OSU Today

Monday, May 11, 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.

New study finds high hydrocarbon-based pollution from drilling in Carroll County air samples (Akron Beacon Journal)

Drilling in Ohio’s Utica Shale is contributing to air pollution in Carroll County and could raise the health threat and cancer risk to residents, according to researchers involved in a new study. But the number of air samples collected by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University is too small to determine the risk from the hydrocarbon-based compounds, and additional testing is recommended.

Steve Duin: Corvallis-Katmandu connection brings relief for Nepal (Oregonian)

She grew up in the lobby of the Jaljala Cinema Hall in Biratnagar, her parents bringing the best of Bollywood to southeast Nepal. On an international research fellowship through Portland’s World Forestry Center, Maskey felt desperately isolated in the aftermath of the quake. She called Dr. Marie Long, a neurosurgeon at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, whom she met while earning a Masters degree at Oregon State University.

New group formed to examine OSU-city relations (Gazette-Times)

A new panel that will look at relations between the city of Corvallis and Oregon State University holds its first meeting Monday night. The Community Relations Advisory Group convenes at 7 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room. City-OSU relations previously had been guided by the Collaboration Corvallis project, but that three-year effort expired at the end of December and the new group is designed to help continue the collaboration work.

Why more than 15,000 dolphins have been killed in Solomon Island drive hunts (Washington Post)

“There has been an increased commercialization of the teeth, and that’s a little troubling,” said study coauthor Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. As the traditional hunt gains a commercial value, it “drives a type of unsustainable exploitation.” (see also Radio New Zealand)

OSU says McDonald Forest doesn’t pose risk to pets (San Francisco Chronicle)

Officials at Oregon State University say McDonald Forest north of Corvallis does not pose special risk to pets and the area remains open to the public.

Legislators grapple with medical marijuana laws (Register-Guard)

The only recent study of the program, conducted in 2014 by Oregon State University instructor Seth Crawford through anonymous surveys of farmers, found that licensed medical marijuana growers produce three to five times more marijuana than Oregon’s total estimated marijuana demand of about 140,000 pounds a year. That’s a crop with an annual value of $1 billion, Crawford estimates, for a medical program market that, legally, is not supposed to generate profits for anyone.

Improved way to assess cancer risk of pollutants (Phys. Org)

Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a faster, more accurate method to assess cancer risk from certain common environmental pollutants

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-cancer-pollutants.html#jCp

FAA picks team for drone research (Bend Bulletin)

OSU among 15 universities to work on unmanned aerial systems.

Forging ahead: OSU Blacksmithing Club members honing skills after initial success (Gazette-Times)

Lottsfeldt is a member of the Oregon State University Blacksmithing Club, whose members are attempting to make knives that replicate Damascus steel, a type of blade famous for its mottled patterns, strength and toughness.

Random review: OSU professor to discuss family saga (Gazette-Times)

Jonathan Katz, professor of history at Oregon State University will review “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century” by David Laskin, at noon May 13 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Women’s health event encourages getting back to the basics (Coos Bay World)

“It just keeps getting worse and worse and worse,” said Stephanie Polizzi, a health coalition member and registered dietitian with Oregon State University Extension Health and Wellness. “Heart disease and cancer are really our biggest issues here in Coos County, but the real issue for me is that we can heal a lot of these chronic diseases if we feed people the right food. Unfortunately, people don’t believe it.


Finalists for the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life: Candidates will be interviewing on campus between May 11- 18. This position provides overall leadership for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life (CFSL) and has primary responsibility for advancing and enhancing the OSU Greek Community. Public presentations are as follows: Troy Bartels, May 11, 9:30-10:15 a.m. MU 206; Leslie Schacht, May 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m., MU 213; Travis Smith, May 18, 9:30-10:15 a.m., MU 213.

