OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 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.

George Bailey article: In yesterday’s OSU Today, an old news article on research by George Bailey was run as a current news story due to a technical error in the service we use to find current articles. We apologize for the error. Professor Bailey died this year. To learn more about him, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2014/george-bailey-widely-recognized-toxicologist-and-cancer-expert-dies-at-73/.

Oregon State Beavers set to announce ‘significant enhancements’ to football facilities (Oregonian)

Oregon State will announce “significant enhancements” to its football facilities during a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the school.

Bridging the conservation divide (The New Yorker)

Noting that many of the loudest voices belonged to men, the authors of the article—Heather Tallis, the lead scientist at the Nature Conservancy, and Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—called for the development of a “unified and diverse conservation ethic,” one that would welcome a wide range of philosophies and do away with “gender and cultural bias.”

Seismic committee recommends new position in Governor’s office (OPB)

Task force chair Scott Ashford said the time for volunteer efforts is over:“It’s going to take 50 years to become resilient. But we need that 50 years to start now,” said Ashford, Dean of the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

Making technology work for elders in the new longevity economy (New America Media)

The proportion of ethnic elders will double in the next 30 years, experts say, when more than four in 10 seniors in the U.S. will from minority groups. Shifting demographics mean “it will be important to consider cultural dynamics of minority groups in the design, selection, and use of any new tool,” said researchers in a 2010 study from Oregon State University.

Polk County alpaca ranch owner set for four-day trial (Statesman Journal)

The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to impound all the alpacas. When they went back a second time, they found 30 dead alpacas and two more that couldn’t stand. The surviving alpacas were brought to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine for immediate care and the Silvers were cited to appear in Polk County Circuit Court.

Trial underway to test favipiravir for Ebola virus disease (Consultant 360)

Dr. Patrick L. Iversen from Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has studied several compounds for their activity against Ebola virus. “Both brincidofovir from Chimerix and TKM-Ebola have been used in humans in the current Ebola outbreak but efficacy data are limited or adverse events have been severe so I would not recommend them,” Dr. Iversen, also at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told Reuters Health by email.

Higher, more acidic ocean, less snow and forest fires are Northwest’s top climate risks (Idaho Statesman)

“Warming is unequivocal,” Mote said in Boise Monday. “Warming since the mid 20th Century is clearly tied to human influence.” Mote, the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Oregon Climate Services, spoke to the Idaho Environmental Forum.

More Japanese tsunami debris will wash up on Northwest shores, scientists say (Northwest Public Radio)

Oregon State University marine scientist John Chapman questions the accuracy of that number, but says current tallies of what’s washed ashore on the U.S. West Coast are much lower than that.

Giving Haiti a helping hand (Gazette-Times)

To her, Haiti is a beautiful Caribbean island nation populated by creative, capable people who have a strong sense of community and of their history as the first nation founded after a successful slave revolt. “I have learned more from the Haitian people than I could ever have to offer,” said Noakes, a Corvallis native studying for a master’s degree in public health at Oregon State University.


Fall into Winter Sale 30% off at Pangea: It is our annual end of term sale, come in and enjoy your favorite menu item at 30% off. Memorial Union.

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

Public Sale at the OSUsed StoreThe OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty senate: The Dec. 11 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://senate.oregonstate.edu/faculty-senate-meeting-thu-2014-12-11-1500. The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Faculty participating remotely may access the Webcast by connecting to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ and selecting the Faculty Senate meeting. Agenda items include election results. Reports address the 2015 budget, transportation services updates and Executive Committee and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate reports.

NEW! SciComm meeting: OSU SciComm group is having a holiday mixer this month instead of a brown-bag session. Spend some time with other colleagues who have a passion for science communication at Sky High Brewing,  Dec. 16: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. All welcome: Students, Faculty, Staff. More info: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2014/12/winter-holiday-mixer/

Farewell and Dessert Reception for Ann Mary Quarandillo: Ann Mary Quarandillo, director of Marketing Communications for the College of Forestry, has accepted a position at her alma mater, the University of Kentucky. Come join us at a farewell reception to wish Ann Mary well in her new adventures. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Richardson 2nd Floor Knuckle, at 2 p.m. Please RSVP to Jessica.Fontaine@oregonstate.edu

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 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

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! OSU Today on Winter Break: OSU Today will switch to a Monday-only schedule during Winter Break. Submissions must be made by 4 p.m., the previous Friday for inclusion in the next week’s issue. Daily publication will resume Jan. 5, 2015.

