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Thursday, April 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.

Tsunami poses risk to almost 10,000 on West Coast (CBS News)

In other words, it is due for another big one – along the lines of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami that left 19,000 dead and displaced 300,000 or one that hit Chile in 2014. One estimate by Oregon State marine geologist Chris Goldfinger is that there is a 37 percent chance of a big quake in the next 50 years.

60 really is the new 50, scientists say (TODAY)

Studies that try to redefine aging, whether it’s for policy purposes or simply to reaffirm the fact that “60 isn’t old,” are always worthwhile, says Carolyn Aldwin, director of Oregon State University’s Center for Healthy Aging Research.

The Changing Tide (Eugene Weekly)

Humans need to cherish planet Earth, including its oceans. Take it from marine ecologist Mark Hixon, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University and currently a professor at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, who has studied coral reef systems since 1979. Hixon writes about the death of his favorite coral reef in a 2009 compilation of stories on climate change.

OSU black cultural center opens to cheers (Gazette-Times)

It was part celebration, part history lesson and part revival meeting — with a dance performance thrown in for more spark. Geoff Brooks, a member of the Oregon State University board of visitors, set the tone with a call-and-response chant. (see also Barometer)

At a whopping 14,000 miles, gray whale wins the longest mammal migration (Christian Science Monitor)

“She crossed the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska [and swam] the length of the North American continent to get down to the Baja breeding calf lagoons that are used by eastern North Pacific animals,” Bruce Mate, the director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, told CBS News.(see also Gawker, KUOW, UPI)

“We’re all in this together” (Willamette Live)

Joining Brown for the City Club discussion will be Brenda Frketich, third generation manager of Kirsh Family Farms, which raises perennial ryegrass seed and filberts in St. Paul, and Dan Arp, Dean of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

OSU to become national leader in construction safety research (Building Envelope)

The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is developing one of the leading facilities in the world to improve safety for construction workers and the general public.

Knights of Columbus Council established at OSU (Catholic Sentinel)

On March 7, 20 young men celebrated charter day for the new Oregon State University council of Knights of Columbus. The men range in age from 18 to 30 and the majority are college students. Many have been heavily involved with the OSU Newman Center Catholic campus ministry and are excited to continue serving the community as Knights.

OSU study finds that injury prevention programs are not being used in high schools (News Medical)

Injury prevention programs can help reduce ankle, knee and other lower extremity injuries in sports, but the programs are not being widely used in high schools, a new study from Oregon State University has found.


Cuba Under the Other Castro: At the April 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Amy Below of Political Science will discuss the current political picture in Cuba. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

Sub-Local 083 Classified Workers Meeting in the Memorial Union Room 221 Board Room this Thursday April 16 from noon to 1 p.m.  Sue Theiss the University Ombuds will be giving a presentation on the services they offer in the University Ombuds Office.  We will also have an update on the bargaining status for our 2015-2017 contract, and an update of our general finances.  Lunch will be provided.

Essential Trainings – Ombuds Services, Sexual Harassment, Mandatory Reporter, Safety and Workers’ Comp.  The Office of Human Resources has partnered with the Ombuds Office, Office of Equity & Inclusion, and Environmental Health & Safety to offer new and current employees an afternoon of essential trainings.  The session follows the morning New Employee Orientation session.  New employees attending the New Employee Orientation are not required to register.  Because space is limited, current employees need to register to attend at:   http://oregonstate.edu/training/ (course:  Essential Trainings; category: Employee Benefits).  April 16, 1 – 4:15 p.m., MU 213.

Week 3 Academics for Student Athletes: Do you work with student athletes in an advising setting or want to learn more about working with student athletes on our campus? Come to this engaging and enlightening presentation by Paul Yager and counselors from Academics for Student Athletes about the partnership between advisors and athletic counselors,  understanding student athlete culture, barriers to success, and best support practices. Thursday April 16, 3-4 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

Starker Lecture Series:  Ethan Martin, Northwest Regional Director of WoodWorks, will speak on “Innovative Applications of Douglas fir in building design,” 3:30 p.m., April 16, in 107 Richardson Hall.

