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Friday, April 3, 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.

Did a Monstrous Prehistoric Flood Seed Oregon’s Mystery Trees? (Portland Monthly)

At first glance, a lonely stand of aspens at Camassia Natural Area in West Linn may not seem unusual. But researchers at Oregon State University are trying to solve the mystery of why these trees are there at all—aspens rarely appear west of the Rockies. Their prime suspect? A cataclysmic flood 15,000 years ago.

Medical Schools Lacking in Courses Teaching Physical Activity (ABC News Radio)

If you can’t recall the last time your personal physician told you about the benefits of exercise, you’re probably not alone.
Brad Cardinal, an Oregon State University professor of exercise and sport science, says the problem has to do with medical schools failing to teach students about the importance of staying fit.

Optics, nanotechnology combined to create low-cost sensor for gases (Nanotechnology Now)

“Optical sensing is very effective in sensing and identifying trace-level gases, but often uses large laboratory devices that are terribly expensive and can’t be transported into the field,” said Alan Wang, a photonics expert and an assistant professor in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. (See also Science Newsline)

 Glyphosate’s time far from over: researcher (Producer)

Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed scientist at Oregon State University, said there’s little doubt that the herbicide is becoming more controversial. “Even without this (WHO) report, there are more and more people, in the public, concerned about glyphosate.”

Ag industry takes notice of Wilsonville drone maker (Portland Business Journal)

With support from Oregon BEST, drone-maker HoneyComb collaborated with Oregon State University to test its technology in air space restricted to public institutions.

Siuslaw rebounding, but questions persist (Gazette-Times)

More than 150 people packed the meeting room of the main Corvallis library Thursday night for the premier showing of “Seeing the Forest,” a documentary by Seattle filmmaker Alan Honick, and a panel discussion led by ex-Siuslaw supervisor Jim Furnish, author of “Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition,” from Oregon State University Press.

OSU-Cascades and Bend file arguments in favor of campus (Bend Bulletin)

OSU-Cascades and the city of Bend have filed their arguments supporting the approval of a proposed campus before the Land Use Board of Appeals, a state tribunal that hears challenges to local land use decisions.

Snake doesn’t scare do-gooder away (Statesman-Journal)

Freeing a snake from its chains may not be for all of us. But there are things we can do on our own property to help the reptiles. “The vast majority of snakes in Oregon are very beneficial,” said Bob Mason, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University who specializes in snakes.

 Tent caterpillars making an early comeback (South County Spotlight)

Chip Bubl, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in St. Helens, said tent caterpillars have been spotted weeks earlier than they typically hatch, and over a wider swath of Columbia County than usual.


Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.

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.

Social Justice Learning and Engagement Associate – Presentations and Open Forum: The Office of Equity and Inclusion has invited four finalists to campus for this position and would like to invite campus to the candidate presentations and open forum. The position will provide strategic leadership towards the development and implementation of educational strategies for university employees around topics of equity, diversity, and social justice. Presentations are: April 1, 1:15-2:15 p.m. MU 211; April 6, 1:15-2:15 p.m. MU 206; April 10, 1:15-2:15 p.m. MU 208.

Penultimate 2014/2015 One Health seminar: Mari Reeves from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska will be presenting a seminar on amphibian abnormalities and their environmental drivers, Friday, April 3, noon in ALS 4001. To join Reeves for a lunchtime discussion following the seminar in Dryden 212b from 1:15 -2:15 p.m., RSVP to Rhea Hanselmann at hanselmr@science.oregonstate.edu.

Candidates for New Media position: The School of Arts and Communication is pleased to host the first of three candidates for a new professorial position in visualization in New Media Communications: Yoon Chung Han. We invite you to attend a presentation of her scholarly and creative work, “Visualizing and Sonifying Data,” this Friday, April 3 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Bexell 103. To see the range of Han’s work work please visit: http://yoonchunghan.com/portfolio/.

