OSU Today

Monday, March 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.

What is the value of nature? (OPB)

Environmentalists agree that conservation is key, but there is a long-standing dispute over how much to focus on nature’s intrinsic value rather than emphasizing its value to humans. A paper co-authored by a professor at Oregon State University argues that nature’s intrinsic value is the more effective message.

Oregon universities need Legislature’s help (Statesman Journal)

This should concern not just legislators but all Oregonians, especially as the Oregon economy struggles to compete against other states and other countries. “We are now in a global competition for everything,” Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, told the Statesman Journal Editorial Board last week.

NW forest insect outbreaks compared from space (KTVZ)

Meigs conducted his analysis while he was a Ph.D. student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He worked with Robert Kennedy, an expert in landscape analysis and an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. (see also Phys.Org)

Why monarch butterflies need a helping hand (Epoch Times)

A piece by OSU’s Kathleen Prudic.

What you should know before using a standing desk (Science.Mic)

There is some evidence that people who stand more live longer, and researchers have reported a 5% to 7% higher risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes with each two-hour increase in daily sitting time. The life expectancy-related health benefits of standing, however, aren’t well-understood, explained John Schuna, a professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State University.

A chance to dance: Students, community members learn from a master (Gazette-Times)

All of these were part of a tango lesson Saturday morning at Oregon State University’s Women’s Building, part of a weekend of workshops put on by the university’s Ballroom Dance Club.

Juniper funding garners bipartisan support (Capital Press)

Removing a high-density juniper stand can cost several hundred dollars per acre, which poses a staggering financial challenge in light of the roughly 10 million acres occupied by the trees in Oregon, said Tim Deboodt, a Crook County extension agent with Oregon State University.

Don’t shake: Snakes are good for your garden (Oregonian)

“The vast majority of snakes in Oregon are very beneficial,” said Bob Mason, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University who specializes in snakes.

Pat Henry: Is free style lifting the way to go with weights? (Herald.ie)

Dr Pat O’Shea from Oregon State University agrees no machine can provide full range multiple joint movements as well as free weights can.

Heavy toll of fire season prompts changes (Herald & News)

The Oregon State University Extension Service has been promoting an understanding of the problem and recommending remedies for decades. Programs like its Forest Management Planning, local Tree Schools, last fall’s Citizen Fire Academy held in Bend and many other programs continually benefit communities near forested areas.

Warm winter = damaged trees (Bend Bulletin)

“We are seeing a lot of winter desiccation or winter injury to the evergreens and conifers in Central Oregon. This is where there’s a loss of water through leaf transpiration. Winter sun and winds dry the needles,” said Amy Jo Detweiler, associate professor at Oregon State University Extension Service in Redmond. “The trees come out of their dormancy and need water, but they can’t access water because the ground is still frozen.”

Keystone plankton ‘go slow’ as ocean acidity rises (Ecologist)

Julia Ekstrom, then of the Natural Resources Defense Council and now director of the Climate Adaptation Programme at the University of California, Davis, and George Waldbusser, assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University report with colleagues, in Nature Climate Change, on an unholy mix in the oceans.

Map outlines western Oregon landslide risk (KMTR)

Landslides are a natural part of both the Oregon Coast Range and Cascade Range, but it’s expected there will be a significant number of them that are seismically induced from a major earthquake,” said Michael Olsen, an assistant professor in the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering. “A massive earthquake can put extraordinary additional strain on unstable slopes that already are prone to landslides.”

OSU photography faculty exhibit (LIFE@OSU)

The OSU Photography Faculty Exhibition by Julia Bradshaw, Kerry Skarbakka, and Lorenzo Triburgo, faculty of the photo program in the Art department at Oregon State University is currently open in Fairbanks Gallery.

Science Center Update: Director to speak in Lincoln City (The News Guard)

Expansion plans for the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and a new education model addressing emerging issues and challenges facing the Coast, Oregon and the globe are critical issues for the Central Oregon Coast.


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 March 2, 9 a.m.-noon. Register here. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough.

NEW! Presentation from INTO OSU Executive Director Candidate: Bob Gilmour will give a presentation about INTO OSU’s key goals and strategies for the next five years on Monday, March 2, 10 to 11 a.m. in ILLC 155. There will be an informal Meet & Greet in the ILLC Lobby at 9:30 a.m.

NEW! Labyrinth: Members of the OSU community are invited to an Open Labyrinth Walk Monday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MU Room 13 (new multipurpose room on ground level of the newly remodeled portion of the MU).  Claim some time for this ancient moving form of meditation and/or prayer. Come and go as your schedule allows.  Hosted by United Campus Ministry at OSU.  Free.

Piano Talk and Master Class: Simon Trpceski . The public is invited to observe Trpceski working with OSU piano students. Monday, March 2, noon. Benton Hall Room 303.

