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Thursday, Jan. 29, 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.

Kindergarten assessment scores paint murky picture (Portland Tribune)

“We’re still trying to grapple with how to interpret the information,” said Oregon State University Professor Megan McClelland, an expert in Child Development and one of the lead researchers who developed the assessment.

US ocean sciences told to steer a new course (Nature)

Mitchell Lyle, an oceanographer with Oregon State University in Corvallis who was not involved in the report, says that the field needs to stop quibbling over how to spend ever-smaller slices of the budgetary pie, and instead take a fresh look at what US oceanography can really afford.

USDA cannot restrict GMO pine (Capital Press)

Higher density in wood is generally associated with strength and durability in lumber as well as higher energy content for biomass uses, said Steven Strauss, a forest biotechnology professor at Oregon State University.

Crossroads International holds 2015 International Film Festival (LIFE@OSU)

An international film festival this February in Corvallis will support Crossroads International, an Oregon State University program that has provided hospitality and language assistance to international students, visiting scholars and their families at OSU for more than four decades.

Orchestra, choirs perform ‘Dawn’ Thursday night (Gazette-Times)

There’s just one work on the program for Thursday’s Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra concert: The hour-long “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, with text by poet Michael Dennis Browne.

Swiss expedition to study trash in world’s oceans (Swiss Info)

Researchers from Duke University and Oregon State University will also help coordinate a digital mapping project of the plastic rubbish together with Swiss drone specialists SenseFly, an EPFL spin-off company.

Council narrows list to six goals for this term (Gazette-Times)

The two new goals are for the city to take action on a climate change plan and to create a new vision plan for the city, looking ahead to 2040. Holdover or modified goals included: a sustainable budget, housing development, economic vitality and relations with Oregon State University.

Getting hooked on science (Polk County Itemizer Observer)

Margie Haak, an Oregon State University chemistry instructor and science night event coordinator, lured the students with jelly beans, M&M’s and Skittles.

Nanopesticides illicit worry and hope (AgriView)

Stacey Harper is doggedly researching tiny, human-made substances called nanoparticles. The scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis hopes to be able to identifying which particle will be a boon and which a bane for farmers, consumers and the environment.


Mendeley workshop: Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with 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]

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.  Thursday, Jan. 29, Angela Batista, MU 206: Asian/Pacific Room. Accommodation requests may be made to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu

Next Generation Semiconductors at OSU At the Jan. 29 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, John Wager, College of Engineering, will discuss applications for new semiconductors developed at OSU. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

Charlie Pecorilla retirement: Please join Charlie to congratulate him as he begins his retirement from Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management. Thursday, Jan. 29, at LaSells Stewart Center Ag Production Room, from 2 -3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Benefits and Costs of Constructed Dunes seminar: On behalf of the Applied Economics department, College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Marine Studies Initiative, Steven Dundas, PhD candidate at North Carolina State University, will give a lecture on the “Benefits and Ancillary Costs of Constructed Dunes: Evidence from the New Jersey Coast” on Jan. 29 from 4-5:15 p.m. in Kidder 202.

Nuclear Forensics. Edward Mausolf, scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories,  will give the lecture “A Study of Epsilon Metals in High Burn-up Nuclear Fuels: Implications on the Presence of Silver-iodide and Technetium Waste Forms” on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. in Radiation Center Room C104. Weekly lectures take place as part of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics’ Nuclear Forensics Graduate Emphasis.

Starker Lecture documentary screening: As part of the Starker Lecture Series, the documentary “Finding David Douglas” will be screened at the Whiteside Theater on Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. The film highlights the compelling story of the 19th century Scottish botanist/plant hunter who first classified the namesake tree that is a Pacific Northwest icon. Director and Historian Lois Leonard will be on hand after the film for a Q&A session.

Music and Hope: Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Corvallis Rep Singers, OSU Chamber Choir and Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir perform: Stephen Paulus’ “To Be Certain of the Dawn.” Steven Zielke, conductor.  Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, $20 – $32, OSU students free with ID.  cosusymphony.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! The 2015 Crossroads International Film Festival: The annual festival features six engaging films from around the world. Screenings are each Sunday in February at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. Admission is $6 per film and discounted festival Passports are available for $30, each Passport entitles the holder to six tickets for the price of five. For more information on how to order Passports, contact crossroadsosu@gmail.com.  Feb. 1 films are:  1:30 p.m.: “Nothing But the Truth,” South Africa (92 minutes); 4 p.m.: “Amreeka,” USA (96 minutes); 6:30 p.m.: “Sita Sings the Blues,” Sri Lanka, USA (82 minutes, discussion to follow).

NEW!  Linn Benton Food Share volunteer event: Join the College of Forestry volunteering at the Linn Benton Food Share on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone on campus is welcome to attend. This will be a repack event so please wear close-toed shoes and bring a sweatshirt as the warehouse can get chilly. Partners and children are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Jessica  Fitzmorris by Feb. 4 at Jessica.fitzmorris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3161.

Music à la Carte: OSU Faculty Recital:  David Servias & Friends. Featuring Nathan Boal, saxophone; David Servias, piano; Ryan Biesack, percussion, and others . Friday, Jan. 30, noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

OSU authors read at OSU Jan. 30: Authors Tracy Daugherty and Wayne Harrison will read at Oregon State University on Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., in the Valley Library Rotunda. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. Tracy Daugherty is the author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of personal essays, and two literary biographies.  Wayne Harrisons debut novel, “The Spark and The Drive,” was published by St. Martins Press in 2014. 

