OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 5, 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.

OSU’s Ray, other education leaders, gather at White House (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray is joining President Barack Obama and hundreds of higher education leaders at the White House on Thursday to announce new actions to help more students prepare for college and to graduate.

State adds Lubchenco, Majumdar, as science envoys (Politico)

Arun Majumdar, the first head of DOE’s ARPA-E program who left the administration in 2012 and is now at Stanford University, will work in Poland and the Baltics on energy and climate change issues. And former NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco, now at Oregon State University, will work on ocean issues, including climate change and marine ecology. (see also State Magazine)

Nebraska hires Mike Riley from Oregon State as new head football coach (USA Today)

Nebraska has pulled a stunner in its search for a head coach, announcing Thursday via Twitter it has hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley to replace Bo Pelini. (see also Lincoln Journal-Star)

Equine influenza outbreak at vet hospital is under control, OSU says (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s veterinarian teaching facility was scheduled to resume normal operation Dec. 4 following an outbreak of equine influenza.

Greenhouses gases linked to African rains (Science Codex)

“This study is important not only because it explains a long-standing puzzle, but it helps to validate modelpredictions of how rising greenhouse gas concentrations might change rainfall patterns in a highly populated and vulnerable part of the world,” said Peter Clark, an Oregon State University paleoclimatologist and co-author on the study. (see also e Science News)

Corvallis Police: Student groped on campus (Gazette-Times)

The 41-year-old student was walking west at around 6:55 p.m. Wednesday near the 2900 block of Southwest Western Boulevard when a man walking east suddenly stepped in front of her and “ran his open hand down the front of her coat, from just below the neck line to above her waist.”

Oregon’s novel semiconductor to disrupt consumer electronics market (World Industrial Reporter)

Research that started a decade ago at the Oregon State University (OSU) is all set to disrupt the consumer electronics market as amorphous oxide semiconductors – developed at OSU – gain some of their first commercial applications.

Hatfield expansion talks continue in Newport (Newport News-Times) 

As plans for Oregon State University’s new Marine Studies Initiative progress, a number of challenges are on the table.  The challenges, however, aren’t negative. Some obstacles are related to finances and fundraising; the others, questions the community has about the project.

Study: Killing wolves no aid to livestock (Columbian)

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.

OSU won’t help grow this (KXL)

Oregon State University is famous for, among other things, helping gardeners.  But if you ask them for help growing marijuana you’re probably not going to get it. The Register Guard reports the school has sent out a reminder to community volunteers to keep quiet about growing marijuana. (see also Statesman Journal)

OSU Ebola drug pioneer to speak at Science Pub (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Patrick Iversen will speak on Ebola treatment at 6 p.m. Monday in a free Science Pub event at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

OSU studies common nursery diseases (American Nurseryman) 

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. Researchers will study Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians, which deform hundreds of common landscape plants, including hostas, Shasta daisies, petunias and pansies.


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

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

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today at the Holiday Market in the Memorial Union Lounge, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

NEW! Advisor coffee talk: “Counseling Skills, Development and Practice,” lead by Judy Neighbors,  licensedpsychologist and Sexual Assault Support Services Coordinator at Counseling and Psychological services (CAPS), will teach advisors more about building a trusting relationship with students. CAPS will educate advisors on key components to working with students in conversational advising based on listening and reflective skills used in a counseling setting. Friday, Dec. 5, 2  to 4 p.m., Milam 215.


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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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

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.” Mon. Dec. 8, 10-11:50 a.m. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. find out more about Canvas and the migration here.  Please register here: http://bit.ly/1sn3g6v.

NEW! Science Pub: Professor Patrick Iversen will speak on Ebola treatment at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in a free Science Pub event at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. Iversen, a research professor in the OSU department of environmental and molecular toxicology, will review what scientists know about Ebola and how a new drug he helped develop works.

NEW! Graduate Education Information Night: Is an advanced degree right for me? The OSU Graduate School will give a presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. in FURM 102, covering the basics of graduate education: What is graduate school? What are the benefits of a graduate degree? What are the basic admissions processes and requirements? How do I pay for my graduate education? Applying for 2015-16? Have your questions answered by the Graduate School before Winter Break.

NEW! Supervisor training: Registration is open for the Feb. 10 and 11, “Core Curriculum for OSU Supervisors and Managers” course. If you are a new or experienced supervisor and have not taken this course, it will make your work easier with collective bargaining information, policies, procedures and helpful resources. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=3.

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

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

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: “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ― Shel Silverstein. Rain today, high of 50, low of 43. Showers likely Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 38. Chance of rain throughout the weekend.

Newport: Rain today, high of 56, low of 50. Showers likely Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

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

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