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Monday, March 14, 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.

Never a dulse moment in this kitchen (Capital Press)

Jason Ball has an unusual job at an unusual place. He’s the research chef at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, which itself is a joint venture of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the state Department of Agriculture.

Oregon State University climatologist co-author report saying climate change plays part in extreme weather (Register-Guard)

Climate change has contributed to extreme weather events in the past 20 years, according to a new report released Friday and co-authored by an Oregon State University climatologist. (see also Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times, Shanghai Daily)

Oregon State researcher pledges nearly $1 million for endowment (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University researcher and his wife have pledged an $800,000 fellowship endowment to support graduate students at OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute. (see also Gazette-TimesDaily Journal)

Japan quake anniversary cases Oregon to reflect (KOIN)

Dr. Scott Ashford heads up the Cascadia Lifelines Program at Oregon State University. He says since Japan, we have learned a lot more about what could happen when the Cascadia Subduction Zone rumbles.

Decades-old promises of housing for tribes along Columbia left unfulfilled (Oregonian)

Video features OSU’s Natchee Barnd.

Scientists still worry about species tsunami swept from Japan to Oregon (KVAL)

“Maybe we dodged the bullet, although it is still too early to tell,” said John Chapman, an Oregon State University invasive species expert who has investigated tsunami debris along the Pacific coastline. “It is possible that we have not yet discovered these reproductive populations, or that some species from Japan may be cross-breeding with our own species.”

Donated clothing awaits shipment (Gazette-Times)

When a group of students at Oregon State University put out a call for warm winter clothing to help Syrian refugees, they got more than they bargained for — 1,800 pounds of sweaters, jackets and other cold-weather gear.

Agriculture a major economic factor in Oregon (News-Register)

“Agriculture has a large economical impact in Douglas County,” said Shelby Filley, regional livestock and forage specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Scientists will worry about species tsunami swept from Japan to Oregon (KATU)

“Maybe we dodged the bullet, although it is still too early to tell,” said John Chapman, an Oregon State University invasive species expert who has investigated tsunami debris along the Pacific coastline. “It is possible that we have not yet discovered these reproductive populations, or that some species from Japan may be cross-breeding with our own species.”

Overdue earthquake in California set to be far worse than expected (Daily Mail)

‘Cascadia can make an earthquake almost 30 times more energetic than the San Andreas to start with,’ Chris Goldfinger, a professor of geophysics at Oregon State University told CNN.

Healthy Eating (The Dalles)

Lauren Kraemer, assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension Service, helps serve a meal Thursday evening at One Community Health, 1040 Webber Street in The Dalles.

Second vision workshop set for Linus Pauling (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis Community Relations Advisory Group meets at 7 p.m. at the Madison Avenue room. The panel, which is working on livability issues stemming from Oregon State University growth, will hear reports from Raphelle Rhoads of the student conduct office and Rob Reff, OSU’s director of the Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention.

5 best onion variaties to plant in Oregon: Psst! Do it now (Oregonian)

Get onions in the ground in spring and avoid heartbreak when it comes time to harvest big, beautiful bulbs this summer. Plant as soon as the soil is dry enough to work, said Jim Myers, a plant breeder at Oregon State University. March and April are prime times.


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.

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! NCAA selection show watch party: The Oregon State women’s basketball team will host a 2016 NCAA Selection Show Watch Party Monday afternoon in the Loge Level of Reser Stadium. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m., with the selection show beginning at 4 p.m. For more information: http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=210766230&DB_OEM_ID=30800

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

Upcoming events

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.

RESCHEDULED: 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 April 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering building room 1001. A video recording of the meeting will be made available for those who cannot attend. Contact Andrea McDaniel for more information.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Capstone seminar and defense: Justin Zweifel, MNR, will present, “A landscape-scale watershed assessment method to support fish passage restoration strategies in Puget Sound, Washington State: A case study for the Fish Barrier Removal Board,” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, Peavy 236.

NEW! CORE Training Session – New CORE Features: The Business Intelligence Center (BIC) is offering weekly CORE training sessions through WebEx. This week’s takes place March 16, 2 p.m. BIC Operations Manager Diana Lindsley introduces participants to the various features of CORE. These 30 minute WebEx sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 2 to 2:30 p.m. There is no need to pre-register. To access the CORE WebEx on Wednesday click or copy and paste the link into your browser, https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/j.php?MTID=mfcfaac9ba569864fb4a49a0a2c14d4e7. Enter the meeting number 923 272 920, as directed.

NEW! Distinguished Visitor Lecture in Earth Science: Jessica Tierney, Associate Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arizona will present “Pirates, famine, and El Niño: The Horn of Africa under a changing climate” Monday, March 28, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in LInC 100. Lecture followed by reception.

