OSU Today

Friday, March 13, 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.

Senate committee approves stalled NOAA, science nominees (New York Times)
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee gave unanimous approval this afternoon to two of President Obama’s key picks for climate and science positions in his administration. The two nominees — John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco — cleared the committee in a unanimous vote this afternoon as part of an unannounced, closed-door markup, a committee aide said.

Universities create green building research programs (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University and Portland State University are collaborating to spend $1.6 million to create green building research programs at both universities.

The 40 Under Forty Awards (Portland Business Journal)
The annual awards feature four OSU alums, Jennifer Rosales, 1995 COE, Ben Wahlstrom, 1986-COE, Elizabeth E Howard 1998 CAS, and Nichole Maher 2001 CLA.

Hazelnut grower crafts ‘one complete system’ (Statesman Journal)
Shawn Mehlenbacher, hazelnut breeder at Oregon State University, said it’s rare for hazelnut growers to invest in their own micropropagation labs, even if they produce trees for other farmers.

Invasive parasite spreads among estuaries (Newport News-Times)
“From Bamfield, Canada, down to Willapa Bay, Wash., the mud shrimp are either gone, or the populations are severely depressed,” said John Chapman, an Oregon State University invasive species specialist who works out of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “There are areas along the central to northern Oregon coast where mud shrimp are still abundant.

Pre-pre-vet school now in session (Capital Press)
“Girls decide by age 12 what they want to do,” says Kristin Patton, a veterinary pathologist at Oregon State University. “Boys tend to decide by the time they’re 17.”


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

A Fire and Fuels Management Seminar will be held today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) for the second of four seminars conducted for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) which describe ways that current regulatory frameworks may be incompatible with our emerging understanding of ecosystem dynamics like fire, and help identify alternative regulatory and non-regulatory options. Richardson Hall room 107. RSVP to james.johnston at oregonstate.edu


Battlefield Band, playing Scottish music with rare passion and joy, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Milam Auditorium. Tickets will be available at Grass Roots Bookstore, and WineStyles. Tickets:  $18 in advance, $20 at the door ($2 off for CFS or OSU students).
For more information see www.battlefieldband.co.uk

Upcoming Events

NEW! There will be reduced hours at Student Health Services during spring break. The health center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. In addition, SHS will be closed both Saturdays during break, March 21 and 28. Regular hours resume on Monday, March 30.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Office of International Programs recommends that you communicate the following Travel Alert for Mexico to your students. The Travel Alert is from the U.S. State Department and states that all US citizens traveling to Mexico should exercise caution.  Travel to some areas along the US border such as the cities of Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, and Chihuahua City and the states of Durango and Coahuila are to be avoided if possible. For more information go to http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html

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.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! During the week of March 23-27, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place in the following buildings: Benton Hall, Burt 3, Burt 4, Cascade Hall, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Child Care Center, Gill Annex-Sports Performance Center, Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, Milne Computer Center, OSU Parking Structure, Parking Services Building (A.K.A. Book Storage, building 0045, just south of Kerr), Reser Stadium and Valley Football Center. This will be a live test, fire alarms, horns and bells will sound during the session.

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.


Enjoy the sun while it lasts. Today’s high should reach 58 (practically balmy!) with an overnight low of 38, but rain rolls back in this evening and continues through next week.

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