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Monday, April 27, 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.

Nepal earthquake expected, but infrastructure not ready (CNN)

Nepal is located on a major plate boundary between India and Eurasia, where collisions have been in progress for about 50 million years. Those collisions are responsible for the creation of the Himalayas, which include the tallest and some of the fastest-growing mountains in the world, said Chris Goldfinger, director of Oregon State University’s Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory.

Multiple Sclerosis drug prices rose at an ‘alarming rate:’ Study (Wall Street Journal)

“I believe the court of public opinion can be powerful and hope that increased awareness may promote more dialogue between manufacturers, payers, clinicians and professional societies about the unsustainable pricing trends we document,” Daniel Hartung, a study co-author and an associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, writes us. (see also Portland Business Journal, Oregonian, Bloomberg)

Maybe you should rethink that daily aspirin (NPR)

The survey, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 52 percent of people aged 45 to 75 are taking aspirin daily or every other day. And 47 percent are taking it even though they have never had a heart attack or stroke. “That’s very controversial in the medical community,” says Craig Williams, a pharmacologist at Oregon State University, who led the study.

College rankings proliferate – to the delight and dismay of some schools (Register-Guard)

U.S. News & World Report is the most familiar, but with manipulation of copious amounts of data cheaper and easier than ever, college rankings have proliferated. A student wanting to commit to a university by this year’s May 1 deadline would find that the University of Oregon out-ranks other public universities in the state — but also that the tide seems to be turning in Oregon State University’s favor. OSU rocketed past the UO in Money Magazine’s best college rankings and in financial firm SmartAsset’s rankings of “best value” colleges.

Researcher studies alternative crops, organics (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researcher Bill Buhrig wants to help local farmers find alternative crops to plug into their rotations and establish a blueprint for growing organic crops in Eastern Oregon.

NSF funds development of common reference ontologies and applications for plant biology (News Wire)

The Planteome Project team is lead by Dr. Pankaj Jaiswal, an Associate Professor in Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University. (see also Gramene)

Drought in Oregon: Get used to it (KLCC)

An interview with Oregon State University Climatologist Kathy Dello on the subject of drought.

OSU celebrates opening of Student Experience Center (Gazette-Times)

Deb Mott, the assistant director for services and events with the Memorial Union, said the event is the first major one held at new building, but the space is going to host many more. The covered outdoor plaza area in particular, she said, will give students the chance to have events in space protected from the rain.

Ag extension covers wide swath of services (Herald & News)

Jordan’s mom, Traci Reed, has been putting in countless hours over the last year to keep programs like 4-H going through the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, or KBREC.

Details emerge of China-financed dam project in Pakistan (New York Times)

There is a word of warning, however, from Bryan Tilt, associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, who has studied dam projects in China. It is difficult to judge, he said, the quality of the dam builder’s assessment on the number of people who would be forced to move.

Free health, dental, vision hearing care offered Sunday in downtown Portland (Oregonian)

More than 150 health care students and faculty from across the state, including workers from OHSU, Oregon State University, Western University of Health Sciences and Pacific University, will be on hand to offer care as a grand finale to Health Care Equity Week, which began April 20.

Making a difference for veterans (Democrat-Herald)

The local National Guard detachment and Oregon State University ROTC students also volunteered for the event. Young Marines are required to do 50 hours of community service a year, and Mason Davis, 11, a sixth-grader at North Albany Middle School, used a shovel to scrape a lush carpet of moss off Miller’s back porch on Saturday.

OSU music program invites donors to ‘crawl’ Benton Hall (Gazette-Times)

Occasionally, during the quiet moments of the Oregon State University Tuba-Euphonium Choir’s performance Sunday afternoon, the sound of clapping, or another song, was audible from another room.

Extension Spotlight: Prepare for summer with wasp awareness (News-Register)

t’s easier to deal with these aggressive wasps if you know how they live, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Yellow jackets are heavy-bodied, with black and yellow or white markings. They live in gray, papery nests, which are mainly located below ground, but some are suspended above, he said.

