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Jane Lubchenco kicks off OSU speaker series at da Vinci Days

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University professor and former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will give the opening night keynote address at Corvallis’ annual da Vinci Days festival on Friday, July 19.

Her presentation, “From the Silly to the Sublime: Stories about Science in D.C,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Whiteside Theater. It is free and open to the public.

Lubchenco will reflect on her experiences with NOAA, the federal agency in charge of weather forecasts and warnings, climate records and outlooks. NOAA is also the nation’s ocean agency, managing fisheries, monitoring changes, and being the steward of ocean health in federal waters. NOAA’s satellites, ships, planes and other platforms and its cadre of scientists provide the information and understanding that support those activities.

Since stepping down from NOAA, Lubchenco has been on leave at Stanford University and plans to return to Oregon State in June.

Lubchenco’s talk will launch a weekend series of family-friendly talks by Oregon State researchers that will focus on the ongoing Mars rover mission, decoding the golden ratio, underwater photography from Antarctica and invasive bullfrogs in our lakes and streams.

All weekend presentations will be held in Kearney Hall, which is located on the university campus across from the da Vinci Days festival site. They are also free and open to the public.

Steve Amen, host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s popular Oregon Field Guide, will conclude the series as the festival’s closing speaker. His presentation, “Oregon’s Splendor,” will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday in Kearney Hall. He will share some of his favorite spots in Oregon, from the high desert to the coast.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s left-brain-meets-right-brain genius, the first da Vinci Days festival was held in 1989. In addition to the speaker series, this celebration of arts, science and technology features independent films, live music and a kinetic sculpture race. Hands-on exhibition booths and demonstrations on the Oregon State campus invite students and families to explore the many creative sides of OSU and the Corvallis community. 

See more about da Vinci Days at www.davincidays.org.

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Michael Dalton, 541-992-1929

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Science Pub focuses on elder caregiving

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With the growing number of Americans over the age of 65 already at an all-time high, caring for elderly parents or partners is becoming a common experience. At the June 10 Corvallis Science Pub, two speakers will discuss their research on caregiving.

The Oregon State University researchers will focus on reducing stress, protecting the mental and physical health of caregivers and on the relationship between the givers and recipients of care.

The Science Pub presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, located at 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

The speakers are Karen Hooker and Carolyn Mendez-Luck of the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Hooker is the Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research. Her research focuses on perception of the self in understanding mental and physical health. She has examined caregiving for people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Mendez-Luck is an assistant professor of human development and family sciences as well as health management and policy. She has studied family caregiving and aging-related health disparities in Latino families.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.


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Karen Hooker, 541-737-4336

Carolyn Mendez-Luck, 541-737-4503

NASA astronaut to discuss asteroids and Earth protection

CORVALLIS, Ore. – NASA astronaut Stanley G. Love will discuss asteroids, how we might send people to explore them, and how to protect the Earth from them in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, June 5.

The presentation, “Near-Earth Asteroids: Threats and Opportunities,” will be in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall beginning at 4 p.m.

Asteroids have been of recent interest with the fireball above the Ural Mountains in Russia, the near-Earth passing of Asteroid 2012 DA14, and the upcoming pass of Asteroid 1998 QE2.

Love, a graduate of Churchill High School in Eugene, is the co-inventor of the “gravity tractor,” a novel method to controllably modify the orbits of hazardous asteroids.

He also flew in space for more than 12 days on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2008, including two spacewalks, 203 Earth orbits, and operation of the shuttle’s robotic arms while working on the International Space Station.

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Mark Huey, 541-737-8260

Dancing with the OSU Stars returns to campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will thump with the pulsing beat of the rumba and swing with the fast pace of the paso doble on May 30, when Dancing with the OSU Stars returns to LaSells Stewart Center.

The annual event pairs OSU students, faculty and staff with local ballroom dance professionals in a dance-off, competing for the Mirror Ball trophy. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This year's OSU Stars and their dances are:

  • Ilene Kleinsorge, dean of the College of Business, waltz
  • Kevin Gatimu, African Students Association, samba
  • Wenmin Wang, INTO OSU, West Coast swing
  • Luke Kawasaki, Pride Center, paso doble
  • Ann Asbell, director of Physical Activity Course program, country 2-step
  • Lauren Greenlees, president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, rumba
  • Eric Alexander, director of Student Leadership & Involvement, Charleston
  • Chelsea Buckland, former Canadian soccer Olympian, cha cha 

Tickets will be sold at Women’s Building Room 007I or Langton Hall Room 123. They’ll also be available Monday-Friday in the Memorial Union Quad from May 20-30. They are $5 for students, $8 general admission. They’ll also be available at the door the night of the event.

The event is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/489520944446855/?fref=ts

For photos from the 2011 event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/sets/72157626467769499/


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Rylan Wall: wallr@onid.orst.edu

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Robert Michael Pyle to appear at OSU for Campus Creature Census Celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Master naturalist and author Robert Michael Pyle will be the featured guest at the Campus Creature Census Celebration, which will be held Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the International Living and Learning Center at Oregon State University.

