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Monday, March 5, 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.

OSU study: Snowpack declines across the West (Portland Tribune)

A new study that includes work by Oregon State University climate researchers found that snowpack has declined significantly at monitoring sites around the West. According to the study, during the past 103 years the snowpack has declined between 15 percent and 30 percent, about the amount to fill Lake Mead, the West’s largest manmade reservoir. (see also US News & World Report, ABC10, Portland Business Journal)

The world has two years to meet marine protection goal. Can it be done? (National Geographic)

“MPA is king of a catch-all term. There are a lot of different categories within MPAs. It could be anything from a national marine sanctuary that may allow commercial fishing all the way down to full protection, which is completely closed to all destructive activities,” says Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, an ecologist from Oregon State University and a study author.

Rethinking Wildfires and Forest Watersheds (Science)

Kevin Bladon, assistant professor in the College of Forestry, published a letter in the March 2 issue of Science. “The secondary threats of wildfires to water supply are particularly concerning, as almost two-thirds of municipalities in North America receive their drinking water from forested areas. Key threats include increased potential for erosion, landslides, debris flows, floods, and introduction of contaminants to streams, with potentially catastrophic implications for community infrastructure, drinking water treatment, public health, and aquatic ecosystem health.”

The persistent trouble with movie ratings (Vanity Fair)

That second designation “probably doesn’t mean anything,” says M.P.A.A. historian Jon Lewis, author of Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle Over Censorship Created the Modern Film Industry. He’s an expert on the M.P.A.A. after 1968, the year longtime M.P.A.A. president Jack Valenti created the first version of the organization’s current ratings system.

Inside Oregon’s Science Pub phenomenon (Lund Report)

A robot walks into a bar. So do nearly 200 people. In fact, it’s standing-room only for a talk about human-robot interactions by an Oregon State University computer science professor on a dank January night. Heather Knight’s main point is that more charismatic machines are needed — to replace computers, not people. Her grand finale: A stand-up comedy routine with a teddy-bear sized robot named Ginger, Knight’s latest creation.

OSU-Cascades funding OK’d by key panel (Bend Bulletin)

The Capital Construction subcommittee of the Joint Ways & Means Committee approved the money for the Bend campus, which means the campus will be able to build the Cascades Academic Building 2. (see also KTVZ)

Sustainability in the cemetery (Gazette-Times)

Cynthia Beal, associate director of the Sustainable Cemetery Studies Lab at Oregon State University, brought groups of students to the cemetery, which is south of Monroe on the Territorial Highway, this weekend for service learning projects in their soil science classes.

College students passionate about North Umpqua River (New-Register)

Leslie Jensen recently completed her graduate thesis for Oregon State University to earn her master’s in fisheries science. In her thesis work, she studied the potential effects on the growth of fish living in headwater streams near where forests are harvested.


Labyrinth walk: An open Labyrinth Walk will be offered to the OSU community Monday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MU Room 109 (multipurpose room on the ground floor level of the MU). Claim some time to let go of the stress, find a focus, or experience a centering for your life and work. Come and go as your schedule allows. Free. Hosted by WestM-United Campus Ministry at Westminster House.

NEW! PFLA brown bag: Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) will host its fourth brown bag lunch on Monday, March 5, at noon in the MU 213.  Katie Linder, Research Director for Ecampus, will present an interactive presentation on the topic of “Managing Your Social Media Presence.” PFLA members may attend brown bag lunches free of charge. Non-members are invited to attend one brown bag lunch at no charge scheduled throughout 2017-2018. Interested in joining PFLA? Click on this LINK.

Beyond eSETs: better ways to evaluate teaching: Instructional faculty, post-docs,and graduate students are invited to two events on March 5 with Ann Taylor, a nationally recognized teaching evaluation expert. From 2 to 3 p.m. (MU Horizon), Taylor will discuss how teaching evaluation scores (eSETs) should and should not be used for improving teaching or informing hiring decisions. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. (MU Horizon), Taylor will host a workshop (bring laptops!) about using feedback to improve your own teaching. Sponsored by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

The Resistance Series-Food and Community-Building. March 5, 3-5 p.m. Women’s Center Building. Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies monthly series brings a panel featuring discussants from Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Corvallis Food Action Team-Local 6 Connection, The Little Lunchbox, and the Food in Culture and Social Justice Program. Free and open to the public. For accommodations: 541-737-7812.

