OSU Today

Tuesday, February 24, 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.

Washington century: Salmon (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
At the end of this century, will the Pacific Northwest’s salmon still be an icon? As an excellent report in Oregon State University’s Terra magazine puts it, salmon can rebound if the public and policymakers are willing to take strong enough measures.

Rare fungal disease migrates to Oregon, Washington (Oregonian)

A rare fungal disease that has killed 19 in Canada has migrated to Oregon and Washington, where it is linked to five deaths since 2004. In most cases, the body’s natural defenses will fight off the marauding pathogen, said Dr. Robert Bildfell, an associate professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State University and co-author of the study.

Gene found that makes tooth enamel could revolutionise dental care (Telegraph)
Researchers at Oregon State University, have identified the gene that ultimately controls the production of tooth enamel, a significant advance that could some day lead to the repair of damaged enamel, a new concept in cavity prevention, and restoration or even the production of replacement teeth.

Buy the fish, meet the fisherman with Pacific Fish Trax (Oregonian)
The Fish Trax program, created by West Coast fisherman, Oregon State University and the Community Seafood Initiative, will start at two stores with Oregon albacore and eventually could cover all kinds of Pacific seafood.


A workshop on NIH applications takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today in the Memorial Union room 211. This workshop will introduce faculty to NIH applications using the Grants.gov electronic proposal submission system. Common errors that holding up an applications being successfully submitted to NIH is one of the areas to be highlighted.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held today at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services Building. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Please plan on attending to learn more about making positive lifestyle changes, and to meet your Leader, Jena Hedding. For more information, please contact Kathi Carley at 541-737-3106.

Three candidates will be on campus this week to interview for the Outreach & Engagement Associate Provost, OSU Extended Campus and Communications. They are Curtis Guaglianone, Monica DeTure and Dave King. DeTure will give a seminar today at 8:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder.

Come join environmental activists Gweneth Cravens and D.R. Anderson for a discussion on “Why Going Green Means Going Nuclear.” It takes place today from 3 to 4:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, C & E Room. A reception will follow.

Do you have an innovative idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in The 2009 OSU Enterprise Challenge? Learn about preparing business plans in a skill-building session with Joe Tanous, Innovation Liaison from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Come today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to the Trysting Tree Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu, or call (541) 713-8044 or go to the provided website at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

Upcoming Events

NEW! Three candidates for the position of Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be on campus this week. The candidates will be available to meet with campus stakeholders as follows.  Tyler Pruett, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. in B214 Kerr; Don Black, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. in 502 Kerr; Doug Severs, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in 502 Kerr.  Input from the campus community is invaluable to the search process, please plan to attend.  Contact Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu for information.

NEW! Graduate Women’s Network Meet & Greet Brown Bag Lunch, noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Women’s Center. Bring your lunch and come to the Women’s Center to meet friends, discuss issues, and find out what the GWN is all about.

NEW! Silent Auction for the OSU Food Drive, Business Affairs,
2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25, B100 Kerr Conference Room. Auction items include:
Fishing Trip on the Siletz River, 9 Holes with Aaron Howell at Trysting Tree,
Beaver Birthday Singing Telegram, Dessert-a-Month Club (8 months), Lunch with the Boss (Aaron Howell), Limited Edition, Signed B/W Print by Mary Van de Bogart, Original Pastel Painting, Collectible Dolls, Ethiopian Traditional Scarf….and much, much more.

NEW! The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate
Change” presents “Satellite Studies of the Contribution to Sea Level Rise from Greenland
and Antarctica Ice Dynamics” by Eric Rignot, NASA and Univ. California, Irvine, at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cordley 1109. On March 2, Steve Susman of Susman Godfrey LLP, will present “Climate Change Litigation: The Courthouse Effect” at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English at Oregon State University, will be reading from and signing his new book, “Hiding Man,” in Memorial Union Room 105 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 4.

A conversation between Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court justice and the director of a group that provides leadership training programs to college women in Oregon is the kick-off event for a series of Women’s History Month programs being presented by the Women’s Center.
The dialogue between Justice Betty Roberts and professor Melody Rose, founder of NEW Leadership Oregon and chair of political science at Portland State University, takes place Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey will speak March 2 at 3:30 in RH 107 on “The Spread of Cooperative Conservation as the Fourth Chapter of the American Conservation Experience.” On March 3, same time and place he will present his thoughts on “The Growth of Private Markets for Ecosystem Services:  A Potential New Revenue Stream to Support Conservation Work.” There also will be a brown bag event with Rey on March 2, noon to 2 p.m.
Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior will lecture on Climate and the Endangered Species Act on March 4, 3:30 in RH 107, and will be part of a brown bag event from noon to 2 p.m.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The new issue of Update, the Research Office Newsletter, is available at
http://oregonstate.edu/research/news/update/0901.html. News and features about and for the OSU community, including the Search, and the Human in the research, new research awards, Vice President for Research, sponsored programs awards, COAS anniversary, incentive funds – put to good use, and more.

NEW! Watch out! The U of O Ducks are catching up to us in Recyclemania, the nationwide competition to see which university can recycle the most! We have collected 3.4 pounds of recyclables per person so far and they have collected 3.1. Help us stay ahead, and compete against other universities, by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. For more info, contact Andrea at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

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. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

NEW! Due to repairs to the building water system, all domestic cold and hot water services to Shepard Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all floors and all rooms in the building. This shutdown is necessary to replace a galvanized line, on the main cold water line. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by 3:30 p.m.

NEW! Transit & Parking Services will be closed from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 due to training.

Due to tree maintenance, there will be intermittent lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes of 26th Street, between Campus Way and Orchard Ave. Also affected will be 15 parking spaces on the east end of the parking lot south of Bates Hall, adjacent to 26th street. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.


Prepare for more wet conditions, as rain continues with a high of 50 and a low of 42 today. Tomorrow temperatures will reach 48, with a low of 37. Rain continues until Friday, which will provide us with a day of sunshine before we get back into another rainy cycle.

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