OSU Today

Tuesday, March 3, 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 Today was delayed due to a Corvallis campus-wide Internet issue. We apologize for the delay.

California’s terrifying forecast: In the future it could face droughts every year (Washington Post)

A third study published three years ago had similar findings. The research is newly published, but its findings are not dramatically different from similar studies in the past. Beverly Law, a specialist in global change biology at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, co-authored a study of megadroughts three years ago.

Seed to Supper program: Free courses on growing veggies (Oregonian)

The Seed to Supper program, a partnership between Oregon State University’s Extension Service and the Oregon Food Bank, is working to change that. The free, five-week course teaches adults from low-income families how to grow and enjoy their own vegetables, said Pami Opfer, a coordinator for Extension’s Master Gardener Program.

Special clinic offers meningitis vaccine to all UO students (KGW)

A total of 40 pharmacy students from OSU were helping with the special vaccination clinic. So far, nearly 3,000 students have received the vaccine. The university hopes to inoculate thousands more this week in the partnership with Lane County Public Health. (see also USA TodayNW Cable News, KATU)

Heliconia plant only allows certain hummingbirds to pollinate it (CBC)

Hadley, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, and fellow New Brunswick native Matthew Betts, an associate professor at Oregon State University, were trying to find out how deforestation was affecting the interaction between the plant and the hummingbirds that pollinate them. The hummingbirds tend to avoid clearings that separate fragments of forest more and more as trees are cut down. (see also Science News)

This data project could help save forests being destroyed by insects (Gigaom)

A new project that combines satellite data, airplane mapping data and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over several decades could help researchers better manage future forest insect outbreaks across the globe. The project, published in the journal of Forest Ecology and Management recently, was conducted by researchers at Oregon State University. (see also Jefferson Public Radio, OPB)

Oregon professors are among lowest paid in U.S. (Go Local PDX)

The average salary for tenured professors at Oregon’s colleges and universities is $30,000 less than their peers across the United States.

Small farms make big showing at OSU conference (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s Small Farm Conference attracted hundreds of small-farm operators to the Corvallis campus to network and learn from each other.

OSU to outfit undersea gliders to ‘think like a fish’ (KVAL)

Oregon State University researchers have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will allow them to outfit a pair of undersea gliders with acoustical sensors to identify biological “hot spots” in the coastal ocean.

Living off the land workshop coming up in Redmond (My Central Oregon)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is announcing a special conference coming up soon. It’s an all-day conference for people who want to learn more about livestock and poultry, gardening or living in natural areas. If you put up hay or have pasture, need to know about water rights or irrigation this conference is for you.

New student center filling up (Gazette-Times)

The grand opening is still more than a month away, but the new Student Experience Center at Oregon State University is filling up rapidly.

People with disabilities may experience unrecognized health disparities (Healio)

A team of policy researchers led by Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH, Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair in Family Policy and professor of practice in public health at Oregon State University, found that people with disabilities should be recognized as a health disparity group so more attention will be directed to their quality of life.

Acid attack on algae damages ocean ecosystem (Eco Business)

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.


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.

The Politics of Climate Change in Washington DC:  “Debates” about the science, confusion about the impacts, and ideological battles.  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.

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. 

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.

“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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening of Opera: The Oregon State University Opera Workshop presents An Evening of Opera, Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road. The performance features scenes from La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini, The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, Don Giovanni by Mozart, and The Rape of Lucretia by Britten. Tickets are $15, general admission; $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. OSU students, staff and faculty will be admitted for free. The first half of the program is all ages, however, the Rape of Lucretia is for those 16 and older.

NEW! Tickets – Taiwanese Night/Toy Festival: Tickets now on sale at Student Experience Center Info Desk: $5 General Admission; up to two free tickets with OSU student ID. Taiwanese Night: is March 8, MU Ballroom, dinner served 5:30-6 p.m., event 6-8 p.m. Hosted by TWSA, Sponsored by SEAC, Funded by ISOSU. For more information or accommodations related to a disability: taiwanesestudents@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Empty Bowls: The OSU Department of Anthropology and OSU Athletics is presenting “Empty Bowls” the ninth annual benefit event promoting sustainable food systems and fighting food insecurity.  It takes place March 14, 6-8 p.m., and includes silent auction, homemade food, art and music. Doors at OSU Valley Football Center open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets at the door or in Waldo 238, $5 to $20, sliding scale. Kids under 5 free.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Winter 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering: Wednesday, March 4, 4 – 5 p.m.; Clément Roques (Oregon State University: Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering) will give a seminar on “Fracture/Fault Characterization in Crystalline Rocks: Implications for Groundwater Fluxes and Resources” in Peavy 242.

NEW! ROTC at OSU: At the March 5 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, leaders of the three armed services Reserved Officer Training Corps programs will discuss the ROTC student experience. 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.

NEW! Class in the Classroom: Creating Equitable Learning Environments for Low-Income Students: In this workshop, Paul Gorski, Associate Professor at George Mason University, will discuss principles and practices for creating equitable learning environments for low-income college students, as well as strategies for teaching about poverty and class effectively. March 5, 1- 4 p.m., MU Horizon Room. The workshop will also be live-streamed.  For more information:  DPD Workshop Information and Registration.

NEW! Strengthening Your Brain: OSU Professor John Edwards, will talk about his research on mindfulness. Prizes, chair massages, and guided mindfulness practice will also be available. March 5, 5-7 p.m, Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Forensic science: Please join OSU alumna and Oregon State Medical Examiner Karen Gunson for two presentations on forensic science March 5 in LPSC 125. Decomp & Drugs  (5 p.m.) will focus on the science of decomposition and opiates; A Taste of Forensic Pathology  (6:30 p.m.) will cover the work of the Medical Examiner’s office.

NEW! “Discovering the Scientist Within” workshop at OSU for middle school girls: This free workshop for middle school girls for encouraging the pursuit of careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. For information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/cosey/dsw or call 7-9424.

NEW! Africa Initiatives talk: “Ichthyological Exploration of the Ogooué and Sebé Rivers of Gabon” will be presented by OSU Assistant Professor and Curator of Fishes, Brian Sidlauskas, on Tuesday, March 10 from noon-1 p.m. in 1001  Kelley Engineering Bldg.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Summer Housing for Scholars and Interns: UHDS Residential Conferences is offering housing for OSU visiting interns, researchers, and scholars this summer in West Hall and Dixon Lodge. Room rates, photos, and reservation form may be found online here: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/scholar-housing. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at (541) 737-9195 or uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Source: The Winter edition of The Source, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences’ e-newsletter, is now available.  In this issue, we welcome several new administrators as we take a look at the opening of the Oregon legislative session. Also, we share the accomplishments of our students, in their own voices. And we feature one example of our world-class research; in this case, it’s hazelnuts.

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 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.

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.

Procurement Manager. Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Procurement Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0014004 . Closes March 23.

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:  “He that can have patience can have what he will.” ~ Ben Franklin. Sunny today, high of 56, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 43, low of 17. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 53, low of 39. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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