OSU Today

Friday, March 27, 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.

Oregon State research warns of threat to world wheat production (Oregonian)
Human and plant diseases that travel by air, including a new fungus that threatens global wheat production, can spread much further and faster than previously understood, according to a study published in the journal, The American Naturalist.

Gene may provide target for anti-ageing therapy (Private Health.co.uk)
Scientists have identified a gene that could provide a target for new cosmetic treatments designed to reduce the visible signs of ageing. A team at Oregon State University found that loss of CTIP2 may be involved in some skin disorders.

SRG will design build-out of OSU research space (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The design contract for a new $2 million research space at Oregon State University has been awarded to SRG Partnership Inc. of Portland.

First Date Impressions (Women’s Health)
Women who gesture a lot are seen as more likeable, according to Frank Bernieri, an Oregon State University psychologist who specializes in nonverbal behavior.

5 Questions with Portland SBA chief Harry DeWolf (Oregonian)
The Oregonian posed some questions to Harry DeWolf, director of the Portland district of U.S. Small Business Administration, and OSU alum.

Scientists Say Herbicide Used on Mexican Border is Safe (Fox News)
“Science has progressed just a few miles since the 1960s in terms of understanding toxicity in the human body,” said Ed Peachy, a horticulturist at Oregon State University. “This class of herbicide has been around for quite a while, and is not considered a health risk.”

Study: Farm-to-school money boosts economy (Capital Press)
An analysis by proponents of farm-to-school lunch programs indicates that money spent on local food has positive implications beyond the cafeteria. The non-profit group Ecotrust and Oregon State University are studying the broader economic effects of using grant money from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund to buy local food for two Oregon school districts.


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


Free entertainment for you and your family over spring break. There will be a free family-friendly professional juggling show Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. This is part of the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention sponsored by the OSU Juggling Club and Corvallis Juggling and Unicycle Club. If you or your family also wants to practice or learn how to juggle/unicycle for free, stop by OSU’s McAlexander Fieldhouse anytime that weekend.  For more information, email Brenda.Sallee@bus.oregonstate.edu or view the convention blog at http://www.jugglingconvention2009.blogspot.com/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Is Evolution Compatible with Christian Belief? Andy Karplus and Kevin Anderson, both Christians, will offer widely differing views. Karplus will argue that evolution is compatible with orthodox Christian belief in God and divine Creation, while Anderson will maintain that it cannot be accommodated to the Bible and Christian theology.  Both speakers will be given equal time for their presentations, which will be followed by a dialogue on the issues raised. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to address questions to them as well. The event takes place at 7 p.m. April 6 in LaSells Stewart Center. For more information visit the OSU Socratic  Club on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/index.html

NEW! The Student Insurance Office and PacificSource are holding an informational meeting for all graduate research and teaching assistants from 4 to 5:15 p.m. April 8, in Gilfillan Auditorium. A representative from PacificSource will give a brief overview of the graduate insurance plan and will be available to answer questions.  Benefit packets will be handed out and enrollment forms can be completed and turned in. Packets must be turned in by April 30. For more information contact Erin Palmer at  (541) 737-7568 or erin.palmer@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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 repairs to the building potable water supply line, all potable water services in Hinsdale Wave Lab will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all internal hose bibs, as well as the cooling unit to the wave machine. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m.

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.

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. today.

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. today.

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. today.


Today should be cloudy with a few showers and a high of 55. Tonight’s low will be 42, and this weekend will be showery, with highs in the low 50s and lows around 37.

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