OSU Today

Friday, March 11, 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.

Extension agent dives into field crop research (Capital Press)

Nearly two years after Clare Sullivan started as an Oregon State University Extension field crops agent for Linn, Benton and Polk counties in the Willamette Valley, she has not lost her Canadian accent — or her enthusiasm for helping growers through research.

Tsunami’s hitch-hiking marine life find refuge in Oregon (Voice of America)

John Chapman, a marine expert at Oregon State University, said Pacific Northwest coastal waters are probably too cold for these refugees to reproduce. But there are lots of other potential invasive species that worry him, including sea stars, seaweeds and parasites that could displace native species.

Grass Roots Restoration (Terra magazine)

“It’s a big region, and some of the most extensive research and most innovative collaborations are coming from right here in Eastern Oregon,” says David Bohnert, an OSU animal scientist and director of the Eastern Oregon  Agricultural Research Center in Burns. “Conservation benefits a lot of other wildlife, like mule deer and pronghorn, brush rabbits and songbirds. Our job is to understand the complexity of this ecosystem, and help people restore its function and structure.”

OSU adds vaccination rules to keep campus population healthy (Columbian)

Oregon State University is launching a new immunization policy to decrease the likelihood that students will contract a serious illness while attending school. (see also Herald & News)

Documents raise questions about San Diego aquaculture project (KPBS)

Michael Kent, a scientist at Oregon State University who studies diseases among farmed fish, said he’d expect there to be diseases and other issues at the start of a hatchery program.

Minimum wage increase affects thousands of student jobs at UO, OSU (KVAL)

In the next fiscal biennium from 2017 to 2019, the state’s minium wage law could cost the University of Oregon an extra $2 million; at Oregon State University, the outlook calls for a $4 million increase.

Salmon hatchery findings should inform a top-to-bottom review (Oregonian editorial)

Significantly, scientists at Oregon State University recently declared that a hatchery fish is not a wild fish. The hatchery-versus-wild question has been debated for years, despite the fact that hatchery managers do their best to create fish from wild stocks. But the OSU team found that hatchery fish quickly adapt to hatchery conditions, becoming anything but wild.

Invasive species chews through Oregon lawns (Green Industry)

With spring around the corner, the worms’ population could be set to boom. Entomology experts from Oregon State University are urging growers and lawn care professionals to use insecticides to kill the worms, and tilling to expose them to birds and other predators so their population goes down.

Borers make their mark (Good Fruit Grower)

Hubbard collected samples of the larvae and asked Dr. Peter Shearer, an entomologist with Oregon State University Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, to identify them. The plum borer, a native to North America, has little history in the Northwest, Shearer said.

Are last season’s saved seeds still viable? Test them (Chicago Daily Herald)

Much depends on how the seeds were collected and stored, said Ross Penhallegon, an associate professor emeritus and horticulturist with the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cutting red clover for silage may keep pest at bay (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension agent Nicole Anderson said she has consistently found red clover casebearer moths in Oregon clover seed fields but she has yet to see any significant crop damage.


Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: Edmund D. “Butch” Brodie, Professor of Biology at Utah State University, will give the inaugural Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture on “Arms races and the evolution of tetrodotoxin resistance.” He will speak on March 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4001. Reception to follow at 5 p.m. in Cordley 3021.

Battle of the Bands: MUPC’s annual Battle of the Bands will be held on Friday, March 11 in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 8:30-12:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The competing bands are: Adieu Caribou, Crushingcrayons, The Macks, Red Spectre and Vandfald. The event will also feature The Shifts and DJ Keyst1.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSUAA Spring Awards Celebration, April 22: Join us in celebration as we honor two Beavers and a close friend during the OSU Alumni Association’s Spring Awards Ceremony on April 22.  Award Recipients:  Pamela Knowles ’77, Jean & C.H. Scram Graham Leadership Award; Allyn Ford, Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award; Jen-Hsun Huang, E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award.  Registration is open.

