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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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.

Confirmation of top U.S. science adviser picks on hold (Scientific American)
Senate confirmation of two of President Obama’s science appointees — John Holdren to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — is on hold because of political maneuvering on an unrelated issue.

On Lubchenco nomination, part the waters (Oregonian)
OK, we may be biased, but we think that one of Barack Obama’s most heartening appointments is Jane Lubchenco — Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State.

Deworming demystified (Hobbyfarms.com)

Parasites can be deadly to our animals, a fact that was painfully impressed on Michelle Kutzler, DVM, a large companion ambulatory veterinarian at Oregon State University.

Study: Combining pesticides makes them more deadly (Business Week)
Jeffrey Jenkins, professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University, was not part of the study. He said the study was well done, but it would take more research to push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change its pesticide testing standards as they relate to fish, which are defined by law.


A Blackboard 8 Grade Center quick overview will take place from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. in
Waldo Hall 132. This 20-minute session give a quick, but comprehensive, overview of the Grade Center tools. To register see http://oregonstate.edu/tac

Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, will lecture on Climate and the Endangered Species Act today at 3:30 in RH 107.

OSUsed Evening Store, 5:30 to 7 pm, 644 SW 13th St. Your chance to buy used surplus equipment, at great prices, include vehicles, bicycles, computers, furniture and more.  For more information see http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter will host a screening of the public television documentary “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure.” The screening, followed with a community discussion, will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight in room 112 of Kearney Hall. “Liquid Assets” tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.

Michael Shellenberger, Environmental strategist and president of the think tank the Breakthrough Institute will explore how political agendas regarding environmental problems like climate change often create their own obstacles to finding the solutions they seek, and discuss the need to shift political focus from issues and interests to core needs and values, during a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English at Oregon State University, will be reading from and signing his new book, “Hiding Man,” in the Memorial Union room 105 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Leipzig String Quartet performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Current Economic Situation: How did we get here and where do we go from here? A joint dinner meeting of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Forest Products Society and the Oregon Wood Innovation Center will be held March 19 in 107 Richardson Hall at 6 p.m. Art Ayre – Economist, Oregon Employment Department, David Ford – Director, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and Craig Adair – Director of Market Research, The Engineered Wood Association  will address how we got into this economic situation, the implications for forest landowners and the forest products industry, and how can we position the industry to be ready when the economy turns. Register at http://owic.oregonstate.edu/FPS-WVC

Martin Goebel of Sustainable Northwest in Portland is giving the next Starker lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 5 in 107 Richardson. He will be discussing “Building Sustainable Communities & Healthy Ecosystems in the Northwest.” Live streaming video will be available at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/starker/ For questions regarding accommodation requests related to a disability, please contact Nathalie Gitt at 541-737-4279

Join us March 5 on Beaver Boulevard where Ideas Intersect for what is sure to be fabulous food and fun event prior to the OSU Event Planners’ Tradeshow. Brunch and a fun educational presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special presentation by Jan Roberts-Dominguez, an award-winning, nationally recognized food and wine writer, artist and consultant. Presentation is titled “Don’t Let Your Guests Be Eaten By Wildlife!”  The event takes place at the LaSells Stewart Center Cost is $15 per person and it can be billed to your index. Please register online at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=328

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the 2009-10 Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship.  Qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus are encouraged to apply. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by April 6. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at the following Graduate School web address: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is accepting applications for its new Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which will train scientists to commercialize their technology innovation into start-up businesses. The program is for postdoctoral researchers in the sciences. Foundation deadline: May 1. Visit the Kauffman Foundation web site for complete program information: http://sites.kauffman.org/postdocs/index.cfm If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or mailto:martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

The INTO Oregon State University Center, formerly known as the English Language Institute (ELI), is in urgent need of host families to host one or two Japanese university students from Bunkyo University for a two-night homestay.  There are three home stay weekends to choose from and interested hosts may choose to host one, two or three weekends.  Home stays are the weekends of April 17-19. April 24-26 and May 1-3.  They are currently short about 20 families. For more information call 541-737-6981 or email:  candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to repairs on the building water heater, domestic hot water services to various areas of Magruder Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  Specifically, this will affect the South side of the building, all rooms on all floors.  This shutdown will include all restrooms, break rooms and sinks in these rooms. This shutdown is necessary to replace a copper elbow on the water heater. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 and we anticipate restoring services by 11:30 a.m. the same day.


There’s a chance of showers today with a high of 54 and a low of 32. Showers will taper off toward the weekend but will still bring a few damp moments, as lows hover in the mid 30s.

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