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Wednesday, May 27, 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.

OSU names new VP for research (Gazette-Times)

Cynthia Sagers, an evolutionary ecologist who currently serves as associate vice provost for research and economic development at the University of Arkansas, will be the next head of OSU’s research enterprise, which last year brought in $285 million worth of grants and contracts. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Cherry raincoat (Oregon Business)

Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.

These essential, astronomically expensive drugs are the perfect example of our broken healthcare system (Business Insider)

“We saw a pattern of the existing therapies increasing their prices to meet the prices of the new therapies within a couple years or so,” study authorDaniel Hartung of Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy told Business Insider. Instead of a downward race to offer better prices and beat the competition, manufacturers seemed to see each new drug as an example of how much more they could be charging.

Study finds shade, cover can reduce bird predation on trout (Phys Org)

“We’re able to tell fisheries managers that they may be able to increase their trout population by 12 percent – and it may be higher,” said Penaluna, who led the research as a doctoral student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. “It is possible that adding shade and cover to small streams may help protect trout against other predators as well.”

Impending Cascadia earthquake: It will take 50 years to prepare (News-Guard)

Developing the resilience to withstand a massive earthquake along the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone is the responsibility of public agencies, private businesses and individuals, and that work should be under way now, Oregon State University’s Scott Ashford has advised Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

Crash course: A debilitating vehicle accident sent Dick Weinman in a new direction (Gazette-Times)

Dick Weinman is as busy as ever. It’s just a different kind of busy. The Oregon State University professor emeritus, 82, helps third-graders at Adams Elementary School with their writing and reading. He participates in Reader’s Theatre events at the Majestic (you can see him June 28 as Dodge in Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child.”)

Kiddie Trouble: A Pearl District Childcare Center comes under scrutiny for lack of staffing (Willamette Week)

Bobbie Weber, a faculty research associate at the Family Policy Program at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Science, says there’s a reason the state enforces low staffing ratios in day care centers. “The most important thing in a child’s development is how responsive adults are to the child,” Weber says, adding that day care workers who are stretched too thin are apt to ignore a child who is crying or needing a new diaper. “A parent should be very worried if centers are out of compliance on staffing.”

OSU Native American flute players attempt to set Guinness World Record (Gazette-Times)

The sounds of dozens of flutes echoed into the crowd off the roof of the Student Experience Center, mixing with the murmur of conversation, creating a discordant sound that was just a little haunting. But at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the group of more than 350 musicians began to play as one, the sound meshing smoothly with an accompanying guitar and drum.

OSU Extension seeks nutrition education volunteers (KTVZ)

Concerned about the food and shopping choices people are making that affects their health?  If you would enjoy sharing research-based information about healthy eating on a budget then you might enjoy becoming an Oregon State University Nutrition Education Volunteer.

Optimizing cherry quality during export (Good Fruit Grower)

Wang, who’s stationed at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, evaluated seven commercially available MAP liners for their effect on cherry quality deterioration and physiological changes.

Land policy change would conserve wildlife habitat (Newport News-Times)

Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a study by Oregon State University and collaborators.

Rains might add extra days to Owyhee Project water season (Capital Press)

For farmers who are trying to barely get by with the relatively small amount of water they will get this year, those extra days “might make all the difference in the world,” said Oregon State University Cropping Systems Extension Agent Stuart Reitz.


OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day: OSU motorcyclists are invited to participate in the 10th-annual Motorcycle Visibility Day to learn more about motorcycle safety and meet others who ride to campus on a regular basis. Beavers can show off their bikes, connect with other riders and demonstrate that OSU has riders from all over campus. 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with show-and-share from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, on SW Campus Way and 26th Street. Permits are not required if your motorcycle is parked in this area and volunteers will be there all day to watch the bikes. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/osumoto2015

NEW! Legislative and State updates from Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs (ODVA):  Please join us for our last meeting of the year; we will have guest speakers from ODVA and the Edward Allworth Veterans Home. Discussion will focus on legislative updates for veterans & dependents. This will be held on Wednesday May 27 from 10-11 a.m., in the MU Board Room.

Lab Hazard Awareness Training: Training for OSU employees will be offered from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, in the Oak Creek Building, room 201. This safety training is required for all OSU employees who are not lab employees but may need to enter a lab in the course of their work. Examples include trade workers, IT workers or administrative personnel. The course assists personnel to become familiar with lab hazards, lab warning signs and labels and general and specific protective measures. Refresher training is required every three years. Pre-registration is encouraged: submit name and OSU ID number to radiationsafety@oregonstate.edu.

