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Friday, March 4, 2016

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.

5 things you need to know about AI (Computerworld)

There may actually be a regional preference at work behind the origins of the separate terms. “Machine intelligence” has a more “down-to-earth engineering sensibility” that’s been popular in Europe, whereas “artificial intelligence” has a slightly more “science-fiction feel” that’s made it more popular in the U.S., said Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University and president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In Canada, it’s often been called “computational intelligence,” he added.

Why is the deepest part of the ocean so noisy? (Christian Science Monitor)

Scientists expected seven miles under the ocean’s surface to be very quiet. But a team of researchers from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Coast Guard, and Oregon State University (OSU) dropped an underwater microphone 36,200 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean, and were surprised by their findings. (see also KGW, Weather Channel, Huffington Post)

Tohoku tsunami debris, some with invasive life, still turning up on the North American West Coast (Japan Times)

Samuel Chan, an expert in aquatic invasive species and aquatic ecosystem health at the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University, said it was previously thought unlikely organisms from Japan’s coasts could survive multiyear journeys across the Pacific due to a relative lack of nutrients and plankton in the open ocean.

Are hatcheries helping, or hurting, wild fish populations? (Discover Magazine)

Michael Blouin, a biology professor at Oregon State University, has long known that fish raised in the concrete troughs of a hatchery are different than wild fish. Blouin and his fellow researchers discovered this back in 2011. Their 19-year examination of steelhead trout — an anadromous fish in the same genus as Pacific salmon — found that steelhead raised in captivity were adapting to the evolutionary pressures of the hatcheries within a single generation. The steelhead that best adapted to hatcheries did worst, in terms of reproductive success, once they were released into the wild.

Research universities beating graduation expectation rates as foundations double down on alliance (eCampus News)

An “innovation alliance” founded two years ago is now on track to graduate almost 100,000 additional students on top of the national average within the next decade. And perhaps even more innovative, the Alliance’s research universities have also increased the proportion of degrees awarded to low-income students by three percentage points. The Ohio State University, University of Central Florida, Arizona State University, Iowa State University, Oregon State University and Purdue University have each increased the number of low-income graduates by more than 19 percent.

Fort Vancouver’s palisade to be fortified (The Columbian)

“We worked with the Oregon State University Department of Forestry and sampled every single wood member in that structure,” said Alex Patterson, the historic site’s facility manager. “We can measure the rate of decay, and pinpoint those that could be an issue so we can replace them now.”

At the Apex (Terra)

A cougar, silent and unseen in the thick understory, is emitting a beacon from its tracking collar. “She’s close, about a hundred meters to the north,” says Beth Orning, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University.

PCC, partners announce ambitious research center plans for Columbia County (South County Spotlight)

Initial efforts will focus on training for students through industry-sponsored skilled apprenticeships that lead to postsecondary credentials and family-wage jobs, the release states. This effort will be led by PCC as the educational accrediting partner. Advanced manufacturing research activities will be led by local university and research partners, such as Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Winter cutworm poses threat to Oregon grass seed crops, golf courses (Capital Press)

Oregon State University is warning that a relatively new pest, winter cutworms, could damage grass seed crops, grains, golf courses and lawns.

Oregon researcher participates in potato pest study (Fresh Plaza)

Dee Denver, a genomicist in Oregon State University’s College of Science is part of an international team studying potato cyst nematodes. Denver is working with scientists from Idaho, New York, Canada, France and Scotland on a five-year, $3.2 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Music a la Carte and SAC Presents: San Francisco’s The Resonance Jazz Ensemble, presented by Music a la Carte and the SAC Presents, performs at noon on Friday, March 4, in the Memorial Union Lounge, OSU. Free and open to the public.

NEW! School of Public Policy Brownbag Seminar Series: Assistant Professor of Sociology Allison Hurst presents “Working class college students attending liberal arts colleges:  Do they differ from their peers?” The brownbag will be held on Friday, March 4 in Fairbanks 304 from noon-1. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

The Age of Anthroponomy:  Anthroponomy is the collective self-regulation of humankind by humankind so that the effects of our aggregated livelihoods do not undermine our common human values. Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, will justify anthroponomy as the goal of civic life and argue that we should start speaking of the Age of Anthroponomy rather than of the Anthropocene, on the grounds that we must have hope in the form of a concrete –albeit trans-generational and planetary- task. 3 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Milam Hall, Room 319.

