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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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.

Bizarre, glowing sea creatures bloom in the Pacific (National Geographic)

“It’s really weird,” says Jennifer Fisher, a faculty research assistant with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Why B vitamins are the secret to more energy (Shape Magazine)

The more active you are, the more B vitamins you need. “These nutrients are extremely important for energy metabolism,” says Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D.N., a professor of nutrition at Oregon State University. They’re crucial for breaking down food into fuel, transporting oxygen throughout your body, and increasing your red-blood-cell production to keep your muscles functioning properly.

From crushed bugs to cow’s urine: A history of colour – in pictures (The Guardian)

‘Luck favours the alert mind,’ they say. That was certainly the case with yin min blue, which was discovered by accident in 2009 by Mas Subramanian at Oregon State University when a graduate student, while investigating new materials for electronics, noticed a sample turned a bright blue colour when heated. They named the colour YInMn blue, after its chemical makeup of yttrium, indium and manganese.

What’s up with the movie orgasm double standard? (Glamour)

Critics of the ratings board say it has a double standard—favoring male pleasure over female, heterosexual sex over same-sex sex (which Graves denies). “I don’t see them as evil, but I don’t see them as trying to change anybody’s mind, either,” says Jon Lewis, distinguished professor of film studies at Oregon State University, who has studied the ratings board. “They are a reflection of American values.”

Why women shouldn’t skip breakfast and men need mussels (Daily Mail)

According to the NHS, women and men should include 700 mg of calcium in their diet a day — the equivalent of 320 g of broccoli. But many organisations, including the Linus Pauling institute at Oregon State University, advise women to increase that amount to 1,200 mg post-menopause when their levels of oestrogen fall off.

Living with Fire (Terra)

“We’re coordinating efforts across the university and partner organizations,” says Anthony Davis, associate dean for research in the college. “At the end of the day, we need to manage and predict wildfires and their impacts on ecosystems and communities.”

Researchers to improve genomic tools for study on organisms, including coral (Manila Bulletin)

Virginia Weis, head of the Department of Integrative Biology in the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Science, is one of eight researchers selected for EDGE and plans to use her 1.875 million dollars program award on furthering the study of the microscale cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms that underpin the symbiosis between corals and algae.

OSU holds move-out drive (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hosting “The Great Move-Out” this week to help cut down on the trash and livability issues that stem from its students moving out of off-campus rental housing.

How can STEM universities keep pace with a lightning-fast industry? (eCampus News)

At Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, students worked with a local company named “Puralytics” to design a large-scale water filtration system. In 24 hours, using just the sun’s UV rays, their final product can make 1,000 gallons of water safe for cooking, bathing and drinking. This student-to-industry collaboration is a win-win: students gain cutting-edge, real-world experience, while companies gain a devoted team of young minds to work on business problems.

10 strategies for beating “programmer’s block” (SD Times)

“Writer’s Block” is a real thing, but “Programmer’s Block?” According to computer science professor at Oregon State University, Heather Knight, programmers are just as subject to getting blocked as writers, but programmers do not have a host of self-help resources with insights applicable to programming. However, she discovered that many of the writing books for writer’s block had methods that can be applied to programming.

Wasp is tool for stopping stinkbug (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The brown marmorated stinkbug (BMS) showed up in Oregon in 2004, and while that state’s economic impact has not been measured, the pest has caused significant damage in other parts of the country. The damage done by the stinkbug makes discovery of the wasp more important, according to David Lowenstein, an Oregon State University Extension Service entomologist.

Tricks to having a weed-free lawn (Bend Bulletin)

A piece by Toni Stephan is a horticulture and small farms instructor at Oregon State University Extension Service in Bend.

