OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 2, 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.

OSU President Ed Ray, coping with personal tragedy, promotes education at helm of Beaver Nation (Oregonian)

It wasn’t the repeat standing ovation that blindsided OSU’s popular 70-year-old president, a veteran public speaker who had played to a friendly crowd of 700 lunch guests. After all, Ray had launched his state-of-the-university address with a crack about an orator who advised speakers to say you were “prepared to talk a very long time, if necessary, but as soon as you get a standing ovation, you’ll stop.” (see also OPB, Portland Business-JournalGazette-Times, Portland Tribune)

OSU President Ed Ray challenges state to improve access to higher education (LIFE@OSU)

In his annual State of the University address in Portland on Friday, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray challenged politicians, education and business leaders to help address the growing issue of Oregonians’ access to higher education.

Ken Austin, Newberg philanthropist and A-dec cofounder, opens up in new biography (Oregonian)

As he and Joan flourished, they turned to their community for ways to give back. Their philanthropic projects and contributions are too numerous to list, but chief among them are Springbrook Northwest (now owned by Hazelden), a drug and alcohol treatment center that they founded; Rotary International, which provides portable dental units for missionary projects; and Oregon State University’s College of Business, where there is now an Austin Hall named for them.

The Top 10 Worst Jobs in Science (Popular Science)

As John Selker began installing sensors in the Dead Sea, a tourist perished after taking a gulp of water. “It turns out the salt is so intensely concentrated that it’s hazardous,” says Selker, a hydrological engineer at Oregon State University. The infamous lake is covered with a thick, highly saline layer of 97°F water, and it’s getting saltier as it evaporates. Selker’s task was to figure out whether the surface exchanges water with the cooler layer far below. He eventually found that it does—information that could be used to better manage the lake. But first he learned a different lesson: Anything left in the Dead Sea eventually grows heavy with salt and sinks.

This state has record low snowfall this year (TIME)

Still, that’s bad news for Oregon, which relies on mountain snowpack levels to eventually melt and feed its streams. “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 Gazette-Times)

Beer could ‘help protect brain against Parkinson’s and Alzheimers’ (Daily Telegraph UK)

In September 2014 scientists at Oregon State University found that very high levels of xanthohumol improved the cognitive function of young mice. However, they pointed out that a human would need to drink “2,000 litres of beer a day to reach the xanthohumol levels we used in this research”.

What’s satire got to do with it? (Huffington Post)

A piece by Evan Gottlieb, Associate Professor of English, Oregon State University.

South Salem walking program gets $50,000 boost (Statesman Journal)

Soon, this simple, grassroots neighborhood activity will become an official program of the OSU Extension Service, thanks to a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Salem Health Community Partnership Grant.

Carbon Power (Oregon Business)

Researchers in a multitude of disciplines are searching for ways to soak up excess carbon dioxide, the compound that contributes to global warming. Now chemists at Oregon State University have found a way of using atmospheric CO2 to advance energy-storage technology.

College life doesn’t have to mean crummy cuisine, says dorm room chef (Northwest Public Radio)

A few other universities are starting to take heed. Oregon State University offers one-off Healthy Cooking 101 classes each term, and at the University of Minnesota, a student group offers one-on-one classes for students in need of culinary guidance.

New ‘Gem’ pear variety jointly released in the US (Fresh Fruit Portal)

A new fresh market and high-yielding pear variety has been jointly released by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Oregon State University, Michigan State University and Clemson University.


NEW! Snowma’am Selfie Contest: Check out the 5th annual scrap sculpture to kick-off RecycleMania, located in the Memorial Union Quad Monday through Friday this week. Take a selfie with this snowma’am made of disposable coffee cups and post on social media to be entered into a daily prize drawing. Learn more on Campus Recycling’s website.

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

NEW! Open Labyrinth Walk: Members of the OSU community are invited to an Open Labyrinth Walk Monday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., MU Room 13 (new multipurpose room on the ground level of the former MU Bookstore space).  Claim some time for this moving form of meditation and/or prayer.  Hosted by United Campus Ministry at OSU.  Free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

NEW! OSU Chamber Ensembles Concert:  Flute, Clarinet and Trumpet Choirs . Wednesday, Feb. 4, 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 free with one paid adult admission. Advance tickets  available on line only at tickettomato.com

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.

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

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! 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.

