OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 12, 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.

Who are Oregon State Beaver fans rooting for in the national championship game? (Oregonian)

I’m an Oregon State University professor and longtime Beaver Believer. I am very happy to support the Ducks in their bid for a national championship in college football. Having moved here 19 years ago, I will always root for the Beavers over the Ducks, but have no problem supporting the Ducks as they continue on. (see also Statesman Journal)

Food pantries crop up to feed strapped college students in Philly, suburbs (NBC Philadelphia)

Cady, an administrator at Oregon State University, co-founded CUFBA in 2012. Since then, she’s seen a lot more interest from schools in starting food banks. CUFBA provides resources on setting up and financing a food bank, as well as a place for food banks to share information.

 OSU fifth best e-campus in nation (KEZI)

Oregon State University is putting itself on the map again – this time for its online programs.

Corvallis kids ride hovercraft, build hot air balloon for physics (Gazette-Times)

Nearly 50 elementary school students with the club got to experiment with physics and make their own science projects Sunday afternoon on Oregon State University’s campus. Dr. Ethan Minot, an OSU associate professor, hosted “The Physics of Air” presentation at Weniger Hall. The demonstrations performed Sunday included suspending a ball in mid-air using a leaf blower, flying a miniature helicopter, pushing objects with air and riding around on a hovercraft made of plywood and plastic.

Drawing a different picture: OSU seeks better gender balance in the sciences (Gazette-Times)

“If you go into a room of people and you say, ‘Draw a scientist,’ (most people are) going to draw a man,” said Susan Shaw, a professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State University. “They’re already up against the notion that to be a scientist is to be a man.”

Stripe rust a concern for Willamette Valley wheat growers (Capital Press)

At an extension wheat and seed production meeting here Jan. 6, Oregon State University plant pathologist Chris Mundt issued an alert to Willamette Valley wheat producers to keep an eye out for stripe rust.

Ebola the focus of Science Pub (My Central Oregon)

Oregon State University – Cascades continues its Science Pub offerings with a presentation by Patrick Iversen, a senior research professor in the environmental and molecular toxicology division of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Iversen, formerly with Sarepta Therapeutics in Corvallis, led the development of a drug that targets the genetic machinery of the Ebola virus. He will present “Ebola and Beyond: Medical and Ethical Considerations” on Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins in Bend.

OSU-Cascades to launch hospitality program (Bend Bulletin)

After years of planning and with the support of the state’s tourism industry, OSU-Cascades will launch a new program in hospitality management this fall.

OSU plans ambitious forestry complex (Bend Bulletin)

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. (see also Mail Tribune)

How changes in precipitation could hit birds hard (Herald & Net)

Results from Oregon State University research of a 32-year period suggest that birds in western North America may be more affected by regional precipitation changes than by warming trends.

Steady wave power could be cheaper than wind or solar (business Green)

Researchers at the College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) found that large-scale wave energy devices will be able to produce power without putting significant new pressures on the grid to balance out supply and demand.

Abrupt freeze damages fruit orchards in northeast (Bend Bulletin)

“I would testify this is a disaster across the region,” Clive Kaiser, an extension horticulturist with Oregon State University said. (see also KOIN)

CASE’s new leader brings global perspective on fundraising (Chronicle of Higher Education)

CASE, which was founded in 1974, has offices in London, Singapore, and Mexico City. Its trustees see good prospects for expansion in Latin America and Asia, says Mr. Goodwin, who also leads the Oregon State University Foundation. “We’ve merely scratched the surface, even in Mexico.”

New OSU football coach visits Portland for pep rally (Fox 12)

The Oregon State University’s new head football coach came to Portland for a pep rally.  Coach Gary Anderson headed to the World Trade Center in Portland for the event. He brought many of his assistant coaches with him.

Library reading program to discuss animal book (Democrat-Herald)

Passarello is an actor, a writer, and the first female winner of New Orleans’ Stella! Shout Out screaming contest. Her first essay collection, Let Me Clear My Throat, was described by Philadelphia Weekly as “a dinner party at which David Sedaris, Mary Roach, and Marlon Brando try to out-monologue one another.” Her current book-in-progress on famous animals in history has been called “super fun to shed on” by her three cats. When not wrangling pets and manuscripts, Elena is an assistant professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University


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

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

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.

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.

NEW! Duck Game Watch Party: The Memorial Union would like to invite you to participate in an activity intended to bring civility back into the Civil War! A National Championship Duck Game Watch party is being hosted in the Memorial Union Commons on Monday, Jan 12 starting at 4:30 p.m.  Large screen projection, free snacks and community! Individuals wearing green and yellow can enter into prize drawings! #beBEAVERBOLD, join in the fun!

