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Tuesday, May 5, 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.

Axial seamount still erupting, researchers to visit area in summer by ship to confirm eruption (International Business Times)

Bill Chadwick, geologist of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University, and Scott Nooner, geologist at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, discovered Axial’s last eruption in April 2011 by accident while they were on a routine expedition in late July. A robotic instrument deployed to explore the area showed fresh lava over 12 feet thick in some places. (see also KVAL)

Collateral damage: Backers say M2-89 would only ban GMO crops, but OSU researchers fear it would hurt them too (Gazette-Times)

In his third-floor laboratory in Richardson Hall, Oregon State University forestry professor Steven Strauss shows off his latest creation: genetically engineered poplar trees that can be propagated in a Petri dish but are incapable of reproducing in the field. (see also Register-Guard, Modesto Bee, Kansas City Star)

A decline in herbivore population will result in an empty landscape, new study reveals (International Business Times)

The study, headed by Professor William Ripple of Oregon State University, also reviews how hunting, habitat loss, and intrusion by humans contribute to the extinction of large herbivores. This extinction will ultimately affect the ecosystems, which can be detrimental to other species that benefit from the presence of these herbivores. (see also New Hampshire Public Radio)

Gaining insight on East German culture through film and literature (KGOU)

East Germany did begin producing motion pictures before it officially broke away from West Germany. The films initially were rooted in similar cinematic traditions, says Oregon State University German language professor and world culture scholar Sebastian Heiduschke. He says when the Berlin Wall went up, the similarities between East and West German filmmaking began to disappear.

Growing better fruits and vegetables (Voice of America)

Jim Myers is a plant breeder at Oregon State University. He says he does traditional breeding. He says there is enough genetic variation to work with. He tries to create fruits and vegetables that taste good but also have resistance to disease, can be stored for a long time and can be shipped without being damaged.

Two legged robot takes a walk in a lumpy garden, gets hit with a barrage of balls (Robot Magazine)

Researchers at Oregon State University took their two-legged robot out for a field test last week, in an actual field. The ground selected was intentionally uneven, to see if the robot, named ATRIAS, would be able to keep its balance while walking about 3 miles per hour and being hit with a ball. It did. ATRIAS moved across changing terrain and went up and down slopes, with only a few fumbles. (see also Popular Mechanics)

OSU students receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants (LIFE@OSU)

Several Oregon State University students have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to travel to Malta, Germany, and Trinidad & Tobago to conduct research or teach.

Student awards (LIFE@OSU)

Several OSU students have received language scholarships.

Equine herpes virus now detected in four Oregon horses (KTVZ)

The second horse that developed neurological symptoms resided at a stable in Polk County with about 40 other horses and was taken to the Large Animal Hospital at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine over the weekend.


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. 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. 

NEW! Biomedical event: The Bioscience and Technology club is partnering with BMES to host a large scale biomedical event today, May 5, in the MU Horizon Room. From 5-5:30 p.m. there will be a poster session of research at OSU pertaining to medical engineering. From 5:40-6:30 p.m. there will be a panel event for students to discuss industry and career advice with industry representatives. Networking takes place from 6:30-7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Wrenched: the movie: The film Wrenched: The Legacy of Edward Abbey captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West. Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E auditorium.

NEW! Library undergraduate research awards: An awards ceremony for the two winners of the 2014 Library Undergraduate Research Awards (LURA) will be held in the Valley Library Rotunda on May 20 from 2-4 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony. Andrew Osborn’s winning paper is “Investigations of Pactamycin Biosynthesis.” Jenna Proctor’s winning paper is “The Great Hall: A Story of Promise, Lost Opportunity and the Plight of the Liberal Arts.” Andrew Su’s paper, “The Atlantic Theatre: Why the British Stopped Confederate Shipbuilding in Great Britain,” received an honorable mention. The award winners will give short talks. Both winners receive a $1,000 scholarship for their research papers: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/2015-lura-winners

NEW! Auditions for Romeo & Juliet: Auditions will be held May 17 through May 19 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s quintessential tragedy of star-crossed lovers, “Romeo and Juliet.” The spring auditions are to cast 12 principal roles for the production, which will be performed in November. Another round of auditions to fill out the cast will be held in September. Those cast for principal roles will rehearse individually until the end of the spring term, with rehearsals resuming in the fall. Auditions will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre. Tryouts will consist of group readings from the script. Participants also will be asked to prepare a short, one-minute monologue from any Shakespeare play. The monologue does not need to be memorized.

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.

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

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! Spring 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Sustainability and Climate: Reed Maxwell, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, will present “Connections in the hydrologic cycle: how anthropogenic stresses impact feedbacks, sensitivity and sustainability” on Wednesday, May 6, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 207.

NEW! Lunch with the President: Oregon State University President Ed Ray will join OSU’s three professional organizations for lunch at noon Thursday in the MU, room 211. He will provide brief remarks, answer questions and and welcome comments from participants. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. The meeting hosted by the Association of Office Professionals, the Professional Faculty Leadership Association and Triad. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

NEW! Incorporate Hybrid/Blended Elements in the Courses You Teach: Hands-on workshop offered on Thursday, May 7, 2 to 3 p.m., in Milam 215. All faculty and GTAs are welcome to learn about best practices in hybrid teaching, and explore techniques to redesign courses to integrate in-class and online learning activities.  Register or contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW! Distinguished Visiting Lecture: Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will give a free public lecture on “Tracing Arctic climate evolution: From a forested Arctic to the present,” May 12, with a 5:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. lecture in The LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Info: ceoas.oregonstate.edu/features/brigham-grette/

NEW! TAC Workshop: Collaboration Tools in Canvas: Canvas has many features to encourage student interaction. We’ll take a hands-on tour of Groups, Collaborations, Discussions, Chat and Conferences. The workshop will be approximately 2 hours; attendees are invited to stay for an additional hour of individual course development support. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough. May 7, 2-5 p.m.. Register here: http://bit.ly/1Oephzt

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.

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.

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.

 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

Procurement Presents OSU Supplier Showcase 2015: Just a reminder for faculty and staff to stop by LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This updated event 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, Benny Beaver, and a chance to win door prizes.

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


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.

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.

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 – School 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.

Extension 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator: Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.75 FTE, fixed-term, Extension 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator to oversee a research intervention and implement curriculum to engage youth in advocating for healthy snacks in Union County schools and food stores. Posting #0014648. Closes May 15.

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.

Administrative Program Specialist – The Morrow County Extension Office in Heppner, Oregon invites applications for a part-time (.70 FTE), 12-month Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting #0014639. Closes May 20.

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.

Office Specialist 2– The Career Development Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0014657. Closes May 25.

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.

Acquisitions & Collections Maintenance Unit Manager – The Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Acquisitions & Collections Maintenance Unit Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian and OSU Press Director. Posting #0014686  . Closes June 4.

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.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013984. Closes Dec. 31, 2015.

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: “And a bird overhead sang Follow, And a bird to the right sang Here; And the arch of the leaves was hollow, And the meaning of May was clear.” ~ Algernon Charles Swinburne. Chance of showers today, high of 61, low of 41. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 59, low of 33. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 54, 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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