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Thursday, March 12, 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.

Federal spending bill paves way for state, regional projects (West Linn Tidings)
Oregon will receive nearly $250 million in federal funds for infrastructure and other projects through the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. One of the recipients will be the Wood Utilization Research Center at Oregon State University, who will get $4,545,000 for the development of bio-products, composite materials, bio-based energy and nanotechnology that can help position Oregon as a leader in these fields.

Gene breakthrough: a chance to sprout new teeth (Sydney Morning Herald)
Researchers studying tooth development have singled out a gene that controls the growth of enamel, the hard outer layer of teeth, which cannot grow back naturally once it is damaged by tooth decay. Scientists at Oregon State University found the gene after noticing that mice born without it grew teeth with no enamel covering.

Tri-State Potato Variety Program Releases Three New Potatoes for 2009 Growing Season (Potatonews.com)
Jeff Stark calls the trio of new potatoes “definite improvements over many of the established varieties.” Stark is Idaho coordinator of the Tri-State Potato Variety Development Program, a collaboration of the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Cambodian acid attacks highlighted by new film
(ABC Radio Australia)

Tat Marina was just 16 when she was brutally attacked by the jealous wife of a high level Cambodian government official. Marina’s story’s now being revisited in the documentary film Finding Face produced by the US based Spin Film. The film’s co-producer, OSU faculty member Patti Duncan, says putting the film together was an enormous challenge, but was driven by the need to raise awareness of acid attacks that have since increased substantially.


Transit & Parking Services will be closed today from 8 to 11 a.m. for a meeting.

The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its March workshop today. This month’s topic is Religion: Welcoming Employees From Different Faith Communities in Our Workplaces. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Albany Public Schools district office, 718 Seventh Avenue S.W., in Albany. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

Faculty Senate takes place at 3 p.m. today. The agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/03.html. The Action Items include seven Category I proposals (all have Executive Summaries), proposed revisions to three Academic Regulations and a newly proposed Academic Regulation. The reports include a Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee Update and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate recap.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does God Exist?” tonight at 7 p.m. in Withycombe Auditorium.  The speakers are Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig. The debate will explore the age-old question of whether a personal God exists, with the two speakers presenting widely-differing points of view.  The debate is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Jacek Jaczynski will be giving an academic seminar at 9 a.m. March 13 in 274 Kidder.

Conversational Skills for Convening People and Influencing Decisions and follow-up trainings presented by Paul Axtell are scheduled the week of April 6. Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/ for session details and to enroll online by March 31. There is no charge for current OSU employees to attend.

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! Stage the Wave and have a chance to win an HD video camera and college gear. The College Colors Friday community is launching a “Stage the Wave” video contest on YouTube. Visit collegecolorsfriday.com for details on how you can win gear from Portland State University, Oregon State University or the University of Oregon. Gather your friends, deck them in their college colors and film them doing ‘the wave.’ Get creative, spread the word and win prizes.

Nominees for the 24th annual Herbert F. Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant are now being accepted by the Graduate School.  The intent of this award is to recognize an outstanding teaching assistant at Oregon State University.  The recipient of this award will receive an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found on the Graduate School web: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/

Nominations are now being accepted for the JoAnne J. Trow “Woman of Distinction Award.” Nominate any currently enrolled undergraduate female student, part time or full time, who has sophomore status or above, who meets the following criteria: Demonstrated leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, promotion of diversity and willingness to accept others, commitment to others, ability to deal with adversity, significant contribution to OSU, actualization of goals. Applications from nominees will be due to Student Events and Activities (MU 103) by 5 p.m. April 7.  Award finalists will be selected to interview with the selection committee.  The winner will be announced at the All-University Recognition and Awards Banquet and $250 will be credited to their OSU account. Please email all nominations and the nominees’ email addresses to linda.howard@oregonstate.edu by March 13.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call 541-737-8390.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2009. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

Traffic and maintenance

Due to the repair of telecommunications hand holes, portions of the western sidewalk on 26th St between Orchard and Monroe will be temporarily closed.  Congestion in this area can be expected. Traffic control devices will be in place. The sidewalk should be reopened by 5 p.m.

Due to the replacement of cooling coils damaged during freezing weather, the Ag & Life Sciences Building supply air will be temporarily shut down. It is necessary to shut down the supply fans one at a time in order to replace these cooling coils in air handlers in the basement. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. on March 27.


More sun is in store, although it will still be brisk outside, with a high of 54 and an overnight low of 30. Sun continues tomorrow as we get close to 60 degrees, but rain should return on Saturday.

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