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Today in the News Media

Disease Opened Door To Invading Species In California
(Science Daily)

Plant and animal diseases can play a major and poorly appreciated role in allowing the invasion of exotic species, which in turn often threatens biodiversity, ecological function and the world economy, researchers say in a new report. The study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a professional journal, should improve the understanding of invasive species and possibly suggest new tools to combat them, said researchers at Oregon State University. "Even if we can't control all the diseases that help species invade, at least now we know to consider diseases when studying invasion," said Elizabeth Borer, an assistant professor of zoology at OSU.

OSU Forensics Team prepares for national tourneys
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

After securing individual and team honors at debate competitions throughout the Northwest, the Oregon State University Forensics Team is preparing to take its war of words and wit to the national level. Later this month, two pairs of debaters, Geoff Robinson and Jeremy Henderson and Dan Torres and David Kubota, will head to Colorado Springs for the National Parliamentary Debate Association Annual Tournament. In April, OSU students Anna Prosser and Kubota will compete in the National Individual Events Tournament in Mankato, Minn.

Loss of rendering plant still causing worries
(The Oregonian)

It's been six months since Redmond Tallow Co. closed, and Crook County officials are still seeking a long-tern method of disposing of Central Oregon animal carcasses and byproducts. Now the county is considering spending $700,000 on a machine that chemically condenses and disinfects animal materials. Oregon State University's Crook County Extension Service is helping research the equipment.

Kudos Corner

Housing staff members honored for presentation

Josh Ashcroft and Josh Gana of University Housing and Dining Services received Best of the Northwest recognition for their presentation at the Northwest Association of College and Housing Officers conference in Alberta, Canada.

Today on Campus

Bob Crippen of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., will discuss "NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Visualization of Earth Landscapes" at 4 p.m. today in Gilfillan Auditorium. The presentation is part of the geosciences seminar series, "Geovisualization."

John Miller, president of Wildwood/Mahonia, will present a horticulture seminar today at 4 p.m. in 4000 ALS.

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will discuss "Haida Gwaii's Forests: Sustaining Culture and Long-Term Islands Stability." She will discuss the journey of the Haida Nation to develop a new model for forestry in Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.) for long-term islands and community stability. The presentation at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in LaSells Stewart Center is part of the 2006-07 Starker Lecture Series.

Jan Vandenbrande, Boeing Associate Technical Fellow, will discuss the "Role of Shape Optimization in Aircraft Design" from 2:30-4 p.m. Friday, March 16, in 230 Rogers Hall as part of the ME/IME winter seminar series. More information is available at

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

International Programs is seeking nominations for the International Service Award, recognizing exemplary, ongoing contributions of OSU faculty and staff to internationalizing the university by enhancing student, faculty and staff awareness and participation in international education, research and related activities. Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 30. For details, visit

The University Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities (UACPD) is accepting nominations for the 2007 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities. This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the criteria and submit nomination information to David Bradford, UACPD Awards Committee Chair, at


All steam services to the Agricultural and Life Sciences Building will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, to repair a gasket on the main steam control valve. The shutdown will affect heating, hot water, autoclaves and any other equipment dependent on steam services. For information, contact Joan Sandeno, 737-4520, or Rockie Yarwood, 737-5744.

The basement restrooms and custodial closet in Kerr Administration Building will continue to be closed indefinitely while work is under way to repair the sewers serving them. The shutdown began Jan. 1, and at this time Facilities Services can't determine when the rooms will be reopened. For information, contact Jeannie Davis at 737-8758 or Joy Jorgensen at 737-6166.


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