ROOM CHANGE! The Ethics of History and the History of Ethics (The 1st Biennial SHPR Graduate Student Symposium): Graduate students from both History of Science and Applied Ethics will present their research work in panel discussions throughout the day. The keynote address will be given by Ted Toadvine (Philosophy/Environmental Studies at UO) at 4pm. Join event on Facebook. Friday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Milam Hall, Room 318.


Microbiology Student Association Research Symposium: On April 4 in the Linus Pauling Science Center, professors from OSU, OHSU, Reed College and PSU present their research. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. with lunch at noon. OHSU’s Dr. Mike Riscoe delivers his keynote address on malaria at 4 p.m. followed by poster presentations and refreshments. Please register at: http://goo.gl/t93oPo and send questions to tranjes@onid.orst.edu.

Learning Landscape Open House: Volunteers will be available at the raised planter boxes, composting area, adaptable gardening area and elsewhere to provide informal demonstrations and answer questions from 1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the OSU Extension Office Yard, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. The free open house is sponsored by the Lane Country Master Gardener Association in partnership with the OSU Extension Service.

Upcoming Events

DATE CHANGE! Women of Achievement Award: The campus community is invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Adele Kubein, PhD candidate in Applied Anthropology. Adele, a brilliant scholar, friend and colleague will be honored as an early recipient of the 2015 Women’s Center Women of Achievement Award on MONDAY, April 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Union 211.  The planning committee requests well-wishes and notes of support from members of Adele’s beloved OSU community, as they will lift her up in her fight with terminal cancer. For more information: Amarah Khan, Amarah.khan@oregonstate.edu. Contact Jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu for accommodations related to disabilities or questions about the event.

OSU Day at the Capitol: Interested in advocating for OSU at the legislature in Salem? Join us for OSU Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 14. OSU Day is one of the most visible advocacy days in Salem and reminds legislators of many of OSU’s distinctive programs. One of the most important elements of the day is meeting with your representative and senator seeking additional funding for OSU. A reception begins at 4:15 in the Capitol Galleria. If you are interested in participating, contact Karli Olsen in Government Relations at 541-737-4514.

Diversity & Cultural Engagement grand opening: Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), home of the Cultural Resource Centers, and formerly known as Intercultural Student Services/Diversity Development, welcomes the campus community to learn about our programs and centers at our new location in the Student Experience Center. We provide academic, experiential, and transformative learning opportunities which are rooted in identity development, student engagement, and positive social change. 228 Experience Center, Wednesday April 8, 2-4 p.m.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: In conjunction with a no school day for most Corvallis area schools, OSU is hosting Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, April 10. By registering in advance your child will receive a free snack bag the day of the event. To register and to see a list of activities being offered visit http://childcare.oregonstate.edu/bring-your-kids-campus-day.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Workshop: Welcome to Canvas Workshop: This two hour hands-on workshop is for instructors and TA’s who are ready to set up their courses in Canvas. We will cover course layout, assignments, quizzes, communication tools, the gradebook, and organizing course material. Attendees are invited to stay for an additional hour of individual course development support. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough. Mon. April 6, 1-4 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/1ExIrZ8

Irish dialect workshop: Eileen Kearney will be providing a free Irish dialect workshop on Tuesday April 7 at 4 p.m., in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall.

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.

2015 Innovation Showcase: Highlighting Science/Engineering at OSU and UO. Learn how basic research is informed by a market lens; how this approach results in science and commercialization excellence; how to incorporate industry-standard approaches to market validation into the educational process; and how you can participate in a thriving innovation ecosystem. Free. April 15 8:30 a.m.- noon. Register (live/webinar): csmc.us/showcase

Spring Library Workshops scheduled: The Spring 2015 Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series lineup is set and learning opportunities abound! Make a fresh start this term and incorporate a citation manager into your research and writing process, learn to use a new survey tool, start working on your data management plan, or check out the world of 3D printing. Workshop registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Remple@oregonstate.edu

Building a Digital Channel Content Strategy begins Monday April 6: Further your knowledge in digital marketing strategies and work toward a digital badge in Digital Brand Management. Learn more by watching this webinar from Adidas’ Jeremy Darlow. Register today! pace.oregon.edu/digitalcomm

News for Employees

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.

