OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 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.

Bully-free zone (Inside Higher Ed)

Shim said she and another dean worked to include faculty members in a kind of monthly workshop-style process to research civility and anti-bullying policies in place elsewhere, such as one approved at Oregon State University last year.

Truffle farming: An industry in the making? (Oregonian)

“I think in North America, Oregon is the place that’s most identified with truffles, Lefevre said. “On some level while other regions are producing them, Oregon has the most, has the reputation and has things like the Oregon Truffle Fest, New World Truffieres and a 100-year academic research history — one of the longest in the world — at Oregon State University.”

Sage grouse habitat proposed for conservation (KTVZ)

Similar to the Harney County CCAA, each county formed a technical steering committee comprised of local representatives from groups including private landowners, local livestock associations and stock growers, watershed councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Courts, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State University Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Department of State Lands and tribes.

OSU to host holiday market (Gazette-Times)

This Friday and Saturday Oregon State University will host its 34th annual Holiday Marketplace in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, will feature more than 70 Oregon artisans.

Indian American researcher helps develop device for hand function (India West)

Researchers, including an Indian American, have developed a mechanized human hand that will help facilitate movement and restore the gripping capability of hands following nerve damage. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement inside the body, the research done by engineers at Oregon State University said.

Budget proposal includes $51.6 million for water projects (East Oregonian)

Kitzhaber wants to spend $30 million to help Oregon State University build a new $60 million forest science complex, which would provide more classroom and laboratory space for the OSU College of Forestry. According to OSU, the goal is to develop cutting-edge wood products that can be produced in Oregon and create more local jobs.

OSU holds session on bark beetles (Hood River News)

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session Dec. 6 on Bark Beetle Infestations and Tree Health in the Hood River area. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the OSU Extension Service Conference Room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. (Turn east next to Your Party and Rental Center.)

Graphene made from CO2 and used in supercapacitors (Controlled Environments)

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products. (see also Microfinance Monitor, Science NewsLine, Space Daily)


Thai Week at Pangea Café: Join us in celebration of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ s 87 Birthday at Pangea Café. Each day we will have a different special highlighting Thai flavors and complete your meal with a Thai Coffee or a Mango Coconut Cake. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/thai-week-pangea-café

Got a mug? Get free coffee: The Waste Watchers want to reward you for carrying a reusable mug! Come to the M.U. Quad Wednesday, Dec. 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.

NEW! It’s On Us brown bag discussion: Please join other OSU community members on Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Women’s Center for a dialogue on sexual assault. The event will allow students, faculty and staff to talk, find community, and seek innovative ideas and solutions to end sexual assault and support survivors. Visit oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/its-on-us for information.

CANCELLED! 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.

NEW! School of Public Policy economics program talk: Benjamin Hansen, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Oregon, will speak on Benefit Generosity and Injury Duration: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Regression Kinks,” Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Kidder Hall Room 278.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Music à la Carte: The “brown bag” concert series, Music à la Carte, is a 45-minute concert held most Fridays during fall, winter, and spring terms. On Dec. 5, the concert features seasonal music with University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir (held at First Methodist Church) Conducted by OSU grad students and James Moursund.

NEW! Terra Madre Day: Annual celebration of local food producers will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m.  Free admission, dinner and drinks available for purchase to benefit Slow Food Corvallis and Ten Rivers Food Web.  Live music, children’s activities, and local food products for sale. Co-sponsored this year by the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. See slowfoodcorvallis.org for complete list of vendors.

NEW! Crop and Soil Science retirement reception: The Department of Crop and Soil Science is hosting a retirement reception for seven faculty/staff who are retiring after a combined 230 years of service to OSU.   Honorees are:  Russ Karow, Professor and former Department Head, John Baham, Professor in Soil Science, Glenn Fisher, Professor and Extension Entomology Specialist, John Hart, Professor and Extension Soils Specialist, Bill Young, Professor and Extension Seed Specialist, Ann Corey, Faculty Research Assistant, and Barb Reed, Department Office Manager.  The reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., from 2-5 p.m., with a recognition ceremony at 3 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Please respond to Emmalie Goodwin emmalie.goodwin@oregonstate.edu if you plan to attend.

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.

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.

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

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! OSU Advantage Accelerator Free Public Seminar: Metrics and Analytics For Startups. Sanjay Vankudre, entrepreneur and investor will present ideas on metrics and analytics for startups. The discussion will cover key metrics entrepreneurs must measure and what analytics tell you about your venture.  Limit 10.  Tuesday, Dec. 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 200 SW Fourth St., Suite 201 More information

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.

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

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2014 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 30, 2015. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2014 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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 Laurie.Wyant@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

Assistant Professor (practice)– Oregon State University Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice, full-time, (fixed-term, 1.0 FTE), position located in Baker City.  Posting # 0013404. Closes Dec. 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. 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. During winter break, parking lot usage typically drops dramatically. Also, Beaver Bus shuttle operations will be limited to one bus on the West route, so cross-zonal parking will help commuters access campus. This will also help accommodate several maintenance tasks scheduled in parking lots during this time. Parking Services staff will be monitoring lot usage around campus to ensure that this temporary change does not have a negative impact on the zonal parking system.

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: “Winter, the aged chief, Mighty in power, Exiles the tender leaf, Exiles the flower.”   Robert Fuller Murray. Chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 39. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Freezing rain likely today, high of 35, low of 28. Rain likely tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 49, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

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

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