OSU Today

Thursday, March 12, 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.

How a hospital withstood a 9.0 earthquake with nary a broken window (PBS News Hour)

In this report, OPB’s Ed Jahn follows Jay Wilson of the of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, paleo-seismologist with Oregon State University Chris Goldfinger and geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch to learn how a hospital withstood a magnitude 9.0 quake with nary a broken window.

Food in Fukushima is safe, but fear remains (Wired)

After the Fukushima meltdown, government teams stripped the outer bark off of trees in the area, and removed the top several inches of soil. That kind of decontamination is specifically aimed at cesium, which falls out of the air like dust. “It’s transported by wind and clouds,” says Kathy Higley, a radioecologist at Oregon State University who studies decontamination. “Then it washes out, or it contacts and sticks to surfaces.”

6 Vitamin C benefits you need to know about (Fitness Magazine)

“Vitamin C plays an essential role in maintaining good health,” says Balz Frei, PhD, a leading vitamin C researcher and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “It’s required for life.” Why? Your cells need vitamin C to do their jobs properly, plus it has antioxidant properties to protect them from damage. 

New research reveals low-oxygen impacts on West Coast groundfish (Phys Org)

But the question everyone asked was, “What about the fish?” recalls Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Barth. “We didn’t really know the impacts on fish. We couldn’t see them.” (see also the Fish Site)

OSU researchers study Japanese dock (KEZI)

The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport has a memorial remembering the victims. At the memorial sits part of the Japanese dock that washed ashore on a Newport beach on June 5, 2012, 451 days after the earthquake. “We are always aware that this dock represents a terrible tragedy,” said John Chapman, a researcher with OSU at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

SAE’s Corvallis chapter condemns racist Okla. chant (KGW)

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Oregon State University is condemning the racist chants caught on tape from members of the same fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.

OSU gets new biotech lab (Gazette-Times)

Tucked away in a corner of the basement of Oregon State University’s pharmacy building is a small lab that could reap big benefits for biotech researchers at OSU and throughout the southern Willamette Valley and the central part of the state. (see also Register-Guard)

Bend Chamber names women of the year (Bend Bulletin)

Becky Johnson, vice president of Oregon State University-Cascades, was named Woman of the Year.

Daugherty’s busy year: A new story collection, and a bio on Didion (Democrat-Herald)

Since retiring from teaching at Oregon State University about a year ago, Corvallis writer Tracy Daugherty has settled into a comfortable routine: He writes “very steadily through the morning and then (I) spend the afternoons as the house husband,” he said. “It’s a very congenial routine.”

Location chosen for new College building (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

This new Partners for Rural Innovation Center will house OSU Extension, OSU Open Campus, Tillamook County Economic Development, Tillamook County Small Business Development Center, Tillamook County Transient Lodging Tax, Oregon Regional Solutions, and the classroom for TBCC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Degree program.

OSU advisor’s return to his native Somalia reveals a nation on the rebound (Gazette-Times)

Warsame, 30, works as an international student adviser for OSU. He’s lived in Corvallis since 2010. Growing up in Somalia, he lived in places that had no electricity or running water, in buildings made of mud and sticks. These days, he has an Instagram page and the latest iPhone.

Scholarship program focuses on students from farmworker families (Capital Press)

CASA of Oregon counts Guadalupe Diaz, now a Ph.D candidate at Oregon State University, as one of its scholarship success stories. She was born in Michoacan, Mexico and arrived with her family in Milton-Freewater, Ore., as a child in 1998. Her father picked fruit and her mother worked in packing houses, and both encouraged her to focus on education. She graduated from high school, enrolled at OSU and in 2007 received one of the Sister Adele scholarships. She has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees is working toward a doctorate in human development and family sciences.

OSU hosts town hall following racial incident at University of Oklahoma (LIFE@OSU)

Town hall takes place Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. (see also OregonianGazette-Times)

High quality food gardens for lower incomes (Corvallis Advocate)

Affording high-quality produce can be difficult for some families, but a partnership between Oregon State University’s Extension Service and Oregon Food Bank is offering free classes that aim to fix that. The Seed to Supper program is a five-week course that teaches adults from low-income families how to grow their own vegetables.


Clothing Swap: At the Women’s Center 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.

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.

