OSU Today

Tuesday, June 2, 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.

ATRIAS robot now blindly takes platforms in its stride (GizMag)

As we count down to this weekend’s DARPA Robotics Challenge, the competition is already heating up. Coming hot on the heels of MIT’s leaping and bounding robotic cheetah is Oregon State University’s ATRIAS bipedal robot. The team behind this ostrich-like machine has showcased its latest talent, the ability to blindly walk over the top of obstacles in its path. (see also HardOCP), FrenzyTech)

Climate change and Ice Age (Nature World News)

“Essentially what happened was that the cold water influx altered the rainfall patterns at the middle of the globe,” lead author Rachael Rhodes, from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, explained in a news release. “The band of tropical rainfall, which includes the monsoons, shifts to the north and south through the year.”

New guide focuses on non-crop plants used by spotted-wing drosophila (Good Fruit Grower)

A new guide to non-crop host plants used by spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has been published by Oregon State University, compiling information from collections made in Michigan, New York, Florida, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Sharp eyespot appears in Willamette Valley wheat (Capital Press)

Oregon State University plant pathologist Chris Mundt reported at Hyslop Farm Field Day May 27 that sharp eyespot is back infecting Willamette Valley wheat, and doesn’t appear to be leaving any time soon.

Why don’t animals get sunburned? (Bend Bulletin)

New research published in the journal eLife by scientists from Oregon State University finds that many fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds can naturally produce a compound called gadusol, which provides protection from burning rays.

OSU’s online bachelors programs ranked #4 for veterans (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State was honored for its commitment to military service members last month when U.S. News & World Report ranked its online bachelor’s degree programs No. 4 in the nation for veterans.

The environmental benefits of back yard chickens (Chicago Botanic Garden)

Betsey Miller and her colleagues at Oregon State University recently conducted a study with red ranger chickens to test the insect-finding power of poultry. They placed hundreds of insect pest decoys in leaf litter. They put some of the litter in the chicken pen and some outside. A day later, they examined both piles and recovered any remaining decoys. The results: all the decoys remained the control pile, but there were no decoys to be found in the chickens’ pile. The birds had gobbled them up! This study illustrates the chickens’ persistence in ridding an area of potential pests in a very short time.


Columbia River Hydropower presentation: Please join Biological and Ecological Engineering on Tuesday, June 2 from 10-11:20 a.m. in Peavy 242 for a seminar by John Hyde, PE. “Columbia River Basin Hydropower Planning and Operations”. Hyde is a Technical Expert consultant to Bonneville Power Administration for the Columbia River Treaty 2024 Review.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Senior Art Exhibit: The OSU Graduating Seniors’ Art Exhibit reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 in Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University campus. During the event numerous awards for the Senior exhibit, and scholarships for the upcoming year, will be announced. Fairbanks Gallery is open to the public Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Special hours include noon to 4 p.m. on June 13 and 14. The exhibition runs from June 1-14.

Graphic Design Senior Capstone Show: Come view the capstone projects of the 2015 graphic design senior class. Wednesday, June 3 from noon – 2 p.m., in Austin Hall room 126. Visit the show’s website at: http://www.osugd2015.squarespace.com. The show will be in held in Portland on Thursday, June 11 from 5-8 p.m., at The Cleaners, Ace Hotel.

Got a mug? Get free coffee: The Waste Watchers and MURFS want to reward you for carrying a reusable mug! Come to JavaStop in the Memorial Union Wednesday and/or Thursday, June 3 and 4, 2-4 p.m. with your reusable mug to get a free cup of coffee. Restrictions and details online. This is part of the Coffee Cup Coup campaign.

Retirement celebration for Sam Vuchinich: The OSU community is invited to attend a reception in honor of Sam Vuchinich, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Sam will be retiring after 27 years of service to OSU. A reception is planned for Wednesday June 3, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in The Hawthorne Suite (Milam 119). Please stop by to share stories and wish him well.

