OSU Today

Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

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.

Four big carnivores make big comeback (Discovery Magazine)

Michael Paul Nelson of Oregon State University said that “the possible implications for living with carnivores in other parts of the world, and especially in the U.S., are perhaps the most intriguing part” of the new study.

The day that changed tsunami science (PBS New Hour)

It was the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Thousands of miles away, the disaster shook scientists to their core. But the catastrophic loss of life changed tsunami science forever, said Harry Yeh, professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University.

Kids’ decision-making abilities linked to behavior problems in adolescence: Oregon State study (Oregonian)

Elementary school-age children who aren’t adept at making decisions could be more likely to exhibit behavioral problems as they move into adolescence, according to an Oregon State University researcher. But parents can help kids learn and strengthen decisionmaking skills, said Joshua Weller, an assistant professor of psychology whose research interests include individual differences in decisionmaking. Weller recently co-authored a study on the topic, “Preadolescent Decision-Making Competence Predicts Interpersonal Strengths and Difficulties,” in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

What science can and can’t do, to cut losses from the next tsunami (New York Times)

Chris Goldfinger at Oregon State, an expert on the dangerous Cascadia fault off the Northwest Coast, wrote a valuable post about tsunami prediction that makes vital points about the limits of science.

OSU students raise money, distribute blankets to homeless for the holidays (Gazette-Times)

It was a freezing night almost exactly three years ago when Oregon State University student Linda Nguyen saw something that would profoundly change her life. Nguyen was looking out her apartment window and saw an old homeless man huddling up for warmth on the porch of an abandoned home next door. Without a moment’s hesitation, Nguyen, then a freshman, grabbed an extra blanket and pillow, threw them into a bag, and headed out with a roommate to give the blanket and pillow to the old man. Nguyen still remembers the look on the man’s face and the tears that followed.

A century (plus) of OSU football coaches (Gazette-Times)

Gary Andersen is the 29th man to take over the reins of the Oregon State University football team, in a string of coaches that stretches back to 1893, when Will Bloss took over the program. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon State adds Colorado State, Utah State offensive coordinators to Gary Andersen’s staff (NBC News)

Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen added some major coaching talent to his staff on Sunday. (see also CBS Sports)

Egg prices rise as new California regulations kick in (KUOW)

California will now require egg producers to give their hens room to spread their wings — literally. The law applies to all eggs sold in that state. That means egg producers nationwide are scrambling to make sure their cages comply. Jim Hermes is a poultry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. He said giving the hens more room increases their appetites.

Acid seas hit commercial shellfish production (Digital Journal)

Now a new theory has been proposed: saturation state. In a new paper, scientists from Oregon State University have reported that the larvae of Pacific oysters and Mediterranean mussels have a difficult time forming their calcium carbonate shells as the surrounding seawater’s saturation state falls.

OSU eyes tsunami zone for building (Register-Guard)

Oregon’s state geologist urged Oregon State University not to put a marine studies building in a tsunami zone south of Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge — or at least build it to withstand waves as high as 43 feet. (see also Oregonian, KOIN)

Oregon targets forgotten pesticides (Statesman Journal)

Dedicated state funds pay for part of the pesticide program, while partners such as soil and water conservation districts, watershed councils and Oregon State University Extension have helped organize events.

OSU revives religious studies degree (Catholic Sentinel)

More than 20 years after the religious studies degree program was eliminated, Oregon State University is bringing it back. OSU students will be able to declare religious studies as a major beginning with the upcoming winter term.

US poultry industry braces for bird flu fallout (Capital Press)

A USDA veterinarian drove bird samples to Corvallis, where they were tested at Oregon State University. The tests showed the birds had died from avian influenza. Further tests conducted at a USDA lab in Ames, Iowa, pinpointed that it was the H5N8 strain.

Marion, Linn Extension offices moving (Capital Press)

The Marion and Linn county offices of the Oregon State University Extension Service are packing decades of history into moving vans and relocating their offices.

Renaissance lawman: OSP Senior Trooper Chris Graves wears many hats (Gazette-Times)

Many college students and Corvallis residents may know Graves from more than a decade of work with the Oregon State Police out of the Oregon State University Patrol Office. But the Oregon Army National Guard knows him as Lt. Col. Graves from his two deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait. And local Scouts know Graves as the adult leader for the Order of the Arrow, BSA’s honor society.

State agency plans to use drones for fish, bird data collection (Portland Tribune)

The agency previously did some preliminary UAV salmon spawning survey tests through a partnership with the Oregon State University College of Forestry, because the university already has FAA authorization to fly drones.

