OSU Today

Friday, May 29, 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.

Gassing up at home (Popular Science)

What if you could turn your house into a personal gas station (minus the dirty bathrooms)? Chris Hagen, a mechanical engineer at Oregon State University Cascades, plans to make that possible. He has developed technology to convert as many as 67 million homes into spots to fuel a car.

Girls say models, actresses more likable, competent than female CEOS (Big Think)

A princess dazzling in diamonds or a pilot with the power to fly a plane? To be Jennifer Lawrence or not to be? That is the question when most girls flip through a magazine geared at them. New research from Oregon State University has shown that teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs even though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models. (see also Newsroom America, Business Standard)

New study shows influence on climate of fresh water during last ice age (Phys Org)

“Essentially what happened was that the cold water influx altered the rainfall patterns at the middle of the globe,” said Rachael Rhodes, a research associate in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and lead author on the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. “The band of tropical rainfall, which includes the monsoons, shifts to the north and south through the year. (see also Science World Report)

Can a pumice mine be made into Bend campus? (Bend Bulletin)

OSU-Cascades may never own the 46-acre pumice mine on Bend’s west side, but it now has a sense of what it would take to make the land suitable for a college — between $6.5 million and $7.5 million to haul, compress and move around dirt.

Oregon State merges media in new facility (TV News Check)

Memorial Day weekend is usually an exciting time for students wrapping up their spring semesters and heading out for summer vacation, but this year’s holiday weekend was particularly stirring for media-savvy students at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

New art installation evokes woodland in MU (LIFE@OSU)

When artist Susan Bourque looks at the ceramic sculptural installation she created for the ground floor of the Memorial Union East Wing, she is taken back to the landscapes of upstate New York, where she grew up. The four-piece installation is called “The Grove,” and depicts a cluster of birch trees, jutting three dimensionally from the panels with a soft green and red landscape behind them.

Clematis trouble? Ask OSU garden experts (Oregonian)

When there are no peas in the pods or flowers on the dahlias, get the answers you need with Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

How to fight the ‘big four’ disease, pest foes of roses (Hillsboro Tribune)

When it comes to one of the county’s most popular perennial plants, the “big four” vexations are powdery mildew, black spot, rust and aphids, according to Jay W. Pscheidt, a plant pathology specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. More recently, downy mildew, which looks strikingly similar to black spot, has become an increasing problem.

Silbernagel receives May ‘Our Hero’ award (LIFE@OSU)

Lisa Silbernagel, assistant manager of the Office of Post Award Administration, has been recognized as the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s May 2015 ‘Our Hero.’

Several Oregon facilities among nation’s secretive biolabs (KGW)

Oregon State University runs four biolabs, two devoted to human research and two focused on animal research. All are located in Corvallis on the main OSU campus. According to Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations, much of the research at these labs examines how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of human tuberculosis, invades the body by crossing mucosa, manipulates signal transduction networks and evades immune responses.

1886 Lager (Hopworks Brewery)

A couple months ago we were invited to participate in an unusual collaboration between the Archaeology Roadshow at Portland State University and the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives (OHBA). The resulting beer is a pre-prohibition Lager based on a recipe from 1883. The beer is available at the Archaeology Roadshow this weekend and will soon be on tap at our brewpubs. We’ll fill you in on how the beer came to be; the community connection in this collaboration made the whole experiment a lot of fun for the brewery.

Additive manufacturing helps improve diabetes management (Today’s Medical Developments)

Engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have used additive manufacturing (AM) to create an improved type of glucose sensor for patients with Type 1 diabetes, part of a system that should work better, cost less, and be more comfortable for the patient.

Attention tea lovers: Here’s everything you need to know about your favourite beverage (Huffington Post UK) 

Green tea boosts the number of “regulatory T cells” in the body, which are important for the immune system, according to research from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. “When fully understood, this could provide an easy and safe way to help control autoimmune problems and address various diseases,” study researcher Emily Ho, an associate professor at the university, said in a statement. The research was published in the journal Immunology Letters.


