OSU Today

Monday, March 16, 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.

Oceans are losing oxygen and becoming more hostile to life (National Geographic)

“I look at it as a major reshaping of the ecosystem,” says Jack Barth, a chemical oceanographer at Oregon State University, in Corvallis.

Bipedal robot training to become world’s fastest (Christian Science Monitor)

Researchers at Oregon State University designed the birdlike ATRIAS to maneuver over uneven terrain. (see also USA TodayPopular Science, Tech Times)

For the first time in a millennium, a top predator returns (Wired)

“We have to make sure we’re returning an animal to its historic natural range, some place where it makes sense ecologically,” says William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University whose expertise was crucial in the 1990s reintroduction of wolves back into Yellowstone.

Our ‘bracket, lunch and dinner’ cookoff with basketball superstar Grant Hill (Rachael Ray Show)

Todd Williams, an OSU sophomore, is one of our contestants, facing off against UNC – Chapel Hill, Oklahoma State and Indiana fans. Decked out in Beaver gear, he shows some great school pride and cooks up his chicken nachos as part of the cook-off. KEZI 2 p.m. March 16.

Meet the tech dude who doubles as the Weird Al of drone songs (Computer World)

A mild-mannered tech and media support coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service by day, Victor Villegas takes on the persona of The Drone Singer during his off hours. Yes, he fashions himself as the Weird Al Yankovic of drone songs. Following the FAA’s recent launch of a well-intentioned but dull campaign to encourage safe flying of personal or commercial drones (a.k.a., unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aircraft systems), the 46-year-old Villegas released to YouTube “If You Get a Drone for Christmas,” his first drone-related parody song designed to get the safety message across in a catchier way.

Weekend weather forecast: Heavy rains stall and pour over Portland area (Oregonian)

Weston Miller, a community and urban horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said he would be more concerned about the heavy rain’s impact if it was coming with hail or followed by freezing temperatures.

OSU student to appear on “The Rachael Ray Show” (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University sophomore Todd Williams will appear on “The Rachael Ray Show” on Monday. In honor of NCAA March Madness, the show’s theme is “Bracket, Lunch & Dinner Cook-Off.” It features four college basketball fans cooking their signature game-day dishes in the show’s New York studio. Adorned in Beavers gear, Williams’ cook-off contribution is chicken nachos.

Tuition increases expected (Daily Barometer)

Speaking to a room of fewer than 15 students, Oregon State University administrators outlined the tuition changes they will be taking to the board of trustees next week.

DeFazio vows support for Oregon drone industry (Gazette-Times)

Following the demonstration in Adair Village, DeFazio attended a roundtable discussion on that topic at OSU, where Wing’s Aerial Information Systems Lab has become a hub for much of the drone development work in the state. Among the 22 people ranged around the long table in an upstairs conference room in the student union were academic researchers, potential end users and a number of heavy hitters in Oregon’s fledgling unmanned aerial systems agency.

Early bloom too soon for many bees (Bend Bulletin)

Rick Hilton, an entomologist and researcher based at the Oregon State University Extension Office in Central Point, said the pear tree bloom came two and a half weeks ahead of normal, which is a significant amount.

Oregon winemaking emerges as might agricultural force (Mail Tribune)

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

Diversity at OSU discussed (Daily Barometer)

A diverse crowd of Oregon State University students, faculty and staff filled the rows of Gilfillan Auditorium Thursday, March 12. From 4 to 7 p.m., where the OSU community freely discussed issues of race, racism and campus diversity in a safe, open environment.

New Kings of Columbus chapter forms at OSU (Gazette-Times)

On March 7, 20 young men celebrated the charter day of the new Oregon State University Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Oregon hemp growers face obstacles (Bend Bulletin)

Most people interested in growing are those who already have businesses that use industrial hemp in their products. Business owners would prefer to source their hemp locally rather than buy it internationally; most hemp now comes from Canada, eastern Europe or Asia, according to Oregon State University.


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/

Upcoming Events

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.

