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Monday, Jan. 26, 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.

Marcus Borg, scholar who challenged literal view of Jesus, dies at 72 (LA Times)

Marcus Borg, the theologian and writer who became one of the best known New Testament scholars to challenge the literal view of the biblical Jesus and to question the supernatural acts associated with his life, died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Ore. He was 72. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Slugs and Bugs: 6 bizarre animal mascots in U.S. sports (National Geographic)

“Despite their small stature, many chihuahuas are also quite brave, engaging with and sometimes even challenging other dogs that are giants by comparison,” Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University, said via email.

Fast and furious: The real lives of swallows (Science News)

Last summer, biophysicist Douglas Warrick spent eight hours each day patiently sitting on the fence of an Oregon cattle farm. Pointing an alienlike metal wand toward a field, he waited. The rod was a special antenna designed to listen for very small radiotags. Earlier that week, Warrick and his team from Oregon State University had glued these tiny trackers, weighing less than a third of a gram, to 120 barn swallows (Hirundo rustica).

Bird sciences take flight at OSU (Gazette-Times)

When Haig and other representatives with the American Ornithologists’ Union decided to host the first-ever Willamette Valley Bird Symposium on Oregon State University’s campus, they hoped to drum enough interest in the soaring field to get in 30 to 50 people. So as the Wildlife Ecology professor looked around at the more than 200 researchers, students, birders and ornithology enthusiasts filling the Linus Pauling Science Center auditorium, she let out a big laugh.

OSU professor is educating others about rare paralysis syndrome (Gazette-Times)

That’s the challenge that exists for those with Moebius Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder whose main symptom is facial paralysis. Today is international Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, and an awareness project was conducted Tuesday through Friday on the Memorial Union at Oregon State University.

University studies the potential for bioplastic made from poplar leaves (Greener Package)

Researchers Steven Strauss and Ganti Murthy of Oregon State University are using a grant from the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (BEST) to explore if this might be feasible in hybrid poplar trees grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon’s wolves first topic of lecture series (Medford Mail-Tribune)

Three local lectures will be presented in this year’s edition of Discovering Wildlife. The nonprofit group Oregon Wildlife will team with the Oregon State University Press and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the lecture series, which will move this year from the Expo grounds in Central Point to downtown Medford’s Craterian Theater.

Houseplant location, location, location (Oregonian)

Gardeners hear it often enough: right plant, right place. It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


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

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk Reminder: Panel presentation of ASOSU student services and appropriate referrals for advisors. Monday, Jan. 26, , 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union 206.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Art Exhibit and Public Reception at The LaSells Stewart Center: Join us this Thursday in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on Tuesday, Jan. 27, for the opening of Call and Response Conversation V: Opposites Attract Friends art exhibit. A public art reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be held in conjunction with the opening of this show from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. General exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

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 Workshop: Welcome to Canvas. This two hour hands-on workshop is for instructors and TA’s who are ready to set up their courses in Canvas. We will cover course layout, assignments, quizzes, communication tools, the gradebook, and how to organize your course material. Attendees are invited to stay for an additional hour of assisted and individualized course development support. Location: Bexell 120. Wednesday Jan 28, 9 a.m.-noon. Register here. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough.

NEW! FERPA: Sustaining Compliance: The Center for Teaching and Learning Sustainability Symposium will be holding a session on FERPA Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30—11 a.m. in MU Room 208. National FERPA expert Tina Falkner will share her insight and experience pertaining to the FERPA regulation’s impact on research using student data and handling FERPA in the classroom. Register online at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/2015-winter-sustainability-symposium

NEW! Flourishing @ OSU lecture series: The Mental Health Initiative at OSU is comprised of faculty, staff and students committed to engaging in the topic of flourishing through personal and professional life experiences. On Jan. 28, noon to 1 p.m. , Steve Simmons, Men’s Head Soccer Coach, will speak on “Establishing Dynamic Attributes Through Your Un-Comfort Zone,” in Kidder 202. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mental_health_initiative

NEW! Beaver Family Connections meeting: Chris Singer with the Valley Parent Magazine will be walking you through how to be a techsavvy parent in today’s culture. Wednesday, Jan. 28, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212.

NEW! FERPA Town Hall: Come to LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2-3 p.m. for a session with national FERPA expert Tina Falkner. Tina will share her knowledge and experience with the regulation as well as answer all of your burning questions.  All faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments served. Hosted by Enrollment Management.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife winter seminar: Dan Roby, Unit Leader – Wildlife – USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU, will speak on “Resolving the double-crested Cormorant/Salmonid issue in the Columbia River estuary: Westward migration of large-scale Cormorant culls?” Jan. 28, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash Hall 206.

NEW! OIF/OEF/OND Program Education:  Session will focus on transition patient advocate and outreach coordinators through VAMC for all veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.  They can assist with medical care, referrals, housing, employment, education and recreational activities. This will be held on Jan. 28, from 4-5 p.m., in the MU Board Room.

NEW! “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” workshop: Join the OSU Campus Coalition Builders for this day-long workshop.  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. Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MU 206 Details:  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/101321/.  Pre-registration required:  http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/register-campus-coalition-builders-workshops.

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.

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]

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU department survey: Surplus Property is conducting a departmental customer satisfaction survey, inviting feedback from all OSU employees who have interacted with the department, the OSUsed Store and/or Surplus Property staff. The survey is available at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iikTLArOOMHLh3 and responses are accepted through Friday, Feb. 6.

NEW! Library Undergraduate Research Awards: The Oregon State University Libraries is seeking nominations  for the annual Library Undergraduate Research Award. This award recognizes and rewards OSU undergraduate students who, through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in writing a paper or completing a project. Students must write their research papers or complete their research projects as part of their coursework at OSU. The intent of this award is to foster outstanding information literacy skills through the extensive and sophisticated use of the library services, resources and collections. The deadline is Jan. 31.  For details: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/undergrad-research

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.

Registration closes soon for Digital Brand StrategiesDiscover 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.

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

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 (OSUF) is seeking a successful computing professional to assist the Foundation in building a best-in-class technology program that ensures top-line customer service.   Assistant Director, Information Technology Services (ITS) To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources.

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.

Purchasing Analyst 3- Capital Projects Contract Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as a Purchasing Analyst 3.  Posting # 0013611. Closes Jan. 30.

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.

The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator (Accounting) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Business Center Manager. Posting #0013725. Closes Feb 6.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Dean – The Office of Graduate School Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting #0013744. Closes Feb. 9.

Assistant Manager-Dining – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Manager position for Dining Services.  Posting #0013612. Closes Feb. 10.

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.

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.

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.

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: “It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.” ~ Margaret Mead. Widespread, dense fog, otherwise cloudy. High of 54, low of 42. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 63, low of 41. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Increasing clouds today, high of 58, low of 49. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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

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