OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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.

 NASA seeks citizen scientists to collect snowpack measurements (KTVZ)

NASA is funding a four-year project that involves an Oregon State University civil engineering professor, David Hill, and Ph.D. student, Ryan Crumley, as well as researchers at the University of Washington and the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys.

State admits it violated man’s First Amendment rights (KOIN)

Many engineering professors aren’t required to be licensed engineers. At Oregon State University, only 13 of 45 faculty members in the Civil and Construction Engineering department have their engineering licenses. The university encourages but does not require their faculty members to become licensed engineers.

Rethinking ‘Smoky Bear’ (Portland Tribune)

A new paper published in a recent issue of the journal Ecological Applications by Matthew Reilly, while he was a scientist at Oregon State University, says the best way to avoid catastrophic fires may be to allow low- and moderate-severity fires to just burn.

Think beyond poinsettias and amaryllis when giving winter plants (Oregonian)

Before you buy, though, consider some key care tips, including how to get them home, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. She advises taking a cardboard box along with you to the store and then covering the plant after getting it into the car.

More low-carb hay needed, consultant says (Capital Press)

Shaw said research in recent years has shown teff to be a good low carb hay. Mylen Bohle, a Central Oregon forage agronomist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, agreed that teff is a good low carb hay, but explained it is usually only good for two cuttings because it can’t tolerate frost. He added teff loves hot weather and doesn’t need a lot of nitrogen.


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

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Understanding Hospice: Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in MU 222 as Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care guides us through the Hospice process so that if/when you find yourself needing them, you will be prepared. They will also come with knowledge and information about the many other end-of-life programs they offer.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to consider the board procedure for a tenured faculty sanction-for-cause appeal.  The meeting will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the La Raza Room of the Memorial Union. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will be posted athttp://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Jesse Engebretson – Forest Ecosystems and Society Ph.D. Defense: Jesse Engebretson will present “Discretion Among Forest Service Wilderness Managers: Providing “Outstanding Opportunities for Solitude”” on Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. in Richardson 115.  Engebretson is completing his Ph.D. under the guidance of major professor Troy Hall.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Kathryn Prive – Forest Ecosystems and Society MS Defense: Kathryn Prive will present “Efficacy of Emperical Seed Zones: Pseudoroegneria spicata Reproductive Phenology & Seedling Stage Traits” on Thursday, Dec. 7, noon in Richardson 107.  Price is completing her MS under the guidance of major professors Ron Reuter and Matt Orr.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! University Budget Conversations Forum: University Budget Conversations Forums are open to all OSU employees and students, offering an opportunities to learn about the university’s budgeting processes and other financial related topics. The forum on Thursday, Dec. 7, will be held in 215 Memorial Union, Thought Lab from 1-2 p.m. Forums are hosted by Budget & Fiscal Planning director Sherman Bloomer. Plan to join us Thursday as Sherm will be addressing Tuition & Financial Aid. Additional information about the forums is located on the Budget Conversations webpage. If you have questions about University Budget Conversations, please contact Karren Cholewinski in Budget & Fiscal Planning for assistance.

NEW! Gene Silencing in Nonhuman Primates: Cecily Bishop, research assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science Universities Oregon National Primate Research Center in the Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences will give a seminar on “Ovary-Specific In vivo and In vitro Gene Silencing in Nonhuman Primates.” She will speak on Dec. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Withycombe 109.

Richard Gabriel – Sustainable Forest Management – MS Defense: Richard Gabriel will present his research, “The Use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Computer Vision in Tree Level Modeling,” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., 115 Richardson Hall. Gabriel is advised by major professor Jim Kiser.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar (CGRB): Patrick Schloss, University of Michigan, will present a seminar “Understanding Disease through the Lens of the Microbiome” on Wednesday, Dec 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Sensory Evaluation of Sparkling Wine Weekend: Hurry! This one-of-a-kind sparkling wine course is starting soon (Dec. 9-10). Designed for wine lovers and pros, you’ll experience guided tastings with wine expert Elizabeth Tomasino, as she covers a range of sparkling wines from around the world. Includes tour of and tasting at Argyle Winery in Newberg & tasting at Anne Amie.  Learn more.

