OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 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.

The ‘Water Wars’ trap (Slate)

According to research conducted by professor Aaron Wolf at Oregon State University, the historical record consistently demonstrates that water is a greater catalyst for cooperation than conflict, and there is reason to believe that this trend will continue despite continuing global challenges of water scarcity.

Meaty snacks bring out the dark side of street dogs (Science)

This conflict may not be limited to street dogs, points out Monique Udell, a behavioral ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis. “It may be no coincidence that puppies are adopted into new homes at around 8 weeks of age,” she notes—the same age that the free-ranging mother dogs in India will bite their own offspring to grab a bit of meat.

Here’s the secret to how snakes slither (National Geographic)

To find out, study leader Joe Baio, a chemical engineer at Oregon State University teamed up with Tobias Weidner of Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Polymers to painstakingly examine the shedded skins of a California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae).

Julie Green: Yielding to the capricious outcome (Oregon Artswatch)

Upfor Gallery’s current exhibition of Julie Green’s installation My New Blue Friends is striking and quietly inviting. Deceptively minimal, Green’s installation taps into the senses, conjuring up subjects of home, food, and memory. The undercurrents of labor and devotion in the works are evident throughout the exhibition, which at first feels physically vacant until its content begins to expands in its space over time. Green is a professor in the art department at OSU.

EMC open sources more storage software (IT Pro UK)

Students at Oregon State University are developing the first plugin using the SouthBound SDK for a new EMC ScaleIO driver. EMC said that this will eventually replace the ScaleIO driver in the current release and will serve as a test case for further development of the SouthBound SDK.

Obama gives new boost to nuclear energy (Energy Biz)

The politics on that proposal are likely to make it impossible to implement. But to Dr. Andy Klein of Oregon State University, a board member for the American Nuclear Society, politics are beside the point: without nuclear energy, he believes there is no way the world will reach its more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

A fresh look at flora (Gazette-Times)

“It’s every plant in the whole state,” said Linda Hardison, one of the book’s editors and director of the Oregon Flora Project. The project operates out of an office at Oregon State University across the hall from the OSU Herbarium, the most extensive collection of plant specimens in the state.

 Awards and honors (LIFE@OSU)

A number of faculty have received grants and honors.

Scholarships support Oregon State students studying in Morocco, Bolivia and India (LIFE@OSU)

Four Oregon State University students have received support to study overseas in the spring 2016 term from a scholarship program administered by the U.S. Department of State.

Toward a more diverse Oregon State (Gazette-Times editorial)

On Monday, OSU President Ed Ray announced that he’s creating a position of chief diversity officer to oversee the university’s efforts regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. That was the headline, but OSU announced a variety of other steps as well, including establishing a separate office to provide oversight for a variety of on-campus programs designed to promote diversity.

OSU announces new diversity officer position (KTVZ)

Oregon State University’s president has announced plans to hire a chief diversity officer in response to students’ concerns about racism on campus.

A quake lesson in geology (Oregon Coast Today)

Oregon State University Emeritus Professor of Geosciences Bob Lillie, Ph.D., will share the connection between hazards and scenery in the latest offering from the Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series on Saturday, Dec. 12.


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).

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. 9 from 11 a.m.– noon in MU 208 & Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.- noon in MU 222.

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.

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.

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! Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate will meet on Dec. 10 from 3-5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Agenda items include: Faculty Senate Election Results; Curricular Proposal: New Degree Program Proposal – MEng, MS, PhD in Bioengineering; Executive Committee Report – Kate Halischak; Tenure Process for Senior Hires – Henri Jansen; and Potential Rank: Professor of Teaching – Kristin Ziebart. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

NEW! Women’s Basketball tickets: The Oregon State women’s basketball team will take on Tennessee in a battle of national powers on Dec. 19. The Beavers are currently the No. 7 ranked team in the nation, and will host the No. 8 Lady Vols in a rematch of last year’s contest in Knoxville. Faculty/staff tickets for the game are only $5, and can be purchased here: http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=PR%3ABEAVERS%3AWB15%3AWB05%3AOSUFS&linkID=oregonst&shopperContext=&caller=PR&appCode=&prc=OSUFS&ppc=OSUFS

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.

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. RSVPs are required. For more information: http://advantage.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/demo-day-december-10th

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Applied Ethics Thesis Defense: Claude Bullock will defend his thesis, “A Practical, Ethical Critique of Hydraulic Fracturing and the Shale Gas Extraction Process” on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in Milam Hall, Room 301.  Claude will present his work for about 45 minutes and there will be time for questions before the public is excused.

NEW! Teaching about Race, Place, and Violence in the United States: Bring your lunch and join us for the final informal monthly conversation of the term focused on teaching Difference, Power and Discrimination courses and content. Dec. 11, noon – 1:30 p.m., MU 208. Attendees are asked to read the following brief article ahead of time: What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’? and check out the following syllabi examples: Teaching #BlackLivesMatter; #Charlestonsyllabus; Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest. No RSVP required.  See previous topics and materials.

NEW! Valley Library Winter Break Workshops, Dec. 14-15: The Valley Library’s Winter Break Workshop offerings are scheduled for Dec. 14-15. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of time for personal learning! Learn about managing your citations with Zotero or EndNote, build a top-notch survey with Qualtrics, or get a jump start on creating your first (or next) Data Management Plan.  Registration is encouraged but not required: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/graduate-students. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Master Recycler Class: Spots are available in the 2016 Master Recycler class, which explores all things reduce, reuse, recycle. The class is on Tuesday nights Jan. 12 through March 1, plus field trips, and is free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. More class info and registration is on Campus Recycling’s website. Deadline is Dec. 29 but space is limited.

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.

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.

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

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.

News for Employees

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.

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

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.

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.

NEW! Communications and Marketing Specialist – The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Public Information Representative 2. Posting #0016626. For full consideration, apply by Dec. 31.

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.

NEW! Assistant Professor – The Department of Crop and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor position. Posting #0016640. Closes Jan. 3.

NEW! Assistant Professor – The Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) invite applications for a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Agronomy. Posting #0016639. Closes Jan. 13.

NEW! Outreach Program Coordinator – The  College of Public Health & Human Sciences serving Morrow county invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Outreach Program Coordinator position. Posting #0016641. Closes Jan. 15.

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: “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake. Showers expected in the morning, and heavy rain this evening. High of 54, low of 44. Rain tomorrow. A flood watch remains in effect.

Central Oregon: Rain today, followed by showers, and rain again this evening. High of 49, low of 33. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, heavy rain tonight. High of 53, low of 47. Rainy and breezy tomorrow. Flood watch in effect.

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

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