OSU Today

June 26-30, 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.

Lyme disease: Inside America’s mysterious epidemic (Rolling Stone)

“There’s an incredible amount of detail and nuance to the Lyme disease story,” says Taal Levi, assistant professor of quantitative wildlife ecology at Oregon State University. “Anyone who tells you there’s a simple answer is lying to you.”

Making robots more human at Cannes Lions (Guardian)

Can a social roboticist calm any of the base fears about a cyborg uprising? Dr Heather Knight, post-doc at Stanford University and rising computer science professor at Oregon State University, thinks the reality is a little more sedate: “Hollywood thinks the robots are coming, but when you work building robots, most mornings it’s more like ‘why won’t you turn on?!”

Are we ready for the next major earthquake? (NBC Nightly News)

Facebook video link featuring OSU’s Chris Goldfinger.

OSU professor writes deep thoughts on shallow waters (Jefferson Public Radio)

Fleming is a geophysicist at Oregon State University and the author of Where The River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways.

A ‘funnybug’ holds a serious clue to Ice Age ecology (KCAW)

Late last month a retired scientist from Oregon stepped off the ferry in Sitka, and on a hunch decided to look around the woods for an old friend. And while his discovery sheds light on one of the more obscure corners of entomology, it also is a clue to how humans may have survived the Ice Age in North America.

Mysterious sea pickles invading west coast in bizarre bloom (Yahoo News UK)

“Why they’re here now is unknown at this point,” Jennifer Fisher, a research assistant with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, tells EarthFix. “We’ve had warm ocean conditions over the past couple years, and something has brought them here. They’re just flourishing. It’s just very unusual to find them so close to shore, so evenly distributed and so abundant.”

Oregon company sees bright future in tall wooden buildings (Capital Press)

Mass plywood panels, like cross-laminated timbers, show strong potential for use in tall wooden buildings. Engineered timber panels can be used for walls and floors, beams and more, and are touted as a carbon-neutral replacement for concrete and steel. Tall wooden buildings are under construction in Portland, and Oregon State University’s forestry and engineering programs recently teamed with the University of Oregon’s architecture program to form the TallWood Design Institute at the OSU campus. It’s the nation’s first research partnership to focus on the advance of structural wood products.

Council expands parking district (Gazette-Times)

Councilors voted 6-2 on Monday night at the downtown fire station to add the blocks, which are north of Northwest Monroe Avenue between Northwest Ninth and Northwest Seventh. The rest of the district is south of Monroe, roughly between Sixth and Ninth, with Washington Avenue its southern boundary. The vote means that annual permits will be required in the district and that those without permits can park just once per day for two hours. Parking challenges for residents are driven by the proximity of Oregon State University and downtown.

The chemistry’s new in black and blue (Chemical & Engineering News)

Just as the ancient Greeks saw fit to name their blue, so too does a new blue need a name. The newest blue was discovered serendipitously by researchers at Oregon State University in an attempt to develop new materials for electronics. Mixing various elements with manganese oxide, the group stumbled upon a brilliant blue material composed of yttrium, indium, and manganese. They called it yin-min (for YInMn) blue.

Fee increase recommended to pay for street maintenance (Democrat-Herald)

The fee increase also would affect other customers. The charge for a restaurant would go from $15.53 per month to $43.14, and a grocery store would pay $232.50 instead of $83.70. The monthly bill for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center would rise from $733 to $2,035, while Oregon State University would pay approximately $9,500 instead of its current fee of $3,419.

 2017’s Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers (Wallet Hub)

Tips for parents of teen drivers by OSU’s K.M. Hunter-Zaworski.

‘Super fan’ hopes his luck will help Oregon State win College World Series (KATU)

An 8-year-old boy hopes he can help his favorite team win the College World Series. The boy, who lives in Arizona, had a heart transplant 6 years ago.

Graphene nanocapsules improve Li-S battery electrodes (Nanotech)

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory and Oregon State University in the US have made a new cathode architecture for lithium-sulphide batteries that consists of crystalline di-lithium sulphide nanoparticles encapsulated in few-layer graphene. The design allows the maximum amount of active sulphur species to be incorporated into the electrode and so greatly improves its electrical conductivity.