Celebrate Clare Cady: Please join us to celebrate and send off Clare Cady, on Thursday, April 16 from 4-5:30 p.m., in Snell Hall 149 as she leaves OSU for a new job in New York City.  In its four years of formal existence, Clare and her student team have developed the Human Services Resource Center at OSU as a successful model for other colleges and Universities to support students in need of food, shelter and connection to community resources.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Beyond Earth Day – Saturday, April 18: Saturday Beyond Earth Day events include Earth Day Service projects throughout the day, a Mushroom Patch Workshop at the Pride Center 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Earth Ball: An All Species Masquerade at Sky High Brewing 6-10 p.m. Learn more on the Beyond Earth Day website.

Complex Systems Faculty Candidate seminar:  Carmen Tekwe will present a seminar, “Latent Variable and Measurement Error Models in Epidemiological Research” Friday April 17, 1:30 p.m., Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

60th Annual Lu’au: Tickets ($12/$9 OSU students) available at SEC Info desk or online. Doors open 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at LaSells Stewart Center. The Lu’au features: Hawaiian dinner (5:30 p.m.), Pacific Island Dance Revue (6:30-8 p.m.), and Country Store in the lobby with Hawaiian goods for purchase. Sponsored by SEAC. Funded by SORCE. For info/disability accommodations, contact Ally: 808-457-2520. Volunteers needed.

Latin Night: Join Association of Latin American Students for Noche Latina/Latin Night: “Blending of Cultures,” Sunday, April 19, for a dramatic skit, dinner, games and dancing with live band, Orquesta Monte Calvo. Doors open 5 p.m. and show begins 5:30 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Tickets ($10/$5 OSU students) now available at SEC Info desk. Sponsored by SEAC. Funded by ISOSU. For info/disability accommodations, contact Jorge.Delgado@oregonstate.edu

Faculty Staff Fitness: Spring classes are filling up quickly, however we have many options still to choose from, register online here or in Langton 123. We are also offering a new opportunity for Spring, Adult Learn to Swim sessions starting April 28. More details can be found here. Registration can be done in Langton 123.

Lectures and Webinars

Professor candidate talk: Please join us for the second of two job candidate talks for the Assistant/Associate Professor of Visualization position in New Media Communications in the College of Liberal Arts. Artist and Scientist Ruth West, currently an associate professor at the University of North Texas, will deliver her talk,”Data-Driven Experiences: New Ways of Seeing and Knowing,” on Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. in Bexell Hall, Room 207.

WIC Spring Lunch Series:  Race, Diversity, and Writing Across the OSU Curriculum. Faculty are invited to attend the second of four WIC Spring Lunches Friday, April 17, noon- 1 p.m., Milam 215.  Wesley Snyder, Kristina Lum, and Corey Taylor, School of Writing, Literature and Film, will discuss issues around the growing number of international students/second language learners; U.S. students who do not speak standard English; and how multilingual writers are disenfranchised by traditional assessment models. Register by noon on Thursday, April 16.

Disability Studies @ OSU.  Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular.  Friday, April 17, 1 p.m., Milam Hall, Room 301.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Colin Hesse will present his research, “Exploring the Relational Correlates of Affection Deprivation,” on Friday, April 17, from 4 – 5 p.m., in Shepard Hall 106.

Beaver BarCamp 15: A conference for those enthusiastic about tech. The session topics can be both tech and non-tech related, and are proposed and selected by attendees the morning of the conference. Free registration, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register at: http://beaverbarcamp15.eventbrite.com. For more information go to: http://beaverbarcamp.org. April 18, 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center.

2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Undergraduate Research Conference in Religious Studies:    Join us for a full day of presentations from exceptional undergraduate students.  Sponsored by the Religious Studies Program at Oregon State University.  Join event on Facebook.    Saturday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room.

Mental health wellness workshops: The “Behind Happy Faces” program offered by trainer Ross Szabo is designed to to embed a mental health wellness curriculum in key areas of the student experience and in support of the well-being of faculty and staff. Mondays:  April 20 – May 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. in MU 206 (May 4 session will be in MU 222). Tuesdays:  April 28 – May 26 from 11 to 12 noon in MU 206 (we will not meet on May 19). Register in advance at: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ekRSMj1VjsBKEkZ  For more information: http://counseling.oregonstate.edu/training/behind-happy-faces

Open Forum Presentation for Military & Veteran Resources Advisor: Campus  and military and veteran supportive colleagues and communities are invited to attend finalists’ presentations focusing on “making OSU stand out as a beacon in the Pacific Northwest for the military community.” Open Forums are April 20 and May 6 from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m., in MU213 and on May 7 from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m., in MU206.  Your participation in and support of this recruitment is greatly appreciated. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to disability please contact deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748.

