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Today in the News Media

Regency residents contract norovirus

About 25 people in Corvallis might be sick with norovirus, and the Benton County Health Department is investigating a suspected outbreak at an assisted living facility. Nine elderly residents at Regency Park Place at Corvallis might have the illness, and near the OSU campus, the number of potential cases grew: 12 members of Delta Gamma sorority also are now ill, up from 10 Wednesday afternoon and 5 members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity are also believed to be sick with norovirus.

Annual Bald Eagle Survey Yields Important Results
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A key annual event in the recovery of bald eagle populations is entering its 30th year this week as hundreds of observers nationwide take part in the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. This week, the USGS also announces results of a new analysis using the count data from 1986 through 2005. Based on 178,896 observations of wintering eagles during 8,674 surveys of 746 routes in 43 states, the analysis shows counts of wintering bald eagles increasing nationwide at a rate of 1.7% per year. Results are available on an updated website, Midwinter Bald Eagle Count, developed by the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science & Engineering based at Oregon State University, with funding from the National Biological Information Infrastructure.

Building A Better Sports Bra
(North American Press Syndicate)

The 1970s were watershed years for female athletes, with passage of Title IX ensuring equality in men's and women's sports - and the introduction of the first sports bra. The advent of cutting-edge technology has made today's sports gear even better, and the leading sports bra company, Champion, is using biomechanical research conducted in partnership with scientists at Oregon State University to test and evaluate its products.

Introducing OSU’s New iGen3
(In-Plant Graphics)

In-Plant Graphics, the online and print guide to the commercial printing industry, recently featured OSU Printing and Mailing Services for its installation of a new iGen3 printer through Xerox. The new technology is credited with keeping costs per page for color copies the same as it was two years ago with potential of dropping, if volume at the 22-employee plan continues to grow.

Today on Campus

Continuing registration and the drop/add period for the Winter 2008 term concludes today.

Oregon State University violin and viola instructor Jessica Lambert will perform in recital with pianist Seong Nahm tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 Southwest West Hills Road, Corvallis. The duo will perform Carol Philipp Emanuel Bach’s “Sonata in G minor,” Arnold Bax’s “Sonata No. 3,” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 9, Opus 47.” Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children and students.

Christopher Sabine of NOAA/PMEL presents "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ocean Uptake of Atmospheric CO2, Ocean Acidification and the Future Global Carbon Cycle," at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium (Room 110), 2601 S.W. Orchard Ave., as part of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences’ Frontiers Seminar series. Info: Kay Yates, 737 5193.

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

Bill Bogley, the second of three candidates for dean of the University Honors College, will discuss his vision for the UHC on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., in Memorial Union Room 206. Final candidate Andy Klein's presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m., in the MU Journey Room. More info:

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the OSU Department of Music will present a master class with Thomas Bagwell, an internationally acclaimed accompanist for classical singers and a former assistant conductor of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Bagwell will coach student singers and pianists from OSU on interpretation and presentation of classical art songs. The event is co-sponsored by Opera Theater Corvallis and will take place at the First Congregational Church, 4515 S.W. West Hills Road, Corvallis, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The class is open to the public and admission is free.

More upcoming events.


Elevator service on car number 4 in the Valley Library will be temporarily shutdown today beginning at 3:30 p.m. Facilities Services crews are working to expedite this maintenance project and anticipate restoration of service by 5:30 p.m. ADA access issues and other questions associated with this shutdown should be addressed to Jerry Medlock at 737-3310. Building staff with questions are requested to contact building managers Karyle Butcher, 737-7300, Kerrie Cook, 737-4633, or Philip Vue, 737-891.

All elevator service in Owen Hall will be temporarily shutdown today beginning at 5:30 p.m. Facilities Services crews are working to expedite this maintenance project and anticipate restoration of service by 8 p.m. ADA access issues and other questions associated with this shutdown should be addressed to Jerry Medlock at 737-3310. Building staff with questions are requested to contact building managers Kathy Westberg, 737-1786, or Chris Tasker, 737-2976.

News for Employees

Enhanced Classrooms Computer Log In Change: Due to concerns raised of possible risk to the security of classroom/student lists, there will no longer be a “local” computer login in enhanced classrooms. Each instructor will need to use his/her ONID or departmental login to access departmental shared drives. More info: Contact your departmental computer advisor or Diane Cooper at Media Services, 737-2120, or

Training & Professional Development has space available in the training course, "Dejunking Your Life" scheduled for 8:30-11:30, January 15. This program is designed to have you work with the small and big things in life that clutter your mind. Specifically, we'll work with the concepts of bringing items to completion, being more fully present and organizing your self to minimize clutter. To register, visit the OSU Professional Development Central Registration website ( )

The OSU Association of Office Professionals will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2008-09 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be full time OSU students with sophomore, junior or senior standing at the time of application, with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2008-09 academic year, have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, or regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in the OSU Association of Office Professionals. Applications available from Financial Aid, Student Involvement, the College of Business or any college with a business minor. A completed application, three letters of recommendation and a transcript must be submitted by Feb. 29, to Jeannie Davis, Office of Budgets & Fiscal Planning, 524 Kerr Administration Bldg, Corvallis, OR 97331, or via e-mail to

Facilities Services seeks an Architectural Drafter 2. This is a full-time, classified staff position, posting number 0001801. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Details can be found at OSU Human Resources.


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