Consider the options when buying a lawn mower (Herald & News)

Considering the 80 million home lawns in the country, there are a lot of people buying lawn mowers. How you choose between rotary, reel and electric models has to do with your situation and preferences, said Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University Extension turfgrass specialist. All three have their pros and cons. (see also Oregonian)

Benton has lowest unemployment rate in state (Gazette-Times)

Benton County’s unemployment rate stayed the same at 2.8 percent in May — the lowest mark in the state, as usual, thanks in large part to the presence of Oregon State University.

Study reveals ways to determine surgical margins for feline tumors (Veterinary Practice News)

Research from Oregon State University can help surgeons avoid removing noncancerous tissues in cats with feline injection-site sarcoma.

New book from OSU ecologist Luke Painter: Finding the Roots of Christianity (LIFE@OSU)

Luke Painter, OSU wildlife ecologist and instructor in the Colleges of Forestry and Agricultural Sciences, has a new book out: Finding the Roots of Christianity: A Spiritual and Historical Journey (Resource Publications, 2017).

Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program (Capital Press)

Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist for Oregon State University, said negotiating those leases will be the biggest point of contention for farmers looking ahead. “Do you really want to take on more land with the price of wheat, is the question,” Wysocki said.

Literacy center backers forming advocacy group (Gazette-Times)

The center, which has conducted a wide variety of cultural and literacy programs at the Sunflower House for the past 11 years, has been told by its landlord, Oregon State University, that its lease expires in March 2018.

Dash cam captures footage of Oregon crash that goes viral (Register-Guard)

Mike Mathews, a former video producer who works as an events coordinator at Oregon State University, was waiting to merge into traffic when a late model Chevrolet Malibu blasted out of nowhere, traveling at what Mathews estimates was about 60 mph. It was Mathews’ turn to pull into traffic, which put him behind the driver.


NEW! Open Forum Presentation for Orange Media Network Assistant Director of Advertising & Marketing: The OSU campus is invited to attend finalists’ presentations where they will outline a comprehensive marketing strategy specific to Orange Media Network that would increase audience engagement and generate revenue, based on what role they think college media organization should play in the campus community. Open Forums are June 26 from 1-2 p.m. in The Valley Library 3622 & June 28 from 1-2 p.m. in MU 208. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to ability please contact erika.woosley@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-4906.


NEW! SEIU Classified Staff Special Meeting: Political Director Melissa Unger at OSU for your Q and A Tuesday, June 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., MU 213. All are welcome. Lunch served. Bargaining update and all legislative questions including PERS. Questions about the event contact campus organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281 or burkes@seiu503.org.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 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.


Murphy Retirement: The Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center invites you to a reception honoring Doreen Murphy who is retiring after almost 29 years of service to OSU.  The reception will be held on Thursday, June 29 from 3:30 – 5 p.m., in University Plaza, Suite 170. Please RSVP to Courtney Seton at Courtney.seton@oregonstate.edu.


NEW! Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come purchase your favorite Beaver Classic Cheeses. Take home some of our new flavors…Porter Soaked, Hard Cider Soaked or Pinot Soaked Cheddars. Or our newest Award Winner…Smoked Cheddar – American Cheese Society 3rd Place 2016. Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Withycombe 159. We are at Farmers Market on Saturdays, sharing a booth with The Organic Growers Club. For more information robin.frojen@oregonstate.edu

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.

Community retirement reception for Angelo Gomez: On Friday, June 30, members of the OSU and broader community are invited to celebrate Angelo’s commitment to social justice and contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion at OSU. We will gather from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Centro Cultural César Chávez. The program begins at 4 p.m. where you can share your stories about Angelo’s impacts on our community. Feel free to leave an online message, stories or well wishes for Angelo here.  For questions or to RSVP, contact events@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4717.

Upcoming events

NEW! Golf benefit for Special Olympics: Registration is now open for the Reser-Austin Golf Classic benefiting Special Olympics Oregon. Hosted by Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Friday, July 7, 1 p.m. Register online at soor.org.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

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.

Take Note 

NEW! 2017-18 Parking Permit Sales Schedule: Permit sales for same-zone purchases begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18. Information for 2017-18 annual permits can be found at http://fa.oregonstate.edu/parking/permit_renewal.

NEW! Community artists sought: Artists of all ages and backgrounds are invited to submit their work to the Annual Community Art Show at the Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs from July 5 – 27 and participation is open to the general public. There is no cost to submit artwork. All artists are limited to one piece per person of any medium. The deadline to submit and drop-off artwork is Friday, June 30.  You may enter the show online at http://lasells.oregonstate.edu/current-future-exhibits or bring your piece in to The LaSells Stewart Center in person and fill out a submission form.

