a store or even online, she says.

On-campus food pantry offers hope to hungry students (USA Today)

On top of Boyer’s data, Stone and Smith also researched Oregon State University’s food pantry, which serves approximately 2,500 students each year, according to OSU human services resource center coordinator Clare Cady. “Many students have told me that without our pantry they may have had to drop out of school,” Cady says.

Researchers work to help growers with FDA rules (Capital Press)

The revised rule will allow growers a lot more latitude when it comes to meeting the water quality standards, Oregon State University researcher Clint Shock told the Capital Press.

Oregon Ducks vs Oregon State Beavers in Civil War football: 1920-1939 (Oregonian)

Leading up to Saturday’s 118th edition of the Civil War football rivalry, The Oregonian is revisiting the history of the series between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. The Ducks hold a 61-46-10 edge in the series, which began in 1894. Here’s a look at the games played from 1920-1939.

New tech uses natural wood fibers (Reinforced Plastics)

New technology developed at the University of Southern Mississippi’s school of polymers and high performance materials and Oregon State University uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials.

Potato farmers tackle hunger (Ag Info)

Over the last several years the Oregon Potato Commission has worked with Oregon State University on game day promotions at OSU football games. One of the things they’ve typically done is a potato bar where they serve up potatoes to the fans – collecting donations for Farmers Ending Hunger at the same time.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Got a mug? Get free coffee: The Waste Watchers want to reward you for carrying a reusable mug! Come to the M.U. Quad Tuesday and/or Wednesday, Dec. 2-3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with your reusable mug to get a free cup of organic, fair-trade coffee. This is part of OSU’s Coffee Cup Coup campaign; learn more online.

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.

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! 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.

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. Mon. Dec. 1, 2-2:50 p.m. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Register here: http://bit.ly/1v0z56T

NEW! Horticulture departmental seminars: Gehendra Bhattarai, graduate student, OSU horticulture, will speak on “DNA markers and their applications in plant breeding,”  Dec. 2, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Fall Hybrid Showcase of the Center for Teaching and Learning:  Wed., Dec. 3, 2-3:15 p.m., Milam 215. Learn more about innovative hybrid (“blended”) teaching and learning at OSU.  This term’s faculty learning community participants will present design approaches and selected elements from their planned hybrid courses.  Please register to reserve a seat. For more info, contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! OSU Libraries Winter Break Workshops, Dec. 15-16: The Winter Break Workshops are open for registration! It is always a good time to manage your research sources with a citation manger or start working on a data management plan. Or perhaps you need to focus on your next research survey, this time with all the bells and whistles. Once the the project is wrapped up, it is time to figure out the impact of your work. Use the Winter Break Workshops to get started: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

OSU District Plan Public Outreach Meetings:  All are welcome Dec. 4, (noon-1:30 pm in MU Multipurpose Room #13 and 7-8:30 p.m. at Chintimini Senior and Community Center) to hear about the strategies the university is exploring to achieve the District Plan goals, the trade-offs of each strategy, and the partnerships that make them work – and a summary of October open house feedback.  For more info, Contact David Dodson at 7-8503. (View Flier)

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.

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

News for Employees

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.

Crowd funding platform: The OSU Foundation launched OSU’s first crowd funding platform. 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.

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.

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.


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

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.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.80 FTE), FCH Program Coordinator position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0013386. Closes Dec. 15.

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

Ralph Miller Lane: As part of the Indoor Golf project, Ralph Miller Lane will be closed from 26th Street to the east side of the Gill Coliseum parking lot for steel delivery on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 6 a.m. to noon.

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: “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” ~Theodore Roosevelt. Slight chance of rain today, high of 62, low of 48. Rain throughout the holiday weekend.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 55, low of 39. Partly sunny on Thanksgiving, rain to follow.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 59, low of 50. Rain through the weekend.

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

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