How ‘The Salem Clique’ shaped Oregon politics during state’s early years (Oregonian)

In the 1850s, Oregon politics featured its own political ring. The Salem Clique, under the leadership of journalist Asahel Bush and several other aspiring politicians, clearly dominated the Oregon political scene in these years. The clique’s influence continued through the Civil War era, and thereafter in the lives of clique participants. Its story is told in “The Salem Clique: Oregon’s Founding Brothers” (Oregon State University Press, 224 pages, $22.95). 


Sillars retirement: Join us as we thank David Sillars for his service and wish him a happy retirement on Tuesday, June 13 at 5 p.m., in the Kearney Atrium.  Refreshments will be served.

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! LGBTQ+ Graduation Ceremonies: In the Memorial Union Journey Room on Thursday, June 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., attend the first ever QTPOC (Queer/Trans People of Color) graduation ceremony, hosted by SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Network. This will be a reception-style event. Then, from 6 to 9 p.m., at LaSells Stewart Center, attend the Lavender Graduation ceremony. These events will recognize LGBTQ+ graduates and those leaving OSU for their hard work and contributions to the community. These celebrations create a space in which students may reflect on their complex journeys and share their accomplishments with friends, family, and colleagues.

NEW! Hatfield meeting: Oregon State University will host an informational public meeting this Thursday, June 15, to update local residents on plans for a new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The meeting will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hatfield’s Visitor Center. A 45-minute presentation and question-and-answer session will be followed by a reception and displays. The Hatfield Center is located at 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport, just southeast of the Highway 101 bridge. The presentation will also be streamed live over Adobe Connect at http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/hmsc-fw407/

NEW! NROTC Commissioning Ceremony: The seniors of the NROTC Beaver Battalion will be commissioning as Naval and Marine Corps Officers. Rear Admiral Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest, will be the keynote speaker and will administer the oath of office. Friday, June 16, at 10 a.m. in the SEC Plaza.

Reception to honor record number of science graduates: The College of Science is hosting an outdoor reception for all science graduating seniors, graduate students and their families Friday, June 16, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the Valley Library Quad in front of Kidder Hall. The College will graduate a record 629 students with baccalaureate degrees, a five percent increase from last year. All science faculty, staff and advisors are welcome to attend.


Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Drupal Community Meeting:  Join your community of Drupal users on campus to learn the latest about Drupal 8, Calendar, brand updates and more. Bring your spookiest Drupal horror story for a chance to win a prize!  June 12, 2-4 p.m. in Kidder 202. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. All levels of OSU Drupal users are welcome.

NEW! Webinar: “The Semicolon Mystery Revealed;” Elevate your writing and make it more professional and polished by mastering this often-misused punctuation. Sign up here for access.

NEW! Webinar: “Sneak Peek at Exclusive Project Management Courses.” Join one of the biggest names in project management as PM expert Cyndi Dionisio pulls back the curtain on her exclusive courses with this fast-paced webinar. Sign up for access.

NEW! Natural Products Workshop for STEM Educators: Explore how OSU researchers isolate and characterize novel antibiotics from Oregon soil microbes and engineer fungal strains to express new compounds. Discussions and molecular biology lab experiments, topics include epigenetics, genome editing, natural product development. July 10-11, 2017 at OSU-Cascades campus. Cost:  Free   Funds available to cover dormitory/meals/parking. To register,  email Kari van Zee at  vanzeek@science.oregonstate.edu Deadline to register: June 28.

Sustainable Landscape Training & Certification:  Learn to create sustainable, green, ecological landscapes that are more efficient in their use of pesticides, fertilizer, and water.  Cost is $25.  Class is held on June 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the OSU Extension Service-Lane County Office, 996 Jefferson St. Eugene.  Registration required. 

Higher Education Mentoring Symposium: You are invited the 2017 Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium, hosted by Western Oregon University and Oregon State University on Thursday, June 22. This free, inaugural symposium will bring together all of Oregon’s public higher education partners interested in designing, building or sustaining a mentoring program. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Free. Click here to view the symposium agenda and to register.

Back by Popular Demand –  OSU Technical Writing: Jump start a lucrative career in technical writing with this expert-led 100% online workshop. Learn more.

