OSU Today

Monday, May 4, 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.

Rainforests and savannas at risk of becoming ’empty landscapes’ (Daily Mail)

Study leader Professor William Ripple, of Oregon State University in the US, said: ‘I expected that habitat change would be the main factor causing the endangerment of large herbivores. ‘But surprisingly, the results show that the two main factors in herbivore declines are hunting by humans and habitat change. They are twin threats. (see also Discovery NewsInternational Business Times, Irish Independent)

Massive underwater volcano erupts (Nature)

“That’s when the e-mails started flying,” says William Chadwick, a geologist at Oregon State University and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Newport, Oregon. Now, data from seven Axial seismometers are streaming to researchers via the website of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology in Washington DC. (see also Live ScienceScientific American, Christian Science Monitor)

OSU President on OSU-Cascades: ‘This is going to happen’ (OPB)

Ray asked OSU supporters to be more visible and vocal in standing behind plans for OSU-Cascades. His visit was on the same day as a land-use board hearing in the legal challenge of OSU’s Bend-based four-year university.

OSU researchers take robot for walk in the park (OPB)

With excitement akin to a baby’s first steps, Oregon State University researchers took a walk in the park with the bipedal robot ATRIAS. (see also Science World Report, The Blaze)

When have wolves made a ‘recovery?’ It depends on your definition (OPB)

Wolf counts seem like a simplistic way to quantify species recovery. Is there another way to think about this?  Definitely. And much of that thinking is coming out of Oregon State University through the work of Ecologist Bill Ripple.

Children with disabilities take the controls and move on their own with ‘Go Baby Go’ cars (Oregonian)

“Right now there is no commercially available powered wheelchair for young children,” said Sam Logan, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Opportunities for women grow within Lane County craft beer industry (Register-Guard)

Emily Rinck is a newcomer to the craft beer industry. Her interest was sparked, she said, when she was working on her bachelor’s degree in horticulture at Oregon State University and interned in the hops program.

OSU Timbersport Champ heads to national championship (KVAL)

An Oregon State University Student is headed to Nationals next month to prove he’s the best collegiate logger in the country.

What would be your last meal? For 600 executed prisoners, one painter memorializes their answers (Huffington Post)

The name of this man and the crime he committed is discoverable within a few clicks on Google. But that would be missing the point, according to Julie Green, an art professor at Oregon State University.

Researchers: Vineyards may face increased pest pressure (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s Wine Research Institute issued a warning saying wine grape growers can expect increased pressure from brown marmorated stinkbugs in particular and spotted wing drosophila to a lesser degree.

10 tips to growing sweet potatoes: Get the soil hot (Oregonian)

“It took us weeks to do,” said Jordan, a volunteer Master Gardener with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “I’ve probably planted more sweet potatoes than anyone you’ll meet. I have great respect for sweet potatoes.”

Outlook: Fully CommittedTo improve retention, keep your road warrior fundraisers better connected to campus (CASE Currents Magazine)

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) cited the OSU Foundation in the recent edition of its magazine Currents. In her article “Outlook: Fully Committed,” author Arminda Lathrop highlights the effects of university affinity on retention of major gift officers. Quoting Shawn Scoville, executive vice president of the foundation, she writes, “The OSU Foundation’s culture promotes civility, teamwork, productivity, and continuous improvement, while working to recruit and retain staff at all levels.” Lathrop states that the OSU Foundation’s average tenure for major gift officers is seven years, in a profession where the average tenure of gift officers is 18 to 24 months nationally.

Oregon horse diagnosed with equine herpes virus (Capital Press)

A horse from a Marion County, Ore., stable was diagnosed with contagious Equine Herpes Virus, and veterinarians warn horse owners to watch for neurologic symptoms in their animals. The horse was treated at Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital. Twenty other horses at the Marion County stable were quarantined.

Showing mom the ropes (Gazette-Times)

While most Oregon State University moms were enjoying brunch, going to art shows or watching entertainment on the Memorial Union quad, Tammie Neve of Corvallis was trying to balance on a wooden beam narrower than her shoes 30 feet in the air.


NEW! Book sale continued: The Division of International Programs is extending its book sale fundraiser for a colleague who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The sale will continue through Monday, May 4 until 5 p.m. in University Plaza Suite 190 (across from the ILLC on Western Blvd).  Come by and browse – there are lots of interesting items from every genre waiting to be enjoyed.

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.

Labyrinth: Members of the OSU community are invited to an Open Labyrinth Walk Monday, May 4, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. in MU Room 49 / Horizon Room (new multipurpose room on the mezzanine level of MU).  Claim some time for this moving form of meditation and/or prayer.  Hosted by United Campus Ministry at OSU.

