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Tuesday, March 3, 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.

Why the Flu Thrives in Winter (New York Times)
In 2007, researchers reported that the flu virus is more stable and stays in the air longer when air is cold and dry. Now Dr. Jeffrey Shaman, an atmospheric scientist at Oregon State University, and his colleagues have found more evidence that high humidity may help to stave off the flu virus.

Craig Robinson, First Coach
(CBS News)

It’s game day for the Oregon State University men’s basketball team, and the ear-splitting, roof-raising crowd is their biggest in years.

OSU photos join Flickr Commons archive (Oregonian)
(Scroll down) Oregon State University Archives wants the world to see the state’s rich history in photographs. It’s one reason it joined Flickr Commons, a year-old online project aimed at increasing access to important public photography collections.

Well-Regarded Public Colleges Get a Surge of Bargain Hunters (New York Times)

At Oregon State University, freshman applications are up 12 percent, and transfer applications more than 31 percent. (also appears in the International Herald Tribune)

Fish Trax technology shows where dinner came from (KGW)
A simple scan of a bar-code, and you have the history of your fish filet at your fingertips. From the fisherman that caught it, even the boat he used, all the way through the processing. It’s all part of a pilot project called Pacific Fish Trax. The project is a joint venture between Oregon State University, the Community Seafood Initiative, and local fisherman.


A 50 minute session on Blackboard 8 Grade Center takes place from 8 to 8:50 a.m. today in Waldo Hall 132. It is is an in depth and participatory look at the Grade Center. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

Today at 3:30 in RH 107 ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey will present his thoughts on “The Growth of Private Markets for Ecosystem Services:  A Potential New Revenue Stream to Support Conservation Work.”

The OSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents “Radiant Joy” today at 7:30 in the LaSells Stewart Center. Cost is $10, students get in free.

Upcoming Events

Martin Goebel of Sustainable Northwest in Portland is giving the next Starker lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 5 in 107 Richardson. He will be discussing “Building Sustainable Communities & Healthy Ecosystems in the Northwest.” Live streaming video will be available at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/starker/ For questions regarding accommodation requests related to a disability, please contact Nathalie Gitt at 541-737-4279

The Willamette Angel Conference is an investors’ conference, connecting early stage and seed businesses with Angel and venture investors.  Entrepreneurs and Start-ups can submit their business plans for review and coaching, ultimately vying for a $150,000 investment . The conference will be held at theCH2MHill Alumni Center on May 14. For more information, see http://www.willametteconference.com/
The seventh annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival takes place March 6-8 . It’s an opportunity to sit and be entranced by stories. For a full schedule of events, see www.tchateemanwistorytelling.com
Join us March 5 on Beaver Boulevard where Ideas Intersect for what is sure to be fabulous food and fun event prior to the OSU Event Planners’ Tradeshow. Brunch and a fun educational presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special presentation by Jan Roberts-Dominguez, an award-winning, nationally recognized food and wine writer, artist and consultant. Presentation is titled “Don’t Let Your Guests Be Eaten By Wildlife!”  The event takes place at the LaSells Stewart Center Cost is $15 per person and it can be billed to your index. Please register online at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=328

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?!”  – a seminar to learn to lighten up to communicate more effectively.  PFLA is proud to present Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant on March 10 in the Alumni Center Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. Leigh Anne, who has a masters in public health, is a talented motivational speaker and expert in stress management. The cost is $15 for PFLA members and $40 for non-PFLA members, please RSVP to Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is accepting applications for its new Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which will train scientists to commercialize their technology innovation into start-up businesses. The program is for postdoctoral researchers in the sciences. Foundation deadline: May 1. Visit the Kauffman Foundation web site for complete program information: http://sites.kauffman.org/postdocs/index.cfm If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or mailto:martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

Vanpooling is a great way to reduce stress on you and the environment, as well as save money.  Two Eugene-area to OSU vanpools have seats available. One comes from Creswell through Springfield, the other from Eugene.  Costs range from $125/month to $160/month, less than half the cost of driving alone.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/docs/eugenevanfeb09.doc

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the extension of the 2009-2010 Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus Program. The program is designed to augment recruitment-based departmental assistantship and fellowship offers to incoming graduate students with meritorious records and demonstrated potential for graduate study by offering bonuses to students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds.

The INTO Oregon State University Center, formerly known as the English Language Institute (ELI), is in urgent need of host families to host one or two Japanese university students from Bunkyo University for a two-night homestay.  There are three home stay weekends to choose from and interested hosts may choose to host one, two or three weekends.  Home stays are the weekends of April 17-19. April 24-26 and May 1-3.  They are currently short about 20 families. Students will be picked up from campus on the Friday of the home stay at 5 p.m., and returned to campus on the Sunday of the home stay weekend at 5 p.m.  The ELI pays a $20 per night stipend per student for this homestay.  Host families may host one or two students as long as the students sleep in separate beds. These students are here for a term-long language/culture program. The home stay provides an opportunity for these students to practice speaking English and learn more about American culture. Host families can live in Corvallis OR surrounding areas like Albany, Lebanon, Salem, Eugene, etc. Fore more information call 541-737-6981 or email:  candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to tree maintenance, 10 parking places on the north side of the pay lot east of the Memorial Union will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by 4:30 p.m.


Showers are expected today with a high of 52 and a low of 35. Showers continue Wednesday, but the weekend is looking sunny.

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