OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 27, 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.

Fifth case of meningococcal disease at OSU (KGW)

Students at Oregon State University received an urgent email over the holiday weekend, warning the school’s ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease had spread once again. (see also KEZI)

Oregon State leasing space in historic Portland building (KGW)

Oregon State University is expanding its presence in Portland by moving into a historic downtown building.

Why wave power may be the next big thing in green energy (NBC)

There are more than a thousand different wave converter designs, says Reza Alam, a wave energy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Adds Ted Brekken, an energy systems researcher at Oregon State University, “The simple fact is that we’re not at a point yet where there’s a dominant technological paradigm. It may be that there might not be one.

OSU helping develop swarm drone capability for urban combat scenarios (KLCC)

The role of unmanned aerial systems – or drones – in urban combat situations is being developed by the U.S. Defense Department, with the help of an Oregon State University professor.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

A portrait of Central Oregon small famers and ranches (Bend Bulletin)

A handful of ranches and small farms in Central Oregon sold $1.5 million worth of meat and produce in 2014, according to a recent study by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU appoints Kathryn Becker-Blease director of the School of Psychological Studies (LIFE@OSU)

Associate Professor of Psychology Kathryn Becker-Blease has been named director of the School of Psychological Science in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

The Dengue vaccine might be discovered by 2019 (Science Examiner)

Scientists have warned that dengue vaccines could cause short-term but significant heads in the years later they are first practised. Jan Medlock, an assistant professor at Oregon State University announced that their study recommended that if they produced and widely used a vaccine for dengue fever, there might later be spikes in the frequency of the disease that were two to three times higher than its average level.

Hatfield visitor’s center to close for maintenance (Newport News-Times)

The visitor center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which annually draws some 150,000 visitors, will close on Dec. 5 for maintenance and renovation.

Study opens door for solution to canola conflict (Capital Press)

According to the OSU study, Canola poses no greater threat to specialty seed producers than other Brassica species regularly grown in the valley.

Christmas Tree shopping season begins; prices likely higher this year (Register-Guard)

The wholesale price for a 6- to 7-foot noble fir, which had been as low as $20 just a few years ago, is $34 this year, Ore­gon State University Extension Service Christmas tree specialist Chal Landgren said. He owns a small family tree farm near Wilsonville and said $34 is his current wholesale price for that type and size of tree.

Rising demand for organics prompts OSU research (Capital Press)

“It is definitely growing significantly,” said Lukas, horticulturist for Oregon State University at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. “Just the general trend in organic produce is very quickly and steadily rising.”


Diffusions: The first in a tri-annual concert series featuring new works by OSU music technology and production students and faculty. Curated by Jason Fick. Monday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. in Benton Hall room 303. Free.

School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series: Toby Prike will speak onWas That Just a Strange Coincidence or Am I Psychic? Examining the Relationships Between AnomalistiBelief, Reasoning, and Cognitive Bias,” Monday, Nov. 27, 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

Auditions: Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter lab theater production, “The Taming,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 in the Withycombe Hall lab theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson is an all-female political farce inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” It focuses on the role of women in contemporary American government, bipartisanship, the founding fathers and lots of pageantry. Actors must be at all technical and dress rehearsals and every show. The tech/dress rehearsals run Feb. 10-14 and performances are Feb. 15-18. Regular rehearsals will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Jan. 8. A read-through will be held before winter break. For more information, contact director PJ Harris at harripat@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Retirement party: Please join us to celebrate Kathi Carley, wish her well on her journeys, and thank her for all she has done for Oregon State University and Student Health Services for the last 20 years!  Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2 – 4 p.m., at Student Health Services Conf Rm A- 322A

NEW! 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 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

NEW! SAF Student Chapter Christmas Tree Sale: Come join the Student SAF Chapter on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 2 between 8 and 11 a.m. for this year’s Christmas Tree sale. There will be music, warm beverages and more! Stop by for fun and festivities.  Located at McDonald-Dunn Research Forests, just north of the Research Forest Office.  For more information contact Benjamin Post at 541-556-5144.

NEW! End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its End of Term sale starting Monday, December 4.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear, while supplies last.  Sale goes through Friday, Dec. 8.

NEW! OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m.  There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served.  Faculty/Staff ID required at the door.

Fall Term Start Date Faculty/Staff Listening Session We want your opinion!  Bring your lunch and give your thoughts around the Fall Term Start Date- we’ll provide dessert!  This will be a listening session- similar to what occurred at the faculty senate meeting. Come to MU Horizon Room on Nov. 28 from noon to 1 p.m.

