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Thursday, June 11, 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.

The Amber Sarcophagus (Portland Mercury)

Oregon (State University) biologist George Poinar Jr. is bugged by Jurassic Park. But he has a right to be. His science inspired the books and films. It was Poinar’s work in the 1980s that first hinted at the prospect of using prehistoric DNA preserved in amber to restore extinct creatures to life. That work caught the eye of Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton—and the rest is sci-fi history. The scientific history, however, is something else entirely.

OSU optimistic on state funding (Gazette-Times)

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission went into the session asking for $755 million in state support for Oregon’s seven public universities for 2015-17, but the amount set aside in the budget proposed by the co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee was substantially less, about $670 million. With Oregon’s economy on the rebound, however, the latest state revenue forecast suggests there should be another $30 million available for higher education funding, according to Jock Mills, OSU’s lobbyist in Salem. The public university support fund could come up for consideration as early as next week.

OSU celebrates Class of 2015 (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State University Class of 2015 will top 6,000 graduates for the first time in the university’s history – and many of the newest members of Beaver Nation will be on hand this Saturday, June 13, when OSU holds its 146th commencement.

OSU-Cascades set to graduate largest class in history (KTVZ)

At its 14th commencement on Sunday, Oregon State University-Cascades will set a record when it awards 324 bachelor’s and master’s degrees. That’s a 24 percent increase in degrees conferred over the previous year.

Legislature breaks logjam on $86 million pool of money (Bend Bulletin)

Of the roughly $53 million saved this biennium, $35 million will be used to fund Career and Technical Education programs and $14 million will fund Oregon State University Statewide Public Service Programs, according to Johnson and Jim McCauley, a lobbyist for Washington County.

Blazing a trail: Juana Gaytan, first in her family to attend college, hopes to help others follow her path (Gazette-Times)

The eldest of four girls, Gaytan is the daughter of migrant farm laborers who came to this country from Mexico when she was a small child. Her father, working in the fields of Eastern Oregon, struggled to earn enough to support the family, and both parents encouraged their daughters to pursue an education so they could build a better life.

Celebrating H.L. Davis, Oregon’s only winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (KLCC)

H.L. Davis is the only Oregon author to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Eighty years after Honey in the Horn was first published, it’s being reissued by OSU Press. Eric Alan speaks with historian Dick Etulain, who wrote the book’s introduction, about the significance of the author and book

Weather stress hits Douglas fir trees hard (Polk Itemizer-Observer)

“Browning or dieback is often caused by weather-related stress, sometimes in combination with pests and diseases,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Douglas-fir trees are the most common victims, he said, but stress due to weather is affecting many tree species and a variety of problems are showing up.

‘Jon G’ Memorial doubleheader set for Saturday (Daily Astorian)

Gizdavich — “JoNo,” as he was known to teammates — was just a few months away from earning a bachelor of science in public health at Oregon State University when he died. OSU awarded the degree to his mother, Terry Gizdavich, in a special ceremony.

Is creeping Jenny invading your garden? Contain it, says OSU extension expert (Oregonian)

reeping Jenny is on the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area’s list of weeds that should not be shared and should be eradicated or at least controlled in your yard. You need to keep it contained in your beds in your yard. You can refer to the a booklet Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards, which lists native plants, including some ground covers that are encouraged in our area. — Dardanel Robinson, volunteer Master Gardener, Portland metro area.

Jon Curry will graduate from OSU after overcoming obstacles (Register-Guard)

What amazes Chris and Cindy Curry is what will happen at 6 p.m. Friday in Corvallis. Jon Curry will become just the second of their 17 surviving children to graduate from college when the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University holds its commencement ceremony.

Oregon State University microbiologists discover new dairy thickener (Drinks Business Review)

US-based Oregon State University (OSU) microbiologists have discovered a new type of dairy or food thickener, Ropy 352, which will add probiotic characteristics to different products. (see also Food Magazine Australia)


New Search Engine Optimization Essentials webinar. This session from OSU Professional and Continuing Education will focus on the increasing importance of mobile-friendly design AND high quality content. Join us from 9 – 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 11. Register now.

OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Thursday, June 11.

NEW! Sale into Summer: Pangea Café in the Memorial Union is offering a discount on purchases this week as they prepare for their summer closure. On Thursday, all purchases are 40 percent off. This increases to 50 percent on Friday. Pangea is open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

College of Business golf celebration in honor of Ilene Kleinsorge: The College of Business Dean, Ilene Kleinsorge has recently announced her retirement. In her honor Trysting Tree Golf Course is hosting a golf tournament Thursday, June 11, noon. Reception at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go to the Ilene Kleinsorge Endowment for Student Success. 18 holes of golf will be provided, with a short reception at the end. Golf and Reception $80. Reception only $30. For more information: http://www.golfwithilene.com/

Master’s defense:  Alyson Wade, MS candidate in Wood Science, will defend her thesis, “Specialty and Niche Forest Products: Opportunities for Oregon’s Small Landowners”.  The defense will be held on Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! Faculty Senate: The June Faculty Senate will meet in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall June 11 from 3-5 p.m. To participate remotely: http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~mjb/fswebex/. Agenda items include consideration of degree candidates, curricular proposals and promotion and tenure proposed diversity statement. There will be an Interinstitutional Faculty Senate report and an update from the OSU Board of Trustees.

