OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 8, 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.

Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests (Washington Post)

Sisock previously worked with a project developed at Oregon State University called “Ties to the Land,” which was designed to help land owners and their heirs plan for the future. (see also Oregonian)

UO, OSU professors Geri Richmond and Jane Lubchenco are new U.S. science envoys (Oregonian)

U.S. science envoy — put that on your resume. Actually, a University of Oregon chemistry professor and an Oregon State University marine biology professor (and former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) now can.

Police looking for man who groped women (KEZI)

Thursday night, police say a man, possibly the same suspect, hugged a woman from behind on the opposite side of campus near 25th and Jackson. Police say they do not have a good description of the man, so they are not sure if it is the same suspect. He also ran off after the woman punched him.

Diagnosing plant diseases is ‘a detective task’ (Capital Press)

Sherlock Holmes would feel at home, deducing plant diseases at an Oregon State University clinic.

OSU-Cascades request not in Kitzhaber’s budget (Gazette-Times)

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget includes money for two big projects at Oregon State University, but what’s missing is long-term funding for its branch campus in central Oregon. Oregon State requested $30 million for the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, which is expanding to a four-year institution. (see also Bend Bulletin)

OSU to expand collaboration, outreach on UAVs, sensing technologies (AirSoc)

Oregon State University has formed a new group to organize and expand its work and collaboration with unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, as well as marine and terrestrial technologies, sensing and imaging systems.

Live Christmas trees: Stay in the pot or go in the ground after the holidays? (Oregonian)

Moved outside without the care they need, the beautiful, and not inexpensive, trees meant to go in the ground in winter, languish, fade to brown and eventually die. One alternative is to buy plants meant to stay in pots, said Al Shay, a horticulture instructor at Oregon State University.

Tigard company takes aim at biochar (Oregonian)

Walking Point received a $91,000 grant to team up with Oregon State University researchers to look into the best way to coat seeds and soil amendments with biochar.

Police brutality protesters block traffic on Van Buren (Democrat-Herald)

Eric Coker, a mixed-race student at Oregon State University, helped organize the event through social media.

Possible link between air pollution, breast cancer (Health News)

Led by Perry Hystad (Oregon State University) and Paul J. Villeneuve (Carleton University), the study shows an association between the risk of breast cancer and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a marker of traffic-related air pollution.

Portland photo distracts from the real problems of race (TruthOut)

An op-ed by Joseph Orosco, OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

A longtime D-H editor takes a job at Oregon State (Democrat-Herald)

t’s time for a new challenge, however, he said. The Corvallis resident is ending his stint as Sunday editor for the Albany Democrat-Herald and will be starting a new job Monday as a writer and editor with Oregon State University’s College of Business.

New approach hopes to reduce pesticides in Clackamas River (The Columbian)

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

‘Knox Street Authors’ reading at MaMere’s in Monmouth (Statesman Journal)

Todd Jarvis is interim director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University. He is a certified engineering geologist, certified water right examiner and certified mediator. He will present his book, “Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers.”

Today

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Retirement Reception for Terri Allen: Please join OSU Libraries & Press in celebrating Terri Allen’s retirement and her 29 years of service to OSU at a reception at the Valley Library on Friday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. The reception will be in Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor of The Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Question? Please contact Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu.

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 4th street, Suite 201 More information

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

NEW! TAC Webinar: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  OSU will begin transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas starting Winter 2015. Join our webinar to learn what Canvas is about, and how instructors can begin to prepare for it this fall. Weds. Dec. 10, 11-11:50 a.m. 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/1v0zjuL

NEW! BEE Special Guest Seminar: Join us in Gilmore Hall, Room 234 from 1-2 p.m. on Dec. 10 when Olivier Bour will present “Innovative methods for characterizing heterogeneous underground reservoirs at different scales” and Tanguy le Borgne will present “Mixing in porous and fractured media: in situ observations, experimental imaging and theoretical upscaling.” They are both from Rennes University in France. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.

NEW! STEM talk: Join the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m., Milam 215, to discuss the National Academies’ consensus report on Discipline-based Education Research (NRC 2012) and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on improving undergraduate STEM education, entitled Engage to Excel (PCAST 2012). Click here for more information.

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.

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

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Holiday Decorations: The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers recommendations to guide departments as they plan for the use of holiday decorations in their units: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/sites/default/files/guidelines_for_decorations.pdf. Please contact the office at 541-737-3556 with specific questions.

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.

Jobs

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.

Orientation Coordinator – New Student Programs & Family Outreach invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Orientation Coordinator position. Posting # 0013412. Closes for full consideration Jan. 8

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.

Weather

Corvallis: Well the Finals countdown as begun. Slight chance of rain today, with rain likely tonight and tomorrow. High of 54, low of 50.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 50, low of 40. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 57, low of 54. Rain tomorrow.

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

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