OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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.

What do wild animals do in a wildfire? (National Geographic)

“People look at burned areas and think they’re dead. They’re not dead. They’ve just changed,” Patricia Kennedy, a wildlife biologist at Oregon State University in Union, said in 2014. “It’s a whole new habitat.”

Soil water in many biomes is segregated into different compartments (Phys Org)

The results of fieldwork by Jeffrey McDonnell and colleagues in Canada show that water in soils is compartmentalized between evaporation and transpiration in some soil areas and groundwater and streams in other areas. The phenomenon appears to be widespread in many types of biomes. McDonnell is a courtesy professor in the Oregon State College of Forestry.

Oregon State U to encourage no-car commutes at Bend campus (KSLR)

Oregon State University is considering rewards for students who don’t drive to the Cascades campus in Bend, opening fall 2016. The campus’s transportation plan calls for a fifth of its students to arrive by vehicle. Limited parking spots are being considered to reduce drivers, as well as incentives like tuition remission or credit toward a giveaway, the Bulletin reported. (see also Register-Guard)

Artificial intelligence (National Magazine)

Losing control of an AI system – through programming errors in safety-critical systems, for example – actually  represents a greater threat than the possibility of a sentient robot wanting to harm humanity, some observers say. “This kind of scenario, it seems to me, is the most likely way in which an intelligent system will cause widespread harm,” Thomas Dietterich, a computer science professor at Oregon State University, said in an email interview.

OSU, Portland insurer collaborate on population health effort (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University is establishing the Oregon Center for Health Innovation to develop solutions for the most pressing health problems and build the workforce to address those challenges.

Whale mAPP brings power of mobile technology to marine biology (KTOO Public Media)

The Whale mAPP app allows users to log sightings of marine mammals. The entries are entered into a database and sent back to Oregon State University where researcher Courtney Hann tries to figure out what the data means.

Solving Oregon’s childcare dilemma (OPB Think Out Loud)

Childcare in America is expensive, but the price tag in Oregon is especially high. A study by Oregon State University showed that the median price of childcare in Oregon is nearly $12,000 a year. When that cost is taken as a percentage of yearly income, Oregon ranks as the third-least affordable state for childcare in the country.

Genetic engineering could save species from dying out (Quartz)

Regulations on genetic engineering combine with restrictions built into green forest certification programs to stymie rapid and innovative useof GMO trees to adapt to climate change and introduced pests, says Steven Strauss, professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University.

On OSU-Cascades campus, building starts to take shape (Bend Bulletin)

Nearly three months into construction, crews have begun work on the academic building on the OSU-Cascades campus off Southwest Century Drive in Bend.

A new leaf: NW Ecoliteracy Collaborative aims to teach children sustainability (Portland Tribune)

The project comes on the heels of legislative action in the spring to give Outdoor School experience to all Oregon public schoolchildren. Senate Bill 439 directs the Oregon State University Extension Service to develop standards and curriculum for outdoor educators.

New project studies aurora with National Science Foundation grant (News Miner)

The project — which is funded by a $667,000 National Science Foundation Inspire grant meant to foster cross-discipline collaboration among scientists — is headed by scientists Russell Cosgrove and Michael Nicolls of the Stanford Research Institute and geophysicist Adam Schultz of Oregon State University.


Free Fall Gardening Talks at Philomath Library: Classes held from 6:30 –7:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting on Sept. 15 until Oct. 13. Topics include Winter Gardening, Backyard Beekeeping, Garden & Tool Maintenance, and Planting Bulbs. Hosted by the OSU Extension Benton County Master Gardeners and the Philomath Library. Click here for more details.

Upcoming Events

OSUsed Store Extended Hours: The OSUsed Store is open for extended hours this week, during which personal or department purchases may be made – Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 16-18, noon to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit our website.

Lindsay Phoenix retirement: Please join us as the Business and Engineering Business Center celebrates our friend and colleague Lindsay Phoenix’s retirement, following almost 18 years of service to OSU. A reception to honor Lindsay is planned for Friday, Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m., in the Kelley Engineering Atrium. Cake and drinks will be served.

