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Today in the News Media

'Smart' Fitting Room Suggests What to Wear
(Discovery Channel News)

When it comes to buying clothes, what looks good is a combination of personal preference and fashion trends. But shoppers can feel overwhelmed by the choices and often seek advice from friends. Now a dressing room equipped with cameras and interactive displays could lead to intelligent fitting rooms that connect shoppers to a social fashion network, where they can see themselves and others wearing different outfits. "The system improves [a shopper's] confidence in the decision-making process and improves their shopping experience," said Wei Zhang, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Cascadia forearc earthquakes studied
(United Press International)

U.S. geologists have reported evidence of probable low-angle thrust earthquakes on the Juan de Fuca-North America plate boundary. Anne Trehu and colleagues at Oregon State University said two 2004 clusters of earthquakes occurred in the central part of the Cascadia forearc -- a northwestern Washington-southwestern British Columbia region. The researchers' analysis suggests both events, which had magnitudes of 4.9 and 4.8 on the Richter scale, resulted from low-angle thrust motion between the North America and Juan de Fuca plates in the zone that is generally thought to be locked.

OSU e-campus enrollment hits a new high

Oregon State University's extended campus is growing by leaps and bounds. Online enrollment at OSU's e-campus program is up 17% compared to fall of 2006. Students can begin and complete their degree online without even setting foot on campus. Total enrollment is just under 3,200 students. E-campus director at OSU, David King, says, "I think the reason is maybe twofold. One is that we have a good product and we market it well. The other thing is we're at the right place at the right time. Growth in online course interest has grown phenomenally in the last 4 to 5 years."

Today on Campus

The Ethnic Studies Department presents a three-part “Noon Speakers Series” highlighting contributors to “Seeing Color: Indigenous Peoples and Racialized Ethnic Minorities in Oregon,” a new book edited and published by faculty of the Ethnic Studies Department. The series kicks off today at noon with a talk by Ed Edmo and Lani Roberts at the Memorial Union, Room 211, the American Indian Room. Pizza will be provided, and all are welcome to attend, free of charge.

The Microsoft Truck will be at OSU today, offering students, staff and faculty a hands-on, interactive environment with experts available to answer questions about Microsoft products. The truck is being hosted by the College of Business and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It will be parked between Bexel and the Kelley Engineering Center. Info:

Mike Rich, screenwriter for "Finding Forrester," "The Rookie," and "Radio," will be the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Fellow today, and as part of his fellowship, AEP will be showing “Finding Forrester” and “The Rookie.” For more information on these events, please visit our web site.

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

The third-annual gymnastics “Pink-Out” meet, designed to raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer, is set for Friday, Jan. 25. The first 1,000 fans to enter Gill Coliseum will receive a free “Pink-Out” t-shirt at the door, compliments of the Corvallis Clinic and Samaritan Health Services, proud supporters of OSU Athletics and the annual Pink-Out event. This year, in addition to the “Pink-Out” gymnastics meet, the Gymnastics Booster Club and the 10.0 Club, will be hosting a "Pink Out" breakfast and silent auction on Saturday, Jan. 26. All proceeds from this event will benefit two local charities: WISH (Women Investing in Samaritan Health) and Project HER (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.). WISH is a program that works with the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation in Corvallis to support the health care needs of area women and children. Project HER is a network of breast cancer survivors who work through the Corvallis Clinic Foundation to provide support to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Purchase tickets for the Pink Out in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS.

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

OSU Student Health Services is seeing an increased number of influenza cases this week. Typical symptoms include fever, body aches, headache and cough. It’s not too late to get your flu shot or nasal mist to protect yourself. Drop by SHS in the Plageman building between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to receive your vaccination. If you become ill, staying home, covering your cough and carefully washing your hands will minimize spread to others. For additional information call SHS at 737-2724 or go to

Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Thursday, Jan. 31. The Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Reynolds at

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund Spring 2007-08 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at the Research Office web site. Info: E-mail Debbie Delmore or call 737-8390.


Due to extensive repairs on the reverse osmosis (RO) water system, all RO water service to the Ag Life Science Building will be shutdown, possibly through today. If you have questions concerning this shutdown, contact Cory Destefano at 737-7645 or Facilities Services at 737-2969. Building staff with questions should contact building managers Joan Sandeno at 737-4520 or Rockie Yarwood at 737-5744.

Due to roadway maintenance, the northbound lane on 14th/15th street, between Jefferson Street and Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown today to all vehicle traffic. Please expect traffic delays and plan accordingly. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. If you have any questions concerning this shutdown, please contact Hank Kemper at 737-9080 or Facilities Services at 737-2969.


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