PFLA Workshop – Exploring the Mechanisms of Unconscious Bias, presented by Figure 8 Consulting. $15/Members, $20/Non-Members. Thursday May 7, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Search Advocates may receive Continuing Education Credits, if attending this workshop. Refreshments will be served. Click HERE to Register. For additional information, please contact Susan Atkisson.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty/Staff FREE Nutrition Sessions:  The OSU dietetic interns and the Moore Family Center are offering free 60-minute nutrition counseling sessions.  Appointments are available on Fridays during spring term on April 24, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, and June 12, with appointment times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The sessions can count toward you 2015 HEM activities.  Email michelle.bump@oregonstate.edu to schedule your appointment.

NEW! Call for 2015 Commencement volunteers: Over 60 volunteers are needed to serve as information specialists and assist guests during this year’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 13. Commencement volunteers provide directions and programs, assist family and friends to find seats, assist guests with special needs  and are OSU ambassadors. Attendance at one mandatory training session will be required prior to the commencement ceremony (to be held on Thursday June 11 (11 a.m. – noon) or Friday June 12 (2 – 3 p.m.)). Most volunteers will be needed from 8 – 11:30 a.m.  Some will be asked to stay later dependent upon tasks assigned. Volunteers are asked to carry cell phones during the event.  Register online here.

NEW! Faculty Regalia Order Deadline Extended: The deadline for Faculty Regalia orders to be placed at the OSU Beaver Store has been extended to Monday, April 20. If you do not place your order by the deadline, there’s a risk that the correct size and hood color will not be available. For further questions email faculty.regalia@osubeaverstore.com or call 541-737-0045.

AOP scholarship: The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) was formed to foster awareness, excellence and professionalism in the ranks of office personnel. The OSU AOP will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants must be full time OSU students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2015-16 academic year, AND have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, OR regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in OSU AOP. A completed application; three current, signed letters of recommendation; and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by May 2, to Laurie Wyant, 213 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331 or via email to   Laurie.wyant@oregonstate.edu.

Carpool Karma: check out all the details here: www.DriveLessConnect.com/carpool-karma.  There is still time before May 1to take the pre-survey, use Drive Less Connect to find a carpool partner, if you don’t already have one, and log your carpool trips.  You may be our next winner.

Zip Line with Your Group/Team/Organization | Challenge Course @ Rec Sports: The Adventure Leadership Institute’s Challenge Course program provides unique and engaging teambuilding experiences to develop cohesiveness among group members. Build community and learn problem-solving strategies from the talented Challenge Course facilitators. Whether you’re looking for standard programs or a more customized option, the Challenge Course program will work with you! Contact the Challenge Course today.

Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for summer and fall terms, 2015. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

Attention gardeners: Need advice about getting your vegetable garden started? Sick plant? Want that mystery shrub identified? The new Master Gardener class of 2015 is ready to answer and research your home gardening questions. They will be staffing the Master Gardener desk Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m. –noon. You can reach them by calling 541-766-6750 or by visiting the Benton County OSU Extension Office at 4077 SW Research Way in Corvallis.

Do you commute from Marion or Polk County? You’re invited to a carpool/vanpool informational meeting April 23 from noon-1 p.m. in the MU Council Room 222. Join the OSU Sustainability Office and Cascades West Rideshare for a free lunch and learn about your transportation options. RSVP to Alaina.hawley@oregonstate.edu by April 20.