My Education, My Community: Sharing My StoryThis 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! Radical Religion Reporting: How A Baptist Minister Launched America’s Largest Religion Website:  As the Executive Religion Editor at the Huffington Post, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush has helped create America’s largest source for religious information and religious news. But Raushenbush, an active Baptist minister and social justice advocate, himself embodies this intersection of spirituality and technology, religion and journalism, news and politics.  More details here.  Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

Upcoming Events

NEW! DAS Information Sessions: Disability Access Services is hosting drop-in sessions for Faculty and Staff between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Kerr A200 and the DAS Testing Center (Heckart Lodge 3rd floor at 30th & Jefferson). Learn more about academic accommodations, assistive technology, and the Testing Center. For more information call the DAS office at 541-737-4098 or the Testing Center at 541-737-8970.

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

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.

 Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Fundamentals for Teaching at OSU.  Do you have questions about FERPA? Or academic misconduct? Do you wonder about strategies for getting students to participate and build rapport with one another? Have you wondered whether there’s a resource at OSU to help students with… (fill in the blank.)? This workshop is for you! You’ll come away with information, resources, and ideas. Jan. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Milam 215.

NEW! 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: Wednesday, Jan. 14, Jenna Finley, MU 211: American Indian Room. Accommodation requests may be made to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Brown Bag: on A brown bag discussion of the essay, “Is this Kansas?,” from Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Bliss, on Jan. 14, noon-one pm, Furman Hall, 303. In the essay, Bliss reflects on her white students’ conceptions of their racial identity and the sense they make of the media coverage of several recent US political events. Copies of the book are available for loan in 104 Furman Hall or you can request a copy of the chapter under discussion by emailing Stacey.lee@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Students’ Right to their Own Language: This event will focus on students’ right to their own language and how that right often collides with the institution as it insists that American Academic English is the only language/literacy that matters. Jan. 14, 2 to 3 p.m., Waldo 120.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife winter seminar: Tiffany Garcia, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU, will speak on, “I know what you did last summer: Embryonic learning across amphibian life stage transitions,” Jan. 14, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash Hall 206.

NEW! How can I pay for Graduate School?: Join OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences for a workshop presentation by the OSU Graduate School aimed at diversifying graduate school applications and admittances. Jan. 14, 5 to 6 p.m, MU 206.

NEW! Hard Truths: Confronting Racial Inequities in the Criminal Justice System: Participants will view a TED talk by human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Discussion will focus on connecting these issues to our own experiences by reflecting on our own identity development and strategizing on how to use our personal influence to create change. Jan. 14, 6 to 7 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Second offering of OSU’s Digital Brand Management Certificate begins Jan. 26: OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education and the School of Writing, Literature, and Film are excited to launch the second offering of the online four-course certificate program. Gain insight on best practices for online marketing and earn a digital badge. The first course, Digital Brand Strategies, begins Jan. 26.

NEW! Benton County Master Gardeners invite you to “Insights Into Gardening”: A day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and gardeners-to-be. Insights will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at LaSells Stewart Center at OSU. Cost is $33. Visit our website to register.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness-  Start the year off right, sign up for a FSF class today: We have many classes still open and available! You can check out our Winter Term class schedule here and register for classes either online, or by stopping by the office in Langton 123. Be sure to also check out our NEW 4 part class series Happy Healthy Eyes that starts Jan. 23. Remember FSF and Dixon both count towards the PEBB Exercise Rewards Program

NEW! Celebrating the Avocado at Pangea Cafe: 2015 is looking to be a bright year, to help it get even better for you Pangea Café is featuring Avocados on all our specials this week. This powerhouse is great for you and we plan on getting you to love it as much as we do! Follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@MUFOOD) to get daily updates on this California King.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benefits Consultant – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Benefits Consultant. Posting #0013526.  Closes Jan 21.

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.

Analyst Programmer. This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Analyst Programmer positions, competency level 2, for the OSU Libraries and Press at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013603. Closes Jan. 30.

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 Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty, Regional Administrator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. A tenured professorial appointment may be considered with this position.  The region assigned will be Coastal Oregon which will cover Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Coos and Curry counties.  Posting #0013578.  Closes Feb. 6.

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.

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 Feb. 28.

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 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: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt. Showers likely before 10 a.m., otherwise mostly cloudy. High today of 51, low of 37. Tuesday areas of fog, otherwise cloudy.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow before 10 a.m., otherwise cloudy. High of 42, low of 24. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely before 10 a.m., otherwise cloudy today and tomorrow. High of 50, low of 42.

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

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