OSU Today

Thursday, May 28, 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 don’t birds need sunscreen?(National Audubon Society)

“No one realized that fish themselves actually produce the compounds,” says lead author Taifo Mahmud, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Oregon university research’s multi-billion benefit to the state’s economy and society (GoLocalPDX)

Similarly, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are some of the state’s top employers. After OHSU, OSU has generated more research funding dollars than any of the state’s other universities, according to a 2012 analysis by EcoNorthwest. Every dollar invested in research at OSU returns between $1.20-$1.67 in benefits to society.

OSU-Cascades picks dining-housing firm (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University – Cascades said Wednesday it has selected a partner to develop and construct the first student residence and dining/academic facilities that will sit on its proposed site in Bend, representing the four-year university long sought by the Central Oregon region. (see also My Central Oregon)

New study: Compressed natural gas for automobile use (Energy Global)

The goal of mass adoption of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicles is closer to realisation with the efforts of studies such as the one conducted by Oregon State University. A prototype engine, using a Modular Reed Valve (MRV) from Zahroof Corp. for the check valves, was designed, built and successfully tested to prove the concept of selectively repurposing one cylinder of an automobile engine running on compressed natural gas (CNG) to be used as a compressor.

Girls receive conflicting career messages from media, new research finds (Phys Org)

Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University. (see also Yahoo Maktoob News)

Tiny black bear found roaming campground (KVAL) 

A state police trooper captured the bear and put it in the back seat of his police car for a ride to Corvallis.
The bear underwent tests at OSU before being transferred to an ODFW facility.

OSU apparel design and merchandising management – Q&A with Elliot Frack (Value Penguin)

Eliot Frack is a rock star student with a dual major – one in apparel design and one in merchandising management. She will be graduating in spring 2015 from Oregon State University and is ready to get out there in the real world.

Iris yellow spot virus found in volunteer onion bulbs (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researchers have detected the iris yellow spot virus in volunteer onions in Eastern Oregon. The virus hasn’t shown up in this year’s crop yet but it’s expected to soon.

Lawmakers working to fix Oregon’s broken hemp law (Bend Bulletin)

An amendment to Buckley’s bill would nullify the 13 licenses and require farmers who have planted hemp seeds to plow under their plots. The state would reimburse them for any money they lost because of the change in state law. Prospective hemp growers would then reapply to become one of just six test plots that would research the plant alongside Oregon State University.

TRIAD faculty and staff club awards scholarships to OSU students (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State’s Triad club awarded $750 scholarships this spring to honor the accomplishments of two Oregon State students: Ellen Yin, a junior in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences majoring in exercise and sport science and minoring in business and entrepreneurship; Roy Almog, a senior in the University Honors College majoring in exercise and sport science and minoring in chemistry.

Zebrafish eyed as ideal toxoplasmosis research model (MD)

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have identified zebrafish as an optimal testing model for toxoplasmosis, as they believe the fish could provide insight into breakthrough treatments.

Rain-related cherry cracking (Ag Info)

Scientists at at Oregon State University have found a protective skin for cherries to help minimize rain-related cracking. During a discussion with OSU horticulturist Lynn Long, I learned that there are two separate modes of action that can introduce enough water to the fruit to make it crack.

To agency or not to agency (Inside Higher Ed)

A piece by David Baker, director of Interactive Communications at OSU.

Blueberry barrage (Register-Guard)

Blueberries have specific needs and take eight years to become fully mature. Under the right growing conditions, however, the plant can live for up to 50 years, says Dr. Bernadine Strik, a professor of horticulture and lead berry researcher at Oregon State University. “If you get things right with blueberries, you’re going to reap rewards for a long time,” she says.

KBVR Back to the Future (Corvallis Advocate)

Surfing through modern radio stations can be an incredibly boring experience. With Top 10 hits played in a maddening cyclical fashion, it’s almost better to make your morning commute in silence. KBVR, Oregon State University’s FM radio station, is doing all it can to combat the silence and offer something new.

Tests confirm blackleg in Umatilla County canola (East Oregonian)

For the first time, Oregon State University researchers have detected an infection of the fungal disease known as blackleg in local canola fields, which can cause heavy yield losses under certain conditions.

Get Outdoors Day at Peavy this weekend (Gazette-Times)

Peavy Arboretum north of Corvallis will play host to a celebration of national Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. Sponsored by Oregon State University Research Forests and the OSU Extension Service, the free event will feature a variety of outdoor activities aimed at young people and adults.


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! What It Takes to Win a Fiddling Championship: At the May 28 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Starr McMullen of Applied Economics will talk about winning the 2014 National Senior Fiddle Championship. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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/

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Merit award nominations: Nominations for classified or professional faculty to receive a monthly Merit Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the work place. The nominator may be anyone from the campus community. Potential qualities include great working attitude, cooperation, courtesy, creativity, flexibility, professionalism, quality of work, sense of humor, and other qualities the nominee admires. Nominations are due by June 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.  April’s awardee was Debbie Jensen of PHHS Academic Advising office.

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.

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.

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 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.

Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University.  P/T .70 FTE position, hourly salary range is $13.15 to $19.08 + benefits. Posting #0014863.  Closes June 4.

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.

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 12.

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.


Special Assistant to the Executive Director – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Special Assistant to the Executive Director position. Posting # 0014879. Closes June 28.

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: “Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” C. Day-Lewis. Sunny today with a high of 79 and a low of 52. Sunny again Friday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 78, low of 52. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Clouds turning to sun later in the day, high of 61, low of 51. Similar tomorrow.

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

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