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

Student menu at Pangea: Nutrition Food Management students are taking over Pangea Café this week. Friday’s menu focuses on a “Road Trip Across the U.S.” and includes salmon and risotto, cheesesteak sliders and chicken and waffles. Lunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

NEW! Candidates for Assistant Director of Residential Education:  Candidates for the Assistant Director of Residential Education in University Housing & Dining Services will be interviewing on campus in May. Please to join us for their open forum presentations. 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. Friday, May 29 from 1:15-2 p.m., Drew Morgan, McAlexander Fieldhouse Classroom (enter at the Rec Sports entrance).


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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! One-Act Festival: OSU Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original one-act plays written and directed by OSU students, will run June 3-7 in the Lab Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 3-6 and 2 p.m. June 7. The Lab Theatre is located in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths and students, and $4 for OSU students. For information or to purchase tickets, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit the website at http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Master’s defense:  Raul Dancé, MS candidate in Wood Science, will defend his thesis, “Interconnectedness of Forest Ecosystem Services, Environmental Corporate Impacts, and Corporate Social Responsibility Activities in the Amazon Rainforest”.  The defense will be held on Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! 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. Mon. June 1, 1:30-4:30 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/1ExLRuX

NEW! Jim White Honorary Symposium:  Prof. Paul A Wender, Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry & Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University will present on “The Chemistry-Medicine Continuum: Toward Therapies for HIV/AIDS Eradication, Cancer & Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Monday, June 1, 5 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. Reception to follow.

NEW! Master’s defense: Danny Way, MS candidate in Wood Science, will defend his thesis, “Proof of Concept for a Three-Dimensional Molded Core Wood-Strand Sandwich Panel”.  The defense will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107.  Free and open to the public.

News for Employees

NEW! Volunteers needed for Move-Out Donation Drive: Donations of food, clothes, furniture, and other items are currently being collected from students living in Residence Halls. Donations will be distributed to 15 local nonprofits. Volunteers will help Campus Recycling staff by sorting incoming items at the Recycling Warehouse, or by going out with the crew to collect donated items and recyclables from the Res. Halls. Volunteers may sign up for a two-hour shift on either June 11, 12, or 15: http://tiny.cc/donation-drive.

NEW! Update to OSU Standard: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-005 Time, Manner and Place Rules for Speech Activities through the end of business on June 23, 2015. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the standard before they become effective on July 1, 2015.  Copies of the proposed updates may be obtained from Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 23, 2015 and should be directed to the same email address.

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.

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 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.

Interim Director – Academic Affairs Administration invites applications for a part-time (0.3 FTE), 12-month, Interim Director position. Posting #0014835. Closes June 12.  This is an internal position.

Interim Director – Academic Affairs Administration invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Interim Director position. Posting #0014833. Closes June 12.  This is an internal position.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Care and Conduct Coordinator.  This position is designed to address issues of student safety, well-being, and success.  The Care and Conduct Coordinator works closely with the INTO OSU Academic Team, OSU and UHDS Conduct offices, and the INTO OSU Student Services Team.  For more information:https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17425792 . Apply by June 14.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Residential Experience Coordinator.  This position is designed to ensure delivery of superior residence life experience for INTO OSU students living on campus by working closely with OSU University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), INTO OSU internal departments, and others. To coordinate, advise, and grow the Global Village living-learning community in the International Living-Learning Center (ILLC) through partnerships with UHDS, OSU academic partners, INTO OSU internal departments, and others: For more information please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17425742 Apply by June 14.

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.

Administrative Assistant To – The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Manager position.  Posting #0014894.  Closes: June 17.

Equipment Systems Specialist  – Information Services, Academic Technologies invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency Level 2) position. Posting # 0014896. Closes June 19.

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: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald. Sunny today, high of 85, low tonight of 50. Partly sunny Saturday and chance of showers Sunday.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today, high of 82, low of 55. Chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.

Newport: Mostly cloudy after morning fog, high of 61, low of 50. Cloudy through the weekend.

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

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