Time is Running Out – Register Now for OSU’s Craft Brewery Startup Workshop in Bend, Sept. 21-24:  This course is helping entrepreneurs across the Pacific Northwest and beyond launch their own amazing beer brands. Gain insights from Ninkasi Brewing Company and other experts! Learn more.

E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate: Five online short courses designed to equip educators with the principles and technical skills to design effective and engaging e-learning strategy. Learn more.

Sustainable Landscaping Online Course Registration Ends Sept. 24.  Learn about new, creative approaches to manage yards, gardens and shared outdoor spaces with far less maintenance. Learn more.

Dads & Family Weekend: Mark your calendars for Dads & Family Weekend Nov. 6-8. The Memorial Union Program Council is working on the schedule for the printed and online Dads & Family Weekend program and needs any events or activities you want to be included in the program.  Again, please be sure to send your event/activity names, times and locations, to stacey.wai@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 28.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Defense Seminar: Kylie Pace, MS candidate in Water Resources Science, will defend her thesis: “Sediment Pulse Behavior in Gravel-bedded Streams.” The presentation is schedule for Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9 am in Wilkinson, Room 203. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us: Registration is open for this day-long workshop that utilizes the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community-building model. This interactive workshop will introduce participants learning and skills that can empower them to become more effective leaders and allies. Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Complete details: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/97032/.  Pre-registration required https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_7UnBsKxMBhEJECV.

Environmental Health Science Colloquium: This month we have two speakers on Thursday Sept. 17 from noon-12:30 p.m. in Hallie Ford Center 115. Presentations include Gloria Garcia “Discovery of a Conserved Long Noncoding RNA Upregulated in Response to the Xenobiotic Activation of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor” and Paroma Chatterjee “Truncated Forms of Otoferlin Rescue Loss of Otoferlin Phenotype in Zebrafish”.  Series information:  http://bit.ly/1Jkyti0

Online and/or onsite HR certification test prep begins Sept. 20: Developing HR skills is invaluable – no matter what business you’re in. Earn the new standard in HR certification with the Society for Human Resource Management and OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education. We’re excited to partner with Dennis Carr to prepare Oregon HR pros for their SHRM exams! Register now at pace.oregonstate.edu/SHRM

Small-Scale Equipment Field Day: The OSU Extension Small Farms Program is hosting a Small-Scale Equipment Field Day on Sept. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (844 SW 35th St. Corvallis, OR). Finding the right tools and scale-appropriate equipment can be challenging for small farmers. The registration fee is $25/person. For more information and registration visit http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallequip or call OSU Extension office in Benton County at 541-766-3556.

Civil engineering historian: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is pleased to host veteran builder and award-winning civil engineering historian Raymond “Paul” Giroux  for a lecture about renowned infrastructure projects on Monday, Oct. 5. The presentation, “Great Builders,” is the first lecture of the newly launched OSU CCE Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by Kiewit. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required for this free event. Register at http://cce.oregonstate.edu/dls

Workshop for NSF GRFP ApplicantsThe Graduate School is offering an intensive workshop to help OSU students prepare competitive applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. The workshop will be conducted in two sessions – Session 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Session 2 on Thursday, Oct. 8. Both sessions will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Linus Pauling Science Center Auditorium (LPSC 125). Seating is limited, Click here to register. More information can be found on the Graduate School website under upcoming events.

News for Employees

Join us in the world’s largest earthquake Drill: On Oct. 15 at 10:15 am, the Great Oregon Shake Out earthquake drill is being conducted.  Everyone is asked to Drop, Cover, and Hold On for 60 seconds to practice their response to an earthquake.  Weekly announcements leading up to Oct. 10 at 10:15 will remind you to participate.  For more information, contact Mike Bamberger, Emergency Preparedness Manager, or visit the OSU Emergency Preparedness website (emergency.oregonstate.edu).

Just in Time Emergency Preparedness Bulletin – Family Care in Disasters: Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can cope with disaster by creating a disaster plan. Knowing what to do is not only your responsibility, but is the best protection for your family.  Take time to review and share the Family Care in Disasters with your family, staff, students, and friends.  Copies of the flyer can be downloaded at: http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/preparedness-topics.

