OSU Today

Thursday, Dec. 10, 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 northern spotted owl is in trouble again, and this time it’s from another owl (Washington Post)

“This study provides strong evidence that barred owls are negatively affecting spotted owl populations,” said Katie Dugger, a research biologist at the USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Oregon State University and lead author on the report.

Nanotechnology drug delivery shows promise for improved melanoma treatment (Nanowerk)

The findings were made with laboratory animals, and just published in the Journal of Controlled Release (“A three-drug nanoscale drug delivery system designed for preferential lymphatic uptake for the treatment of metastatic melanoma”) by researchers from the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. The work was supported by an OSU startup fund, and a provisional patent has been granted for this technology. (see also Medical News Today, R&D Magazine)

Los Angeles is in the midst of a craft beer boom. Is a bust on the way? (LA Magazine)

First, there’s more competition than before. And as competition grows, you can expect many breweries to bite it early on, says Patrick Emerson, an economist at Oregon State University. “There will be increased competition, and this competition will result in weaker breweries exiting the market because of poor relative product quality or lack of business acumen,” he says.

A Moby-Dick emerges from the Smithsonian Collections (Smithsonian)

This discovery can tell us a lot about the evolution of sperm whales throughout time, says Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University. Scientists can compare the sperm whale fossil to other fossils, as well as today’s modern sperm whales. The differences among the animals can help tell us about the world’s oceans and climate in the past.

Signs of water damage at home? Prevent mold and decay (Oregonian)

Oregon State University Extension Service recommends using a dehumidifier to remove moisture and holding indoor relative humidity between 40 percent to 60 percent.

Snakes slither on a thin layer of fat (Discovery)

In a paper published December 9 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), Kiel University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, report their discovery of what is essentially a super-thin layer of fat covering the skin of one common species of snake.

Decoding next: Five trends (The Drum)

Lane Selman, an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University, started the Culinary Breeding Network, which brings chefs, plant breeders, and farmers together to create more flavorful veggies and fruits. It’s been theorized that Americans eat so much junk food because the flavor has been bred out of fruits and vegetables to keep them uniform in look and fresher, longer.

Collaboration leads to lower energy rates all around (Energy Central)

Co-authored by Anna Karmazina, a Master’s student at Oregon State University studying social and energy policy.

There will be water, but fish will die (Corvallis Advocate)

Many of the scientists involved with the Willamette Water 2100 project came together on Dec. 4 to share the findings of a six-year, $4.3 million examination designed to determine the availability of water in the Willamette River Basin through the year 2100. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Oregon State University Institute for Water and Watersheds; they collaborated with the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.


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.

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. 10 from 11 a.m.- noon in MU 222.

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.

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.

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! BEE Seminar Speaker: Yves Méheust will present “The flow of a foam in a two-dimensional porous medium,on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in Gilmore 234.

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

Upcoming events

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

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Archival finding aid lecture: Anne Bahde from the Valley Library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center will present “Reimagining the Archival Finding Aid using Digital Humanities Visualization Techniques.” Her talk is on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Willamette Rooms on the OSU Valley Library’s third floor.

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.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Access, Lock and Key: OSU Access, Lock and Key will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, Dec. 16, due to our December All-Hands meeting. We will not open until 1 p.m.

NEW! Momentum! Oregon State is at the forefront of interdisciplinary efforts to combine the power of engineering with biomedical science. We highlight the work of several researchers who are making inroads in this exciting field. Meet two school heads, James Sweeney and V John Mathews, whose research focus is in bioengineering and biomedical engineering and read about the research of Elain Fu, Stephen Ramsey, Ravi Balasubramanian, Adam Higgins, Karl Schilke, and others in the latest issue of Momentum!

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 26th Street: As part of the Johnson Hall project, 26th Street will be closed from Orchard Avenue to Monroe Avenue Dec. 14 – Dec. 31, to install the new steam line for Johnson Hall (View Map). Detour signs will be posted and Corvallis Transit will be rerouted as necessary.

Winter Break Central Shuttle Route:  Beaver Bus shuttle operations will be limited to one bus on the Central route from Dec. 14, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016. The Beaver Bus will not be running on the following OSU holidays: 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.

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.

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.

NEW! Specialist 2-Instructional – OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Specialist 2-Instructional position. Posting #0016713. Closes Jan. 31.

NEW! Assistant Professor (Practice) – The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Assistant Professor (Practice)  position. Posting #0016686. Closes Jan. 1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Corvallis: After a brief period of sunshine, the chilly winds will blow again today. Rain and breezy today, high of 50, low of 40. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today and snow showers tonight, high of 43, low of 32. Chance of snow showers Friday.

Newport: Rainy and windy, high of 51, low of 47. Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow.

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

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