Expand Your Job Opportunities and Communicate More Efficiently with Online Writing Course: Learn how to articulate your thoughts clearly, concisely and with a style that gets your writing read. Get started. Take the first step and learn more.

Webinar “Web Design and Development Career Path Essentials:” Gain an understanding of the current web development and coding landscape along with the fastest way to acquiring new web design and development skills. Sign up here for access.

Webinar “Find Gold by Understanding the Fundamentals of Data Analytics:” Find out how Big Data is changing everything and giving an unfair advantage to those who know how to utilize it. Sign up here for access.

Basic Food Preservation 101- Getting Ready for Summer Harvests:  The workshop will include information on canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and making your own jams and jellies.  Class held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OSU Extension Service-Lane County, 996 Jefferson St. Eugene.  Cost is $15.  Registration required.

Master Lean Six Sigma Methodology and Advance Business Effectiveness. Apply Lean Six Sigma tools  and techniques to a real-world tangible case-study and present quantifiable outcomes.  Learn more.

Become a Natural Leader in Three Days with New Leadership Retreat in Bend. Immerse yourself in an OSU-exclusive experience designed to enhance your leadership skills, accelerate your self-awareness and increase your team’s overall productivity and satisfaction. Secure your seat.

Take Note 

NEW! Apply by June 20 for Hybrid Course Funding—The Center for Teaching and Learning will support faculty redesigning Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses during fall term. See the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community Request for Proposals for details. Space limited; apply now.

NEW! Printing and Mailing Services moving campus location: Printing and Mailing Services’ Xpress Stop location will be moving to MU61 this summer. We will be closing all print production on June 16 and will continue shipping services through June 23. Beginning June 24, the Xpress Stop will be closed completely at its current location. We will reopen in late July and all current services will continue to be available at our new location. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jeff Todd at 541-737-9062 or Jeffrey.todd@oregonstate.edu.

P-card update: The message regarding new payment strategy change at Costco is withdrawn and will not be going into effect. The current process will remain in place.

Beaver Community Fair 2017 – Registration Open:  This fall’s program will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, – the first day of classes.  Registration will be open through Friday, Sept. 8.  Event information as well as a link to register can be found online at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/bcf.  Questions?  Contact linda.howard@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan process.  OSU Emergency Management and OSU Capital Planning are developing a natural hazards mitigation plan for OSU.  The plan will summarize the vulnerability of OSU to natural hazards and identify risk reduction activities to decrease the vulnerability.  As plan chapters are developed, comments and input are welcome via the plan’s website.  Once the data analysis and the draft plan is fully developed, public meetings will be held to summarize the plan and seek additional comments.  Follow our progress and review draft chapters at http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/nhmp or email comments to emergency@oregonstate.edu

Hybrid Course Development Funding—Proposal Deadline Extended: The Center for Teaching and Learning supports instructors redesigning Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses. See the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community Request for Proposals for details about this fall term opportunity. Proposal due date has been extended to June 20. For more information: Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu

Forest Regeneration in Changing Environments Conference: Join us July 11-13 at The LaSells Stewart Center for a conference that will bring together leading forest researchers and practitioners to share the latest research findings on managing forest regeneration and early stand dynamics in changing environments around the globe. Graduate student participation is highly encouraged! Early Bird Registration (save $50!) ends on June 15. For the event schedule, or to register for the conference, see the event website.

External 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 Friday, June 23, 2017.  The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the Spring 2017 external fees before they become effective on July 1, 2017.  The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk, or electronically as a pdf upon request.  Comments or requests should be directed to Susan Barba at susan.barba@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Gill Coliseum: The eastern portion of the parking lot north of Gill Coliseum at the corner of Washington & 26th Street  (View Map) will be blocked from Monday June 19– July 31 due to construction on 26th Street. The steam will be shut down in Gill Coliseum from June 27 – July 31 due to the 26th Street steam line replacement project. This will affect all steam services, includes heat & hot water building wide.