The center is located at 1701 S.W. Western Blvd. in Corvallis.

Winning artwork and photography will be on display, and prose and poetry winners will share their entries at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project, the Campus Creature Census is an ongoing invitation to engage with all non-human creatures. According to Charles Goodrich, director of Spring Creek, the goal of the event is to create a catalog of person-to-person encounters with all the flora and fauna on campus, in prose or poetry, visual art or photography, or field guide-type entry.

Pyle is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier lepidopterists and the author of award-winning books informed by his engagement with nature. His books include “Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land,” “Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide,” and his latest, “The Tangled Bank.”

For more information, go to http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198

OSU celebrates opening of new Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws

*Note to reporters: A preview media tour of the Longhouse can be arranged on Wednesday during the Salmon Bake.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The grand opening of the new Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University will take place Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

The new building, called Eena Haws, or ‘Beaver House’ in Chinook, is just south of the former longhouse, which is located at the corner of Jefferson Way and 26th Street in the heart of campus.

The new Longhouse, designed by Seattle architectural firm Jones & Jones, replaces a World War II-era Quonset hut.

The new structure reflects the shape and style of a traditional Oregon Coast longhouse while respecting the multiple tribal cultures represented at OSU. It was designed and developed in collaboration with Native students at OSU, who provided input and had decision-making roles throughout the entire process.

The Longhouse is the first of four new cultural centers Jones & Jones has designed for OSU. The centers are being funded with gifts from donors to The Campaign for OSU and university resources. The new 3,700-square-foot center includes a gathering hall, multi-purpose spaces for studying, relaxing and counseling, a kitchen, computer labs, an administrative office and a special sacred space.

For Mariah Huhndorf, an Alaska native of Athabaskan and Yupik descent, working at the Longhouse was a family tradition. Her older brother and sister worked at the center, and when she came to campus she was quickly welcomed into the community. The Longhouse was where she met her best friend, and where she had a chance to develop leadership skills and take on new responsibilities. It’s also where she learned to appreciate the ways in which her Native background made her unique.

“People were interested in my culture and it made me more proud to be able to share it with others,” she said.

Victoria Nguyen, director of Diversity Development at OSU, said the building of new cultural centers on campus demonstrates the dedication the campus has to supporting students of color.

“Diversity is a core initiative for OSU,” Nguyen said, “and in a time of budget constraints where some diversity programs (on other campuses) are being eliminated, we’re stating that we’re investing in diversity, and telling our community how important that is.”

The Longhouse has been decorated with donated artwork from Pacific Northwest Native artists, including the centerpiece, a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree totem created by master carver Clarence Mills of Vancouver, B.C., and two assistant carvers. Mills is a member of the Haida Nation, an indigenous people located in Canada and Alaska. The work was commissioned by Oregon State University alumni Luana (’72) and Jim Whyte (’70, MS ’72), who reside in Vancouver, B.C., and have a long-standing admiration for Native American artwork. (For a full story on the totem: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/800-year-old-fallen-cedar-tree-transformed-into-totem-pole-for-osu-longhouse/)

Daniel Cardenas, a graduate teaching assistant working with the Longhouse staff, said the new facility provides a home away from home for students, and a sense of community that helps them as students and individuals.

“For some Native students, the deck is stacked against them,” Cardenas said. “Here at the Longhouse we’re able to cover many forms of wellness (spiritual, social, etc). That has a long-term benefit to OSU in terms of student retention.”

Nguyen agreed.

“We have students provide testimony that says if not for the cultural centers I would not have had as full or rich an experience,” Nguyen said. “Students are choosing OSU because of our cultural centers and because they can find a place where they can make a connection with other students who share their culture.”

In addition to the opening ceremony, there will be several other events taking place that week on campus. On Wednesday, May 15, the 15th annual Salmon Bake will be held in the MU Quad from noon to 3 p.m. And during the weekend, May 18-19, the annual OSU Klatow Eena (Go Beavers) Powwow takes place in McAlexander Fieldhouse.


Editor’s note: For photos, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/sets/72157633443594647/

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Victoria Nguyen, 541-737-6341

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OSU Beavers across nation gear up for day of service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University volunteers from across the nation will gather in their communities this Saturday to show their Beaver spirit through the annual OSU Community Day of Service.

This rapidly growing annual event includes groups of alumni, students and friends of OSU from across Oregon, the West Coast, and even some as far as the nation’s capital.

“In addition to helping with many important community needs, Day of Service is a chance for Beaver alumni to reconnect with their fellow Oregon Staters wherever they live,” said Brian Collins, a volunteer in Washington D.C.