NEW! International holiday home stay: Interested in sharing hosting an international student for the holidays?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Hanukkah, Christmas Eve or Day, or New Year’s Eve or Day festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_1yTjGUsntSs1cu9.   Hosting application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement as soon as students have been matched (no later than 2 days prior to hosting).  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program: Join the Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program.  Attend an 8-week course to increase your knowledge of energy savings and sustainable living practices in your own home.  Course topics include climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering. The course meets Monday evenings starting Jan. 26, 2015.  Cost is $20 and includes field trip transportation.  Register at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/812 (closes Jan. 12). For more information, 541-766-6311 or jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu.


Faculty Senate ballots due: The combined Faculty Senate President-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator balloting closes at 9 a.m., Dec. 10; results will be announced at the Dec. 11 Faculty Senate meeting. The Faculty Senator balloting closes at noon on Dec. 12. Faculty Senate elections are open to all faculty (research, academic, professional faculty) who were employed prior to mid-October 2014, regardless of FTE. If you don’t recall receiving either of the above ballots, please contact Vickie Nunnemaker at vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu; if you wish to search for either ballot, they were sent from the Faculty Senate. Please note that, because the following apportionment units have the allotted number of Senators continuing, no Senator elections are necessary this fall: Cascades, Education, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

CREATE Oregon State: Time is running out! Join the OSU Foundation, 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.

Printing and Mailing Services Winter Hours: Winter hours will begin on Dec. 15 and will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  We will be open Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-noon.  Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

XPress Stop Winter Hours:  There is still time to get holiday cards printed and packages shipped!  Winter hours will begin on Dec. 15 and will be 8 a.m-5 p.m.  We will be closed on Dec. 24.  Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Libraries Overdue Notices: Please disregard any notices that mentioned new or added charges or fines to your account sent Friday, Dec. 5,  – Dec. 8. OSU Libraries migrated to a new library management and search system (BETA) on Dec. 4 and there was a glitch in the BETA system that resulted in overdue notices being send prematurely to all OSU Library users.

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2014 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Fall 2014 solicitation: preference to equipment that provides new or significantly expanded capabilities. NOTE: the program guidelines and application have been revised: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/research-equipment-reserve-fund. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 15.

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 5pm, Wednesday, Dec. 10. For more information or to submit a nomination visit: Frances Dancy Hooks and Phyllis S. Lee Award Information and Nomination Page.

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.


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

Academic Counselor – Academic Services for Student Athletes invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Academic Counselor position. Posting #0013399. Closes Dec. 15.  For full consideration, please apply by Dec. 12.

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.

Management Analyst 3:  OSU Capital Planning and Development has an opening for one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Management Analyst 3. This position  designs, plans, and coordinates or conducts analytical management studies of program policies, organizational structures and budgetary, operational, or other administrative systems and provides consultation on legislative or administrative issues, program planning, fiscal, and/or human resource management. Posting #0013410. Closes Dec. 19.

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.

Faculty Support Coordinator – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Support Coordinator position. Posting #0013374. Closes Dec. 22.

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.

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.

Learning and Engagement Associate – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Learning and Engagement Associate position. Posting # 0013422. Closes Jan. 9.

Academic Wage International Program Advisor – The Vice Provost for International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Wage International Program Advisor position. Posting #0013407. Closes Jan. 11.

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

Crane: As part of the OSU LInC (Classroom Building) project, ), the tower crane will be disassembled and parts demobilized from campus during the week of Dec. 15-19. Additional flaggers have been planned at strategic spots to help trucks navigate the construction site and campus streets. Please see the traffic plan map attached for more details. Trucking will be routed via the fire lane at Austin Hall.

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: “I heard a bird sing In the dark of December, A magical thing, And sweet to remember.” ~ Oliver Herford. Heavy rain and windy today, high of 58, low of 46. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 56, low of 39. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Heavy rain and wind, high of 61, low of 51. Rain tomorrow.

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

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