OSU Today

Wednesday, May 20, 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.

Why Does Mold Come In So Many Colors? (Popular Science)

The amazing diversity of colors produced by molds and other fungi can vary regionally, says Sara Robinson, a researcher at Oregon State University. Blues and greens are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, whereas oranges are more common in the Amazon. But the raison d’être of this rainbow of melanins, carotenoids, and other pigments isn’t always clear.

Anti-GMO measure goes down (Gazette-Times)

Benton County voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to ban genetically modified organisms on Tuesday. Supporters argued the ordinance was needed to protect organic crops from contamination by GMOs. Detractors pointed to language in the measure they said would have shut down non-food-related research involving genetic engineering at Oregon State University and local biotech companies.

Stagnant wages are a reminder the recovery isn’t complete (Oregonian)

Wages haven’t come back the same way jobs have, in Oregon or nationwide. Data issued Tuesday by the state shows Oregon private-sector workers actually earned less, on average, in April than March. “Everyone’s watching wages, and nobody’s seeing rates increase,” said Patrick Emerson, an economics professor at Oregon State University.

DNA detectives track covert Southern Ocean whaling (Sydney Morning Herald)

Somewhere in the Southern Ocean, it seems someone has been covertly catching whales. DNA detective work has tracked down meat on sale in Japan from endangered fin and sei whales that scientists say should not be there. These samples don’t match records of whales declared by Japan in its now banned Antarctic “research” program, a scientific meeting has been told. Instead, the detectives led by US scientist Scott Baker of Oregon State University conclude there has been an illegal, unreported or unregulated hunt of sei and fin whale, against the rules of the International Whaling Commission.

Rogue supports higher ed with new Oregon craft beers for PSU, OSU (Oregonian)

Rogue brewed Wasted Sea Star to raise awareness about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome – a pandemic killing millions of sea stars along the Pacific Coast and across the United States. Sea Star Wasting Syndrome is the largest marine animal disease event in recorded history, affecting sea stars in coastal habitats and aquariums alike. The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), Oregon State University, and Rogue Ales & Spirits have teamed up to address this issue and spread the word about it.

Hazing observed by about 30 percent of college marching band members, survey finds (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Nearly a third of college marching band members surveyed in a national study said they observed hazing in their programs but few reported the activities, often because of fear of retribution or loss of social standing, according to researchers. “Despite all of our efforts, the message about hazing is still not getting out there,” Jason Silveira, an assistant professor of music education at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors, said in a statement.

Developing a Nursing Robot for Ebola Patients (Robot Magazine)

Researchers at Oregon State University‘s Ebola Treatment Unit have been testing a Baxter robot to see how it might perform as a nurse.

What is the Future of Sensor Technology? (Environmental Biophysics)

Dr. John Selker, hydrologist at Oregon State University, and one of the scientists behind the Trans African Hydro and Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) project, gives his perspective on the future of sensor technology.

OSU to begin observing Veterans Day by closing campuses (Life at OSU)

This year, Oregon State University will officially begin marking the Veterans Day holiday by closing campuses. The holiday will be observed by all employees on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Due to the loss of class time, the OSU academic calendar for fall 2015 is changing for all campuses.


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 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.

TAC Workshop: Welcome to Canvas Workshop: This two hour hands-on workshop is for instructors and TA’s who are ready to set up their courses in Canvas. We will cover course layout, assignments, quizzes, communication tools, the gradebook, and organizing course material. Attendees are invited to stay for an additional hour of individual course development support. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough. May 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1ExLgcQ

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar: Dr. Andrew Patterson, Assistant Professor, Molecular Toxicology, Penn State, will present his seminar “The Gut Microbiota Modulates the Host Response to Persistent Organic Pollutants”- at noon on Wednesday, May 20, in ALS 4001.

Candidates for Assistant Director of Residential Education: Candidates will be interviewing in May. Their open forum topic will be: “Demonstrate how you would utilize the ACUHO-I Core Competencies and Professional Standards in developing supervision, training, evaluation, and professional development plans for entry-level Resident Directors.” Leslie Wallenfeldt, Wednesday, May 20, 1:15-2 p.m., Dixon Rec Center Lower Classroom. Shelly Clark, Wednesday, May 27, 1:15-2 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse Classroom (enter at the Rec Sports entrance). Drew Morgan, Friday, May 29, 1:15-2 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse Classroom (enter at the Rec Sports entrance).

