OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 30, 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.

Oregon State adopts stricter transfer guidelines for students with conduct issues (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will increase its efforts to address sexual violence and increase campus safety by requiring undergraduate and graduate students seeking to transfer to OSU to disclose whether they are ineligible to re-enroll at an institution they attended in the past seven years due to student conduct reasons.

OSU teaching assistant killed in hit-and-run remembered around the world (Gazette-Times)

Dozens of Oregon State University students, faculty and friends wearing Beaver orange from head to toe traveled to Deadwood Wednesday to remember 34-year-old Shiloh Sundstrom. Sundstrom, a teaching assistant in the geography department at Oregon State University, was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run just east of Corvallis. He grew up on his family’s farm in Deadwood, a rural town in Lane County. On Wednesday, more than 200 people gathered for a burial service at that same family farm to lay Sundstrom to rest.

This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence (Business Insider)

But as the approach to intelligence has changed, so has the definition of intelligence. According to Thomas Dietterich, director of Intelligent Systems at Oregon State University, intelligence isn’t a single trait — it “refers to many things.” Because intelligence is measured “by how well a person or computer can perform a task,” then really, it’s the results that really matter, not how it’s done.

Moths inspire anti-glare coatings that grab light and don’t let go (Wired)

Those little cones cluster together so closely—with distances narrower than the wavelength of light—that incoming light can’t differentiate between air and the material it’s about to hit, and never ends up reflecting back out. “You trick the light, basically,” say Chih-hung Chang, a chemical engineer at Oregon State University whose lab is developing anti-reflective coatings. The result: Light just falls into the material as if it were a black hole, or, you know, Hotblack Desiato’s extravagant stuntship in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikerseries.

Discovery could open door to frozen preservation of tissues, whole organs (Eurasia Review)

Researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University have discovered a new approach to “vitrification,” or ice-free cryopreservation, that could ultimately allow a much wider use of extreme cold to preserve tissues and even organs for later use. (see also Chemistry ReviewSpace Ref, MDTMag)

Can killer bees save America? (Daily Beast)

To understand the wide world of alternative pollinators, The Daily Beast reached out toMichael Burgett, emeritus professor of entomology at Oregon State University.

A strong El Nino will lead to another warm winter (OPB)

Phil Mote, professor of atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University, told Think Out Loud host Dave Miller on Wednesday that this will be the strongest El Niño since 1997. A strong El Niño was also predicted in 2014 but fizzled out during the summer. This time — much later in the season — Mote feels confident that this year’s event will be particularly strong.

Whales make mysterious visits to underwater mountains (New Scientist)

“What I really like about this paper is that it starts to challenge a little bit of the dogmatic thinking that we have about how humpback whales migrate and how they are very metronomic animals,” says Ari Friedlaender of Oregon State University in Newport.

Huge development projects could doom African environment (Science Mag)

The work “is important because it shows just how intense development pressure is in sub-Saharan Africa,” adds William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, who was also not involved with the study.

Spending on pets climbing as people view critters as family (Mid Valley In Business)

Aimee Dinnin Huff, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University, said that the fastest growing sector of the industry is services for pets.

Cold weather no deterrent for tailgating (Gazette-Times)

It was below 30 degrees at 9 a.m. Friday when the parking lots at Autzen Stadium opened for pregame tailgating. The grass on the planter strip on Martin Luther King Jr. Way was crunchy with frost, there was ice in the potholes and the Oregon State University band members looked alarmingly underdressed.

5 questions with Carolyn Ashton: Benton County 4-H (Gazette-Times)

A program under the Oregon State University Extension Service, 4-H’s stated mission is to engage youth “to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of positive youth development.” Indeed, generations of kids have grown up in 4-H.

Local trees to distant lands (Gazette-Times)

In response, the industry, Oregon State University and the department developed guidelines growers now use to handle trees during the harvest and shipment process.

Landscape design goes native (Turf Design Build)

While the native plant movement seems to have only recently taken off, the fact is that its roots are deeply entrenched. Native plant gardening dates back to the European settlement of America, if not earlier, says Linda R. McMahan, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

$2.5 million grant focuses on how vector-borne disease become epidemics (Healio)

The project combines scientists with expertise in plant pathology, livestock disease and vector-borne disease. The team also includes researchers from Oregon State University, North Carolina State University, the USDA and two universities in England.


