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Monday, April 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.

Welcome Bo Obama! The Wonderful Benefits of Animal Companionship (Huffington Post)
Dr. Sue Doescher, a psychologist involved in a study at Oregon State University, reported that teaching children to care for a puppy increased the children’s cooperation and sharing attributes.

Student employees help rescue man (Democrat Herald)
A man who collapsed of an apparent heart attack at Oregon State University’s Dixon Recreation Center was given life-saving first aid by three student employees — two of whom were there purely by chance.

Biologists search for clues in gray whale’s death (KVAL)

-Biologists say the gray whale that washed ashore north of Heceta Head likely had nothing to do with the dead fin whale that beached nearby last month.”I think it’s a coincidence,” said Jim Rice, the Oregon State University researcher who coordinates the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  “Certainly if we get more whales in the next month or two, it will raise suspicions further.”

Large oak trees play a crucial role in the Willamette Valley ecosystem

Less than 2 percent of that oak savanna remains. But research by Oregon State University scientists suggests the scattered giants standing alone in farm fields continue to play a pivotal role in the Willamette Valley ecosystem

Kids and Violent Television (Jefferson Public Radio)

Researchers at Oregon State University are making progress on the holy grail of modern child-rearing: getting kids to turn off violent television shows.


Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon’s 4th District is holding a Town Hall meeting tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week begins today with two events and continues through this week. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Clothesline Project and Wall of Support will take place in the Memorial Union Quad. Tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. the presentation, “No Woman Left Behind’ takes place in the Memorial Union.

Join OSU faculty for an evening of food, drink and enlightenment during the second Science Pub Corvallis, which takes place 6 p.m. at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. This month’s topic is “Eat Smart, Get Active, Age Well,” and features OSU’s own Kathy Gunter and Emily Ho.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Please plan on attending a forum on April 15 from 1:to 3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom to update the OSU community on diversity-related issues on campus.  Specifically, you will hear from some key diversity leaders and get an opportunity to provide input for the diversity goals in new strategic plan.  The agenda for the meeting includes a welcome by President Ray and updates on: Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC); Cultural Centers Renovations; Diversity Planning Process; Faculty Senate Diversity Council; Intercultural Student Services; International Programs; National Coalition Building Institute; NCAA Certification on Gender Equity, Diversity and Student Well-Being; Oregon University System (OUS) Diversity Summit; OSU Student Diversity Summit; Strengths Quest; Student Affairs; Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity (WAGE). This is an informational forum and is meant to serve as a precursor to a larger and more interactive diversity summit in the future.  Please RSVP Corrine Gerig if you plan on attending at (541) 737-4381 or Corrine Gerig @oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Please join author Lauren Kessler for a reading, Q&A, and signing on April 17, 7 p.m., in the Valley Library Rotunda. Kessler’s award-winning book, Stubborn Twig (published by OSU Press), a classic story of immigrants making their way in the new land, is a selection in the statewide Oregon Reads program [http://www.oregonreads2009.org].

NEW! The Enterprise Challenge hosted by The Austin Entrepreneurship Program April 17, LaSells Stewart Center. Team presentations 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. and 10:20 to 11 a.m. Team finals 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 pm, with an awards ceremony following. Will you be using cedar and citrus bug repellent instead of DEET? Will your computer be liquid cooled and fuel cell powered? These are just some of the business ideas that will be featured at The 2009 Business Enterprise Challenge. 12 team finalists will pitch their ideas to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors.  For more information see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

NEW! An active learning workshop using lecturewares takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m. April. 16 in Waldo Hall 115A. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

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.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the combined OSU choirs and the Corvallis Repertory Singers, conducted by Steven Zielke. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $12 to $30. OSU students get in free.  For more information see www.symphony.peak.org

University Housing and Dining Services, in collaboration with the Centro Cultural César Chávez  and the CASA Latina/o de OSU of the Intercultural Student Services Office, will be hosting Sabor Latino: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Latin and Caribbean culture. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 16, in Arnold Dining Center, and will feature live Latin jazz music from the Bobby Torres Ensemble. Cost: $7.

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

News for Employees

An Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-workshop series will be offered on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, during the annual Extension Spring Training. The sessions explore and apply theories, principles, strategies, and practices that can add value to any internal or external search (especially during economic crisis when hiring opportunities are limited and the stakes are particularly high). Web registration is closed; to register, reply to anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu .

Earth Day is just a few weeks away; how will you celebrate? Answer Campus Recycling’s Question of the Quarter, “HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE EARTH DAY?” by April 30 and your response may be featured on our website or in an upcoming newsletter. Respond at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/quarter.cfm . Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter at http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news.

OSU Alumni Association is offering a $3500 scholarship to support a summer internship in Washington, D.C. Do you know a deserving student? All undergraduate majors and fields are eligible for this great opportunity. Application and more information at osualum.com.  Deadline is May 1.


Rain showers continue today with a high of 48, and the showery pattern continues tomorrow, with a high of 51.

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