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Tuesday, April 21, 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.

OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold (ECN)

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. (see also GizmagPhys Org, VR Zone)

Muscle-wasting alert for elderly on statins: Side-effects may outweigh benefits, say experts (Daily Mail)

Researchers at Oregon State University examined the pros and cons of healthy people over 75 taking cholesterol-lowering drugs as part of a general preventative health programme. (see also Express.co.ukHealth Canal)

BridgePort boss donates $1 million for OSU research brewery (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s fermentation science program has received a $1 million gift from Carlos Alvarez, the chairman and chief executive officer of The Gambrinus Company, a San Antonio-based beer company that owns BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon; the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas; and the Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, California.

Finding climate clues in ancient polar ice (SDPB.org)

Ed Brook, a geosciences professor at Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, is one of the principle investigators on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core project. Brook has also conducted field research in Greenland, Scandinavia, northern Canada and the western United States and runs one of the few laboratories dedicated to the study of gas bubbles frozen in polar ice.

On BP oil spill anniversary, ex-NOAA director urges major changes in federal spill contingency plan (NOLA)

Five years after the BP oil spill, the National Contingency Plan used by federal agencies to respond to major environmental threats still needs to be revamped to adjust to the lessons from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, said Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist who ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the spill.

Some humpback whales may lose endangered status (Science/AAS)

The new population classification should be seen as a “sign of progress in our understanding and recognition of biological populations,” says Scott Baker, a conservation geneticist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, whose lab provided some of the data for the reclassification. Each population, he explains, “has an independent history of whaling and recovery. Some have done very well, and others have lagged behind.”

OSU community invited to learn more about UAV program expansion (LIFE@OSU)

This year the Autonomous Systems Research Group at Oregon State University will significantly expand its activities with unmanned vehicles for air, marine and terrestrial applications, including development of a local test field and a range of training and certification programs.

OSU students help landowners along Union County’s Catherine Creek fight erosion (The Observer)

Desiree Tullos, OSU professor of biological and ecological engineering, brought her class to Hall Ranch, which is owned by OSU and located southeast of Union, and presented them the problem needing to be solved.

Corvallis native survives car accident and stranding in Zimbabwe to become ultra runner (Democrat-Herald)

Seth Sherry, an Oregon State University graduate in crop and soil science, had been working in Zambia doing soil research at a fertilizer company for about two years when he had to call on an entirely different kind of training to save his own life.

Council passes minimum fine for parking district violations (Gazette-Times)

As of June 1 those charged with parking violations in the city’s three districts, A and B north of the Oregon State University campus and C between the campus and downtown, face minimum fines of $35. The face value of the citation remains $50. Previously the fine was at discretion of the Municipal Court judge.

Coating protects cherries from weather (Packer)

SureSeal, a patented food-grade film developed at Oregon State University, cuts rain-related cracking of cherries by 50%, according to a news release.

Oregon State University builds lab to improve construction worker safety (Construction Dive)

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering will spend $1 million to create what Professional Builder magazine has called “one of the world’s leading facilities for improving safety for construction workers and the general public.” (see also Equipment World Magazine)


Data management workshops: 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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! OSU Extension Service Linn County open house: Come see what OSU Extension Service Linn County can do for you! They will host an open huse on Tuesday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m., at the new office at 33630 McFarland Road, Tangent. We’re in the former Farm Service Agency building, on the corner of Old Highway 34 and McFarland Rd, just west of Highway 99E. Refreshments, free well water screening, a plant clinic, 4-H member demonstrations, healthy eating/healthy living activities, and more will be featured.

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 Program.  Join event on Facebook. Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., LaSells Austin Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Spring Career Fair: The Spring Career Fair is tomorrow! Meet employers and network at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NEW! Growing Cities: OSU’s Food in Culture and Social Justice Program, Student Sustainability Initiative, and Slow Food Corvallis present a free screening of Growing Cities, a documentary film about the urban farming movement.  Film starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 125.  A panel discussion with filmmaker and urban farmers will follow screening the screening.

NEW! Student Experience Center grand opening: A celebration for the SEC will take place April 24-25 with a series of events. The celebration starts Friday, April 24, with an open house from 2-5 p.m. that includes presentations and recognitions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It continues Saturday, April 25, with a carnival from noon to 9 p.m., an open house from noon to 5 p.m., and a “Best of OSU” concert series from 5 to 9 p.m.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Spring 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Sustainability and Climate: Adell Amos from University of Oregon’s School of Law will present “Water scarcity, water law, and future change,”  Wednesday, April 22, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 207. 

NEW! Nuclear Environments: Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion with four scholars whose work explores the multifaceted dimensions of the nuclear industry at 4 p.m. or come early at 3 p.m. for refreshments and a special display of nuclear related artifacts and documents created by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.   Sponsored by the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University.   Join event on Facebook.    Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m., Valley Library, 5th Floor – SCARC.

NEW! WIC Spring Lunch Series:  Adapting and Internationalizing the Writer’s Personal Profile in a WIC Course. Faculty are invited to the third of four WIC Spring Lunches Friday, April 24, noon-1 p.m, Milam 215.  Tracy Ann Robinson, designer of the WPP, and André Habet, SWLF, will discuss customizing the tool to support student writing skills development, program assessment needs, and modifying it to be more inclusive of diverse student demographic issues.  Register by noon on April 23.

NEW! UAV program expansion: A session for the OSU community to discuss some of the newest plans, and seek further input and involvement from the campus community, will be held on Monday, April 27, in the Memorial Union, Room 213, from 10-11 a.m. Anyone affiliated with OSU is welcome to attend.

NEW! Microsoft PowerBI seminar for OSU: Learn how Power BI supports OSU’s trans-disciplinary approach for collaborative research and can help you get more out of your data. Hear how Power BI works together with Excel to provide a self-service analytics solution, May 1, 9-1130 a.m. For more info and to register, visit powerbi.bus.oregonstate.edu. Sponsored by: The College of Business and Microsoft.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NEW! Women of Achievement/Student Leadership nominations: The Women’s Center invites nominations for our two annual awards: Women of Achievement and Student Leadership. Use the following links to learn more about each award and the nomination process: Women of Achievement; Student Leadership Award.  Nominations Due: Friday, May 1.  This year’s award ceremony takes place May 26 in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! SLI is hiring: We need your help to recruit qualified applicants for our 2015-2016 student staff teams in Student Leadership & Involvement.  We’re hiring over 60 positions available across the department.  For more information, and to apply, visit: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/jobs. Application deadline for most positions is April 27. Check individual position hiring timelines for specific deadlines. Students may apply for multiple positions.

NEW! Safety Contract Classes & Kits: Commit to keeping our Beaver Nation safe and healthy by becoming certified in CPR, First Aid and AED and by preparing your home and office space with a first aid kit. Recreational Sports is excited to extend safety class offerings and first aid kit sales to the OSU Community. Learn more about the Recreational Sports Safety Program and make a commitment to supporting health, safety and wellbeing in our campus community.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Valley Library: 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, May 2 – May 8  (View Map).  The fire lane will remain open.

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 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 – 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.

Finance Coordinator – The Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Finance Coordinator position. Posting # 0014529. Closes May 1.

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.

Library Technician 2 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Library Technician 2 position for the OSU Libraries and Press at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014518 . Closes May 8.

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: “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust. Partly sunny today with a high of 65 and a low of 41. Slight chance of showers tonight. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Isolated showers and thunderstorms today, high of 71 and low of 38. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 56, low of 43. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

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

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