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

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

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! U-Engage Information Sessions and Course Proposals. The Office of New Student Programs and Family Outreach is now accepting course proposals from OSU faculty and staff as a part of the U-Engage program. U-Engage offers a dynamic opportunity for instructors to explore real-world questions and topics with first-year students, all the while supporting their transition to Oregon State. The course proposal, along with additional information can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/u-engage-course-applications. Information sessions will be held at noon March 14 in the Willamette East Room of the Valley Library and 12:30 p.m., March 17 in the Willamette West Room, Valley Library. Questions can be directed to Emma Larkins at Emma.Larkins@oregonstate.edu

NEW! NOW ENROLLING! OSU’s Craft Cidery Startup Workshop: Comes to Portland June 12.”A cidery is a business… There’s marketing, management, law, intellectual property, finance and production knowledge – all of those things the OSU course covers in adequate detail. Those who attend can hit the ground running with starting a true cider operation – just like I did.” – Chris Blanchard, Longdrop Cider Co.

Dual Degree Thesis Defense. Jacob Kollen, MS Water Resource Engineering, MS Soil Science will dual defend on Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. in Wilkinson 203. Jacob will present “Experiences in Implementing the White Method: Estimating Evapotranspiration Using Fluctuations of Water Table Elevation”. He is co-advised by John Selker in Biological & Ecological Engineering and Maria Dragila in Soil Science.

OSU Free Virtual Networking Lunch – Beaver Nation is everywhere. The OSU Alumni Association has introduced a new virtual platform that allows you to connect with Oregon State alumni and friends no matter where you live. This real-time chat program will allow you to network and build connections from the privacy of your own computer. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16. Register here. Here is a demo of how the virtual platform works.

Twitter in 15 Minutes!: Learn the basics of Twitter and practice a few tweets to get the hang of it. Hosted by eXtension and Victor Villegas. Join the webinar on March 17, 11:15 a.m. To connect to the webinar, click on this link.

Learn Online Marketing from the Pros – Digital Brand Management Series Continues in March 28: Only a few spots left for the next session of our Digital Brand Management series: Building a Digital Channel Content Strategy. Learn from, and network with, Hallie Janssen of the Oregonian Media Group. This OSU-exclusive experience teaches you real-world strategies to help you gain an immediate edge! Learn more.

Genome colloquium: The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing’s Spring Conference and Colloquium will take place all day on April 11 in the OSU CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Registration is free and open to everyone in the OSU community: http://cgrb.oregonstate.edu/spring-conference .This year’s conference’s keynote speaker is Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI), who was one of the lead PIs on the dog genome project and who is a leader in the field of comparative genomics.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Course Fees Updated:  Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Tuesday, April 5.  The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the Summer/Fall 2016 course fees for certain field trips and PAC courses before they become effective on April 10.  The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk.  Comments should be directed to Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

No OSU Today on Spring Break: OSU Today will be on hiatus March 21-25 and will resume March 28. Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Vote to get Benny the Beaver & OSU on a Frontier plane (and win prizes): Frontier Airlines is holding a Mascot Mania contest. The team with the most votes wins. The winning organization wins 20 roundtrip tickets and every time you vote you will be entered for a chance to win a free flight. You can find out more here www.flyfrontier.com/mascotcontest and Vote Here. You can vote once every 24 hours. Voting ends April 30.

STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Club for 3rd-5th grade girls. Elementary AWSEM Club meets Thursdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., from April 14–May 12 at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis. Topics: DNA, Chemical Engineering, Computing, Geography, and Physics. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register, please visit http://stemacademy.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $75. Tuition assistance/scholarships available.  

Moms & Family Weekend Final Call: Moms & Family Weekend April 29 – May 1. 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.  Last call to submit any event/activity names, times and locations, to stacey.wai@oregonstate.edu no later than Monday March 14.

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.

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).

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.

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.

EXTENDED: Temporary Fiscal Coordinator 2 for The VP for Research invites applications for temporary full time FTE, 12-month, hourly position. Posting # P00110CT Closes March 16.

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.

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.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting # P00103CT. Closes March 20.

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.

Assistant Director for Student Life. OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position as Assistant Director for Student Life.  Posting # P00094UF.  Full consideration date is March 21. Closes March 25.

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 Professor – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Weed Management for Horticultural Crops. Posting # P00108UF. http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/22117 Closes April 17.

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: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~ Sophia Loren. Showers likely today, high of 55, low of 44. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 51, low of 35. Rain likely Saturday, showers likely Sunday.

Newport: Showers and patchy fog, high of 53, low of 45. Heavy rain Saturday and Sunday.

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

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