OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 30, 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.

Oregon snowpack at record lows (ABC News)

“We are really kind of staring climate change right in the eye right now,” said Kathie Dello, associated director of the Oregon Climate Change Institute at Oregon State University. (see also Statesman Journal)

Aging whales: Scars reveal social secrets (BBC News)

Prof Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist from Oregon State University, said that the animals’ long-term associations and complex social structures could mean that the impacts of “disturbing them or removing individuals might have significant consequences”.

Western Aleutian Steller Sea Lions potentially falling prey to sleeper sharks (KTOO)

These are not your ordinary wildlife tags. They are sophisticated pieces of equipment that record temperature, light and other factors throughout an animal’s entire life cycle. They float to the surface after the animal dies and transmit that recording by satellite to Oregon State University ecologist Markus Horning.

Water births gaining popularity, despite safety debate (Herald & News)

Melissa Cheyney, an Oregon State University professor and a certified professional midwife, is also the chair of Midwives Alliance of North America division of research. Last year she found that “Being born underwater confers no additional risk to the newborn; however, water birth is associated with increased perineal trauma for the mother.” The American Association of Birth Centers also found no evidence of risk.

Parks & Rec offers nature classes for kids (Democrat-Herald)

A volunteer from Oregon State University Extension Service’s Master Gardener program will teach basic gardening techniques and provide information about native plants. Boys and Girls Club of Albany.

When you’re feeding a pregnant cow, you’re feeding for two (Beef Magazine)

David Bohnert, Oregon State University Extension beef specialist and a ruminant nutritionist, advises using National Research Council guidelines to calculate protein requirements at various ages and stages of pregnancy, as well as lactation.

Jacoby Ellsbury to be inducted into OSU Hall of Fame (Indian Country)

Oregon State University’s 2005 baseball team — that put the Beavers in the College World Series — will be inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The university made the announcement on Tuesday.


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:  David Servias & Friends. Featuring Nathan Boal, saxophone; David Servias, piano; Ryan Biesack, percussion, and others . Friday, Jan. 30, noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

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.

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.

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.”

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.


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).

Upcoming Events

NEW! Iranian artist reception: The Little Gallery, World Languages and Cultures at Oregon State University is hosting a reception for “Boundaries of Thoughts,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Iranian artist Sahar Fattahi.  The reception will take place at The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  The exhibition will continue until March 31.  The Little Gallery is open to the OSU community and general public Monday-Friday, 9-5.

NEW! OSU Chamber Ensembles Concert:  Double Reed, Horn and Low Brass Choir. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis.  $8 in advance, $10 at the door. OSU students free with ID.  K-12 youth free with one paid adult admission.  Advance tickets available on line only at tickettomato.com

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.

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.

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. Monday Feb. 2, 2-5 p.m.  Register here. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough.

NEW! The Death Penalty in Oregon:  Everyone has an opinion….how about the facts?  Join us Monday night, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., at Westminster House (101 NW 23rd St.) Speakers include: Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary and supervisor over the only two executions in 52 years; Cheri Lovre, Director of Crisis Management Institute; Ron Steiner, Chairman of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  Refreshments served.  Sponsored by United Campus Ministry.  Free and open to the public. Make requests for accommodations to Tim Stover at 541-753-2242.

NEW! The Arab World in Disarray: Daniel W. Bromley, professor emeritus of applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss how the recent Arab Spring is just a localized version of the widespread economic and political turmoil present around the world. He speaks Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 to 8 p.m., in the International Living Learn Center Room 115.

NEW! Willamette Startup Weekend: 36 hours of food, beverage, & brainstorming. Hacker/hipster/huckster this is the event you’ve been dreaming of. WSW is an event that helps take a concept and turn it into a startup in one weekend. Assemble a team & funding, develop your product/service, build marketing/sales, proven leaders/mentors on site.  Feb. 6-8. For details. Early bird pricing ends Jan. 31. Buy Tickets.

NEW! Supervisor training: Registration is open for the Feb. 10 and 11, “Core Curriculum for OSU Supervisors and Managers” course. If you are a new or experienced supervisor and have not taken this course, it will make your work easier with collective bargaining information, policies, procedures and helpful resources. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=3.

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.

Food Drive Events

Forestry Bake Sale: Check out the delicious selection of baked goods provided by College of Forestry faculty and staff from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Richardson Hall, 2nd floor Knuckle on Monday, Feb. 2. For questions, contact brooke.clair@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

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.

Human Resources Consultant 2 – The Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources  Consultant 2. Posting #0013788.  Closes Feb. 13.

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:  “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~ Sophia Loren. Frost and fog this morning, followed by sunshine this afternoon. High of 56, low of 33. Cloudy Saturday and rain likely Sunday.

Central Oregon: Chance of fog and drizzle, cloudy in the afternoon. High of 42, low of 26. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Newport: Patchy fog followed by sunshine today and Saturday. High of 56, low of 40. Rainy on Sunday.

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

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