OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 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.

OSU-Cascades to offer Oregon’s first hospitality management degree (OPB)

Soon, aspiring hotel operators won’t have to leave Oregon to get a college degree. That’s the upshot of Tuesday’s announcement out of Oregon State University’s Cascades campus. (see also Bend BulletinKTVZ, My Central Oregon)

Sustainable wood initiative announced at Portland conference (Portland Tribune)

Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, told the gathering that his school is partnering with the University of Oregon to create a new Oregon Forest Sciences Complex in Corvallis. The $60 million initiative will be started with $30 million in private funds matched by $30 million in state bonds promised by Oregon Gov.John Kitzhaber, Maness said. (see also Gazette-Times, Woodworking Network)

Corvallis-OSU Symphony to perform acclaimed Holocaust memorial oratorio (Oregon Jewish Life)

The performance on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 7:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus will bring composer Stephen Paulus’ haunting piece to Oregon for the first time.

OSU plans ambitious forestry complex (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University College of Forestry is moving ahead with plans for a new $60 million forest science complex to expand classroom, office and lab space and position the college as a leader in advanced wood products engineering.

Sea lion decline: ‘Autopsies from space’ starts pointing fingers (Nature World News)

Markus Horning, an expert of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University, recently wrote in The Conversation how he and his colleagues surgically implanted small electric transmitters into the bellies of Stellar sea lions living in the W-DPS in the hopes of learning more about how and why these animals are disappearing.

New OSU technique helps surgeon spot, remove and kill cancer cells, study says (Oregonian)

When it comes to surgically removing tumors, surgeons can have difficulty identifying and cutting out every cancer cell but help could be on the way, thanks to a new technique developed at Oregon State University. (see also Photonics)

Oregon’s policies increase access to food but can’t solve hunger problem (Jefferson Public Radio)

“We were ready to react to being the hungriest state,” says Mark Edwards, professor of sociology at Oregon State University.  So, do Oregon’s policy changes add up to fewer people at risk of hunger?

Could drones be the future of the Oregon economy? (Statesman Journal)

Oregon has three Federal Aviation Administration-approved test ranges, which span thousands of miles of airspace, in Tillamook, Warm Springs and Pendleton. They are among just six in the United States and the state is working closely the with military to develop the technology’s potential. At the same time, Oregon State University is using drones in research and mapping, achieving results in a day that it once took months to produce.

New secretary named to OSU Board of Trustees (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees is getting a new secretary. Debbie Colbert, the deputy director for administration of the Oregon Department of Fish and Widlife, has been named to take over the post on Jan. 26.

Greenland wasn’t always covered in ice (Raw Story)

“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.


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.

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! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar:  Dana Warren, Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Senior Research, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University,  will speak on “Changing forests – Changing streams: How riparian forest stand-development influences aquatic ecosystem function in headwater streams.” Wednesday, Jan. 7, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Jan. 8 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/FS/agen1501.pdf. The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3to 5 p.m. Faculty may remotely participate by logging on to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ at any time during the meeting. Agenda items include installation of Elected Officials, approval of the Parliamentarian and special reports.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Finance & Administration Committee of the Board of Trustees of Oregon State University will meet on Friday, Jan. 9, 4 p.m., Kerr 650. Agenda items include review and approval of the FY15 First Quarter Operating Management Report and the FY15 First Quarter Investment Reports. Please see http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/finance-administration for pertinent materials. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

NEW! Engineers Without Borders -OSU presents Lela Fête: a concert and benefit for water in Lela, Kenya on Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre on Fourth& Madison in Corvallis. Tickets are $10 in advance at lelafete.brownpapertickets.com or in Kearney 101, or $12 at the door. Visit http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/ewb/lela-fete for more information.

NEW! Corvallis Chamber Breakfast forum: OSU President Ed Ray will be the keynote presenter at the Chamber’s Economic Forecast Breakfast Jan. 14, 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Corvallis Country Club. Ray will provide an update on OSU building, programs, and enrollment activities. Q&A will follow the panel discussion. Cost is $15 for OSU staff and faculty (OSU is a member of the chamber). Register by clicking here.

 Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar:  Nathaniel Scholz, Ecotoxicology Program Manager, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, will present his seminar “Stormwater threats to salmon in Pacific Northwest urban watersheds”- at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, in ALS 4001.

NEW! The Global Watering Can: Join Engineers Without Borders-OSU and the Humanitarian Engineering Department in a conversation about global water resources on Jan. 9 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the MU Horizon room. Presentations by EWB-OSU and OSU graduate students followed by a panel discussion with Simba Tirima of University of Idaho and OSU professors. Free, light refreshments provided.

NEW! EMT Research Day: Environmental and Molecular Toxicology will present the 6th Annual Research Day on Friday, January 9. Keynote Speaker Nathaniel Scholz, Ecotoxicology Program Manager, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, will present his seminar “Applying applied Science in ecotoxicology: a NOAA perspective” at 9am at the LaSells Stewart Center. Register at emt.oregonstate.edu/research-day-2015 by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

NEW! Data Management Workshop: The Winter Grad Student & Faculty Workshop Series kicks off on Jan. 12. Thinking about your research data or developing your data management plan? Learn to manage it effectively and efficiently with Intro to Data Management Jan. 12. View the full series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Grant proposals being accepted: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2015. The applications are due by Friday, Jan. 16. For more information please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm. Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Canine blood donors sought: The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking canine blood donors to sustain patient transfusion requirements. Interested dog owners can fill out an OSU VTH Canine Blood Donor Screening Form and email it to cvm.bloodbank@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Share your research on the radio: Inspiration dissemination is a radio show on 88.7FM every Sunday night at 7 p.m. that features graduate students sharing stories about their research and lives here at OSU. If you are a graduate student and would like to communicate your research to a broad audience, please sign up at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/wDxnbfUkpj

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).


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

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.

Accountant 1 – FOBC: The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University, seeks applicants for a Grants and Contract Accountant 1 to work in the Forestry Office. Posting #0013549  Closes Jan. 14.

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 #0013441 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.

Education Program Assistant 1–  Hood River County Extension, invites applications for a part-time, (.60 FTE), Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hood River.  Posting # 0013569. Closes Jan. 26.

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.

Cordley Hall: As part of the Cordley Hall parking and walkway improvements project, the southern portion of the Cordley Hall Lot (View Map) will be closed Jan. 7 – 27 to accommodate accessibility modifications to the parking lot. Several of the bike racks in the area will also be unavailable during this time. There will be some demolition/construction noise during this time as well as the possibility of some dust and mud which will be controlled by the contractor.

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: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot. Chilly with dense fog and clouds today. High of 43, low of 38. Foggy and cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 50, low of 34. Areas of fog followed by sunshine tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog followed by sunshine. High of 56, low of 46. 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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