Wednesday, June 13, 2018

OSU Today

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.
$88M grant allows Oregon State to contract construction of second research vessel (KVAL)
Oregon State University has contracted construction of a second research vessel to bolster the nation’s aging academic fleet. (see also Marine Log, Register Guard, Portland Business Journal)
Quake expert: Portland needs to shake up seismic retrofits (Portland Tribune)
Three years ago, Chris Goldfinger featured prominently in a Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker article that drove a new public awareness of the surprising odds that a subduction earthquake off the coast of Oregon could devastate the Pacific Northwest. Despite a newfound scientific celebrity that extends nationwide, however, the marine geologist’s recent activities in Portland have taught a very old lesson — it’s hard to fight City Hall.
The battle behind the periodic table’s latest additions (Nature)
Most researchers voted to delay the announcement, says Walter Loveland, a nuclear chemist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. And that triggered a remarkable reaction from some of the Russian scientists who had led efforts that resulted in three of the elements. “They just stomped their feet and walked out,” says Loveland. “I’ve never seen that in a scientific meeting.”
 Study shows significant math, reading gains for English learners (Education Dive)
“Despite the downsides of No Child Left Behind, the substantial recent progress of multilingual students demonstrated in our research suggests that the bundle of various policies and practices at the federal, state, district and school levels may have together been more beneficial than harmful,” New York University Associate Professor Michael J. Kieffer, who co-authored the study with Karen D. Thompson, …

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