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July 26-30, 2010

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.

Towering northwest forests stand out in global map (Oregonian)

Nowhere on Earth can you find forests as tall and vast as those in the Pacific Northwest. They make Canada’s great boreal forests look like shrubs. Amazon rain forest trees are mere halflings by comparison. On a scale from one to 10, our forests go to 11. That’s strikingly clear in the first global-scale map charting the heights of the world’s forests. Michael Lefsky, a former Oregon State University scientist.

OSU Polk County Extension Service beats fund drought (Statesman Journal)

Marion and Polk County share one chairman, who expects to be busy this year.

Oregon can’t move money from roads (Oregonian)

At Oregon State University in Corvallis, construction is under way on the $12 million Hallie Ford Center, where researchers will focus on the long-term well-being of children and families. At the same time, Malina Newell in Keizer worries that state cuts to day care will threaten the immediate needs of her family.

Diversity lacking in engineering, architecture (Portland Business Journal)

OSU also has established a program in which “ambassadors” travel to high schools throughout the state to introduce students to engineering. OSU’s ambassadors also help out at 4-H camps, summer programs and Boys & Girls Clubs, said Ellen Momsen, the program’s director.

Research VP embraces change (Gazette-Times)

Building renovations have kept Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University’s new vice president for research, from dressing up his new office in Kerr Administration Building.

Fewer Latinos select four-year colleges (Education Week)

By attending Oregon State University rather than a community college, 21-year-old Doris Gonzalez Gomez has taken a step out of the norm for many Latinos to boost her prospects to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Israel trip provides insights into conflict (LIFE@OSU)

When President Ed Ray traveled to Israel in early July with a group of other university presidents, he was excited to talk with people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and learn more about the current political situation as well as to see places he’d only read about in history texts and the Bible.

Crossing America, celebrating freedom (LIFE@OSU)

Two recent Oregon State University graduates are cycling across the United States via in an effort to challenge assumptions about how Americans, and particularly women, travel.

Advance made toward communication, computing at ‘terahertz’ speed (Science Blog)

The new discovery, made by researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Iowa and Philipps University in Germany, has identified a way in which nanoscale devices based on gallium arsenide can respond to strong terahertz pulses for an extremely short period, controlling the electrical signal in a semiconductor. The research builds on previous findings for which OSU holds an issued patent. (See also Gazette-Times and IO9)

Finding friends, and ambiguity (Inside Higher Ed)

Michael Stoner, another of the consultants involved, said that the survey used Oregon State University as an example of the way colleges could use social media for a variety of specific goals, measure the results, and mix new media and old media strategies.

A hot season to build (Gazette-Times)

The biggest single driver in the current wave of building is Oregon State University. Counting projects begun before the start of the year, there is currently $168 million worth of new construction and renovation under way on campus.

Let Oregon’s universities make university decisions (Oregonian)

Oregonian editorial board speaks out.

Saints agree to terms with Sean Canfield (WAFB)

The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with quarterback Sean Canfield, their 2010 seventh-round draft choice, on a four-year contract. Canfield was the Saints’ final pick of April’s draft, being taken with the 239th overall selection out of Oregon State University.

Cactus grows in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

The gardens, two of which flank the driveway to Sackett Hall on Southwest Jefferson Way, were put in by OSU groundskeepers. The mini-landscapes include prickly pear, yucca, sedums and Chainlink cactus.

Funding secured, service again reaches out (Statesman Journal)

Now one question confronts the Oregon State University Polk County Extension Service: Where do we go from here?

Too many higher ed cooks in Bend (Bend Bulletin)

The state Board of Higher Education supposedly decided 10 years ago that Oregon State University, not the University of Oregon, should open a branch campus in Central Oregon. Only now, however, will OSU’s victory become final with the phaseout of UO courses and degree programs at OSU-Cascades in Bend.

Race and immigration law (Oregonian)

An op-ed piece by Jose-Antonio Orosco with the OSU philosophy department.

Nanotechnology coatings produce 20 times more electricity from sewage (Nano Werk)

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance toward producing electricity from sewage, by the use of new coatings on the anodes of microbial electrochemical cells that increased the electricity production about 20 times. (See also Meridian Institute)

Huge ocean blooms don’t wait for spring, study finds (Our Amazing Planet)

The findings challenge the conventional wisdom that phytoplankton growth in the temperate oceans is spurred by the heating of the surface of the ocean and the increased light during the spring, which would provide extra fuel for the growing creatures. This 50-year-old theory is outdated, said study researcher Michael Behrenfeld, a botanist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Return to Columbia Plateau puts OSU Press author at heart of research (First Peoples Blog)

It’s only been two weeks since Chad Hamill moved with his family from northern Arizona to eastern Washington, but in so many ways he’s been here for much longer. That’s because Hamill conducted fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation in the Columbia Plateau region, investigating traditional song as a catalyst for spiritual power among tribes of the interior Northwest, including the Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Spokane.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. hopes to open west Ann Arbor brewery in the fall (Ann Arbor.com)

Oliver Roberts, who won several awards in the Arbor Brewing Co. home brewing competition, studied fermentation science – one of only a few programs in the country – at Oregon State University. His goal is to have Wolverine Brewing be a learning and teaching brewery.

SWAT trains at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Dangling ropes signaled that there was something much more interesting than parking going on Wednesday morning at Oregon State University’s parking structure.

A growing year (The Dalles Chronicle)

OSU extension agent reports excitement from wheat fields of Wasco and Sherman counties.

Collection of writings goes with the flow (Kitsap Sun)

This collection of essays and profiles, published by Oregon State University Press, spans nearly 30 years and many of those experiences


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