International Degree Winter Expo: The International Degree is hosting a free event on Monday, March 2, MU Horizon Room, 1-4 p.m. We will have representatives from Undergraduate Research, OSU Global Opportunities, Career Development Center, Financial Aid, International Degree Advising, current ID students, and alumni of the International Degree.  Come learn about the ID, grab a snack, and have a chance to win a prize.

NEW! Social injustice: A number of OSU groups are hosting a solidarity event tonight at 6 p.m. on the MU steps for all communities experiencing social injustice. This collaborative event is being hosted by ASOSU, Intercultural Students Services, OSU Cultural Resource Centers, INTO Oregon State University, and the Division of International Student Advising and Services. For information, diversity.office@oregonstate.edu

OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert: Music by Ray Cramer, Scott McAllister, Malcolm Arnold, more. Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. $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 

Upcoming Events

NEW! National Nutrition Month: The OSU Nutrition and Dietetics Club will be holding its 5th annual National Nutrition Month event on March 4 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the OSU MU Quad. This year’s theme, “Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle”, encourages everyone to adopt eating plans focused on making informed food choices and promoting overall health.  Please join us for nutrition education activities, games, prizes, and more.

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.

“Free the Mind” film screening & discussion: Free the Mind explores groundbreaking research on the nature of consciousness and how mindfulness practice can increase happiness and wellbeing, including studies of veterans and young children who have experienced trauma. Refreshments provided. March 3, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! The Politics of Climate Change in Washington DC:  “Debates” about the science, confusion about the impacts, and ideological battles.  Dr. Johannes Loschnigg, former White House staff, will provide an overview of the climate change science debate, a discussion of ideological underpinnings, and an assessment of current and future action for reducing emissions.  March 3, 3:30-5 p.m., MU LaRaza Room 208.

NEW! Presentation from INTO OSU Executive Director Candidate: Jeff Cornish will give a presentation about INTO OSU’s key goals and strategies for the next five years on Tuesday, March 3, 4 to 5 p.m. in ILLC 155. There will be an informal Meet & Greet in the ILLC Lobby at 3:30 p.m. 

NEW! Presentation from INTO OSU Executive Director Candidate: Howard (Hadd) Jones will give a presentation about INTO OSU’s key goals and strategies for the next five years on Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m. to noon in ILLC 155. There will be an informal Meet & Greet in the ILLC Lobby at 10:30 a.m.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar:  David Reif, Professor of Biological Sciences, North Caroline State University, will present his seminar “Environmental Bioinformatics: Integrating multiple data streams to characterize chemical hazard”- at noon on Wednesday, March 4, in ALS 4001.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Ilya Shmulevich, Institute for Systems Biology, will present a seminar “Integrative Analysis of Data from The Cancer Genome Atlas” on Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife winter seminar: Clinton Epps, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU, will speak on “Movement, fragmentation, and emerging disease outbreaks: new considerations to managing desert bighorn sheep?” March 4, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash Hall 206.

NEW! 2 Stories, 1 Common Thread: A year of sobriety. Losing 220 pounds. Battling addiction. Reversing type 2 diabetes. Two separate journeys that intersected at the right moment, Betsy Hartley and Spencer Newell will share their stories about how they are learning to create and embrace healthy new lifestyles. Wednesday, March 4, 6-7 p.m., MU 211.

NEW! Pauling lecture: Activist, writer and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will give the annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. The 32nd annual lecture, “The Future of the United States,” will be held in the Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Food Science and Technology Faculty Seminar: Mike Penner, Associate Professor, Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Peroxidases in Food Technology,” Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., 132 Wiegand Hall.

MBA Info Session: If you or your students are interested in an MBA, this info session will provide the details you needed to take the next step. Find out about all the options available (Business Analytics, Commercialization, Executive Leadership, Global Operations, Marketing, Wealth Management or the Research Thesis option). Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Austin Hall Robert Family Event Room (First Floor, Room 126).  Hosted by College of Business Graduate Programs.

Webinar: Framing the Global: Entry Points for Learning, Research and Campus Change, Wed., Mar. 4, noon-1:30 p.m., Valley Library – Willamette East.  This collaborative NAFSA Academic Programs Faculty Conversation will feature the editor and authors of Framing the Global.

Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture: Jamie L. Callahan from Drexel University will give the 11th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture at OSU on March 6. The lecture, presented by the College of Education, will begin at 5 p.m. in 112 Kearney Hall, 1491 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow. Callahan will speak about “Reconceptualizing Incivility in the Workplace”.

News for Employees

NEW! Open Access Publishing Fund: OSU Libraries & Press are pleased to announce a pilot Open Access Fund for OSU faculty authors. The fund will cover article processing charges from open access journals, and is for authors who do not have access to other funds to cover these charges. Articles that comply with the eligibility criteria will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. The application and additional information is available at http://cdss.library.oregonstate.edu/oa_fund.

