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Today in the News Media

Vitamin supplements a bitter pill
(Denver Post)

Dozens of vitamin companies, including two in the metro area, are defending their products following a Danish study last week that suggested vitamin supplements might do more harm than good. Other studies have shown that taking vitamin supplements improves health, especially supplements containing vitamin C or selenium, said Stephen Lawson, a director at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. "This was just a statistical manipulation," Lawson said of the Danish study.

Students swap spaces
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Two rooms, two designers, 12 hours. That's the premise behind Trading Rooms: Oregon State Edition. Two sets of OSU students got the chance to experience a design swap very similar to that depicted on the popular cable-TV show, "Trading Spaces." The project is modeled after similar ones done on other college campuses. Suzanne Flores of University Housing and Dining Services was attending a conference when she came upon Colorado State University's version of Trading Rooms. Flores thought the project would be a great way to promote residence hall life, and the versatility of spaces, so she launched an OSU version of Trading Rooms this term.

China's dirty air threatens darker days for Northwest
(The Oregonian)

Severe air pollution from Asia is expanding the winter cloud cover over the north Pacific Ocean and could bring cooler, wetter weather to the Northwest, a new study suggests. James A. Coakley, an atmospheric science professor and cloud expert at Oregon State University, said the study authors didn't show a clear link between pollutants and clouds. He said other factors may be triggering the change, perhaps global warming or the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. "What they've found may have little to do with increases in pollution from Asia."

Public invited to see spring lambs at OSU
(Albany Democrat-Herald)

New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center this month and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring. More than 180 Polypay and Suffolk ewes are expected to give birth to several hundred lambs in the barn, located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Drive, said Thomas Nichols, sheep center manager.

Kudos Corner

OSU Student Employee of the Year named

Cait O'Brien, student involvement peer adviser, has been named OSU Student Employee of the Year from a group of six nominations, and will go on to represent OSU at the state-level competition. Cait will receive a certificate signed by President Ed Ray and a $25 bookstore gift certificate.

Today on Campus

John Hedges, professor emeritus of animal genetics at the University of British Columbia, will talk about animal-human interactions at 7 p.m. today in 109 Withycombe Hall. The presentation is part of the crop and soil science/animal science centennial celebration.

Randy Keller of the University of Oklahoma will discuss "Constructing, Editing and Visualizing Integrated Models of Earth Structure" at 4 p.m. today in Gilfillan Auditorium. The presentation is part of the geosciences seminar series, "Geovisualization."

"Restoration, Resource Innovation and Sustainability: What's Happening Down on the Farm?" is the topic of a horticulture department seminar at 4 p.m. today in 4000 ALS. The presentation is by Lynda Boyer, staff biologist for Heritage Seedlings, and Mark Krautmann, co-owner of Heritage.

The Northwest Invitational Concert Band Festival, sponsored by OSU, continues on campus today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. At noon and after the final high school band performance, there will be a special performance by the OSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and chamber groups. A full schedule is available at

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

"True West" by Sam Shepard will be presented by the OSU Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 7, through Sunday, March 11, in the Withycombe Lab Theatre. This modern American masterpiece explores the twisted relationship of two brothers as they fight for control of their intertwined destinies. Ticket information is available on the Web site at

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering a course portfolio workshop for faculty on Friday, March 9 from 2-4 p.m. in 215 Milam. The workshop will introduce the course portfolio, will discuss its purpose and illustrate sample faculty portfolios, and will explore ways that the portfolio can be used to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning. Registration is required and can be found at or by calling 737-2809.

Nominations are being accepted for the OSU Exemplary Employee Award. The award recognizes work performance and service of the highest caliber - above and beyond the normal high expectations at OSU for our classified staff and professional faculty. Information on the award and nomination process is at Please send your completed, confidential nomination packet to Jeri Hemmer at the Office of Human Resources, 204 Kerr Administration Building no later than Friday, April 13.

KidSpirit is starting a youth lacrosse program to pass the experience and knowledge of the sport in fun an interactive environment. The program will kick off spring term on the fields outside Dixon Recreation center. The program will be for both boys and girls in grades 6-8.There will be an informational meeting Thursday March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Corvallis High School staff dining room,. For more information, contact KidSpirit, 125 Langton Hall, e-mail or phone: 541-737-KIDS (5437).

Last month's Horning Lecture, "Evolution on the Grandest Scale: Cosmology and Flashpoints of Controversy," will be shown today at 6 p.m. on the Oregon Public Affairs Network, channel 27. Other programs of interest this week include a UO O'Fallon Memorial Lecture in Law and American Culture by Michael Sorkin, Wednesday, March 7, and City Club of Eugene and City Club of Portland presentations Thursday, March 8. Programming begins at 6 p.m. each day.


Domestic hot water will be shut down in Snell Hall from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 7. The shutdown will affect all rooms on all floors, including restrooms. If you have questions, contact one of the building managers.

Sound Permits

A sound permit has been issued to MUPC for hosting promotions for the upcoming Emerson Drive concert on campus. The permit is for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, on the MU Quad.


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