NEW! Recreational Sports – Winter Term Sales Begin TODAY: Rent lockers, sign up for safety classes, and purchase membership, Fit passes, and swim or climb passes for winter term at the Recreation Services desk at Dixon Recreation Center. Not sure if RecSports is right for you? Contact Tram Hoang at tram.hoang@oregonstate.edu or (541)737-7096 to learn more, and for a one-on-one tour of our state of the art facilities.

Fisheries and Wildlife discussion: Jim Hall, Stream Team Wooden Chair and Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, will speak on “50 years and many lampreys,” 10 a.m., Nov 30, Nash Hall Room 32.

Indian Boarding School talk: Kenneth Runningcrane-Real from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota will be speaking to the TA 360 class on Monday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m., in Withycombe 173. Real’s talk will describe his experience with his mother hiding him from the “black robes” to protect him from the Indian Boarding Schools and Native American traditions.

BCC Assistant Director: Diversity & Cultural Engagement is hosting a presentation for a candidate for the Assistant Director of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Nov. 30, in MU 211. Latashia Harris is visiting OSU from George Mason University, and currently serves as the Associate Director of Women & Gender Studies. Harris holds a M.A. in Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University and a B.S. in Communications from Mississippi College, Clinton MS.  Candidate Terrance Harris will speak 2:30-3:30 p.m., Dec. 1 in MU 213, and Timothy Fair will speak 2:30-3:30 p.m., Dec. 4 in MU 208.

Free food preservation workshop. Want to make your produce last? Join the Student Sustainability Initiative and the OSU Master Food Preservers to learn the how-tos of pickling and fermentation. Monday, Nov. 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the MU Global Community Kitchen. Register online: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040F4EA9A829A57-fall

Sustaining global fisheries production: Join Ray Hilborn, professor in the School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Washington, for a discussion on some of the data used to identify the status of fish stocks and fisheries and how to sustainably manage them. LaSells Stewart Center, Monday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/features/hilborn/

Upcoming events

Winter Celebration: OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break for holiday treats and gourmet beverages. Join President Ray in celebration and conversation. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9:30-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. For photos from last year’s event: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2014/winter-wonders/

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 from 2- 3:30 p.m., Dec. 1 in Kidder 202. Check out the agenda or contact Erin.Martin@oregonstate.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Women of Color student support group: This group seeks to provide a supportive space for women of color to share their experiences in a predominantly white institution, explore the intersections of identity and receive and extend support and compassion to other women of color, as well as build community. Every Wednesday, 2:30-4 p.m., Women’s Center. For more information: shaznin.daruwalla@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Conservation science webinar: Charles H. Luce (USFS) will present “How Temperature and Precipitation Trends Have Affected Mountain Hydrology and Ecology.” While modeling the pathways to increased temperature are clear with respect to increased atmospheric CO2, precipitation changes are more uncertain. Nonetheless, precipitation changes can have tremendous influences on hydrologically mediated outcomes of climate change, including many ecological changes in forests. 10 a.m., Dec. 1. Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7526509306655165441

NEW! It’s in the Bag, Lunchtime Lecture OSU-Cascades: Amelia Taylor, Instructor, Mathematics, OSU-Cascades, will speak on “Trees Aren’t Just for Monkeys: Phylogenetic Trees and Mathematics,” noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 2, Cascades Hall Room 107.

NEW! Art history research: 2015 Sponenburgh Travel Award winners Madelaine Corbin and Kaitlyn Carr will present their art history research conducted in Europe during the summer of 2015, on Wed. Dec. 2 from 5 – 6 p.m. in Fairbanks Hall 314. Corbin’s presentation is “Beyond Borders: A Negotiation Between the Venice Biennale and All the Worlds’s Futures.” Carr’s presentation is “Trading Places: How Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle Acquires Different Meanings Dependent on Site.”

Campus forums for the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs position:  Forums will be held as follows: Susan Capalbo – Dec.1, 11 a.m. – noon, 115 Hallie Ford Center; Brenda McComb – Dec. 2, 11 a.m. – noon, 115 Hallie Ford Center;  Sherman Bloomer – Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – noon, 115 Hallie Ford Center. Campus Forum are open to all and will include introductory comments followed by Q&A. All three forums will be streamed live via the web and recorded for later viewing.  Instructions on viewing the forums will be shared soon. Please contact Gigi Bruce gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu if you have questions.

Candidates for Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement and Associate Director for Extension Service: Two candidates will present Open Forum presentations this week on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Kenneth Martin, and Thursday, Dec. 3, Edward Martin, each scheduled for 9:45-10:45 a.m., in Kidder 202. Recording of the presentations will be available following the final interview in December.