Introverts are kind of judgmental at work (Yahoo News)

A team led by Keith Leavitt, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, assigned 178 MBA students to project teams of four or five for the semester; halfway through the course, the individuals filled out personality questionnaires and surveys evaluating their team members’ performance so far. (see also Psych CentralMSN)

Scientists eye tsunami debris for invasive species (Summit County Citizens’ Voice)

Some of the Asian coastal species could pose a threat to native ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, said John Chapman, an Oregon State University marine invasive specialist at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Parts of rural Oregon remain stuck economically (Register-Guard)

“Every place was affected to some extent by the downturn,” said Bruce Weber, an economist and director of Oregon State University’s Rural Studies Program.

OSU nourishing boomers and beyond program (My Central Oregon)

Learn How to Nourish Your Body: Oregon State University Extension is kicking off the Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program in January.

Growers assess freeze damage (Capital Press)

It appears cherry and pear trees may be the hardest hit in The Dalles and Hood River, according to Jay Pscheidt and Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension specialists.

Choose dry, well-seasoned wood for the best fires (Statesman Journal)

In fact, unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Drought shrivels Eastern Oregon farm (Idaho Press-Tribune)

OSU extension agents will estimate the drought’s economic impact on Eastern Oregon agriculture when the USDA data becomes available, but based on interviews with farmers, it’s likely in the tens of millions of dollars.

Goat and sheep seminar offered by OSU (The World)

Coos County OSU Extension will be offering an evening seminar for sheep and goat producers interested in learning about current market trends and opportunities, as well as winter and spring health considerations for successful small ruminant production.

Grass management is critical in 2015 (Beef Magazine)

“How you manage your pastures now can make all the difference in forage quality, animal growth and weed control problems next spring,” says Brian Tuck, Oregon State University dryland and irrigated field crops agent. He offers three tips for managing pastures in the winter.


Used Furniture and Kitchenware Sale: Items remaining in OSU’s former co-op housing units will be liquidated on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, 9 a.m. – noon and Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9-11:30 a.m. (50 percent off on this day) at Avery and Azalea Houses (1030  and 1050 SW Madison Ave.) View merchandise and other sale details on Surplus Property’s website.


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The 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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Winter Library Workshops Scheduled: The Winter 2015 Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series lineup is set and learning opportunities abound! Make this the term where you incorporate a citation manager into your research and writing process, learn to use a new survey tool, get a jump start on your theses or dissertation literature review, or start working on your data management plan.  Workshop registration is encouraged but not required. Questions?  Contact Hannah.Remple@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Benton County Master Gardeners will be offering GEARING UP FOR GARDENING: free lunch-time talks at the Corvallis Public Library. Talks will be held every Tuesday from Jan. 6 – Feb. 24 from noon- 1 p.m. Visit our website to see the schedule of topics.

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! Funding Available—Proposal Due Date Extended: The Center for Teaching and Learning funds instructors for the redesign of established on-campus courses as hybrid courses through the Hybrid Course Initiative. These funds are in support of participation in a faculty learning community in Spring term and the development of a hybrid course. See Request for Proposals; due date extended to Jan. 20. Questions? Contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Recreational Sports Winter Memberships: Purchase or renew your membership to Recreational Sports! Winter Term memberships are available for purchase for only $83, valid until March 27, 2015. Or, consider a 9-month membership, valid until Sept. 18, 2015. Memberships are available to OSU faculty/staff/affiliates/dependents and did you know that you likely qualify for a wellness reimbursement? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a personal tour of Recreational Sports facilities or with questions! (Note: Fall Term/Half Term memberships/lockers expire Jan. 2).

NEW! Dam Fit in 2015: Recreational Sports is again excited to offer Dam Fit in winter 2015. Resolve to make 2015 your happiest and healthiest year yet and let Recreational Sports support you as you achieve your goals. Dam Fit is a great opportunity to Get Motivated – Get Strong and – Get Results. Enroll today as space is limited! (Open to all students and Recreational Sports members. Not a member? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information).

Parking Services Winter Break Hours:  During the holiday break, the Parking Services office hours will remain the same as usual (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), but the office will be closed Jan. 1, 2015.  Our online services will be available during this time.

Momentum: One of the nation’s strongest robotics programs is being developed right here at Oregon State’s College of Engineering. Read about how it all started and the latest breakthroughs, including a snake-like robot that can ascend sandy slopes. It’s not just our faculty who are creating a whole new future. The combined talent and enthusiasm of engineering students is amazing. Read about the recent success of Global Formula Racing and Oregon State Rocketry.

