OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 7, 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.

Willamette Valley’s future: River temperatures to rise, snowpack to shrink, population to double (Register-Guard)

These are among the key findings of the Willamette Water 2100 Project, a five-year, $4.3 million study funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Oregon State University, in partnership with researchers from the University of Oregon, Portland State University and University of California at Santa Barbara. (see also Statesman Journal)

Oregon ag’s economic impact yields jobs, sales (Capital Press)

Farmers might be tempted to say they told you so, but a new report from Oregon State University economists says food, fiber and other aspects of state agriculture are linked to $50 billion in Oregon sales and account for 326,617 full- and part-time jobs.

Should you buy a real or an artificial Christmas tree? (Yahoo)

No one likes cleaning up the piles of needles from a natural tree. “No matter what you do, there’s going to be needles falling off a real tree,” said Chal Landgren, a professor in the department of horticulture at Oregon State University. If you want to avoid the mess, go with an artificial Christmas tree. (see also Oregonian)

Nuclear reactors developed in Corvallis can be ‘game-changer,’ energy secretary says at climate talks (Oregonian)

NuScale is commercializing technology developed at Oregon State University. Its modular approach is designed to create nuclear reactors that are cheaper and quicker to build, and safer to shut down in a disaster. The company has won millions in federal grants to support its work.

Voluntary Birth Control Is A Climate Change Solution Nobody Wants To Talk About (Huffington Post)

A 2009 study from Oregon State found that a child in the U.S. emits more than 160 times the carbon emissions than that of a child from Bangladesh. And in the U.S., reducing unwanted pregnancies can cut emissions by far greater margins than efforts such as recycling, making homes more energy efficient and cutting down on travel.

Science, policy and passion reflect challenges facing bees (KLCC)

Oregon State University hosts a research lab that aims to identify the challenges facing bees and seek potential solutions. Nonprofit organizations like the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation study and report on the role habitat loss and pesticides that affect pollinators. Local bee advocates like Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens work with schools and neighborhoods to promote organic gardening and other activities that can save bees.

How Bend businesses bec0me the best places to work (Bend Bulletin)

Their comments “hit the nail on the head,” said Anthony Klotz, assistant professor of management at Oregon State University, in Corvallis. Research shows that a positive organizational culture means more to employees than promotions, pay or idiosyncratic benefits.

Mississippi and Tennessee are fighting each other for groundwater (Atlantic)

“In many states the two quantities are kept separate and never the twain shall meet, which is ridiculous,” Michael Campana, a professor of hydrogeology at Oregon State University and the technical director of the American Water Resources Association, told me. Like Eckstein, he said that most people involved in the debate over groundwater law understand how ridiculous the current policy is—but that the path to new legislation is difficult. Water rights are considered property rights, which are protected by both the U.S. and state constitutions. That leaves courts wary of entering decisions and legislatures wary of enacting new laws.

Humpback whales: The brawl to mate (Australian Geographic)

Although group size varies, the ­behaviour of the whales does not, says Professor Scott Baker of the Marine Mammal Institute, at Oregon State University. A founding member of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, Scott has studied humpbacks for more than 30 years, and has helped to chart typical aggressive behaviours of males in competitive groups –
some of which can result in serious injury or death.

Cannabis research task force appointed (East Oregonian)

State officials have appointed 15 members to a new cannabis research task force charged with studying and recommending legislation on the development of the medical marijuana industry, including Jane Ishmael, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University.

Oregon students required to pay fees that go to athletics (Bend Bulletin)

At Oregon State University, full-time students pay $1,474 a year in fees, which cover things like health services, facility improvements and student government. Of that, $113 goes to intercollegiate athletics. In 2014, the athletics department reported $2.5 million in revenue from student fees, a year the department ran a deficit of $9.7 million.

Oregon hunters may accept non-lead ammo once they adjust their hunting and shooting regimes (Oregonian)

A 2014 survey being prepared for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by Oregon State University shows most hunters could support using non-lead ammunition if the reasons are valid, said its author, Dana Sanchez.

Lebanon woman to be inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame for lifetime of service (Democrat-Herald)

Sue Weinbrecht has been linked with 4-H programs from coast to coast for 60 years, and on Wednesday evening she will be honored for her dedication.

Sintering may create new electronics manufacturing technologies (Printed Electronics World)

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic “sintering,” which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple as a sheet of paper or plastic.