Is continuing education worth the investment?: Continuing education takes many forms, each with its own cost and opportunities. Join us virtually as we delve into the options. Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Virtual Event. Free for students and OSUAA members.

Diversity Career Symposium 2016: Oregon State University and University of Oregon are hosting a day-long career development event Jan. 29 in Salem, for students who identify with communities who are traditionally underrepresented on campus and in professional settings. Students, alumni, and employers will engage in professional development workshops, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with each other through several networking opportunities. This free for students and there are 150 spots available. Faculty and staff should encourage students to register and attend.

News for Employees

NEW! Return your containers: As we approach Winter break, UHDS would like to remind you to rinse and return any Eco2Go containers you might have stored in your office. The bright orange containers can be returned directly to dining centers or at various receptacles around campus including Peavy Hall, Austin Hall, Milam Auditorium, Dixon Rec, the Memorial Union and Kerr Administration Building.

NEW! OSU Press sale: Now through Dec. 31, take 30 percent off selected OSU Press titles when you order online with the promotion code 15HOLIDAY at osupress.oregonstate.edu. Whether you’re looking for great gifts or for your own personal perusal, the 2015 Holiday Sale features both recent releases and classic titles. Visit our sale page to learn more.

NEW! Lab safety training: Safety Data Sheet training and Lab Hazard Awareness Training for Non-lab workers now available online (http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/training-materials). This safety training is required for all OSU employees who are not lab employees but may need to enter a lab in the course of their work.  Examples would be trade workers, IT workers, or administrative personnel.  The courses assist personnel to become familiar with lab hazards, lab warning signs and labels, and general and specific protective measures.  Refresher training is required every three years.  Questions? Contact safety@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! AOF newsletter: Association of Oregon Faculties (AOF) Fall Newsletter – The AOF Fall Newsletter is online at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~mjb/AOFNewsletterFall2015.pdf. This edition includes: a PSU Campus Report and a Legislative Report that addresses: Passage of HB 2611 re: shared services in the university system; Protection of the faculty/staff tuition benefit; Reinvestment in higher education funding; Conversations re: part-time/adjunct faculty health care benefits; HECC leadership changes; and SSCM funding allocation model (Student Success and Completion Model), replacing the RAM.

NEW! Climbing Center Rentals: Do you have a group that would love the climbing wall all to themselves? Rent the climbing center for your next celebration.

Professional attire donations sought: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our 11th annual Career Wardrobe event, which will be held Feb. 18, 2016 in the MU Ballroom open to all OSU students. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 158 or 147 Strand Agricultural Hall and OSU Career Development Center located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

MLK Celebration Event Submissions: For OSU’s 34th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, the 2016 MLK Celebration Planning Committee invites you to explore Dr. King’s message: “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The two-week celebration Jan 11-22 will consist of OSU community events submitted by student organizations and campus departments. Priority deadline: Dec. 11.

Staff art: The OSU Staff Art Exhibit is calling for submissions by Dec. 2.  Go to http://communications.oregonstate.edu/events/staff-art to register your creative work for display!  Up to 2 pieces per person are allowed and all with OSU are welcome to participate.  Artists, co-workers, friends and family are invited to attend a special opening reception on Dec. 17 – so register to show your artwork at this exhibit today.


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

Food Service Coordinator, University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a Full-Time, AY (10 Month) evening shift Food Service Coordinator position. Posting # 0016563.  Closes Nov. 30.

Coordinator – 4H Program – OSU Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month fixed-term, 4-H Youth Development Outreach Program Coordinator position with the 4-H Youth program serving Marion County. Posting #0016586. Closes Nov. 30.

Computer Science Instructor–The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for full-time, 9- or 12-month, permanent instructors for the Computer Science programs on campus and online. Posting #0016517. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

Assistant Director, IT: The College of Science invites applications for Assistant Director for the CoSINe (College of Science Information Network) IT Services. Full-time, 12 month position. Posting #0016530. Closes Nov. 30.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –Oregon 4-H Youth Development serving Morrow and Umatilla counties invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Posting #0016269. Closes Nov. 30.

Infrastructure Project Manager   – Information Services is seeking an Infrastructure Project Manager. This is a full-time (1.00FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0016515. Closes Nov.  30.

Administrative Assistant  –  The College of Business invites applications for a full-time Assistant to Executive Director – Strategic Initiatives (1.0 FTE). Posting #0016509. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

The College of Agricultural Science Administration invites applications for a full time, 12-month, classified Program Representative 1 position.  Posting #0016460. Closes Nov. 30.

