OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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 takes a stand on transfers, will call upon Pac-12 to follow (Oregonian)

Oregon State will announce later today a strong new policy aimed at transfer students with troubling conduct issues, The Oregonian has learned. (see also KATU, KPTV, Portland Tribune)

Oregon to become first in nation for birth control from pharmacy (Bend Bulletin)

Marc Watt, executive director of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, told The Bulletin on Monday the board finished its rule-making in early November and as of last week pharmacists were able to take a five-hour online training program through the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. (see also American Pharmacists Association)

Green power from algae (Portland Tribune)

“Like any technology that’s complicated and has the potential to work on a larger scale, it’s not going to be viable overnight, even if the science shows that it’s possible,” says Gregory Rorrer, professor of chemical, biological and environmental engineering at Oregon State University.

OSU develops new system for freezing human tissue (Jefferson Public Radio)

Now, Adam Higgins with Oregon State University says they’ve developed a new way of using cryoprotectants, “The way to reduce toxicity is to intentionally cause the cells to swell, but not swell too much,” he said.

OSU Wind Symphony and Ensemble Fall Concert (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble will perform a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Austin Auditorium, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Climate can grind mountains faster than they can rebuild (Science Codex)

The international study conducted by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program and led by scientists from the University of Florida, The University of Texas at Austin and Oregon State University, adds insight into a longstanding debate about the balance of climate and tectonic forces that influence mountain building. It is published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists take new steps in mapping Colville Ridge (Oil and Gas Australia)

The voyage over the middle part of the Colville Ridge was led by GNS Science in collaboration with Oregon State University, as part of a long-term program to survey regions considered prospective for seafloor minerals funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.


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/

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

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.

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.

BCC Assistant Director: Diversity & Cultural Engagement is hosting presentations for a candidate for the Assistant Director of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. 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.

NEW! BEE Climate Change Seminar: On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in Covell 221, Catalina Segura, with the department of Forest Engineering at OSU, will present “Modeling climate change impacts on water quality at the continental scale.”

Upcoming events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their departments 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. More information on our website.

NEW! Revive Yourself: Dead Week Feast: The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is excited announce “Dead Week Feast,” a social/relaxation gathering event that focuses on providing a meal that is not only nutritious, but can also be replicable considering the amount of time and money available to college students. 5-7 p.m., Dec. 2, Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517384788588203/

NEW! OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5:30-7 p.m.  There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served.  Faculty/Staff ID required at the door.

NEW! OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Fall Concert: Directed by Chris Chapman and Dana Biggs. Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. The LaSells Stewart Center. General Admission $7 in advance, $10 at the door, K-12 youth and college students with ID admitted free. Advance tickets available online only at tickettomato.com.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Academic Strategies Committee will meet on Dec. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. to consider the committee’s work plan for 2016. The public can attend the meeting in the President’s Conference Room, sixth floor of the Kerr Admin. The Finance and Administration Committee will meet on Dec. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to consider quarterly management, investment and endowment reports. Conference room B102, Kerr Admin,. The Executive and Audit Committee will meet on Dec. 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to assess the board composition and consider potential candidates to recommend to the governor for the vacant board position. Cconference room B102 Kerr Admin. Meeting agendas and materials will be posted online as they become available at: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/meetings.

NEW! 35th Annual Holiday Marketplace: Handmade crafts, fine art & specialty foods made by Oregon artisans. Plus live local entertainment. Dec. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom.

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! WRGP Seminar: On Wednesday Dec. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 101, Bryan Tilt, with the Anthropology Program at OSU, will present “Establishing a Global Database to Analyze the Ecological and Social Impact of Dams: A Partnership Between OSU and The Nature Conservancy.”

NEW! From Corvallis to Tunis: At the Dec. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, Karim Hamdy will discuss the OSU study-abroad program in in Tunis, the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring. Triad meets this week 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.

NEW! Hearing All Voices: Inclusive Professional Practices in Meetings, Labs, Classrooms, and Everyday Interactions: In our effort to create a collaborative and inclusive environment on campus, this seminar will examine how our professional norms and interactions can cultivate the community we strive to be. The Kardia Group focuses on the challenging realities and possibilities of diversity and inclusion in academia. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Kearney Hall Room 312. Free and open to all OSU faculty and staff. Registration REQUIRED: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5B91kqhNpbr2a57

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.

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.”

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! OSU Libraries and Press letter in solidarity: OSU Libraries and Press stands in solidarity with the students of color who participated in the Speak Out and bravely shared their experiences of racism endured throughout their lives, as part of their educational experiences, and here at OSU. For the entire text: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/osu-libraries-press-letter-solidarity

NEW! Leadership Collaborative I (LCI) – Applications for the winter session LCI will be accepted starting Dec. 4.  The LCI includes 5 day-long sessions on Emergent Leadership.  LCI features:  Team-Based; Engaged, Self-Directed learning; Practical, Effective Tools & Skills; and On-the-Job Implementation.  All OSU employees are encouraged to apply.  Learn more about LCI at http://hr.oregonstate.edu/lc1-emergence. Watch for an email announcement on Dec. 4 and submit your application right away.  This is the last session for this academic year.

NEW! Call for Awards Nominations for the 2016 MLK Celebration: Know of a student, faculty or staff member who enriches our OSU community in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King?  We welcome nominations for our two community awards, which are recognized yearly at the MLK Peace Breakfast.  The awards are the Frances Dancy Hooks and Phyllis S. Lee.  We are requesting that nominations be submitted by Dec. 9.  For more information or to submit a nomination visit: Frances Dancy Hooks and Phyllis S. Lee Award Information and Nomination Page.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: “December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…” ~ John Geddes. Starting out with sprinkles and patchy fog, followed by rain after 4 p.m. High of 46, low of 41. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: A winter weather advisory is in effect for part of Central Oregon. Sunny, followed by a chance of snow, rain and freezing rain after 4 p.m. High of 38, low of 32. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 52, low of 49. Windy and rainy tonight, rain tomorrow.

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


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