OSU Today

June 15-19, 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.

Leisurely walk and and doing chores as good as workout for elderly (Express UK)

Professor Brad Cardinal, of Oregon State University in the US, said: “You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week. “There appears to be some real value in devoting at least three per cent of the 168 hours available in a week to these light forms of physical activity.”

Oregon State University’s 146th commencement (KEZI)

Oregon State University is one of the only universities in the nation to physically hand graduates their diplomas on graduation day. On Saturday, more than 6,000 students walked across the stage to get theirs. It was their 146th commencement ceremony at Reser Stadium. (see also Democrat-Herald)

NSF awards $12 million to spur an engineering education revolution (Science 360)

James Sweeney and co-investigators Michelle Bothwell, Milo Koretsky, Devlin Montfort and Susan Nolen will focus on the Oregon State University department of chemical, biomedical and environmental engineering with the project “Shifting Departmental Culture to Re-Situate Learning and Instruction.”

Army ROTC commissioning mixture of pride and tears (Gazette-Times)

More than 6,000 Oregon State University students will receive degrees today in general commencement exercises at Reser Stadium. A smaller, more intimate graduation event took place Friday in McAlexander Fieldhouse.

Using technology to understand what makes bike riders so fast (Beta News)

The other winner was Charlotte Wickham, assistant Professor of Statistics at Oregon State University, who claimed the visualization prize by tracking each riders’ racing line and displaying this on a map of the track, thus providing a visual representation of each lap.

El Niño seen strengthening, unlikely to bring drought relief (KUOW)

Oregon Climate Service Director Philip Mote of Oregon State University said El Niño typically affects our Northwest winter more than summer. “It does make it more likely the winter will be warmer than average and also in the Northwest that it would be drier than average,” he said.

Community beliefs, access to lawyers benefit accused Oregon State athletes (ESPN)

The schools in the study are mostly college towns, but they vary in size, demographics and political sentiment, which factors into how criminals — regardless of status — are prosecuted. One such example is Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University.

Steve Duin: Oregon State stands its ground in Bend (Oregonian)

In Oregon college circles, we all know which valley school trademarked the take-no-prisoners, make-no-apologies, our-way-or-the-highway approach to civic engagement. But, shazam! Oregon State University is catching on, based on its aggressive approach to the siting of a west-side Bend campus.

Pollock B season outlook: Stable supply, surimi focus, optimism on PBO (Undercurrent News)

Demand for surimi worldwide has been rising about 3-5% every year for the past three to four years, Jae Park, Oregon State University seafood professor and the host of the annual “Surimi Forum” (blog from 2015 forum here) attended by some of the biggest names in the surimi business each spring.

A sensational year for Oregon State athletics (Gazette-Times)

It’s hard to imagine a more successful and exciting school year at Oregon State when it comes to athletics than what transpired in 2014-15. There was continued success in many sports, while other programs took fans on a wild ride into the postseason for the first time in quite some time.

Boxwood blight: A serious problem, says OSU extension plant pathology specialist (Oregonian)

Boxwood blight, which first showed up in nurseries in Oregon in 2011, is making inroads in the Portland area, according to Jay W. Pscheidt, a plant pathology specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

I belong to Oregon State Dairy Club (Progressive Dairyman)

Last year, I had the opportunity to serve the dairy industry as the 2011 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador, an experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. This summer I am working as a communications intern with the Oregon Dairy Products Commission and looking forward to this fall when we can kick off a great year for the OSU Dairy Club!

Stay stronger, stay younger (Valley Morning Star)

Strength training improves balance and can also maintain, and in some cases improve bone mineral density. In a recent Oregon State University study of postmenopausal women in their early 50s, women who were told to do two weight-lifting exercises twice a week for a year, participants increased the bone density of their spine while the women who didn’t do the exercise lost roughly 3.5% of their spine bone density. Additional benefits include helping to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, and as we know with any exercise, improving stress management.


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. 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.


Science Communicators End-of-the-Year Mixer: June 16, 4– 5:30 p.m., Sky High Brewing. More information: http://conta.cc/1GvodGr


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.

NEW! OSUsed Store Afternoon Sale: We are open for our weekly public sale Wednesday, noon 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.


Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium: June 18, noon, Hallie Ford Center room 115. Chris Sullivan from CGRB will present. More information from the Superfund Research Center: http://bit.ly/1Jkyti0


NEW! Closed for Inventory: Printing and Mailing Services will be holding their annual inventory on Friday, June 19.  The Research Way location will be closed all day Friday.  The XPress Stop location will be open summer hours, 8am-5pm.  Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at 7-9062 or Kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

Master’s Defense: Jorge Delgado, MS candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present his project, ”Using Acoustic Measurements and Inventory Data to Estimate Stiffness in Standing Douglas-Fir Trees.”  The presentation will be held on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. in 313 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

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.


NEW! Albany Garden Tour: Through the Garden Gate on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Linn County Master Gardeners 16th Annual June Garden Tour. This tour will feature six unique gardens that showcase how ‘gardening is a gift’ that can be learned. Garden tour tickets may be purchased at the Albany Visitor’s Center, Nichol’s Nursery, Garland’s Nursery and Tom’s Garden Center. Cost is $15.

Upcoming Events

Drones, robots and underwater vehicles for research— Attend the Autonomous Systems @ OSU Event, June 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Research presentations, campus updates, industry and economic development panels relevant to unmanned systems that fly, crawl, and swim.  Information and registration at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/autonomoussystems/ Contact Ann Schmierer, 541-737-1180, for questions.

Fermented Foods Class Series: Three class offered: Sauerkraut and Kimchi on July 27, Pickles & Vegetables on August 3, Kombucha and Infused Vinegars on August 10. All classes are on a Monday evening from 6 – 8:30 p.m. $12 a class or $30 for the series. Sign-up and pay ahead of time to reserve your spot. Call Benton County Extension Service at 541-766-6750 to register.

News for Employees

NEW! ID Center Memorial Union relocation: On July 1-2, the ID Center will be relocating to its new location in the Memorial Union—room 103, next to JavaStop.  The office will be closed for regular business during the move, but we will continue monitoring email throughout the move and will respond to requests and inquiries.  The office will be open for regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the new location starting Monday, July 6.

NEW! Summer Hours:  Printing and Mailing Services is now on Summer hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  This will effect both the Research Way and XPress Stop Location.  If you have any questions, please contact Kiara Goldtrap at 7-9062 or Kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

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 5:00 p.m. on June 23, 2015 and should be directed to the same email address.

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

Recreational Sports Family & Guest Access: Did you know that anyone with an active OSU ID card can sponsor themselves and others into Recreational Sports at the daily pass rate ($7/day per person)? Consider entertaining friends and family with Recreational Sports! Interested in membership? Summer term memberships are only $83 and are valid until Sept. 18. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

Traffic and Maintenance

Power shutdown: To safely facilitate connection of the Pharmacy Standby Generator to the building’s systems, numerous buildings (see below) must be taken offline on Saturday, June 20, starting at 9 a.m..  Some buildings are to be restored during the day, but will need to be taken offline later in the afternoon to facilitate the re-energizing of all the buildings. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Benton Annex, Gladys Valley, Kearney Hall, Pharmacy Buildling. 9-10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.:  Callahan, Kerr, McAlexander, McNary, Snell, Wilson.

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.

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.

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.

Oregon State University’s (OSU) Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a full time Animal Attendant for employment in the Small Animal Hospital. Review and apply to posting #0015062.  Closes June 22.

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.

Office Specialist 1 – The Lincoln County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (.80 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position. Posting #0015071. Closes June 24.

Counselor – Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term,  Counselor position. Re-appointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015070. Closes June 25.

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.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a part-time (.40 FTE), 12 month, fixed term, Project Coordinator/Faculty Research Assistant (FRA). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015081.  For full consideration please apply by June 30. Closes July 30.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, fixed term, Faculty Researcher (FRA) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015076. For full consideration apply by June 30. Closes July 31.

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.

Procurement Manager – Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Procurement Manager position Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0015061. Closes July 6.

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: “Long about knee-deep in June, ‘Bout the time strawberries melts On the vine.” ~  James Witcomb Riley. Mostly sunny this week with a few evening clouds, highs in the mid to upper 70s, lows in the upper 40s.

Central Oregon: Sunny this week with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s and lows in the 50s.

Newport: Mostly cloudy to partly sunny, highs in the upper 50s, lows in the upper 40s.

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

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