There is even a joint OSU-UO project in Philomath, bringing the number of OSU-related community projects to 40. The Philomath project involves student athletes from both universities working on a Habitat for Humanity build and is being organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

There are some unique projects such as clean-ups at a zoo, assisting with a low-cost feline vaccine clinic with OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as working with foster care homes and a rescued horse sanctuary.  Other projects include trail clean-ups, working with local downtown associations to clean up shopping areas, and work on community parks and memorials. One crew is working at the famous Portland Rose Gardens. 

Interested alumni and friends can still register for projects in their area by going to http://www.osualum.com/service. The projects take place from 9 a.m. to noon, May 18. Locations include eight in Portland, seven in Corvallis and Albany, six in California, four in Washington State, one in Idaho and one in Washington, D.C.  In Oregon there are also projects in Roseburg, Oakland, Eugene, Salem, Stayton, Dallas, Newberg, Newport, Bend and Bandon.

The Bandon project is a special beach clean-up where participants gather trash and make art sculptures. Volunteers will sort cleaned beach debris by color and assist staff to construct a sculpture of a sea creature out of the debris. See: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=2304&cid=3443&content_id=2278

For a full list of projects and locations: www.osualum.com/service

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Kate Sanders, 541-737-6220

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Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, in Gill Coliseum on the OSU campus.

As part of the weekend festivities, the Native American Student Association of OSU and Type1 Beavers will host the Jim Thorpe Dash for Diabetes Fun Run, May 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Native American Longhouse. Early registration for the run is available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/dash-diabetes. The event is free.

Free blood glucose screenings and advice from campus health professionals will be available along with refreshments, prizes and giveaways.

The 37th annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place at Gill Coliseum (660 S.W. 26th St.). On Saturday, the Grand Entries take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. This year’s theme of “Honoring Native Youth,” will feature a young adult dance competition with traditional, grass, fancy and jingle dances.

In addition to the powwow, the annual salmon bake takes place in the MU Quad from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. An open house at the new Native American Longhouse is set for Friday, May 17, 4 p.m., 311 S.W. 26th St.


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Becky Evans, 541-737-0760

Seventh “Diet and Optimum Health” conference planned at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Linus Pauling Institute will sponsor the seventh biennial conference on “Diet and Optimum Health” on May 15-18 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, including a free public session on Saturday morning about “Whole Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.”

The professional conference, which attracts some of the leading researchers in the world in the fields of diet, nutrition, micronutrients and other issues, will also include presentation of the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. This is one of the most significant awards in the world recognizing excellence in research on the roles of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in promoting health and preventing or treating disease.

The free public session, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, will be held Saturday, May 18, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics of discussion will include dietary and health approaches to help prevent cancer, metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity and other health concerns.

As part of the public events, a lunch with researchers from the Linus Pauling Science Center is also possible, at a cost of $10, and free tours of the center will be available in the afternoon. More information on the agenda, speakers, and lunch and tour registration is available online at http://bit.ly/15tPuXg

“For the first time holding our conference in Corvallis, this day of activities for the public will help people understand how cutting-edge research can make a difference in all of our lives,” said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute.

“These topics are very important, and will allow people to make the best choices about dietary approaches to help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity,” he said.

Topics at the professional conference will include sessions on:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acid oxidation and cardiovascular health
  • Diet and epigenetic impacts on disease and aging
  • Vitamin D—health benefits beyond bone
  • Health effects and mechanisms of action of xanthohumol
  • Health benefits of vitamin C: beyond scurvy
  • Micronutrients in fertility and pregnancy
  • Whole food approaches to disease prevention

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxygen Club of California. More information on speakers, registration and other issues is available online at http://bit.ly/10n9UhU


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Balz Frei, 541-737-5078

OSU choirs, alumni soloists to sing at Lincoln Center

NEW YORK – Three Oregon State University choirs will give a concert at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Sunday, May 12, and travel packages have been developed for those who wish to attend.

The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke; Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull; and the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russell Christensen, will participate in the performance, which begins at 5 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall.

Following the performance, the Oregon State University Alumni Association is hosting a reception in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center that will feature guest performances, food and beverages. The Alumni Association is also offering lodging and flight packages. For information, go to http://osualum.com.

In addition to performing at the Lincoln Center, the choirs will give a free public concert on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 W. 59th St.

The tour is being coordinated by the School of Arts & Communication in the College of Liberal Arts, and Music Celebrations International. Information is available at http://osunyc.com.

In the first half of the concert, the three choirs will together perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic work, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” with orchestra accompaniment, and featuring two OSU alumni soloists: Mari Stoner, soprano, a 2011 graduate in vocal performance; and Nickoli Strommer, baritone, a 2010 graduate in vocal performance.

The performance will also feature an innovative multi-media creation of Oregon State music technology professor, Kevin Patton, providing an experience of sight and sound.

In the second half of the concert, the choirs will each perform individually. There will also be a special guest performance by OSU alumnus Roosevelt Credit, baritone. Credit has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning productions of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” and Harold Prince’s revival of “Show Boat,” and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

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School of Arts and Communication: music, 541-737-4061