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Monday, April 20, 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.

Educators, students and technology: Should lines be drawn? If so, where? (Oregonian)

Representatives of Oregon teacher certification and licensure programs said their students already discuss electronic boundaries frequently. “We talk extensively about the appropriate use of technology,” said Nell O’Malley, director of licensure and field services for Oregon State University’s College of Education.

Oregon State, Oregon start strong at bass championships (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University pairing of Chase Cochran and Ryan Sparks stood in 14th place after Thursday’s opening day of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College Fishing National Championships at Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.

New student building on OSU campus celebrates grand opening (LIFE@OSU)

A grand-opening celebration for Oregon State University’s new Student Experience Center, known as the SEC, will take place April 24-25 with a series of events for the campus and Corvallis community.

University could offer bachelor’s degree in beer (US News University)

Also on the West Coast, Oregon State University offers online and in-person brewing classes. However, instead of catering to interested home brewers and amateurs, some of OSU’s courses are focused on helping experienced beer makers hone their skills and improve on the technical aspects of the craft, according to the university’s website.

We just can’t stop building robots that look like humans (Quartz)

“We have this inherent stability that keeps the whole thing going,” says Jonathan Hurst, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. Hurst designs machines that get around on two legs, and do it without vision sensors. People, he says, might assume the mechanics of upright travel are simple, because they’re so good at it.

Pollutant dangers to fish (Irish Examiner)

Michael Kent, an Oregon State University microbiologist who co-authored the study, said a lower level of contamination might be expected at such a depth, but such is not the case.

Moles, voles and gophers are mounds of trouble in the garden (Oregonian)

“How you deal with them depends on what you have,” said Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist for Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “The traps are different and so are the baits you would use.”

Scientists invent rain-resistant coating that cuts cherry cracking in half (Bulletin Standard)

A tissue-thin, food-grade film created at Oregon State University acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-associated cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a complete season’s crop. (see also Phys Org)

Fish tag along on cross-Pacific trip in 2011 tsunami debris (Weather Channel)

“They are probably not dangerous. They are a warm water fish, so they are not going to spawn in the cold waters of the North Pacific,” John Chapman, an aquatic invasive species expert at Oregon State University told Associated Press. (see also US News & World Report, Register-Guard, MSN)

Health inequity is topic of two-day conference at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Williams is a widely cited authority on the social determinants of health and one of the nation’s leading voices in the fight against health inequity — widespread disparities in the well-being of different groups based on social factors such as poverty, racism, substandard education and unequal access to healthy foods, exercise facilities and safe neighborhoods. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, he will be in Corvallis to deliver the keynote address at the two-day Oregon State University Health Inequities Symposium.

Aspirin use surging in US as cardiovascular preventative (Nursing Times)

Study author Craig Williams, a pharmacotherapy specialist at Oregon State University, said: “There’s no doubt that aspirin use can have value for people who have experienced a first heart attack, stroke or angina. The data to support that is very strong. (see also Global Healthcare)


Data management workshops: Learn to manage your research data/data management plan effectively and efficiently with Intro to Data Management (April 20). Check out 3D Scanning and 3D Printing (April 21), and learn how you can get started with this really cool technology. In preparation for your upcoming survey research, check out Intro to Qualtrics and/or Advanced Qualtrics  (April 23) and get your robust survey underway. Check out the full session descriptions at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

Change Comes from Within: Coming of Age in Prison— Michelle Inderbitzin, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and Sociology faculty in OSU’s School of Public Policy, was the first in Oregon to teach in a maximum-security prison through the program Inside-Out, which takes university students behind prison walls to learn about issues of crime, justice, and policy in collaboration with inmates. In this lecture she relates the experiences of inmates convicted of violent crimes as teens, and highlights how those who have grown up behind bars make meaning of their lives. Monday April 20, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Avenue.

Religious Rights and Human Rights:  How has the promotion of religious rights figured into the larger effort to protect and advance human rights?The panel, which includes Holocaust survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal, as well as OSU Prof’s Rena Lauer, Amy Koehlinger, Stuart Sarbacker, and Paul Kopperman, will explore the historical, philosophical, legal, and experiential dimensions of this question  Join event on Facebook.    Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m., Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol, Portland, OR.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Asian & Pacific Cultural Center: Join the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center for our Grand Opening ceremony on April 29  at 3:30 p.m. as we celebrate our new location in the heart of campus.   As part of the celebration Ring of Fire in Marketplace West will feature a culturally inspired menu for lunch and dinner April  27 to May 1.  The APCC will also be celebrating its 25th year as part of the campus community. The Grand Opening will lead into Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage month.

Native Plant Sale: Come early for best selections. The CAS sponsored student organization OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter will be holding its annual Native Plant Sale as a fundraiser for Avivara http://www.avivara.org/ non-profit organization working to improve the quality of, and access to, education in Guatemala. Great prices on a variety of NW native plants donated by local SevenOaks Native Nursery available at the Earth Day Community Fair OSU MANRRS Chapter booth.  Tuesday, April 21 in the Student Experience Center Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scholars’ Insights Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition: Graduate students are invited to register by April 22, for this fun event challenging graduate students to advance a compelling presentation on their thesis or project topic and its significance in just three minutes, with prizes up to $1,000. Events will be held May 6 all day at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Perform at OSU Drag Show: As part of Pride Week, the Spring Drag Show is a fabulous evening of radical gender performances including lip syncing, poetry, and dazzling dancing! Compete for the Royal Beaver crown or just come out to perform. Apply online by April 24. The Spring Drag Show will be on Saturday, May 9 at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information contact rcosu@oregonstate.edu.