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

Spring 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Sustainability and Climate: Gordon Grant, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, will present: “Where’s water? Integrating geology with hydrology to improve predictions of future streamflows in the western U.S.” Wednesday, May 20, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 207. Free and open to the public.

Marine research: David Mellinger, Associate Professor/Senior Research, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, OSU, will speak on “Marine mammal research with acoustics,” May 20, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Film – Handmade Nation: The Co (OSU’s maker fair) film series continues with this documentary about the contemporary craft movement and DIY culture across America. May 20, 6:30 p.m., Milam Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information: http://gototheco.tumblr.com/movies or email create@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

Rosenberg retirement: The OSU community is invited to attend a reception in honor of Valerie Rosenberg, Assistant Center Director of INTO OSU. Valerie will be retiring on June 1, after 25 years of service to OSU. She has served in a variety of senior leadership roles for both International Programs and INTO Oregon State University. The Provost’s Office and International Programs will host a Reception/Open House on May 21, 3-5 p.m., MU Main Lounge.

NEW! Visiting Writers Series: Author Claire Vaye Watkins will read at OSU on Friday, May 22,  at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best of the West 2011, the New York Times and elsewhere.

OSU Supplier Showcase 2015: Faculty and staff, stop by LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Supplier Showcase. 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.

Hybrid Faculty Showcase: See what’s happening with hybrid (blended) teaching and learning at OSU. Spring Hybrid Learning Community participants will share design approaches and selected elements from their planned hybrid courses. Everyone welcome! Tuesday, June 2, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in Milam 215. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/events

NEW! Summer 5k Fun Run: OSU Management Practicum’s student group is organizing a 5k run at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Memorial Union Quad. The funds raised will benefit the Red Cross Nepal Relief Fund. For more information, visit our website: http://summerfun5krun.wix.com/osu5k.

NEW! Free Fishing Day: The Oregon Hatchery Research Center will offer a free fishing day and open house from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday., June 6. A small pond stocked will be stocked with rainbow for children ages 5 and under. It will also have access for the disabled. A free shuttle will also transport anglers to nearby Thissel Pond. The event coincides with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s free fishing weekend so no licenses are necessary. Information and directions: http://bit.ly/1ee18vf

Lectures and Webinars

Distinguished Professor Lectures: The 2015 Distinguished Professors, Jon Lewis and Andy Karplus, will each hold a lecture regarding their field study on Thursday, May 21. Karplus, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, will present his lecture entitled Teaching, Teamwork, “Aha!” Moments and Peering into the World of Proteins at 9:30 a.m. Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Film Studies, will present his lecture entitled Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles at 2 p.m. The lectures will be held in room 115 of the Hallie Ford Center and are open to the public. The annual event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost to honor the accomplishments of this year’s Distinguished Professors. Information: 541-737-2111.

Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium: Marc Elie, Ph.D., will present: “Metabolomics approach to define and compare the effects of PAHs and Oxygenated PAHs in developing zebrafish.” Derik Haggard, Ph.D. candidate, will present: “Whole-genome Expression Analysis of Endocrine Active ToxCast™ Compounds in Embryonic Zebrafish.” May 21, Hallie Ford Center 115, noon – 12:30 p.m. More information from the Superfund Research Program: http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/colloquium.

NEW! Our Microbiome: At the May 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Thomas Sharpton of the Dept. of Microbiology will discuss what scientists are discovering about how our internal microbes affect health. Triad meets in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, from noon to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $11. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

Ovine lecture: Timothy Putman, Ph.D. candidate in molecular and cellular biology, will speak on “Culture-independent genome sequencing as a tool for understanding chlamydial biology,” May 21, 3:30 p.m., Magruder 200.

Support graduate instructors: ESTEME@OSU and Eric Weber will host Jess Ellis of Colorado State University, who will present her research focusing on graduate teaching assistants’ development as innovative instructors while discussing two models of Professional Development Programs that support them, as both primary instructors and recitation leaders, in enacting successful student-centered instruction. May 21, 4 p.m., Milam 215.