NEW! Foster care lecture: On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Oregon State University – Cascades Assistant Professor Brianne Kothari will present an It’s in the Bag lecture titled “The Need for Research and Community Involvement in Foster Care,” an exploration of how research suggests that safety and permanency are not sufficient factors for ensuring the well-being of children in foster care. Free registration online at http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures.   Lectures take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Cascades Hall, room 117-118.  Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Daniel Bikle, UC San Francisco, will present a seminar “The vitamin D receptor as a tumor suppressor in skin,” on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! 3D Printing Workshop: Check out 3D printing Feb. 4, 4 to 5 p.m., Autzen Classroom, Valley Library, and learn how you can get started with this really cool technology. 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! Climate Change and Vulnerable People seminar: Dan Bromley, Professor Emeritus of Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give a lecture on the “Climate Change and Vulnerable People: Assessing threats to the world’s poor” on Feb. 4 from 4-5:20 p.m., Bexell 328.

NEW! Chemistry Undergraduate Mentorship and Empowerment Undergraduate Research Workshop:  Are you interested in becoming an undergraduate researcher?  Having problems getting into a lab? 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. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 402.

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.

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

NEW! Lab Hazard Awareness Training: This safety training is required for all OSU employees who are not lab employees but may need to enter a lab in the course of their work.  Examples would be trade workers, IT workers, or administrative personnel.  The course assists personnel to become familiar with lab hazards,  lab warning signs and labels, and general and specific protective measures. Refresher training is required every three years. Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 – 11 a.m., in the Oak Creek Building room 201. Pre-registration is encouraged: submit name and OSU ID# to radiationsafety@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.

Food Drive Events

ASC Candy Guess Jar: Love candy? Good with numbers? Swing by the Academic Success Center in Waldo Hall during the month of February from 8 am-5 pm to “guesstimate” the amount of candy on display. Guess correctly and you win the whole jar! Suggested donations to guess are $1 ($1 = 4 pounds of food!), but we will gladly accept any amount. For questions, contact whitney.colby@oregonstate.edu

Prettiest Pet Contest: Do you think you have the prettiest pet? Enter the Grad School’s 4th Annual Prettiest Pet Contest! Feb 2-27. Costs $1 or 1 food item to enter a picture of your pet! All photos of animals welcome. Cast your vote with a cash donation or food item in 300 Kerr Admin. Bldg. from 8 am-5 pm. For questions, contact michelle.lacrosse@oregonstate.edu

UHC Smoothie-thon: During the Month of February, the University Honors College Student Association will be selling smoothie cards that contain one free small smoothie, and eight $3 medium smoothies to Jamba Juice. 50% of the proceeds benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. To purchase or for questions, contact brownw@onid.orst.edu

UHC Pizza-thon: The University Honors College will be selling coupon sheets that contain a free small pizza, a free pizza with the purchase of a large pizza and more at Papas Pizza from Feb. 2-16. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. To purchase or for questions, contact brownw@onid.orst.edu

Hot Dog & Chili Lunch: Integrative Biology will host a lunch from 11:30 am-1:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Come to 3029 Cordley Hall for a hot dog and/or bowl of homemade chili. You can also cast a ballot for your favorite chili with a generous donation! Suggested donation is $3-$5. For questions, contact durrellt@science.oregonstate.edu

NROTC Soup Lunch: Come and enjoy lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, hosted by the NROTC Unit at OSU in the Naval Armory. There will be a variety of soups, drinks, and desserts. Prices range for each item- a bowl of soup will be $3.50 per bowl. For questions, contact leijad@onid.oregonstate.edu

FERM Soup Lunch: Really hungry, but don’t want to drive across town for lunch? Come enjoy some soup from noon-1 pm in Richardson Hall, 2nd floor Knuckle on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Prices are $3 per bowl, or $5 all you can eat soup and bread. Desserts sold separately. For questions, contact madison.miller@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.


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

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. Open until filled.  For full consideration, apply by 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.

Special Programs Coordinator – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Special Programs Coordinator position. Posting #0013811. Closes February 20th.  For full consideration, please apply by Feb. 13.

International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position. Posting #0013792. Closes Feb. 13.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension 4-H youth development, invites applications for a part-time, (.50 FTE), Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Maupin.  Posting # 0013765. Closes Feb. 18.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension 4-H youth development, invites applications for a part-time, (.50 FTE), Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in The Dalles.  Posting # 0013757. Closes Feb. 18.

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)- This position is responsible for the oversight and direction of the admissions process including initial inquiry, application to enrollment for students to all programs handled by the OSU Office of International Admissions and progression from all INTO OSU-administered programs.  Posting #0013696. Closes March 1.

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.

Senior Graphic Designer – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Senior Graphic Designer. Posting #0013797. Closes March 8.

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: Whatever the groundhog has to say today, we haven’t seen much winter this year. Showers today, high of 57, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Showers today, high of 54, low of 37. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 56, low of 45. Rain tomorrow.

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

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