Accounting Technician – The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accounting Technician.  Posting #0016408.  Closes Nov. 30.

Assistant Professor Senior Research– The Department of Nuclear Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Professor Senior Research position. Posting # 0016322. Closes Nov. 30.

Assistant Professor – The Department of Crop and Soil Science is seeking applications for a full time (1.0 fte), 9-month, tenure-track, Invertebrate Crop Pest Scientist.  Posting # 0016319. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

Analyst Programmer – Specialized Administrative Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer Competency Level 3 position. Posting #0016521. Closes Dec. 1.

Analyst Programmer – Enrollment Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer position. Posting # 0016567. Closes Dec. 4.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications) in Nature-Based Recreation Management, with appointment starting in September 2016. Posting #0016472. For full consideration, apply by Dec. 4.

Instrument Technician 1 – Mechanical–The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Instrument Technician 1 – Mechanical to provide technical support in the Materials Synthesis and Characterization labs. Posting #0016499. Closes Dec. 5.

Human Resources Consultant 2–The Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 2 position. Posting #0016584. Closes Dec. 6.

Information Technology Consultant – OSU Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Information Technology Consultant position. Posting #0016545. Closes Dec. 6.

Equity Associate – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Equity Associate position. Posting # 0016450. Closes Dec. 6.

NEW! Veterinary Technician:  The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Dec. 8.  Interested parties should apply to posting #0015391 no later than midnight on Dec. 7.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Admissions Customer Service Representative: This position supports the Office of International Admissions providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. Serve as a primary customer service contact for the Office of International Admissions. The employee in this position will answer the phone, respond to inquiries, greet students, applicants and others that come to the Office of International Admissions. Closes Dec. 7. Submit one Word or PDF document containing your cover letter, resume and contact information (all in ONE document): https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=19028282

Accountant 1 – The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Accountant 1 position. Posting #0016597. Closes Dec. 9.

Temporary Administrative Program Assistant – IE3 Global invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Temporary Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0016588. Closes Dec 13.

Assistant Director – The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director position. Posting # 0016546. Closes Dec. 14.

Analyst Programmer   – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position for Information Services – Enterprise Computing Services. Posting #0016601. Closes Dec.  14.

Conference Services Manager – University Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Conference Services Manager. Posting #0016481. Closes Dec. 15.

The University Marketing Department at OSU is seeking to hire one full-time Office Specialist 2. Posting#0016610. Closes Dec. 16.

Assistant Professor – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor for a multi-disciplinary Extension program in pollinator health. Posting #0016548. Closes Dec. 18.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – The 4-H Youth Development program in Union county invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Posting #0016591. Closes Dec. 19.

OSU-Cascades: Located in Bend, Ore is seeking a Director of Public Safety. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. To apply, visit posting #0016490. Closes Dec. 23. Full Consideration Dec. 19.

The School of Psychological Science is seeking for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position in Engineering Psychology. This position is at the assistant professor level, although more senior applicants will also be considered. Posting #001607.  For full consideration apply by Dec. 30.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor– The Department of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate or Full Professor position to begin Fall 2016. Posting # 0016434. Closes Feb. 15,  with a full-consideration date of Dec. 31.

Bio Science Research Technician 1 – The Malheur County Extension office in Ontario, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Bio Science Research Technician 1 position. Posting #0016303. Closes Dec. 31.

Student Outreach Assistant (Accelerator Interns) – VP for Research invites students to apply for a part-time position as an Accelerator Intern. The program is designed to give hands on experience researching the commercialization potential of business concepts originating from the Oregon State University community. Job posting # 0014876. Closes Dec. 31.

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.

Assistant/Associate ProfessorThe School of Nuclear Science and Engineering invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, depending on qualifications. Posting #0016435. Closes Jan. 1, 2016.

Assistant Professor – Oregon State University’s Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station is seeking applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Fisheries Oceanography.  This position will be located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. Posting # 0016538. For full consideration apply by Jan. 15, 2016.

Assistant Professor, Viticulture-The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a 9-month 1.0 FTE tenure-track position at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center in Central Point, OR.  Posting #0016458. Closes Jan. 15, 2016.

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.


Corvallis: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell. A chance of sprinkles, flurries and freezing rain before 11 a.m., then a chance of sprinkles between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., then a slight chance of rain after 5 p.m. High of 41, low tonight of 35. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Patchy freezing fog and then partly sunny today, high of 37, low of 10. Partly sunny and chance of freezing rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely, high of 48, low of 41. Rain tomorrow.

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


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