Scientists tracking radiation off Oregon (Curry Coastal Pilot)

According to Delvan Neville, a radioecologist with Oregon State University, Canadian researchers noted in late September that Cesium-137 was six times the concentration of that prior to nuclear bomb tests over the ocean decades ago, and twice that of more recent levels in ocean waters whose radiation levels have been decreasing since those tests ended in 1963.

OSU Holiday Marketplace proves popular again (Gazette-Times)

With 30,000 people on the Oregon State University campus each day, a built-in clientele is already on site to enjoy OSU’s 35th Holiday Marketplace.

Ending the murrelet malaise (High Country News)

The murrelet, once known to loggers as the fog lark, does not precisely nest. Instead, it deposits a single green egg — slightly pointed, to reduce rolling — on a moss-cushioned branch within 50 miles of the coast. It needs an exceptionally wide branch to provide a proper platform; only the limbs of huge old trees suffice. “They have such a unique, cryptic ecology,” says Kim Nelson, research wildlife biologist at Oregon State University. “That fascinates me. It also frustrates me.”

Stinkbug continues its spread (Good Fruit Grower)

Dr. Peter Shearer, entomologist for Oregon State University, leads the West Coast component of the national project.  Shearer, based at OSU’s Mid Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, said refinements have been made to trap designs but timing of when traps catch the most bugs is still a weakness.


Open Forum Presentation for Human Services Resource Center Coordinator: The OSU campus is invited to attend finalists’ presentations focusing on “What are some of the most pressing challenges college students face when experiencing poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity? How can the HSRC spearhead efforts to address those challenges at Oregon State University and support student success?” Open Forums are Dec. 7, from 11 a.m.- noon in MU 221, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. – noon in MU 222, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m.– noon in MU 208 & Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.- noon in MU 222.

End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its End of Term sale starting Monday, Dec. 7. Big discounts on Beaver Gear. Sale goes through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Upcoming events

NEW! Retirement Reception for Stella Coakley and Larry Curtis: Your are invited to a retirement reception to celebrate and recognize the work and achievements of Stella Coakley and Larry Curtis, both Associate Deans for the College of Agricultural Sciences. The celebration is Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Guistina Gallery of the LaSells Stewart Center. There will be a no-host cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Graduate Education Information Night: The OSU Graduate School is presenting an information session for those interested in learning more about graduate education and advanced degrees. The session will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. See our flyer or call 541-737-4881 for more information.

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.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St. 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. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and Webinars

WRS Dissertation Defense: Jason Frentress, PhD WRS, will defend his dissertation, “The role of near-stream zones on flow, chemistry and isotopic composition at the headwater scale” on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. in ALS 3005. He is advised by Jeff McDonnell (COF).

NEW! WRE Dissertation Defense: Thomas Mosier, PhD WRE, ME, will defend his dual degree dissertation, “Characterizing Climate Change and Its Impacts in Data-Sparse Mountain Regions” on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m., in Burt 193.  He is co-advised by Kendra Sharp (ME) and David Hill (CCE).

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar: Colin Johnson, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University, will present his seminar “Can you hear me now? Characterizing the essential role of otoferlin in hearing and auditory sensory hair cell function”- at noon Wednesday, Dec. 9, in ALS 4001.

NEW! Leadership Collaborative I (LCI) – Applications for the winter session LCI are now being accepted. The LCI includes 5 day-long sessions on Emergent Leadership. LCI features: team-based; engaged, self-directed learning; practical, effective tools and skills; and on-the-job implementation. All OSU employees are encouraged to apply. There is no fee to participate. Learn more about LCI at http://hr.oregonstate.edu/lc1-emergence. This is the last session for this academic year; submit your application right away.

OSU Digital Brand Management Online Certificate Series: Marketers, communicators and business owners, join us for this online series led by SEO, social media and marketing strategy pros from Nike, Wieden + Kennedy, Adidas and Jive Software. Advance your career or business affordably and fast with this widely-recognized credential from OSU. Starts Jan. 18. Learn more.

OSU Recipe to Market Food/Beverage Business Online Startup Course: Skip Shark Tank and work directly with Portland-based food industry consultant Victor Willis. Grow a successful business by getting your amazing food or beverage concept on store shelves. Course series covers everything from recipe development to marketing/branding and distribution. OSU Today readers save 15% with code RTM15. Starts Feb. 1. Learn more.