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.

Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert, Heinz Award-winning staff writer for the New Yorker and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, will discuss her best-selling new book, The Sixth Extinction, Monday, Feb. 2, 7  p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Presented by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

CPR training:  Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, Oregon State University Athletics and the American Heart Association are teaming up in an effort to train people in hands-only CPR and how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator). The free training will take place in Corvallis, on Sunday, Feb. 8. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. and noon, at Reser Stadium, Club Level.  Free event parking is up for grabs in the parking garage, across 26th Street from Reser Stadium. The first 1,000 people to complete the training will receive free tickets to the OSU vs. University of Washington men’s basketball game that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Any child able to participate in the training activities will be able to get a free ticket, and research shows children as young as 9-years-old can effectively learn and use CPR to save lives.

Take Back the Night: TBTN is an international event that protests against all forms of sexual violence. TBTN will feature a keynote speaker and rally to unify the campus on ending violence against women and supporting survivors of sexual violence. This event will take place Wednesday, April 29, 6 p.m. in the MU Quad. http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/prevention-center/saam-2015

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Information in Marine Management seminar: Jake LaRiviere, Research Fellow for Energy and Environment, will give a lecture on the “Identifying the Role of Information, Knowledge & Learning on Preferences for Marine and Coastal Management” on Feb. 2 from 4-5:15 p.m., in Kidder 202.

NEW! Approaches to International Water Conflict Resolution and OSU’s Contributions: Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club. Aaron Wolf  of CEOAS will discuss conflict and cooperation over shared water resources internationally and in the US West, as well as OSU’s role in facilitating water conflict resolution.

Anthropology Tan Sack Series — Univ. of Oregon Psychology Prof. Jennifer Freyd, a world expert on betrayal and abuse, editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, co-author of Blind to Betrayal (2013), author of the UO Sexual Violence Survey (2014), will lecture on the betrayal trauma experienced by sexually assaulted students treated poorly by their universities. The talk, “Research on Institutional Betrayal: The Case of Campus Sexual Assault” will be in 201 Waldo Hall, noon Friday, Jan. 30.

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.”

Chemistry Undergraduate Mentorship and Empowerment (ChUME) is proud to present an Undergraduate Research Workshop.  Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 402.  Are you interested in becoming an undergraduate researcher?  Having problems getting into a lab?  Been told you should be doing research but don’t know where to begin?  ChUME is hosting an informal workshop with Professor Paul Cheong to answer all the questions you ever had about undergraduate research but didn’t know who to ask.

“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.

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 noon – 1:30 p.m. 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! Beaver Yearbook Moving Sale: All 1908-2011 Beaver Yearbooks, $5 each (picked up). Subject to stock on hand. Available 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday in 210A MU East/Snell Hall. Questions? Contact Kami Hammerschmith at 541-737-6379.

MLS research study: On Feb. 4, OSU will participate in the Multi-Institutional Survey of Leadership (MSL) research study. The MSL is an international research study focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity and other leadership related outcomes. The MSL is one of the largest studies of college student leadership. OSU is only one of 250 campuses worldwide who will participate in the upcoming 2015 study. Only 4,000 undergraduate OSU students will be invited to take the MSL and will be entered to win gift cards worth of up to $500. Students must check their OSU email for the link to take the survey. Organizers will update the campus community at: oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/your-voice-matters

General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2015: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2015 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/generalresearchfund. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 2.

Prettiest Pet Contest: The Graduate School presents the fourth annual Prettiest Pet Contest to benefit the OSU Food Drive. Do you argue with your coworkers about whose pet is the most adorable? Settle the score once and for all by entering the Prettiest Pet Photo Contest. The pet with the most donations in their name wins a prize. You may vote as many times as you like. Voting takes place Feb 2-27. Photos will be displayed outside the Graduate School office in 300 Kerr Admin Bldg. To enter: $1 or 1 food item per photo. For questions about entries and voting, please email Michelle at michelle.lacrosse@oregonstate.edu.

Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2014 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 30, 2015. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2014 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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


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

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.

College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor Consultant position.  Posting # 0013756, closes Feb. 10.

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.

AMBC – Newport Business Office Manager – The Agricultural Science and Marine Science Business center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Newport Business Office Manager position. This position is located in Newport, Oregon. Posting #0013751. Closes Feb. 19.

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.

Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position: 70% Extension, 25% Research and 5% Service. This position is located at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center (HAREC) in Hermiston OR. Posting #0013741.  Closes Feb. 28.

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.

International Admissions Manager – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Admissions Manager position. Posting #0013696. Closes March 1.

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 (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.

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

Learning Innovation Center: As part of the Learning Innovation Center (LInC) Project, Jefferson Way will be closed from 30th Street to Sackett Place (View Map) on Monday, Feb. 2, from 7 – 9:30 a.m.,  so that a lowboy trailer can pick up a small crane from the LInC site and remove it. Flaggers will be onsite to direct all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Street parking may be affected sporadically.

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.


Corvallis“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” ~ Frida Kahlo. Fog and a slight chance of sprinkles this morning, partly sunny in the afternoon. High of 52, low of 37. Foggy and cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Dense fog advisory, then mostly cloudy. High of 49, low of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of sprinkles, otherwise mostly sunny. High of 57, low of 42. Friday should be sunny after some fog.

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

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