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Monday, May 18, 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.

OSU names building for Vancouver couple (Columbian)
Vancouver’s Lee and Connie Kearney were honored Friday when Oregon State University held a grand opening of a renovated engineering center bearing their name.

Doctors Versus Midwives: The Birth Wars Rage On (Time)

If a new study conducted by two researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) is any indication, peace is not likely to be brokered between doctors and midwives any time soon.

Ancient termite provides look at evolution (UPI)

A termite entombed for 100 million years has revealed the oldest example ever found of animals and microorganisms working together, a U.S. scientist said. The termite was found in a chunk of amber excavated in 2001 from a mine in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, said George Poinar, a researcher at Oregon State University.

When Its Environment Changes, So Does a Sparrow’s Tune (Science Now)

That bird song can adapt so rapidly to habitat change is “an extremely exciting finding,” says Manuel Leal, an ecologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Ecologist Matthew Betts of Oregon State University in Corvallis adds that “it’s something people have expected should happen, but the data really haven’t been there” until now.

Universities generate sweat electricity in the gym (Associated Press)
OSU connected 22 exercise machines to the grid last February and will compete with Oregon to see who can generate the most electricity.

Death With Dignity: Combating Religious Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide (Religion Dispatches)
Catholic leaders have long been supportive of pain-management measures, up to and including high doses of morphine that slow a patient’s respiration to the point of death, said Courtney Campbell, a professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, and an expert on faith and end-of-life issues.

Forecast offers mixed bag for Ore., agriculture programs
(Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences also is looking at about 20 percent cuts, according Bill Boggess, interim dean.

Battle lines are being drawn over taxes (Statesman Journal)
No matter what the Legislature does, they will risk having it referred to voters by someone, said Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University and an observer of Northwest politics.

Blue whales return to Alaskan waters (Cape Cod Times)

Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, said he suspects that what researchers are seeing now has been the case all along. “When the food dries up, these animals wander over enormous ranges,” he said.

OSU scientists look to Indonesia for earthquake clues

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone ruptures — and scientists say it’s just a matter of time — will Portlanders feel the jolt? Will rivers flood? Buildings collapse? A scientist at Oregon State University thinks he has a good idea of what to expect.

Biological Particles Trigger Ice Formation In High-altitude Clouds
(Science Daily)

A team of UC San Diego-led atmospheric chemistry researchers moved closer to what is considered the “holy grail” of climate change science when it made the first-ever direct detection of biological particles within ice clouds. Paper co-authors include Cynthia Twohy of Oregon State University. (See also National Science Foundation)


Gustaaf Houtman of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia will give a guest lecture on “The Saffron Revolution in Burma,” which took place in 2007. He will speak at 4 p.m. at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

Students from the Nutrition and Food Management class are once again taking over Pangea Café this week. Every day they are featuring a different cuisine. Today’s menu features the following Japanese fare: California Rolls, Teriyaki Chicken, Vegetable Yakisoba Noodles, Ginger Chicken Salad, Miso Soup and Green Tea Ice Cream

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day is coming to the MU Brick Mall. This year it will be on Wednesday, May 20. This is your opportunity to show off your ride and park your motorcycle on the MU Brick Mall.  No parking permit will be required for participating in this event. We will have a number of displays set up by groups including OSU Summer Session (this years event sponsor), Team Oregon, Ridewithgps.com, Oregon State Police, Transit and Parking Services and a few more yet to be confirmed. We ask that you register if you plan to attend at https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3050&cmd=survey
We also ask that you park your motorcycle by 9:30 a.m. and not move it until after 2:30 p.m. We will have volunteers watching the motorcycles from 7:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. All motorcycle must be cleared out by 5:30 p.m.

NEW! Oregon State University Department of Music’s Symphonic Band, directed by Brad Townsend, and Campus Band, directed by Robert Brudvig, will perform a free, outdoor concert for campus and community on May 21 at 7 p.m. in Parker Plaza.  Branden Hansen, graduate teaching assistant for OSU Bands will be a guest conductor.  For more information on OSU Bands: http://osumb.oregonstate.edu

NEW! May 28 will mark the 10th anniversary since the dedication of the expanded and renovated Valley Library. There will be a celebration in the quad on that day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a special attention to students, who pledged $1 million in student fees to support the construction of the new library.

