OSU Today

Wednesday, March 18, 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.

Forester no stranger to controversy (Capital Press)

During his three decades as a forestry professor at Oregon State University, Johnson has shaped key federal forest policies while drawing fire from environmentalists and the timber industry.

Distracted driving’ at all-time high; training can help (KTVZ)

“Based on recent studies, anything that takes your attention away, any glance away from the road for two seconds or longer can increase the risk of an accident from four to 24 times,” said David Hurwitz, an assistant professor of transportation engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, and corresponding author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security. (see also Science Daily, Phys Org)

Cascades study may rewrite textbook on forest growth and death (Phys Org)

In a new analysis of forest succession in three Douglas-fir stands in the Willamette National Forest, two Oregon State University scientists report that  – a measure of tree volume – has been steadily accumulating for 150 years. In the long term, such a trend is not sustainable, they said, and if these stands behave in a manner similar to others in the Cascades, trees will begin to die from causes such as insect outbreaks, windstorms or fire.

Let’s get sea star wasted (Deep Sea News)

The brew is dedicated to Dr. Bruce Menge (OSU) and his students with a portion of all proceeds being dedicated to the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO).These funds will be used to support research like Jenna’s where she is studying how the loss of Pisaster ochraceus will affect the ecological roles of lower predators and their prey populations (mussels, barnacles) using field experiments and surveys.

Sustainability Advocates help change office culture with green ideas (LIFE@OSU)

A group of committed staff and faculty have been meeting once a term for several years in order to discuss ways they can make their workplaces more sustainable. OSU’s Sustainability Advocate program helps employees become sustainability contacts within their departments and units, providing a chance to learn new information about sustainability through their network and share that broadly with others.

How many dodgeballs does it take to knock over this prancing robot? (Popular Mechanics)

The best way to test a robot’s balance is to taunt it like you’re a schoolyard bully. At least, that’s what scientists do in this video of the ATRIAS robot, built by Oregon State University.

Precision ag faces growing pains, experts say (Capital Press)

A small unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight from the palm of Victor Villegas, right, technology and media support coordinator with Oregon State University, at the recent Precision Farming Expo in Salem, Ore.

Debris from Japan tsunami still reaching US shores (Voice of America)

The Oregon Sea Grant, a program at Oregon State University funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been working with researchers at Japan’s Tottori University to monitor tsunami debris. (see also ABC NewsJapan Times)

NW scientists discover Pacific fish surviving dead zones (Oregonian)

Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Barth, a co-author, says commercial fishermen will likely start taking oxygen levels into account as they decide where to tow their nets.

Oregon State University researchers turn to 3D printing to help manage diabetes (3D Print)

OSU already has a patent application in for the system, and Pacific Diabetes Technologies will commercialize it once it becomes market viable. Testing is taking place now with animals, and signs are good that progress into human subjects will commence in the near future.

No green thumb yet? There’s help (Idaho Statesman)

“Novice gardeners often start too big and soon realize they don’t have the time or energy to fully develop or maintain their original garden plan,” said Gail Langellotto, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service

Eat your yard or become a naturalist (Beach Connection)

Oregon State University is offering just that chance via an online course: the 2015 Oregon Coast Ecoregion Course. It focuses on the ecology and natural history of Oregon’s breathtaking coast and its diverse ecosystems.

OSU engineers employ additive manufacturing to develop new glucose sensor (MDBR)

US-based Oregon State University (OSU) engineers have employed additive manufacturing to develop an advanced glucose sensor for patients with Type I diabetes. To construct the sensor, engineers used electrohydrodynamic jet or e-jet printing, which is said to create finer drop sizes and works with biological materials such as enzymes instead of ink. (see also Medical News Today, BioPortfolio)


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).

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed StoreThe 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Bargaining rally:  SEIU Sub-Local083 will hold a bargaining rally on Thursday, March 19, at noon on the steps of the Memorial Union. Come to hear the bargaining update and support your SEIU Local 503 Bargaining Team. SEIU members are encouraged to wear SEIU t-shirts or anything purple. SEIU t-shirts will be given to those who don’t already have one while supplies last. A box lunch will be provided.

