OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

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.

 My doctor kept me waiting forever. Can I get some sort of refund? (Washington Post)

Jonathan Kaplan, a professor of philosophy who teaches a course on biomedical ethics at Oregon State University, told me that these “unfair asymmetries . . . really bother people.” I agree, professor.

Talk set on famed OSU architect (Gazette-Times)

Larry Landis, the director of OSU’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center, will speak about Bennes’ role at OSU, which includes OSU designs from 1907 through 1941.

MLK award-winners announced (LIFE@OSU)

During the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast at Oregon State University, three OSU community members were honored for their service and commitment to social justice.

Drone light show looks cool, but how do they work? (PC Magazine)

At the symposium, Shauharda Khadka, a graduate research assistant at Oregon State University currently pursuing a PhD in Robotics, showed how his autonomous units (nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, naturally), learned to navigate an environment to track rewards that changed location rapidly and unpredictably.

Lab results reveal Linus Pauling meningococcal case not linked to university outbreak (Gazette-Times)

Laboratory test results revealed the case of a Corvallis middle school student who was infected with meningococcal disease is unrelated to the outbreak of the disease at Oregon State University, Benton County’s health officer stated Friday in a press release.

One cool scientist: Susan Howard a researcher in Antarctica (News & Tribune)

Howard earned instead a degree in math from Rutgers University, then one in oceanography from Oregon State University. The currents and heat of the ocean, that proved her passion. “I could get out and see it, touch it, work in the field,” she said. “That was intriguing to me.”

Researchers study bears in southeast for berry seed dispersion (KTUU)

New research recently released by Oregon State University shows bears in southeast Alaska may be the best contributor for spreading berry seeds.

Oregon State athletes launch mental health initiative to help students with depression (USA Today)

Oregon State men’s soccer player Nathan Braaten heard about the Tyler Hilinski news, and his heart dropped.


Farm, Fork and Glass: Agriculture & Innovation in England:  Join professor Jonathan Velez and Academic Advisor Dawn Moyer from the College of Agricultural Sciences for an informative two-week faculty-led program that explores agriculture in northwest England. The group will visit University of Nottingham, Oxford University and Royal Agricultural University, and hear from academics as well as regional agricultural practitioners July 1 – 14, 2018.  Gain a firsthand look at dairy, crop, fermentation and other agricultural producers through farm visits, brewery tours and historical site visits, earning six credits.  Please join us for an Info Session on Mon., Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall 131.  Application Deadline: March 15.  For more information, contact dawn.moyer@oregonstate.edu or faculty.led@oregonstate.edu

School of Public Policy Canada Study Abroad 2018. Join professors Dwaine Plaza and Lauren Plaza for a unique faculty led Spring Break study abroad to Vancouver Canada March 24-30– 4 credits. This is an inexpensive opportunity that will allow students to visit an international location which is very different than the United States in terms of history, politics, culture, and society. Students from all majors are welcome. Drop in information sessions will take place: Monday Jan. 22 and Wednesday Jan. 24, 1-4 p.m., in Bexell Hall Room 214 (CLA advising Suite). Application deadline Feb. 1. Visit the link for more information: https://oregonstate-idea.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10384

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Andrew Hendry, Associate Professor, McGill University will present a seminar, “Eco-evolutionary Dynamics in Galapagos” on Monday, Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public.

NEW! Critical Questions Lecture Series: Professor Dorothy Kim. Dorothy Kim teaches Medieval Literature at Vassar College. She was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies where she finished a monograph entitled Jewish/Christian Entanglements: Ancrene Wisse and its Material Worlds which is forthcoming from the University of Toronto press. She also has two books, Digital Whiteness and Medieval Studies and Decolonize the Middle Ages, forthcoming in 2018 with ArcPress. Memorial Union, Room 104 on Monday, Jan 22, at 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! International Women’s Group: You’re invited to join the International Women’s Conversation Hour, and explore topics related to studying and living in the US as an international woman student. Tuesdays 5 to 6 p.m. (except Feb 20). Starting Week 3. MU Talisman Room

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! WRGP Winter Seminar Series: Steve Wondzell, of the US Forest Service Aquatic Ecology and Management Team, will present “What should streams look like? Can we apply the concepts of reference condition and desired future condition to stream restoration?” on Wednesday, Jan 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in 260 Strand Hall. Free and open to the public.

