OSU Today

Tuesday, March 8, 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.

Oregon’s new minimum wage will create ‘tough choices’ for public universities (Oregonian)

Oregon’s four-year universities collectively pay thousands of mostly student workers the minimum wage, and those workers will be owed millions in the coming years as that wage ratchets up across the state.

NASA to fly, sail north to study plankton-climate change connection (Southeast Green)

“We will be studying an ocean region that every year exhibits one of the largest natural phytoplankton blooms on Earth,” said Mike Behrenfeld, NAAMES principal investigator from Oregon State University in Corvallis. “These plankton are also known to release organic compounds into the atmosphere that can be measured as far away as Ireland.

Conditions ripe for stripe rust (Capital Press)

Richard Smiley, a professor emeritus of plant pathology at OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton, said fields can become infested if farmers don’t deal with the problem quickly.

Corvallis native celebrates 50 years of cutting hair (Gazette-Times)

When Philomath’s Mel Young began cutting hair in Corvallis at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union, one of the first conversations he had with a customer was about college kids planning on dodging the draft for the Vietnam War. That was in 1967.

If you post it, they still might not come (Inside Higher Ed)

Piece by OSU’s David Baker on videos.

Tiny sea creatures turning tidelines purple at Seaside, other Oregon beaches (Oregonian)

Striking purple-blue sea creatures, Velella velella, have washed up by the thousands on on Seaside beach and other stretches of the north Oregon coast in recent days, tourism officials said Monday.

Corvallis school board meeting dominated by iPad commentary (Gazette-Times)

The board also heard a presentation by Martin Storksdieck, an Oregon State University researcher who will be helping the district analyze how it can improve the implementation of the program. Storksdieck said they will survey all teachers and do a number of focus groups with teachers, parents and students to try to capture a variety of perspectives on the program.

Workshop participants dive into vision process (Gazette-Times)

Participants spent the bulk of the time discussing the five questions at their tables before presenting results to the entire group at the end of the workshop. Housing, seismic safety, education and the influence of Oregon State University were topics that came up the most frequently.

Tsunami castaways go on display at Oregon Coast Aquarium (Alaska Public Media)

John Chapman is an aquatic invasive species expert at Oregon State University. He says Pacific Northwest coastal waters are probably too cold for the fish the aquarium put on display to reproduce. But there are lots of other potential colonists that worry him.


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.

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! Living Our Ancestors’ Dystopia: Indigenous Peoples, Conservation and the Anthropocene. Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, will speak about how indigenous conservationists, whose lives are entangled locally, over many generations, use ecological, cultural and economic relationships to address the conservation challenges they face today.  4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, Eena Haws Native American Longhouse.

 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming events

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar: Laurel Kincl, College of Public Health and Human Services, Oregon State University, will present her seminar “Using occupational measurement data to estimate exposures in epidemiological studies”- at noon on Wednesday, March 9, in ALS 4001.

NEW! WRGP Winter Seminar Series. Chris Parrish, Oregon State University School of Civil & Construction Engineering will present “Bathymetry and Coastal Change Assessment from Airborne and Spaceborne Sensors” on Wednesday March 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Peavy 101.

NEW! Galt Foundation (Qualified Rehabilitation Facility – QRF) Campus Outreach: Galt Foundation will be facilitating a campus-wide outreach to provide an opportunity for those who are actively supporting temporary staffing needs campus-wide to hear about the social and economic benefits of working with a QRF as it relates to Galt Foundation, understand Galt Foundation’s processes, services and standards, and participate in a face to face question and answer session. Thursday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union, Journey Room. For more information: donna.cain2@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3423.

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk on CORE: Jeff Malone, Chrysanthemum Hayes, and Diana Lindsley will teach advisors how to use CORE through a computer training. 1-3 p.m., March 10, Autzen computer classroom, Valley Library.

 NEW! MBA Info Session: An MBA is a versatile and well-regarded degree designed to help future managers and entrepreneurs become better leaders. Oregon State offers a flexible, high-touch program that allows full-time students to earn their MBA in about a year. Those working full-time can earn their degree in the evenings. Join us on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-6:60 p.m., for an Information Session in Austin Hall, room 126. During the session, we will discuss the value of an MBA, the benefits of Oregon State’s program, as well as the admissions process and scholarship opportunities for well-qualified applicants. Prospective students as well as advisors encouraged to attend. RSVP’s to osumba@oregonstate.edu appreciated but not required. For more information: http://business.oregonstate.edu/mba

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.

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/ Event will be streamed live 5:15-6:30 p.m. (no online chat & no recording): http://live.oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Funding needed to ship clothing to Syrian refugees: The OSU Ettihad Cultural Center has successfully collected 1,800 pounds in donated clothing to provide to Syrian refugees overseas, but is now raising the funds needed to ship that clothing to recipients. Students have created a Go Fund Me account to cover the needed shipping costs. Anyone interested can go to https://www.gofundme.com/fyskahyk to make a donation.

NEW! Accelerated Learning Standards: OSU Faculty Senate seeks feedback from faculty on the draft of Accelerated Learning Standards at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~mjb/fs1603/Accel%20Lrng.pdf. The document consists of two sections – Dual Credit Teaching Partnerships and Proficiency-Based Accelerated Learning. Please complete and submit to jay.noller@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m., March 15, for inclusion with faculty feedback from around the state to HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission).

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.

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.

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

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!

Traffic and Maintenance

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.

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.

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.

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.

NEW! Postdoctoral Research Scholar – Fish Ecology. Quantitative fish ecologist to assess the impact of hypoxia on living resources in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Send email and vitae to Stephen.brandt@oregonstate.edu. Closes March 18.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.” ~ Audrey Hepburn. Rain today, high of 49, low of 43. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow followed by a chance of rain and snow. High of 46 low of 33. Rain likely tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 49, low of 45. Rain and windy tomorrow.

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

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