OSU Today

Thursday, Dec. 4, 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.

No, legal US drugs aren’t being shipped into Mexico en masse (VICE)

Seth Crawford, a sociologist at Oregon State University who researches the marijuana marketplace, said that the idea of US-grown marijuana being smuggled into Mexico didn’t make sense in the current market conditions.

OSU program helps toddlers with mobility issues (KVAL)

A new program at Oregon State University helps toddlers with mobility issues get moving. Students help modify toy cars into drivable vehicles at the cost of just $200 and a month’s time.

Cleaning bot operators get censored view of your home (New Scientist)

Bill Smart at Oregon State University in Corvallis is also looking at telerobotic privacy. Smart has built a system for unskilled remote operators to change bed sheets using a PR2. But rather than blurring the entire image, Smart lets homeowners specify 3D areas to censor, say a bedside table, where operators will simply see a black space.

Study: Killing wolves means more livestock attacks (Idaho Statesman)

William J. Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University, said the study appeared to be important, and it could ultimately lead to major changes in wolf management, if it holds up.

Dhesi awarded gold at world championship (Surrey Leader)

Amar Dhesi of Surrey, pictured after a win while wrestling for the Oregon State Beavers, was recently crowned a Junior World Champion. Dhesi lost the final at last August’s world championship tournament, but his opponent was recently disqualified for failing a drug test.

Climate scientist Mote will talk at environmental forum (Idaho Statesman)

Philip Mote; Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Oregon Climate Services, the official state climate office will speak at the luncheon that begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building. Mote also is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

Assessing a wave’s worth with Surfonomics (Surfer’s Village)

Save The Waves commissioned an economic study in 2007 on the value of the surfing wave in Mundaka, Spain, to the local economy, through Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. It’s a comprehensive study that factors in tourism revenue as well as local surf industry revenue, including the annual Billabong Pro contest held there every October.

INTO OSU students learn English by volunteering (LIFE@OSU)

Both Chris and Jojo are INTO OSU students who are in Corvallis to learn English before they pursue higher education degrees in an American university. They are participants in a new INTO class, “English through Volunteering.” The class was created by Kristi DuBois, an INTO instructor who combined her love of teaching with her dedication to community service in order to craft the class.

OSU earns high marks for science program (Gazette-Times)

A leading scientific journal has ranked Oregon State University among the world’s top earth and environmental science institutions.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide used for energy storage (Nanowerk)

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.

Winter Wonders (LIFE@OSU)

The President’s Winter Coffee took place on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Under a canopy of glittering snowflakes, hundreds of campus community members chatted while partaking in a variety of winter-themed snacks and filling up at the cocoa bar.

Symphony, choirs aim for holiday ‘sweet spot’ (Gazette-Times)

The planners of Sunday’s annual Christmas concert with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and Oregon State University choirs say they were aiming for a “sweet spot” when they assembled the program.

State Extension Service honors Dallas resident (Polk Itemizer-Observer)

Jim Clawson of Dallas was awarded the Epsilon Sigma Phi Friends of Extension honor by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Hey college kids: You really can minor in craft beer studies (Minnesota Public Radio)

Paul Smith’s isn’t the only college to offer coursework in beer studies. Hard-core brewers-to-be can attend the Siebel Institute’s Master Brewer program in Chicago, or Oregon State University’s four-year program in fermentation science. Central Washington University, the University of California, Davis and UC San Diego also have programs of varying lengths.


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

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

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)

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Sorte retirement: Joanne Sorte is retiring after 24 years as OSU Child Development Center Director. A reception in her honor is scheduled for Monday Dec. 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m, in the Lobby of the Hallie Ford Center. Light refreshments will be served. Please bring your stories and best wishes.

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.

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

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.

 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.

Lectures and Webinars

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

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

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.


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

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

Steam service interruption: Due to a broken steam line that services the Facilities Shops Complex, Key Shop, Book Storage and McAlexander Fieldhouse(Rec Sports side) all steam services are temporarily interrupted until services can be restored.  This will affect all heat, building controls and hot water utilizing steam.  Crews hope to have contractors onsite today.  Restoration time is currently unknown.

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: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank. Rain today, high of 54, low of 45. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Freezing rain likely, turning to rain by mid morning, high of 45, low of 35. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today and tomorrow. High of 54, low of 50.

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

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