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Thursday, Dec. 11, 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.

Football coach Gary Andersen goes to Oregon State from Wisconsin (Bloomberg)

Oregon State University hired Gary Andersen away from the University of Wisconsin as its new football coach, six days after Mike Riley moved from Oregon State to Nebraska. (see also ESPNRegister-Guard, Yahoo Sports)

 Oregon State Beavers detail massive Valley Football Center renovation project (Oregonian)

Before Oregon State went abuzz with the news that the Beavers had hired Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen to be their next football coach, prominent university officials detailed the shiny new tools Andersen will be able to utilize starting in 2016.

Oregon State President discusses 1998 investigation (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray on Wednesday met with Brenda Tracy, a woman who has recently publicly told her story of being raped by four men, two of them football players at the university in 1998. Ray had pledged earlier that the university would investigate what happened. An investigation at the time yielded relatively light sanctions against the athletes. After his meeting Wednesday, Ray wrote to the campus about what the investigation found, and The Oregonian published that letter. (see also Oregonian)

No laughing matter: Nitrous oxide rose at end of last ice age (e Science News)

“We found that marine and terrestrial sources contributed about equally to the overall increase of nitrous oxide concentrations and generally evolved in parallel at the end of the last ice age,” said lead author Adrian Schilt, who did much of the work as a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University. Schilt then continued to work on the study at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Drying Amazon may speed up global climate change (Yahoo News)

“In other words, if greenness declines, this is an indication that less carbon will be removed from the atmosphere. The carbon storage of the Amazon basin is huge and losing the ability to take up as much carbon could have global implications for climate change,” explained lead author Thomas Hilker, remote sensing specialist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. (see also NASA)

New technology tracks carcinogens as they move through the body (Phys Org)

With this new technology, scientists have an opportunity to study, in a way never before possible, potential cancer-causing compounds as they move through the human body. The findings were just published by researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions in Chemical Research in Toxicology, in work supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

First science envoys announced for the US (Chemistry World)

Several prominent scientists will serve as the US’s new science envoys, developing scientific partnerships and cooperation between the US and other nations. These incoming emissaries will start their work in January 2015 and include Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist and ecologist who formerly headed the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is currently a marine sciences professor at Oregon State University.

Pet Vet: Research could help find kidney disease in cats earlier (KATU)

Researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions have developed a new biomarker called “SDMA” that can provide earlier identification of chronic kidney disease in cats, which is one of the leading causes of their death.

12 captivating university Twitter bios (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University: Full disclosure – I graduated with my masters degree from OSU in 2006. Okay, all bias aside, this bio is full of zest. We are the home of extraordinary people, world changers and difference makers.” Are you curious about OSU yet? This bio captures your attention within the first 79 characters. It’s excellent and makes you want to know more about the institution.

Oregon Wine Institute plans for the future (Wines & Vines)

Chien was appointed to serve as a facilitator for the institute’s activities rather than the director, taking his lead from Oregon Wine Board’s Oregon Wine Industry Standing Committee on Research. The standing committee includes representation from industry and Oregon State University faculty. It is charged with setting the institute’s scientific research priorities (see “Oregon Wine Research Institute Refocuses Efforts”).

Whole Foods picked up ‘environmentally responsible’ Christmas trees to align with new rating system (Oregonian)

Malone is one of four farmers mentioned in an Oregonian story about “Socially and Environmentally Responsible Farms” certification for Christmas trees. The program, which is administered by the Oregon State University Extension and the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association and overseen by the state agriculture department, is about four years old and paying off for some farmers.


Fall into Winter Sale 40% off at Pangea: It is our annual end of term sale, come in and enjoy your favorite menu item at 40% off. Memorial Union.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Clickers: Review and Looking Forward to  Winter Term 2015. Converse with Turning Technologies management and technicians about changes for next term, Winter 2015. Hosted by Turning Technologies, we hope you can join us.  Add this meeting to your calendar. Thurs.  Dec. 11, noon. Meeting number: 762 172 400 Meeting Password: OSU Join WebEx meeting. Visit the TAC homepage for more information.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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/

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! TAC Webinar: Clickers: Review and Looking Forward to  Winter Term 2015. Converse with Turning Technologies management and technicians about changes for next term, Winter 2015. Hosted by Turning Technologies, we hope you can join us.  Add this meeting to your calendar. Fri. Dec. 12, 8 a.m. Meeting number: 762 172 400 Meeting Password: OSU Join WebEx meeting. Visit the TAC homepage for more information.

NEW! Forum: Finalists for the position of Associate Director of Global Diversity take place over the next week. Candidates will present their philosophy and program ideas on how they might build bridges, linkages and opportunities between multicultural and international programs at OSU. Candidate Christina Walsh speaks Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. in MU 206 (Asian/Pacific American Room). Candidate Elaine Acacio speaks Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m. in MU 208 (La Raza Room). Candidate Jerry Garcia speaks Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m. in MU 206 (Asian/Pacific American Room).

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! Printing and Mailing Services: Our Cascade Hall and the XPress Stop locations will be closed for lunch on Friday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Please contact Kiara Goldtrap (Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu) with any questions.

NEW! External and Course Fees: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Dec. 31, 2014. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external and course fees before they become effective on Jan. 1, 2015.  The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk.  Comments should be directed to Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Chinook Book offers Corvallis coupons to OSU community members: Portland-based Chinook Book is once again offering coupons to “green” Corvallis merchants.  Coupons for the OSU community are available in the downloadable app and accessible via your oregonstate.edu email address.  Chinook Book uses a set of standards and criteria that include third party certification and surveys to select merchants that include aspects of sustainability in their business.  Learn how to access OSU-specific offers.

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.

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.

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.

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 Break 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 Break 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.

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.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1– Union County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.15 FTE), Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande.  Posting # 0013421. Closes Dec. 29.

Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 2 position for Business Affairs- Office of Post Award Administration at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013427. Closes Dec. 29.

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.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Library Communications Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian and OSU Press Director. Posting #0013435. Closes Jan. 8.

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.

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for two tenure-track, 9-month, full-time (1.00 FTE) faculty positions (Assistant Professor rank) in the area of Complex Systems in the Life or Environmental Sciences. Posting #0013430. Closes Feb. 6, 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

Goss Stadium: As part of the Goss Stadium Expansion project, 6 parking spaces in the Coleman Field East Parking Lot (View Map) will be closed until further notice.

Sunday Power Outage: Pacific Power & Light (PP&L), has scheduled a 2 hour outage on Dec. 14.  They will be completing necessary overhead power line work that services the following buildings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14:  Sackett Hall, Weigand Hall,  Seed Lab, James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Hogg Metabolism Buildings, Clark Laboratory, Radiation Center, Swine Barn, Dairy Barn & Residence, East & West Greenhouse, Poultry Center.

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: “In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” ~ Ben Aaronovitch.  Rainy and windy today with gusts up to 50 mph. High of 59, low of 43. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 56, low of 33. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 56, low of 46. Showers tomorrow.

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

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