NEW! Registration is open for the employee learning workshop, sponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA):  “Excel Tips and Tricks for Intermediate Users,” is scheduled for April 27, 1-2:30 p.m. Presenter Brad Dennis, Business Center Manager, Auxiliary and Activities Business Center, will demonstrate how to maximize the calculations feature, create more efficient sorting, link from one spreadsheet to the other, import and export files, and more.  Cost to attend is $5 for PFLA members and $10 for non-members. Visit http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYiJG56Pc7dUj9H  for details, a downloadable flyer, and to register. 

NEW! Become a Community Leader with Recycling 101. There is no planet B. Protect natural resources by learning about recycling, composting and waste reduction with Recycling 101. Travel the life cycle of recyclables and learn techniques to make earth-conscious choices at work and at home. Available online anytime, Recycling 101 is made up of eight modules – the first overview module is completely free.

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! 2016 Association of Office Professionals Member of the Year Award: The OSU Association of Office Professionals was formed to foster awareness, excellence, and professionalism in the ranks of office personnel. This award recognizes contributions toward these goals by individual members through creative approaches and consistently high performance as a professional in ways that benefit Oregon State. Nominees must be active AOP members and have participated in AOP-related activities within the last two years. To nominate an AOP member, submit your completed packet by April 22 to Laurie Wyant, Laurie.Wyant@oregonstate.edu. The complete packet shall include a nomination form and two letters of support. One of the two letters should be from a co-worker or supervisor.

NEW! CAPS Faculty/Staff Survey Reminder: Recently Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sent out a survey to gather information about faculty and staff perception of our services.  We thank all of you who responded to it.  If you have not yet completed the survey, your participation is valuable as we evaluate our services.  Please click on the link below by Friday, March 18. http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_721Qd7QPB2gvvKZ

NEW! RecycleMania Civil War Tip: RecycleMania, an annual 8-week Civil War and national recycling competition between universities, runs through April 2. Help OSU compete – and catch up to UO who is currently ahead – by recycling, composting and reducing your trash. Tip: If you have a green deskside bin, empty it into your building’s recycling bins so it counts for the competition.

NEW! Boss of the Year Award:  The Oregon State University Association of Office Professionals wants to recognize creative approaches and consistently superior performance as a supervisor. A nominee must be actively employed in a supervisory capacity at any level. Nominees must be an OSU employee. To nominate a supervisor for this award, submit nominations by April 22 to Laurie Wyant, Laurie.Wyant@oregonstate.edu. Nomination packets must include a nomination form, and two letters of support, no longer than 2 pages in length. At least one should be from office support personnel.

NEW! AOP scholarship: The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) was formed to foster awareness, excellence and professionalism in the ranks of office personnel. The OSU AOP will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2016-17 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be full time OSU students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2016-17 academic year, AND have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, OR regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in OSU AOP.  Application can be found at http://fa.oregonstate.edu/aop/aop-scholarship. A completed application; three current, signed letters of recommendation; and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by May 2 to Laurie Wyant, 213 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331 or via email to Laurie.wyant@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Coming this Spring: Earth Week Teach-Ins: Faculty are invited to lead teach-ins during Earth Week, from April 18-22. This campus-wide event aims to educate OSU students about climate change and its ecological, social, political and moral implications. Faculty can hold closed teach-ins with their own students, or open teach-ins for all students and community. The event will also host keynote lectures from Monday through Friday during Earth Week at noon in the Snell Hall International Forum. The project is sponsored by OSUDivest, Spring Creek Project, PESE, 350Corvallis, and RTC. For more information please visit www.osuteachin.wordpress.com For questions or to confirm participation as teach-in leaders, please e-mail osuteachin@gmail.com

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Valley Football Center: As part of the Valley Football Center Expansion project, the power to both Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center and Valley Football Center will be shut down March 19th – March 23rd to upgrade power at Valley Football Center. Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center will be shut down March 19 and possibly March 20. Valley Football Center will be shut down March 19-23. For more information, contact Dave Raleigh at 541-230-0804.

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.

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.

EXTENDED: 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.  Closing date extended to March 18.

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.

NEW! Student position: Interested in a paid position translating from English to Chinese or Spanish? The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is hiring OSU students who have completed SPAN 455 or CHN 313 to translate the content of SSI’s official website and other marketing materials to English or Chinese. Applications due Friday, April 1. Apply NOW.

NEW! Student employment: The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is hiring for 2016-2017! SSI works to advance student efforts to create a culture of sustainability at OSU through programming that fosters environmental, social, and economic justice. We believe educational institutions have a responsibility to model innovative tools, systems , and ways of thinking to create a more sustainable world and provide students the experiences to become leaders in their communities creating that change. Apply online at: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/main/student-sustainability-initiative-job-opportunities  or in person at the Student Experience Center Information Desk. Applications due April 1.

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: “They sicken of the calm who know the storm.” ~ Dorothy Parker. Showers today, high of 49, low of 38. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow likely, then showers. High of 40, low of 26. Same tomorrow.

Newport: Showers, high of 50, low of 42. Showers likely tomorrow.

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

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