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! Faculty Senate: The March 12 Faculty Senate meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3-5 p.m. Faculty may remotely participate by logging in to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ beginning at 3 p.m., then log in to the Faculty Senate Chat Room by clicking the “Sign in with ONID” bubble at the bottom-right (underneath the chat list) or simply by visiting http://live.oregonstate.edu/login. Senators and proxies are reminded to sign in with their real name so that attendance can be accurately reflected.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Town hall on racist incident at University of Oklahoma: OSU is hosting a town hall Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium (2601 S.W. Orchard Ave.), to discuss the recent racially charged incidents at the University of Oklahoma, and ways in which OSU can support students and staff of diverse backgrounds and make campus more inclusive.  Doors open at 4 p.m. The town hall will be open to the public and organizers say it will provide a safe space where students and others can speak frankly about issues of race, racism and other issues surrounding discrimination.

Forum on budget and tuition: An open campus forum on Oregon State University’s 2015-16 budget planning and tuition proposal will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. This proposal calls for the final phase in eliminating the OSU “tuition plateau.” The tuition plateau started phasing out in the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 academic years. The committee is proposing that the final phase of the tuition plateau will end at the close of this school year. For more information: http://bit.ly/1MrAdWK

NEW! OSU Math Club to host free dinner and discussion on The Imitation Game: To celebrate Pi Day on March 14, please join the OSU Math Club on March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. for free pizza and a lively student-led roundtable discussion on The Imitation Game and the life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science who was persecuted for his homosexuality. The discussion will welcome perspectives on science and diversity and their intersection in the present times.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 6th Annual Cultural Connection: American Expansion: A reception will be held Saturday, March 14, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs March 12 – April 24 and showcases through mediums of all type how historical changes to roads, railways and air travel dating back  to the 1800s through current-day have impacted and influenced America’s culture and landscape. The art show is a collaboration of three regional galleries-Pegasus Gallery, Clark Studio and Giustina Gallery.

NEW! Film screening: “Mothering Inside” a film by Brian Lindstrom, is a documentary about the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. FPP helps strengthen bonds between inmate moms and their children,(recidivism rate of zero). Post-screening Q-and-A featuring graduates of the Project & staff. March 16, 7 p.m. Owen Hall 101. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/844151668978897/

Music à la Carte: OSU Campus Band, directed by Robert Brudvig. Friday, March 13, noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

Orange & Black Choral Scholarship Concert: OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce, OSU Meistersingers, OSU Glee. Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis.  $10 advance, $12 at door. OSU students free with ID. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets available only at tickettomato.com

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

Teaching Race, Gender, and Sexuality:  Addressing Student Resistance. In this workshop, Andrea Smith, Associate Professor, Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside, will focus on how we can teach content related to the issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other politically- fraught themes while constructively addressing student resistance. April 3, 9-11 a.m. MU 208. DPD Workshop Information and Registration.  Breakfast will be provided.

News for Employees

Merit award nominations: Nominations for classified or professional faculty to receive a monthly Merit Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the work place. The nominator may be anyone from the campus community. Potential qualities include great working attitude, cooperation, courtesy, creativity, flexibility, professionalism, quality of work, sense of humor, and other qualities the nominee admires. Nominations are due by March 16. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.  February’s is Beth Chamblin, College of Vet Med.

Ask the Experts: Ask the Experts is an open question and answer forum regarding general fitness or sports-injuries. Recovering from a sports injury? Want general fitness advice? This is the place where you can ask about fitness or a sports-related injury, and get an answer from an industry expert: http://recsports.oregonstate.edu/AskTheExperts

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Valley Library: The Valley Library elevators #4 and #5 will be shut down for maintenance on Saturday, March 14,  from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 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 11:59 p.m. 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.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0014094. Closes March 23.

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 March 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.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting #0014099.  Closes April 3.

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.

Assistant Professor (Practice)–  Extension 4-H Youth Development invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Assistant Professor of Practice position located in Central Point, OR .  Posting # 0014092. Closes April 6.

Department Head (Internal Employment opportunity) – The Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Department Head position. The remaining 0.25 FTE will be consistent with the departmental and individual faculty member’s professorial position descriptions. Posting #0013899. Closes April 10. For additional information on this internal employment opportunity, please contact Stevan Arnold at arnolds@science.oregonstate.edu

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.


Corvallis: “A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimists has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.” ~ Robert A.Heinlein. The morning will start out foggy, with clouds clearing and the sun making a reappearance by the afternoon. High of 66, low of 41. Partly sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 63, low of 36. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of fog, with clouds departing and some sunshine expected. High of 60, low of 45. Cloudy Friday.

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

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