OSU’s Exclusive Craft Brewery Startup Workshop: Save 40% on early registration for our annual workshop this Feb. 20-24 in Eugene, Oregon with Ninkasi Brewing Company. Led by industry pros, this comprehensive course is designed for aspiring or early-stage brewery entrepreneurs. Learn more.

Beer Flavors and Styles Weekend Course in PDX with OSU Experts: Whether you are an avid brewer, distributor or beer enthusiast, you won’t find a more complete, enjoyable or informative way to learn about beer flavor and how to evaluate it, in depth. You’ll spend this weekend course in Portland with America’s leading craft brewing experts, including OSU’s Tom Shellhammer, Ph.D. Feb. 27-28. Hurry, space is limited. Learn more.

News for Employees

NEW! Research fellowship: The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Resident Research Fellowship Program. The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday Jan. 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. Application forms and information about awards can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/fellowship-program.

NEW! PFLA Hero: Do you know someone at OSU who deserves hero status? The individual who makes the extra effort, who steps in to assist without being asked or puts forth the effort in a moment to make your day?  Here is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate their greatness. The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award.  PFLA membership is not required by either you (the Nominator) or your Hero (the Nominee).   Let us help you celebrate the everyday Hero in your OSU world. Nominating your hero is easy, so visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage today.

NEW! Flu Season Has Arrived; Student Health has Vaccine – Flu shots are still available at Student Health Services for OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Stop by Plageman Student Health Center or Tebeau Hall Same-Day Clinic during regular hours, Monday-Friday. Students: $20 (charged to student account). Faculty/staff: $30 (charged to PEBB Providence Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit). More information: 541-737-9355 or studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Charitable Fund Drive Update: As of the time of this writing, 67 OSU employees have made online pledges to the Charitable Fund Drive, totaling over $41,000. If each of the over 4,500 employees at OSU donated just $5 per month, we could raise $270,000! Please help us reach this year’s goal of $100,000 while helping those in need in our communities. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/

Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is now accepting grant proposals. The Women’s Circle has awarded more than $700,000 in grants to enhance the undergraduate student education and experience at OSU. To apply for a grant please visit http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4389. Please note all proposals are due by Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Grants will be awarded in May 2016.

OSU Today deadlines: OSU Today will continue to publish every week day through the end of Finals Week, Dec. 11. Starting Dec. 14, it will publish weekly on Mondays only until the beginning of Winter Term Jan. 4. In order for your entries to make it into the weekly edition they must be submitted by 4 p.m. the previous Friday to osutoday@oregonstate.edu

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.

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for FRT Spring 2016 release. The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/faculty-release-time. Information: Debbie Delmore, debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 14.

URSA Engage Faculty-Undergraduate Funding Opportunity: Applications for URSA Engage will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2016. The program provides support ($ 1,000) for undergraduate (first year, second year and early transfer students only) engagement in research/creative activity under mentorship of an OSU faculty member. Participation by a diverse group of undergraduates with a variety of abilities is encouraged. Undergraduates across all OSU colleges/schools/ majors are eligible. No prior experience required. Details at: http://undergraduate.oregonstate.edu/research/ursa-engage). Contact: Sujaya-ugr@oregonstate.edu

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2016. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. Program description and application: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/undergraduate-research-innovation-scholarship-creativity-urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016.


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

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.

Academic Advisor College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Advisor. This is internal to OSU. Posting #0016658. Closes Dec. 16.

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

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Finance Specialist/Advisor, this position will work on the INTO OSU Finance Team providing support to INTO OSU students with communication and advisement relating to their student accounts. For more information or to apply please follow the link: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=19031402  Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

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.

Treasury Director – The Vice President for Finance and Administration is seeking a Treasury Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE),12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Vice President/Controller.  Posting 0016518. Closes Dec 28.

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 ProfessorThe 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.

Manager – Finance and Accounting – The Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Manager – Finance and Accounting. Posting #0016659. Closes Jan. 3, 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: “No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.” ~ Kenneth Grahame. Heavy rain and breezy today with a flood watch in effect. High of 60, low of 54. Rainy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain likely and windy, high of 53, low of 45 with a high wind warning in effect. Chance of rain and breezy tomorrow.

Newport: Heavy rain and windy with multiple warnings in effect including high wind, flood watch and high surf advisory. High of 59, low of 55. Rain and windy tomorrow.

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

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