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Wednesday, June 10, 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.

Scientists Make Breakthrough In Assessing Marine Phytoplankton Health (US News & World Report)
Researchers from Oregon State University, NASA and other organizations said today that they have succeeded for the first time in measuring the physiology of marine phytoplankton through satellite measurements of its fluorescence – an accomplishment that had been elusive for years.

Why birds are NOT descended from dinosaurs (Daily Mail)
It has been known for decades that the femur, or thigh bone in birds is largely fixed making birds ‘knee runners.’ But researchers from Oregon State University found the bone also stops their lung collapsing, allowing the breathing capacity for flight.

Take me to the bicycle: ‘Pedaling Revolution’ rolls along (Oregonian)
Jeff Mapes’ “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities” got a big boost from a famous fan and is now the fastest-selling title in the history of the Oregon State University Press.

What’s causing pines to turn color on Black Butte? (Statesman Journal)
Something a little odd has appeared on the slopes of Black Butte and a few of its neighbors. Midway up the butte west of Sisters, a distinct stripe of rust-colored trees has appeared between the evergreen pines. “We’re still trying to piece it together,” said Stephen Fitzgerald, forester with the Oregon State Extension Service in Redmond.

Hatchery Fish May Hurt Efforts To Sustain Wild Salmon Runs (Science Daily)

Steelhead trout that are originally bred in hatcheries are so genetically impaired that, even if they survive and reproduce in the wild, their offspring will also be significantly less successful at reproducing, according to a new study published today by researchers from Oregon State University.

Giant blue whale floats belly-up after being killed in a tragic collision with a ship (Daily Mail)

The body of the giant blue whale was found by researchers from Oregon State University in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California. (see also the Mirror)

Episcopalian leader visits Bend (Bend Bulletin)
The presiding bishop is no stranger to Oregon, having received her master’s degree and doctorate in oceanography at Oregon State University.

Old shingles make new roads (Statesman Journal)
Todd Scholz at Oregon State University’s school of civil and construction engineering is studying the impact of recycling shingles into pavement for the transportation department.

OSU Extension offers series on home food preservation (Hillsboro Argus)
Oregon State University Extension Service in Washington County is planning a series of food preservation classes throughout the summer.

Self-regulation game predicts kindergarten achievement (Science Blog)

Early childhood development researchers have discovered that a simple, five-minute self-regulation game not only can predict end-of-year achievement in math, literacy and vocabulary, but also was associated with the equivalent of several months of additional learning in kindergarten. 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. (See also Health News Digest)

LeGuin to talk on morality, self deception (Portland Mercury)
Join writer Ursula K. Le Guin and Oregon State University philosophy professor Lani Roberts for an interactive discussion exploring morality and self-deception—including our ideals of morality, how we deceive ourselves individually and collectively, and the concept of moral evolution—at the next Think & Drink, a happy-hour conversation series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. (See also Reading Local)

Clinic can help healthy grins begin (Gazette-Times)
“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.

Preservation: Safety is the most important ingredient in saving up the harvest (Register Guard)

“People are getting back to the basics,” says Susan “Suzi” Busler, faculty member with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County. “This year, there’s a tremendous trend of people wanting to grow their own vegetable gardens and preserve their produce.”

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

Alfonc is attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  He chose there because his high school is in the same city and he already was a bit familiar with the university. He says when choosing his major, he wanted to make sure it was something that could be beneficial to others once he graduates.


OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m. Offering the chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Featuring computers,b, furniture, and more. 644 S.W. 13th St.

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 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

Upcoming Events

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

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 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

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

Due to the initial firing up of the new steam boilers at the Energy Center, there will be significant intermittent noise, possibly heard throughout campus.  It might sound like the loud roar of steam being released. This start-up is a necessary step in towards the completion of the Energy Center project.

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 showers continue with a high of 71 and a low of 51. Tomorrow storms continue, with a high of 73.

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