President’s Winter Celebration: On Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge, all OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals and join President Edward J. Ray for free holiday treats and gourmet beverages. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry will be accepted and appreciated. Contact University Events at events@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4717 with any questions.

Free Nutrition Counseling for Faculty & Staff:  The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions on Friday Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. or noon.  Get a nutrient analysis of your current diet and set achievable goals for improvement.  Or just come with your burning questions!  Email michelle.bump@oregonstate.edu to schedule your appointment.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Is graduate school right for you? Please join the OSU Graduate School for light refreshments and a presentation covering the basics of graduate education. You will learn the benefits of a graduate degree, the admissions process and requirements, how to pay for a graduate degree, and what it means to be a graduate student. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Austin Hall Stirek Auditorium. Online streaming available at https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed4131a03299c7a97da159c290578edba

NEW! WRGP Fall Seminar Series: Noelwah Netusil, professor of economics at Reed College, will present “Water Quality Economics in Urban Areas: The Value of Floodplains” from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Owen 103. Free and open to the public. Flyer.

NEW! Thomas Condon Lecture Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Professor of Earth Sciences at University of Toronto will present a free public lecture for the non-specialist, “Where Captain Nemo Got It Right, and Wrong – Life in the Deep Earth” on Nov. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the the LaSells Stewart Center.  Reception and refreshments are 6:15 to 7 p.m.

The North American Truffling Society ~ Meeting and annual Potluck:  Bring a dish to share, tableware, and the beverage of your choice. NATS provides coffee and tea. Open to the public. The speaker will be Randy Molina who will present “A Black Truffle EcoTour in Spain – Great truffle hunting, food, wine, and adventure.” Dec. 2,  6 p.m., Corvallis Senior Center. www.natruffling.org.

Casey Steadman – Water Resources Science – MS Defense: Casey Steadman will present her research, “Natural variability of nitrogen and phosphorus in a forested headwater stream system in the Oregon Coast Range,” on Thursday, Dec. 7, noon, Room 1420 at the Valley Library. Steadman is being advised by co-major professors Kevin Bladon and Alba Argerich.

Launch or Expand Your Blueberry Production with Oregon State’s Online Blueberry Program. This innovative online course offers a step-by-step approach to manage a successful blueberry operation. Learn more.

Oregon Master Naturalist (OMN) Program Returns Jan. 22. Join the program and become part of a special network of volunteers dedicated to Oregon’s natural history and natural resources management. Learn more.

Craft Beer Lovers and Pros – PDX Beer Flavors and Styles Weekend with Oregon State Experts! Join Oregon State Professor Tom Shellhammer in Portland for an amazing overview of beer flavors and styles. Learn more.

Oregon State Exclusive Permaculture Design Certificate Program Returns in January. Led by Andrew Millison and his team, the program guides participants through development of their own regenerative landscape designs. Learn more.

Learn the Essential Elements of Contract Law with this New Expert-Led Online Course. Part of Oregon State’s Procurement and Contract Management online series. Learn more.

Supply Chain and Transportation Certificate.  Online professional development program from Oregon State offers essential experience to advance your career in the dynamic supply chain industry. Learn more.

Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs 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. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Custom and unit-level delivery is possible in addition to these general workshops. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

Oregon State Business Administration Certificate. Learn business essentials with online professional development courses in human resources, finance, marketing, business negotiation, etc. Learn more.

Master Recycler Class: This 8-week class will cover all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and be hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 from 6:15-9 p.m. plus 2 required Saturday field trips and 1 optional Wednesday field trip. This non-credit class is free to those who agree to “pay back” what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service. Visit http://tiny.cc/recycclass for more details and to register.

Take Note 

NEW! Why should I give via the Charitable Fund Drive? When you give through the CFD, 100% of your donation goes to the organization(s) you designate! All CFD costs–less than 10% of funds raised–are paid by the participating charities. And by giving during this OSU campaign, you help boost OSU’s reputation as a kind, generous neighbor, all while making a positive impact in Oregon. It’s easy with online pledging and payroll deduction: https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_cfduniversities/.

NEW! SAVE 15% FOR CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS! Knowledge is priceless – but right now it’s 15% off our Oregon State Professional and Continuing Education courses and certificates. Use code CYBER15. Hurry, offer ends soon!

