OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 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.

Preschool kids can have fun building the crucial life skill of self-regulation, research shows (Oregonian)

Now an Oregon State University study published in the current issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly indicates that self-regulation can be taught to children as young as preschool age and that such intervention can produce gains in areas such as math achievement, with the most disadvantaged kids making the biggest gains.

Hunting wild truffles (Business Jet Traveler)

Eberhart is a senior faculty researcher at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry at Corvallis and an expert in another edible fungi: the Japanese pine mushroom, or Matsutake. “They are adored by the Japanese people,” she notes, explaining that when pine forests in Japan were destroyed during the 1970s, harvesters eagerly turned to alpine forests in the Pacific Northwest where the same species grows in abundance.

‘Glowing’ new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery, also kills remaining malignant cells (Innovations Report)

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells – a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed. (see also Nanotechnology Now, American Journal of Managed CarePhys.Org)

Rains lead to low Central Oregon snowpack (Bend Bulletin)

Such results may continue through the rest of winter, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “The odds are still tilting toward warmer temperatures and lower precipitation,” Dello said.

OSU District Plan looks like a key issue for new mayor, council (Gazette-Times)

Traber and councilors engaged in preparatory discussions on the Oregon State University District Plan, the document whose renewal will provide the university’s blueprint for the next 10 years. The council will look at timelines for its review of the plan at a Jan. 13 work session that also will include the Corvallis Planning Commission.

Greenland wasn’t always covered in ice, study finds (Red Orbit)

“The climate 400,000 years ago was not that much different than what we see today, or at least what is predicted for the end of the century,” said noted study author Anders Carlson, an associate professor at Oregon State University. “The forcing was different, but what is important is that the region crossed the threshold allowing the southern portion of the ice sheet to all but disappear.

Mutations in the deep (Genome Web)

Bacteria can be found even in the most forbidding environments, and a pair of researchers from Miami University and Oregon State University has been sequencing and comparing the genomes of Firmicutes bacteria gathered at various depths beneath the seafloor, New Scientist reports. They collected samples from up to 554 meters below the floor of the Andaman Sea, samples that dated back some 8.76 million years.

Panel to discuss climate change Wednesday (Gazette-Times)

The speakers will be Gazette-Times sustainability columnist Skip Wenz, Roy Haggerty of Oregon State University’s Willamette 2100 Project and Dominique Bachelet of the Conservation Biology Institute.


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.

NEW! OSU Faculty, Staff and Community: Sing on your lunch hour! University Chorale is a conducting lab for students in choral conducting and we need you to be their singers! This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels. Beginning singers are welcome. This term, UC meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon – 1 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. Try it out – come to Benton 204 at noon today; or for more information, contact Steven Zielke, director of choral studies at szielke@oregonstate.edu .

Upcoming Events

NEW! Two Art Shows on Exhibit in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center:  Through Jan. 23, enjoy two art exhibits on display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, 5th Annual OSU Staff Art Show and Oregon: Field & Sky. A public reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. General exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. 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. More information on our website.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Winter 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering: Todd Jarvis, Interim Director, Institute for Water and Watersheds, Oregon State University, “Contesting Hidden Waters: Engineering Resolutions to Groundwater Conflicts.” Wednesday, Jan. 7, 4 to 5 p.m., Peavy 242.

NEW! From the Beltway to Corvallis: At the Jan. 8 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Shelby Walker, Oregon Sea Grant director, will discuss her transition from a research career at NOAA to running one of the nation’s premier coastal science programs. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

Spanish Women’s Legal History and Everyday Interpretations of Women’s Legal Status:  Marie Kelleher (CSULB) and Nicole von Germeten (OSU) will examine legal, religious or social codes and then analyze under what circumstances women contested, negated, manipulated, or simply ignored the codes and prescriptions in their daily lives. More details here.  Jan. 7, 2 p.m., Autzen House, Center for the Humanities.