Special Olympics Oregon seeks volunteers: The Summer State Games are the state championship competitions in the sports of athletics (track & field), bocce, golf and softball for 2,000 athletes. The games will take place in Corvallis on July 8-9. Volunteers are needed as timers, scorekeepers, runners, announcers, fans and officials. There are generally two shifts each day – morning and afternoon. Each shift is 4-5 hours in length. No experience necessary. To volunteer go to www.soor.org

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the President awards the Beaver Champion Award to an individual (or individuals) for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The President’s Office is seeking nominations for this award.  Please send nomination letters to Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to pres.office@oregonstate.edu

Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 12 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to bit.ly/valley-laptops. Applications are due Saturday, July 1. For further questions, email valley.circ@oregonstate.edu.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Summer Injuries With summer time activities come summer time injuries.  It’s important to have knowledge about different injuries and what steps to take if one should. Download this month’s Preparedness Topic at http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/preparedness-topics.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.


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

NEW! Seed Certification Aide 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one intermittent, .65 FTE, Seed Certification Aide 1 position for the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Linn County. This position will be located in Tangent, Oregon.  This is an Internal Employment Opportunity.  Posting# P01019CT.  Closes June 26.

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.

NEW! Office Assistant (Limited Duration) – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 4 hours per week) Office Assistant for the Lincoln County Extension office of Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration position expected to last approximately 5 months from the appointment start date. This position will be located in Newport, Oregon.  Posting# P01020CT.  Closes June 27.

Recreational Sports Facility Maintenance and Custodial Services Manager. The Department of Recreational Sports at Oregon State University invites initiative, teamwork, professionalism, and passion for well-being.  Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position.  Posting #P01365UF.  Closes June 28.

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.

NEW! Temporary Office Assistant – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, temporary Office Assistant for the Baker County Extension Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Baker, Oregon.  Posting# P01030CT.  Closes June 29.

The Arts and Sciences Business Center (ASBC) at Oregon State University (OSU) is hiring an Accountant 2 position. Posting # P01008CT. Closes June 29

NEW! Office Specialist 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 19 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position for the Marion County Extension Office of Oregon State University (OSU). The position will be located in Salem, Oregon.  Posting# P01024CT.  Closes June 30.

Farm/Ranch Supervisor – Veterinary Teaching Hospital, College of Veterinary Medicine, has an immediate opening for a 12-month, full-time (1 FTE), fixed term position as a Farm/Ranch Supervisor.  Posting  #P01370UF.  Closes June 30.

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.

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.

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.

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. Closes July 1.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (OSU) Deschutes County Extension Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Education Program Assistant 2 (EPA2) located in Redmond, Oregon.  Posting # P01025CT.  Closes July 5.

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.

NEW! The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) invites applications for a Graduate Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position, Posting # P01373UF. Closes July 10. 

NEW! The Office of University Relations and Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Fixed-Term Social Media Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Assistant Vice President. Posting #P01386UF. Full consideration date, July 11. Closes July 18.

The Office of Pre-College Programs is seeking a GEAR UP School Liaison. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Project Director. Posting #P01361UF. Closes July 12. 

NEW! Internship & Employment Coordinator/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 Internship & Employment Coordinator.  The Internship & Employment Coordinator further develops existing relationships and builds new relationships with local and regional employers and community agencies with the intent to expand career-type employment and internship opportunities for OSU-Cascades students and alumni.  Posting # P01394UF.  Full consideration date July 13. Closes July 20. 

NEW! Associate Director of Enrollment Services/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 Associate Director of Enrollment Services.  The Associate Director of Enrollment Services provides direction and leadership for the operations of the Enrollment Services Office at OSU-Cascades.  Posting #P01387UF.  Full consideration date is July 14. Closes July 21. 

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is seeking a Financial Aid Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE),12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Provost. Posting #P01364UF. Closes July 15.

UPDATE! Treasury Manager – The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Treasury Manager, Post # P01383UF. Full consideration date July 31. Closes Sept. 30.  

UPDATE! Fiscal Coordinator 2 – The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 2, Post # P00977CT. Full consideration date July 31. Closes Sept. 30. 

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.

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: “I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.” ~ Toni Morrison. A mix of clouds and sunshine this week, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the lower to mid 50s. 

Central Oregon: The week will start with a chance of thunderstorms, followed by sunshine. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Newport: Drizzle and patchy fog, followed by partly sunny skies. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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

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