Master’s defense: Stacey Garrison, MS candidate in Water Resources Engineering, will defend her thesis: ” Determination of trade-offs among wetland ecosystem services in an agricultural landscape.”.  The defense will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 3 p.m. in Kearny, Room 311.  Free and open to the public.

Special graduation events: A number of smaller graduation celebrations are being held on campus this week, including: Lavender Graduation, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, June 11, LaSells Stewart Center; Native Student Graduation Celebration, noon – 2 p.m., Friday, June 12, Eena Haws Longhouse; NROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 12, LaSells Stewart Center; Si Se Pudo, 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 12, McAlexander Field House (tickets required); Black Graduation, 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 12, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center; College of Veterinary Medicine Awarding of Diplomas, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14, LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! College of Science hosts reception to honor graduates: The College of Science is hosting an outdoor reception honoring science graduates and their families Friday, June 12 from 4:30 – 6 p.m., in an outdoor tent located in front of Kidder Hall. on the Valley Library Quad. To celebrate students’ success, the College will present each science graduate with a special gift.

NEW! Jim Byford retirement: Please join us as IT Infrastructure celebrates our friend and colleague Jim Byford’s retirement, following a combined 32 years of loyal service to OSU.  A reception to honor Jim is planned for Friday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m., in the Agriculture Production Room at the LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

Lectures and Webinars

Master’s presentation: Michael D. Berry, MF candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present his project, ” Assessing Spatial Distribution and Availability of Forest Biomass by Harvesting System in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.”  The presentation will be held on Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in 107 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

Search Engine Optimization online course launches June 15: Discover strategies to boost traffic to your website, engage your online audience, and measure success with this seven-week online course. Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing is the third course in the Digital Brand Management Certificate crafted in partnership with OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Register today at pace.oregonstate.edu/digitalcomm.

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.

News for Employees

Advantage Accelerator Summer Cohort Begins July 2015: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 cohort. By participating in a five-month immersive cohort program, the Advantage Accelerator enables OSU community members to take an idea and turn it into a successful startup. For program information, please contact a program representative at (541) 368-5206 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/accelerator.

External Fees: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Monday, June 29, 2015. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external fees before they become effective on July 1, 2015.  The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk.  Comments should be directed to Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

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

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.

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!

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way West: On Monday June 15, 25 parking spaces will be shut down on Jefferson Way West, lot #3372 from 7: a.m. – 5 p.m. (View Map), for equipment delivery to the Hinsdale Wave Research Lab.

Sackett Place: As part of the sidewalk project on the west side of Austin Hall, Sackett Place will be closed at Jefferson Way (View Map) beginning on June 15, 7 a.m., and running through June 19, 4 p.m. During this closure, the existing sidewalk will be demoed and a new sidewalk will be installed .

Sackett Place: As part of the Campus Steam Repairs project, the intersection at Sackett Place at Intramural Lane Section will be closed June 15-19, between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. This shutdown and excavation will be hard fenced and only affect the east lane of Sackett Place at the Intramural Lane intersection. Traffic will only be allowed to pass on an emergency basis and as needed for deliveries.

ALS Loading Dock: As part of the LInC project, improvements are being made to the ALS Loading Dock. Concrete will be poured in front of the ALS Loading Dock Friday, June 12th. This will shut down access for ALS at the south entrance to fill nitrogen, receive deliveries, and have garbage service for Friday and over the weekend of the 13 and 14 while the concrete is curing. Normal service to the loading dock can resume on Monday, June 15.

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.

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.

Oregon Sea Grant at is accepting applications for a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is located in Corvallis. Posting #0014890. Closes June 19.

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.

The School of Arts and Communication in CLA invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Consultant-Academic Advisor in the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts areas. Posting #0015028. Closes June 26.

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.

University Housing and Dining Services seeks an Assignments and Room Management Coordinator. The ARMC provides programmatic leadership to and manages the Assignments and Room Management Program as well as well as represents the department at numerous Campus Visit and Orientation Programs. This position a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #14993. Closes July 5.

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: Summer weather is getting almost nearly perfect as we hit a high of 79 today under sunny skies. Tonight’s low will be 48. Sunny again tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 82, low of 47. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Gradual clearing today, high of 57, low of 50. Decreasing clouds tomorrow.

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

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