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Tuesday, Dec. 8, 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 University president Ed Ray plans actions, not just words, on racial issues (Oregonian)

Oregon State University will create a position of chief diversity officer and take other steps to make the school “a safer, more just, caring and inclusive community,” President Ed Ray said Monday.(see also KMTRRegister-Guard, KSL)

Health career ladder gets kids excited about science (Lebanon Express)

In another room, Lebanon High School student Jorin Bruslind helped lead a microbiology experiment with his mom Linda Bruslind. Linda Bruslind is a professor of microbiology at Oregon State University.

The arithmetic of compassion (New York Times editorial)

A piece by Scott Slovic, a professor of literature and environment at the University of Idaho, and Paul Slovic, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, editors of “Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data,” by OSU Press.


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).

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. 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.

NEW! Tulip Bulb Sale: OSU’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Horticulture, Pi Alpha Xi, will be selling tulip bulbs on the main floor in Kerr Administration Building on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday Dec. 9 from noon-5 p.m. Bulbs will be available in OSU themed colors and are sourced locally from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

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.

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. For more information: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/1019/event/graduate-education-information-night  or call 541-737-4881 for more information.

Upcoming events

NEW! Retirement Reception for Ryan Collay, SMILE Program Director: You are invited to a retirement reception to celebrate and recognize the 21 years of service and achievements of Ryan Collay, director of the Science Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program. The celebration is Thursday, Dec. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in MU 206.  Light refreshments will be served.

NEW! Demo Day: The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator/ RAIN Corvallis program is holding a Demo Day on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. 5-9 p.m. The program graduates are from the community and are innovative, high-growth, traded sector companies that produce goods and services used outside the region.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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

NEW! Atomic bombs and climate change lecture: Justin McBrien, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Virginia, will present a lecture titled “Making Climate Change: The ‘Atom Weather’ Controversy and the Question of Human Planetary Agency, 1945-1970.” This event is Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Valley Library’s fifth floor. All are invited.

NEW! OSU Core Curriculum: Space is available in the supervisor, manager and lead work training, OSU Core Curriculum. This session prepares you to effectively supervise by understanding basic processes and policies for all employees that affect performance management, employee relations, safety and worker’s compensation and much more.  There is no fee to attend. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_enrollment.php?sess_id=2966 for details and to register.

NEW! Examining White Identity: As part of OSU’s program of social justice retreats, faculty facilitators of the OSU Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World retreat are hosting a pilot experience for faculty and staff. This one-and-a-half day, experiential, on-campus retreat will focus on: white identity, socialization, institutional racism and dominance. We will work to build our capacity to dismantle oppressive systems, and we will build a network for continued dialogue and learning. All white (self-identified) faculty and staff are invited to sign up. Join us on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9, 2016. Capacity is limited. We will continue to accept registrations after all spaces have been filled, and you will have the option to indicate interest in future opportunities as they become available. To Register, please visit:  http://tinyurl.com/ewi-facstaff

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.

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! Merit award nominations: Nominations for classified or professional faculty to receive a monthly Merit Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the work place. The nominator may be anyone from the campus community. Potential qualities include great working attitude, cooperation, courtesy, creativity, flexibility, professionalism, quality of work, sense of humor, and other qualities the nominee admires. Nominations are due by Dec. 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.  November awardee’s were Debi Furay of Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport) and Sharon Betterton of College of Science.

NEW! Charitable Fund Drive – GREAT NEWS: Pledges from OSU employees, both mail-in and online, have exceeded the halfway mark! With a goal this year of $100,000, OSU employees have pledged over $54,000! Visit http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/  to pledge online if you’ve not already done so, and to see how your contributions make a difference in our community (and how they stack up against other Oregon universities).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

 NEW! Winter Break Shuttle Route:  Beaver Bus shuttle operations will be limited to one bus on the West route from Dec. 14, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016. The Beaver Bus will not be running on the following OSU holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit http://transportation.oregonstate.edu/transportation-services/osu-beaver-bus for more information


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:  “The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.” ~ Lucretius. Rainy and breezy, high of 62, low of 51. Flood watch remains in effect until Thursday. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and breezy, high of 60, low of 47. Windy and a chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Heavy rain and windy, high of 56, low of 54. High wind warning. Showers and breezy Wednesday.

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

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