OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 1, 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.

As climate warms, more outbreaks of disease for sea life (Seattle Times)

“The most dire interpretation of the sea-star event is that it could just be the first in a wave of similar events,” said Bruce Menge, a marine-biology professor at Oregon State University.

Two ex-football player cops have Civil War message (KGW)

Officer Deshawn Williams played for Oregon State University. Officer Madison Ceaser played for University of Oregon. “It’s more of a scrimmage,” Ceaser said about the annual matchup. “But I respect Oregon State. They have a great engineering program.”

Houses divided by the Civil War (Democrat-Herald)

Love can conquer all kinds of obstacles, including the Civil War.  Dan Harris of Salem is a Beaver fan, but his wife Sande Harris roots for the Ducks. “For about 364 days of the year, we’re all right,” he said, as the couple tailgated on the Oregon State University campus.

Civil War in the barnyard (Daily Astorian)

On Friday, the Ear stopped by the ASTORIA ANIMAL HOSPITAL to greet some barnyard denizens who were already gussied up and prepared for the upcoming Oregon Civil War football game Saturday. Not to be outdone, several chickens comprise the cheering section.

Water-quality groups team up with farmers to reduce pesticides in Clackamas River (Oregonian)

Paul Jepson of the Oregon State University Integrated Plant Protection Center will eventually survey the people who use the pilot-program windsocks. If the program is successful, they will make adjustments and continue.

OSU finding lots of parking spaces, adjusting plan (Gazette-Times)

“Our staffers are doing usage counts multiple times per week and your percentages are not far off from what we’re seeing,” said Meredith Williams, associate director of transportation services. Williams said vacancy rates are as high as 30-35 percent in some A lots, with the good news that the Reser lots have seen dramatic increases in usage and just 12 to 15 percent vacancy.

NASA airborne campaign to tackle questions on climate (Business Standard)

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

Drone economy could bring jobs, investment to Oregon (GoLocalPDX)

“Oregon State University has a couple of agriculture stations on either side of us. They’re doing all kinds of interesting stuff,” Chrisman said. “One guy is scanning canola crops and can read the nutrient content. They’re (also) scanning fields for moisture content — in potato fields and things like that.”

The best firewood to split and burn: Oak and madrone, says OSU forester (Oregonian)

Conscientious Oregonians have been storing up firewood for the inevitable cool days of winter and the experienced wood-gatherers know that dry, seasoned firewood burns most efficiently, provides the most heat and smokes the least. In fact, unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also KMTR)

WWI: 100 Years Later (Corvallis Advocate)

What do the Oregon State University schools of History, Philosophy, Religion, Drama, Writing, Literature, Film, Arts, and Communication all have in common? Answer: They’re all observing the 100-year anniversary of the First World War through an ongoing program called Citizenship and Crisis: On the Centenary of World War I.

McDonald Forest takes Corvallis readers choice for best hiking/biking close to town (Oregonian)

Corvallis residents take the McDonald-Dunn Forest for granted. Other Oregonians may not even know about it. Portlanders love to say that their Forest Park, about 7,000 acres, is the largest forested city park in the country. While that is indeed the case, people who live in Corvallis have an even bigger expanse at the edge of town.

Report: Hybrid energy systems, smart grid planning needed to boost renewables (Summit County Times)

Wind energy is already pretty cost-competitive and solar energy is quickly getting there,” said Anna Kelly, a graduate student in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, and an energy policy analyst. “The key to greater use of these and other technologies is to match them in smart-grid, connected systems. This is already being done successfully in a number of countries and the approach could be expanded,” Kelly said.

New research tool tracks changes in ocean acidification (Willits News)

Other devices have been invented to gauge the effects of ocean acidification, including one known as the Beta Burkelator, named after Dr. Burke Hales of Oregon State University. The Burkelator measures for the concentration of aragonite in the water. Humboldt Bay currently has a Burkelator, but no oyster hatcheries, Dale said.

