OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 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.

Plague bacteria may date back 20 million years, Oregon State study says (Register-Guard)

Bacteria found in a 20-million-year-old flea may be the ancestor to the bacteria that causes the plague, an Oregon State University scientist says. (see also UPI, Science 2.0, KATU)

The new fabric of our lives? (Idsa)

A past Chair and current Chair Emeritus of IDSA’s Board of Directors—Austen Angell, FIDSA—is founder and principal designer of Modern Edge, based in Portland, OR.  His firm teamed up with Patrick Chiang of Oregon State University and Shih-Hung Chen, China representative for MIT Sloan School of Management, to research and develop what Modern Edge has coined: Threadcasting.

$8.9 million grant to aid OSU alliance (Gazette-Times)

An educational alliance involving Oregon State University has received an $8.9 million federal grant to continue its work.

Artificial intelligence is raising concerns, and here’s what researchers are doing about it (Inside Microsoft Research)

“We believe computer scientists must continue to investigate and address concerns about the possibility of the loss of control of machine intelligence via any pathway, even if we judge the risks to be very small and far in the future,” Eric Horvitz and Thomas Dietterich (OSU) write in Viewpoint, which appears this week in the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, a leading journal serving computing professionals in academia and industry.

Task force finishes work on OSU planning (Gazette-Times)

A city of Corvallis task force reviewing land-use polices required to assess Oregon State University’s upcoming district plan update has finished its work.

A multicultural welcome at OSU (Gazette-Times)

During a speech at Oregon State University’s Multicultural Welcome on Sunday Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs, asked the assembled crowd of students to raise their hands if in the first days of fall term they had started a class they were really excited about.

So far a dry autumn is following our dry summer (Register-Guard)

Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis, said she has high confidence in the prediction of higher temperatures, but that it’s less easy to be sure about precipitation.

New LED technology boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold (Bizled)

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have developed a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information.


Webinar on NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP): Are you a graduate student, applying to the NSF GFRP in October? Want some tips on a successful application? NSF is sponsoring a webinar Sept. 29, 10 a.m. You can join a live stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PetJysbTc20 Questions will be fielded through a chat link at https://tlk.io/grfp It’s free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ika Fifita Retirement: After 30+ years of service to OSU, Ika is retiring on Sept. 30. As you see him across campus, take a moment to wish him well and say “Aloha”. Please watch OSU Today for further information regarding a reception to honor him.

NEW! Art Exhibit: There’s a new art exhibit on display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Vistas & Vineyards 26th Anniversary Show. The exhibit runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30. This group of Northwest artists meet weekly from mid-May to mid-October to paint ‘en plein aire’ style works of the various Oregon landscapes. Art admirers are encouraged to attend the public art reception, which will be held in Giustina Gallery on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. To learn more about this art exhibit visit the Giustina Gallery.

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. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Preparing for the Big One: At the Oct. 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Michael Bamberger of OSU’s Office of Emergency Preparedness will discuss the status of ongoing efforts to prepare the campus for a major earthquake. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A catered lunch is $13. Contact University Events, 541-737-0724, to save a seat.

Webinar Showing: Seafloor Mapping Adjacent to Renewable Energy Area: 10 – 10:30 a.m., Sept. 30 (KEC 1007), the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center will be showing the second BOEM-Oregon Science Exchange webinar. The topic? How data gathered from modern technology is revealing habitat details for marine animals.

Microaggressions: Student Health Services is hosting a webinar on Microaggressions & Campus Climate, Bring your lunch for the viewing and then stay for a facilitated discussion about how we can apply the information to our work and explore

School of Psychological Science Fall colloquia: Kathy Becker-Blease: Does adaptive quizzing work? The Devil in the Details. Reed Lodge 111, Sept. 30, from noon-1 p.m.

Postdoc Professional Development Event: The Oregon State Postdoctoral Association is pleased to announce an event entitled, “Hacking the Academic Job Market” and “How to write an Academic Job Application” by Karen Kelsky This free event is on Sept. 30, 3-6 p.m., in the Memorial Union Multipurpose Room (Room #13). More information and required registration HERE

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Steven Henikoff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present a seminar “High-resolution mapping of epigenome dynamics” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Fall 2015 Water Resources Seminar Series: Brenda Bateman, State of Oregon Water Resource Department, will speak on “The State’s Emerging Role as a Water Resources Partner: Making Strides in Economic Development and Environmental Protection.” Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4 – 5 p.m., Owen 101.

