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Tuesday, March 29, 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.

Meet the Women’s Final Four (Indy Star)

Here’s what you need to know about the four teams coming to Indianapolis for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Connecticut will play Oregon State in one semifinal at 6 p.m. (ESPN), and Syracuse will play Washington in the other at 8:30 (ESPN2). (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon cyclist dies in race near Auburn (The Olympian)

An Oregon State University student was killed Saturday after an accident in a collegiate bicyclist race near Auburn, according to USA Cycling. Randall Fox, 29, of Albany, Oregon, lost control of his bicycle while going downhill near Flaming Geyser State Park and crashed into a guardrail, suffering critical injuries, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. (see also Gazette-Times)

Malaria old enough to kill off dinosaurs (The Australian)

An analysis by Oregon State University researcher George Poinar has found that the “prototype” of the modern scourge is a microbe found in a 100 million-year-old biting insect fossilised in amber in Myanmar. (see also Science Codex, Daily News & Analysis)

Regional roundup (OPB)

We’ll hear about how some corporations are trying to fight climate change by collaborating with each other — and why that might put them in legally dubious territory. Inara Scott, Assistant Professor of Business and Environmental Law at Oregon State University, fills us in on her research.

From bust to boom (Mail-Tribune)

If one word can summarize Phil VanBuskirk’s 32-year tenure at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, it is “transition.” (see also Register-Guard)

Oregon State University: librarians offer the deep history of water in the West (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University is ready to slake your thirst for knowledge about water in the western United States with its “Western Waters Digital Library.”

Study: American lifestyles unhealthy (Albuquerque Journal)

A study conducted by Oregon State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has awarded nearly every adult in the country a failing grade. The researchers used four barometers to measure whether someone’s behavior could be considered healthy. They include an appropriate balanced diet, being active, meeting the recommended criteria for body fat percentage and not smoking. (see also CBS Local)

Ocean researchers offer a pair of lectures (Gazette-Times)

Celebrated oceanographic researcher Deborah Kelley will be making a pair of free appearances this week at Oregon State University.

April garden calendar: Plant salad ingredients, maybe marigolds (Oregonian)

Want reminders of other garden tasks this month? Here’s a short list of key jobs you should tackle in April, such as fertilizing, pest control, planting and maintenance, as provided by the Oregon State University Extension Service.


NEW! Senior Art Exhibition: Paulina Ruize: Suspension. Large scale drawings and mixed media prints representing the physical manifestation of the spaces and images that occur in the mind. March 28 – April 1, Fairbanks Hall, West Gallery. Free.

NEW! Fair Labor Standards Act changes: OHR Classification and Compensation Team will be hosting an informational session to discuss the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, today, 10-11 a.m., Hallie Ford Center, 115.  Space is limited to 70 participants; therefore, we will be live-streaming (available at http://live.oregonstate.edu) with live-chat included, and recording the session to be available following the session.

From Theory to Practice: Communicating Chemistry to the Public:   The Department of Chemistry and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning welcome Cornell University Professor of Science Communication Bruce Lewenstein, who will share reflections on the new 2016 National Academies’ report entitled “Communicating Chemistry- A Framework for Sharing Science: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide”. Lewenstein will provide a broad overview of findings and recommendations, and will discuss the challenges of converting academic knowledge about science communication and informal science education into action 4-5:15 p.m., March 29, LPSC Room 125. http://stem.oregonstate.edu/3.29.16-lewenstein-ad

Research Office Monthly Seminar Series: Research Development and the Research Impacts Network Broader Impacts for Federally Funded Grant Proposals. An interactive discussion on how to best manage complexity in proposal development. We will introduce the OSU  Research Impacts Network (ORIN) which functions as a hub of information about creating broader impacts and teaching outreach innovation for your proposal. This is the third in a series of monthly seminars about OSU research presented by the Research Office. March 29, 3-4 p.m.: RSVP to: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cGCdsS219l1FXiR, or call: 541-737-0664. Corvallis campus-Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) 402,; HMSC Newport- Barry Fisher Room; Cascades Campus Bend- GRC 108.

Women Veterans Appreciation Event, sponsored by The Office of the Registrar, OSU Women’s Center, and ASOSU, includes a screening of the film Lioness. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 29 from 5 – 7 p.m., at the OSU Asian & Pacific Cultural Center and is open to all women veterans, military members, family, and friends.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 31, to endorse the 2017-19 biennial funding requests, establish tuition and mandatory fees for the academic year 2016-17 and summer 2017, and consider issuance of revenue bonds. The board will also hear a panel discussion on considerations regarding the siting of a Marine Studies building in Newport. The meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. It is open to the public. Committee meetings will be held the previous day. For more information: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees.

NEW! Book launch for Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest: Celebration and book launch and for Forest Under Story, with readings by Charles Goodrich, Fred Swanson, Jeff Fearnside, Carly Lettero, John R. Campbell; slide show of forest images by photographer Bob Keefer, and forest music composed by Justin Ralls. Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton Public Library. http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/113293/

NEW! The Sinatra Century: Please join us for OSU Night at the Oregon Symphony.  Singer and showman Curtis Stigers, a platinum-selling artist, joins the Oregon Symphony to celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with his greatest hits, plus emotional renditions of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, and more. Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. For tickets to the concert, please visit the Oregon Symphony’s website and enter promo code “Beavers” for a 20% discount.

