OSU Today

Friday, March 6, 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.

The Scary-Dexterous Robots of the Darpa Challenge (Wired)

“It’s the biggest collection of robots in one place that’s ever happened,” says Jonathan Hurst, a roboticist at Oregon State University. “Some people are calling it ‘Robo-Woodstock.’” (Watch out for the brown battery acid.) Hurst specializes in legged locomotion; his lab designed the bipedal ATRIAS robot for the challenge.

Wayne Tinkle might have cost Oregon State the Civil War, but he has reason to consider himself proud (Oregonian)

It was a night when Wayne Tinkle might have cost Oregon State a victory in the Civil War, a night when the Beavers coach made the most unusual of decisions that proved to be the difference in a hotly contested 65-62 Oregon victory.

More want local beef, but fewer want tough job of cutting it (MSN)

Lauren Gwin, a professor at Oregon State University who coordinates the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, said the demand for specialty meat is prompting some new businesses to open, but that getting started is costly and difficult. (see also CBS News)

A year with no winter (Hillsboro Tribune)

Plants have awakened from their winter sleep about three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Oregon State University (OSU) scientists. For some crops, that could mean a longer growing season with larger fruit. For others, it could mean devastation.

Owyhee Project water supply outlooks worsens (Capital Press)

Farmers in the area have been planting a lot of cereal crops the past couple of weeks because they will finish about the first part of July and use less water, said Bill Buhrig, an Oregon State University cropping systems extension agent in Malheur County.

Startup lands grant to advance microbial fuel cell technology (Biomass)

Waste2Watergy, funded in part by Oregon BEST and working with researchers at Oregon State University, is using the new funding to speed development of its technology that could revolutionize wastewater treatment for a range of industries, including food and beverage producers that generate billions of gallons of wastewater containing high levels of organic compounds.

Making the match: OSU group spreads the word about lifesaving efforts (Lebanon Express)

A bone marrow transplant likely saved the Oregon State University student’s life. What has sprung from that experience is a group of about 40 students on campus dedicated to educating the community about stem cell and bone marrow donation, demystifying the process and increasing the number of people on the national registry so that more matches can be made — and more lives saved.

Writing from the winners of the 2015 Whiting Awards (Paris Review)

Winners include OSU’s Elena Passarello.

International Resource Center gets new home (LIFE@OSU)

Nearly a decade ago, international students began discussing the possibility of having a cultural center, similar to that of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and other student gathering places on campus, where they could hold events, provide meeting and socializing space, and have a place where students interested in international cultures could come.

Snow is delicious. But is it dangerous to it? (North Country Public Radio)

Long-lost pesticides might also show up in snow in some places, according to Staci Simonich, a professor of environmental and toxic ecology at Oregon State University. She found pesticides that were 30, 40 and 50 years old in high elevations in several U.S. national parks (including Olympic in Washington, Denali in Alaska and Sequoia in California). But the levels were 100 times lower than what’s deemed safe for drinking water. And what about in urban and suburban areas, where most of us harvest our snow? Simonich says that pesticide concentrations are likely higher in backyard snow. “That being said, I would not hesitate for my children to have the joy of eating a handful of fresh fallen snow from my backyard … Because the pesticide concentrations are low and the amount of snow eaten in a handful is small, so the one-time dose is very low and not a risk to health.”

Ocean swallows CO2 (Corvallis Advocate)

“This is a good news/bad news situation,” said Alan Mix, an Oregon State University oceanographer and co-author on the study. “It helps to slow the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, but it makes the ocean more acidic.”


Lab Theatre production: The Lab Theatre presents Stephen Metcalf’s Vietnam-Era play, Strange Snow. Directed by OSU Theatre Arts student, Bryanna Rainwater, this touching production runs March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. in Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre. Tickets for the production are general – $8, Senior – $6 student/youth – $5, and OSU student – $4. No reserved seating.

Disability Studies @ OSU.  Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular.    This week, Allison Hobgood of Willamette University will discuss Doing Disability Literary History. Friday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m., in Milam Hall 301.

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.

Flourishing @ OSU lecture series: The Mental Health Initiative at OSU is comprised of faculty, staff and students committed to engaging in the topic of flourishing through personal and professional life experiences. On March 6, noon to 1 p.m., Shannon Ernst, student in Computer Science, will speak on “The Path from Fixed to Growth: A Story of Mindset,” in Kidder 202. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mental_health_initiative

Chemical Process Technologies Go 2D–The Change in Paradigm: Goran Jovanovic, OSU Professor of Chemical Engineering, will discuss an approach to microscale-based chemical processes that has transformative potential in fields from energy to environmental engineering and bioengineering. (Read more here.) He will speak this Friday, March 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (Directions).