Dean of Student Life: Finalists for the Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Life position will be on campus beginning next week. Each finalist will present at an open forum from 11 a.m. – noon: Monday, Jan. 12, Ryan Holmes, MU 208: La Raza Room. Wednesday, Jan. 14, Jenna Finley, MU 211: American Indian Room. Monday, Jan. 26, Regina Young Hyatt, MU 213: Pan Afrikan Sankofa . Wednesday, Jan. 29, Angela Batista, MU 206: Asian/Pacific Room. Accommodation requests may be made to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu

Caregivers workshop: A workshop for caregivers, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” will take place at OSU on Wednesdays, 2 to 4:30 p.m., from Jan. 14-Feb. 18 in the Weyerhaeuser Board Room in LaSells Stewart Center. The class is limited to 12 participants, and students and employees must register by Jan. 6. It is free to all OSU employees and students. It will be led by Benton County Hospice. Registration: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2cpC6kWDAYii16J. This event is being sponsored by the Office of Work-Life.

Time to register for fruit tree pruning workshops: With OSU Extension agent, Ross Penhallegon. Two classes available: Thursday, Jan. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at Lewis Brown Farm in Corvallis and Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at Grandpas Farm Stand in Albany. Visit our website for registration information or call 541-967-3871.

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.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

Free Sheep and Goat Procedures at OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital: Sheep and goats are being recruited for necessary medical and surgical procedures including pregnancy ultrasound and castration free of charge as part of a senior veterinary student course during the week of Feb. 9 at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Contact Dr. Erica McKenzie (erica.mckenzie@oregonstate.edu) or at 541-737-4809.

PEBB Exercise Rewards – NEW in 2015: The PEBB Exercise Rewards Program will continue in 2015 and now the required number of visits to receive your $15/month wellness reimbursement is only eight visits per month (dropping from 12 visits/month). Learn all about the changes to the program in 2015 here. Make this year your healthiest yet! Let Recreational Sports and Faculty Staff Fitness support your wellness goals! Contact Drew Ibarra (Faculty Staff Fitness) or Ali Casqueiro (Recreational Sports), for more information.

Pangea Café: Start your year off right with a week of eating fresh whole foods during Pangea Café’s Clean Eating Week. Clean Eating Week is a good way to refresh your eating habits: it’s about eating more of the best and healthiest of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones.

The Center for the Humanities is accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Resident Research Fellowship Program until Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Application forms and information about awards may be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/fellowship-program .

University Honors College course proposals and grants: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors course proposals for 2015-2016 at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals. Any course in the General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Faculty may also apply for grants of up to $3000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses.  For more information: tara.williams@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6412.  Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015.

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

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).

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).


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

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.

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.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1–  Extension Family and Community Health, invites applications for a part-time, (.80 FTE), Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Redmond.  Posting # 0013515. Closes Jan. 13.

Property Specialist 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Property Specialist 3 position in Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013559. Closes Jan. 15.

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.

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.

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 Jan. 16.

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.

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.

The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Business Center Manager. Posting #0013571. Closes Jan. 19.

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 #001344 has been extended to Jan 21.

The Office for Research Development invites applications for a full-time Research Development Associate.  Needed in this position is someone who is passionate about enabling research and education through federal funding mechanisms.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp   Posting # 0013433. Closes Jan. 22.

The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator (Finance) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Business Center Manager. Posting #0013550. Closes Jan. 23.

Administrative Program Assistant – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0013548. Closes Jan. 25.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Jan. 26.  Interested parties should apply to posting #0012692 no later than Jan. 25.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hovland sidewalk: As part of exterior improvements between the Women’s Building and Gilmore Hall, the sidewalk between Hovland Hall and the Women’s Building will be closed Jan. 5 – Feb. 9. Additionally, tree work will occur in this area. Pedestrian traffic and ADA access to the buildings affected will be directed with appropriate signage.

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.


Corvallis: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” ~ Neil Gaiman. Areas of dense fog before 1 p.m., otherwise cloudy. High of 50, low of 34.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 52, low of 36. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of morning fog, otherwise mostly sunny. High of 60, low of 45. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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

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