Motor Pool lot: To facilitate the reconstruction and expansion of the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool along Campus Way, all parking stalls will be closed for the duration of the project within the lot, June 12 – Sept.  15. There will also be closures to the adjacent sidewalks and access aisles for limited duration.  The access aisle to the Radiation Center will remain open, or the project will accommodate special deliveries.  Clark Meat Lab access will be provided as coordinated with the building manager, with pedestrian paths communicated to the public in advance of events and for normal business.  General construction noise and dust will be present during the lot reconstruction.

Steam shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  The steam shutdown for 2017 will occur June 18, 6 p.m. – June 26, 8 a.m.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs unless otherwise specified.

The Vice President for Research Office is seeking a Commercialization Catalyst Manager. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01326UF. Closes June 13.  

Interim Regional Administrator – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University invites applications for Interim Regional Administrator. The period of the interim appointment could be up to eight (8) months. The region assigned will be West Central Oregon which will cover Benton, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. The office location will be in one of the West Central Oregon’s Extension County Offices. This position is posted as part-time (0.60 FTE), but we are willing to consider an interim appointment up to full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.  This is an internal posting.  Posting # P01350UF.  Closes June 14.

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) at Oregon State University (OSU) is hiring an Accountant 1 position. Posting # P00981CT. Closes June 14.

 The Education Opportunities Program invites applications for a part-time (0.25 FTE), 9-month, Fixed-Term Writing Instructor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # P00704UF. Closes June 15.

Transcriber 1 Pool 2016/2017 – The office Disability Access Services in Corvallis. Invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE) hourly, 12-month Transcriber 1. Posting #P00597UF, Closes June 15.

Transcriber 2 Pool 2016/2017 – The office Disability Access Services in Corvallis. Invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE) hourly, 12-month Transcriber 2, Posting #P00598UF. Closes June 15.

Interpreter 1 Pool 2016/2017 – The office Disability Access Services in Corvallis. Invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE) hourly, 12-month Interpreter 1, Posting #P00599UF. Closes June 15.

Interpreter 2 Pool 2016/2017 – The office Disability Access Services in Corvallis. Invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE) hourly, 12-month Interpreter 2, Posting #P00600UF. Closes June 15.

Director of Strategic Engagement – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of Strategic Engagement. Posting # P01316UF. Full consideration date: June 16. Closes July 1.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Oregon State University invites applications and nominations for the Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society (SLCS). The Director leads a unique school of learners, teachers, and scholars in the continuing development of its shared vision. The Director supervises the School’s academic programs (Anthropology; College Student Services Administration; Ethnic Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and World Languages and Cultures) and serves as chief administrative officer and advocate for the school as a whole. This is a full-time (1.0), 12-month tenured administrator position. Posting # P01152UF. Closes June 16.

Assistant Director for Professional Development – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Assistant Director for Professional Development position.  Posting P01315UF. Closes June 18.

Academic Technologies is seeking a Program Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.  Posting Number P01342UF.  Closes July 1 with a Full-Consideration date of June 19.

NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Project Coordinator position for the Office of University Events at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year and 5 months from the appointment begin date. Posting # P00990CT. Closes June 20.

Events Manager – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Events Manager position.  Posting # P01344UF. Closes June 20.

The Arts and Sciences Business Center (ASBC) at Oregon State University (OSU) is hiring an Accountant 1 position. Posting # P00988CT. Closes June 23. 

Education Program Assistant 1 – OSU Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program invites applications for a part time (.45 FTE), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year), Education Program Assistant (EPA1) in Lincoln County. The position will be located in Newport, Oregon.  Posting# P00982CT.  Closes June 23.

The Arts and Sciences Business Center Human Resources group is seeking a Human Resources Consultant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01358UF.  Closes June 25.