Book signing: Poet Cindy William Guitérrez and novelist Justin Taylor will read at the Valley Library Rotunda on March 4 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Cindy Guitiérrez’s poetry collection the small claim of bones was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Awards.  Justin Taylor is the author of the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy. This event is part of the 2014-2015 Literary Northwest Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

OSU Theatre and Music present Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m., on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage. Directed by Charlotte Headrick, with musical direction by Lauren Servias and choreography by Megan Skinner, this comedy is based on “Taming of the Shrew and continues OSU Theatre’s season, All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare. For tickets and information visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre


Student Sustainability Initiative Planting work party: Join the SSI to plant a variety of perennial edible and/or native plants that can provide the OSU community with a source of nourishment, and a chance for interaction with the landscape that is enriching. Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Student Experience Center Permaculture garden. Participants will transplant shrubs, flowers and berry plants. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register here: http://bit.ly/2178jqt, Facebook event or contact Micco Emeson at SSI.landscape@oregonstate.edu.

Imagine Corvallis 2040: A series of community workshops are coming up in March to further explore Imagine Corvallis 2040. Members of the public can attend any or all three workshops, which will take place on consecutive Saturdays in March. March 5, 1 to 4 p.m., Lincoln Elementary School; March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave.; March 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. For workshop focus areas, see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2016/public-invited-to-participate-in-imagine-corvallis-2040-workshops/

Khmer Night: Join the Cambodian Student Association and SLI for Khmer Night on Saturday, March 5 in the MU Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30; event: 7-9 p.m. Performances will include traditional, folk and hip hop dances, a fashion show, and more. Cambodian artists will also showcase and present their work. Tickets available for $5 at the SEC Information Desk, OSU students eligible for one free ticket. Contact: cambodianstudentassocication@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming events

NEW! Labyrinth walk: An open Labyrinth Walk will be offered to the OSU community Monday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in MU Room #13 (multipurpose room on the ground floor level of the newly remodeled portion of the MU).  Claim some time to let go of the stresses and find a focus or experience a centering for your life and work.  Free.  Hosted by United Campus Ministry at Westminster House.

NEW! OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (select items on sale this day) and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Surplus Property website.

Auditions: Auditions for OSU Theatre’s spring production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be held March 6 and 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage. Auditions are open to all. For more information visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/students/auditions

Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. The next session is March 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. If you wish to attend this session, please forward the following information to Vickie Nunnemaker (vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu): name, email address, work unit, and phone number. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

Save the date! Anna Harding retirement: Please join the College of Public Health & Human Sciences in celebrating and honoring Anna Harding on her retirement  at a reception Monday, March 14  4-7 p.m., at Hallie Ford Center Lobby.  Remarks will begin at 430 p.m. Your RSVP is appreciated  RSVP Anna Harding’s Retirement Reception

Faculty from Arts and Sciences to meet with Ray, Randhawa: Announcing, President Ray and Provost Randhawa conversational meeting with faculty of the Division of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hallie Ford Center room 115. A video recording of the meeting will be made available for those who cannot attend. Contact Andrea McDaniel for more information.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Frank Kempken, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, will present a seminar “Secondary metabolites from marine and terrestrial fungi – genome analysis and biological function” on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m., (special date and time) in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! The North American Truffling Society meeting: Roo Vandergrift of the University of Oregon will speak on the “Diversity and ecology of the fungal genus Xylaria in Ecuador”, at 7:30 on March 8, in Rm 2087, Cordley Hall on the OSU campus.

NEW! Saving Seeds. At the March 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Jill Bushakra of the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository will discuss efforts to preserve cultivated fruits and nuts and their wild relatives. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. An optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact University Events by 11 a.m. on March 7 for meal reservations, or anytime to secure your spot, 541-737-0724.

University Research Computing Seminar:  Profs Kyle Niemeyer and Liang Huang, OSU, will speak on “Making effective use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in computations,” 2-3 p.m., Monday, March 7, in Kidder 202. They’ll explore the use of GPUs, describe examples of the use of GPUs in computations and introduce some best practices. This will be streamed at: http://live.oregonstate.edu.

