OSU Today

Monday, Sept. 21, 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.

Can advanced wood products lift rural Oregon? Editorial Agenda 2015 (Oregonian)

So what is cross-laminated timber, why is it a big deal and how much potential does it have to help revive Oregon’s wood products industry? Cross-laminated timber is actually a large panel that is assembled from multiple layers of wood. The middle is made from lower-value wood with higher-value wood on the outside, said Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. Once assembled, the panels are customized with openings for windows and doors and slots for wiring, and then shipped as a package. “You can almost think of this technology as a massive Ikea cabinet,” Maness said.

Microbeads entering our water daily could cover 300 tennis courts (Huffington Post Science)

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” co-author Stephanie Green, a conservation research fellow at the College of Science at Oregon State University, said in a statement. Wastewater treatment plants, she said, simply weren’t designed to handle microbeads, which she describes as “very durable.” (see also Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today)

A female ROTC Cadet makes Oregon Army National Guard history (KPTV)

Second Lieutenant Deanna Hollman has made history this week after graduating to become the first woman in the Oregon National Guard to go into combat arms as a field artillery officer. She graduated from the US Army ROTC at Oregon State University on Friday. (see also KMTR)

Goldfinger: Oregon not prepared for Big One (KOIN)

For the last 300 years it’s been very quiet, said Dr. Chris Goldfinger. The professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University has warned for years about the CSZ. But it wasn’t until a recent article in the New Yorker that struck a nerve and set off a nationwide discussion.

Packed day: 4,000 OSU students come to town for move-in Sunday (Register-Guard)

Hector Ortiz hauled hundreds of pounds of his granddaughter Lisette Guerrero’s belongings up to the third floor of McNary Hall at Oregon State University, but Ortiz had a smile on his face the whole time. (see also KEZIGazette-Times)

Oregon university presidents fed up with low funding (East Oregonian)

Oregon’s university presidents say years of higher education funding cuts are hurting student retention and graduation rates, as well as the economy.

Complaints about rapidly rising drug prices getting louder (Consumer Affairs)

As we reported in June, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Oregon State University (OSU) expressed alarm at the dramatic price rise for older drugs to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), even as newer drugs enter the market.

Higher speed limits mean fewer places to pass on Oregon highways (Boise State Public Radio)

David Hurwitz, an associate professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University, said faster speeds give drivers less time to make good choices. “As it ends up, we are not particularly good as drivers at judging speed and distance of moving objects,” he explained.

Overcoming our fears and avoiding robot overlords (Channel World)

The fear is that we will lose control of A.I. systems,” said Tom Dietterich, a professor and director of Intelligent Systems at Oregon State University. “What if they have a bug and go around causing damage to the economy or people, and they have no off switch? We need to be able to maintain control over these systems. We need to build mathematical theories to ensure we can maintain control and stay on the safe side of the boundaries.”

Monsanto wants to be the world’s greengrocer (Sustainable Brands)

“Monsanto largely had the upper hand with the GMO market,” Jim Myers, professor of vegetable breeding and genetics at Oregon State University, told Sustainable Brands. “In vegetables, especially when it comes to taste and quality, it is a much more level playing field with more competition. What may put Monsanto ahead of the competitors is the use of genomics in breeding vegetables.”

10 Question GeoGeek Rapid Fire: Dawn Wright @DeepSeaDawn (Giuser.com)

Here we go with another installment of 10 questions.  Dawn Wright was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University.

Master gardeners awards: Volunteers who help feed (Oregonian)

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program, a highly trained volunteer force that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants, has conferred top honors to its most dedicated ambassadors.

Researchers to conduct first analysis of complete beaver genome (Eurasia Review)

Researchers at Oregon State University, whose mascot is the beaver, are planning to analyze a complete set of Filbert’s DNA in order to improve their understanding of how the continent’s largest rodent fills its role as an ecosystem engineer.

Benton County 4-H information night coming Oct. 1 (Philomath Express)

Benton County 4-H Information Night is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in the auditorium. The community is invited to learn about how to get involved in the 4-H program as a member or volunteer leader. Four-H Clubs, representing a wide variety of project areas, will be at the event to talk to prospective members and leaders.


University Day 2015: Join in the celebration at University Day 2015 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 at the LaSells Stewart Center, the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and on 26th Street. Listen to keynote speaker Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education, meet friends and colleagues for the free lunch on 26th Street and learn more about OSU resources and other campus departments at the Expo. For the complete schedule and to register a booth, visit oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/schedule. For more information, contact events@oregonstate.edu.

TurnItIn and Canvas: TurnItIn is OSU’s new plagiarism prevention service, integrated with Canvas. Learn about creating TurnItIn assignments and understanding originality reports. We will review the sources that TurnItIn compares student papers to, and how students use TurnItIn. Monday Sept. 21, 2 -2:50 p.m. Register Here. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough.

NEW! Defense Seminar: Andrew Wentworth will present his WRS MS research and thesis defense on Monday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. in Burt 193. His presentation is entitled: “Flow-Solute: A Tool for Exploring the Effects of Nitrogen Management in Alternative Future Scenarios.”

Upcoming Events

NEW! Web Communications & Content Strategy Meetup: Join the OSU web community in discussing and learning about creating and maintaining helpful web content for our many audiences on Sept. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in ALS 3005. Learn more about the campus Web Communicators group or contact Erin.Martin@oregonstate.edu to be added to the mailing list.