An Exploration of the Self (Identity)-Related Motivations Model and Museums: Featuring John H. Falk (OSU) and Judy Koke (Art Gallery Ontario). This hour and a half seminar/workshop is designed as an examination of John Falk’s evolving Self (Identity)-Related Motivations model and its application to understanding and supporting visitors to free-choice learning settings like museums. Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., in Furman 404.  RSVP here: http://bit.ly/rsvp_self-motivations-wkshp-dec17

Lean Six Sigma Data Analysis Short Course starts Jan. 8:  Learn to analyze your data to further your product and process excellence. Learn more.

Oregon State’s Popular Permaculture Design Certificate Program Returns in January: Amazing 10-week online program focuses on truly sustainable, climate-specific landscape design in both urban and rural environments – ideal for landscape design pros, homeowners and more. Learn more.   

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 11, Jan. 17, Feb. 22, and Mar. 16.

Popular Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Course is Back: Only a few seats remain for this ever-popular course that covers today’s best practices and strategies to improve performance in search engine result pages (SERPs) and pay-per-click advertising. Learn more.

Seed to Supper Course Offered for OSU Students: Registration for a Seed to Supper  at OSU is now open. Seed to Supper is a free six-week comprehensive gardening course where participants learn the basics of building healthy soil, composting, container gardening, and more. Join us Jan. 22 – Feb. 26 at the Human Services Resource Center in preparation for a fantastic growing season! Register at: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6QK6ffNZmQuRjnf

Proposal Request: Get your text on!  The Center for Teaching and Learning winter symposium, TEXTtalks, is an opportunity to share texts worth discussing. TEXTtalks is a fun event that uses texts as a springboard to facilitate powerful talks. On Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (includes continental breakfast and lunch), if you (and colleagues and/or students) would like to showcase a text, please complete the short application proposal.  Don’t be shy…apply!

Take Note 

Volunteer role players needed:  Help the OSU Oregon State Police and community responders during their on-campus December Response Training.  Role players are needed to serve as bystanders during scenarios.  No acting skills required.  Dec. 19 and 20, noon – 4 p.m.  Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4BA8AC2EABF49-december1

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, Dec. 22, 2017.  The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external fee proposals before they become effective on January 1, 2018.  The proposed fees are available electronically as a pdf upon request. Comments or requests should be directed to Susan Barba at susan.barba@oregonstate.edu.

Moore Inventor Fellowship: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to submit up to 2 nominees as candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship.  The focus of the fellowship is on early stage invention that will “create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.” This is a great opportunity for an early-career inventor at OSU, with the fellowship providing $600,000 to the fellow and $75,000 to OSU for administrative overhead over 3 years.  In addition, GBMF requires that OSU commit $150,000 ($50,000 per year for 3 years) to support the fellow’s research.  To apply, click on this LINK (http://research.oregonstate.edu/office-research-development/program/gordon-and-betty-moore-foundation-moore-inventor-fellows). Email contact– research.development@oregonstate.edu

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Flood  Flooding occurs in Oregon due to our seasonal rainfall, summer fires, melting snow, new development, and levee/dams.  All influence how water is absorbed or directed downstream.  Areas that have not flooded in the past may flood now due to changes that occurred somewhere else and caused a change in how the ground interacts with the water. Download this month’s poster at:  http://emergency.oregonstate.edu/files/EP-Bulletin/12-01%20Flood.pdf  

Seeking professional business attire: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our 13th annual Career Wardrobe event, which will be held Feb. 8, 2018 in the MU Ballroom open to all OSU students. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 158 or 147 Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) and OSU Career Development Center located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Beaver Store in Portland is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

How Can I Help—Charitable Fund Drive. Is there something that is getting in the way that I can help with? Is there a step in the donation process that is awkward? Please let me know so that I can remedy the situation: Rita.Brown@oregonstate.edu or 7-5547. The OSU campaign for the Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive ends with the end of December. Please give now: https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_cfduniversities/. Thank you!