Student menu at Pangea: Nutrition Food Management students are taking over Pangea Café now through Friday, May 29. Wednesday you can ‘Cruise to the Caribbean’ featuring jerk chicken, tilapia with pineapple habanero sauce and jasmine rice and bean salad. Thursday’s feature is a “Fresh Taste of the Mediterranean” theme; and Friday’s menu focuses on a “Road Trip Across the U.S.” Lunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

OSUsed Store May Dot Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., at which many items will be 50% off or buy 1, get 1 free. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

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.” 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.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Andreas Bäumler, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UC Davis, will present a seminar “How the host response feeds Enterobacteriaceae” on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Madonna L. Moss, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, will speak on “The archaeology of Pacific herring in Alaska,” Wednesday, May 27, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! #beBEAVERBOLD Block Party:  Last chance to sign up to participate in the #beBEAVERBOLD Block Party.  Registration closes today (Wednesday, May 27) at 5 p.m.  Find out more, including all the different ways your group can get involved, online at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/blockparty.  The Block Party will take place from noon-3 p.m., on Thursday, June 4, in the SEC Plaza. Questions?  Contact dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Straight from the Sole: Join the Black Student Union in learning about different foods in Black and African American culture and indulging in sole/soul food dinner – Wednesday, May 27, 5-7 p.m. at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Tickets $5 available at SEC Info Desk (FREE ticket for OSU Students). For info/accommodations: 541-737-4372 or hillkal@onid.oregonstate.edu. Sponsored by SEAC, funded by SORCE.

NEW! Innovation Talk: Barry Kudrowitz, the director of product design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, will give the talk on innovation “How Play and Humor Help Us Innovate”. He will speak on May 27 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Austin Hall Auditorium. Come and get inspired! http://www.wonderbarry.com

Film – Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement. The Co (OSU’s maker fair) film series continues with this documentary about the explosion of the Maker movement in the U.S. Over the past decade. Milam Auditorium. May 27. 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information: http://gototheco.tumblr.com/movies or email create@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Co. Maker Fair: “The Co.,” is an interactive event showcasing the wide array of “maker” activities happening in and around Corvallis. It will feature over 40 hands-on exhibitions, speakers, interactive demonstrations, a faculty colloquium, kinetic sculptures, a lightning talk, and more. Exhibitors include numerous several OSU departments, programs, and clubs. Thursday, May 28, noon to 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom.

NEW! Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at McDonald Forest: OSU Research Forests and OSU Extension Service, are hosting Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum, Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  This free event features family fun activities including fishing for youth. Shuttles will provide transportation from Mountain View Elementary School.  For information, call 541-766-6750 or visit http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Solidarity Fair: Celebrate a diverse labor movement and the struggle for economic, social, and environmental justice at the fourth annual Solidarity Fair:  A Social Justice Gathering on Saturday, May 30, from noon – 4:30 p.m. in Central Park, downtown Corvallis.  The Fair is free and family friendly, with a community feast at noon.  It is sponsored by a coalition of labor unions, community groups, and campus organizations including OSU-AAUP, CGE, ASAP!, OSU Divest, MeCha, and the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures.

Procurement Presents OSU Supplier Showcase 2015: Don’t forget to stop by LaSells Stewart Center this week 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.

Day of Caring Service Projects: Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in this day of building community, hosted by The Center for Civic Engagement in partnership with the United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties on Friday, May 29. Choose from six service projects with six community partners. Projects start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Check-in is at the MU Lounge with transportation provided from there. Many projects can accommodate children and youth. Registration is required, so be sure to reserve your spot: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/dayofcaring.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! High quality optics talk: VadientOptics, a Microproducts Breakthrough Institute tenant company that fabricates freeform gradient index nanocomposite optical elements, will present “Printing High Quality Optics” on Friday, May 29, as part of the MBI’s noon seminar series. The MBI is an OSU research and commercialization facility located on the Corvallis Hewlett Packard campus.

NEW! School of Public Policy brown bag: The SPP Brownbag Series continues Friday, May 29, at noon when Steven Ortiz (Sociology) presents “Insight into Recent Off-the-Field Violence in the NFL: Interpretations of Hegemonic Masculinity”. The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

NEW! Marine Forum: The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will be hosting Captain Rick Williams, US Navy (Ret), as he presents “The Importance of Mentors and Internships, Now and Throughout Your Career Progression”. Throughout the formative years of ocean renewable, Captain Rick has played a pioneering role. Noon-1 p.m. Friday, May 29, Covell 218.

Reflection & Corrective Action:  Examining White Identity & Internalized Dominance: To break a pattern of internalized dominance that develops in a society in which White can be seen as the norm, White identified individuals are challenged to look at their impact in U.S. society and closer to home. Through the cycle of socialization, participants will be invited to explore dynamics of privilege and dominance and how to break this cycle so individuals/groups take action toward becoming a more equitable society.  May 28 & June 4:  2 to 3 p.m. in MU 228.

No-Cost extension: The Offices of Post Award Administration, Sponsored Programs, and Commercialization and Corporate Development will be holding an open forum on Thursday, May 28 from 3 -4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 212 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.