Oregon Wine Research Institute Winter Seminar Series: David Gadoury, Cornell University, will present “Why Light Matters: Can we suppress plant pathogens by understanding their photobiology and ecology?” on Monday, March 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Kidder 202. David will discuss effective means to suppress plant diseases and promote plant health by artificial lighting. Free and open to the public.  

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Madonna Moss, professor, University of Oregon will present a seminar, “Archaeology of Pacific Herring,” on Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m., in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public.

NEW! OPEnS Lab: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab (open-sensing.org) invites you to the first annual OPEnS House on March 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Gilmore Annex room 200. Please come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and current projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 4:45 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Neoliberalism with No Illusions: Cruel Pessimism in Post-Socialist Cinema: Tamas Nagypal, Postdoctoral Fellow in Film Studies, will discuss how impotent rage, depression and other pessimistic affect-scapes in post-socialist films offer a form of collective resistance to neoliberalism’s compulsory positivity. Monday, March 5, 4 p.m. OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Queerative Party: Join the Pride Center for a social gathering held for LGBTQIA+ folks and friends to engage in art and creative expression. There will be multiple art stations with supplies provided. Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-9161.

NEW! Creating a 100% Tobacco-Free OSU: An Open Forum for Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Friday, March 9, 12 noon to 1 p.m., MU 213. Please join a discussion about our campus tobacco policy, including a proposal to strengthen our current smoke-free policy to make campus 100% tobacco-free – including smokeless tobacco (snus, snuff, chew) as well as combustible tobacco products. A pre-ordered, personalized lunch will be provided for the first 50 registrants, so please log onto our registration page and order your lunch: http://health.oregonstate.edu/tobacco-policy-forum. Further information: marc.braverman@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Register today for March 12 Corvallis Sustainability Town Hall: The community sustainability event of the year happens in one week, and registration is due today!  The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s annual Sustainability Fair and Town Hall is at the Alumni Center March 12.  The Fair runs from 5 to 7 p.m., the town hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public; refreshments served. No registration required for the fair, but seating is limited at the town hall, so make sure you’re registered.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16, to hear a report from the university’s provost and updates on critical employee training and the institutional accreditation process in progress. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The MU’s Allworth Room will be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting. The agenda and materials for the meeting will be posted at http://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! Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 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. March 7, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. Feel free to bring your lunch!

NEW! WRGP Winter Seminar Series. Krista Jones, USGS hydrologist with Oregon Water Science Center, will present, “Quantifying the effects of beavers on urban streams in the Tualatin River basin” on Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in 260 Strand Agriculture Hall. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar (CGRB): Dr. Rosalie Sears, OHSU, will present a seminar “Modeling and targeting intra-tumor phenotypic heterogeneity and cellular plasticity” on Wednesday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! The Concept of Reform in the Historical Imagination of the Protestant Communities: Lecture by the Rev. Euan Cameron. This lecture proposes that, in the way that the Protestant reformers wrote and understood their own history, one witnesses just such a transition from historical cycles to a linear development divided into periods. Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He has appeared on the frequently re-broadcast Lion Television/PBS miniseries “Martin Luther” (2002) and “In Our Time, BBC Radio 4″ (2002). Wednesday, March 7, 4 p.m. MU, Journey 104.

NEW! 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. March 8, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212. Presented by Barbara Koontz, financial advisor, CFS*. RSVP to Investmentseminars@mapscu.com

NEW! TRIAD meeting: The OSU Improv Comedy Club will perform. The meeting will begin at noon on Thursday, March 8, in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. An optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Jeannine Cropley, Jeannine.cropley@cgrb.oregonstate.edu, to reserve a lunch.

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 March 6 join Shauna Tominey, Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist to learn best practices for supporting diverse learners and to engage in hands-on activities that promote culturally responsive teaching. This 90-minute workshop will be facilitated only ONCE in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. No need to register – just come on by.