Master Recycler Class: Spots are available in the 2015 Master Recycler class, sponsored by Campus Recycling and offered free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. The course will be on Tuesday nights Jan. 13 through March 3 along with a couple field trips, and covers all aspects of waste reduction. More class info and registration is on Campus Recycling’s website.

Outdoor Gear Rental from Recreational Sports: As winter weather approaches, rent all the gear you need to enjoy the wintery outdoors from Recreational Sports. The ALI Gear Rental Shop is open to all students, Recreational Sports members and the OSU community to rent outdoor gear. Students and Recreational Sports members receive a discounted rate on rentals. Additionally, if you need your skis/snowboard tuned up or waxed, the ski shop is your one stop shop for preparing your gear for the mountain! Visit the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon for more information or contact the ALI directly.

Winter Break @ Recreational Sports – Bing yourself & guests! Did you know? All OSU community members can sponsor themselves into Recreational Sports for only $7/day. Additionally, you can sponsor an unlimited number of guests into Recreational Sports for $7/day each. Consider entertaining family and friends over the break at Recreational Sports. From basketball to swimming and rock climbing to racquetball, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep you and your active and having fun.

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

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

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.


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

The College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a full-time University Development Project Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0013420. Closes Dec. 29.

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 Research- 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.

Engineer-BSG Test – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Consultant-BSG QA Engineer position. Posting #0013483. Closes Dec. 31.

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.

Accountant 1 – Business and Engineering Business Center (BEBC) has a part time .50 FTE Accountant 1 position opening. We will begin review of applications in the University’s Accountant 1 pool on Jan. 5, 2015.  Posting #0013180. Closes Jan. 4.

Management Analyst 2 (Internal Employment Opportunity):  OSU Capital Planning and Development has an opening for one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Management Analyst 2. This position plans, organizes, and conducts management studies of programs, organizational and staffing structures, and budgetary, operational or other administrative systems and provides technical assistance and advice on program planning, fiscal and/or human resource management. Posting #0013467 closes Jan. 5, 2015.

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 Jan. 5, 2015.

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.

Human Resources Technical Analyst – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Human Resources Technical Analyst position. Posting #0013441. Closes Jan. 7, 2015.

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 #0013448. Closes Jan. 7.

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.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator-Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as Grants/Contracts Coordinator. Posting #0013452.  Closes Jan. 11, 2015.

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.

Core Lab Technician – The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (.8 FTE), 12-month, Lab Technician/Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013456. Closes Jan. 15, 2015.

Faculty Research Assistant -The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing department invites applications for a part-time (.8 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013456. Closes Jan. 15.

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.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Douglas County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Roseburg.  Posting # 0013494. Closes Jan. 16, 2015.

The Division of Outreach & Engagement is recruiting for an interim Regional Administrator for the North Coast Oregon Region. This is an Internal recruitment only.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0013501. Closes Jan. 16, 2015.

Research Program Consultant- The VP for Research invites applications for a full-time ( 1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term 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.

IT Communications Manager – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, IT Communications Manager position. Posting # 0013463. Closes Jan. 26.

Engineering Instructor-  (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9 month, Engineering Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Position #0013475.  Closes Jan. 30.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Nature-Based Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, with appointment starting September 2015.  Posting # 0013487. For full consideration, apply by Jan. 30, 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 Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management at Oregon State University seeks applicants for a Faculty Research Assistant in forest modeling. The ideal candidate would have primary expertise in forest biometrics, silviculture, or forest ecophysiology, with the ability to utilize this expertise to develop forest simulation models that represent a hybrid between ecophysiological process models and models built by statistical analysis of large datasets. Posting #0013395. Closes Jan. 31, 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.

Vice President for Research   – The Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Vice President for Research.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications are confidential and should be directed to Sharon Tanabe or Emy Peña at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates – (562) 360-1612; stsearch@storbeckpimentel.com (Code: OSU VPR). Closes Feb. 20, 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

Plageman: Plageman ADA parking spots will be closed from Dec. 22 – Jan. 4, so that the concrete poured there has time to cure before students return for Winter term.

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.

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: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ― Alfred Tennyson. Morning showers Monday, with sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday before freezing fog rolls in Thursday and Friday. Chance of rain by the weekend. Highs in the 30s, lows dipping into the 20s.

Central Oregon: Snow likely at the beginning of the week, turning to cold and sunshine. Highs in the 30s, lows in the teens and 20s.

Newport: Chance of rain Monday, breezy and sunny the rest of the week. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s to 30s.

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

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