All There is to C: A Vitamin C Webinar Are you interested in sorting the facts from the myths and learning more about the latest vitamin C research? The Linus Pauling Institute is hosting a free online seminar provided by our resident vitamin C expert, Alexander Michels. The presentation will be hosted at live.oregonstate.edu  May 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Join the online discussion and ask questions about vitamin C for our expert to answer.  More information is available at: lpi.oregonstate.edu/webinar

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon – 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Random Review: Jonathan Katz, professor of history at Oregon State University will review “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century” by David Laskin, at noon May 13 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The session runs from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

NEW! May Repair Fair: Wednesday, May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store (644 S.W. 13th Street). 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. fire starters, reattaching buttons and bicycle flat and chain repair. See the schedule and list of repair skills at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

2015 PFLA Spring Celebration: Please join us at the Student Experience Center Plaza for a spring celebration featuring Oregon wines and brews paired with regional delectables. May 14, 5 – 6:30 p.m. $15 fee includes wine tasting and appetizers. Cash bar available for brews and wine by the glass. Guests are welcome. Checks and cash are due with registration.  RSVP Here by May 11. Questions? Melissa Elmore or 7-3326.

OSU Community Day of Service – May 16:  Join OSU alumni and friends as we give back to our community during the annual OSU Community Day of Service. This year we will be at MLK, JR. park from 9 a.m.- noon. Please register so we know how many people to expect and bring the family.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Baltimore:  Black(s) and Blue(s): This current events ‘flash’ panel with Prof’s Crystal Boson (WGSS), Marisa Chappell (HST), Stacey Smith (HST), and Joseph Orosco (PHL) is designed to help us all make some sense of the issues and place them within the context of the ongoing national narrative surrounding racial inequality and direct action.  Get more details and join the event on Facebook.   Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m. in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.

NEW! Lonseth Lecture: Harold Parks, Oregon State University, will discuss “Plateau’s Problem and the Geometry of Soap Films,” Tuesday, May 12, 4-5 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. An awards ceremony will precede the lecture at 3:30 p.m. By dipping a wire frame in a soap solution, one can often produce a soap film spanning the frame. That soap film will have the smallest area among nearby surfaces that also span the frame. The mathematical model for this type of surface is a minimal surface. Plateau’s problem is to show the existence of a minimal surface with a given boundary. This lecture will discuss the history of Plateau’s problem, its solution, and the people involved in solving it.

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! SEMI- CSMC Webinar: SEMI Chemicals and Gases Manufacturers Group and the CSMC host webinar: “Enabling EUV Lithography with Metal Oxide Resists”, Speakers are Doug Keszler (OSU) and Andrew Greenville (Inpria), Wednesday May 13, 10 a.m. Free for SEMI members and students, $25 for non-members. Register: http://www.semi.org/en/node/55341 or drop in Gilbert 324 for viewing.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Susan Tilton, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, will present a seminar “An integrative systems toxicology approach to understanding environmental risk factors in lung disease” on Wednesday, May 13, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: David Mellinger, Associate Professor/Senior Research, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, OSU, Newport, will speak on “Marine mammal research with acoustics,” May 13, 4 – 4:50 p.m.,  Nash 206.

NEW! WIC Spring Lunch Series:  Using Canvas Tools in a Writing Intensive Course.  Faculty are invited to the final WIC Spring Lunch Friday, May 15, noon-1 p.m., Milam 215, featuring Karen Watte, Ecampus; Sara Jameson, SWLF; and Brooke Howland, TAC/CTL.  Each presenter will discuss two Canvas tools that can be used in a writing intensive course to more effectively help students in the writing, feedback, and revising process.  Register by noon on May 14.

Candidates for director of the Orange Media Network: 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. Brett Fera – Tuesday, May 12- 9-10 a.m.; Candace Baltz – Friday May 15 -9-10 a.m.

NSF graduate fellowship: The OSU Graduate School is hosting an Informational Session about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) at OSU on May 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Auditorium (LPSC 125). Seating is limited.  Register Here. Click here for more information.

Advanced Manufacturing of Smart Goods: Attend this two-day OSU-led NSF Workshop to identify research needs for the manufacturing of “smart goods.” Experts from organizations including Google and Amazon will discuss emerging markets, user needs and manufacturing challenges associated with smart goods. @ Embassy Suites Downtown, Portland, Oregon. May 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 15, 2015, 8 a.m. to noon, Cost to register: $155.

