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Thursday, May 21, 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.

NOAA Expedition Hears Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales off Greenland (NOAA)

Scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are unsure of exactly how many whales were in the region, which is off the southern tip of Greenland. (Also PhysOrg.com and the Economic Times)

Blue whales returning to former Alaska waters (Guardian)
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.

Jumbo Squid Attack the West Coast (Inside Science)

Echo-locating sensors developed at Oregon State University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California have revealed large numbers of Humboldt squid just off Mexico’s Pacific coast, in an area where the squid are commercially fished.

Exercise is a way of life (Democrat Herald)

Ann Asbell, Physical Activity Course Program director at OSU, talks about healthy living.

Lake Oswego teacher wins business award (Oregonian)
Michael Gump, a teacher at Lake Oswego High School, has been recognized as one of four statewide recipients of the 2009 Outstanding High School Business Educator Awards. The awards were created last year by the Oregon State University College of Business and the Portland Tribune.

The fight for iron (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University screens all incoming female freshman athletes for iron levels, said Dr. Craig Graham, a family physician in Corvallis who works with the university’s sports teams.

Eat fresh plants to live better and longer (Statesman Journal)
Local residents have access to state-of-the-art information relating to healthy aging from Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute.


Brian Flay will be the speaker this spring for the Duncan and Cynthia Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk, and Resilience in the College of Health and Human Sciences. He will be giving two talks today:  9 to 10 a.m., Research Talk: Two School-Based Randomized Trials of a Positive Youth Development Program: Theory, Methods and Results, Kelly Engineering 1007. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., public lecture with reception and refreshments following: Positive Youth Development: Theory, Results and Implications for Education and Public Health, Memorial Union Journey Room.

Students from the Nutrition and Food Management class are once again taking over Pangea Café this week. Today’s entrees include the Greek god platter, falafel, spanakopita, Mediterranean hummus wrap and Greek almond macaroons

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., 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. For more information contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

Music a la Carte: Halcyon Trio Oregon, noon, Memorial Union Lounge

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Edie Williams celebrates nearly 30 years of service to OSU at a retirement reception on May 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Agricultural Science Room at LaSells Stewart Center.  Please join Network Services as we honor Edie.  Please contact Judy Ivey at judy.ivey@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Seminars on Sustainable Management of Planted Forests will take place May 28 in Richardson Hall, room 107. The two College of Forestry finalists for the N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professor of Forest Management will present their visions for disciplinary leadership in teaching, research and outreach for sustainable management of planted forests. Doug Maguire will speak at 9 p.m., and Claire Montgomery will speak at 11 a.m. Receptions to follow. Candidates’ resumes available at http://www.cof.orst.edu/Giustina.php.

During winter term, all OSU students were invited to submit a one-page essay outlining their best idea for making OSU a destination of choice for people who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the ‘This is MY OSU: A Destination of Choice’ diversity essay contest. The Office of Community and Diversity received 101 submissions. Please take a few moments to read the five finalist essays and vote on your favorite at http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/ . The winner will be awarded one academic year’s worth of tuition at the undergraduate, in-state rate. Voting is open until 5 p.m. May 22.

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 today to Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

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.

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 .

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Math and Science Partnership (MSP) – Targeted Partnerships program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/msp2.html NSF – MSP – Targeted Partnerships program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09507/nsf09507.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. June 15 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Enrich your summer with a Saturday Academy class! Our programs at OSU are for any middle and high school student who wants to explore new topics and likes to learn by doing. Openings are available in ALL of our programs this summer.  Classes this summer include Engineering Camp, Science Camp, DaVinci Days Art, and many more!!  Visit our website for details and to enroll in a class today:  http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu Please call 541-737-8139 or email Saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu for more details.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Several trees around Kerr Administration Building will be removed today. These trees are being removed as part of a larger landscaping project. They will be replaced with more appropriate trees to the site conditions. The City Forester has been notified and new trees will be replanted within two weeks. The occupants of the building may experience some excess noise levels during the removal of the trees.

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.


Bright, sunny weather is back. Today we’ll see a high of 73 and an overnight low of 44. Tomorrow will be 70 and sunny.

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