OSU Today

Friday, March 13, 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.

California fogs are thinning (Science)

Such changes could have implications for both regional ecosystems and humans. Fog is likely a key source of water in the arid forests and chaparral that ring Los Angeles, notes Christopher Still of Oregon State University, Corvallis. Loss of the moisture could result in “a lot of plant mortality and … ecological change,” he says.

OSU fraternity: ‘Nothing like’ racist video (KOIN)

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Oregon State University said they are nothing like the men in the racist video from the University of Oklahoma that sparked major controversy across the nation. (see also KEZIGazette-Times)

OSU researchers create fast robot modeled after birds (KGW)

Researchers at Oregon State University have built a robot that’s the first of its kind. Its name is Atrias. (see also eScience News)

How much Vitamin E is enough? (Science 2.0)

Some experts have suggested that recommended levels of vitamin E should be lowered because of overzealous marketing by the unregulated supplements industry that has led to fears of toxicity. But if the absorption issues are valid, the recommended level of 15 milligrams per day is about right, said  Oregon State University Professor Maret Traber, the lead author of this study, and therefore vitamin E intake remains a significant problem. (see also News Medical, Business Standard)

What you don’t know about organic fertilizers: OSU research (Oregonian)

Organic fertilizers such as manures, compost or bone meal are derived directly from plant or animal sources, according to Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Declining oxygen in ocean could drive fish away (Oregonian)

A new report from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Oregon State University sheds new light on how ocean “dead zones” impact Northwest fisheries.

KBVR-FM broadcasts marathon send-off for Snell Hall (Gazette-Times)

Student deejays broadcast from the room for the last time Thursday night before the radio station switched to automatic programming for a couple of months while the station staff move into the new Student Experience Center. To celebrate the end of the station’s time at its home since the late 1960s, its deejays held a 27-hour live marathon, which was set to end at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Oregon wine industry emerges as mighty force (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University started its Wine Research Institute in 2009 at the industry’s behest — and with $2 million in industry seed money.

Oregon State names Susan Tornquist dean of veterinary medicine (Bovine Veterinarian)

Susan Tornquist, DVM, PhD, who has been interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine  at Oregon State University since October of 2013, has been named dean of the college.

Local creamery seeking permanent location in Independence (Statesman Journal)

Full Circle Creamery launched in December 2010 at the business incubator at Oregon State University. After a brief stay there, the creamery moved into a borrowed space at a cheese factory in Albany. A few weeks later, it moved to a dairy farm in Scio.


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.

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159. Last sale of the season. After that, please order for walk-in pick-up online at oregonstate.edu/main/cheese

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

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.

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.


Cycling race: The OSU Cycling Club will be holding a race on the east side of campus that will close off streets and parking lots around and through campus on Sunday, March 15. This event will close off some parking lots, a few streets through campus and some non-campus streets. Please see the attached map for details on the closures. (View Map)

Upcoming Events

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/

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

NEW! P&M Shipping Services: The last day for shipping services (DHL, FedEx, and UPS ) at Printing and Mailing’s Cascade Hall facility will be March 17.  After that we will accept all shipping at P&M’s XPress stop location (MU 109).  Starting on April 6, in addition to our XPress Stop location, you will also have the option of processing your index items through our production facility at its new location on Research Way but all cash sales will still need to be processed through the XPress Stop. If you have any questions please contact Kiara Goldtrap at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! STEM Academy’s Elementary AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Club for 3rd-5th grade girls: This club meets Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., from April 14-May 12 at Garfield Elementary School. Topics will include wind power, cellular biology, engineering, computer science, and chemistry & the environment. Undergraduate women studying science at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register, please visit http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $75. Scholarships available.

NEW! Student presentation proposals sought: The American Conversations Conference Committee invites presentation proposals from undergraduate and graduate students for our first annual student research conference at Oregon State University, which will take place May 9-10. The theme for this year’s conference is Citizenship and Crisis, and students are encouraged to submit proposals built on previous OSU coursework. Conference participation meets an eligibility requirement for recognition as “Research Fellow” students’ transcripts. Proposals are due March 21. More information: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/events/ccsrc

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Withycombe Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building main water line, Withycombe Hall will  temporarily be without water on March 13, from  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This will be a building wide outage and restrooms will be closed.  Please use the restrooms at Linus Pauling Science Center.

Women’s Building: Due to improvements of surrounding exterior areas, as part of the LInC project, the north ADA access to the Women’s Building will be closed March 13-30. It will be closed for sidewalk improvements with a target re-open date for the start of Spring Term. ADA access will be available on the west side of the Women’s Building. Signage will be posted showing the route to the west side ADA entry. (View Map)

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.

Academic Wage-Salaried- The Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (TOL) program at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon has a short term, academic wage position for 1 individual to co-lead an outdoor trip for a 3 week mountaineering expedition course offered during spring term 2015 from approximately May 12, 2015 to June 7, 2015. Posting #0014120. Closes March 17.

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.

Advisor – Undergraduate – College of Business invites applications for a full-time, Undergraduate Advisor.  Posting #0014115. Full consideration date, March 27.

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.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Alcohol,  Drug & Recovery Specialist, Posting #0014059.  Closes April 6.

Education Program Assistant 1–  Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Limited Duration, EPA1 position located in Eugene, OR .  Posting # 0014109. Closes April 6.

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.

Instructor (Seed Certification Specialist) position at Department of Crop & Soil Science.  Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0014102.  Closes April 13.

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: “The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ~ Ernest Hemingway. Partly sunny today, high of 69, low of 51. Rain all weekend with some wind.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 66, low of 44. Rain all weekend.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 60, low of 51. Heavy rain this weekend.

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

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