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

RecycleMania: We are in the final week of RecycleMania, an annual 8-week Civil War and national recycling competition between universities. OSU has narrowed the gap but is still trailing the Ducks. Help us compete by recycling, composting and reducing your trash! Event this week: Recycling: How Does It Rank? on Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the M.U. Quad.

Graduate Council Policy revisions: Concerns related to proposed Graduate Council Policy revisions (see GC rev 1604.docx) may be discussed with Jim Coakley, Graduate Council member, from Noon-1 p.m., on both March 30 and April 7 in 300 Austin Hall. These revisions were initially presented during the March 10 Faculty Senate meeting, and a vote on these revisions is anticipated during the April 14 Faculty Senate meeting. If you are unable to attend either session, concerns may be forwarded to Jim Coakley at jim.coakley@bus.oregonstate.edu or Vickie Nunnemaker in the Faculty Senate Office at vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

2016 Authors Lectures: Each year OSU Faculty publish a remarkable range of literary contributions.  Join us as we celebrate the work of Wayne Harrison on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. and David Biespiel on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at Grass Roots Books and Music. Reception and book signing to follow. All OSU authors from the last year will be acknowledged and information regarding their literary work will be available. For more information, contact events@oregonstate.edu or visit leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost/awards-recognition/osu-authors-and-editors.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Spring Seminar Series – Climate Impacts on Fish, Wildlife, and their Habitats: Wednesdays starting March 30 through June 1 from 4 – 5 p.m. Nash Hall Room206. For a full schedule and more information visit http://fw.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Three Questions Everyone Should Ask About Their Medication: At the March 31 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Bill Boyce of the College of Pharmacy will discuss how pharmacists interact with the public. 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 28 for meal reservations, or anytime to secure your spot, 541-737-0724.

NEW! Kitten Training & Socialization Class: The OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab is offering a free 6-week kitten training class. It will be held weekly Fridays from 7-7:45pm beginning April 8 in the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility. Kittens should be between 4-8 months and be up to date on their veterinary shots. We will use clicker training to teach kittens how to sit, come when called, walk on harness & leash and teach a variety of trick behaviors. You will also learn how to address problem behaviors. Kittens also socialize with one another in a fun environment and you get to meet other cat owners! To watch a video from previous classes click this link. Contact Kristyn Shreve to inquire or enroll: Kristyn.Shreve@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Eating for Health: Ann Marchant, MS RDN, an instructor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will present a program entitled ” Eating for Health–Reliable Nutrition Information” Tuesday, April 12 from 3-4:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the OSU Foundation Building. The presentation is sponsored by the OSU Retirement Association.

NEW! Manager/Supervisor training: Space is available in the May 25-26 session of the OSU Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors training program. The OSU Core Curriculum is designed to strengthen knowledge and skills for effective supervision and management at OSU. The program focuses on three areas: State and university Service, performance management and work life management. For details and to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23.

Employee workshops: New spring term employee learning workshops, presented by the Center for Training & Organizational Development, are open for registration. Workshops include Working Through Problems, Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints, Why Training Doesn’t Work: For Frustrated Managers, Insights on Effective Strategic Planning, and Leadership in the Moment. Sessions are free to OSU employees and departments.  Click here for details and registration.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Knudson Lecture: Richard Lenski, Michigan State University, will present “Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a 60,000-Generation Experiment with E. coli” on Wednesday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.  Reception to follow.

Climate Impacts on Fish, Wildlife, and their Habitats: Wednesdays starting March 30 through June 1, 4 – 5 p.m. Nash Hall, Room 206. For a full schedule and more information visit http://fw.oregonstate.edu/

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Knudson Lecture: Richard Lenski, Michigan State University, will present “Time Travel in Experimental Evolution” on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center.  This is free public lecture.

Diversity and Inclusion: Grand Challenges for Science and Engineering: The College of Science invites you to our spring 2016 Distinguished Lecture and reception featuring Shirley Malcom from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an international leader in improving access of girls and women to education and careers in science and engineering. Malcom will discuss “Diversity and Inclusion: Grand Challenges for Science and Engineering” April 4 at 5 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center with a reception at 4:30 p.m.

University Outreach and Engagement Colloquium: Join us Tuesday, April 12, and meet interesting people doing community engagement work and hear keynote speaker Dr. Timothy K. Eatman, Publicly Engaged Scholarship in the 21st Century: Beware of Shrinking Imagination. For more information and to register, visit: outreach.oregonstate.edu/colloquium. #OSUEngage

SAVE THE DATE: CCE Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by Kiewit and the Construction Education Foundation: Acclaimed historian Henry Petroski, professor of Civil Engineering and History, Duke University, will give the lecture “Infrastructure in Perspective” on April 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Reception to follow. Register at: cce.oregonstate.edu/lecture.