News for Employees

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Suspicious Objects & Bomb Threats:  Bomb threats suspicious objects, and bombs are meant to disrupt normal activities and cause fear in populations.  With pre-planning, you can remain calm and be knowledgeable of what to do in order to part of an effective response.  Take time to review and share the Suspicious Objects & Bomb Threats preparedness flyer with your family, staff, students, and friends.  Copies of the flyer can be downloaded at:  http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/resources1

NEW! OSU TAG programs – Registration is still being accepted for Adventures in Learning, OSU’s summer program for talented, gifted and highly able students who are entering grades six and seven.  Outside the Box, for students who will be eighth and ninth graders, is also still accepting students. Both full-day programs will be held July 6 – 17 on the OSU campus.  See oregonstate.edu/precollege/ail and oregonstate.edu/precollege/box for details.

NEW! OSU TAG programs– Registrations are still being accepted for Expeditions, OSU’s summer program for talented, gifted and highly able students who are entering grades four and five in the fall.  A morning program, it will be held July 6 – 17 at Cheldelin Middle School. A transportation option to KidSpirit is available for the afternoons. oregonstate.edu/precollege/expeditions

NEW! Recreational Sports Spring Half Term Memberships Now Available for Purchase: It’s never too late to get active! Recreational Sports is excited to support your health and wellness goals! Consider purchasing a half-term membership to Recreational Sports, valid from date of purchase until June 19. The cost of a half term membership is only $41 (faculty/staff/associates/affiliates/dependents) and $34 (student affiliates/dependents). Did you know that you likely qualify for a wellness reimbursement? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a personal tour of Recreational Sports facilities or with questions.

BEE’s 2015 Spring Photo Contest: Open to everyone. Theme: Engineering Nature. Submit up to 5 photos for your chance to win a Pro 5-in-1 Color Weather Station or one of the new Polaroid Cubes (with accessories). Submission Deadline is May 15. See BEE’s website for rules and photo requirement. Submit your photo today to Jennifer.cohen@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Cascade Hall: As part of the Cascade Hall INTO Project, six parking spaces located in the Cascade Hall East Lot (View Map) will be closed on Monday, May 11 from 7 a.m.-noon for the set up of a crane.

Natural gas shutdown: As part of the seismic valve upgrade project, natural gas will be shutdown to the below listed buildings May 11 – 18.  This will affect all heating, cooling and equipment utilizing natural gas. May 11:  Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Administration, Oak Creek Building, Clark Laboratory. May 12: Adams Hall, Apiary Complex, Gill Coliseum. May 13:  Crew Facility, Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Lab, Cascade Hall. May 14: West Greenhouse, Farm Services, Aero Engineering Lab. May 15: Seed Lab, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Dryden Hall, Navy ROTC Armory. May 18: Nypro Building, Ocean Observing Center, OSU Foundation Center, Azalea House.

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.


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

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.

Administrative Program Specialist, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a part-time (approximately 26 hours per week) Administrative Program Specialist position for the Department of Chemistry.  Posting # 0014665. Closing date is May 15.

Administrative Assistant To – Environmental & Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant To position. Posting #0014674. Closes May 15.

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.

Property Specialist 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Property Specialist 1 position in Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014722. Closes May 18.

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.

Classified – Information Technology Consultant – Comp Level 1 School of Design and Human Environment in the College of Business invites applications for a full-time Info Tech Consult Position. Posting #0014702. Closing date, May 19.

Custodial Services Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Custodial Services Coordinator. Posting # 0014705. Closes May 20.

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.

Custodian – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Custodian position. Posting # 0014734. Closes May 21.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-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.

Office Specialist 2 –  Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)  is recruiting to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 (Enrollment Specialist) position at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0014710 to apply. Posting closes May 24.

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.

Information Technology Systems Specialist, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  Posting #0014440. Closes May 28.

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.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association is searching for a Regional Network Director to lead and manage alumni activities and networks in the northwest and southern California. This position will be based in Portland.   View the position description at  www.osualum.com/jobs.  Apply to osualum@oregonstate.edu  with a resume and cover letter by June 1.

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.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Associate Dean. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0014729. For full consideration, apply by June 15. Closes June 30.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor- Forest Harvesting- The Dept. of Forest Engineering Resources & Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Forest Harvesting. Posting #0014131. Final closing date June 15.

Assistant to Associate Dean College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assist. to the Assoc. Dean. Posting #0014703. For full consideration apply by June 15. Closing date, July 1.

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: I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.” ~ GIllian Anderson.  Showers today and rain tonight, high of 62, low of 49. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 38. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers, high of 53, low of 48. Showers tomorrow.

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

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