Faculty Staff Fitness Spring Registration begins Monday, March 2. Our updated Spring Schedule can be viewed online here along with updated class descriptions. We will begin taking registrations online and in 123 Langton Monday. If you have any questions about the program or what classes might be a good fit for you, please contact us at pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-3222.

Faculty Regalia Reminder: The OSU Beaver Store is now taking Faculty Regalia orders. Place your order online at http://osubeaverstore.com/faculty/regalia/.  The deadline for orders is April 15.  For further questions email faculty.regalia@osubeaverstore.com or call 541-737-0045.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2015. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. NOTE: the program description and application have been revised: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/undergraduate-research-innovation-scholarship-creativity-urisc.  Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: April 13.

2015 Hydrophiles’ Water Research Symposium abstract submission: Students conducting research in any topic related to freshwater are encouraged to submit an abstract to the 2015 Hydrophiles’ Water Research Symposium (submission closes March 6).

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is March 16 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Spring 2015. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

OSU department survey: Campus Recycling is conducting a departmental customer satisfaction survey, inviting feedback from employees of OSU who have interacted with the department – its services, website, and/or staff. The survey is available at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sGcxhLOBI82Ga1 and responses are accepted through Friday, March 6.


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

Academic Wage Appointment – Hourly: On-Call Librarian. The OSU Libraries invites applications for two part-time (0.49 FTE) 12-month, Academic Wage Appointment- Hourly: On-Call Librarian positions to fill in on the Reference Desk. These appointments will not exceed 89 working days in a calendar year. Posting #0013934. Closes Mar. 2.

Management Analyst 1 (ID Center). This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time ID Center Management Analyst 1 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013871. Closes March 2.

Management Analyst 1 (Process Improvement Team). This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Process Improvement Team Management Analyst 1 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013872. Closes March 2.

Administrative Program Specialist – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time, Administrative Program Specialist.  Posting #0013851. Closes March 2.

Academic Advisor – College of Pharmacy invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position.  Posting #0013786.  Closes March 2.

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Visitor Center (VC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE),  12-month Marine Education Volunteer Coordinator. This position is located in Newport OR. Posting #0013880. Closes March 4.

Parking Manager, Transportation Services invites applications for a full-time Parking Manager. Posting # 0013902, Closes March 4.

Office Specialist 2 – The General Agricultural/Agricultural Education office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0013751.  Closes March 5.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Student Support Advisor.  This position acts as a first point of contact for student issues that involve multiple departments within the INTO OSU Center.  The Advisor works closely with administrative and academic staff to ensure that students receive appropriate case management and that staff time is utilized efficiently.  For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=16018382 Apply by March 6.

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.

Accountant 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 1 position for the University Administrative Business Center (UABC) at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013995 . Closes Mar. 9.

The Division of Outreach and Engagement invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. To apply, please visit posting #0013816. Closes March 9.

Evening/Weekend Events Manager – University Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Evening/Weekend Events Manager. Posting #0013832.  Closes March 10.

Military and Veteran Resources Advisor – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Military and Veteran Resources Advisor position.. Posting # 0013881. Closes March 11.

Technical Services Coordinator – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Technical Services Coordinator.  Posting #0013815. Closes March 11.

Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 2 position for the University Administrative Business Center (UABC) at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014011. Closes Mar. 13.

(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 March 15.

Marketing Assistant Director: The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a Marketing Assistant Director. Download this PDF to view the full position description. To apply send resume and cover letter to osualum@oregonstate.edu by March 20.

DirectorAcademic Success Center. The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Provost. Posting #0013858. Closes March 20.

Assistant Professor – Assessment Librarian. The Oregon State University Libraries & Press (OSULP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure track Assistant Professor position. Posting #0014000 . Closes Mar. 27.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Administrative/HR Assistant.  The Administrative/HR ASSISTANT provides high-level confidential administrative support to the INTO OSU Center Director, Assistant Center Director and Human Resources Manager. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=2284592  Apply by March 29.

Assistant Director of Marketing Communications – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Assistant Director of Marketing Communications. Posting #0013975. Closes March 31.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – The Food Science and Technology Department in the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for an Assistant Professor (Practice), 9-month, full-time, (fixed-term, 1.0 FTE), position located in Corvallis.  Posting #0013904.  Closes April 1.

Postdoctoral Research Position – College of Public Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting #0013824. Closes April 15. June start date.

Assistant Professor-Plant Pathologist Oregon State University’s  Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center invite applications for an Assistant Professor, full-time (tenure-track  1.0 FTE) position located in Central Point.  Posting #0013895.  Closes May 15.

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.

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.


Corvallis:  “I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change and the fear of the unknown, and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back.” ~ Erica Jong. Slight chance of showers today with a high of 57 and a low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 42, low overnight of 18 and chance of snow showers. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers today, high of 51, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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