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Friday, Dec. 12, 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.

Oregon moves toward girding schools against an inevitable great quake (New York Times)

In the Pacific Northwest, which will face a great earthquake (and almost certainly a tsunami) when the offshore Cascadia fault next ruptures, there are signs of progress in efforts to limit losses. The earthquake timeline above, from Chris Goldfinger and others at Oregon State University, illustrates just how certain it is that a big one is coming.

By bringing in Gary Andersen as football coach, the Beavers have won the offseason (Oregonian)

You have to tip your hat to the people running the show at Oregon State, because yesterday’s bombshell announcement that the Beavers were bringing in Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen to replace Mike Riley as football coach was brilliant.

Power outages hit valley (Gazette-Times)

Downed branches were reported all over the Oregon State University campus, and one outside a sorority. However, the winds had quieted by 7:30 p.m., with no further damage expected overnight.

Storm pounding West Coast will bring more tsunami debris (Statesman Journal)

“It’s blowing 50 to 70 miles out here at Newport,” said John Chapman, assistant fisheries professor at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “I’m bracing myself. I’m expecting things will show up with the storm.”

No new sanctions in 1998 rape case (Gazette-Times)

After completing an internal investigation of an alleged 1998 rape involving two Oregon State University football players, OSU officials say there are no additional steps they can take to punish the perpetrators at this point. But they also say such a case would be handled very differently today.

FAA delays slow drone development (Bend Bulletin)

At stake is an industry estimated to create more than $400 million in economic impact and 1,500 jobs in Oregon in the first three years after the test ranges become fully operational, according to SOAR and Oregon State University. Much of that impact would be felt in regions of the state outside the major metro areas on Interstate 5, Morrisson said.

Nitrous oxide rose at the end of the last Ice Age (Reporting Climate Change)

“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.

Jury finds alpaca ranch owner guilty of neglect (Statesman Journal)

Deputies and veterinarians visited the ranch twice in December 2013 and found that the entire herd had not received basic care. Jake Kamins, animal cruelty deputy district attorney for the state of Oregon, said the first time they went, they hauled away 17 dead alpacas. The second time they went, they took 41 dead alpacas off the property. The rest were sent to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University for emergency care.


Fall into Winter Sale 50% off at Pangea: It is our annual end of term sale, come in and enjoy your favorite menu item at 50% off. Memorial Union.

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.

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.

NEW! Philosophy Talk Live Chat: OSU’s Allen Thompson will conduct a live chat with public radio’s Philosophy Talk at noon today. Listen and participate here: http://www.philosophytalk.org/community/live-chat/live-chat-allen-thompson

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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: 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. Mon. Dec. 15, 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/1v0zCWx

NEW! 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

NEW! OSU Advantage Accelerator Free Public Seminar: Investors, Searching for Funds & Due Diligence. Mike Brown, Managing Director Operations at Infortal Worldwide and local entrepreneur, will be giving an interactive discussion on searching for Funds and Due Diligence.  This discussion will emphasize the basics of Due Diligence (mind set – from the point of view of the investor and the entrepreneur), and provide Excel templates (General to Specific market segments) to be used by the Entrepreneur to help guide the process. Limit 10.  Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 200 SW Fourth St., Suite 201 More information

NEW! Brown Bag MBA Info Session: Learn more about how earning an MBA will allow your students to combine their technical knowledge with a solid understanding of business fundamentals and enhance their career options. With new tracks (Wealth Management, Business Analytics, Global Operations, Market Research and Executive Leadership) there are several opportunities for students to receive their graduate business education. Wed. Dec. 17, noon to 1 p.m. in Austin Hall 390. Beverages provided. RSVP appreciated but not required: OSUMBA@oregonstate.edu.

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! OSU Press sale: OSU Press is having a holiday sale, with 30% off selected titles when purchased on our website. The sale runs through Dec. 31. To take advantage of the discount, customers must enter the promo code 14HOLIDAY at checkout. A list of sale books is available here: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/2014-holiday-sale

NEW! Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 31 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2014-5. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

NEW! OSU Directories are here: The 2014-15 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, kami.hammerschmith@oregonstate.edu, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

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.

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.

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.


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.

This recruitment will be used to fill three full-time Program Representative 1 positions for Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU). Internal employment opportunity. Posting#0013434. Closes Dec. 19.

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.

OSU’s Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Lead Marketing Project Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013436. Closes Dec. 23.

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.


The VP for Research invites applications for a full-time ( 1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term consultant Res Program position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director

Position #0013433. Closes Jan. 22, 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.


Corvallis: Looks like stormy weather is behind us, for now. Showers likely today, high of 53, low of 39. Some sunshine expected over the weekend as we clean up branches from the storm. Showers return next week.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today,  high of 40, low of 26. Sunny this weekend.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 53, low of 46. Sunny tomorrow, chance of showers Sunday.

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

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