OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 8, 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.

Wave ‘better grid fit than wind’ (ReNews)

Ted Brekken, an associate professor and renewable energy expert in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), said: “By producing wave energy from a range of different sites, possibly with different types of technology, and taking advantage of the comparative consistency of the wave resource itself, it appears that wave energy integration should be easier than that of wind energy.” (see also Environmental Research Web, ECN Magazine)

Oregon will use drones to collect data on fish, birds (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.

Flu shots still available for students, staff, faculty (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University Student Health Services is still offering flu shots for OSU students, faculty and staff. Come to Plageman Student Health Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

OSU-Cascades to study suicide prevention, firearms (KTVZ)

More than half of the people who die by suicide nationally see their primary care provider within 30 days of taking their life, with a firearm used most often as the weapon.  To help address this issue, a team of researchers from Oregon State University – Cascades received a grant to investigate methods of promoting firearm safety within primary care settings for patients at risk of suicide.  The study will focus specifically on rural primary care facilities. (see also My Central Oregon)

Deep bacteria may evolve, even without passing genes on (New Scientist)

To find out more about how they manage to survive, Brandon Briggs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Frederick Colwell at Oregon State University in Corvallis have sequenced and compared genomes belonging to one particular class of deep life – Firmicutes bacteria – sampled 21, 40 and 554 metres below the floor of the Andaman Sea, west of Thailand. The sediments from 554 metres were dated to 8.76 million years old.

Professor Emeritus Robert Larson dies (LIFE@OSU)

Robert Larson professor emeritus in pharmacy and toxicology at Oregon State University, died Oct. 28, 2014 while on vacation in Bergen, Norway with his daughter, Stina. He joined OSU in 1965 and retired in the late 1990s, moving with his wife, Dawn, to Hood River.

Prevent a garden slugfest with baits, upkeep (Statesman Journal)

Effective snail and slug management calls for a combination of garden upkeep and trapping. As for the most commonly used homemade baits, however, put away the saltshakers and leave the beer in a cooler, said Robin Rosetta, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

60 seconds on … nanoporous graphene for superconductors (Materials World)

Who is involved? Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University College of Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of South Florida and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA.


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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! MLK Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and partners and children are invited to participate in a Day of Service on Jan. 17. The annual event honors Dr. King’s life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and communities. 8+ projects will take place at various times with all starting in the morning. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers by the Community and Cultural Food Program. Check in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers can learn more and register: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

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.

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.

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! “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” workshop registration now open:  Join the OSU Campus Coalition Builders for this day-long workshop on Feb. 5.  Goals for the day include: identifying misinformation we have learned about others; identifying and expressing pride in groups we belong to; learning how other groups experience mistreatment; learning the personal impact of incidents of discrimination; and learning how to interrupt prejudicial remarks.  Pre-registration required and details at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/101321/.

NEW! Training sessions: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development is offering three training sessions during Spring term at no cost to employees. Topics include giving effective feedback, creating a balanced workplace, and increasing your performance. For details and to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Flu Season Has Arrived; Student Health has Vaccine – Flu shots are still available at Student Health Services for OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $20 (charged to student account). Faculty/staff: $30 (charged to PEBB Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit). More information: 541-737-9355 or studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

NEW! Pangea Café: Start your year off right with a week of eating fresh whole foods during our clean eating week! Clean eating 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. Try out our specials featuring kale, spinach, whole wheat and multi-grain breads with lots of vegetables!

NEW! Association of Office Personnel Monthly Merit Award Nominations: Nominations for classified or professional faculty to receive a monthly Merit Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the work place. The nominator may be anyone from the campus community. Potential qualities include great working attitude, cooperation, courtesy, creativity, flexibility, professionalism, quality of work, sense of humor, and other qualities the nominee admires. Nominations are due by the 10th of each month. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.  December’s awardee was Kathleen Lillis from College of Business.

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.

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


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

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.

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.

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 Feb. 1.

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

Women’s Building: As part of the Women’s Building Remodel Project, the steam will be shut down to the Women’s Building on Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no heat to the building during the shutdown. However, the  contractor is working to minimize the duration of the shutdown.

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 through 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 through Jan. 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: “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”–Gilda Radner. Another day of dense fog and clouds. High of 44, low of 38. Same tomorrow before a chance of rain rolls in for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 51, low of 27. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 58, low of 43. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

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

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