Dig, pry, divide plans (Oregonian)

Dividing is a matter of digging up plants, prying them apart with hands, spades, knives or an ax and replanting them in new holes, said Weston Miller, a horticulturist for Oregon State University’s Extension Service. As perennials grow from the crown and the clumps get larger, plants decline in vigor and have fewer flowers. If you wait too long to divide, flowering can stop altogether.


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 289 – 11:30 a.m., MU 213; and Communicating the Impact of your Research- April 28, 1 – 3:30 p.m., MU 213.

Chemical Hazards in the Workplace: Diana M Ceballos, Ph.D, MS, CIH, will speak April 27, 10-11 a.m.,115 Hallie Ford Center.

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.

Beyond Earth Day – Monday, April 27: Monday of Beyond Earth Day includes the event Soil to Soil: The Compost Campaign at 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in the M.U. Quad. Learn about why and how to compost on and off campus. Learn more on the Beyond Earth Day website.

Prestigious Scholarship Program: Brandy Simula, a candidate for the position of Oregon State University Prestigious Scholarships Advisor, will present her vision for building a program at the university that supports student success in applications to international and national scholarships. She will speak Monday, April 27  from 11 a.m. -11:50 a.m. in Weniger room 201.

Candidates for Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Campus Forum –  Dr. Ian Kellems,  April 27, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.,  MU 208. Kellems will complete a presentation on the topic, “Identify three challenges faced today by counseling centers at large institutions of higher education. What strategic direction could be implemented to address these challenges that would provide positive impacts?”

Retirement celebration: Paul Phoenix is retiring from OSU Academic Technology (Media Services) after 31 years.  We are hosting a gathering  on Monday April 27 from 3 – 4:30 pm in the Kidder Hall TV Studio, room 104.

Revolutionary Readers: Antebellum Narrative Painters and the Radicalization of U.S. Literature – In this talk, Peter Betjemann, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, contends that literary paintings, understood as criticism, interpret their sources in incendiary ways, defining for readers a canon of familiar texts deeply engaged with the specters of slavery and involved with questions of interracial desire. Monday, April 27, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Sergeant York (Film Screening):  A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.   The film will be followed by discussion and commentary with Prof’s Christopher McKnight Nichols, Joseph Orosco, and Courtney Campbell.    Join event on Facebook.    Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Owen Hall, Room 103.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Joint Service Review: The Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review on May 1 in the Memorial Union Quad at 10 am. The reviewing official and guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Bruce “Snake” Crandall (RET), a Medal of Honor recipient.

Beyond Earth Day – Tuesday, April 28: Tuesday Beyond Earth Day events include the April Repair Fair 3:30 -5:30 p.m. in the Student Experience Center Plaza and “Food Chains” Film Screening & Dialogue 6-8:15 p.m. in the M.U. Horizon Room. Learn more on the Beyond Earth Day website.

Procurement Presents OSU Supplier Showcase 2015: Stop by LaSells Stewart Center on Tuesday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. This updated event for faculty and staff is focused on our Buy Orange contracted vendors as well as MWESB, QRF and local Corvallis businesses. See a list of participating vendors plus additional information at fa.oregonstate.edu/pacs/supplier-showcase. Attendee registration is not required this year – just mark it on your calendar and stop by for valuable information, vendor presentations, and a chance to win door prizes.

April Repair Fair: Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demonstrations to learn more skills. Demonstrations offered for D.I.Y. shoe repair, haircuts, seed balls, upcycling and recycling. Tuesday, April 28 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the S.E.C. Plaza.  See the schedule and list of repair skills at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

 College Matriculation and Application Behavior seminar: On behalf of the Applied Economics department, Silvia Robles, PhD candidate in the department of Economics at Harvard University, will give a lecture on the “Influencing College Matriculation and Application Behavior: An Evaluation of the MITES Program” on Monday, April 27 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Bexell Hall 207.