NEW! The Empire Strikes Back: Catholic Responses to the Protestant Reformation- Lecture by Howard Louthan. Scholars have often portrayed the Catholic church of the Reformation era as a weak and corrupt institution primed to collapse with the coming of Martin Luther. It did not shatter or disintegrate. Indeed, in many places it regained territory lost initially to the Protestants.  This lecture will investigate the origins and development of a Catholic Reformation that proved robust and effectively checked its Protestant rivals. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m. Memorial Union, Journey Room: 104. Lightly Catered. Free and open to all.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Tom Spies, research forester at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, will give a talk titled “New Insights Into Old Forests: Forest Ecology and Conservation in the Area of the Northwest Forest Plan”. He will speak on Jan. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 302.”

NEW! ABC+D of Medicare: Medicare choices? Part D? Medigap? Medicare Advantage? Designed for people 63 and older.  Presented by Kyle King, CPRC®, APMA®, Associate Financial Advisor, CFS*. Jan 25, noon, MU 212 RSVP to investmentseminars@mapscu.com

Oregon Master Naturalist Program Returns Jan. 22. Join the program and become part of a dedicated network of volunteers committed to preserving Oregon’s natural history and natural resources. Learn more.

Save 25% for a Limited Time on the Craft Brewery Startup Workshop in Eugene. Receive expert advice from the brewing pros at Ninkasi Brewing Co. and learn how to start your own profitable craft brewery: Program features financial and business planning, brand management, equipment sourcing and more. Register by January 22.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some, or all. On Jan. 23, we will explore various approaches for effectively planning and reflecting on lessons. If available, please bring samples of your current lesson plans. This 90-minute workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 & 2. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact us here

PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified.  What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire.  Designed for people within 5 years of retirement.  Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  Jan 23, noon, MU 212.  RSVP to Investmentseminars@mapscu.com

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Suicide is preventable and depression is treatable – you can help save a life. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

Winter workshops: Several winter-term training workshops for employees, presented by the Center for Training & Organizational Development, remain open for registration. Workshops include Core Curriculum for Supervisors and Managers, Delivering Exceptional Service, Strategic Planning & Execution, Coaching: A Process for Developing Talent, and Streamlining the Student Experience via Process Mapping.  Details, times, dates and registration (no cost)

Enhance Your Teaching with Oregon State’s Online E-Learning Instructional Design CertificateSeries. Gain career-ready skills to enter or advance in the field of online course design. Learn more.

Successfully Lead Your Team Through Organizational Change. This five-week expert-led online course gives you the knowledge and skills to help your team and organization thrive during times of change. Learn more.

Master Lean Six Sigma Methodology and Enhance Your Business Effectiveness.  Oregon State’s online Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate will help you create high efficiency, profitable organizations through product and process excellence. Learn more.

Popular Permaculture Design Certificate Program Returns This Month. This unique online program helps you develop your own sustainable, climate-specific landscape design – ideal for landscape design pros, homeowners, gardeners, farmers and more. Learn more.   

Take Note 

NEW! Long Term Research Rooms: Apply for a long-term (6 to 12 months) research room at the Valley Library.  Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in special projects may apply.  Applications (available here) will be considered based on project merits and specific need for library space and materials.  The application deadline is Feb. 4, and decisions will be made Feb. 12.  Please complete and return to the library circulation desk, or return by email to lori.hilterbrand@oregonstate.edu

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring Term 2018 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg at karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu.

