Nov 24 2014

W’15 Course: Green Infrastructure (online)

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Announcing a New OSU Online Graduate Course: Green Infrastructure

FES 560 Winter Quarter 2015 4 credits CRN 40444

Green infrastructure refers to the natural resource base upon which cities have been built, and includes urban tree canopy, natural areas and parks, urban streams and watersheds, and the trees, soil, water, and wildlife resources found in urban ecosystems. Green infrastructure planning is a strategic landscape planning approach that incorporates both the natural environment and engineered systems to manage water, conserve ecosystem values and functions, and provide a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife.

OSU’s new FES 560 online course will explore the relationship between the natural and built environments in cities and examine how planning for and managing green infrastructure assets increases economic health, community livability and ecological resilience in cities. Using a Green Infrastructure approach to planning, we will recognize, quantify, and apply ecosystem services concepts in urban settings and assess how stormwater management, energy conservation, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aesthetic and cultural values, and improved community health can be attained in balance with development.

For additional details, contact Paul Ries at   12

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Nov 24 2014

W’15 Course: FOR 518, Managing Forest Nutrition

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New Graduate Course in Forest Soils: Managing Forest Nutrition

FOR 518 – Winter Quarter – 3 credits – CRN 40595

In this course we will utilize instructor led lectures and student led discussions to synthesize current information on nutrient limitations of forest productivity and long-term forest productivity. We will explore methods to mitigate and manage forest nutritional issues. At the end of this course students will be able to: 1) Explain methods of determining forest nutrient limitations, 2) Describe how and where nutrient limitations occur and mitigation strategies, 3) Describe how plant roots forage for and uptake nutrients, 4) Describe the role of soil biota and soil organic matter to site nutrition, 5) Explain methods to ameliorate nutrient limitations and impacts to soils and site productivity caused by management and disturbance, 6) Explain the factors important in assessing the long-term soil sustainability of forest management practices, 7) Explain the factors in managing forest nutrition in fire prone forests or hydric soils, and 8) Explain the role of tree species in influencing forest nutrition in mono- and mixed-species plantations.   12/5

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Nov 21 2014

Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

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Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. Recipients obtain first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

Winners Receive:

• A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual two-day event that brings scientists to the nation’s capital to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. The 2015 event will be held in late spring 2015. Domestic travel and hotel expenses will be paid for the winners.

• Policy and communication training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding.

• Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.

• A one-year AIBS membership, including a subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of “Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.”

The 2015 award is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior winners and AIBS policy interns/fellows are not eligible.

To apply: Send a cover letter, statement, resume, and letter of reference to no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

For more information see the website and the EPPLA_2015_Announcement


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Nov 20 2014

W’15 Course: Global Change Ecology

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Global Change Ecology: Impacts, Mitigation, & Adaptation

FES 600 (3 credits) CRN 40823

Winter 2015

Time:  Tues, Thurs 1200-1350

Instructor:  Bev Law (RH328)

Room:  Peavy 256



 Explore key research findings on global environmental change and dynamics of the Earth System, including climate change and degradation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

  • Read, discuss, and present current literature on global change science and policy
  • Learn to communicate findings
  • Explore human dimensions of global change

The class is an interdisciplinary discourse on what is known about global change and dynamics of the

Earth System including principles of climate, influences on ecosystem functioning and connectivity (oceans, land, atmosphere), and societal issues to understand responses of the Earth System to human activities. We discuss the scientific basis for global change assessments and policy measures. Students lead discussions of current research findings, and present ideas for minimizing impacts on ecosystems and the atmosphere. Students receive Leopold Leadership Program training that provides scientists with skills needed to be effective leaders and science communicators.

Topics include: Climate change – the physical science basis, the climate system and its variability; attribution, extreme events; Impacts of changing climate on ecosystem biophysical processes, species vulnerability, migration, adaptation, and extinction in terrestrial and marine environments; Food security; Human adaptation and mitigation activities to minimize impacts of climate change; knowledge to action, paradigm shifts; International policy; policy analysis – economic impacts, assessment modeling, carbon taxes; science communication.


Beverly Law

Prof. Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science
328 Richardson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph: 541.737.6111


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Nov 20 2014

Port Blakely/OSWA Scholarships

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Small Woods

Port Blakely/OSWA College Scholarships

In celebration of Port Blakely Tree Farms LP’s 150th anniversary in 2014 Port Blakely and OSWA awarded two $1000 scholarships to children of OSWA members who were Juniors registered in a natural resource college Fall Term 2014.  OSWA is now offering similar scholarships for any class status up to $1000 to the children and grandchildren of OSWA members who are registered as a full time student in a natural resource college Winter Term 2015.  The scholarships are available because of a generous gift from Port Blakely.

Winter Term 2015 Port Blakely/OSWA College Scholarship Details:

To apply a student must be:

1.    A child or grandchild of an OSWA member in good standing and

2.    Be registered as a full time student in a natural resource degree college program 2015 Winter Term


Applicants must provide:

1.    Name, address, phone, and email address

2.    Name, address, and phone for their parent or grandparent who is an OSWA member in good standing

3.    Evidence of being registered as a winter term full time student in a natural resource college degree

4.    A minimum 500 word essay about the applicant’s goals in their professional career following graduation

5.    Letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s interest in natural resources (parent, grandparent, councilor, employer, etc.)


Applications are due by February 20, 2015. They can be mailed to OSWA, 187 High Street, NE, Suite 208, Salem, OR 97301 or emailed to Jim James Contact Jim James with questions about the scholarships.

An OSWA Scholarship Committee appointed by the Executive Committee will determine how the scholarships are distributed.  It is intended that the successful applicants will receive their scholarships sometime during the 2015 Winter Term. Applicants do not need to use an official application form, but one is available on the OSWA website and the link in this message.

