OSU Today

Monday, March 7, 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.

Anticipating the next mega-quake (CBS This Morning)

“This would be like five or six Katrinas all at once, up and down from California to Canada, would be the closest thing I can think of,” said Chris Goldfinger, a paleo-seismologist at Oregon State University. (see also Daily Mail)

Partnership gives Oregon clean-tech startups access to office space, other resources in Boston area (Register-Guard)

Now Oregon entrepreneurs have access to office space, strategic partners, investors and other resources in the Boston market. Likewise, Massachusetts startups can get temporary office space at Oregon BEST offices in Portland’s Pearl District and be hooked up with faculty and lab equipment at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Oregon Tech (Oregon Institute of Technology), Oregon BEST spokesman Gregg Kleiner said.

Does your mascot have a DNA sequence? (Wall Street Journal)

Oregon State University, home of Benny the Beaver, last fall raised $30,000 from fans, alumni and others to sequence the American beaver with a crowdfunding effort  that was promoted on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Sequencing the beaver genome could help answer questions like why the rodent’s two front teeth are orange, why it has special dam-building skills, and why it loves to chew wood.

University research spins off wide array of products, firms (Register-Guard)

Locally, Dune Sciences, Nemametrix, Avant Assessment and many other companies trace their core technology to research conducted at the University of Oregon. Similarly, Oregon State University can point to numerous “spinouts” linked to its research portfolio.

Scientists discover lizards locked in amber for 99 million years (Christian Science Monitor)

“It’s a process of natural fixatives in the resin,” George Poinar, an entomologist at Oregon State University known for his research on amber fossils who was not part of this study, tells the Monitor. “[The resin] contains preservatives that enter into the tissue,” he explains. “At the same time, the sugars in the resin withdraw moisture from the specimen.” Those two processes preserve the tissue of the organism as the amber hardens around it.

Deadly crash intensifies push for changes at Bethesda intersection (Washington Post)

“When you start seeing petitions with hundreds or thousands of signatures, that’s an indication something is wrong,” said David Hurwitz, an associate professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University who studies traffic signals.

Listen to the eerie noises emitted from the ocean’s darkest depths (Washington Post)

Dziak was the chief scientist for the project whose mission was to obtain a baseline recording — from Challenger Deep, the lowest point in the Mariana Trench — for future scientists to use in measuring the change in underwater noise levels. The team was composed of researchers from NOAA, Oregon State University and the U.S. Coast Guard and was funded by NOAA. (see also ABC AustraliaDiscovery)

Plastic bags don’t have monopoly on endangering the ocean (Keys Info Net)

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” said Stephanie Green, co-author of the study and David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Oregon State University. “Contaminants like these microbeads are not something our wastewater treatment plants were built to handle, and the overall amount of contamination is huge.”

Hungry bucket for kitchen scraps (Register-Guard)

Rodney Bloom, a volunteer with the Compost Specialist program at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County, says bokashi has been used for centuries in Korea and Japan. It uses a variety of bacteria, fungi and other beneficial microorganisms to ferment food waste in an anaerobic (or oxygen-free) environment.

Wait to apply moss killer, OSU expert says (Oregonian)

When the slugs are chomping the hostas or the weeds have taken over the garden, get the answers you need with Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Newsmakers 2016: Oregon State University AGC chapter (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Several efforts have garnered national attention for Oregon State University’s Associated General Contractors student chapter, including its outreach to young people and volunteerism to benefit communities both locally and overseas.

Volunteers, OSU athletes, spruce up Hoover (Democrat-Herald)

Hoover Elementary School had gone so long without repairs to its running track and baseball field that the school’s faculty and staff starting calling the area “the mud pit.” But thanks to the work Saturday of more than 50 volunteers from Oregon State University’s athletics programs, students going out for recess Monday will be able to enjoy a completely refurbished woodchip running track, baseball diamonds, butterfly garden and duck houses.

Brian Doyle’s musings on children and animals wins award: Book excerpt (Oregonian)

Doyle, a Lake Oswego resident who’s written novels, nonfiction books, stories, essays and poems, won the award for “Children and Other Wild Animals,” a collection of vignettes in which he uses his distinctive prose to describe encounters with newts, sturgeon and many other species. (OSU Press)

OSU Science Pub at Belfry focuses on hummingbirds (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University — Cascades ornithologist Matt Betts will present “Hummingbird Highways: Conserving Pollination in Tropical Forest Landscapes” at The Belfry from 6 to 8 p.m. March 15.

Parents opposing expansion of school iPads plan to speak at school board (Democrat-Herald)

The agenda for Monday’s meeting includes a discussion of a new report the district is commissioning from Oregon State University, which will study how digital devices can be used more effectively to improve student learning and analyze what has worked about the program and what its challenges are. The study is expected to be completed this fall.