Limited Service at Transportation Services Office in December: The main floor of Adams Hall will be undergoing a remodel during the month of December, and the Transportation Services Office will be open with limited staffing. The office will be unable to accept cash, but credit card and inter-department transactions will continue. If cash is your only option, please contact the office ahead of time to make arrangements. We encourage you to use our online services for purchases and payments. Field operations and phone lines will be unaffected, and we expect to have normal operations in Adams Hall by the beginning of Winter Term. If you have any questions contact Transportation Services at parking@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2583.


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

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. Closes Dec. 5.

Facilities Operations and Safety Manager – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Facilities Operations and Safety Manager position. Posting #P01747UF. Closes Dec. 6.

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.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time .8 FTE (approximately 32 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) for Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service. This position will be located in Central Point and serving Jackson County. Posting # P01278CT. Closes Dec. 10.

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.

NEW! Office Copier Administrator (Administrative Program Specialist) – Printing & Mailing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Copier Administrator position. Posting # P01279CT.  Closes Dec. 11.

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.

Student Engagement Coordinator – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Engagement Coordinator position. Posting #P01756UF. Closes Dec. 13. 

Student Success Coordinator – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Success Coordinator position. Posting #P01755UF. Closes Dec. 13.

Transportation Options Assistant (Office Specialist 2):  OSU Transportation Services has an opening for one part-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will provide general support to the Transportation Options programs that promote carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, and walking. The position will support efforts to market and promote the various transportation alternatives available to the OSU community. For a complete job positing, a list of qualifications, and to apply online, please visit https://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #P01275CT. Closes Dec. 15.

Art Director – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month Art Director position.  Posting P01764UF. Full consideration date is December 11 and posting closes Dec. 18.

The College of Veterinary Medicine along with Veterinary Teaching Hospital is looking for a Certified Veterinary Technician to help with our surgical departments. This is full time temporary position. If you are qualified and interested, please apply on line to posting #P01105CT no later than midnight of Dec. 22.

Campus Visit/Transfer Coordinator-   OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Campus Visit/Transfer Coordinator. This position is a full-time, 1.00 FTE 12-month  fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting # P01765UF. The full consideration date is Dec 29. Closes Jan. 26, 2018.

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

Master Gardener Coordinator – The Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Small Farms and Master Gardener Coordinator position, that will be located at the Extension Lincoln County Office in Newport, Oregon. This position will be affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Forestry & Natural Resources Program at Oregon State University. Reappointment is at the discretion of Regional Director and the Program Leaders.  Posting# P01770UF.  Closes Dec. 30.

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.

Minute Recording and Transcription Services Contractor: The City of Corvallis is accepting résumés for a Minute Recorder/Transcriber Contractor. Work typically involves attending one or more meetings per month. Must own personal laptop and digital recorder. Compensation is $25 per hour, including actual meeting time and no more than three (3) hours transcription time per one (1) hour of meeting time. Successful contractor candidates will demonstrate strong writing and Word Processing skills, ability to accurately record minutes and present them in good grammatical form, provide verifiable references, and pass a criminal background check. Submit resumes to the Central Administrative Services Manager via e-mail to city.manager@corvallisoregon.gov.  Please use “Minute Contractor” in the subject line. Closes: Jan. 1, 2018.

Office Specialist 1 –This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position for the Extension Douglas County Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Roseburg, Oregon.  Posting# P01287CT.  Closes Jan. 2, 2018.

 Finance & Accounting Manager – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Finance & Accounting Manager position. Posting #P01766UF.Close Jan. 15, 2018.  This is a working manager position responsible for supervising Business Center financial and accounting functions in the AMBC.

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:  “Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.” ~ Agnes Macphail. Areas of frost and fog, followed by fog, high of 44, low of 30. Similar Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 43, low of 19. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 50, low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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