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Friday, January 23, 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.

Renowned Jesus scholar Marcus Borg dies at 72 (LIFE@OSU)

Marcus Borg, a renowned New Testament scholar known for his groundbreaking books on the life of Jesus, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, following a battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Borg, a professor emeritus of religion and philosophy at Oregon State University, was 72. (see also Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Huffington Post, Washington Post)

Marijuana public policy course at OSU (KEZI)

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon this year on July 1, but what are the policies surrounding the new law? Students in a sociology course at Oregon State University have the opportunity this term to submit their own research to legislators to help shape the state’s policies. (see also KMTR)

6 signs of a bad online instructor (US News & World Report)

“What drives a student crazy is when they feel like a faculty member is missing in action,” says Lisa Templeton, the executive director of Oregon State University Extended Campus.​ Not knowing when professors will respond to student emails or online postings can cause students to feel unsure about how to interact with professors, other students and course materials, she adds.

Whale bone memorials, by nature and humans (National Geographic)

To Scott Baker of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, and a National Geographic grantee, the whales’ large size and low but prominent dorsal fins identified them as most likely Sei whales. Little is known or understood about these large filter feeders, so learning of their activity in these waters, Baker is eager to begin a project to track and observe them here.

What’s more nutritious, orange juice or an orange? (NPR)

But “the calories you drink somehow don’t register,” says Maret Traber, a professor and researcher at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Bottled water wars (Oregonian)

“They capitalize on the perception that spring water is healthier, that it’s healing water,” said Todd Jarvis, an Oregon State University professor who studies the bottled water industry. “It’s great marketing.”

Rural counties dealing with loss of federal dollars (High Country News)

“I think there’s a reasonable fear that because the federal government has chosen not to continue this money, and because local people, for whatever reason, are not able or willing to tax themselves to provide the services, there’s going to be a basic breakdown in the public-safety system,” says Bruce Weber, director of Oregon State University’s Rural Studies Program. “This could have long-term implications for (western Oregon), and it’s very difficult to see how it will get resolved.”

Living in a world with no smiles (KXL)

I express myself with……   That’s the question being asked by a professor and a group of students at Oregon State University. It’s part of an awareness campaign for Moebius Syndrome.

Does corporate social responsibility reduce negative reviews for bad service? (Science Newsline)

“When firms support good causes, they accrue moral capital and a reservoir of goodwill,” write authors Jeff Joireman (Washington State University), Dustin Smith (Webster University), Richie Liu (Washington State University) and Jonathan Arthurs (Oregon State University). “This leads consumers to resist negative information regarding a firm.”

Environmental roundup (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University researcher will speak about Oregon’s dwindling sage grouse population during a Feb. 11 talk in Portland. Christian Hagen’s talk, “Disappearance of the Sage Grouse in Oregon,” is part of Oregon Wildlife’s recurring presentation series on environmental topics.


NEW! Beaver Strides kick off: Join us Jan. 23 in Plageman 322 (Student Health building) between 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., for the Beaver Strides Kick-Off event.  This is an informal information session where we will talk about the program and share strategies to get more activity.  Snacks will be provided by the OSU Nutrition and Dietetics Club.

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

Music à la Carte: OSU Faculty Recital:  Glinka Trio Pathetique featuring Carol Robe, clarinet; Ann Kosanovic-Brown, bassoon; Andy McKelvey, piano. Poulenc Trio featuring Fred Korman, oboe; Ann Kosanovic-Brown, bassoon, and David Servias, piano.  Friday, Jan. 23, noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

FSF Happy Healthy Eyes: Faculty Staff Fitness’ four-part class series Happy Healthy Eyes starts this Friday, Jan. 23. Bring your lunch and come join us from noon-1 p.m. for the next four Fridays as Mary Betts teaches techniques to avoid neck, shoulder and eye strain, as well as computer vision syndrome. The four-part class is $20. You can register online here or in 123 Langton Hall.

Ecosystem services and coral reef management: Kelly Heber Dunning, with the MIT Environmental Policy and Planning Program, will lead a brown-bag discussion on Friday, Jan. 23 at noon in Wilkinson 203. See Making Waves for more information.

Disability Studies @ OSU.  Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular.    Friday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. in Milam Hall 301.

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.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Robert Iltis will present “The Fatherland, 1914: George Viereck’s Battle for the Public Mind” on Friday, Jan. 23, from 4 – 5 p.m., in Shepard Hall 106. His work examines the martial and polarizing rhetoric in The Fatherland, a popular German-American-English publication, which tragically undermined neutrality  while calling for “fair play.”

A Divine Culture dance: Gamma Alpha Omega and Zeta Phi Beta are hosting this free celebration dance (10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.) and informational session (10 p.m.) about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and multicultural Greek organizations. Friday, Jan. 23 in Snell Hall International Forum. Contact Caren Velez for information or accommodations related to a disability.