They Might Be Giants: Fossils, Mythology, and National Identity in Early Modern Europe— In 1613, “monstrous” bones were discovered by stonemasons digging near the castle of Chaumont in France. For years, a pamphlet war raged between those who claimed they belonged to King Teutobochus, the legendary giant, and those who argued they were the remains of one of Hannibal’s elephants. In this Center for the Humanities guest lecture, Anita Guerrini Horning Professor in the Humanities, and History of Science faculty in OSU’s School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, will discuss the historical context of this controversy and the science and politics that fueled similar debates well into the 18th century. Monday, March 7, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

News for Employees

Faculty Regalia Reminder: The OSU Beaver Store is now taking Faculty Regalia orders. Place your order online at http://osubeaverstore.com/faculty/regalia/.  The deadline for orders is April 15. Orders submitted after April 15 may see substitutions with gown size and/or hood colors.   For further questions email faculty.regalia@osubeaverstore.com.

Save the Date! Moms & Family Weekend: Mark your calendars for Moms & Family Weekend APRIL 29th-MAY1st. The Memorial Union Program Council is working on the schedule for the printed and online Moms & Family Weekend program and needs any events or activities you want to be included in the program. Again, please be sure to send your event/activity names, times and locations, to stacey.wai@oregonstate.edu no later than March 14.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Bulletin – Suspicious Objects and Bomb Threats Bomb threats, suspicious objects, and bombs are meant to disrupt normal activities and cause fear in populations. With pre-planning, you can remain calm and be knowledgeable of what to do in order to part of an effective response. Download a copy of the Bomb Threat Checklist and keep by your phone. Download this month’s Preparedness Bulletin at http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/preparedness-topics for more information.

PROMISE interns: The PROMISE program invites you to apply to host a 2016 summer intern. The program runs from Monday, June 27 to Friday, Sept. 2. Click here for information about hosting an intern and to apply. For general information about the PROMISE program, visit: dce.oregonstate.edu/promise/. The PROMISE program is sponsored by Diversity & Cultural Engagement and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. Please contact Charlene Martinez if you have any questions about the suitability of a project or your organization’s alignment to the PROMISE purpose and mission. The deadline to apply is March 7.

Clara L. Simerville Award Nominations: Now accepting nominations for the Clara L. Simerville Award for International Education. Award is given in honor of Dr. Simerville, Professor Emeritus of International Education and Foreign Student Counselor from 1955-1970, to an OSU undergraduate domestic or international student who has voluntarily contributed to international understanding through personal relationships, scholarship and research, and involvement in campus or community organizations supporting international understanding. Award: $100. Deadline: April 15. Nomination forms: http://international.oregonstate.edu/isas/scholarships-and-funding/clara-l-simerville-award. For more information: isas.scholarships@oregonstate.edu.


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

Job postings: Oregon State University is transitioning to a new jobs website. During the transition, there are two different locations to search job postings, depending on the date that the job was posted. If you visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs you’ll have access to both sites for your search.

Building Services Coordinator, Chemistry Department. Required qualifications include 2 years management experience, building management experience, experience researching and purchasing products and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Posting # P00041UF. Closes March 4.

Faculty Research Assistant – Genome Research/Biocomp is seeking a Core Lab Technician. This is a part-time (.60FTE) position, 12-month, fixed term with the possibility of moving to full time. Posting# P00047UF. Closes March 4.

Accountant 2 – This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Accountant 2 positions in the Office for Research and Award Administration at Oregon State University. These positions are responsible for the fiscal management of a variety of funds including billing, receipt and posting of revenue, collections, financial report preparation, final cost auditing and closing. These positions are also frequently required to interpret and analyze complex accounting records to resolve problems and ensure a sound auditing trail.  Successful applicants will have strong analytical skills to identify potential cost disallowances and to reconcile information between internal and external accounting systems and must ensure compliance with accounting standards. Posting #P000089CT; closes March 6.

Executive Director, Marine Studies Initiative–The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Executive Director, Marine Studies Initiative. Posting #P00068UF. Closes March 6. This is an internal employment opportunity.

Seed Laboratory Manager – The Department of Crop & Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Seed Laboratory Manager position. Posting #P00031UF. Closes March 6.

Office Specialist 2– The Faculty Senate invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Office Specialist 2. Posting #P00107CT. Closes March 14 with full consideration date of March 7.

Medical Lab Technologist: Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Medical Lab Technologist, Posting #P00078CT. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 31.

Coordinator, Sports & Special Programs – The Department of Recreational Sports invites applications for a 12-month, fixed-term, Coordinator position. This position directs the administration and supervision of comprehensive Sports and Special Programs that includes sport clubs, intramural sports, and special events. Posting #P00054UF. Closes March 8.

Administrative Program Assistant – OSU Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # P00071CT. Closes March 9.

Office Specialist 2 –University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Posting P00105CT. Closes March 9.

