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Monday, March 16, 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.

NuScale glows with promise (Portland Business Journal)
With interest in nuclear power on the rise, a Corvallis company believes it has the solution to one of the industry’s biggest challenges — the imposing costs and time needed to build massive power plants. NuScale Power Inc. wants to commercialize a modular nuclear power plant designed by Oregon State University researchers.

Funding sets course for green research (Register-Guard)
A public-private partnership is investing almost $1.6 million in green building research at two Oregon universities, hoping to attract new companies and research dollars to Oregon, help existing companies be more competitive, create new companies, and train a corps of people who will have expertise in green building.

Oregon ag income shifts (Capital Press)
Oregon’s agricultural revenues remained stable in 2008 at about $4.9 billion, but that steadiness belies major shifts within the industry, according to a recent report from Oregon State University.

Children come with a high carbon cost (New Scientist)
What is your carbon legacy – not the emissions you are personally liable for, but those of your descendants? Ask Paul Murtaugh, a statistician at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

High schools develop forthright conversations on race (Hillsboro Argus)
“Those discussions about race are going on in the household all the time anyway,” said Robert Thompson, who teaches African American studies at Oregon State University.

A new wave of food stamp applicants washes across Oregon (Oregonian)
Oregon’s creativity consisted of outreach that signed more and more qualified Oregonians up for the federal program, giving it one of the highest participation rates of any state and making serious progress against hunger for the first half of this decade. Now, says Mark Edwards, an Oregon State University sociology professor studying hunger, “We seem to have pulled that lever as far as we can pull it.”


Finals week kicks off.

Move it Monday walk, noon to 12:45 p.m. The group meets each Monday at noon, in front of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance. They walk for approximately 45 minutes. Walks are held rain or shine, so bring an umbrella or rain coat if it’s wet outside.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues on March 17 at noon with the screening and discussion of “Multi-Racial Identities” in the MU Journey Room. OSU students, staff and faculty share their experiences and challenges of being multiracial at OSU and in life. They address issues such as their identity and when they realized it; their cultural attachments; how others perceive them; their family interactions; the pros and cons of being multi-racial; whether there is anything they would change about their identity, advice for others and why this issue is important. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

NEW! “To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest” a
one-day conference, takes place April 25 at the LaSells Stewart Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Its purpose is to bring academic and faith communities together in dialog about the ways in which spiritual values intersect with concerns for earth care in our region. John Hart, Boston University School of Theology professor of Christian ethics, and Native American storyteller, poet and artist Elizabeth Woody will give major talks. Breakout sessions on a variety of practical topics, an artists gallery, and lunch are included as part of the conference. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 students. The conference web site and online registration can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/swimwithsalmon2009/. Early registration is advised.

NEW! The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Student Mental Health: Information and Suggestions for Academic Advising”, March 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in STAG 233.  This month’s presentation on Student Mental Health will be followed by a conversation with Jackie Alvarez from OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Alvarez will give a brief overview of the services and/or new services her office provides and then share some of the trends her office is seeing in students. For more information and to print the handout, visit http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/onDisk.htm#20

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

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/

Traffic and maintenance

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.


There’s a chance of showers today with a high of 51 and an overnight low of 38. Tomorrow a chance of rain will keep things gray, and the high should reach 53.

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