NEW! Beaver Cheese: Come support Beaver Classic Cheese at the Albany Costco this weekend  – Friday, Saturday & Sunday we will be sampling five of our cheeses. All will be available for sale. This Road Show will hopefully get our cheeses back in Costco. Show your support for our student made Artisan cheese.


Paths of Glory:  Join us for an exclusive big screen showing of ‘Paths of Glory,’ Stanley Kubrik’s 1957 epic tale of corrupted leadership and the farce of legal proceedings during wartime – a topic that has tremendous contemporary relevance.    The film will be followed by a brief talk and q&a discussion with Film Studies Prof. Jon Lewis and History Prof. and ‘Citizenship & Crisis’ Director, Christopher McKnight Nichols.   Admission is $9; $8 for members, students, seniors, but free for OSU Students w/ valid ID.   More details here or Click here to watch the trailer.  Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland.

Upcoming Events

Exploring Engagement Symposium: What does outreach and engagement look like at Oregon State? How are we moving towards becoming a more engaged university? Learn what your colleagues from across the university are working on and connect with others who are interested in pursuing engaged teaching, outreach and research. Jan. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. (poster reception to follow), MU Horizon Room. http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/explore

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas. Discover your options for managing assignments and quizzes in Canvas, including rubrics, multiple attempts, grading, and much more. Tues. Jan. 27, 3:30-4:20 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1xGIBhI Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough.

NEW! EndNote and Mendeley workshops: Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with EndNote (Jan. 28) or Mendeley (Jan. 29). View the full workshop series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu]

NEW! Gatekeeper suicide prevention training:  Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Presented by Jim Gouveia, LCSW. Register here: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b41KB4Idbr2ZXGl. Feel free to bring your lunch. Tuesday, Jan 27, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! How resilient are you? Professional Faculty Leadership Association presents a professional development session on “Resiliency” by Glen Fahs, leadership facilitator for Cascade Employers Association and lead facilitator for the international Resiliency Center. Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union, Horizon Room from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Registration: $25/PFLA Members and $40/Non-Members (registration fee includes lunch). Click here to register. Information: Susan Atkisson, Susan.Atkisson@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1762.

NEW! Pest control talk: Bill Moar, a senior entomologist and resistance specialist at Monsanto and an OSU alum, will speak on Monsanto’s novel pest control technology based on RNA interference.  The lecture “RNAi in Agriculture: A new, highly specific pest control method” will take place, Friday, Jan. 30, 3 – 4 p.m. in Richardson Hall 107.  Right after the lecture from 4 – 5 p.m., Moar will also present and answer questions on Monsanto’s efforts to better communicate and interact with the public and its stakeholders, “Monsanto and Agriculture Biotechnology:  Who we are, what do we do, and where do we go from here.”

Dean of Student Life: Finalists for the Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Life position will be on campus in January. Each finalist will present at an open forum from 11 a.m. – noon. 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

Registration closes soon for Digital Brand Strategies: Discover best methods to tell your brand’s story with web content versus traditional media in this online course presented by OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education and the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Digital Brand Strategies is the first course in the Digital Brand Management Certificate. Registration closes Jan. 26.

Sustainability symposium: The Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2015 winter symposium agenda focuses on the issue of sustainability.  The symposium also features two guest speakers:  In the morning, Tina Falkner, a national expert on FERPA will give a workshop called “Sustaining Compliance.”  At lunch, Heather Burns a national expert on sustainability pedagogy will present: “The Heart Work of Sustainability Pedagogy.” Jan. 28. Registration is available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/2015-winter-sustainability-symposium

Providing employee feedback: As a supervisor or manager, giving effective, regular feedback to employees is essential to competent performance and efficiency. Attend this free workshop on Feb. 4 to learn about tools and processes to increase your success in providing employee feedback. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=2815 to enroll.

News for Employees

NEW! Beaver Strides: There is still time for students and faculty/staff to register for Beaver Strides this term.  We provide a pedometer and tracking booklet for participants, and they track and make gradual changes to their routine to get more physical activity.  Registration is open until Wednesday Jan. 30 and the program runs from Jan. 27  to Friday March 6.  The program is free for students and only $20 for faculty/staff.  To register, go to https://secure.touchnet.net/C20159_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=45&CATID=193, select the appropriate section, and complete the online form.

Volunteers needed for OSU research study (Corvallis): PAHs in Humans at Environmental Levels: Pharmacokinetics, Metabolism and Susceptible Individuals. Principal Investigator: Dr. David Williams, Superfund Research Center, Oregon State University. If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, and if female, post-menopausal or have had surgical sterilization, you may qualify to participate. The study will last three to six months. Participants will be paid.  Contact Sharon Krueger for more information: Sharon.krueger@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9322

Music workshop: OSU is hosting the 2015 Semper Fidelis Music Workshop at the LaSells Stewarts Center on Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Semper Fidelis Music Workshops are entirely free for your students to attend. Register at http://app.getacceptd.com/semperfidelis For more information: 503-550-7026.