Temporary Food Service Worker 3 –University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for three a full-time (1.00 FTE), Temporary Food Service Worker 3 positions. Posting P00106CT. Closes March 9.

Office Specialist 1 – The Gilliam County Extension Office invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position. Posting P00086CT. Closes March 10.

Sexual Assault Support Services Coordinator: Counseling and Psychological Services seeks an innovative team leader to oversee the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) program. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Posting # P00058UF. Closes March 10.

Chef de Cuisine, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services. Filling one F/T Management position. Annual salary range $36,000 – $48,000, and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health care, vacation & sick leave). Unclassified Faculty Posting #P00071UF.  Closes March 11.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Recruitment Specialist, Oregon State University Direct SE Asia. This position will execute a comprehensive international recruitment and marketing plan targeted at building brand recognition in key markets across Asia and driving international student enrollment for Oregon State University’s graduate and undergraduate degree seeking programs. For more information or to apply please follow the link: http://bit.ly/1SXFihz. Apply by noon, March 13.

Assistant Director– The Career Development Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month,  Assistant Director. Closes March 13.

Office Specialist 2 – The Washington County Extension Office invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #P00099CT. Closes March 13.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #P00101CT. Closes March 14.

Assistant Director, Mental Health Promotion: Counseling and Psychological Services seeks an energetic, collaborative leader to direct the vision, coordination, implementation and assessment of the CAPS Mental Health Promotion Program. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Posting #P00069UF. Closes March 14.

Assistant Professor – The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor (Water Management Technologist) position. Posting #0016967. Closes March 15 (deadline extended).

Assistant Professor – The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor (Water Quality Engineer) position. Posting #0016965. Closes March 15 (deadline extended).

The College of Science Dean’s Office is seeking a Head Academic Advisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P00042UF. Closes March 15.

Academic Advisor-College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor. Posting P00045UF. Closes March 16.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a part-time .49 FTE, 12-month, hourly position. Posting# P00081CT. Closes March 18.

Veterinary Technician. Oregon State University’s (OSU) Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a full-time Certified Veterinary Technician for employment in our Large Animal Teaching Hospital.  The hospital is part of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and provides excellent benefits and a competitive salary.  Posting #0015391. Apply by March 20.   

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Office Specialist, Learning Center. The Learning Center Office Specialist acts as a first point of contact for students, instructors and other visitors of the Learning Center at INTO OSU. This is a general administrative and customer service position designed to provide a high level of support and assistance to the Learning Center Coordinator in the day to day operations of the Learning Center. For more information or to apply please follow the link: http://bit.ly/1Tm1Hpm
Apply by March 20.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1 (HRC1) position. Posting # P00090UF. Closes March 28.

OSU-Cascades Human Resources Manager – OSU-Cascades is seeking an OSU-Cascades Human Resources Manager. This is a full-time 1.0FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting# P00086UF. Closes March 28.

Accountant 1 – The Arts & Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accountant 1 position. Posting # P00032CT. Closes March 31.

Food Service Worker 1 – Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center invites applications for a part-time (.25 FTE), intermittent, Food Service Worker 1 position. Posting P00090CT. Closes May 1.

Research Analyst – The OSU Foundation is looking for a pro-active prospect research analyst to support fundraising activities by researching, analyzing and recommending strategies for a team of development officers. This position is responsible for helping facilitate donor cultivation and solicitation. If you have experience identifying new prospects through industry best practices, creating prospect profiles and briefings, collaborating with development officers, and “thinking differently,” consider applying for this position. If you’re interested in this position, and you have experience with profile research techniques, apply at the OSU Foundation website: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5098.

Assistant Athletic Director for Development, Athletics Annual Giving: The OSU Foundation is looking for a strong and talented Assistant Athletic Director for Development in Athletics Annual Giving. This position is responsible for achieving the annual giving fundraising goals on behalf of Oregon State University Athletics through efficient and effective leadership and management of athletics’ annual giving programs, individual sport support and strategic fundraising campaigns. If you understand the Annual Giving process as it relates to college athletics, and have a proven record of success in annual giving or significant sales success, consider applying for this position. For more details please visit the OSUF website at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5052


Corvallis: “Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” ~ Neil Gaiman. Chance of rain and patchy fog. High of 63, low of 46. Rain Saturday and showers likely Sunday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny, then a chance of rain, high of 60, low of 45. Rain likely Saturday, chance of rain and snow on Sunday.

Newport: Rainy and breezy today, high of 59, low of 49. Rain Saturday, showers Sunday.

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

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