Global Forum: Untold Stories of Ethnic Cleansing – Eyewitness Accounts of Rohingya Crisis: The Global Beavers Team will focus the winter term Global Forum on the Rohingya crisis. We feel that the ethnic cleansing and resulting refugee crisis Rohingya people are currently facing has gone relatively unnoticed by the western world. We mean to fill this knowledge gap by bringing in a panel of speakers with first-hand accounts of this humanitarian crisis. March 6, noon to 2 p.m., Student Experience Center Involvement Lounge ( EC112)All students and faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dn9H4WW81bn5MEd

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 March 6, we will consider approaches for Responding to Student Work by providing feedback that feeds forward student learning. This 90-minute workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact us here

ElderCare Connections-Preparing to Downsize Belongings: For many aging adults, the thought of parting with possessions can be daunting as they hold many precious memories from their lifetime. Join us on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 212 as Queen Bee Organizing discusses tips and tricks to helping your aging loved ones downsize their belongings.

The North American Truffling Society General meeting: Come join mycologist, naturalist and award-winning nature photographer Todd Elliott for a globetrotting adventure looking at the interfaces between fungi and the environment. From insect pathogens to ethnomycology. “Fungal interacting: From Humans to Beetles.” March 6, 7:30 p m., Cordley Hall, room 2087.

Take Note 

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about policy updates from the past month: http://policy.oregonstate.edu/whats-new  This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Suspicious Objects & Bomb Threats: Bomb threats, suspicious objects and bombs are meant to disrupt normal activities and cause fear in populations. With pre-planning, you can remain calm and be knowledgeable of what to do in order to part of an effective response. This month’s poster can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2Cr6ALQ

Traffic and Maintenance

26th Street: Due to construction, 26th Street between SW Campus Way and SW Orchard Ave. (see map) will be closed 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 reopen 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.

Kerr Administration 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.

Food Service Worker 3 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, intermittent Cook 3 position for the Oregon 4H Conference and Education center at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in rural Salem, Oregon.  The Oregon 4-H Center is a rental facility approximately 8 miles from downtown Salem. It is a rural area and is not on public transportation lines.  Posting# P01409CT.  Closes March 9.  Full consideration: March 5.

The University Admin Business Center is seeking one full-time Accountant 1 position at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting Number: P01376CT. Closes March 5.

CBEE Undergrad Advisor  The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) invites applications for an Academic Advisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01891UF. Closes March 5.

CBEE Head Undergraduate Advisor – The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Head Undergraduate Advisor. Posting #P01903UF. Closes March 5.

Master Gardener Coordinator – The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service is seeking a Master Gardener Coordinator. This is a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Southern Oregon Regional Administrator and the Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Leader. Posting# P01909UF.  Closes March 7.

NEW! Temp Teaching Assistant – This recruitment will be used to fill three part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Temporary Teaching Assistant positions for the Writing Center at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P01417CT. For full consideration apply by March 8. Closes March 10.

Finance and Accounting Manager – The Health Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time Finance and Accounting Manager position. Posting #P01902UF. Closes March 9.

The Office of Financial Aid is seeking a Financial Aid Advisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # P01922UF. Closes March 9.

EXTENDED – Property Specialist 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one Property Specialist 2 position.  This is a full-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting # P01405CT.  For full consideration, apply by March 5.  Closes is March 12.

Academic Wage-Hourly: Rock Climbing Course – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a part-time (0.25), 12-month, Rock Climbing Course position. This position is for Spring Term 2018. Posting #00390AW. Closes March 12.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting # P01941UF. Closes March 12.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications – OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) assistant director of Marketing and Communications. The assistant director works with the Director of Marketing and Communications to provide day-to-day marketing and communications management and planning to support the college’s strategic priorities and to enhance its brand image. The assistant director is a content creator who develops, produces and distributes high-quality print and electronic materials that advance the research, education and outreach goals and mission of the college. Posting # P01934UF. Closes March 12.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time .75 FTE (approximately 30 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) with the Oregon State University Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program. This position will be located in Eugene serving Lane County. Posting # P01419CT.  Closes March 13.