Web Developer OSU Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Web Developer who designs, develops, analyzes, and maintains scalable applications created in PHP, MySQL, CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, and others. This position provides programming support by collaborating with faculty, administrators and other clients to design and develop instructional technology and other web-based educational resources for courses and modules. Posting #P00980CT. Closes June 26.

Oregon State University, Student Leadership & Involvement, is currently recruiting for a Late Night Coordinator. This position will lead in the creation of a new and innovative culture around late night programming focused on safe, fun and collaborative activities. Posting #PO1343UF. Closes June 28.

Information Technology Services (ITS) Director – The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Information Technology Services (ITS) Director, Posting # P01349UF. Closes June 30.

Campus Security/Public Safety Officer.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Campus Security/Public Safety Officer.  Posting # P00986CT.  The full consideration date is June 15. Closes June 30.

Academic Technologies is seeking three part-time (a maximum of 20 hours a week) Student Classroom Technicians.  Posting # P02390SE. Closes June 30.

Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advocacy Specialist to serve in the Survivors Advocacy and Resource Center Posting #P01336UFT.  Closes June 30.

Instructor – Hospitality Management.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month Hospitality Management Instructor position.  The successful candidate will have the important role of bringing hospitality experience and teaching practices to the new Hospitality Management program at OSU-Cascades.  Posting # P01141UF. Closes June 30.   

Assessment Analyst – The Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assessment Analyst position. Posting # P01071UF. Posting closes on June 30.

Academic Wage (Transcribers in Training) – The Department of Disability Access Services at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) hourly, 9-month Academic Wage (Transcribers in Training), Posting # P00140AW. Closes June 30.

Assessment Analyst: OSU’s Office of Academic Programs, Assessment &  Accreditation (APAA) is seeking an Assessment Coordinator and Analyst. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The analyst will provide support in data collection and analytic support for campus wide assessment activities and projects with a primary emphasis on program and student learning assessment. Interested parties should apply to posting # P01071UF. Closes June 30.

Director of Admissions and Recruitment/OSU-Cascades.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as the OSU-Cascades Director of Admissions and Recruitment.  The OSU-Cascades Director of Admissions and Recruitment will provide strategic and visionary leadership for undergraduate and graduate student recruiting, direct recruitment marketing, and oversee the office of recruitment. Posting #P01345UF.  Closes July 7.  

The Office of Admissions is seeking a Regional Admissions Advisor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This position is required to be based out of the individual’s home who must reside within specified boundaries in or near Portland or as approved. Posting #P01347UF. Closes July 7.

Fiscal Coordinator 2– The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 2, Post # P00977CT, Closes Dec. 31.

The OSU Alumni Association has an opening for a student position on the membership team.  This is a year-round position starting in the fall. This is a part-time student position working 10 – 20 hours per week at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Lean more about the position at OSUFoundation.org – About – Careers – Student Job Openings.   Current OSU students can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Christi Kasten, Sr. Associate Executive Director by email at christi.kasten@oregonstate.edu.

Education Project Assistant – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Project Assistant.  Posting #P00924CT. Position open until filled.

Education Project Assistant – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Project Assistant (Spanish required).  Posting #P00925CT. Position open until filled.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Senior Coordinator, Orientation and Engagement. This position is responsible for pre-arrival and on-site orientation, cultural adjustment, social programming, and other programs and services to promote the social, personal, and academic well-being of INTO OSU students. This is a leadership position involving staff supervision and considerable outreach and engagement with key campus partners. For more information or to apply please follow the link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=into&jobId=27942&lang=en_US&source=CC3

The Oregon State University Foundation has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Development in the College of Engineering. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successful major gift fundraising with strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent the interest and fundraising priorities of the college. https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=ozoP4fwA&s=OSU_Today


Corvallis: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”~ Aristotle. Areas of drizzle today, high of 67, low of 46. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 64, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of drizzle, high of 59, low of 44. Partly sunny Wednesday.

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

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