NEW! Office Professionals Award: Nominations are being sought for the 2015 Association of Office Professionals Member of the Year Award. Nominees must be active AOP members. Nominations must be submitted by April 24, 2015, either electronically or in person to: Laurie Wyant, Awards and Nominations Committee Chair, 213 Gilkey Hall, Laurie.Wyant@oregonstate.edu. Additional information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.

NEW! Boss of the Year: The Association of Office Professionals seeks nominations for the 2015 Boss of the Year Award, recognizing creative approaches and consistently superior performance as a supervisor. Nominees must be OSU employees working in a supervisory capacity but do not need to be AOP members. Submit nomination packets electronically or in person by April 24, 2015, to: Laurie Wyant, Awards and Nominations Committee Chair, 213 Gilkey Hall, Laurie.Wyant@oregonstate.edu. Additional information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.

Professional faculty award: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J.H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. Award criteria is available at http://oregonstate.edu/pfla/awards/karel-murphy Nominations will be accepted through April 9. Please direct questions to Michelle Mahana at michelle.mahana@oregonstat.edu

OSU Summer TAG programs – Registration is underway for Adventures in Learning, OSU’s summer program for talented, gifted and highly able students entering grades 6 & 7 and Outside the Box for those entering grades 8 & 9. Both are full-day programs held on the OSU campus, July 6 – 17. oregonstate.edu/precollege/ail and oregonstate.edu/precollege/box

OSU Expeditions – Registration is open for Expeditions, OSU’s summer program for talented, gifted and highly able students who are entering grades four and five in the fall. A morning program, it will be held July 6 – 17 at Cheldelin Middle School. A transportation option to KidSpirit is available for the afternoons. oregonstate.edu/precollege/expeditions

Emerging Scholar Award: The OSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is accepting nominations through April 10, for the Emerging Scholar Award. The chapter established the award to honor tenure-track faculty members in any academic unit who are in the early stages of their professional careers in recognition of outstanding research or creative activity in their field of study. The award consists of a plaque and first year membership dues to both the local OSU Chapter and the National Society of Phi Kappa Phi. See http://phikappaphi.oregonstate.edu/news/emerging-scholar-nominations-2015 for application information.

OSU Staff and Alumni! HR Certification (SHRM) Test Prep Training Starts in April: OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) is now offering HR certification test prep training. PACE has partnered with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer SHRM-CP and SHRM-CP certification workshops. Attend online, on campus (Corvallis), Portland or Bend. Hurry, registration ends soon. https://pace.oregonstate.edu/shrm

Oregon Military Community Workshop: Faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the Oregon Military Community Workshop Sept. 25-26 in Corvallis. The purpose of the workshop is to brainstorm concepts on transitional education, mentorship and recreation for the Oregon military community, and create a 5-year collaborative vision. Two-day workshop is $60. Reserve at http://www.oregonmcw.com/home.html.

Nominations sought: 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 and forms can be downloaded on the Undergraduate Research Web page – http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ For questions, contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Undergraduate researchers: 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 one student participant 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 an awardee for the entire campus. Nominations for the award are due no later than April 13 and must come from faculty mentors. The process is described on the Undergraduate Research Web Page – http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. Please direct questions to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Beaver Freezer: As part of the Beaver Freezer Triathlon (View Map), Saturday April 4, the following road closures will be in effect from 2 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 26th Street from Washington Way to Campus Way, Jefferson Way from Waldo Place to 26th Street and Campus Way from 30th Street to 14th Street. Parking lots affected by these closures are Washington Way Lot (#3293), Dixon meters (#3300), N. 26th Street (#3260), Memorial Place-Central Campus (#3252), Benton Hall East Lot (#3241), Benton Hall South Lot (#3242), and Benton Hall West Lot (#3243). There will be temporary closures throughout the day along the race course. Signage will be posted.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

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.

