OSU Today

Tuesday, March 10, 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.

Discerning plant picks its pollinators (New York Times)

Only two types of the hummingbirds — those with the longest bills and that travel most extensively — were consistently successful in getting pollen from the plant. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Oregon State University and the Smithsonian suggest this coyness may be a way for the plants to ensure genetic diversity.

Drought weakens the Amazon’s ability to capture carbon (Climate Central)

“This is a comprehensive study of field observations collected over multiple years to analyze carbon dynamics and carbon allocation of tropical ecosystems during drought events. Their finding shows that trees are forced to live a life closer ‘to the edge’ during severe drought events,” Thomas Hilker, a forestry expert at Oregon State University, said.

Assembly line nuclear reactors are quietly building steam in the Northwest (Motherboard)

The bill’s sponsor, state senator Sharon Brown, argued that Washington risks being left behind its southern neighbor Oregon and its homegrown reactor manufacturing outfit NuScale Power. The technology itself was developed in the early 00s at Oregon State University, which has been licensing the design’s development rights to NuScale since 2007. (Disclosure note: The author is enrolled at Oregon State as a student, but is not involved in any associated project or research.)

Withering weather (Portland Tribune)

Plants have awoken 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.

The 50 Top Research Universities (Best College Reviews)

Oregon State University #41:  Located on the Pacific Ocean in the charming coastal town of Newport Oregon, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is nearing its 50th year. Beginning in the early 1900’s as a small, one-building fisheries laboratory, it has become a 40-acre campus. This state of the art marine laboratory is home to collaborative research and education programs from OSU and six state and federal agencies. With a combined budget of over $45 million, HMSC is an important economic driver on the Oregon Coast; it is also key component of Oregon State University’s student research. Thriving summer internship programs and academic programs are offered year-round at HMSC for students to study the world-class seawater system, experimental wet labs, and OSU’s Guin Library.

OSU reacts to GMO measure (KEZI)

The measure is raising some questions at Oregon State University and its potential effects on research. OSU claims if Measure 2-89 passes, it would cost the university $18.3 million in research funding that is used for a variety of research projects involving GMOs. However, the group that created the initiative, Benton Food Freedom, argues the measure would only affect OSU’s open-field testing. “Oregon State University is a state institution and we are not taking a stand in support or in opposition of this measure,” said Steve Clark, OSU Spokesperson. “But we are sharing the facts of what it would mean to the university if this measure were to pass.”

Oregon State chooses dean to head its veterinary school (Capital Press)

Susan Tornquist is the new dean of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Tornquist has served as interim dean since October 2013 and oversaw a fundraising campaign that raised $47 million.


NEW! Clothing Swap: At the Women’s Center Monday-Thursday at 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Items include gently used clothing (except undergarments), shoes, and accessories for all gender identities. Drop-off want you don’t need and take what you want throughout the week. This is part of RecycleMania; learn more on Facebook.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Alumni Association Spring Awards:  Join us in celebrating the achievements of Sandy Campbell (College of Science), David Andersen (College of Business) and Ken Johnson during the OSU Alumni Association’s Spring Awards celebration on April 24.  For more information: www.osualum.com/springawards

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! Winter 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Research & Careers in Water Resource Engineering: Arturo Leon, Oregon State University: School of Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Development of Computer Models for the Optimal Control of Multi-Reservoir Systems Under Uncertainty: Application to the Columbia River System,” Wednesday, March 11, 4 to 5 p.m., Peavy 242.

NEW! Kidney disease in cats: At the March 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Jean Hall of Veterinary Medicine will discuss her research on biomarkers for kidney disease in cats. 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! TAC Workshop: Welcome to Canvas Workshop.  This two hour hands-on workshop is for instructors and TAs 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.  Thurs., March 12, 2 -5 p.m.  Register here:  http://bit.ly/1yZIT3X.  Questions: Contact Lynn Greenough

NEW! Food Science and Technology Faculty Seminar: Carol Sloan, RD, California Walnut Commission, will speak on “About the CWC Health Research Program,” Thursday, March 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., 132 Wiegand Hall.

NEW! Starker Lecture Series: Chad Oliver, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forests, will speak on “A contemporary view of Douglas fir silviculture,” at 3:30 p.m., March 12, in 107 Richardson Hall.

NEW! The H-Word: The Problem of ‘Healing’ Among Adult Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse.   This project begins with the premise that children and adolescents abused by Catholic priests were “abused in a Catholic way,” as one survivor explained. It goes on to explore both the religious contexts of abuse in twentieth century U.S. Catholicism and its religious or spiritual consequences in the lives of survivors over time. It is based on extensive fieldwork among survivors of clerical sexual abuse as well as in historical study of Catholic childhoods in the United States in the twentieth century.    Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in the MU 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.

NEW! Nuclear Forensics: David Shuh, senior scientist and director of The Glenn T. Seaborg Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  will give a lecture entitled “Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy for Small Particle Forensic Analysis.” The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m. in Radiation Center Room C104. Weekly lectures take place as part of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics’ Nuclear Forensics Graduate Emphasis.

NEW! Baccalaureate Core Review Workshops: March 17 OR April 8,  (1:30-3 p.m.). This is a how-to workshop for Baccalaureate Core assessment/category review. Up for review this coming year: Western Culture, Cultural Diversity WIC (CLA – SWLF, Psych, SAC), next year Lit & Arts, Social Processes & Institutions, WIC (CLA- LCS, His/Phl, PP, AS, LS) Register online at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bI2rb3h6xTlWNYp.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! BEE’s 2015 Spring Photo Contest: Open to everyone. Theme: Engineering Nature. Submit up to 5 photos for your chance to win a Pro 5-in-1 Color Weather Station or one of the new Polaroid Cubes (with accessories). Submission Deadline is May 15. See BEE’s website for rules and photo requirement. Submit your photo today to Jennifer.cohen@oregonstate.edu.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 March 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.

Education Program Assistant 1 – Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE), Limited Duration, EPA1 position located in Ontario, OR .  Posting # 0014081. Closes March 17.

Parking Services Representative / Patrol officer: OSU Transportations Services is accepting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Parking Services Representative / Patrol Officer position. Posting # 0014085. Closes at 11:59pm on March 17.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.25 FTE), Limited Duration, EPA 1 position located in Tillamook, OR . Posting # 0014070. Closes March 20.

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.

Contracts Specialist. Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term Contracts Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0014082. Closes March 23.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant – The Integrated Plant Protection Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0014048.  Closes March 26.

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.

Director – Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Director, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life position. Posting # 0014065. Closes April 10.

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: “Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. “~W. Earl Hall. Increasing clouds today, high of 66, low of 38. Rain expected tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds, high of 67, low of 40. Rain likely tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of rain, high of 60, low of 49. Rain tomorrow.

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

For comments or feedback about this email contact

Find the OSU Today Web site and archive online.

Submission guidelines

Copyright © 2019 Oregon State University. Disclaimer.

OSU Today is a daily e-mail news briefing provided by OSU News and Communication Services. Contact us to unsubscribe or subscribe, or visit lists.oregonstate.edu to manage your subscriptions.