Textbook Replacement Grant. Reduce the cost of textbooks and save OSU students money! OSU Faculty are invited to submit a proposal to replace a current textbook with high-quality, no or low-cost alternatives. Winners receive $500 – $1000 to compensate them for time spent in locating, evaluating, and selecting open educational resources or low-cost alternatives. This grant is sponsored by the Women’s Giving Circle. Proposals are due by Dec. 9. Contact Stefanie Buck (stefanie.buck@oregonstate.edu).

Chinook Book free to OSU community: The Sustainability Office and several campus partners bring you the gift of free access to Chinook Book!  Chinook Book uses standards and criteria to select merchants that include aspects of sustainability in their business.  All you need is an oregonstate.edu email address plus download and activation instructions.  Already a user?  Email verification using an oregonstate.edu email address may be required.

Staff Art Exhibit: This is the 8th year of the Staff Art Exhibit, and we’re hoping for representation from all parts of OSU in this showcase of creativity.  Do you have creative individuals in your area (maybe even you)?  Most any medium is accepted in this exhibit, so register your submissions of work by Nov. 27.  The benefits, besides showing talent beyond the day-to-day job, are that departments are listed on the artist’s block next to the work. All artists, co-workers and friends are invited to a special reception hosted by President Ray on Jan. 11, 2018. For more information: mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu.

STEM Academy registration: Registration for STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for 6th-12th grade will is open. AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girls’ interest in STEM by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women STEM role models. Middle School Club meets on Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., from Jan. 23–Feb. 27. High School Club meets on Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., from Jan. 24–Feb. 28. To register: http://stemacademy.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $85. Scholarships available.

Volunteers needed: We are looking for volunteers to help us at our upcoming Winter 2018 International Student Orientation, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.  This is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, practice your intercultural communication and gain valuable leadership skills and experience. There will be half day Volunteer Training on Thursday, Dec. 28. Use the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/y83b55fx Please contact Erica Mercier at Erica.mercier@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

Traffic and Maintenance

Cordley Hall: The west parking lot at Cordley Hall will be closed Nov. 29, all day, for crane work on the Cordley roof (View Map).


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

UPDATED! Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one full-time, 10-month, classified Cook 1 position.  Posting # P01125CT.  For full consideration, apply by Nov. 27.  Closing date is Dec. 29 or when filled.

Coordinator-Academic Program   The University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is seeking a Coordinator of Career and Major Decision Making Program/Academic Advisor. This is a full-time, (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This is an Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting# P01734UF. Closes Nov. 27.

EXTENDED – OSU 4-H Educator: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term, 4-H Youth Development Educator position to be located in Morrow County. Posting #P01606UF. Closes Nov. 27.

Assistant to School Head The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Assistant to School Head position.  Posting #P01743UF. Full consideration date Nov. 28. Closes Dec. 5.

Education Program Assistant 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension 4-H Youth Development Off Campus program at Oregon State University. This position will be located in Central Point, Oregon.  Posting# P01258CT.  Closes Nov. 29.

Web Project Coordinator/Dev – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month Web Project Coordinator/Dev position.  Posting # P01746UF. Full consideration date is November 22 and posting closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2. We are looking for a creative, pro-active, customer service focused individual  to be a part of our administrative team. Take a look at posting # P01257CT for more details. Recruitment closes Nov. 30.

Assistant Professor of Practice (two positions) – The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service invites applications for two (2) full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Field Crops Assistant Professor of Practice positions, one to be located at the Marion County Extension Office in Salem, Oregon and the other to be located at the Linn County Extension Office in Tangent, Oregon.  Posting# P01663UF. Closes Nov. 30.

The Office of Institutional Analytics and Reporting is seeking a Data Reference Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The Reference Specialist (RS) position is part of the team that provides education and guidance around institutional analytics, tools, and reports to the University. The RS serves as a bridge that connects institutional data and analytics users with appropriate systems, reports, tools, education and resources needed to fulfill their duties, answer strategic questions, and make data informed decisions. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # P01732UF. Closes Dec. 8.  Full Consideration Date is Nov. 30.

Administrative Program Specialist: The Administrative Program Specialist is responsible for supporting the customer service efforts, room management functions, process development and improvement, student billing, data integrity and reporting, and operational efficiency within the Operations Unit. The Specialist serves as the assistant to the Operations Unit doing a significant amount of administrative and project work. The Specialist serves as a lead customer service liaison for the Housing office.This position is a full-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting # P01250CT. Closes Nov. 30.

Academic Advisor: School of Civil and Construction Engineering  is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) fixed-term, 12-month academic advisor.  Posting # P01640UF.  Position closes Nov. 30.

EXTENDED!  Grants and Contracts CoordinatorThe OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants and Contracts Coordinator. Posting #01245CT.  Closes Dec.1.