News for Employees

EmpCenter Open Labs for Grad Students: beginning with the March 16 payroll, grad students will use EmpCenter to record sick leave and substitute hours worked.  Employees and supervisors affected by the changes are invited to drop by an open lab for hands on experience in EmpCenter and to get any questions answered.  Labs are scheduled for the week of March 28-April 1.   See the announcement for times and locations:  http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/announce/grad-student-open-labs

Professional faculty award: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J.H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. The award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across OSU. The award also honors a legacy of providing ongoing, strategic, and progressive leadership, administrative support and service among Professional Faculty and other OSU employees. The award winner will be presented a plaque and a $1000 check at University day. Nominations due April 7. For more information: Michelle Mahana   mahanam@oregonstate.edu

STEM Academy: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of Science & Engineering Summer Day Camps for students entering 3rd – 12th grades in the Fall of 2016. Topics include: Computing, Biochemistry, Engineering, Lego Robotics, Forestry, 3D Printing, Bioinformatics, Bioenergy, and Minecraft. For more information, or to register online, please visit http://stemacademy.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Scholarships available for many of our camps.

Request for Applications- Action Research Fellows: The ESTEME@OSU Project and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning welcome applications for action research fellows. Teams or individual instructors using evidence based instructional practices in undergraduate STEM classrooms are encouraged to apply.  Selected candidates will be supported in their research design and provided $3,000 financial support. Applications are due March 29th, 2016 by close of business to Victoria.Bonebrake@oregonstate.edu. Please see http://bit.ly/arf-rfa-2016 for application instructions and more information.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for FRT Fall, Winter, or Spring 2016-17 release. The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/faculty-release-time. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: April 25.

Traffic and Maintenance

35th Street: To facilitate work on a high pressure gas main along 35th Street, the utility company will require closure of several parking spaces at the South Energy Center Lot (View Map).  The work and closure is expected to take two days (March 28 – 29).


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.

Temporary Administrative Program Assistant-The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a part time (0.75FTE), 12 month, Temporary Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #P00137CT. Posting closes March 29.

Operating System/Network Analyst: University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) invites applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) Operating System/Network Analyst position. USSE supports the Banner ERP system and other business services at public universities in Oregon. Applications received by March 31 will receive full consideration. Posting# P00112CT.

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.

Education Project Assistant – The Extension Faculty and Community Health program serving Marion County invites applications for a part-time (0.375 FTE), seasonal (April 18 – June 10; Aug 1 – Sept 9), Education Project Assistant position. Posting # P00134CT. Closes April 1.

Public Information Representative 2 (Transportation Options Coordinator) – The Transportation Services department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Transportation Options Coordinator to lead programs to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips associated with the university. Posting #P00113CT. Closes April 1.

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.

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.

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 April 3.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Information Technology Coordinator.   This position supports the INTO OSU IT unit in providing services to INTO OSU, OSU International Admissions, as well as external customers. For more information or to apply please follow the link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=into&jobId=11946&lang=en_US&source=CC2 Job posting closes on April 3.

Office Specialist 2 – The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position in the Athletic Business Office. Posting #P00140CT. Closes April 3.

NEW! Temporary Education Project Assistant for Academic Programs. Student Affairs invites applications for temporary Part-time, 12 month hourly position. Posting# P00141CT. Closes April 8.

Research Associate (Post Doc) – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate (Post Doc) to study the new invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii and focus is on sustainable management practices. Posting # P00127UF. http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/22578For full consideration apply by April 4. Closes April 10.

Assistant General Counsel– The Office of the President invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Assistant General Counsel. Posting #P00143UF. Posting open until filled with full consideration date of April 15.

Coordinator-OSU Precollege Programs – Precollege Programs invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Coordinator-OSU Precollege Programs. Posting #P00141UF. Posting closes April 15.

Interim Director (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Office of the Vice President of Research is seeking an Interim Director for the Linus Pauling Institute. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President of Research. Posting# P00106UF. Closes April 15.

Assistant Director of Virtual Career Development –The Career Development Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Assistant Director of Virtual Career Development. Posting #P00111UF. Closes April 15.

Director of Extension and Experiment Station Communications – The Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Director position. Posting # P00115UF. Closes April 17.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – Oregon Sea Grant and Curry County Extension Office invite applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Posting # P00133UF. Closes April 17.

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.

NEW! Temp Bio Science Research Worker Malheur County Extension invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), temporary (approximately 1 year), Biological Sciences Research position. Posting # P00142CT. Closes June 1. Full Consideration April 29.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Center for Excellence Genome Research invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting# P00138UF. Closes April 30.

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.

The Oregon State University Foundation has opened an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Director, Regional Programs for California.  This entry level position will devote its time to fundraising activities focused on OSU’s rated discovery prospects in the California region, and advancing OSU Foundation’s engagement strategies.  If you have experience in donor cultivation and engagement, and strong oral and written communication skills, consider applying for this position.  The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and ability, and encourages all qualified individuals to apply at http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5195.

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:  Well hello there, sunshine. Sunny today, high of 64, low of 37. Sunny and warmer tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 48, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of fog and then sunny, high of 56, low of 44. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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