Join the OSU Chamber Orchestra: Open to experienced staff, faculty and student string, woodwind, and brass players across campus. Camaraderie, coaching with professionals, optional performance opportunities. Meets Thursdays from 7 – 8:50 p.m. in Benton Hall 106. No fee for non-student participants. For more information and to participate contact Jessica Lambert, fashenaj@onid.oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

UPDATE: LinC Building: Weather did not permit finishing the brick sealing activity at the LinC Building. Therefore, brick sealing at the LInC Building is planned for this Sunday, April 19, (weather permitting) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will complete the brick sealing process for the entire building. Use of brick sealant product with odors will be apparent with this work. Those sensitive to fumes and odors may wish to stay away from the building site during the time the work is being done. Signs will be posted at all surrounding buildings as a reminder of this work.

Hovland: As part of exterior site improvements, the walkway between Hovland and Gilmore will be closed to pour fire lane sections and pave the parking lot areas through early May. Access to the bike canopy and the fire escape on Gilmore will be maintained (View Map).

Cascades Hall: As part of the Cascades Hall renovation project, portions on the Cascades Hall Parking lot will be closed April 13,  through September 2015 (view map) For more information on this project, contact Rick Freeman at 541-231-5368.


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

Volunteer Coordinator/Visitor Center Assistant Manager – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Marine Education Volunteer Coordinator position at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Posting #0014266. Closes April 16.

Business & Engineering Business Center (BEBC) has an opening for an Accountant 1.  As we will be pulling a list of applicants from the Accountant 1 pool.   This is to notify you that if you are interested in applying and are not currently in the pool, you will be able to apply to the pool through Friday, April 17, using this link:  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=397209

Research Associate (Postdoc), in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Analyze data from scientific echosounders deployed on moorings, autonomous platforms, and ships. Posting #0014248. For full consideration apply by April 17.

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.

Office Manager 1 – The Extension Service Yamhill County Office invites applications for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, Office Manager position located in McMinnville, OR. Posting# 0014351. Closes April 19.

Research Associate (Postdoc), in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Conduct research related to the study of riverine bacterial genomics. Posting #0014249. For full consideration apply by April 19.

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.

Office Specialist 2 – Printing and Mailing Services invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2, Shipping Specialist.  This position is located at the XPress Stop in MU 109. Posting # 0014453. Closes April 20.

Office Support Specialist OS2 – Printing and Mailing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2. The Office Support Specialist supports P&M’s express shipping and vendor invoice processing, along with postage processing. The OSS also provides data entry support and general office support for the department. This position reports to the Associate Director of P&M.  Posting # 0014355. Closes April 20.

Accounting Technician – The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accounting Technician. Posting # 0014385. Closes April 20.

Office Specialist 2 – The Extension Service Wheeler County Office is seeking to fill one part-time, 0.60 FTE, Office Specialist 2 position in Fossil, OR. Posting# 0014312. Closes April 21.

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.

Medical Aide – Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Hospital is seeking a full-time Medical Aide position. Required qualifications include six months providing support in a health care facility.  Posting #0014259.  Closes April 23.

Administrative Program Specialist – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Administrative Program Specialist position in Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs at OSU. Posting #0014461. Closes April 24.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant for the vegetable cropping systems program. Posting #0014468. Closes April 24.

Office Specialist 2 – The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0014395.  Closes April 25.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Extension Service Wasco County Office is seeking to fill one part-time, 0.80 FTE, Education Program Assistant 2 position in The Dalles, OR. Posting# 0014416. Closes April 27.

Contract Officer – Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs is seeking a Contract Officer. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0014492. For full consideration apply by April 28; closes May 30.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant for the hazelnut breeding and genetics program. Posting #0014478. Closes April 29.

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. Closes on April 30.

Director of Web and Mobile Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of Web and Mobile Services position. Posting # 0014498. Closes May 1.

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.

Instrument Technician 3 – Mechanical –  The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI), an OSU research and commercialization facility located on the Corvallis Hewlett Packard campus, is recruiting for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Instrument Technician 3 – Mechanical.  Posting # 0014439. Closes May 3.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director for Violence Prevention, Posting #0014472. Closes May 8.

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.

Assistant ProfessorViticulturist Oregon State University’s  Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor located in Central Point, OR. Posting # 0014286. Closes June 20.

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: “Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.” ~ Lillie Langtry. After some morning frost we’ll see sunny skies with a high of 71 and a low of 40. Looking like sunshine’s in the forecast for the rest of the week.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 66, low of 32. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny after patchy morning fog, high of 60, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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