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Thursday, March 31, 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.

Climate model predicts West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly (New York Times)

Peter U. Clark of Oregon State University helped lead the last effort by a United Nations panel to assess the risks of sea level rise; he was not involved in the new paper. He emphasized that the research, like much previous work, highlighted the urgency of bringing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under control.

Benton Hall clock tower will glow blue in April for autism awareness (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s iconic Benton Hall’s clock tower will be glowing blue starting Friday, April 1, in order to raise awareness for autism as part of the “Light It Up Blue” event by Autism Speaks. The event marks World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Listening tour provides athletes voice (Oregon State Athletics)

ac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott was in Corvallis on Monday to meet with coaches, administrators and members of Oregon State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to learn their thoughts on the time demands intercollegiate athletics place on student-athletes.

‘Community solar’ systems may add savings to local, cooperative energy projects (Phys.Org)

New research by engineers at Oregon State University indicate that an optimal development of neighborhood might increase the total electricity produced by 5-10 percent, a significant gain by the standards of solar energy efficiency. At the same time, it can reduce the variability and unpredictability of the . (see also China.org)

Reaping benefits beyond better prison menus, inmates grow their own food (Christian Science Monitor)

“Inmates are sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment,” says Tonya Gushard, public information officer for the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem. The OSCI has run a garden program at its facility since 2008, when it joined Oregon’s 13 other state prisons with farm-to-table programs, where master gardeners from Oregon State University teach inmates how to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables in greenhouses. Between 2012 and 2015, Oregon state prisoner-gardeners raised more than 600,000 pounds of produce for nearly 14,000 inmates.

WWU names choice for next president (Bellingham Herald)

The preferred choice for Western Washington University’s next president is Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa, after a unanimous vote of WWU’s Board of Trustees Wednesday morning, March 30. (see also Oregonian)

Meet the extraordinary women making maps today (CityLab)

Dawn Wright stresses that she’s not a cartographer or map designer. As a GIS specialist, “I am more of a data collector and manager,” she tells CityLab. But her work goes much deeper than that. As Chief Scientist at Esri, one of the country’s largest digital mapping firms, and as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, Wright is devoted to advancing the science of sea-floor mapping, and has contributed to some of the most important maps in ocean science in recent decades.

OSU gets grant to work on new wood products (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has received a $450,000 grant that it hopes will help lead to the use of new engineered wood products in the building industry.

Morel mushroom hunting trips (Farm and Dairy)

Like all food that’s grown in the wild, it’s a good idea to clean morels off before cooking them. Oregon State University Extension offers the following advice for cleaning mushrooms.

Summer closures planned for Timberhill areas (Gazette-Times)

The city of Corvallis and Oregon State University are teaming up on an oak habitat restoration project this summer that will force the closure of parts of the Chip Ross and Timberhill natural areas as well as the Charlie Meadows swath of OSU’s research forest property.

Ripe for the planting (Hermiston Herald)

“We are famous for a few crops, but there are some really diverse crops being grown here,” said Silvia Rondon, an entomologist at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, “The Columbia Basin is a prime site for growing any crops because we have excellent soil, excellent temperature, long days, cool nights, and we have a lot of water. Those things have made this really a prime site for growing crops.”


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.

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.

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/

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Sam Stern Retirement Reception: Please join the College of Education in celebrating and honoring Sam Stern on his retirement at a reception on Tuesday, April 5 from 3:30-5 p.m. on the 4th floor of Furman Hall.  For more information, contact events@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! India Night: Tickets on sale for India Night online and at the SEC Info Desk: follow an epic love story filled with performance and fashion, and enjoy an authentic Indian dinner. April 9 at LaSells Stewart Center, 5-8 p.m., doors: 4:15 p.m. OSU Students: $5 in advance/$7 at the door. General: $7 in advance/$9 at the door. Sponsored by Student Events & Activities; funded by ISOSU. Information/accommodations related to disability, contact: oregonstateisa@gmail.com

 Music à la Carte: Corvallis High School Concert Choir and Foster High School Choir, Tukwila, Wash. Friday, April 1 at noon, Memorial Union Lounge, free.

Faculty/Staff FREE Nutrition Sessions:  The OSU dietetic interns are offering free 60-minute nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff.  Appointments are available on Friday, April 1 at noon and 1 p.m. and Friday, April 29  at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.  The sessions can count towards your HEM activities.  Email michelle.bump@oregonstate.edu to schedule your appointment.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 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.

Art Exhibit Open: The Printmakers Hand exhibit is available for viewing in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. This show includes a diverse range of print mediums such as etching, silk screening, lithography, woodblock print and alternative forms of photography from over 20 artist from Oregon and Washington. The exhibit runs March 23 to April 22. A free, public reception will be held on April 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Learn more about this art exhibit online.

