OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 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.

Something blue: The Benton County Historical Museum has a rhapsody of blue items on display (Gazette-Times)

For instance, just around the corner from the ancient shard is something very new: an entirely synthetic blue pigment in a rich cobalt blue developed by Oregon State University researcher Mas Subramanian. When used to make everything from car paint to roof tiles, it resists heat. Oh, and this cool new blue is gorgeous.

Oregon’s 7 public university presidents say Kitzhaber budget “will not do enough” (Oregonian)

The joint statement calls his plan “a step in the right direction” but warns that “it will not do enough … to position Oregonians for a lifetime of opportunity.”

USDA grant boosts OSU pathogen research team (Capital Press)

A $3 million USDA grant will help an Oregon State University research team get a step ahead of bacteria groups that cause severe damage to the state’s plant nursery industry.

Corvallis council agrees on process to consider new OSU plan (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council approved the process Monday night by which it will review the 10-year Oregon State University District Plan currently under development.

Ocean biota responds to global warming according to study (Phys Org)

The ocean absorbs  dioxide like a sponge; scientists say that about one-third of all CO2 emitted historically by burning fossil fuels is now in the ocean. “This is a good news/bad news situation,” said Alan Mix, an Oregon State University oceanographer and co-author on the study. “It helps to slow the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, but it makes the ocean more acidic.”

Audubon Society: Crow die-offs point to poisoning (GoLocalPDX)

Some of the deceased birds were transferred to the Veterinary Diagnostics Lab at Oregon State University,according to the Audubon Society. Testing is underway to determine the cause of death.
Tests will take a week or more to be confirmed, but the society said the circumstances indicate poisoning.

Oregon foresters visit Chile (I Love Chile News)

Led by the Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU), Dr. Thomas Maness, this group of University professors, researchers, and private producers traveled to areas around Concepción and Los Angeles to meet with their Chilean counterparts from industries like Arauco and CMPC, and the universities of Concepción and Bío Bío.


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. 2.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Retirement Reception for Jo Alexander Please join Disability Access Services in celebrating Jo’s 20 years of service to OSU at a reception at the Memorial Union on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception will be in the Asian/Pacific-American Room, MU 206. Light refreshments will be provided. For information, or accommodations related to disability, please contact Disability.Services@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4098.

NEW! Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: The OSU Beaver Store is holding their annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night on Dec. 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Discounts, prizes and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be held for OSU faculty and staff. ID is required.

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information online.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Winter 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Watershed-based Partnerships for a Resilient World, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4 to 5 p.m.  Dan Bell, The Nature Conservancy & Tara Davis, Calapooia Watershed Council will speak on Watershed Restoration Planning and Partnerships. Kearney 305.

NEW! Buddhism and Science: At the Dec. 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Dee Denver, professor in the Dept. of Integrative Biology, will discuss the similarities and differences between Buddhism and science. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

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

NEW! TAC Workshop: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  In this workshop we will cover the basic course layout and tools in Canvas, and provide hands-on help to instructors on adding course content and setting up assignments, tests and the grade book. We support working with migrated content, course templates, and building sites “from scratch.” Thurs. Dec. 4, 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/1vwmtGG

NEW! WiN Pubtalk: Shark Tank 2014. Come watch local entrepreneurs fight for the chance to be the next big start-up; Listen to pitches and feedback to get advice on how to start a business; Meet local business owners, Corvallis Economic Development Officers, and OSU Advantage Accelerator Staff. Get involved in local business and meet new and existing entrepreneurs. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Students $5 General $10, Corvallis Sports Park More information

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.

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.

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

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.

“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/

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Advantage Accelerator Winter Cohort Begins Jan 2015: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015 cohort. By participating in a five-month immersive cohort program, the Advantage Accelerator enables OSU community members to take an idea and turn it into a successful startup. For program information, please contact a program representative at (541) 368-5205 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/accelerator.

NEW! Association of Office Personnel (AOP) Monthly Merit Award Nominations: Nominations for classified or professional faculty to receive a monthly Merit Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the work place. The nominator may be anyone from the campus community. Potential qualities include great working attitude, cooperation, courtesy, creativity, customer service, diplomacy, flexibility, integrity, professionalism, quality of work, sense of humor, and other qualities the nominee admires. Nominations due by the 10th of each month. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition or


NEW! Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 22 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2014-2015. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

NEW! 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Temporary Public Information Assistant, University Honors College, P/T 19 hrs/wk.  Posting # 0013382. Closes Dec. 12.

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.

Learning Services Coordinator – Academic Services for Student Athletes invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Learning Services Coordinator position. Posting #0013385. Closes Dec. 14.

Career Services Assistant Director – The Office of Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Director position. Posting # 0013387. Closes for full consideration Dec. 15.

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.

The Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Information Systems Analyst position in the Business Intelligence Center. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013392. Closes Jan. 4.

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

Winter Break Parking:  From Dec. 15, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015 OSU permits will be required for parking, but you may park in any zone on campus.

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: ‘We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,’ I heard a bird sing In the dark of December.–   Oliver Herford. Well our encounter with icy weather was mercifully brief. We’ll have partly sunny skies today with a high of 42 and a low of 33, with a slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain and snow before 10, otherwise partly sunny, high of 37, low of 30. Chance of freezing rain tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 52, low of 39. 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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