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Friday, June 12, 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.

2009 Oregon graduates become resourceful in dismal job market (Oregonian)

Ngan Nguyen, who will graduate from Oregon State University on Saturday, sees the recession as an opportunity. The biochemistry, biophysics and bioengineering major is collaborating with friends on two start-up companies: a biodiesel manufacturer and eco-friendly, all-natural cosmetics lines. She turned down a job offer in San Diego and a chance to go to graduate school at MIT.

Oregon goes on alert for destructive mussel and other invasives (Oregonian)

“We want people to become aware that boats are one of the main vectors for zebra and quagga muscles as well as some aquatic weeds,” said Samuel Chan, an assistant professor with the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University. A report released by Chan and his colleagues this year found the potential cleaning and maintenance costs should the mussels find their way into the Columbia River’s hydropower dams is $25.5 million a year, not including foregone revenues from power generation. That extra expense would likely show up in your power bill.

Is There A Super Volcano Under Mount St. Helens? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Researchers believe there may be a “super volcano” sitting underneath Mount Saint Helens. Gary Egbert, on the other hand, says that the super-volcano theory is unlikely. He’s a professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University.

Simple game predicts kindergartners’ achievement, helps them learn (Oregonian)

A five-minute game not only can predict end-of-year achievement in math, literacy and vocabulary but also was equivalent to several months of additional learning in kindergarten. Researchers — 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 task, a new version of the Head-to-Toes task developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, using 343 kindergartners from Oregon and Michigan.

The dirt on testing soil for lead (Oregonian)

So I now join thousands in trying to interpret lab results. And it takes close attention. But, once the numbers take on meaning, it’s pretty simple.Soil with lead at 50 parts per million (ppm) to 400 ppm has elevated levels from human activities, according to Dan Sullivan, an associate professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University.

At those levels, you can grow any vegetable but should limit children’s exposure to the dust. Just wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Key to grass seed yield is all wet (Capital Press)

With the Willamette Valley grass seed harvest due to begin in a few weeks, Oregon State University field crops extension agents are advising growers on how they can get the best returns on their crops. The key is seed moisture.

A closer look at a few grads (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s 140th annual commencement ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gill Coliseum, rain or shine. Here are five “snapshot” profiles of graduates with compelling stories: a laid off Hewlett-Packard worker who is graduating with his daughter; a Corvallis resident passionate about sustainability and alternative energy; a former Army soldier who wants to help fellow disabled veterans; and a woman who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 11.

Change in monsoon patterns likely (Science-A-Go-Go)

An abrupt change in climate in the past was associated with a shift of seasonal monsoons to the south, causing more rain to fall over the oceans than in the Earth’s tropical regions, leading to a dramatic drop in global vegetation growth. The researchers behind the new findings, from Oregon State University (OSU), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, have published their study’s findings in the journal Science.

Can this simple game predict kindergarten success? (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Researchers say they have discovered a simple, five-minute game that can predict end-of-year kindergarten achievement in math, literacy and vocabulary. 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 proved effective at predicting academic skills among preschool age children.

Study: Hatchery-raised fish hurt wild steelhead (OPB)

Oregon researchers say they’re surprised to find that even wild-born offspring of hatchery fish reproduce less successfully than their fully wild counterparts. Oregon State University Professor Michael Blouin says researchers thought a full generation of wild living would restore some reproductive robustness. (Plus coverage in KGW-TV, Statesman Journal, KMTR, KTVZ-TV, Corvallis Gazette-Times, and Ottawa Citizen)

Alfonc Rakaj Continues Higher Education at Oregon State University (Voice of America)

Being able to study in the United States, Alfonc Rakaj says gives him the opportunity to see things in more than one perspective when it comes to life and learning.  “It’s a very beneficial experience.  Before I use to see things from one perspective, here you can see many other perspectives,” he says.

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 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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud,” a radio talk show that invites listeners to comment by phone or e-mail, comes to OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport June 16 for a discussion about wave energy. The episode is part of the series’ ongoing feature, “The Switch,” which is exploring energy options. Taping of the program, which is scheduled for broadcast the following day, starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the HMSC Visitor Center’s Hennings Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p. m., and seating in the 160-seat auditorium is first-come, first served. Read more about “Think Out Loud” on OPB’s Web site, www.opb.org.

NEW! An international group of scholars will meet June 19-21 at OSU to discuss the works of Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. All conference sessions will be held at the Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., and are free and open to the public. A keynote speech takes place at 5:30 June 19, and an original play takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., June 20 at the University Lab Theatre. Tickets to the play are $5.

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

NEW! Mark Dinsmore and Jon Dorbolo of Media Services were honored recently as recipients of the 2009 Hugi Excellence Award. Dinsmore and Dorbolo were recognized because of their work with Oregon State University’s Technology Across the Curriculum, which creates online tutorials called GEMS (Generating Educational Mastery System) to provide faculty and students quick training and solutions to specific technology related questions. The Hugi Excellence Award recognizes outstanding IT practices among the higher education institutions of the Pacific Northwest.

NEW! Lynn Weingardt will retire on June 30 from Network Services where she has assisted customers with cell phones and audio/video conferencing services for the past seven years at OSU.  Feel free to send messages of congratulation and appreciation directly to Lynn. For information, contact Judy Ivey at judy.ivey@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant – Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing. Provides biocomputing research support, software development, and network/system support for the CGRB. See full announcement at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date: June 25.

NEW! Admissions Advisor – Office of Admissions. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. This is a professional faculty, full-time position. Must hold a bachelor’s degree, have excellent public speaking skills, and the ability to travel and work unusual hours (including nights and weekends). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date: June 24.

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

NEW! Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut-down all steam services to the campus.  This will affect all hot water and heating services.  This shutdown is necessary to conduct annual maintenance on the steam system and heat plant. The shutdown will begin at noon June 14 and should be done by midnight June 20.

NEW! Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 14th and Washington Avenue will be temporarily shutdown from Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19.

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 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.


High today around 75, with a chance of showers. The weekend should start out showery but get a bit sunnier by Sunday. Highs both days will reach 73, with lows around 50. We should see sunshine going into next week.

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