NEW! School of Psychological Science Spring 2015 Colloquium Series: Alyssa Raymond will speak on “Men don’t fake happy: Nonverbal (mis)communication of emotion,” May 22, 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

News for Employees

Volunteers wanted for non-alcoholic hops beverage research study (Corvallis): Prevention of oxidative DNA damage by xanthohumol. PI: Jan Frederik Stevens, PhD. Seeking healthy people aged 18-50, not pregnant, not using tobacco, willing to stop supplements and microbrew (craft) beers. This study lasts 13 weeks (3 months) and involves 6 clinic visits. You will receive up to $300. For more information or to see if you qualify, contact Sandra Uesugi, RN: 541-737-3594 or sandra.uesugi@oregonstate.edu

Door hangers: Members of Greek Life will distribute door hangers on Wednesday, May 20, with tips and information related to properly disposing of trash and resources for donating and discarding unwanted furniture, mattresses and other items, as well as request donations on behalf of the OSU Food Pantry.

Eugene to Corvallis vanpool seeks riders: Seats are available on the Eugene to Corvallis vanpool. Leaves from River Road Transit station in Eugene at 6:55 am and arrives at OSU at 7:50 a.m. Leaves OSU at 5 p.m. and arrives in Eugene at 6 p.m. Current cost is $115/month. For more information visit Valley VanPool at http://www.cwride.org/Page.asp?NavID=13 or contact the vanpool coordinator Carey.hilbert@oregonstate.edu.

Committee service volunteers: OSU faculty and classified staff are invited to volunteer for 2015-2016 committee service by completing the online form at http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0cCeh2JrJ78GpHT. This information will be provided to the various offices involved in making committee selections. Please complete the form no later than 5 p.m. May 23. If you wish to resign from current committee membership, please either contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include your name, the name of the committee from which you wish to resign, and your effective date of resignation.

NEW! Memorial Day Weekend w/Recreational Sports: Get active over Memorial Day Weekend with the help of Recreational Sports! Have an OSU ID Card? Rent outdoor gear from the Adventure Leadership Institute or consider sponsoring you and friends/family into Recreational Sports over the weekend for sand volleyball, tennis, swimming and more (daily pass rate applies)! Whatever you do over Memorial Day Weekend, make it your goal to sit less, move more!

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

2015-16 parking permits: If you have a current annual parking permit, you may now purchase a permit for next academic year in any available commuter zone. The 2015-16 parking map shows zone changes around campus. To purchase your permit, please visit the parking permits sales page. If you have questions, please explore this webpage or call Parking Services at 541-737-2583.


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

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.

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 22.

Benefits Consultant – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Benefits Consultant. Posting # 0014749. Closes May 22.

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.

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. Closes May 24.

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.

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 25.

Administrative Program Assistant- The College of Public Health and Human Sciences Advising Office invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0014761. Closes May 25.

Associate Director-Facilities Maintenance & Construction: University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Associate Director position for the UHDS Facilities Maintenance & Construction unit. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Posting #0014585. Closes May 25.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for several full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Cook 1 positions for Dining Services. Posting #0014723. Closes May 25.

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.

Administrative Program Specialist – The Morrow County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0014768. Closes May 25.

Academic Success Coordinator – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Success Coordinator position. Posting #0014800. Closes June 15. For full consideration, please apply by May 26.

Accountant 1 – The Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time, Accountant 1. Posting #0014434 Closing date, May 28.

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

Accountant 2- Oregon State University (OSU) The Office of Post Awards invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Accountant 2 position. Position # 0014799 . The posting closes May 29.

Office Manager 1– The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics is seeking an Office Manager 1. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0014807. Closes May 29.

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 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. Closes May 31. Posting #0014578.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies – The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies position. Posting # 0014801. Closes for full consideration June 3.

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.

Nuclear Reactor Operator – The Radiation Center invites applications for a full-time, Nuclear Reactor Operator. Posting #0014168 has been reopened to expand the original applicant pool. Closing date, June 6.

Director of Academic Programs, INTO OSU – The OSU Division of International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of Academic Programs, INTO OSU position. This is an OSU position, reporting to the Vice Provost for International Programs and with day-to-day collaboration with the INTO OSU Executive Director. The position resides in the INTO OSU Center. Posting #0014815. Closes for full consideration June 12. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

The Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a Communications Manager. This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0014770. Closes June 15.

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.

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: “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” ~ Lucille Ball. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. High of 74, low of 56.

Central Oregon: Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 65, low near 48.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57, low around 52.

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

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