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Today in the News Media

Portland awards grants to five biofuels projects
(The Oregonian)

Portland's Sustainable Development Office has awarded $450,000 in grants to five biofuels projects. One grant was awarded to Oregon State University, to support a project that will develop planting and fertilization methods to increase production of canola and camelina, two crops needed in the biodiesel industry.

Students deal with a dark finals week
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

During finals week, it's not unusual for Oregon State University students to find themselves living in the library more than their dorm rooms. But this week, some students didn't actually have a choice. A power outage that began Monday night and continued until Wednesday evening knocked out power to two residence halls as well as Arnold Dining Center and Gill Coliseum. For students living in those two residence halls, that meant no warm showers, no power for laptop computers and no light for late-night study sessions.

Spring Whale Watch Week begins Saturday
(Salem Statesman-Journal)

"It's one of the biggest shows on Earth," said Morris Grover, ringleader for Oregon's "Whale Watching Spoken Here" program. Grover is coordinator for hundreds of volunteers who will be at 28 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites up and down the coast to help visitors spot gray whales Saturday through March 31, Oregon's annual Spring Whale Watch Week. Visitors also can learn about whales by stopping in Newport at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, where a regular schedule of whale stories for children and special auditorium presentations and about marine mammals are free to the public.

Today on Campus

The OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds is featuring a World Water Day film festival today from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 206 MU. Scheduled to be shown are "Celilo Falls: Remaking the Columbia River" at 9:30 a.m.; "Waterbuster: Flood Control, Native Americans and Missouri River Basin" at 10:30 a.m.; "Thirst: Water Privatization?" at 1:30 p.m.; and "Running Dry" at 3 p.m.

"Pharmacologic ascorbic acid: An unanticipated role in cancer treatment" is the topic of a Linus Pauling Institute seminar series presentation by Qi Chen from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The presentation is at 2 p.m. today in 4001 ALS.

Misha Yatskov of the Forest Service research station in Anchorage, Alaska, will present a seminar on the "Forest Inventory Analysis Program in Alaska" at noon today in 115 Richardson Hall.

"Remote-Sensing Approaches to Predicting Ocean Margin Sea-Air CO2 Fluxes" is the topic of a biogeochemical Oceanography seminar by Burke Hales, associate professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, at noon today in 193 Burt Hall.

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

Gymnastics will meet Cal State-Fullerton at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Gill Coliseum.

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

The Klamath County office of the OSU Extension Service and the Klamath Experiment Station have combined their name to become the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. Because there are two locations but increasingly shared or merged functions, location-related suffixes have been added to the office titles. They are The Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center: Vandenberg Site (formerly the Extension Service office) and Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center: Washburn Site (formerly the Experiment Station).

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2006-07 (for fall term 2007-08 release). Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, May 14. The program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed on the Web at If you have questions, contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or

The Graduate School invites applications Oregon State University for the position of director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program. Candidates must be members of the MCB graduate faculty and tenured or in a tenure-track position. For qualifications and additional information, or to apply, see the HR Web site at and refer to posting number 0000562. The application deadline is May 1.

Effective Monday, March 26, eight staff/faculty parking spaces on 14th Street between Jefferson and Monroe will be decommissioned and permanently removed from service. For more information, contact the Transit and Parking Services office at 737-2583.

The Transit and Parking Services office, 100 Adams Hall, will be closed all day Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29. The office will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 30. If you have an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 737-3010.

Counseling and Psychological Services is offering two suicide prevention training sessions during spring term as part of the university's efforts to reduce the risk of suicide on our campus. The training is designed to help faculty and staff identify and intervene with students who may be at risk of suicide. To register for one of the two-hour sessions, scheduled for May 16 and 17, visit the Web at


Power has been restored to the campus buildings that lost electrical service earlier this week: Gill Coliseum, Dixon Recreation Center, Arnold Dining Center and Bloss and Finley Residence Halls. Dixon Recreation Center, however, will not reopen until noon today to allow staff sufficient time to assess building systems and prepare the facility for full usage. All other affected buildings are fully functional and operating normally.

Domestic cold water services to the east side of Withycombe Hall will be shut down from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23, to perform necessary repairs. The shutdown affects all rooms and restrooms in that portion of the building. For more information, contact one of the building managers.

Facilities services has completed repairs to sewer lines at the Pharmacy Building, and all restrooms in the building are now open.

During Spring Break, March 26-30, traffic calming devices will be installed at the intersection of "A" Avenue and the drive lane, between Western Boulevard and the Parking Structure located at 26th and Washington. For more information, contact the Transit and Parking Services office at 737-2583.


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