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Monday, June 8, 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.

New high-tech research buoys placed off Oregon coast (KGW)

Researchers from Oregon State University completed a milestone Wednesday. They finished the final phase of a 10-year project to study the conditions of the Pacific Ocean. We were on board their research ship as they dropped their final research buoy about a mile of the coast of Newport. (see also Northwest Cable News, KVAL, Gazette-Times)

Onion slurry could offer low-cost feed (Argus Observer)

Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University Extension Service’s livestock agent, has launched an onion slurry project. His goal is to address winter feed costs, which can account for as much as 50 percent of annual costs, he said.

New study shows influence of fresh water on climate during last Ice Age (Scripps)

Usually, increases in methane levels are linked to warming in the Northern Hemisphere, but a recent study led by a team of Oregon State University scientists that includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researcher Jeff Severinghaus identified rapid increases in methane during particularly cold intervals during the last ice age.

PSU collaboration with OHSU, OSU offers opportunities to research, solve real-world health problems (Oregonian)

She pointed to the opening of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building as one example, as well as the college’s partnerships with OHSU and Oregon State University that she said “help ensure that we are engaging our students in the preprofessional curriculum that will give … the foundation they need to succeed in graduate school.”

Friends, colleagues laud OSU’s Kelvin Koong (Capital Press)

About 200 friends, colleagues and family of Kelvin Koong gathered June 5 at Oregon State University’s Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility to celebrate Koong’s 28 years of service to the university.

Watch OSU’s blind robotic ostrich stumble over obstacles without falling (Digital Trends)

Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory Team wants to change that. The group has designed a robot called ATRIAS that is capable of  recovering from curbs, pits, puddles, and various other hurdles — without having to see the obstacle or plan its movements in advance.

The 15 best superfoods for diabetes (Reader’s Digest)

Collard greens (and other cruciferous veggies like kale and Brussels sprouts) are also a good source of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), a micronutrient that helps the body deal with stress. When scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University gave aging rats ALA, they found that the animals’ bodies created their own antioxidants, making them better able to resist toxins in the environment, and to reduce inflammation.

Ripe, juicy tomatoes: Avoid bad weather, disease and insects (Oregonian)

“Everyone wants to grow tomatoes,” said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “It’s a universal food people tend to like.”

Brittle nails could point to many deficiencies (Dallas News)

Another nutrient, vitamin D, regulates the production of these fibers, according to the Micronutrient Information Center at Oregon State University. If you have a low level of vitamin D, your nails might suffer.


Assistant Director for Advocacy Open Forum and Presentations:  Student Health Services is hosting two candidates for Assistant Director for Advocacy search.  The person in this new position will develop and implement a vision and strategic plan, and will provide leadership in supporting survivors of sexual violence. The Advocacy Center is a collaboration between the Office of Equity & Inclusion, Counseling & Psychological Services, and Student Health Services to provide a comprehensive approach to support survivors of sexual violence. Judith Neighbours (OSU), will present at an open forum Monday, June 8, 9-10 a.m., in MU 213, followed by a presentation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Danielle Fetty, University of Utah and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will give a presentation Monday, June 15, 10-11 a.m., in MU 213, with an open forum from 1-2 p.m., same room.

Master’s defense: Grant Livingston, MS candidate in Water Resources Engineering, will defend his thesis, ” Bioretention Establishment Hydrologic Characterization”.  The defense will be held on Monday, June 8 at 12:15 p.m. in Kearny, Room 205.

Master’s defense: Patrick Wingo, MS candidate in Biological and Ecological Engineering, will defend his thesis, “Enhancing System Dynamics Models: Providing Explicit Spatial Data and Modularity with OME”.  The defense will be held on Monday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Bexell, Room 415.

The Courtiers’ Anatomists – Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris:   Horning Professor Anita Guerrini will discuss and read from her newly released book.  Through the stories of Joseph-Guichard Duverney and Claude Perrault, as well as those of Marin Cureau de la Chambre, Jean Pecquet, and Louis Gayant, The Courtiers’ Anatomists explores the relationships between empiricism and theory, human and animal, as well as the origins of the natural history museum and the relationship between science and other cultural activities, including art, music, and literature.   Monday, June 8, 4 p.m. at the Valley Library, Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

NEW! Science Pub: Molly Kile, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will describe her work in Bangladesh, the location of what the World Health Organization calls the largest case of mass poisoning. Kile looks at patterns of water contamination and disease to understand the risks of even low levels of arsenic in water. Monday, June 8, 6 pm., Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis.