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Memberships & Program Registration – Payroll Deduction Available: Consider purchasing an annual, 9-month or fall term membership to Recreational Sports. Payroll deduction is available until Friday, November 6, so don’t delay! Your membership affords you great opportunities, like enrolling in Dam Fit, purchasing a Fit Pass and participating intramural sports leagues and tournaments. Contact the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon, 541-737-3736,  for questions or more information. Note: Rec Services desk open 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. this week.

UHDS Eco2Go Program for 2015-2016: UHDS restaurants are providing 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

General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2015: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2015 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Oct. 19.

Traffic and maintenance

Peavy and Richardson: As part of the steam renewal project, the Lower Parking Lot between Peavy Hall and Richardson Hall will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, through 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1 – The Klamath County Extension SNAP-Ed program invites applications for a part-time (.60 FTE), Limited-duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position. Posting #0015066. Closes Oct. 2.

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 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 Closes Oct. 3.

EXTENDED! 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 Oct . 4.

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.

Office Specialist 2– The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Office Specialist 2. Posting #0016034. Closes Oct. 5.

Senior Graphic Designer – Extended Campus is seeking a full-time Senior Graphic Designer. To apply, please visit posting #0015981. Closes Oct. 6.

Accountant 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 1 position for University Administrative Business Center (UABC) at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0016027.  Closes Oct 7.

Office Specialist 2– The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Office Specialist 2. Posting #0016040. Closes Oct. 7.

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.

Acting Head Advisor – College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), This position is anticipated to last approximately 6 months. Posting# 0016031.  Closes Oct. 8.

Education Program Asistant 1 – Extension SNAP-Ed Program invites applications for a part-time (.95 FTE), Education Prgram Assistant 1 position. Posting #0016098. Closes Oct. 12.

Education Program Assistant 1 – OSU Extension Service invites applications for a part-time .75 FTE (approximately 30 hours per week), appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 serving the Curry County 4-H Youth Development program located in Gold Beach.  Posting #0016092. Closes Oct. 12.

Academic Counselor – The Educational Opportunities Program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Counselor position. Posting #0016078. Closes Oct. 16.  For full consideration, please apply by Oct. 12.

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.

Program Coordinator– The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) is seeking a Program Coordinator. This is a part-time, (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0016033. Closes Oct. 13.

Marketing Communications Manager – Extended Campus is seeking a Marketing Communications Manager. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. To view posting and apply, please visit posting #0016080. Posting closes Oct 14.

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 Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position. Posting # 0015917. Closes Oct. 18.

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 Oct. 18.

Campus Visitor Center Coordinator– The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Campus Visitor Center Coordinator. Posting #0016028. Closes Oct. 18.

Writing Instructor -The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE), invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term writing instructor position.  For more information, please see posting #0016032.  Posting closes on Oct. 19.

Grant Writer –  The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Grant Writer. Posting #0016081. Apply by Oct. 20.

Faculty Research Assistant-  The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning invites applications for a part-time (.6 FTE),  Faculty Research Assistant position.  Posting #0016079.  For full consideration please apply by Oct. 24.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences invited applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice position that will serve the area of Umatilla and Morrow Counties in the Columbia Plateau Region. Posting #0016084. Closes Oct. 25.

Coordinator – SNAP-Ed Program – OSU Extension Service invites applications for a part-time (.85 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator position in Clatsop County. Posting #0016091. Closes Oct. 30.

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.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  OSU Extension Service invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor (Practice) position with the 4-H Youth Development Program serving Hood River County. Posting #0016088. Closes Nov. 9.

Assistant Professor –  OSU Extension Service invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor with the 4-H Youth Development Program in Deschutes County. Posting #0016086. Closes Nov. 10.

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:  “Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.” ~ Walt Whitman. Sunny today, high of 81, low of 49. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 79, low of 41. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Increasing clouds, high of 68, low of 49. Patchy drizzle and fog in the evening and tomorrow.

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


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