 UpRiver & The Crescendo Show: A night of free-flowing local film, music, & refreshment:  UpRiver is a ‘watershed film’ that explores one of the nation’s most active river conservation movements. Freshwaters Illustrated, in partnership with the Spring Creek Project, presents this special screening of UpRiver, along with live music from The Crescendo Show. All ages. This is a benefit for Freshwaters Illustrated. Advance tickets $10. Saturday, April 2, 6:30 pm, Whiteside Theater.  www.up-river.org

Biodiversity Rocks: Art, Music and Poetry from the Farm: OSU’s Farmscaping for Beneficials Program and the Spring Creek Project present an afternoon of Farm-inspired art and creativity. Join us for a rousing performance of music, poetry, and visual arts fresh from the farm. Sunday, April 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/987100534706189/

OSU Event & Travel Planners Tradeshow: It’s not too late to Register! Attend the tradeshow on April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to speak with 40 vendors and caterers who will be onsite to discuss how they can help make your events be one your guest will never forget. At 1:15 p.m., Leigh Anne Jasheway, M.P.H., will entertain us with an interactive discussion on “Planning a Lower Stress Life With Laughter“. Learn more about this free event online.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Fisheries and Wildlife special seminar: “One World, One Humanity, One Chance,” presented by Shane Mahoney, vice-chair of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group of the IUCN, International Liaison for The Wildlife Society, Expert to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. 4 p.m., Friday, April 1, Linus Pauling Science Center’s Reser Auditorium, Room 125. Reception to follow.

Spring 2016 Ocean Ecology & Biogeochemistry Seminar Series: Burt Thomas (NETL), will speak on Hypothesizing routes of carbon isotopic exchange between marine DIC and DOC.” Noon, Friday, April 1, Burt 193.

Hydrothermal Vent Discovery Lecture: Deborah Kelley, Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington will present The Lost City Hydrothermal Field Friday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. She will also discuss research opportunities at noon March 31 in 193 Burt Hall. Free and open to the public.

Mathematics public lecture: David Pengelley will speak on “How efficiently can one untangle a double-twist? Waving is believing!” Can you do the Philippine candle dance, the Dirac belt trick, or the Feynman plate trick?  Whether your answer is yes or no, this event will engage you in this and far beyond in discovering and understanding the most mathematically efficient way to untangle a double-twist in 3-space. Limber up, as this highly visual and hands-on event will get you twisting to understand a big secret of the space we live in. Friday, April 1, 8 p.m. in LINC 128, reception to follow. co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest section of the Mathematical Association of America and the OSU Department of Mathematics. The talk precedes the PNW MAA annual Spring Meeting, which is Saturday April 2 at OSU.

Intro to Math Circles talk: Brandy Wiegers, Central Washington University, will speak on “Mathematics Public Lecture: Introduction to Math Circles,” Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m., Kidder Hall 350. The talk will include an introduction to Math Circles, a small demo, and a discussion of resources that are available. It is open to the public, in particular, parents and K12 teachers who want to learn more about this unique opportunity for their K12 students, and math students and faculty who might like to participate in this type of outreach activity.  Details at math.oregonstate.edu/math-circles-intro

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

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness: The Faculty Staff Fitness program has officially started for Spring term. Even though classes have already started, it is not too late to register.  Our free Adult Learn to Swim program starts next week. Visit us in Langton 123 to register in person or follow this link to register online.

NEW! OSU Extension Spring Publications Sale: Purchase $25 or more of any OSU Extension publications and save 10 percent now through June 30. The OSU Extension catalog includes over 150 printed publications and over 1000 free online publications on topics like gardening, forestry, health and nutrition, and more. Browse their catalog online at: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/.

NEW! A new 32-page stakeholder report describes the latest research and educational outreach provided by OSU’s Oregon Wine Research Institute. The institute’s 17 experts address the needs of Oregon’s more than 1,000 vineyards and nearly 700 wineries. The report was produced by OSU’s Extension and Experiment Station Communications department. For a printed copy, please contact danielle.gabriel@oregonstate.edu.

Internships: Undergraduate Summer  Internships with Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) partners.  UI, WSU, OSU and USDA-ARS are teaming up to offer a total of 10, 9-week long, internships across the three institutions. Internships will go from 6 June – 5 August for the University of Idaho and Washington State University and 13 June – 12 August for Oregon State University.  Application deadline is April 15, 2016.  For more information go to https://www.reacchpna.org/2016-summer-internship-program.

The Source: Agricultural science explores the world, from molecules to oceans, to create new jobs, to improve environmental health, and to understand the mechanisms of life on earth. This is where science goes to work.  Here is a snapshot of what the College of Agricultural Sciences is up to in this issue of The Source, our paperless newsletter.

Watch the Clatsop County Chicks Hatch—Follow the Clatsop County Extension Chick-Cam at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/. Expected hatch date is April 6 or 7, but follow the live streaming chick-cam starting April 4 to learn about egg hatching and the brooding of bantam chicks. Fun for the entire family! Share on social media to spread the word.

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.


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.

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.

Senior Researcher (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Center for lifelong STEM Learning is seeking a Senior Researcher. This is a part-time (.60FTE), 12month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting# P00145UF. Closing date April  4.

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.

Project Manager: Capital Planning and Development invites applications for a Project Manager position. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #P00150UF. Closes April 15.

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.

NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 8 hours per week) Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 position for the Wasco County Extension Office. Posting # P00148CT. Closes April 18.

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.

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.

Student Worker, Special Events: (Part-time student employment) This opportunity reports to the Associate Director of Special Events and gives students a chance to develop experience, knowledge and skills to implement higher education fundraising sponsored events by providing administrative and general support to the Special Events team.  If you are interested in applying to this student position, please visit the OSU Foundation website at http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5202. Up to 20 hrs/week. Some evenings/weekends. Must possess valid Oregon Driver’s License.

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.


Corvallis: March is going out like a lamb with sunny skies and a high of 72. Low tonight of 42. Sunny and warm tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny, high of 65, low of 36. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 61, low of 46. Patchy fog then mostly sunny tomorrow.

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

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