OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 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.

Due to the continued interruption of off-campus electrical power service to Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus, OSU campus operations in Corvallis will not open until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The power outage affects approximately two dozen buildings on campus. Check t
he OSU homepage for updates.

“Will we love our robotic pets?” and other questions for the future (Washington Post)

 For example, talking with Bill Smart, an associate professor of robotics at Oregon State University, the reporters discuss the end of robotic pets’ “lives”: When one breaks, will its heartbroken owner want to download its memory into an identical replacement? Or would that tech-savvy owner cheerfully upgrade to the latest iPet iteration?

Deadly waves: Which places are most at risk for a tsunami? (Yahoo Travel)

Chile and Peru have gone to great lengths to protect their population from such events by implementing early warning systems and building sea walls to protect coastal areas. “The [recent] Chile earthquake had an amazingly low loss of life,” says Robert Yeats, a professor of geology and geophysics at the Oregon State University. “A similar earthquake in 1939 killed more than 20,000. This points out how much Chile has done to prepare.”

OSU ecologists: Engagement key to sustainability goals (KTVZ)

A group of ecologists at Oregon State University argue that scientific “business as usual” will fall far short of what is needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are expected to be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly this month.

Instead of robots taking jobs, A.I. may help humans do their jobs better (Computer World)

“There are many exciting areas [in A.I.] coming up, but A.I. and human cooperation is an area with tremendous potential,” said Tom Dietterich, a professor and director of Intelligent Systems at Oregon State University. “Instead of A.I. systems replacing people in the workplace, each of us would have an A.I. assistant that we would train in our lives and the two of us, together, would be employed … This is where we can see super-human performance coming from the combination of the human and the computer.”

New classroom building at OSU set to open (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has scheduled a 1 p.m. celebration Tuesday for the unveiling of its most significant construction project for the 2015-16 school year, a new classroom building on Sackett Place.

OSU study: Have we made dogs lazier or dumber than their wolf ancestors? (Register-Guard)

When your call your dog your “fur baby,” you’re making a statement that’s deeper and truer than you may have realized. That’s the upshot of a study, conducted by Oregon State University assistant professor Monique Udell and published last week in a Royal Society journal called Biology Letters. (see also OPB)

Preparing a dust bath for chickens (Living the Country Life)

Jim Hermes is an extension poultry specialist at Oregon State University. He says chickens don’t bathe in water, they roll around in dust and other fine, gritty material to get rid of parasites under their itchy feathers. The bathing area can be as simple as a dry bare spot in the yard.

OSU super-fan still going strong at 97 (Gazette-Times)

It’s 11 a.m. on a weekday in Corvallis and Oregon State University super-fan Merritt Jensen is in his usual spot. Dressed in black and orange from head to toe, Jensen, 97, is seated on a chair at Gill Coliseum next to the training staff as the OSU women’s volleyball team goes through a practice while preparing for a preseason tournament.

Playbook outlines first 14 days after major quake (East Oregonian)

Researchers at Oregon State University have found the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. In 2012, those researchers published a study that found there were 19 earthquakes from 8.7 to 9.2 along the zone over the last 10,000 years. During the same time frame, there were 22 earthquakes that might have been closer to magnitude 8.0.

OSU Athletics chooses Watson Creative for branding campaign (Oregonian)

Oregon State University Athletics has chosen Watson Creative to lead its new marketing and branding campaign, the advertising agency announced Monday.


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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Oregon Sea Grant Extension program is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a part-time .48 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This position is located in Newport, OR. Posting #0016030. Closes Oct. 5.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Vice President – OSU University Relations and Marketing invites applications for a full-time, 12-month position as executive assistant to the Vice President.  Posting #0016024. Closes Oct. 12.

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: “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”  ~ Ernest Hemingway. Sunny today, high of 71 and low of 43. Sunny tomorrow after patchy morning fog.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 73, low of 39. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog followed by sunshine, high of 62, low of 43. More fog and sun tomorrow.

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


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