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.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

Dean Ilene Kleinsorge’s Retirement Celebration: The College of Business will host a celebration for Dean Kleinsorge on Thursday, June 4 from 2-4 p.m., with a short program and toast at 2:30 p.m. It will be held in Austin Hall in the Jon Masterson Family Marketplace (first floor). Please help us celebrate Ilene’s 28-year career at Oregon State, including 12 years as dean. No RSVP necessary. If you have questions, contact jenn.casey@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Master’s defense: Badria Almurshidi, MS candidate in Wood Science, will defend her thesis, “The Toxicity of Pigments from Select Chlorociboria and Scytalidium Species”.  The defense will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Free and open to the public.

Flourishing @ OSU lecture series: The Mental Health Initiative at OSU is comprised of faculty, staff and students committed to engaging in the topic of flourishing through personal and professional life experiences. On June 3, noon to 1 p.m. , Olivia Fidler, student in Nutrition Sciences, will speak on “The Importance of Leadership in Education,”  in Kidder 202. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mental_health_initiative

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar:  Alexis M. Jackson, Regulatory Analyst, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NOAA Fisheries, Silver Spring, MD, will speak on “The value of genetic data for designing marine reserves and fisheries management strategies for marine fishes” June 3, 4 – 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

Spring 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Sustainability and Climate: Noah Molotch, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology will present: “Remote sensing and modeling of the mountain snowpack: tools for understanding the mountain water cycle, ecosystem function, and water security under a changing climate;” Wednesday, June 3, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 207.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty, are you considering publishing in an Open Access journal:  If so, the library’s Open Access Publishing Fund is available to you.  The Open Access Fund is for OSU faculty authors and will cover article processing charges from open access journals. Articles that meet the eligibility criteria will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. The application, criteria, and additional information are available at http://cdss.library.oregonstate.edu/oa_fund.

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 17 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Summer term. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

Recreational Sports Summer Memberships Now Available for Purchase: Summer weather has arrived and it’s time to find fun ways to get active! Let Recreational Sports support your health and wellness this summer by purchasing a summer term membership! A summer term membership is open to all students who are in Corvallis for the summer but not taking classes, faculty, staff and affiliates/dependents. The cost of a summer term membership is only $83 ($68 for students & affiliates/dependents) and a summer membership is valid from date of purchase until 9/18/2015. Did you know that you likely qualify for a wellness reimbursement? Contact Ali Casqueiro for more information.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

 26th Street: As part of the Moreland Hall project, there will be a partial street closure of the northbound lane at 26th Street and Jefferson Way on Tuesday, June 16, from 7-9 a.m. A crane will be in the street for the purpose of setting the hew air handler on the Moreland Hall roof. Flaggers and traffic control for this work will be provided at the location by the contractor.


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

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.

Senior International Program Consultant (Internal)– The Office of Global Opportunities invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Senior International Program Consultant position. Posting #0014925. Closes June 7.  This is an internal employment opportunity.

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.

Oregon Sea Grant at is accepting applications for a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is located in Corvallis. Posting #0014890. Closes June 12.

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.

Senior Program Manager– Oregon State University (OSU) The office of the Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Senior Program Manager  position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Interim Vice President for Research.  Posting closes June 15.

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.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association is searching for an Administrative Assistant for Alumni Programs to assist the association’s program team with events and activities designed to engage alumni and friends of OSU. This position is based in Corvallis. A complete job description is available at www.osualum.com/jobs . Apply to osualum@oregonstate.edu with a resume and cover letter by June 19.

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.

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a Research and Scholars Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting# 0014895. Closes June 25.

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.

Women’s Leadership Director College of Business invites applications for a, 9-month, .50 FTE Women’s Leadership Director position. Posting #0014939. Closes July 10.

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:  “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda. Showers today, high of 62, low of 52. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers, high of 52, low of 45. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely, high of 54, low of 49. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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