Student Services Assistants – Now hiring for student position in the INTO OSU Student Services team. Duties include trip/activity leading and planning, reception and referral at the INTO OSU Welcome Desk, and assisting with international student orientation and arrivals. Closes Dec. 3. More information and apply online at: http://bit.ly/2zWqHz7

Director of Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) – Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of Diversity & Cultural Engagement. Posting # P01720UF. Full consideration deadline Dec. 3.

Catering Manager – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Catering Manager. Posting # P01749UF. Full consideration deadline Dec. 4.

NEW! Visiting Instructor – Mathematics  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a visiting Mathematics Instructor. This position, starting Winter term of 2018 through Spring term of 2018, is a 1.00 FTE fixed-term, non-tenure track appointment and is not renewable. Posting # P01762UF. The full consideration date is Dec 6. Closes Dec 27.

First Year Experience Coordinator The Division of Student Affairs – Office of Academic Achievement is seeking a First Year Experience Coordinator. This is a full-time, (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting#: P01751UF. For full consideration please apply by Dec. 8. Closes Dec. 15.

The Office of Enrollment Management is seeking a Director of Scholarships. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Provost. Posting # P01726UF. Closes Dec. 8.

The Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture invites applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will provide innovative leadership in Agricultural Education while also engaging and providing service to our Agricultural Sciences and Leadership programs. Posting # P01678UF with a full consideration date of Dec. 8.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – This is a part-time (.7 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term (annual reappointment) Assistant Professor of Practice position located in the Josephine County Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Office in Grants Pass. Its academic home is in Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details). The position may, at the option of the incumbent, be increased in FTE (up to full-time) through grants, program fees, and/or other generated revenues.  Posting# P01740UF.  Closes Dec. 10.

Office Specialist 2 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Extension Lane County Office at Oregon State University. This position will be located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting# P01265CT.  Closes Dec. 11.

Assistant Professor – Architectural Engineering – The College of Engineering’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position Posting #P01733UF.  Full consideration date:  Dec. 30.

EXTENDED!  Grants and Contracts Technician – The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants and Contracts Technician.  Posting #P01173CT.  Closes Dec. 31.

Assistant/Associate Professor – The College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications). Posting #P01684UF. Full consideration date: Jan. 18, 2018.

Technical Writing Evaluator The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a part-time, hourly Academic Wage Technical Writing Evaluator position.  Posting #P00314AW. Closes June 15 or when filled.

ABE Teacher  The College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) is seeking an ABE Teacher. This is a part-time, .49 FTE, 9-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01530UF. Closes June 30, 2018.

The Oregon State University Foundation is searching for an Accounting student worker to help with:  data entry, event/facility support, general ledger recording, special projects and general office duties such as copying, filing and scanning.  Up to 20 hours per week. Applicants must be current OSU students. This position is open immediately with preference given to applicants from the College of Business who have an interest in continuing work throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Work-study students are encouraged to apply.  $10.25-12/hour.  Apply at:  http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=6857

The Oregon State University Foundation/Alumni Association is searching for an Career Services student worker to help with:  resume/cover letter review, web page content management, draft marketing emails, help set-up for events, help create presentations, etc.  PT 20 hours/week, $10.25 per hour.  Submit cover letter and resume to:  Yuliya.dennis@osualum.com

The Oregon State University Foundation/Alumni Association is searching for an Office Assistant student worker to help with:  answering phones, greeting customers, data entry, preparing mailing, scanning/copying, website content management, preparing supply boxes, event name tags and material preparation, etc.  PT 20 hours/week, $10.25 per hour.  Submit cover letter and resume to: Christi.kasten@osualum.com

The OSU Alumni Association has two new opportunities Alumni Center Sr. Event Technician and Alumni Center Event Technician. The Alumni Center Sr. Event Technician is part of the Alumni Center team responsible for successful delivery of events at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Additionally, this position is the lead worker and student workforce manager responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  The Alumni Center Event Technician provides event and facility support to the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  To learn more and apply, visit:  www.osufoundation.org

The Oregon State University Foundation has an new opportunity for a Facilities and Office Technician. This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Foundation’s Corvallis building, offices, and grounds, and for selected facilities activities in the Foundation’s Portland office.  Learn more or apply at: www.osufoundation.org 


Corvallis: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill. Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 50, low of 40. Rain Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow showers, then mostly sunny. High of 43, low of 31. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers, high of 52, low of 46. Rain Tuesday.

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

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