Unraveling the myths about spiders (Bend Bulletin)

They are creepy, crawly and wrapped in a web of myths — spiders. And around this time every year, questions about them start pouring in to the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU to study diseases affecting nursery plants (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University plans to use a $3 million grant to study two groups of bacteria that result in millions of dollars in losses annually to the nation’s nursery industry.

OSU, KCC, KBREC partner for a unique path through college (Herald & News)

A student earning an agriculture degree from Oregon State University can save almost $50,000 by staying at home in the Klamath Basin.

Oregon State studies lionfish (KMTR)

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.

Six reasons you need to eat more sweet potatoes (Men’s Health)

Sweet potato can neutralize the damage dealt by less healthy sweets. It’s packed full of magnesium, which helps you lose weight by metabolising carbohydrates and promoting a stable appetite, according to research by Oregon State University. Still, it’s probably best to rein in your Haribo habit.

Why truffles matter (Willamette Live)

“Without fungi we wouldn’t have trees,” says Jim Trappe, a “truffle addict,” forest mycologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Research Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis.  “The changing climate makes them more important to us than ever.”

Hay in any form a big crop in Malheur County (Argus Observer)

Statewide, the county ranks No. 5 in hay production. Hay is the No. 3 agriculture commodity in Oregon, said Bill Buhrig, Oregon State University extension agent.

Brown marmorated stink bugs head inside for the winter (Statesman Journal)

“They’re unmistakable because of the stinky, irritating odor when they’re crushed,” said Vaughn Walton, an entomologist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “They move from wild host plants to our gardens and then in large amounts into our homes. That’s when people get really upset. Bugs inside freak people out.”


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.

Open Labyrinth: Members of the OSU community are invited to an Open Labyrinth Walk Monday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in MU Room 13 (new multipurpose room).  Claim some time for this moving form of meditation and/or prayer.  Hosted by United Campus Ministry at OSU.

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

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Hal Salwasser Celebration of Life: Please join the College of Forestry as we celebrate and remember professor and former dean Hal Salwasser, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Open house with program at 4:45 p.m. Refreshments served.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

NEW! Patent expert John Cabeca: The director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office, will hold a free, public, and interactive discussion on several topics related to startup businesses, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Metolius Room of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute. More information is available online at http://bit.ly/1vmfUVW

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Deanna H. Olson, Supervisory Research Ecologist, Land and Watershed Management, Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service, Corvallis, will speak on “Amphibian and Reptile Climate Futures,” Dec. 3, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW!”Martial Masculinities and WWI:” Panelists: Prof. Janet Lee, Prof. Bradley Boovy, Prof. Elizabeth Sheehan. Special exhibit of WWI archival materials, Citizenship and Crisis Initiative. Wednesday Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Special Collections & Archives Research Center (5th floor, Valley Library). See: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/99330/

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.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Master Recycler Class: Spots are available in the 2015 Master Recycler class, sponsored by Campus Recycling and offered free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. The course will be on Tuesday nights Jan. 13 through March 3 along with a couple field trips, and covers all aspects of waste reduction. More class info and registration is on Campus Recycling’s website.

NEW! Recreational Sports Winter Membership Now Available: Memberships to Recreational Sports for Winter Term are now available for purchase, valid from date of purchase, until March 27, 2015. The cost is only $83 for faculty/staff/affiliates/dependents. Looking for a shorter term commitment? Consider a Fall Half Term Membership, valid from date of purchase until Jan. 2, 2015 for only $41. This half-term membership is a great option to help you to stay active during the holiday season and for dependents (age 16 & older) on winter break or returning home from college. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

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.

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.


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

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.

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. Closes Dec. 31.

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

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: “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss. The threat of freezing rain lingers until late morning, followed by rain, which should last all week. High 40, low tonight 33.

Central Oregon: A wintry mix is expected until late morning, when things turn to rain. Rain turning to snow later tonight. High of 41, low of 30.

Newport: Rain today and tonight, high of 47, low of 41. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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