Weight Watchers Information: A 13-week series of WW begins April 28.  WW Open House meetings will be held Tuesday April 21, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam Room 105.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! SciComm brown-bag: “Crowdfunding: Creating new possibilities for science” is the focus of the next SciComm brown-bag discussion on April 21, 2015, LPSCI 402, noon – 1 p.m. All welcome! More info. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/

NEW! Kimberly Rauscher, Environmental & Occupational Health Candidate, research seminar: Kimberly J Rauscher will speak on “Young Worker Health, Safety & Development,” Tuesday, April 21, 3-4 p.m., Hallie Ford Center Room 115.

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.  April 22, 2-5 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1ExJOHt

NEW! GMO talk: Steve Strauss, Distinguished Professor/OSU, will present a program entitled, “GMO Crops:  What are They, Where are They, and Why All the Fuss?”  Wednesday, April 22 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the OSU Foundation on 35th Street.  Sponsored by the OSURA Member Services Committee, Strauss, presenting his own views, will not speak as a university employee or represent OSU policies.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar:  Grant Thompson, Courtesy Associate Professor of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and NOAA-NMFS, will speak on “Weak-stock management of marine fishery complexes assessed imprecisely by a survey” April 22, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Science lecture to pique scientific and mathematical curiosities: Mathematics Professor Edward C Waymire will present the 2015 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture, “Blending Scientific and Mathematical Curiosities” on April 28, 6:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. The lecture seeks to engage audience members by sharing an enthusiasm and curiosity about natural phenomena from science when phrased in mathematical terms. Waymire promises a lecture that is less about lessons on Brownian motion, stochastic calculus or statistical physics, and more about insight into their scope in math and science.

NEW! 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.

Health Professions Fair:  The Health Professions Fair connects students with admissions representatives from over 60 health professions schools in Oregon and across the country.  This free event will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 10: a.m. – 2 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.  Students from all majors, first-years through seniors, are welcome.  For more information, visit the event website.

Health Inequities Symposium: Registration is now open for “Cultivating Social Justice,” presented by Student Health Service’s Health Promotion Dept. The symposium will be in the MU on April 21-22, and will include a range of topics such as food insecurity, sexual health, disabilities, chronic diseases, access to affordable health services, and violence against marginalized populations. Register online. For details about speakers, presentations and schedules, go to studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/health-promotion/health-inequities-symposium.

Speed Mock Interviews: Sign up on Beaver Careers (http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events) for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with employers and career specialists and receive valuable feedback! Participate on April 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in person at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Willamette Room, or virtually using Skype. Prepare your resume to share with employers. Sponsored by OSU Career Development Center.

Former NSF director speaks at OSU: Former National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell will speak about her experiences as a woman in science at an Oregon State University event at 3:30 p.m., April 21 in Kearney Hall 112 in a talk titled “Just because you are a pawn, you do not have to lose the game.” Colwell also will give a lecture on her research at 7 p.m., April 21 in The LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall titled “Oceans, Human Health and Infectious Disease: The story of a marine bacterium, Vibrio cholera.”

Oregon State University – Cascades Science Pub: Dee Denver, an associate professor of integrative biology in the molecular and cellular biology graduate program within OSU’s College of Science Denver, will present “The Dharma in DNA: Intersections of Buddhism and Science” on Tuesday, April 21 in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins in Bend. Science Pubs take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free but reservations are required.  Space is limited to 100 guests.   RSVP online by 5 p.m. the day prior at  http://www.osucascades.edu/sciencepubs.

From a World of Fear to a World of Hope:  Thomas Buergenthal will speak to us in a double capacity: first, as a survivor of Auschwitz, whose experiences during the Holocaust are chronicled in his highly acclaimed memoir, A Lucky Child; and second, as a renowned legal scholar who has throughout his career labored to make international law an ever-more-effective tool in combating human rights abuses. Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial ProgramJoin event on Facebook. Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., LaSells Austin Auditorium.

Hugh Kearns workshops: Back by popular demand, the Graduate School will host Hugh Kearns from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia to present workshops for graduate students and advisors/mentors: 7 Steps for Success- April 27, 9 – 11:30 a.m., MU 206; Feedback: Asking for it, getting it, and responding to it- April 27, 1 – 3:30 p.m., MU 213; Turbocharge your Writing- April 28, 9 – 11:30 a.m., MU 213; and Communicating the Impact of your Research- April 28, 1 – 3:30 p.m., MU 213.

News for Employees

Event date correction: The flyer received in departments announcing the lunch and learn session “Removing the Mask, Conversations on Masculinity” contained the incorrect date of April.  Please note the correct date as April 30.

Momentum: Read College of Engineering stories that celebrate the impact of giving in the latest issue of Momentum! These gifts and many others like them help the college fulfill its mission of transforming lives and enhancing society through impactful education and research.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way lot: The Career Health Fair will be sponsoring an Army Medical Marketing Semi on April 21,  that will be parked in the eastern most section of the Washington Way Lot (3293). The semi will cause the closure of the first 20 parking spaces of the lot. Vehicles in those spaces after 6 a.m. on April 21, 2015 will be towed.

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.

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.

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 29.

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.

Locksmith – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Locksmith position.  Posting #0014503. Closes May 3.

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 Director of Client Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Director of Client Services position. Posting # 0014528. Closes May 18.

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: “Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” ~ Anne of Green Gables. Sunny today with a high of 80 and a low of 46. Increasing clouds tonight and slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 73 and low of 38. Slight chance of thunderstorms tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny after morning fog, high of 59, low of 48. Drizzle tomorrow.

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

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