NEW! A Celebration of Life honoring Marcus Borg:  Join us for a community gathering to remember and honor Marcus Borg’s life and work, Friday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.,in the MU Horizon Room. For 28 years, Borg was a professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University as well as a scholar and best-selling author who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity.

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! Mathematical biologist to address DNA sequencing: The Department of Mathematics welcomes alumnus Michael S. Waterman who will present “DNA Sequencing in the 21st Century,” as part of the 2015 Milne Lectures in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science March 30 from 4-5 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Horizon conference room.  Waterman is a University of Southern California professor with joint academic appointments in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium: Presenter: Leanne Cusack, PhD, MPH, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, CPHHS, Title: Regional Variations in Blood Mercury Concentrations and Temporal Trends in Fish Consumption in Women of Child Bearing Age in the United States using NHANES data from 1999-2010. March 19, Hallie Ford Center room 115,  noon – 12:30 p.m. More information: http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/colloquium

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.

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.

Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online teaching and discover techniques you can use to improve your online courses on April 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The interactive sessions at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center feature  OSU colleagues sharing innovative teaching methods and course development best practices. Includes breakfast and lunch with a keynote address by Eduventures senior analyst Brian Fleming. Register by April 13.

News for Employees

Printing and Mailing Spring Break Hours: Our XPress Stop location will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from March 23-27.  Our Cascade Hall location will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from March 23-24. Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

Payroll Checks: Starting March 25, any checks that were previously held at 100 Cascade Hall for pick up will now be available for pick up from the XPress Stop in MU 109.  Please contact Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

News from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences: Join us this month from Bangladesh, where two researchers are currently studying health effects from arsenic exposure. Then learn how an alumna is advocating for women’s rights and gender and racial equality, find out how a CPHHS teacher saved a student’s life, learn what earned the OSU SHE team first-place in a statewide competition, get the scoop on two gerontology events and more in Synergieshttp://bit.ly/1MF8ZOC

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.

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.

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 6 at our new production facility at 4700 Research Way.  Please visit our FAQ page at printmail.oregonstate.edu/faq if you have additional questions.

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.

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.

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.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Valley Library: As part of the install for Real Time Utility Monitoring, the power will be shutdown at The Valley Library on  March 24, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Library Quad: As part of the Bell Tower Project, pedestrian access will be impacted intermittently on the walkway east of The Valley Library between Jefferson Way and Pioneer Place, March 23-27 (View Map).

Quads: To address drainage issues in the campus quads, walkways at three sites in the campus quads will be closed over spring break to complete reconstruction activities.  To safely perform this work, the NW walkway of the Library Quad and NE walkway of the MU Quad will be closed, and the walkway in the south MU Quad will include intermittent closures. (View Map)

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.

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.

The University Shared Services Enterprise is seeking an Officer-USSE. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting 0014145. For full considerations, please apply by March 27. Posting closes May 31.

Advantage Accelerator Operations Manager- Oregon State University (OSU) The VP for Research invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advantage Accelerator Operations Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Assistant Vice President for Research. Posting #0014164. Closes March 27.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1–  Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE), EPA1 position located in Corvallis.  Posting # 0014152. Closes March 30.

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.

Assistant or Associate General Counsel – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant or Associate General Counsel position. Posting # 0014133. Closes for full consideration April 3.

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.

Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University (OSU) is looking to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2. For full details and to apply, please visit posting #0014069. Posting closes April 5.

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.

Assistant Professor (Practice)–  Extension 4-H Youth Development, invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor of Practice position located in Prineville, OR .  Posting # 0014156. Closes April 12.

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/Associate/Full Professor- Forest Harvesting- The Dept. of Forest Engineering Resources & Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Forest Harvesting. Posting #0014131. For full consideration apply by April 15.

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:  “Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes. Foggy today, followed by sunshine with a high of 65 and a low tonight of 38. Sunny and even warmer tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 53, low of 31. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Fog, followed by clouds and finally some sun. High of 56, low of 44. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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

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