NEW! Orange & Black Rally: OSU will hold an Orange & Black Rally on campus for new students on Wednesday, Sept. 23, beginning at about 5:15 p.m. in Reser Stadium. 26th Street will be closed off for the event. There will be games, contests and music in Parker Plaza outside of Reser Stadium during and after a student dinner ($). The community is invited to join the event at 7:30 p.m. inside Reser, when the OSU marching band performs. A fireworks program will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff and faculty may shop for their departments 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Fall into Service on Saturday Sept. 26: Start the year engaged with your community! Join the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership & Involvement to learn about and contribute to organizations that are doing great work to strengthen our local community while building connections with others at OSU.5 projects (Stone Soup, SAGE Garden, Heartland Humane Society, Benton County Natural Areas, and Craft ‘N Care for Jackson Street Youth Shelter, BENCO, and Corvallis Manor) ranging in time throughout the morning and into the afternoon are available, Check in is at the SEC Plaza (between the MU and SEC) for all projects. Click here to register for Fall into Service! Participants will need to login using their ONIDs to register. Learn more about Fall into Service: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/cce/events/fall-service

NEW! Get Ready to Shake Out:  Is your work group or class participating on Oct. 10 at 10:15 am?  Do you know what actions you are to take?  Visit the OSU Emergency Preparedness website (emergency.oregonstate.edu) for more information.  Participation is voluntary but highly encouraged.  Contact Mike Bamberger, Emergency Preparedness Manager for more details.

NEW! Save the date – Retirement Reception for Deborah Maddy: A retirement reception is being held to celebrate and recognize the work and achievements of Deborah Maddy, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Associate Director of the OSU Extension Service. Thursday, Oct. 22, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the MU 104 Joyce Powell Journey Room. Deb will retire on Oct. 31 after 18 years of OSU service. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

LInC grand opening: OSU is celebrating the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art academic building that will showcase classrooms unlike any found elsewhere on university campuses. A celebration of the new space will be held at the building on Tuesday, Sept. 22, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Arena Classroom (Room 100), 165 S.W. Sackett Place. Open house tours will follow the program until 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://is.oregonstate.edu/accounts-support/academic-technology/learning-innovation-center-linc or 541-737-6552.

Perform at OSU Fall Drag Show:  The Drag Show is a fabulous evening of radical gender performances, including lip syncing, poetry, and dazzling dancing! Performers of all experience levels are invited to apply online by Oct. 9. The Fall Drag Show will be on Saturday, Oct. 31 at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information contact rcosu@oregonstate.edu.  

Lectures and Webinars

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

News for Employees

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/lc1-emergence.

Support needed for Welcome Week events: Volunteers are needed to support our new students during welcome week.  If you are available and willing to give your time, we’d love to have you around to continue to welcome in our new students!  You can find an overview of the events and sign up to volunteer online at http://www.slottr.com/sheets/394480.  Contact dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu if you have questions.

Professional training: Start the academic year with employee professional development opportunities presented by the Center for Training & Organizational Development! Sessions include Delivering Exceptional Service, Why Training Doesn’t Work: For Frustrated Managers, Situational Leadership, Leadership in the Moment, and Managing for Performance Outcomes. Sessions are free to OSU employees and departments.  Click here for details and registration.

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges and Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16 – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges – New Interventions for Global Health – Vaccine Manufacturing: Deadline is Nov. 5 and for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16: Deadline is Nov. 11. http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.

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

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.

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.

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. Closes Sept. 22.

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.

EXTENDED! Education Program Assistant  1 – The Douglas Co Extension Office SNAP-Ed program invites applications for a part-time (.90 FTE), Limited-duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position. Posting #0015869. Closes Sept. 24.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Office Specialist, This position provides a first point of contact for students and visitors at INTO OSU. This is a general administrative and customer service position designed to provide a high level of support and assistance to students to enhance their university experience. For more information: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=18935712 For full consideration apply by Sept.  26. Closes Oct. 3.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Lead Office Specialist, The Lead Office Specialist is responsible for the oversight of the Welcome Desk staff and student employee team whose mission is to operate as the central resource of INTO OSU.  For more information or to apply please follow the link: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=18935732 For full consideration apply by Sept.  26. Closes Oct. 3.

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.

Accountant 1-  The Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Accountant 1. Posting #0015936. Apply by Sept. 30.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Arts & Sciences Business Center (ASBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position.  Posting #0016003. Closes Oct. 4.

Accountant 1 – The Arts & Sciences Business Center (ASBC) invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), Accountant 1 positions. Posting #0015994.  Closes Oct. 4.

Education Program Assistant 1 – The Harney County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (.89 FTE), EPA 1 position. Posting #0015996. Closes Oct. 5.

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.

Senior Fiscal Officer-  The Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Senior Fiscal Officer position.  Posting #0016021.  Closes Oct. 7.

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.

The School of Psychological Science is accepting applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Clinical Health Psychology. Posting #0015555. Full consideration date Oct. 30.

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 School of Psychological Science is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in Human Neuroscience. Posting #0015412.  Full consideration Nov. 13.

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.

Assistant/Associate Professor– The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant or Associate Professor in BIS. Posting #0015932. For full consideration apply by Jan. 15, 2016.

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:  “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ~ John Donne. Sunny today after morning showers, high of 73, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 74, low of 48. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog followed by sunshine. High of 64, low of 46. More of the same tomorrow.

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


For comments or feedback about this email contact

Find the OSU Today Web site and archive online.

Submission guidelines

Copyright © 2019 Oregon State University. Disclaimer.

OSU Today is a daily e-mail news briefing provided by OSU News and Communication Services. Contact us to unsubscribe or subscribe, or visit lists.oregonstate.edu to manage your subscriptions.