NEW! CAC Summit: The OSU Council on Academic Counseling (CAC) is excited to be hosting a summit on April 9. Our theme is, Keeping the Momentum: Success in the Middle Years. Registration is open now through Friday, April 3. Please visit the 2015 CAC Summit website to learn more and register today.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! OSU Science Communicators Brown-Bag Discussion on March 17, LPSCI 402, noon- 1 p.m.: Should scientists withhold some evidence to avoid alarming the public? Who decides? More info:  http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/

NEW! Meeting Professionals International: OSU Conference Management Services has partnered with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to host an educational luncheon featuring Anne Hankins at The LaSells Stewart Center on March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..  Advance ticket purchase available online CLICK HERE or register on-site (based on availability).

NEW! Using Wikipedia in Instruction: In this workshop, Wiki Education Foundation’s LiAnna Davis will explain best practices for using Wikipedia as a teaching tool to help students gain skills in media literacy, fact-based writing, research, collaboration, and critical thinking. March 19, 1-2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom, Valley Library. Open to all.

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! Spring Break edition: OSU Today will publish on Monday, March 23 only for Spring Break, and will return to daily production at the beginning of Spring Term. To submit an item for the Spring Break edition, send it to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by 4 p.m., Friday, March 20.

NEW! Faculty awards: Due to problems with the online nomination forms, the deadline for awards selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committees has been extended to April 9. The online award forms can be accessed via http://senate.oregonstate.edu/individual-awards. NOTE: Regardless of the deadline indicated online, the correct submission deadline is April 9, 2015.

NEW! Moving Update: Printing and Mailing Services will begin the move to our new location starting on March 16.  This process will take approximately three weeks.  Thank you for your patience during the move; we are doing everything possible to ensure uninterrupted service during this period.  March 24 is the last day that Printing and Mailing Services’ Cascade Hall location will be open.  From March 25 on, our services will be available at the XPress Stop (MU 109) and as of April 6th at our new production facility at 4700 Research Way.  Please visit our FAQ page at printmail.oregonstate.edu/faq if you have additional questions.

NEW! Spring Break Gear Rental: As spring break approaches, rent all the gear you need to enjoy the outdoors from Recreational Sports. The ALI Gear Rental Shop is open to all students, Recreational Sports members and the OSU community. Students and Recreational Sports members receive a dissent rate on rentals. Visit the ALI in Dixon for more information.

NEW! Recreational Sports Spring Break Hours & Guest Access: Recreational Sports will transition to break hours, effective Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 28. We will return to our normal academic hours of operation on Sunday, March 29. Did you know? Over breaks, we suspend our 2 person guest limit. That means members can sponsor in as many guests for $7/day each! OSU Community may self-sponsor for only $7/day.Consider entertaining friends and family at Recreational Sports over spring break.

NEW! Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: It is time, once again, for OSU to name the “Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.”  This award, which seeks to recognize significant efforts of students engaged in scholarly work in their disciplines, will be presented to student participants in the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) event to be held on the MU Quad on May 14.  Students in each undergraduate college will be recognized, as well as one awardee for the entire campus. Nominations for the award are due no later than April 13 and must come from faculty mentors.  Please direct questions to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

NEW! Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year: The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks nominations of OSU faculty members in all disciplines who are guiding undergraduates in projects of research and creativity for OSU’s 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Complete nominations are due April 13.  Instructions available on the Undergraduate Research Web page – http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ For questions, contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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)

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.

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.

Oregon State University, Department of Crop and Soil Science, is recruiting for three seasonal Biological Science Research Workers for the Oregon Seed Certification Service headquartered in Corvallis.  One person will be hired for the Milton-Freewater area and two for the Hermiston area.  Primary responsibilities will be to inspect corn fields in July and August each year, beginning July 2015.  Posting #0014126. For full consideration apply by March 20.  Closes April 1.

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.

Datapresence Systems Engineer. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is seeking a Datapresence Systems Engineer for the Regional Class Research Vessel program. This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0014057. For full consideration apply by March 27.

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.

Assistant Professor–  The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor position located in Aurora, OR .  Posting # 0014150. Closes April 15.

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: “I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ~ Richard Wright. Partly sunny with a high of 63, low of 42 and a chance of showers in the evening.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers, high of 57, low of 37. Similar Tuesday.

Newport: Partly sunny, high of 56, low of 45. Chance of rain Tuesday.

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

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