Assistant Professor of Architecture & Wood Design: Wood Science & Engineering hosts Timothy Adekunle, candidate, who will give a teaching seminar on “Building performance evaluation: a reliable approach to promoting an understanding of innovative renewable materials in buildings” with a focus on collaboration between College of Forestry & UO School of Architecture.  May 4 from 3-4 p.m. in Richardson Hall 107, reception afterward.

Our Common Sensorium: Rhetoric, Pathe, and Movements of the Social — What is it that moves when we talk about a “social movement?” In this talk, Tim Jensen, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, and Assistant Professor and Director of Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, presents a rhetorical history of collective environmental guilt, and argues that when we understand how our emotions are crafted at a collective level, we are better equipped to facilitate social change. Monday, May 4, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

 26th Annual Yunker Physics Lecture: Prof. Howard Stone, Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, will speak about “Fascinations with Fluids and Flows”, Monday, May 4, from 5-6 p.m., in 151 Weniger Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit: http://physics.oregonstate.edu/events-Yunker.

Glass art exhibit and reception at The LaSells Stewart CenterNow on display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Glass Act: OSU MUCC Glass Guild and His and Hers—Recent Works by Michael and Billie Moore. A public art reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be held on May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display until May 29. Standard exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information on our website.

NEW! Scholars’ Insights Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition: Join us in this fast-paced research competition, where graduate students are challenged to advance a compelling presentation on their thesis or project topic and its significance in just three minutes, with prizes up to $1,000. Event will be held Wednesday, May 6 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. Visit: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/insights

NEW! ESTEME@OSU Spring Food, Faculty, and Fun: Monday, May 11 in Milam 215 from 5 – 7 p.m., ESTEME@OSU will host their Spring Food, Faculty, and Fun— an informal showcase and discussion of what different STEM units around campus do to provide graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants with training, orientation, and support for their teaching assignments. Please RSVP at the following link: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wCsI8sCKEBNjMx.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! 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 May 6 from 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in MU213 with candidate Kenneth Lowe, Jr. and on May 7 from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. in MU206 with candidate Chad Zimmerman. For accommodations related to disability please contact deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748.

NEW! Black Citizenship in Crisis: World War I and Its Aftermath:  World War I supplied a new field in the battle for freedom rights.  Nearly four decades after the end of Reconstruction, African Americans still sought the basic rights of American citizens, and they pushed their fellow Americans to make the world safe for democracy at home as well as abroad. Adriane Lentz-Smith is an Associate Professor of History at Duke University. Her most recent book is “Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I.” Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Meeting Room.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, will speak on “Which animals do we choose to save?” May 6, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Candidates for director of the Orange Media Network: Candidates for director of the Oregon Media Network (formerly Student Media) will have public presentations and a Q&A session in May. All four forums will be held at the Memorial Union in room 206. Vicki Menard – May 5  – 9-10 a.m.; Eric Fidler – Thursday, May 7 – 9-10 a.m.; Brett Fera – Tuesday, May 12- 9-10 a.m.; Candace Baltz – Friday May 15 -9-10 a.m.

Forum on extension process for sponsored awards: The Offices of Post Award Administration, Sponsored Programs, and Commercialization and Corporate Development will be holding an open forum on Tuesday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in Memorial Union Room 208 to announce and explain changes being made to the no-cost extension process on sponsored awards. Representatives from all offices will be on hand to explain the changes, meant to simplify and expedite the process, and answer any further questions that faculty and staff may have. For accommodations for disabilities and further information, contact Lisa Silbernagel in OPAA at 737-9585 or lisa.silbernagel@oregonstate.edu.

Cooperative Open Reporting Environment: The Business Intelligence Center (BIC) is offering two Cooperative Open Reporting Environment (CORE) Update Sessions next week. The two sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – noon in the MU Horizon Room on May 5 and May 6. Refreshments will be served and the presentation content will be similar both days. Issues or questions can be submitted ahead of the presentation dates. The session will be recorded and available for viewing no later than Monday, May 11. Pre-registration for the CORE Update is not required but very helpful, CORE Update Sessions – May 5 & 6, 2015.

Ph. D. candidate seminar: “Optimizing reservoir operations to adapt to 21st century expectations of climate and social change in the Willamette River Basin, Oregon,:  Presenter: Kathleen Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Geography, Doctoral Advisors Julia Jones (Geography, CEOAS) and William Jaeger (Applied Economics). Tuesday, May 5, noon-1 p.m., OSU Campus in Kidder 202, online at http://live.oregonstate.edu.

Future of RNAi in Pest Management, Using Nature to Treat Nature: This seminar will be presented by Wayne Hunter, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, US Horticultural Research Lab, FL. Dr. Hunter, a leading authority on insect vectors of plant diseases, insect genomics, and RNAi, has led the first large-scale field evaluation of RNAi technology for improving honey bee health. May 5, 1 to 2 p.m., ALS 4000.

