OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 9, 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.

Treatment for parasitic worms helps animals survive infectious diseases — and spread them (NSF)

Ezenwa and co-author Anna Jolles of Oregon State University conducted the research in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. In 2008, with the assistance of the park’s Veterinary Wildlife Services Department, they captured 216 African buffalo and tested them for parasitic worms, known as helminths, and for bovine TB. (see also Science NewslinePhys.Org)

Coloring the sea around the Pribilof Islands (NASA)

The complicated interaction and feedback between water conditions, predators, and plankton populations was the subject of a recent paper by Mike Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University. He notes that most discussions of blooms center on the physical conditions that initiate blooms. But the “dance of the plankton” is more complicated and it may involve ocean grazers—predators of phytoplankton—and other marine disturbances a bit more than previously suspected.

OSU celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr with two-week celebration (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will be held Jan. 12-23 with the theme “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change. (see also Gazette-Times)

From tragedy comes change: The 2004 tsunami 10 years later (Disaster Recovery Magazine)

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. “This was the event,” he said. “It was a turning point.”

OSU’s Ray to keynote economic forecast (Gazette-Times)

Before he was the president of Oregon State University, Ed Ray was an economist. On Wednesday he’ll put that expertise to use as the keynote speaker for the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forecast Breakfast.

Training course begins for sustainability stewards (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a training course for volunteer neighborhood sustainability stewards.

OSU Blueberry School set for March 16-17 (Capital Press)

The event, the first OSU Blueberry School since 2007, provides one-stop shopping for those interested in maximizing blueberry production and market opportunities, according to Oregon State University Extension Berry Crops Specialist Bernadine Strik.

Glowing compound could lead to more effective cancer surgery (Gizmag)

Scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) have developed a new method that could make for better precision in the killing of cancer cells. The technique puts to use a unique compound with the ability to illuminate cancerous cells when exposed to near-infrared light, potentially acting as markers for surgeons taking on the intricate task of tumor removal.

Ohio State fans in Oregon can be found, well, everywhere (Cleveland.com)

Another Ohio native who respects Oregon is Kathy Bickel. Ironically enough, if anyone would have reason to dig down and really hate Oregon, it would be her. But she doesn’t, preferring to appreciate the aesthetic competition on the field. Bickel – who worked for more than 20 years at Ohio State – was named vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State University in 2013.

Can an advanced nuclear reactor design ever be approved in the US? (Greentech Media)

NuScale was founded in 2007 based on research conducted at Oregon State University and had raised $35 million in VC funds to develop its light water SMR. The company’s major shareholder is now Fluor.

Sellwood Bridge overruns lead to lawsuit from contractor (Oregonian)

Chris Higgins, a civil and construction engineering professor at Oregon State University, said big construction projects can typically run as much as 10 percent over budget – sometimes much higher.



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

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.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! My Education, My Community: Sharing My Story: This hands-on workshop will give participants a chance to read zines related to community and social justice and to talk about how self-publishing can work towards social justice. Participants will be invited to create a page for a collaborative zine, which will be distributed around campus and the community answering the question, “How does you being at OSU have an impact on your community?” Jan. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Valley Library, Willamette East & West Seminar Rooms.

NEW! Professional Faculty Leadership Association Winter Gala: PFLA invites you to attend the annual Winter Gala, Wednesday, Jan. 14, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. Lunch buffet is presented by OSU Catering featuring new and favorite menu items and entertainment by Outspoken, OSU Men’s Choral Group.  While attending the luncheon, please visit the OSU Staff Art on exhibit in the Gallery.  Luncheon cost: $15 pay at the door or send check to Michelle Mahana, #123 Women’s Building.  RSVP is required   RSVP 2015 PFLA Winter Gala

NEW! Spelling bee for adults: Corvallis-Benton County Public LIbrary presents Sip & Spell, a spelling bee for adults ages 18 and older, Saturday, Jan. 31, at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. Oregon State University is one of the sponsors. Registration at 6:15 p.m., Bee begins at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $5. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Library.

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.

 Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Martin Luther King Jr. celebration kick-off event: A presentation by Kevin D. Rome, President of Lincoln University of Missouri, followed by a panel discussion, “Creating Change Panel of Speakers.” Jan. 12, 2 to 4:30 p.m., MU Horizon Room.

NEW! Online & Graduate Education seminar: Jennifer Dennis, associate professor of Horticulture and Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, will be giving a Graduate School-hosted seminar on “Growing Graduate Programs Through the Use of Distance Education Modalities.”  Monday, Jan. 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with Q.A. in Memorial Union 213.

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. Accommodation requests may be made to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

“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/.

News for Employees

NEW! Moms and Family Weekend: Moms and Family Weekend may be four months away, but it is never too early to start planning! Please contact Curtis Orona or Josh Cohrs with events you wish to include in the program for the weekend or if you wish to work with MUPC to create an event. Moms and Family Weekend is May 1-3, 2015.

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.

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!

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.

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:“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” – Albert Camus. Foggy today, followed by cloudy skies, high of 46, low of 38. Chance of rain tomorrow, rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 42, low of 33. Cloudy tomorrow, chance of rain and snow tomorrow night and chance of rain Sunday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain today, high of 53, low of 44. Chance of showers tomorrow and rain Sunday.

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

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