OSU Today

Tuesday, June 9, 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 University graduation survival guide (KVAL)
Rain or shine, the Oregon State University 2009 commencement ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at Reser Stadium on Saturday, June 13.

Self-regulation Game Predicts Kindergarten Achievement (Science Daily)
Claire Ponitz from the University of Virginia and Megan McClelland of Oregon State University assessed the effectiveness of a game called the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) task, which is a new version of the Head-to-Toes task developed by researchers at the University of Michigan. Both tasks have proved effective at predicting academic skills among preschool age children. (See also Health Jockey)

Discovery Raises New Doubts About Dinosaur-bird Links (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental new discovery about how birds breathe and have a lung capacity that allows for flight – and the finding means it’s unlikely that birds descended from any known theropod dinosaurs.

Top Episcopalian returns to Oregon to listen, learn, hang out

A scientist educated at Oregon State University and a former assistant rector at a Corvallis church, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori visited Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland on Saturday morning.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Help reduce waste during residence hall move-outs this week! Volunteers are needed to greet students in their hall lobby to help them sort their recyclables and donated items. The preferred time to volunteer is Thursday afternoon, but volunteers can select any time that works for them on Wednesday-Friday, June 10-12. This is a great way to reduce the waste impact of OSU and educate others! To sign up, fill out the form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=clc3SDVwODFQcjM2UHVFVW9OMXR3UFE6MA. For more info, contact Andrea at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

NEW! A distinguished alumnus of the College of Pharmacy’s class of 1982 is returning to campus from his native Cameroon to receive an award for the work he has done in his home country. Nkwenti Davidson Achu will receive the Noel B. Flynn Award for Alumni Achievement June 11, at 3 p.m. in the Pharmacy Building Conference Room 213. During the event, which is free and open to the public, Achu will speak on “Health Care and Pharmacy Practice in Cameroon.” A traditional Cameroon tea ceremony and a red feather presentation, also a Cameroon tradition, will follow.

The June 11 Faculty Senate agenda is posted online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/06.html . Items on the agenda include: presentation and discussion with PEBB and Providence representatives regarding the decision to contract health care with Providence; approval of College Level Promotion and Tenure recommendations; approval of Standing Rules revisions; and an update of activities from the Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee. The meeting will occur in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

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.

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

News for Employees

The June 2 Faculty Senate Special Session focusing on budget issues can be viewed at http://oregonstate.edu/media/zsfkk

OSU commencement will be broadcast live on OPB-Plus (not OPB HD or OPB) on June 13  starting at 11 a.m. This change is due to the digital transition taking place on June 12. Commencement Ceremony channel line ups:  OVER-THE-AIR: Baker City: 13.3; Bend: 3.3; Corvallis: 7.3; Eugene: 28.3; La Grande: 13.3; Portland: 10.3 / ON CABLE: BendBroadband: 175; Comcast: 310; Clear Creek Telephone & TeleVision: 168; Crestview Cable Communications: 116; Verizon FiOS in Washington County: 470.

Recreational Sports (Dixon Recreation Center) summer membership and locker sales have begun. Check out the options for you and your family members – http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees. Invest in your health and wellness by visiting RecServices in Dixon Recreation Center, Monday through Fridays 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 541-737-3736.

Accountant I – College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0004258 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Quarterly fire testing will take next week. Night testing will be done in the following buildings on June 17, 18 and 19: Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Magruder Hall, Plagemann Student Health, Valley Library. Day testing will be done in the following buildings on June 15 and June 16: Crop Science, Kidder Hal, Pharmacy. This will be a live test. Fire alarms, strobes, horns and bells will sound during testing. The testing will begin at 7 a.m. on June 15 and we anticipate concluding scheduled testing by 11 p.m. on June 19.

To accommodate project construction associated with the new Linus Pauling Science Center, the Sackett Hall parking lot (West of Nash Hall, on the corner of 30th & Campus Way), will be shutdown. The main entry to parking lot will remain open for public access. The parking spaces north of Sackett Hall, including the ADA spaces adjacent to the project site, will remain open for the duration of the project. The four ADA spaces within the construction site (NE corner of the parking lot) will be temporarily relocated to the West side of Cordley Hall. Due to construction there may be periods of increased traffic congestion in this area. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. June 15 and we anticipate reopening the parking area after project completion, during the summer of 2011.


Scattered thunderstorms are expected today, as highs reach 77 with a low of 53. Tomorrow showers return with a high of 71.

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