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Tuesday, April 28, 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.

Pacific Northwest’s ‘wet drought’ possible sign of future (Climate Central)

“We have an opportunity here to start thinking about our future,” Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, said.

OSU water conflict negotiator wins prize (Think Out Loud)

Aaron Wolf, geography professor at Oregon State University, has spent his career resolving conflicts over water resources around the globe. He has worked with Palestinians and Israelis to portion out the Jordan river, and will travel to Afghanistan this summer to help negotiate water treaties there.

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center ceremony Wednesday (Gazette-Times)

The final grand opening is set as Oregon State University completes its ambitious program to rebuild its four cultural centers.

Cost of multiple sclerosis drugs soaring, even for older meds (Physicians Briefing)

“The issue of astronomical drug costs, especially for newer drugs or rare conditions, is more and more common,” study author Daniel Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H., an associate professor at the Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy in Portland, said in a university news release. Currently, there are no MS drugs in the United States with a list price below $50,000 a year, which is two to three times higher than in Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom, the researchers added.

Nutrition marketing buoys canned fruit sales (Progressive Grocer)

Building on a 2012 Oregon State University (OSU) study that concluded that canned peaches are nutritional comparable to fresh, the CCPB built a shopper activation campaign to increase the purchase of canned peaches at the retail level. The three-year research and marketing program developed and “road-tested” the viability of nutrition messaging with more than 2,800 canned fruit shoppers nationwide.


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.

NEW! Prestigious Scholarship Program: Three candidates for the position of OSU Prestigious Scholarships Advisor will make public presentations this week on the topic of their vision for building a program at the university that supports student success in applications to international and national scholarships. LeAnn Adam will speak Tuesday, April 28 from 12:30  -1:30 p.m. in Weniger room 279. Monique Bourque will speak Wednesday, April 29 from 9-10 a.m. in Weniger room 275. Timothy Dolan will speak Thursday, April 30 from 1-2 p.m. in Weniger room 287.

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-  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.

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.

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.

NEW! Civil rights discussion: Join the FBI and Oregon State police for a presentation on civil rights. This is aimed at informing OSU students (including the international students) about their rights under the constitution as citizens, residents, visitors, or anyone else living in the United States. Tuesday, April 28, 5-6:30 p.m., ILLC 545.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Take Back the Night: All students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to a rally and march on Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. in the MU Quad. Support survivors of sexual assault and demonstrate that OSU is a campus that does not condone sexual violence. It will be an inspiring night filled with empowering speeches, a performance from Divine, a march around campus, and a vigil. Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

NEW! Book sale: The Division of International Programs is holding a book sale fundraiser for a colleague who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The sale will take place in University Plaza Suite 190 (across from the ILLC on Western Blvd) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday April 30.

NEW! ISOSU Night Market: The ISOSU and affiliate club organizations are hosting a night market Friday, May 1, 7-9:30 p.m., in the Student Experience Plaza. It will include performances, food, crafts, and a fundraising table to support relief efforts in Nepal following the recent earthquake. Free admission. Food tickets available at all entrances, $1 per ticket, 6 tickets for $5.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Get to know Canvas: Learn about course layout and tools in Canvas and how to add documents, links and media. We will also have an overview of assignments, quizzes and the grade book. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough Weds. April 29, 3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1OeuFTt

NEW! Spring 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Sustainability and Climate   Julia Jones, College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences, will present on “Hydrologic responses to climate change:  considering geographic context and alternative hypotheses,” Wednesday, April 29, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 207.

NEW! From Lifting Injuries Among Nurses to Needle Sticks in the Operating Room: Applying Sociological Perspectives and Methods to the Study of Worker Safety. Douglas J Myers will speak April 30, 9-10 a.m., 115 Hallie Ford Center.

NEW! Removing the Mask: Conversations on Masculinity: Panel and group discussion will focus on today’s pressures facing boys and men to mask or hide their real identities, and to participate in negative group behaviors.  Bring your lunch. Thursday, April 30, noon-1:30 p.m., MU 206. No registration is required. More information at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/104071/. Sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders.

NEW! Apparel Shopping Online: At the April 30 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Minjeong Kim of the College of Business will discuss her research on how consumers respond to online marketing. 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.

NEW! Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age:   This lecture exposes what is wrong with environmental law and offers transformational change based on the public trust doctrine. Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at UO and the author of “Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age.” Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty development funds: Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 per individual, and up to $4,400 for joint proposals in each funding cycle for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants

NEW! Intuitive use survey: The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is conducting research on the terms “intuitive use”. We are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old to complete a 10-minute, online survey. This study hopes to better understand the meaning behind the terms “intuitive use” to help designers produce better products and interfaces. To participate: http://bit.ly/1I5mKW0

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall, Winter or Spring 2015-16 release. The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application:http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/faculty-release-time. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: May 4.

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

Jefferson Way: As part of the Asian Pacific Cultural Center Grand Opening on April 29,  from noon to 7 p.m., Jefferson Way will be closed  between 26th Street and Weatherford Place. Please see map for Beaver Shuttle temporary route and event location. Access to Fairbanks lot will remain open.

26th Street: As part of the Beaver Store Mom’s Weekend Celebration,  26th Street between Jefferson Way and Ralph Miller Lane will be closed Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (View Map).

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-purchase 2015-16 parking permits: Next month, existing commuter-zone parking permit holders can purchase a parking permit for next academic year. Zone purchasing options will expand as the month goes on, beginning with Monday, May 4 when permit holders can repurchase a permit for their current zone. On Monday, May 11, permit holders can purchase an available permit in a different zone at the same price level as their current permit. Then on Monday, May 18, permit holders may purchase a permit in any available zone. Please review next year’s 2015-16 parking map to see zone changes in a few lots around campus, and visit the parking permits sales page to purchase your permit.  For questions, call 541-737-2583 or see this webpage.

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.

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: To rain or not to rain, that is the question. 50 % chance of rain today, high of 63, low of 39. Sunshine returns tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 68, low of 36. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 54, low of 40. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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