Teaching at home and abroad: The SPP Brownbag Series continues Friday, Mar. 6, at noon when David Bernell (Political Science) presents “New Opportunities for Teaching at Home and Abroad: Technology, Travel, and Experiential Learning.” The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Music à la Carte: OSU Glee Choir directed by James Davidson. Friday, March 6, noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

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.

School of Public Policy Economics Program lecture: Andrew McCallum, an economist on the board of Governors for the Federal Reserve Board, will speak on “The Structure of Export Entry Costs,” Friday, March 6, 2-3:30 p.m., Milam Hall, Rm 123.

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.”

Author Jenny Boully to read at OSU on March 6:  Author Jenny Boully will read Friday, March 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. Jenny Boully is the author of four books, most recently not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them (Tarpaulin Sky Press). Sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to Oregon State University.


OSU Music Scholarship Auditions: Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Benton Hall Room 303, OSU campus. For information: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/music/students/scholarship-auditions

“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.

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.

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 accomodations related to a disability: taiwanesestudents@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

Kurt Fausch: For the Love of Rivers. In his new book, For the Love of Rivers, stream ecologist Kurt Fausch draws readers across the reflective surface of streams to view and ponder what is beneath, and how they work. While celebrating their beauty and mystery of rivers, Fausch delves into the science connecting these aquatic ecosystems to their streamside forests and the organisms found there—including humans. Monday, March 9, 7 p.m., Troubadour Music Center, 521 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Presented by OSU Press, Grass Roots Books and Music, and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

Oregon State University Meistersingers and North Clackamas Community Choir: Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie.  $10 at the door, $5 students and senior

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Gatekeeper suicide prevention training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Presented by Jim Gouveia, LCSW. Register here: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b41KB4Idbr2ZXGl. Feel free to bring your lunch. Tuesday, March 10, MU Journey Room, noon to 1:30 p.m.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: C. Titus Brown, UC Davis, will present a seminar “Concepts and tools for exploring very large sequencing data sets: how can we move more quickly to hypotheses?” on Tuesday, March 10, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Center for Global Health Special Seminar on the Ukrainian Health System: Chunhuei Chi will discuss challenges in the U.S. health system, followed by a presentation and panel discussion on the Ukrainian health system by a special guest delegation of five physicians representing various specialties. Monday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.- noon, Memorial Union, Room 104. Free admission. http://health.oregonstate.edu/global-health

An Enlightenment in the Stables: Veterinary Medicine and the Limits of Agrarian Reform in Eighteenth-Century Italy: The annual George and Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture will be given this year by Karl Appuhn (NYU).   Appuhn will explore the elevation of veterinary medicine from an art practiced by farriers and other tradesmen to a science that by century’s end was becoming an accepted part of university medical curricula. More info here.  Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

Perspectives on World War I a Century Later: Join us for a panel discussion on WWI with MIT Professor Christopher Capozzola and OSU Professors Jacob Hamblin, Christopher Nichols, and Kara Ritzheimer, to examine the global dimensions of the conflict, patriotism and nationalism, the legacy of chemical weapons, and the relationship between citizens and the state. More info here. Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society Miller Pavilion, Portland.

News for Employees

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is March 25 to submit the application for employees 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

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Town Hall is March 12.  The registration deadline is March 9 so register now for the community sustainability event of the year!  The keynote speaker is Sean McGuire, one of the country’s foremost experts on well-being indicators – alternatives to GDP that include not only true economic health, but environmental and social health. This free, zero waste event starts with the 5 p.m. Sustainability Fair with over 50 hands-on exhibits.  Register today!

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Milam Hall water shutdown: Due to the replacement of a failed backflow preventer, on the building water supply, all water that services Milam Hall will be temporarily shut down March 25.  This will affect all sinks and restrooms building wid


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

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.

Administrative Program Assistant – The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0014002. Closes Mar. 10.

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on March 11.  Interested parties should apply to posting #0012692 no later than midnight on March 10.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Food Service Coordinator, University Housing & Dining Services-OSU Catering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10 month position Food Service Coordinator.  Posting #0013988.  Closes March 11.

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-  Oregon State University (OSU) The VP for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Accountant 2 position. Position #0013753.  For full consideration please apply by March 13.

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.

Accountant 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Accountant 1 position in Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014039. Closes March 23.

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:“I am so far from being a pessimist…on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.” ~ Eugene O’Neill. Sunny after some morning fog, high of 65, low of 33. Sunny all weekend with highs in the upper 60s.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 65, low of 32. Sunny through the weekend, highs in the low 60s.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 57, low of 41. Sunny all weekend, highs 59 to 60.

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

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