News from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences: Read how an alumna became a sexual violence prevention advocate, find out who is the new BioPop co-director, watch a student-athlete discuss his passion for football and Kinesiology, learn about a new club for students interested in health research and more here and in Synergies. http://bit.ly/1g9IYvb

UHDS Eco2Go Program for 2015-2016: Beginning Sept. 14, UHDS is changing how food is served to-go at campus dining centers. UHDS restaurants will provide reusable to-go containers in each dining center. This operational shift will save an estimated 600,000 disposable containers from reaching the landfill each year. The new orange Eco2Go containers can be easily returned in the dining centers, resident hall kitchens and in designated receptacles across campus. UHDS would like to thank all of the past participants that helped pilot the Eco2Go program over the past three years, by offering a one-time free coffee. Stop by any dining center office and present your “tag” or green old Eco2Go container to receive your coupon. For more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/eco2go

Momentum! Read the College of Engineering stories that put the spotlight on additive manufacturing research, humanitarian engineering, and the inaugural Graduate Engineering Research Expo in the latest issue of Momentum!

Leadership development: Announcing a new leadership development opportunity! Applications are being accepted through Sept. 21 for the Leadership Collaborative I-Emergence program.  In this 5-session program, participants will develop capacity as Emergent Leaders capable of transforming the OSU Vision from an idea into reality. For details and application materials, visit website http://hr.oregonstate.edu/lci-emergence.

Fall 2015 On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall 2015 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday Sept. 20. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. We appreciate your support as we prepare to welcome our new students to OSU.  To see the move-in schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.  If you have questions please contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Sept. 22  to submit the application for employees attending other former OUS Universities during Fall 2015. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

Move-In: Fall 2015 Move-in Day is Sunday, Sept. 20. More information about how to sign up to volunteer is provided below. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Sept. 14. Volunteering as an individual Fill out this form: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bmBmE3jpJP4ypP7. Volunteering as a group or organization – Fill out the following form: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Qo0RqoTz9gcUjr.

Traffic and maintenance

26th Street: As part of the University Day Lunch, beginning at 8: a.m., Sept. 21, 26th Street will be closed between the southeastern driveway into Reser Stadium off of 26th  and  the south side of A Street at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center until 5 p.m. The Beaver Bus routes will be detoured around this closure

26th Street: As part of the New Student Walk & Picnic, 26th Street will be closed between the southeastern driveway into Reser Stadium off of 26th  up to Washington Way, Ralph Miller Lane will be closed at 26th. These closures will run from 2 – 8 p.m., Sept. 23. There will be rolling closures on  26th Street while the walk is happening from the MU down to Reser Stadium. The Beaver Bus routes will be detoured around this closure

Washington Way: As part of the Emergency Preparedness Exercise, a few spaces in the Washington Way lot (3293) will be closed on Sept. 18, 7 a.m. to noon

Parking Garage: As part of the parking lot maintenance program, the Parking Garage (View Map) will be closed for maintenance from 6 a.m., Sept. 16, 5 p.m. to Sept. 18. Floors will open up as work is finished. Signs will be posted.

Dearborn: As part of the Dearborn Hall Walkway Improvements project, the west approach to the breezeway between Dearborn and Rogers Hall (View Map) will be closed to make repairs to the walkway on the west side of the breezeway, through Sept. 23. Construction vehicles may need to utilize the parking lot east of Dearborn or the Weniger parking lot at times. There will be some noise during demolition. Dust and mud should be minimal and be contained within the work area.

Milam Hall: As part of the Milam Hall Generator Enclosure Project, the landscaped area in the SE corner and along the south side of Milam Hall will be closed beginning Aug. 31,  through Oct. 15.  Also, a portion of the East-West walk along the north edge of the MU Quad will be closed during construction.  The south entrance may need to be closed at times. There will be some noise and dust during construction – excavation, conduit boring, construction vehicles.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Remodel Project, a section of the parking lot will be closed starting July 13- Oct. 10. (View Map).


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

Administrative Program Assistant – The Graduate School invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Administrative Program Assistant position. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #0015842. Full consideration date is Sept. 15. Closes Sept. 22.

