OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 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.

Jade Helm exercise comes to an end (Houston Chronicle)

Christopher Nichols, an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University and an expert on the U.S. military, said Jade Helm “was most likely intended to simulate a situation of maneuvering in occupied territory comprised of low-population density areas of houses and small towns.”

Pets are lazy thinkers compared to wolves, and domestication may be to blame (Daily Mail UK)

Dr Monique Udell, an animal behaviour researcher at Oregon State University who conducted the study, said humans appear to have conditioned the animals to not think for themselves. (see also SmithsonianSciencePhys.Org)

Seattle-based Plum Creek pledges $1 million to OSU’s planned forest complex (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University’s plans to build an Oregon Forest Science Complex just got a big boost with a $1 million pledge from Seattle-based Plum Creek, one of the largest private land and timber owners in the United States.

What’s wrong with childcare in Oregon? (OPB)

“For Oregon, the question is broader than childcare,” Bobbie Weber, a researcher in family policy at Oregon State University, told Think Out Loud host Dave Miller Tuesday. “Why are our housing prices so much higher than in other states? The cost to families is a double whammy. You can’t do without housing, and it’s pretty hard to do without childcare. So they get hit twice.”

Bend Transit expansion ready to roll (KTVZ)

The Cascades East Transit system in Bend is expanding come Monday, and OSU-Cascades is doing their part of meeting the community’s transportation goals. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Governor Kate Brown announces initiatives to expand advanced wood manufacturing (Cascade Business News)

A design competition to promote the use of CLT: To encourage more developers to use cross-laminated timber, the State of Oregon and its partners will host a design competition with $200,000 in funding and services. The competition is co-sponsored by Oregon BEST and a new collaborative partnership between Oregon State University and University of Oregon, the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design.

Previously unknown flea genus and species discovered in fossilized dominican amber (Phys.Org)

Dr. George Poinar, Jr., an entomologist from Oregon State University, has found a fossilized flea the like of which he has never seen. Its basic characteristics are so strange, he says, that it deserves its own genus. And in fact, the name of the genus he has applied to the insect, Atopopsyllus, means “strange flea” in Greek.

OSU Greek leaders get a taste of fire safety training (Gazette-Times)

Johnson and Bashey, juniors in the Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma sororities respectively, were participating in the Corvallis Fire Department’s fire academy for leadership in OSU’s Greek Life. Jim Patton, fire prevention officer with Corvallis fire, said about 75 students turned out for the training session, which included a lecture and then hands-on activities.

OSU discussion to ponder Constitution (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professors Thomas Bahde, Marisa Chappell, Joseph Orosco and Christopher McKnight Nichols will offer thoughts on the amendments during a Thursday panel discussion. The free event will begin at 3 p.m. in the La Raza Room, Memorial Union 208.

New farmers learn root-level basics at OSU Farm School (Capital Press)

He was speaking to a class of beginning beekeepers, but Joe Maresh’s advice probably could apply to all the prospective farmers who attended Oregon State University’s one-day Small Farms School: “Take your stings.”


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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Civil Liberties & Citizenship (Constitution Day):   The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution extended the civil and legal protections of citizens to former slaves, but the struggle to achieve equality continues to this day.  Join Professors Thomas Bahde, Marisa Chappell, Joseph Orosco, Christopher McKnight Nichols and Ben Mutschler for a panel discussion on the context and legacy of the three Reconstruction amendments.   MU 208: La Raza Room. Thursday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Folk Club: The OSU Folk Club recently changed their by-laws to include all women employees of OSU (both current and former), as well as wives/female partners of OSU employees.The OSU Folk Club sponsors several events each year and funds grants and scholarships.  You can find out more on our website at: http://oregonstate.edu/osufolk/thrift-shop We are always interested in new members, as well as volunteers for the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop.

NEW! Leadership opportunity: The date has been extended for this exciting leadership development opportunity! Applications are now being accepted through Sept. 28 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. Open to all employees. For details and application materials, visit website http://hr.oregonstate.edu/lci-emergence.

Move-In: Fall 2015 Move-in Day is Sunday, Sept. 20. More information about how to sign up to volunteer is provided below. 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.

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

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

Traffic and maintenance

Parking changes due to Friday, Sept. 25 night game at 7 p.m. vs Stanford: Employees and students are encouraged to find alternative transportation to campus that day, or to park very strategically, as some lots will be restricted to those with game day passes only after 3 p.m. on Sept. 25. On gameday, OSU parking permit holders will be allowed to park in any A, B, or C zone, regardless of their permitted zone, but some parking lots will be closing at 1 p.m. (Reser & Parking Garage) midday to employees and students to accommodate ticketholders. Other lots will need to be promptly vacated at 5 p.m. that day. For additional game-day parking information, please visit: http://beavertickets.com/gameday/parking-transportation/ . If you have questions, please call the OSU Athletics event hotline at 541-737-7375 or e-mail the OSU Athletics event management staff at Event.Management@Oregonstate.edu

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.

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.


Corvallis: ‘Tis the last rose of summer, Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone.” ~   Thomas Moore. Rain is here but it’s not set to stay. By tomorrow it will fade to showers, and sunshine returns for the weekend. High today of 62, low of 52.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 58, low of 44. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 59, low of 53. Showers tomorrow.

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

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