NEW! RecycleMania: RecycleMania – an annual 8-week Civil War and national recycling competition between universities – is running Feb. 7 – April 2. Help OSU compete – and catch up to UO who is currently ahead – by recycling, composting and reducing your trash! Event this week: Get Caught Recycling at surprise times and locations, March 7-9.

NEW! Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Town Hall registration deadline is Monday, March 7.  Register today for the community sustainability event of the year, taking place Thursday, March 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the CH2MHill Alumni Center!  Check out the 5-7 PM Sustainability Fair right before the program.  Town Hall 2016 will include a “Community Scrapbook” featuring community sustainability accomplishments and an interactive program.  This event typically draws a standing-room-only crowd: register today.

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.

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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Thomas Kinkade reception: Works by painter Thomas Kinkade will be on display in the Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center Feb. 23-March 15. The exhibit is titled, “What will last? Original works from the Thomas Kinkade Collection.” A reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Giustina Gallery. Members of Kinkade’s family are scheduled to attend.

NEW! University Chorale: Join the University Chorale for an evening of song, 7:30 p.m., March 9, First Congregational Church, Corvallis. This term’s performance is unique in that none of the pieces will be sung in English. Languages include Chinese, Serbian and Hebrew among others.

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.

Lunch Hour Tours 2016: The next tour will be held March 9 at the Student Experience Center. If you are a part of Finance and Administration come join the fun, meet new people, learn about the OSU community, new research and ideas. To register for the tour or to learn more log on to: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22 registration closes March 8.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Current Issues in Post-Secondary Education: Tony Van Vliet, past member of Oregon Board of Higher Education, OSU faculty, and nine-term Oregon legislator will moderate a panel on changes in post-secondary education and independent boards. Panelists include representation from OSU and LBCC. Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

NEW! Webinar – Alcohol: The Way You Define the Problem Influences Your Solution: The advent of clinical trials and alcohol epidemiology in the middle of the last century has led to an explosion of knowledge about alcohol’s effects on individual and public health. The way most Americans understand the root of the problem, however, has not incorporated that knowledge. This webinar will describe not only how our prevailing framework impedes progress on reducing the impact of risky drinking on individuals and society, but also how focusing on alcohol consumption guidelines is a promising model to facilitate progress. March 9, 10-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union 215.

NEW! Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online teaching and discover techniques you can use to improve your online courses on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The interactive sessions at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center feature OSU colleagues sharing innovative teaching methods and course development best practices. Includes breakfast and lunch with a keynote address by Jan Plass, chair of Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University. Register by April 10.

NEW! Permaculture Design Online Already Half Full! The versatility of permaculture is astounding. From urban balconies and 100-acre ranches to your backyard, permaculture techniques can transform any landscape with sustainable, ethical, whole-system methods. OSU’s own Andrew Millison leads this ten-week course, helping students create a unique and extensive site design. Click here to view student examples.

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.

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.

Pulling Back the Curtain: A behind-the-scenes look at the changing world of science journalism. Wednesday, March 9, 5 p.m. in Learning Innovation Center (LInC) Room 210.  A lively session with a moderator and four accomplished science journalists. Free and open to the public. http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/features/journalism/

Speculative fiction novelist talk: Author Starhawk will read from her new futuristic novel “City of Refuge” and talk about the writing of speculative fiction, and the importance of stories in envisioning our collective futures, 7 p.m., March 9, Gilfillan Auditorium. Her talk is titled, “Fiction, Trance and Prophecy: Stories to Shape the Future.” Sponsored by The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures; The Spring Creek Project; and The Program for Ethics, Science, and the Environment.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! 100% of Our 2015 HR Certification Test Preparation Course Participants Are Now SHRM Certified. Demonstrate your knowledge, skill and leadership in HR to current and prospective employers with a SHRM certification! Our prep course features Oregon’s only SHRM-approved instructor, Dennis Carr, and a FREE SHRM Learning system package (an $854 value). Hurry, our next session starts March 28. Register now.

NEW! Association of Office Professionals Monthly 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 the 10th of each month. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition.

NEW! Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Monday, March 14, to submit the application for family members attending other former OUS Universities during spring term. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness Spring Registration is now open! Be sure to check out our offerings & register online here. Seasonal offerings include Happy Healthy Eyes, Adult Learn to Swim, & Couch to 5K, sign up today!

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: Due to tree maintenance, the northbound lane between Campus Way and Jefferson Street (View Map) will be temporarily closed Tuesday, March 22, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Bill Coslow 541-737-3488.


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.

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.

NEW! Office Specialist 2 – Integrative Biology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, OS2.  This position is responsible for the coordination of travel, hourly hiring and payroll processes. Posting #P00096CT. Closes March 25.

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.

NEW! Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity – The Vice President of Research Office is seeking an Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting# P00095UF. Closes April 28.

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: “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. Showers today, high of 54, low of 37. Rain and patchy fog tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow today, high of 42, low of 25. Chance of showers and then rain and snow likely tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 51, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

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

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