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.

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. Please apply for full consideration by April 6.

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.

Office Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Extension Service Benton County Office invites applications for a part-time (0.80 FTE) 12-month Office Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Administrator. Posting #0014236. Closes April 8.

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.

Public Information Representative 2 – School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time, Public Information Representative 2. Posting #0014222. Closing date, April 11.

Library Technician 3 (Reference and Building Services Assistant) – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Library Technician 3 (Reference and Building Services Assistant) position for the Valley Library at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014258. Closes April 12.

Academic Wage – Faculty Research Assistant School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time Faculty Research Position (May 1 – Oct. 1, 2015). Posting #0014219. Closes April 12.

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.

Financial Aid Advisor – The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting # 0014308. Closes April 14.

Assistant to the Director – The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant to the Director position. Posting # 0014237. Closes April 14.

Farm/Ranch Supervisor – Full-time, fixed term position, with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Duties include performing and coordinating farm or ranch operations while supervising staff that perform similar daily support functions. Salary is competitive. Posting #0014322. Questions can be directed to Keri Fisher at keri.fisher@oregonstate.edu. For full consideration apply by April 14; closes on April 30.

Office Specialist 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Specialist 1 position for Printing and Mailing Services. Posting # 0014319. Closes April 15.

Purchasing Analyst 3 – Capital Projects Contact Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Purchasing Analyst 3 position. Posting #0014326.  Closes April 15.

Oregon State University Department of Public Safety is seeking applicants for a 12 month full-time, Campus Security/Public Safety Officer. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0014324. Closing date is April 15.

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.

4-H/FCH Program Coordinator (Internal Employment Opportunity) – Extension 4-H and Family and Community Health (FCH) invites applications for a full time, 1.0 FTE, 4-H/FCH Program Coordinator position located in Gold Beach, OR. Posting# 0014290. Closes April 17.

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 17.

Manager for COB Facilities, Operations and Academic Services, College of Business invites applications for a full-time 12-month Professional Faculty position. Posting #0014217. Full consideration date is April 17.

Manager- Facilities/Operations/Academic Services – College of Business invites applications for a full-time Manager. Posting #0014217. Full consideration date, April 17.

Assistant Director – The Office of Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director position. Posting # 0014173. Closes April 18.

Summer Session Marketing Manager – Extended Campus is seeking a Summer Session Marketing Manager. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Posting #0014284. Closes April 19.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Learning Center Administrative Support position. The Learning Center Administrative Support position provides essential functions in day to day operations of the Learning Center in supporting services provided to students. This position is a permanent, full-time position, working 40 hours a week and pays $13 per hour, plus a full benefit package. To apply: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=16557512 Closes. April 19.

Research Director-Extended Campus invites applications for a Research Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Posting #0014238. Closes April 21.

4-H Summer Camp Skills Instructor. 4-H Youth Development in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, invites applications for 2 short-term hourly positions. Positions will be located at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem. Please see posting #0014271 for information about duties, qualifications, and how to apply. Position is open to qualified students and non-students. Closes May 1.

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: “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” ~Mark Twain. Rain today, chance of showers this evening. High 56, low 35. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 60, low 39. Sunday, showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 58, low 39.

Central Oregon: Today, mostly sunny with isolated showers. High 51, low 24. Saturday, mostly sunny during the day, chance of snow showers Saturday night. High 47, low 29. Sunday, cloudy and a chance of snow showers. High 43, low 27.

Newport: Rain today, high 53, low 40. Saturday, partly sunny with a chance of showers. High 54, low 42. Sunday, showers and a possible thunderstorm. High 53, low 42.

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

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