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Thursday, June 11, 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.

Hatchery fish: Fit to eat, not to survive (Oregonian)

For years now, the groups not particularly interested in cleaning up Northwest streams
and protecting endangered runs of native salmon and steelhead have argued that hatchery fish ought to be counted and considered equal to wild fish. A new study at Oregon State University thoroughly debunks the claim that artificially-bred fish can replace wild ones. (Coverage also includes stories in the Portland Business Journal, The Register-Guard, and the Columbian.)

OSU named foreign language chair (Gazette-Times)

Susana Rivera-Mills, associate professor of Spanish linguistics and diversity advancement at Oregon State University, has been appointed as chairwoman of the department of foreign languages and literatures.

Oregon colleges expand vineyard and wine programs (Oregonian)

The roots of Oregon’s wine industry are rapidly expanding into college classrooms and new teaching vineyards, preparing a new generation for thousands of jobs expected over the next decade. Students desiring even higher levels of coursework can go on to earn advanced degrees at Oregon State University.

Clinic can help healthy grins begin (Gazette-Times)

OSU’s Robinson, Valenti put focus on club’s free dental help. “Whoops -. ! Whoops!,” dentist Ken Johnson exclaimed, as he examined the teeth of Oregon State University men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson. Johnson’s good-humored dental exam commentary came Tuesday morning at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis’ free dental clinic.

New doubts arise over the dinosaur-bird link (Examiner)

That birds descended directly from dinosaurs is one of the most strongly accepted hypotheses in evolution. However, there is mounting evidence to suggest that the theory is simply not correct. In fact, an important piece of information exposed by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers may truly force other scientists to reevaluate the dinosaur-bird link.

Supervolcano may be brewing beneath Mt. St. Helens (New Scientist)

Gary Egbert of Oregon State University in Corvallis, who is a magnetotellurics specialist but not a member of Hill’s team, is cautious about the idea of a nascent supervolcano where Mount St Helens sits.

Green now means garden, not money (Forest Grove News-Times)

“Community gardens serve as a vital place for community interaction,” Weston Miller, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, told a group of Forest Grove residents.

Pharmacy alum from Cameroon returns to OSU (Gazette-Times)

A distinguished alumnus of the Oregon State University 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.

Birds not evolved from dinosaurs, OSU researchers say (Gazette-Times)

Birds almost certainly didn’t descend from meat-eating dinosaurs, according to a new study by Oregon State University researchers.

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., in the Kearney Hall Atrium.

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 today through Friday. This is a great way to reduce the waste impact of OSU and educate others. For more info, contact Andrea at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

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  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.

Today’s 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A graduation celebration for Civil and Construction Engineering will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. June 12 in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Refreshments and social hour follow ceremony. To participate, register at http://cce/oregonstate/edu/graduation/

NEW! OSU Commencement takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 13 in Reser Stadium. For details, see http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/

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

News for Employees

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 information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

The Transit and Parking Services (TAPS) office at 100 Adams Hall will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m. today for a meeting.  For more information call 541-737-2583.

The Weniger parking lot, located between Weniger and Gilbert halls, will be closed on Tuesday, June 16 due to scheduled maintenance.

Quarterly fire testing will take place 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 could keep things interesting today. Temperatures should reach 73, with an overnight low of 51. Tomorrow should be mostly cloudy with a high of 73 and a low of 53.

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