 Behind the Oregon Legislature: The Oregon State University Alumni Association, Government Relations and the Political Science Program invite you to Behind the Oregon Legislature, a collaborative event designed to inform OSU students and alumni about career and volunteer opportunities with the Oregon legislature, May 7 in Salem. Panelists from the Oregon Legislature will be in attendance to share their experience and advice for prospective job seekers / volunteers and answer any career related questions. Go to www.osualum.com/ORLeg for more information and to register.

Final reminder for 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 more information,  contact Susan Atkisson.

News for Employees

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.  Register online here.

L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Funds Applications extended to 5 pm, Friday, May 15: 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

OSU Lacrosse program: The Oregon State Men’s Lacrosse program is experiencing an unprecedented season in 2015. The team has just completed an undefeated regular season for the first time in OSU history, and is currently ranked 4th in nation.  The team is funded almost exclusively through player dues and the donations of families, friends and alumni. In order for OSU to participate in the MCLA National Championship Tournament, the program needs financial support. The team is seeking donations to offset the costs associated with traveling to and from the competitions. The tax-deductible donations can be made at http://proj.at/1P7jQQt

Study on balance and toe and foot strength: A study being conducted in the School of Population & Biological Health Sciences is seeking people between the ages of 50-75 who regularly practice yoga or those who are not regular exercisers. The study will compare the relationship of toe and foot strength to balance. Participants would be required to make one visit to the lab.  If interested, please contact Adam Eisner at 916-214-8420 or email at eisnera@onid.oregonstate.edu.

Graduate Diversity recruitment bonus: Second call for this award for the 2015-16 award year: Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus Deadline for Nominations is Monday, May 11, 5 p.m. Information and Nomination Instructions:  http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/finance/awards/graduate-diversity-recruitment-bonus. To see a matrix of all scholarships/fellowships administered by the Graduate School, click here:  2015-16 Scholarships and Fellowships.

Student research grant: Now accepting applications for Wage and Research grants for FY16.  The cooperative student-faculty Sustainability Research Grant was established to support student research with an applied focus to encourage change in our own community. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly impact the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the Corvallis campus.  See


PCOSW Scholarship Applications: Applications for PCOSW scholarships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, or PCOSW, provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities, as well as individuals conducting research related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. The deadline is Friday May 1, with notification in Week 7. Information: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships

2015 Commencement Human Interest Stories: In an effort to personalize the annual Commencement Ceremony, President Ray includes 3-4 human interest stories of personal achievement of our graduating students that he will highlight during his Commencement address.  There are many untold stories of personal achievement and great accomplishments of our students.  To nominate a student, please submit completed form to Amy.Roos@oregonstate.edu no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 6. Selected students and their nominators will be notified during the week of May 25 or earlier.  Additional information and instructions can be found online at 2015 Human Interest Stories.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Pre-purchase 2015-16 parking permits: Existing commuter-zone parking permit holders can purchase a parking permit for next academic year this month. 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.

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.

Analyst Programmer – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time, Analyst Programmer (comp level 3). Posting 0014586. Closing date, May 7.

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.

Office Specialist 2– The Career Development Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0014650. Closes May 11.

Associate Program Manager – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Program Manager position. Posting #0014612. Closes June 15.  For full consideration, applications should be received by May 11.

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.

Capital Programming Manager. Capital Planning and Development is seeking a Capital Programming Manager. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The Capital Programming Manager has primary responsibility for project planning at all OSU statewide locations and all project planning levels from project definition, pre-design planning through design and assists in the evaluation and establishment of campus standards for project definition, planning, design and methods of project delivery. Posting #0014587. Closes May 15.

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.

Office Specialist 2 –  The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) is recruiting for a part-time, (.50 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0014627. Closes May 16.

Oregon State University is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Division of University Outreach & Engagement.  This Manager will be accountable for developing and implementing communications and marketing aimed at enhancing the reputation and broad awareness of the Division. Posting #0014583. Full consideration date: May 17. Closes May 24.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Charge Nurse, Posting #0014621  Closes May 18.

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.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Physical Therapist, Posting #0014645.  Closes May 22.

Administrative Program Specialist: Capital Planning & Development is recruiting for one full-time Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting # 0014638. Closes May 22.

International Program Consultant – The Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Program Consultant position. Posting #0014611. Closes May 24.

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. Closes May 30.

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:  “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”–  Susan J. Bissonette. Sunny today, high of 68, low of 43 with a chance of showers by evening. Scattered showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny, high of 73, low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of 57, low of 45. Showers likely tomorrow. 

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

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