Food Chains Film Screening & Dialogue: Feeding the Nation at Any Cost: Come join us for a Food Chains film screening and dialogue on food justice and farmworker’s rights. One of the producers, Smriti Keshari, will be joining us along with representatives from community organizations (PCUN, First Alternative Co-op, and more) working for a more equitable food system and farmworkers’ rights.  Tuesday April 28, 6 p.m. MU Horizon Room.

Food Chains Film Screening & Dialogue: Feeding the Nation at Any Cost: Come join us for a Food Chains film screening and dialogue on food justice and farmworker’s rights, April 28, 6 p.m. MU Horizon Room. One of the producers, Smriti Keshari, will be joining us along with representatives from community organizations (PCUNFirst Alternative Co-op, and more) working for a more equitable food system and farmworkers’ rights.

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.

Help Design a Park:  You’re invited to the Washington Way Pocket Park Open Space Design Project Kick-Off and Open House Workshop May 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in MU211 (feel free to come and go as your schedule permits).  Come learn about this unique collaborative design opportunity, share your thoughts and ideas regarding features you want to see in the park, and discover how you can participate in shaping our newest campus open space.  See http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/washingtonwayparkproject/

Joint Service Review: The Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review on May 1 in the Memorial Union Quad at 10 am.  This event is a long­standing tradition, which allows Cadets and Midshipmen to participate in a formal review before commissioning as officers in the various military services. The reviewing official and guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Bruce “Snake” Crandall (RET), a Medal of Honor recipient.

OSU Child Development Center Open House: Come to the OSU Child Development Center and see what we’re all about during our open house Monday, May 4, at Bates Hall. Visit and play in the classrooms, meet instructors and more! While the children enjoy a puppet show and story time, parents can learn important information about the center. Light refreshments provided. For open house times and more information, contact hunts@orst.edu or kathleen.mcdonnell@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! SciFinder & Zotero Workshops: The Spring Graduate Student & Faculty Workshop Series closes out with two more workshops. Dig in and refine your SciFinder skills with the SciFinder Workshop,  April 29, offered by Keven Seguin from Chemical Abstracts Service. Capture, manage and cite your research sources with Intro to Zotero and Intermediate/Advanced Zotero on April 30. Checkout the full workshop descriptions. Registration is encouraged but not required.

NEW! Bio & Eco Engineering Guest Seminar: Please join BEE for a special seminar on “Non-Newtonian fluids in action: a new theory for porous media characterization” with Majdi Abou Najm, and Assistant Professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut. The seminar is on Wednesday, April 29 at 9 a.m. in WB 205. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Adam Bogdanove, Cornell University, will present a seminar “Diversity of TAL effectors in nature in relation to their utility in genome editing and other DNA targeting applications” on Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Gustavo A. Bisbal, Director, Department of the Interior, NW Climate Science Center, will speak on “Cliffs Notes on the Northwest Climate Science Center,” April 29, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Why We Think Nature is Beautiful:  This presentation explains how we came to appreciate the beauty of nature in a modern sense. The story involves many developments in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences over many centuries.  Eugene C. Hargrove is the founding editor of the journal Environmental Ethic and the author of “Foundations of Environmental Ethics.” As chair of the philosophy department at the University of North Texas, he was instrumental in creating the first environmental philosophy M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the United States.  April 29 at 7 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1001.

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.

Farmer to Farmer Networking: Talking Cover Crops: Join us on April 30 from 3-5 p.m. to look at increasing soil fertility and improving soil health and biology by using cover crops.We’ll discuss which cover crops grow well in the Willamette Valley for building biomass and sequestering carbon. This tour is for any farmer on any size farm wanting to learn more about building soil heath utilizing cover crops. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP would be appreciated to reserve your spot.  RSVP on-line at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/southern-willamette-valley-program/farmer-farmer-networking-talking-cover-crops

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Courses for faculty and staff: Take advantage of academic faculty, professional faculty and classified employee courses presented by The Center for Learning & Organizational Development! These are 3-hour live sessions at no cost covering topics such as “Improving Your Performance Through Time Management,” “Professionalism and Service Recovery” and more. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 for details and to register.