Scholarship Application Form

Scholarship Announcement 2015 Winter Term


Port Blakely has been a longtime supporter of family forest values and a member and supporter of OSWA.  They are also a Gold OSWA Patron.  Port Blakely Tree Farm is part of the Port Blakely Companies which was founded in 1864 on Bainbridge Island in Washington as Port Blakely Mills.  Port Blakely Companies share a common set of values – integrity, respect, quality, innovation, and environmental stewardship.  They have a history of supporting family forest owners in Oregon and Washington in a variety of ways.   

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Nov 20 2014

W’15 Course: GRAD 522 Preparing an IRB Submission

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The IRB of the Research Office and the Graduate School are excited to announce a new course that will be offered in winter term for graduate students on preparing an IRB submission.  The course will be taught by Daniel Newhart, Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation, and Planning.



Workshop-style course resulting in applications that are ready for IRB review. Ethical issues in research will be discussed. Students will draft all submission materials outside of class and participate in the critique of each other’s protocols and consent forms. IRB approval will not be granted as part of this class. Graded P/N.


PREREQS: (a) CITI Course – Curriculum 1 Human Subjects Protection (Group 1 Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel OR Group 2 Biomedical Researchers). Register at an affiliate with OSU. (b) Students must have prior sign-off from their mentor/major professor indicating that their research topic has been approved and that the student has successfully completed the basic research methods requirements in their program.

Holistic Graduate Education (HGE) is a Graduate School initiative to provide educational and training opportunities to cover vital professional and soft skills. The HGE will catalyze a change in how graduate students are prepared to become our future leaders, scholars, scientists, engineers, artists and professionals.

See other Graduate School course offerings at:

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Nov 17 2014

Garden Club of America’s Urban Forestry Fellowship

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Applications being accepted for the Garden Club of America’s Urban Forestry Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2015


The Garden Club of America (GCA) with the support of Casey Trees of Washington, DC, is soliciting applications for its national urban forestry fellowship. GCA has a history of interest in the health of the urban forest and would like to support young scientists in their undergraduate and graduate studies in this field.  The study areas of interest are far reaching, including urban forest management and planning as well as topics in biology, ecology, or human health that will specifically move urban forest science forward. The GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestry will be awarded in early 2015. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at Virginia Tech composed of practicing urban forestry scientists and professionals in related fields. Final selection is made by The Garden Club of America.

The fellowship is highly competitive and applicants must present clearly in their applications how they will advance the GCA’s goal of increasing future capacity in urban forestry research.

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to both graduate students and advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies or a closely related field at any 4-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be students in the U.S. who will be enrolled as juniors or seniors or graduate students during the fellowship period (2015-64).  The award is for $5,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.

Application Process: For more information, online application forms, and past recipients, visit   or contact Dr. Susan D. Day at or 540-231-7264.


For more information about…

The Garden Club of America, visit

Casey Trees, visit

The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech, visit

The Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, visit

The Garden Club of America strives to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.  Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Urban Forestry.



A Land-Grant University – Putting Knowledge to Work An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution




Dr. Susan D. Day, Associate Professor
Department of Forest Resources & Conservation and
     Department of Horticulture
310 Cheatham Hall (0324)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Nov 17 2014


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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology - COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT

Winter Term 2015 – 3 credits



BOT 499 = CRN 39853

BOT 599 = CRN 39855


Instructor:  Dr. Russ Ingham (Cordley 2076, 737-5255)

Class Location:   Cordley 3089, Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50, Lab: W 1:00-3:50

Nematodes are the most abundant animals on earth. They compose a large and diverse group of organisms that fill many important functions in natural and managed ecosystems. It is estimated that 50% are marine, 25% are free-living in soil or freshwater, 15% are animal parasites and 10% are plant parasites.

Annual worldwide crop losses due to nematodes are estimated at $100 billion and US losses at $6 billion. Nematodes can also represent significant barriers to trade if agricultural products have been grown in fields with species considered to be quarantine pests. However, most nematodes in soil are beneficial and contribute to the soil ecosystem processes such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. Structure of nematode communities serve as important indicators of soil health. This course is an introduction to the diversity of nematodes with emphasis on plant-pathogenic nematodes.

However topics addressing free-living nematodes important in nutrient cycling, entomophilic nematodes used for control of insect pests, and vertebrate parasites of medical and veterinary importance will also be featured.


For more information see flyer:  Biology of Nematodes Course Announcement 2015

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Nov 17 2014

Presentation: Ingredients of Innovation

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The Public Policy graduate program and Mediators Beyond Borders are happy to announce Dr. Geoffrey Wright will be returning to OSU this year to share an engaging presentation on the “ingredients of innovation”. If you are interested in learning how to adopt a more innovative approach to research and general problem solving, please join us!

Following Dr. Wright, there will be a short informative meeting about OSU’s chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders and opportunities for involvement this academic year.

Who: Dr. Geoffrey Wright

What: Short lecture and mini-workshop on innovation and how YOU can be more innovative.

When: November 24th 2014, 1:00-2:00 PM

Where: Memorial Union (MU) 211

Flier attached:  ingredients of innovation announcement


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Nov 17 2014

Job: Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Valley Burn Boss/ORFO FMO

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Nature Conserve

Applications will be accepted through through November 25, 2014.

Questions or inquiries can be directed to Dan Bell.

 Willamette BB-ORFMO Position Description


Dan Bell
Willamette Basin Conservation Director
The Nature Conservancy – Oregon Chapter
821 SE 14th Ave.  Portland, OR  97214
Phone: (503) 802-8129
Fax: (503) 802-8199

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