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Wednesday, May 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.

Right Whales Return to Former Killing Ground (National Geographic)
“There may be more whales out there than anybody knows about,” said study leader David Mellinger of Oregon State University.

OSU graduation shift pays off (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s commencement ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m. June 13 at Reser Stadium, is scheduled for a Saturday for the first time since 1961.

NASA Briefing Provides New Global View of Ocean Health (NASA)
NASA will hold a media teleconference on Thursday, May 28, at 1 p.m. EDT, to present the first-ever global views of the health of marine plant life. Participants include Michael Behrenfeld, ecosystem scientist, Oregon State University.

Happy cows, as ankle bracelets prove, like to relax (Farm and Dairy)
Wanting to help dairy farmers learn more about this idea to maximize their milk production, Oregon State University has launched research to study the factors influencing dairy cows’ comfort level.

Farm will grow its energy (Gazette-Times)
Karla Chambers, who is the company vice president and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from OSU, spoke Thursday as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Entrepreneur in Residence Series. Her talk was titled, “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Agriculture.”

OSU ag research grants awarded (Gazette-Times)
The Agricultural Research Foundation is celebrating its 75th anniversary by awarding grants totaling more than $500,000 to Oregon State University scientists.

Uncharted territory (Inside Higher Ed)

Here at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference, Oregon State University administrators presented Tuesday on what was described as a “transformative” partnership with a private company to dramatically expand international student enrollment and programming.

Oregon State U Students Score Top Minorities Awards (Western Farmer Stockman)
Oregon State University students brought home the top award from this year’s national conference of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences in Indianapolis, Ind.


Oregon State University Extension Service specialists and researchers from OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science will host the annual Hyslop Farm Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OSU FeelGood and the OSU Hunger and Poverty Committee are making and giving away grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Quad. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to local and international hunger projects.

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Buy used surplus equipment at great prices, including computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. www.surplus.oregonstate.edu

The OSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Short Ride in a Fast Machine. 7:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, $10 at the door.

Upcoming Events

Due to renewed interest in Apple computer systems on campus, the OSU Mac User Group (MUG) is reforming. The first meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 3 in the Willamette Rooms on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. All employees and students with an interest in Apple
computers are welcome to attend. RSVP to Dave.Nevin@oregonstate.edu Those interested can also subscribe the Mac User Group mailing list at the following website: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/macusers

The University Theatre program will offer its 2009 Spring One-Act Festival beginning May 28. The student-written and directed one-act plays will be held May 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 31. The event will be at the Withycombe Hall Main Stage, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. These original one-act comedy plays were written and developed as part of the OSU Theatre’s playwriting classes. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and youth, and $4 for OSU students and are available by calling the OSU box office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

Having trouble getting your synchronized swimming routine in sync? Should your credit card have finger I.D. on it? Are you still in the dark ages using a cleaver and a knife when you could be using a Snife? These are some of the ideas that will be pitched to judges in the 2009 Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Idea Challenge. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044. The event is free and open to the public.

The Oregon State University AAUP/AFT group is hosting Lisa Klein, professor of material science and engineering at Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. June 3 in the Kelley Engineering Building, room 1003. Klein, who serves as chapter president of Rutgers AAUP/AFT will discuss how collective bargaining has strengthened the institutions that have agreements.

Wayne Huber is retiring after 19 years as Professor of Water Resources Engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. The university community is invited to a morning reception in his honor from 9:30 to 11 a.m., June 11, in the Kearney Hall Atrium.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

Enter to win a free term membership with Recreational Sports (Dixon Rec Center) by taking 15 minutes to complete our Faculty/Staff survey. Go to http://studentvoice.com/oregonst/facultystaffusesat09 to participate.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Fall, Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by June 26. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm.For more information contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541- 737-8390.

Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. The position posting can be accessed on the OSU Jobs Page http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and is posting number 0004193.  The closing date is May 29. For information contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NIH – Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24) 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/r24.html  NIH program site for request for applications (RFA) number RFA-MD-09-006: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-09-006.html Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 27 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 737-8390.


Despite the clouds today, it will warm up to 76, with 83 by tomorrow. Tonight’s low will be 47.

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