Long-term research rooms: The Valley Library is accepting applications for three long-term research rooms in the library.   Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in a special project are invited to apply.  These rooms are being made available for 6 to 12 months to help accommodate the needs of your project and applications will be considered in light of the merits of your project and your specific need for library space and materials.  The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, and decisions will be made and announced on or before Feb. 27. For more information: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/long-term-research-rooms-0

Cheryl Strayed lecture now online: If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get a seat at Cheryl Strayed’s presentation last week, the author has allowed for the full presentation to be available online at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/discovery.

Clothing donations sought: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our  10th annual Career Wardrobe event, which will be held Feb. 12, in the MU Ballroom open to all OSU students. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 320 Snell Hall (SNELL) and CAS Academic Programs Office located at 210 Bexel on campus. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

Carpool Karma: Cascades West Rideshare at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments announces Carpool Karma, a regional carpool campaign that is connecting communities and helping people save money by sharing the ride. Find a carpool, track your carpool trips, and more. You’ll be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes at www.DriveLessConnect.com, Feb. 1 – May 1, 2015.

EXTENDED – Somos La Semilla/We are the Seed: MEChA presents regional social justice conference Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at OSU, featuring keynote speaker Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Director, Family & Youth Engagement at Latino Network. Registration deadline extended to Jan. 26 – $20 general/$10 OSU students/$5 high school students. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by SORCE.

Seeking Our Heroes: Do you know someone who’s a hero here at OSU because of the extra effort that they put forth or the extra moment they take to make your day pleasant?  Here’s a great way to celebrate them.  Professional Faculty Leadership Association is always seeking nominations for “Our Heroes” awards.  Neither you or the nominated individual need to be members.   Build up your karma bank by celebrating the heroes that help us every day.


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

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opening for the position of Office Administrator and Executive Assistant in the Portland Center, located in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for the Portland Center, this position will ensure efficient office operations, provide executive support to the AVP, and provide direct assistance in fundraising and engagement activities.  Submit your cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources.

Purchasing Analyst 3- Capital Projects Contract Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as a Purchasing Analyst 3.  Posting # 0013611. Full consideration date: Jan. 23 Closing date: Jan. 30.

Property Specialist 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Property Specialist 1 position in Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013643. Closes Jan. 23.

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.

Violence Prevention Specialist – Student Health Services Alcohol, Drug & Violence Prevention Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Violence Prevention Specialist. Posting #0013589. Closes Jan. 26.

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.

Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU) is recruiting for one full time Office Specialist 2 position.  The Enrollment Specialist assists with daily enrollment-related operations, such as financial transactions and customer support. To apply, please visit posting#0013576. Posting closes Jan. 28.

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.

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. 31.

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.

Advanced Practice Clinician- NP/PA– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant.  Posting #0013622. Closes Feb. 2.

Library Technician 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Library Technician 2 position for the OSU Libraries and Press at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013678. Closes Feb. 6.

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.

College Alumni Relations Director – Alumni Relations invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, College Alumni Relations Director position. Posting # 0013617. Closes for full consideration Feb. 20

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 Oregon State University Foundation, located in Corvallis, Oregon has a job opening for the position of Gift Accounting Specialist.   This position is responsible for performing all functions related to gift processing, including data entry, banking, and receipting.  To be considered for this job opportunity, please send cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s  application electronically to Fran Judy, Senior Human Resources Coordinator.

Traffic and maintenance

Batcheller: As part of the Batcheller Hall Walkway Improvements, the south entrance of the building will be closed from Jan. 23-Feb. 3, to replace the entrance walk and concrete pad for bicycling parking. Bike parking will be temporaily relocated to the adjacent lawn. The building can be accessed via Covell Hall or the stairs from the north side.

Ballard and Kelley: The parking lot north of Ballard Hall and Kelley Hall will be partially closed for crews to clean up debry from tree removal. The lot will be closed Jan. 23, 7 a.m. – noon. Surrounding buildings (Ballard Hall, Kelley Hall, Ocean Administration and Plageman Hall) may experience some noise due to the movement of trucks and cranes. Note: The ADA Accessible spots will not be closed. (View Map)

Fairbanks: As part of the Learning Innovation Center (LInC) project, the sidewalk between Fairbanks Hall /Women’s Building and APCC/Austin Hall (View Map) will be closed Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, so that it can be removed and the new fire lane can be put in place.

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: “Myth is stories about the way things never were, but always are.” ~ Marcus Borg. Chance of rain, high of 54, low of 44. Patchy fog and mostly cloudy this weekend. 

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain, high of 53, low of 35. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Rain today, high of 59, low of 50. Partly sunny this weekend.

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

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