Assessment Coordinator: College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assessment Coordinator. Posting #0015813. For full consideration apply by Sept. 15.

Education Program Assistant1 – The Douglas County Extension Office SNAP-Ed program invites applications for a

10 month, .9 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position (36 hours a week). Posting #0015869. Closes Sept. 16.

Coordinator- Leadership Academy – The Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Part-Time ( .49 FTE ) 9 month, Coordinator- Academic Program 2 position. Posting #0015795. Closes Sept. 18.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Analyst Programmer, this position working on projects that will support the functional needs of departments and staff within INTO OSU as well as external customers. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. For more information or to apply please follow the link: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=18802062 Apply by Sept. 20.

The Office of University Marketing is recruiting to fill one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0015735. Closes Sept. 21.

Full-time Administrative Program Assistant position for the Political Science department within the School of Public Policy. Posting #0015946. Closes Sept. 21.

Coordinator – Outreach Program – The Yamhill County Extension office Outreach and Engagement program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed term, Outreach Program Coordinator position. Posting #0015756. Closes Sept. 21.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position.  Posting #0015764. Closes Sept. 21.

Accountant 2-  The Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accountant 2 position. Posting #0015899.  Closes Sep. 22.

Analyst Programmer – OSU Libraries and Press (OSULP) seeks a creative, curious and collaborative fulltime Analyst Programmer (competency level 3) to join our motivated team of developers and staff as they re-envision strategic core applications such as the institutional repository and digital collections platforms. Posting #0015794. Closes Sept. 23.

The Oregon Sea Grant Department is seeking a Fiscal Officer. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0015809. Closes Sept. 24.

Executive Assistant-VPIP – The Vice Provost for International Programs (VPIP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant position. Posting #0015907. Closes Sept. 25.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Sept. 25  Interested parties should apply to posting #0015391 no later than midnight on Sept. 25.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Assistant Professor (Practice) Oregon State University Extension Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed term, Assistant Professor (Practice) in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal  & Rangeland  Sciences. Posting #0015791. Closes Sept. 27.

Marketing and Communications Manager – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Specialist 2. Posting #0015631. Closes Sept. 28.

Program Representative 2  The Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Program Representative 2 position.  Posting #0015923.  Closes Sept. 28.

The Oregon Sea Grant Department is seeking a Boater Outreach Coordinator.  This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, grant funded, professional faculty position. This position is supervised by the OSG Extension Leader. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Oregon Sea Grant Director. Posting# 0015799. Closes Sept. 28.

Grants/Contract Technician – This is an Internal Employment Opportunity. Sea Grant is recruiting to fill one full time Grants and Contracts Technician. Posting #0015906.  Closes Sept. 30.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position. Posting # 0015917. Closes Sept. 30.

Associate Registrar– The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Associate Registrar position. Posting #0015912. Closes Sept. 30.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0015891. Closes Sept. 30.

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. Closes Sept. 30.

Administrative Support Coordinator – The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Administrative Support Coordinator position. Posting # 0015857. Closes for full consideration Oct. 5.

Director – The Food Innovation Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12 month, fixed-term position as Director.  Posting #0015613.  Closes Dec. 1, with a full consideration closing date of Oct. 15.  This position is located in Portland, OR.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – The Animal and Range Science Extension Field Faculty department serving the Columbia Plateau Region invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice). Posting #0015774. Closes Oct. 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.

Oregon State University is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on improving postsecondary STEM education through various curricular and instructional reforms leading to organizational change. The positions are funded by NSF grants from the WIDER, PRIME, and FIRE programs. To read more about the positions, their requirements, benefits, and how to apply, please see http://stem.oregonstate.edu/ad-transdisciplinary-postdocs.

Finance Director – The OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a Finance Director. View position description at www.osualum.com/jobs. Apply with a cover letter and resume to osualum.com@oregonstate.edu . Open until filled.


Corvallis: Campus is filling up again, old friends are reuniting and class is just around the corner. Chance of rain today after 11 a.m., high of 64, low of 50. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today with a chance of rain by nightfall, and showers likely tomorrow. High of 59, low of 33.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 60, low of 51. Rain tomorrow.

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

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