Research Impacts Network: The new OSU Research Impacts Network is accepting nominations for members who want to improve processes, communication, and accessibility related to existing tools for developing high quality research impacts. For more information or to nominate yourself or a peer, follow the link to our nomination portal: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0iWh3AGDqfNxOi9 . Nominations are due by May 1.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Snell, McAlexander: Due to the installation of metering equipment on the main electrical supply to the building, there will be scheduled power shutdown at Snell Hall (MU East) and McAlexander Fieldhouse on Thursday, April 30, from 6:-8 a.m.  This will affect all electrical services.  (View Map)

Johnson Hall: As part of the Johnson Hall project, a small portion of the sidewalk on the east side of 26th Street next to Johnson Hall, will be closed April 27 – Sept. 30.

Pre-purchasing parking permits: This spring, for the first time, you have the opportunity to pre-purchase a commuter parking permit for next academic year.  This opportunity is only available to those who have a current annual parking permit for a commuter zone (not on-campus residents). Cost will not increase and permits will be valid Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016. To help you choose which zone to purchase, please review next year’s 2015-16 parking map with zones changes called out in a few lots around campus. Monday, May 4 at 8 a.m., current annual commuter-zone permit holders will have the opportunity to repurchase a permit for their current zone. Monday, May 11 at 8 a.m,, current annual commuter-zone permit holders will be able to purchase an available permit in a different zone at the same price as your current permit. For example, if you have an A2 permit, you could buy A1 or A3 if available. Monday, May 18 at 8 a.m., current annual commuter-zone permit holders may purchase a permit in any available zone. Visit the parking permits sales page to purchase your permit. For questions: 541-737-2583.

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.


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

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.

Administrative Asst. to Assoc Dean College of Business invites applications for a full-time Administrative Asst. to the Associate Dean. Posting #0014522. Closing date, April 30.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. This is a full-time position, paying $12 per hour, and a full benefit package.  For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=16905122  Please apply by May 4.

Graduate Academic Advisor – College of Business invites applications for a full-time, Graduate Academic Advisor. Posting #0014272. Closing date, May 5.

Information Technology Systems Specialist, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  Posting #0014440. For full consideration apply by May 7.  Closing date: May 28.

Information Technology Systems Specialist, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  Posting #0014440. For full consideration apply by May 7. Closing date: May 28.

Publishing Manager – The Extension & Experiment Station Communications unit invites applications for a Publishing Manager. This is a full-time, fixed-term professional faculty position ending on Dec. 31, 2015. Posting #0014534. Closes May 7.

Analyst Programmer – College of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a full-time, Analyst Programmer (comp level 1). Posting #0014454. Closing date, May 8

Academic Advisor – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Consultant-Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0014515. Closes May 8.

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.

Cook 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Cook 2 position.  Posting # 0014550.  Closes May 11.

The College of Science is seeking an Associate Dean for Strategic Initiative and Administration.  This is a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. It is an internal search only and applicants must hold the rank of tenured professor in the College of Science. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Full consideration May 11. Closes May 31. Posting #: 0014578.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Manager.  The Academic Support Manger oversees the units responsible for:  Academic and logistical student program advising, student registration, maintenance of student study plan records and communicating study plans to students, classroom scheduling, and the Learning Center operations.  For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=16905192 Apply by May 17.

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:“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ~ George R.R. Martin. Patchy fog followed by sunshine, high of 80, low of 51. Scattered showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny, high of 75, low of 45. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 67, low of 51. Showers tomorrow.

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

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