University Venture Development fund RFP: OSU’s Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development | OSU Advantage is announcing a Request for Proposals. OSU-affiliated research faculty, and OSU students working under the direction of a faculty PI, are eligible to apply and may submit applications to OSRAA via Cayuse by 5 p.m., Feb. 21. The purpose is to provide funding for projects that enhance the value and commercial potential of OSU-affiliated applied innovations and support the innovation economy in Oregon. Award amounts of up to $60,000 will be provided, with a total available fund of approximately $250k this round. Contact Sanjai Tripathi at the OSU Advantage Accelerator with any questions: Sanjai.Tripathi@oregonstate.edu.

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Moving Toward Active Learning? The Center for Teaching and Learning encourages teaching faculty to be part of the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community in Spring 2018 and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. See Call for Hybrid Proposals. Professional development funding is provided; apply by Mon., Jan. 22. For more information, contact Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu.

SEIU Local 083 nominations are open through Jan. 30, 5 p.m.: To be union strong we need candidates and officers from all over campus so please consider stepping up. Details for how to nominate yourself or another member can be found here: http://www2.seiu503.org/e/171302/wp-content-/ld77p/116635742uploads/2018/01/L083-Nom.pdf Please consider running. 

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Student Experience Center Plaza: One of the glass panels is being replaced overhead in the SEC Plaza on Monday Jan. 22, from 7 a.m. -5 pm. During this time there will not be foot traffic allowed through the Plaza in between the SEC and the east wing of the Memorial Union (View Map). In addition the West Entrance to the SEC will be closed. The SEC and the Memorial Union will remain open.

Jefferson Street: Three spaces on the south side of Jefferson Street and one space on the north side of Jefferson Street  (View Map) will be blocked from Jan. 22 – 23 for equipment needed for construction on 35th Street.

26th Street: Due to construction, 26th street between SW Campus Way and SW Orchard Ave. (see map) will be closed February 2018 through May 2018. Crews will be installing new steam and condensate lines from the tunnel at Campus Way north to the intersection of 26th street and Orchard. Currently 26th street is scheduled to close on Feb. 2 and reopen on May 28.  Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted, northbound and southbound sidewalks will remain open. We will add an update to this notification when we have more precise details on the construction schedule.

Campus Way: There will be intermittent traffic interruptions Jan. 16-30, to accommodate installation of IT conduit. Traffic control will occur on Campus Way west of 35th Street (View Map).  During this time there will possible traffic delays. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.

Annual 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 2018 will occur 6 p.m. June 17-4 p.m. June 20. 

Kerr Admin Loading Dock closed: As part of the Kerr Admin Freight Elevator Modernization project, the Kerr Admin loading dock will be closed through mid March (see map). The closure of the east side of the loading dock will not affect hand truck deliveries or pedestrian pathways for building access. Accommodations for larger deliveries can be made when needed.


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

Scholar Housing and Residential Conferences Coordinator: The Scholar Housing & Residential Conferences Coordinator is a professional faculty position responsible for the overall administration of the Scholar & Guest Housing program, which houses 150-200 academic scholars, interns, and guests throughout the summer and academic year. The position requires infrequent and unpredictable crisis response throughout the year to several facilities but at an even higher amount during the summer conference season in 10-15 facilities. This position is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting # P01833UF. Closes Jan. 22.

Part Time CADC 1 Contractor: Student Health Services invites applications for a part time, contracted Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I position. Closes Jan. 22. Information on the position and how to apply can be found here: http://bit.ly/2CPok0I

The Forestry, Oceanic, & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Accountant 1.  Posting #P01342CT. Closes Jan 24.

Analyst Programmer 3 – full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3, position for the Human Resources Benny Hire application (50%) and for Information Services Student Success efforts (50%) within the OSU Shared Use Organization.  This position provides expertise in the development, validation, testing, usage, and optimization of business-critical technical systems and processes. Position duties include Salesforce development, administration, and end user support. Posting # P01351CT. Closes Jan. 25. 

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. Closes Jan. 26.