Pablo Solares Artist Talk: The Portland-based artist will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the Centro Cultural César Chávez Gathering Hall. Solares’ work is featured on two large outdoor murals at the Centro – an 8’ by 8’ portrait entitled César Chávez, and an 8’ by 23’ mural of three traditional dancers from different areas in Latin America entitled Bailarinas Latinas. The event also will include a preview of artist Christian Barrios’ Marquetry work in progress. For event information or accommodations for disabilities, contact Melisa Lopez at 541-737-3790 or  melisa.lopez@oregonstate.edu.

TAC Workshop – Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas: In this hands-on workshop you can discover your options for managing assignments and quizzes in Canvas, including rubrics, multiple attempts, grading, and much more. 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. Fri. May 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Register here: http://bit.ly/1ExLvEM

Promotion and tenure: Henri Jansen, Chair of the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Becky Warner, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs will be holding an open forum to give participants an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process and guidelines. The forum will focus on faculty members who are going up for promotion and/or tenure in the near future. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. The forum will be held on May 29 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. This session will be live streamed via the following website: http://live.oregonstate.edu/. The chat feature will be enabled to allow remote participants to ask questions during the session. Please note this session will not be recorded. Please RSVP to sara.daly@oregonstate.edu no later than May 26 if you will attend in person.

News for Employees

NEW! Cast Your Vote:  All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to review the newest schematic site plans for our Washington Way Pocket Park and to vote for their favorite design.  New ideas are welcome as well. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/washingtonwayparkproject/design/.  Join us June 4 for workshop #3 in MU206 anytime between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW! OSU Volleyball “MiniBeavs” Summer Clinics: Oregon State’s volleyball team will be offering clinics for 5-10 year-olds interested in learning more about volleyball. This six week series will be held on Tuesday nights from 6-7:15 p.m. at G3 Sports located on Hwy 99 beginning on June 16 and ending on July 21. “MiniBeavs” will learn the six volleyball skills from current Beaver players/coaches as well as play in live games mixed with the players. For more information visit www.oregonstatevolleyballcamps.com or contact emily.hiza@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty exit surveys: Professional and academic faculty who are leaving the university will now be invited to take a survey about their work experience at OSU. The survey is intended to help the university gain a better understanding of what most influences the work experiences at OSU. Survey responses are confidential and will be shared in aggregate form with the Provost’s Office. Invitations to participate will be sent to exiting employees from the Office of Institutional Research. For more information about the survey format and content, contact the Academic Affairs Office of Work-Life Director, Robynn Pease, robynn.pease@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4852.

Academic testing and scanning services: Scantron scanning other academic testing services will be transitioning from Enterprise Computing Services (ECS) to OSU’s Printing and Mailing division beginning July 1. Faculty, GTAs and staff will continue to be able to request the same services that have been provided in the past: scanning of academic tests, miscellaneous formative course assessments, extension assessments, Scantron forms, etc., via the Xpress Stop, Printing and Mailing’s on campus location in the Memorial Union (MU 109). For questions, contact Kent Kuo, kent.kuo@oregonstate.edu or Ari Grossman-Naples, ari.grossman-naples@oregonstate.edu.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (tuition discount): Deadline is June 8 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2015. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction 

Traffic and Maintenance

Printing and Mailing Services Production Facility: The production facility at Research Way will be closed from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on May 29, due to a staff meeting.  The XPress Stop location will be running normal hours.  If you have any questions, please contact Kiara Goldtrap at Kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu or 7-9062.

Jefferson Way: Due to the Battle of the Bands and the Dam Jam, 26th street will be closed between Jefferson Way and Campus Way (View Map) from 4 p.m., Friday, May 29 through 1 a.m. on Saturday , May 30.  The parking spaces in front of the Woman’s Building (lot #3260) will close to incoming traffic, vehicles parked there will be able to leave after the street closure.


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

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Finance Specialist/Advisor. This position will work on the INTO OSU Finance Team as a Finance Specialist/Advisor providing support to INTO OSU students with communication and advisement relating to their student accounts. For more information or to apply, visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17330102. Apply by June 1.

Accounting Technician – Health Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0014778. Closes 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.

Executive Director for University Shared Services Enterprise- The Department of University Shared Services Enterprise invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed termed, Executive Director of University Shared Services position. To apply, please visit: Posting number 0014858. Closing date is June 5.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant provides high-level, confidential administrative support to the OSU Director of Academic Programs and more widely to the INTO OSU academic team. For more information or to apply, visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17330202. Apply by June 8.

Program Coordinator – The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science invites applications for a part-time, .50 FTE, Program Coordinator.  Posting #0014869 Closes June 12.

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.

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.

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.

Assessment Librarian – The Oregon State University Libraries & Press (OSULP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Posting #0014842. Closes June 20.

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: “We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” ~ Aristotle Onassis. Sunny today, high of 78, low of 51. Sunny tomorrow with a high of 81.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 73, low of 48. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Cloudy, becoming mostly sunny, high of 64, low of 51. Patchy fog tomorrow followed by sunshine.

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

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