OSU Today

Monday, March 9, 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.

Lack of snow leaves California’s ‘water tower’ running low (National Geographic)

Philip Mote of Oregon State University, who studies trends in western U.S. mountain snowpack, said in the October 2014 National Geographic article “When the Snows Fail” that “warmer winters are reducing the amount of snow stored in the mountains, and they’re causing snowpacks to melt earlier in the spring.”

Of Oregon’s 31 water bottlers, none as controversial as Nestle (Oregonian)

Nearly everywhere the world’s largest food and beverage company eyes a water source, controversy follows. Bottled water’s biggest player has become poster child for the industry’s environmental and social ills. “It seems like they’re running from their ghosts,” said Todd Jarvis, an Oregon State University professor who studies the bottled water industry.

Why do butterflies have such vibrant colors and patterns (National Geographic)

It’s unknown why the chrysalis itself is gold, but its shininess helps camouflage the developing butterfly, says Katy Prudic, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The sharing economy is bullshit, here’s how we take it back (Grist)

Barbara Muraca, a degrowth activist and environmental philosophy professor at Oregon State University, calls these sharing projects “laboratories of social innovation.” They test out new ways of living together and prove that sharing works. “People learn to live differently because they do it, not just because they think about doing it,” she says.

Oregon scientist proposes Lego set about female geologists (Oregonian)

Verba, a native of Pendleton, fell in love with science at age 14, after taking an earth science class. She participated in Oregon State University’s Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences pre-college program and enrolled at OSU, where she earned a degree in earth science, which allowed her to combine her interests in astronomy, oceanography and geology. “It encompasses everything because you really can’t just learn about one kind of science when it comes to the earth,” she said.

Elena Passarello, Oregon State University professor, wins $50,000 writing award (Oregonian)

Elena Passarello, an assistant professor of English at Oregon State University, was one of 10 recipients of a $50,000 Whiting Award, given annually to emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. (see also Gazette-Times)

Working for better health for the disabled (Democrat-Herald)

Their conclusion, as recently reported in an article published in the American Journal of Public Health: People with disabilities “are at substantially higher risk of poor health outcomes that are avoidable,” said Gloria Krahn, of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and the lead author of the article.

Drone company first to fly for Oregon, Northwest farmers (Oregonian)

Jenson’s HoneyComb received a $150,000 grant from the nonprofit Oregon BEST, and the Portland Development Commission is helping fund Oregon State University research to evaluate the accuracy of Honeycomb drones’ data.

Susan Tornquist named to lead OSU veterinary school (Oregonian)

A longtime Oregon State University professor and administrator will lead the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the university announced today. (see also Gazette-Times)

Once again, a record-hot winter for California (Climate Central)

“Whichever year or winter comes in first or second, it’s still been quite remarkable” this winter, Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, said. “I think this winter has been such a wake-up call — people are realizing that we need to have some really tough conversations about our future and water supply.”

Everyone wants local beef but who will cut it? (Denver Post)

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.

Search continues for stinkbug predators (Good Fruit)

Oregon State University’s Dr. Peter Shearer categorizes the invasive pest as a “pending threat” for growers in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon and calls it a “big problem” for those in western Washington and western Oregon. Shearer, director of OSU’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center since 2008, was one of the first U.S. entomologists to work on the invasive stinkbug when he was at Rutgers University.

OSU-Cascades ski team represents at hometown Nationals (KTVZ)

“It’s great for OSU-Cascades to be able to represent their university in Bend on the local hill,” Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation Executive Director John Schiemer said Wednesday.

Are vitamin pills really worth it? (The Body.com)

In an interview, Balz Frei, Ph.D., a biochemist and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, argues, “The way we do trials now is heavily stacked against showing an effect of micronutrients.”

OSU Extension will hold a class on chickens (Democrat-Herald)

OSU Small Farms Extension will host an evening class on having chickens in your backyard from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Chintimini Senior and Community Center,2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis.

Ag in the Classroom spotlights bees, beekeepers (Capital Press)

The kick-off event featured Carolyn Breece, from the Oregon State University Honey Bee Laboratory, who showed students equipment and sample hives. Retired teacher Carol Young read the book for the students.

A weak link to Harvard-Smithsonian gave star power to climate contrarian Willie Soon (Inside Climate News)

But when the mantle of credibility is attached to research, people play attention no matter how discredited the conclusions, according to Michael Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

OSU club polo heading to regional competition (Gazette-Times)

These moments took place during a polo match at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Sunday. The match included both visiting players from Stanford University and members of Oregon State University’s club polo team.

Is the removal of predatory wildlife on Columbia River sound policy or overkill? (Yakima Herald Republic)

But critics, including Oregon State University scientist Dan Roby, an expert in seabird-salmon interactions and management, raised concerns that the plan doesn’t fairly consider the option of hazing the cormorants away from the island, rather than killing them.