Office Manager The Statistics Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Manager.  Posting # P01821UF. Closes Jan. 28 or when filled.

Oregon Sea Grant is recruiting one part-time, intermittent (approximately 10 hours per week as needed) Education Program Assistant 1 position at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Posting number, P01349CT.  Accepting applications until Jan. 29.

Sous Chef – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one Sous Chef position.  This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty positions, with reappointment at the discretion of the Director.  Posting # P01850UF.  Closes Jan. 29.

Upward Bound Educational Counselor  The College Assistance Migrant Program is seeking an Educational Counselor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # P01848UF. Closes Jan. 29.

Certified Veterinary Technician:  The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the Jan. 30.  Interested parties should apply to posting #P01316CT no later than midnight on Jan. 29 for full consideration.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered. 

Library Technician 3 – OSU Libraries invites applications for 2 full-time Library Technician 3’s in the Acquisitions Unit. Posting # P01312CT. Closes Jan. 30.

Temporary Education Program Assistant 1 – Sea Grant invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, temporary Education Program Assistant 1 position. Posting P01345CT. Position based in Beaverton. Full consideration date Jan. 30. Closes Feb. 6.

Regional Operations Coordinator  – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Coastal Regional Operations Coordinator. This position will serve the Oregon Coast Region (Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties). The office location will be one of the Extension sites on the Oregon Coast Region. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Oregon Coast Regional Director and the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.  Posting# P01869UF.  Closes Jan. 31.

Web and Mobile Services (WAMS), part of the Information and Technology Division at Oregon State University, invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE) , 12-month Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, positions.  Posting # P01317CT. Closes Jan. 31.

UPDATED! Student Treasury Management Project Assistant – The Office of University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week), Student Treasury Management Project Assistant post # P03167SE Full consideration date Feb. 2. Closes Feb. 28

Education Program Assistant 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time .45 FTE (approximately 18 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) with the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program. This position will be located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting# P01335CT.  Closes Feb. 4. 

Oregon Sea Grant is recruiting one part-time, (approximately 20 hours per week) Temporary Education Program Assistant position for Oregon State University in Beaverton, Oregon. Posting number, P01345CT. Accepting applications until Feb. 6.

Content Strategist – The Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Content Strategist. Posting number: P01851UF Closes Feb. 11. 

Regional Director – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a Regional Director. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The region assigned will be East Oregon which will cover Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties. The office location will be in one of the East Oregon’s Extension County Offices. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.  Posting # P01870UF.  Closes Feb. 18.

Recruiter – College of Pharmacy invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Recruiter position.  Posting #P01855UF.  Closes Feb. 19.

Enterprise Computing Services is recruiting for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 1 position at Oregon State University.  Posting # P01356CT. Closes Feb. 23.

NEW! Enterprise Computing Services is recruiting for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position at Oregon State University.  Posting # P01358CT. Closes March 15.

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.

Director of Development, Health Sciences.  The Oregon State University Foundation is searching for a front-line fundraising professional to manage a comprehensive major gift program to support units within the Division of Health Sciences.  This position will devote 80% of work time to major gift fundraising activities and 20% of work time to administrative responsibilities. Learn more a www.osufoundation.org

Events Support Technician.  The CH2M HILL Alumni Center, home to the OSU Alumni Association, is in search of a skilled person to provide event support and to help manage the day-to-day operations of the alumni center.  The person who fills this role will join an enthusiastic team of three full-time staff members and a crew of student workers dedicated to providing the ultimate event experience at the premier event site in the area.  With, at times, a non-traditional work schedule, job responsibilities include event set-up (including full service audiovisual, lighting and staging), conference room preparation, manage facility equipment, and interact with clients about event needs, and much more, to help ensure a successful event.  Learn more at www.osufoundation.org


Corvallis: “I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” ~ Walt Whitman.  Chance of rain, high of 48, low of 35. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy, high of 41, low of 28. Rain and snow, followed by rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 49, low of 40. Rain Tuesday.

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


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