The “Dirt” on Composting in Corvallis: SOC 519 Public Policy graduate students have been working with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition to analyze composting behaviors and barriers in our community. They will present their findings in a free lecture Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis Public Library’s main meeting room. Refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store Afternoon Sale: We are open for our weekly public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will have special houseware items from res. hall move-out. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Art Exhibit: On display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Every Day Taste of Plein Air. The art exhibit runs from June 2 through July 17 and features 17 regional plein air artists. A paint out with the artists will take place on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Corvallis waterfront at Northwest 1st Street and Monroe Avenue. Art enthusiasts are also encouraged to join the public art reception in Giustina Gallery on June 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be available. Standard gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! NCURA Webcast-Uniform Guidance: The Challenges of Implementation: The Offices of Sponsored Programs and Post Award Administration will present this NCURA webcast Wednesday, June 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in MU Horizon Room 49. The presentation will include a look at implementation half way through the first year with the Uniform Guidance, as well as a look forward to the major issues still under discussion. Interested faculty and staff should RSVP to Sponsored Programs at 7-4933 or Sponsored.Programs@oregonstate.edu.

WRGP Master’s defense: Alan Stanton, MS candidate in Water Resources Science, will defend his thesis, “Assessing the impact of storm regime on remotely-sensed precipitation extremes across the western Himalaya”.  His defense is Tuesday, June 9 at 9 a.m. in Gilmore Hall, Room 234.  Free and open to the public.

Master’s presentation: Kate Marcille, MF candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present her project, ”Suppression Resource Allocation and Productivity on Large Wildland Fires”.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m. in 115 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

News for Employees

NEW! Coffee Talks survey: The Advisor Coffee Talks Committee uses the summer months as preparation for the upcoming year. The ACT committee is dedicated to representation from all schools, colleges and departments. Please take the survey and share it with other faculty and staff. As we move into the summer months, the committee will commence conversations around beneficial professional developmental opportunities and conversations that can be had in our university community.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7S3WM32

NEW! Summer in Recreational Sports: Beginning Friday, June 12, Recreational Sports will operate with Summer Break Hours, which also means that youth access extends to all hours of operation and there is no limit to the number of guests you can sponsor in to Recreational Sports! Not a member? No problem! Sponsor yourself and your friends/family in to Recreational Sports for the day, at only $7/day each, or $3/day for youth. (Note: Must have OSU ID to sponsor in self and others). Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

NEW! Recreational Sports Closed Graduation Weekend: In honor of all OSU graduates, Recreational Sports will be closed Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, to allow for our employees to celebrate with friends and family. Congratulations, Beavers! We wish you a happy and healthy future!

NEW! The Source: “The Source” e-Newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences is now available:  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2015/spring. In this issue, we highlight the diversity of our students and faculty in their many accomplishments as researchers, teachers, and ambassadors. Read about their work to improve human health, increase productivity, and develop new opportunities in Oregon and across the globe.

OSU Today: On June 15, OSU Today will switch to once-a-week publication on Mondays until the beginning of Fall Term. In order to have your event or item appear, you need to submit it by Thursday, 5 p.m. of the previous week (or earlier if you want it to appear more than once.) Submit items to osutoday@oregonstate.edu. Refer to this link for submission guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=6898

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Water in a Disaster:  Humans are made up of 65% water and need water after 3 days or we will perish.  Water flows through the blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and flushing wastes out of our bodies. It cushions our joints and soft tissues. Without water as a routine part of our intake, we cannot digest or absorb food. Take time to review and share the Water in Disaster preparedness flyer with your family, staff, students, and friends.  Copies of the flyer can be downloaded at:  http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/resources1

Traffic and Maintenance

Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  In 2015 the shutdown, which will occur June 14-18,  will be extended an extra day to accommodate the replacement of a main turbine and three software upgrades.

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.

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.

Property Specialist 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full-time, 10-month, Property Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0014960.  Closing date is June 15.

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.

Carpenter – Facilities Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Carpenter position. Posting #0007130. Closes June 18.

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.

Cook 1 – Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), seasonal (March – November), Cook 1 position. Posting #0014695. Closes June 26.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Wasco County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, Education Program Assistant 2.  Posting #0014921.  Closes: June 26.

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.

Department Head, Fisheries and Wildlife – College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a tenured administrator position as Department Head, Fisheries and Wildlife.  Appointment includes indefinite tenure on a 9-month basis at 1.00 FTE at the rank of associate or full professor within Fisheries and Wildlife.  Posting #0014684. Full consideration Aug. 31.  Closes Sept. 30.

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: Good luck with Finals this week, as well as the heat. Sunny today with a high of 95 and a low of 55. Sunny and warm tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny with a high of 94 and a low of 59, with a chance of thunderstorm tonight. Chance of thunderstorms tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 64 and a low of 50. Increasing clouds tonight, decreasing tomorrow.

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

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