Lawn maintenance plan can be affordable (Daily Astorian)

“My speciality is improving the environmental and economic sustainability of turf,” says Alec Kowalewski, a turf specialist with Oregon State University. “That is, spending less money while keeping the environment in mind.”

Historian explores impact of WWI on citizenship (Gazette-Times)

Historian Christopher Capozzola will take a look back at how a century-old war shaped our current conceptions of citizenship in a free public lecture at Oregon State University next week.


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.

NEW! How Nurseries Bring New and Rare Plants to Your Garden, a talk by Far Reaches Farm: On March 9 at 6 p.m. please join us for this fascinating talk – limited plants will be available for purchase. It will be held in the Sunset Room of the Benton County OSU Extension Office, 4077 SW Research Way in Corvallis. Free & open to the public. This event is sponsored by the OSU Benton County Master Gardeners and the Evening Gardening Club. Questions? Call Pami Opfer at 541-766-6750.

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.

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 seniors.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Got a mug? Get free coffee: The Waste Watchers and UHDS want to reward you for carrying a reusable mug! Come to Bing’s at Weatherford Tuesday and/or Wednesday, March 10 and 11, 2-4 p.m. with your reusable mug to get a free cup of fair-trade coffee. This is part of RecycleMania and the Coffee Cup Coup campaign; learn more online.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

NEW! Book review: Ben Mutschler, OSU history professor, will review Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore at noon, March 11, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Book of Ages was a 2013 National Book Award finalist and is a gripping account of one woman’s life and times. Mutschler is director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at OSU.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife winter seminar: Boone Kauffman, Professor, Senior Research, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak about, “Is your Oreo killing an Orangutan?  Is your beef steak destroying the planet?: Dynamics of wetlands, land use and climate change”, March 11 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash Hall 206.

NEW! World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen.   The First World War marked a fundamental transformation in U.S. citizenship.   From Ellis Island to the U.S.-Mexico border, from the voting booth to the draft board to the marriage registry, the choices Americans made during and after World War I resonate a century later.   Christopher Capozzola (MIT) will explore these changes. More info here.   Wednesday, March 11, at 4 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Community Ambassadors: OSU is looking for students to serve as the first cohort of OSU Community Ambassadors. They are encouraged to enroll in AHE 407 – Introduction to CommUniversity Education.  The course is available online here, and the attached pdf describes both the course and the leadership opportunity. For questions or more information, please contact Corvallis Community Relations at 541-737-8606 or ccr@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Safety Contract Classes & Kits: Commit to keeping our Beaver Nation safe and healthy by becoming certified in CPR, First Aid and AED and by preparing your home and office space with a first aid kit. Recreational Sports is excited to extend safety class offerings and first aid kit sales to the OSU Community. Learn more about the Recreational Sports Safety Program and make a commitment to supporting health, safety and wellbeing in our campus community.

NEW! Challenge Course Workshops and Programming: Let Recreational Sports support your department, group and/or team through the Challenge Course. The Adventure Leadership Institute’s™ Challenge Course Program provides unique and engaging teambuilding experiences to develop cohesiveness among group members. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to engage in dynamic teambuilding experiences to move your team toward excellence. Learn more and contact the ALI today.

NEW! Recreational Sports Spring Memberships Available Now: Spring into health and wellness with Recreational Sports! Spring Term memberships are now available for purchase! Make your spring the happiest and healthiest yet by getting and staying active with Rec Sports. Memberships are valid from date of purchase until June 19, and only cost $83 for faculty/staff/affiliates/associates and $68 for student affiliates/associates/extended students. Did you know that you likely qualify for a wellness reimbursement? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a personal tour of Recreational Sports facilities or with questions.

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.


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

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.

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Custodial Operations Supervisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position that provides leadership and supervision to the UHDS Custodial Program. Posting # 0014071. Closes March 20.

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.

Biology Instructor- (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9 month, Biology Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0013986.  For full consideration please apply by March 25.

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.

Seed Certification Aide 1– Umatilla County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.10 FTE), Intermittent, Seed Certification Aide 1 position located in Hermiston, OR .  Posting # 0014061. Closes April 3.

Education Program Assistant 2– Umatilla County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE), Education Program Assistant 2 position located in Pendleton, OR .  Posting # 0014058. Closes April 3.

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: Another warm, sunny day ahead. Patchy fog, otherwise mostly sunny with a high of 66 and a low of 39. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 68, low of 31. Increasing clouds Tuesday.

Newport: Increasing clouds today, high of 54, low of 44. Partly sunny Tuesday.

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

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