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Thursday, March 26, 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.

International Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence (International Rankings Expert Group)
OSU placed in the top 100 of 4,000 international universities ranked in January by the IREG.

In a First, Oregon State University Library Faculty Adopts Strong OA Policy (Library Journal)
On March 13, the library faculty at Oregon State University (OSU) announced the school has adopted its own, Harvard-like OA mandate, the first in the nation for a library faculty.

Salem soldier honored for actions in Iraq (Statesman Journal)
Maj. Dominic Oto, 33, received the Bronze Star for his efforts to save a dying soldier. He was given the Purple Heart for wounds he sustained in the ambush. Oto, who moved to Salem 11 years ago, attended Oregon State University. “I’m a Beav,” he said. “I’m a Beav at heart.”

Older adults concern for personal health linked to walking difficulty (Science Blog)

Older adults who worry about their health engage in less physical activity, and those who participate in less activity are more likely to report having difficulty walking, according to a new study. The research was conducted by lead author Kin-Kit Li when he was a doctoral student at Oregon State University, and coauthored by Bradley Cardinal and Samuel Vuchinich, faculty members at OSU.

What’s ailing the Klamath’s salmon? (Times-Standard)
Rich Holt with Oregon State University told a conference that chinook and coho salmon exposed to the parasite in the most infested areas below Iron Gate Dam to the Scott River, then taken to a lab, died faster than even rainbow trout with no immunity.

Site links people with services (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University’s Extension Service has created several websites to aid people facing challenges in 2009.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Office of Admissions is hosting an open house program for prospective students and families March 27 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Campus and housing tours, as well as information sessions about academic and student life will be part of the day. Close to 1000 visitors are expected for this event. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/springvisit.php

NEW! Symposium on Generations and Technology: The Challenges at Work, at Play and in the Classroom,1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 2, Valley Library, Willamette Classroom. Whether you are a student, a teacher, an administrator, or staff you’ll want to attend this engaging symposium sponsored by the Adult Education & Higher Education Leadership Department. Facilitated by Kassia Dellabough, a scholar in the field of generational diversity, this afternoon seminar will focus on the challenge to be creative and open as we interact with generations different from our own. You will have an opportunity to learn how the new technologies impact each of us at work, at play and in the classroom. For information: shelley.dubkin-lee@oregonstate.edu

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Ebadi’s tireless efforts to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran made her the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi currently works and lives in Iran as a lawyer and defender of human rights. Her talk kicks off the 2009 PeaceJam N.W. Youth Conference, held in OSU’s Memorial Union April 25-26. The conference web site and registration forms can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

5 Survival Skills for Instructors, 10 a.m. to noon, March 31, Milam 215. This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Issues such as establishing the teaching/learning environment, discipline in the classroom, effective teaching behaviors and motivation will be addressed. Resources to support teaching at OSU will be reviewed. The Center for Teaching and Learning handbook will be provided to attendees. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

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News for Employees

RecSports FREE Week: March 30 – April 5. Free access to Dixon Recreation Center and free fitness classes for all OSU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.

Show your Beaver Pride by cleaning your office? That’s right! We are in the final week of Recyclemania, the nationwide, 10-week competition between universities to see who can recycle the most. What better motivation to clean out all your old papers from previous terms, helping OSU bring in extra material before the competition ends? To learn what can be recycled on campus, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. To view competition results, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/index.cfm

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions by among students purusing graduate education in Oregon.  Nomination will be accepted up until April 13.  For this and any other information regarding Fellowships, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

The Admissions Office is recruiting for an Assistant to the Director. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a high volume detail oriented environment and will demonstrate strong administrative support skills and supervisory skills.  To review full posting description and to apply, go to http//oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0003997. Closing date: March 29.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to necessary repairs to the computer network service fed to Oak Creek, all network services in the building will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect computer connectivity in the building which will include access to: email, Internet and personal and/or shared network spaces.  It is unknown at this time if IP phones will be affected by this shutdown, so please be aware that phone service may also be temporarily interrupted. Please be sure to restart your computer after the scheduled shutdown period has passed, to restore all network connectivity. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on March 28 and will end at 5 p.m.

NEW! Due to repair work, all electrical service to the B side of Kerr Administration will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors on the B side only. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is necessary to install a main circuit breaker in the service gear. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 28 and should end by 9 a.m.

Student lots are now open from March 23-April 3, no permits required.

Due to re-grading work, the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool building will be temporarily shutdown.  All parking will be shut down, and access to the Clark Meat Lab will be disrupted. This shutdown should conclude by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to sewer line repairs, the Graff Hall parking lot off Monroe will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all staff, student and handicapped parking spaces. This shutdown should be completed by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 12th and Washington Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all parking in this lot. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. on March 27.


Today will be partly sunny with a high of 57. Showers will roll in late as the temperature drops to 43 degrees. Friday should be cloudy and 57.

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