Cook 1 position for UHDS at OSU. F/T, academic-year (10-month), classified; starting wage $12.51/hr + benefits. Go to website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs for detailed information and to apply. Posting # P01412CT. For full consideration, apply by March 13. 

The Office of the Registrar is seeking an Operations Manager. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Registrar. Posting # P01946UF. Closes March 13.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position for the Office of the Registrar at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P01418CT. Closes March 14.

The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a Human Resources Benefits Consultant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # P01932UF. Closes March 14.

Juntos Program Coordinator – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) at Oregon State University invites applications for a Juntos Program Coordinator. This is a full-time, (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position located in Hood River and Wasco Counties. Reappointment will be at the discretion of the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Columbia Region and the Assistant Director of OSU Open Campus and Innovation. Posting# P01931UF. Closes March 14.

Institutional Analytics and Research is seeking a Data Modeler. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01943UF. Full-consideration date March 15. Closes March 31.

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

Faculty Research Assistant – OSU Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting # P01933UF. Full consideration date March 16. Closes April 6.

Senior Researcher – The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is seeking one full-time (1.0 FTE) Senior Researcher position. Posting# P01937UF. Closes March 18.

Veterinary Technician  Oregon State University’s (OSU) Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a Certified Veterinary Technician for employment in our Anesthesia Services. The hospital is part of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and provides excellent benefits and a competitive salary. This is a full time position.  Posting #PO1316CT. Closes March 18. Mark your application with “Anesthesia” in the notes section under the question, “which department would you like to work in.”  

First Year Experience Program Coordinator – The University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is seeking a First Year Experience Program Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # P01935UF Closes March 19.

The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute is seeking one part-time (maximum of 20 hours a week) Student Machine Shop Assistant. Posting #P03336SE. Closes March. 19.

The OSU Library is seeking one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month tenure track Assistant Professor.  Posting # P01917UF.  Closes March 19.

The Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation is seeking a Curriculum Coordinator. 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 # P01894UF. Closes April 2. Full-consideration date is March 19.

Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management is seeking eight part-time (maximum of 20 hours a week) PCMM Student Route Drivers. Posting #  P03314SE. Closes March 22.

Enterprise Computing Services is seeking one Analyst Programmer, Comp Level 2 position for their Data Architecture Team (DATA).  This is a Classified Exempt position. Posting # P01385CT. Closes March 23.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – The Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice position serving Wasco County. This position will be located in the Wasco County Extension office in The Dalles.  Posting# P01945UF.  Closes March 28.

The Office of Audit Services is seeking a staff auditor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Chief Audit Executive. Posting # P01876UF. Closes March 30.

NEW! OSU 4-H Youth Development Educator – Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term 4-H Youth Development Educator position to be located in Crook County. Posting #P01948UF. Closes March 31.

The Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration is hiring an Associate Director, Award Compliance & Education. Posting # P01938UF. Closes March 31.

Kinesiology Experiential Learning Coordinator – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites application for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Experiential Learning Coordinator. Posting #P01877UF. For Full Consideration apply by March 31.

NEW! Regional Administrator – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University 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 West Central Oregon which will cover Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. The office location will be in one of the West Central Oregon’s Extension County Offices. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. Posting # P01952UF. Closes April 1.

Enterprise Computing Services is seeking one Analyst Programmer, Comp Level 2 position for the Hyland Onbase project. This is a Classified Exempt position that is of Limited Duration (expected to last 2 years). Posting # P01386CT. Closes April 10.

Assistant/Associate Professor – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications). Position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Operations Management/Supply Chain Management. Posting #P01929UF. Closes May 1.

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 percent of work time to major gift fundraising activities and 20% of work time to administrative responsibilities. Learn more a www.osufoundation.org


Corvallis: “That’s another great thing about getting older. Your life is written on your face.” ~ Frances McDormand. Slight chance of showers, high of 53, low of 33. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 44, low of 24. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers, high of 50, low of 35. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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



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