NEW! Frank Ragulsky is retiring after 28 years as Director of OSU Student Media. The university community is invited to a reception in his honor from 3 to 5 p.m., May 26, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

The graduate students of the new Dept of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) are holding their first annual FES Graduate Student Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. May 22, 107 Richardson Hall. For more information go to http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/cof/fs/events.php .

Robert Daverman of the University of Tennessee will speak on “Mysteries of the Cantor Set” during the Lonseth Lecture at 3:45 p.m. May 19 in LaSells Stewart Center. The Cantor set exhibits captivating and, occasionally, bizarre phenomena in diverse branches of mathematics. And it is a fundamentally important object — anyone who completely understands the Cantor set is assured of mathematical success. An awards ceremony takes place at 3 p.m., and a reception follows the talk.

Ron “Yogi” Blodgett is retiring after 22 years with OSU. Come share your favorite stories about Yogi on May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Hall 104.  For questions, please contact Lucas Turpin at lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu

Lieutenant Commander Danny McGrane of the British Royal Navy and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) briefing officer will speak at OSU May 19, 4 p.m., in Cordley Hall room 1109.  He will speak on NATO’s history and transformation post Cold War, NATO in Afghanistan and other theaters of operations, the costs and benefits of NATO membership and NATO in the 21st Century. This event is open to all Oregon State University students, faculty, and staff. All ROTC students and officers are highly encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by Air Force ROTC. For more information call  541-390-8939 of greenjoe@onid.orst.edu

Roger and Sharon Detering Agricultural Entrepreneurship Endowment Fund & Austin Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur in Residence Series presents, “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Agriculture” a lecture by Karla S. Chambers, VP/co-owner
Stahlbush Island Farms, noon to 1:20 p.m., May 21, LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium. As an entrepreneur and fourth-generation Oregon farmer, Chambers has helped her husband build a successful 5000 acre farming and food processing operation. They grow and process fruits and vegetables for sale under their consumer brands “Stahlbush Island Farms” and “Farmers Market”.  For more information contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

University Honors College Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 20 in Valley Library. Graduating seniors from the University Honors College will display their senior thesis/project and share their original research and unique work with the general public.  Come and see innovative and interactive displays, and talk with UHC students about their projects and thesis experience, on such varied topics as Aural Experiences in Ecuador – An Intercultural Dialogue Through Sound; Use of Artemisinin to Treat Mycoplasma haemolamae in Llamas; and Dental Amalgam Fillings: The Scientific Evidence for Safety.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Due to the announcement that PEBB is replacing Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield with the Providence Health Plan as the OUS health care provider beginning January 2010, the Faculty Senate has invited PEBB and Providence representatives to attend the June 11 Faculty Senate meeting. Because we have heard concerns regarding this decision, all employees are encouraged to share concerns via an anonymous online comment form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/pebb_comments/comment.php; comments will be forwarded to PEBB and they will be requested to address these concerns during the Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

NEW! AEP Idea Challenge 2009. Do you have an idea for a new product or a new business? Do you have an idea for a Senior Project, or is there some idea bubbling around in your lab that has commercial potential? If so, the Idea Challenge is designed for you. The Challenge provides an opportunity to submit your written Idea and, if you are selected for the finals, to present your Idea to a panel of experts and a live audience. Submit a two-page (maximum) description of your Idea. Tell us what it is, how it works, who could use it, and why you think it is going to be a hit. Open to all OSU students. Reviewers will select the 12 most interesting Ideas. The written description of your Idea must be submitted by noon on May 21 to Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

A Faculty Forum Paper titled ‘On Straining Out Gnats and Swallowing Camels,’ authored by David A. Bella, is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/200905.html. Faculty Forum Papers were established in 1968 for the exchange of faculty opinions on any subject relevant to university affairs. Archived Faculty Forum Papers are online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/.

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the competition for the 2009-10 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship.  Funding for the fellowship is provided through the generous donation of the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon. For more information regarding the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship, please visit the following website http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/flyfisher.html

Traffic and Maintenance

Due to the installation of irrigation system sleeves and to replace broken concrete, the south entrance (main door) to Oak Creek Building will be temporarily closed. The doors to the back parking lots, and the door on the south side of the west wing will remain open. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and the entryway should be reopened by 4:30 p.m. May 21.

Due to construction, a section of the gravel parking lot on the south side of Magruder Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown should be complete by 5 p.m. May 22.


Sunny weather continues with a high of 76 and an overnight low of 51, but showers roll in tomorrow.

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