Can wolves restore an ecosystem? (Seattle Times)
No trace remains of the wolves whose howls ricocheted for millennia down the lush valleys of the Olympic Peninsula. But the loss of the stealthy predators in the early 1900s left a hole in the landscape that scientists say they are just beginning to grasp. The ripples extend throughout what is now Olympic National Park, leading to a boom in elk populations, overbrowsing of shrubs and trees, and erosion so severe it has altered the very nature of the rivers, says a team of Oregon State University biologists.
Oregon Public Broadcasting wins documentary award (Oregonian)
An Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary on invasive species has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award. The Oregon Field Guide special, “The Silent Invasion,” showed how invasive species are changing the environment in Oregon. It was produced by OPB in partnership with Oregon Sea Grant, which is based at Oregon State University, and by other organizations.
OSU helps develop quake-proof wine rack (Oregonian)
Wine bottles on store shelves can end up as mostly shattered glass in an earthquake, costing money and creating a dangerous mess to clean up. But a new wine rack design by Oregon State University researchers can withstand strong quakes so bottles can be stored securely even in seismically sensitive locations.
REMINDER: The nomination deadline for the 2009 Distinguished Professor award has been extended to today. The award is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. For further information regarding the Distinguished Professor award and access to the nomination form, please visit the Provost’s Office website at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html
Beaver Strides holds its weekly group walk from noon to 12:45 p.m. today, rain or shine, starting at Plageman SHS and walking for 45 minutes on various routes around campus.
You are invited to a retirement reception for Emilio Vejil, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Main Lounge. Cake and punch will be served. Emilio has been a valued member of the OSU Community for more than 35 years. Please wish Emilio well in his many years of enjoying retirement!
OSU is undergoing its cyclical re-accreditation by the NCAA. Members of the university community and the public are invited to provide input as part of that process from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Journey Room.
The OSU department of zoology is offering the free seminar, “Penguins as marine sentinels,” by Dee Boersma, Wadsworth Endowed Chair of Conservation Science, University of Washington, Seattle, at 3:30 p.m. in ALS room 4001.
NEW! Please join the office of Community and Diversity on Tuesday, Jan. 27 for an all campus social from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Bring a friend and join your colleagues, students and friends for food, drinks and great conversation. Everyone is welcome.
Lunch & Learn Forums: You are invited to take part in these noontime sessions with featured professionals from the OSU Counseling & Psychological Services. The schedule includes: “Racism in Communities of Color: Self Reflection for the Ally,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 29, Memorial Union, room 206. This presentation will include information on racial identity development, outcomes of racism including strengths and challenges, and insights for allies. Presenters include Dr. Marcey Bamba, psychologist & Dr. Carlos Taloya, psychologist. “Making Men,” 11:30 a.m, to 1 p.m., Feb. 16, Memorial Union, room 206. An interactive exploration of masculinity as a culture and discover the risks and rewards of participation therein. Presenters are Ross Artwohl, LCSW & Dr. Brett Vicario, psychologist. “Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice” … On Becoming a Woman,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 20, Memorial Union, room 206. Learn about female gender identity development and the complicated interplay of societal forces on this process. Presenters are Dr. Michele Ribeiro, psychologist & Dr. Ayesha Nagra, psychologist.
Winston Wilkinson, outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, will speak at Oregon State University 7 p.m. Jan 29 in Milam Auditorium on campus. He will be speaking on the topic, “Social Justice: The State of the Union.”
The Enterprise Challenge is an opportunity for students to take an idea for a new product or service, build a business plan describing how they would take that idea to market, and present their business plan for review by successful entrepreneurs, executives and venture investors. The winning team will receive $10,000 toward realizing their plan with the second and third place teams receiving $5,000 and $2,500. A matchmaking evening on Jan. 27 will help students looking for help with their idea and students looking for ideas to connect.
The business plans are due on March 16 and the finals will be held on April 17 at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact Mary McKillop at email@example.com.
Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. Literature Review Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 3 and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Willamette East Seminar Rooms.
EndNote Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 12 and 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18, Autzen Classroom. Zotero workshops, 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Autzen Classroom. How to Keep Up Via Sharing and Snooping: Social Bookmarking, RSS and Slideshare, 5 to 6 p.m., March 5, Autzen Classroom.
Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656
For more information contact Hannah Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.html.
News for Employees
NEW! Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities, has begun and we need your help reaching #1 by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard during the competition, which runs through March 28. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.
NEW! Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Arts and Sciences Business Center. For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003794. Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 13. OSU is an AA/EO employer.
As part of Sexual Responsibility Week in March, the SEXapalooza team is in the process of designing a “Condom Art Competition” catering to the artistic expression of themes around safer sex practices and health. This event is open to submissions from OSU students, faculty and staff, and competition packets are available now at Student Health Services in Room 310.
The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or mailto:email@example.com
Eric Englund Memorial Post-graduate Scholarship – Applicants must have completed at least one degree from OSU and must pursue graduate study in agricultural and resource economics or home economics. For a complete schedule of centralized graduate student financial support programs offered by the Graduate School for 2009-10, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/2009-10%20Fellowship%20Table.pdf
Traffic & Maintenance
Due to sewer repair work at Weniger Hall, the sidewalk and five parking spaces marked for “Service Vehicles” along Memorial Place will be temporarily shutdown. These are on the west side of Weniger Hall, between the northwest and southwest entrances. Traffic control devices and signage will be in place.
Due to a remodel project in Graf Hall, eight general and two parking spaces marked for “Service Vehicles” in the Monroe/16th Street parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. These are adjacent to the south side of Graf Hall, and will be fenced off.
Today should be brisk and sunny with a high of 42 and a low tonight of 27. Rain rolls in tomorrow morning, with about a quarter of an inch possible, and a high of 43.
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