Aug 14 2014

NNSA Fellowship (for US Citizens)

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The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in global nuclear security.  Fellows work on programs designed to counter nuclear proliferation and maintain nuclear security. 

During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits term, Fellows work in policy or technical areas alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.  Fellows receive specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.  Fellows will interact with leading researchers in the field while helping shape the vision for future technologies related to detection of nuclear materials and the security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Applicants must be U.S. citizens eligible for a high-level security clearance, and are accepted to, enrolled in, or will be graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program during the year of application.

Desirable academic specializations for the policy track include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, economics and related fields.  For the technical track, desirable academic specializations include nuclear physics/ engineering, chemical engineering, radiation health physics, radiochemistry, chemical sciences, applied physics, fire protection, and related fields. Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.

A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus.  Applications typically are accepted beginning in early August through October 21st. Fellowship terms begin the following summer. Visit to learn more and apply.



Debra McIntosh

Oregon State University – Graduate School

300 Kerr Administration Bldg.

Corvallis, OR  97331-1221



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Aug 14 2014

NSF Grad Research Fellowship

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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)

Due dates are in late Oct 2014, early Nov 2014.

GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications.  Disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, are invited to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This opportunity is described in a Dear Colleague Letter:


Dear Colleague Letter – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107)




Debra McIntosh

Oregon State University – Graduate School

300 Kerr Administration Bldg.

Corvallis, OR  97331-1221

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Jul 31 2014

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow @ UMaine

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position open in Forest Modeling and Quantitative Silviculture at the University of Maine.


The successful candidate is expected to pursue an independent research program to increase our understanding about the effects of partial harvest systems on the regeneration, growth, and productivity in the Acadian forest. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Forestry or closely related field, experience with forest modeling, regeneration, silviculture, and forest ecology, as well as strong quantitative skills and demonstrated success publishing in scientific journals.

Review of applications begins August 20, 2014.


For more information see job flyer:  UMaine post-doc in forest modeling



Robert G. Wagner
Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in Forestry
Director, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) and
Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU)
5755 Nutting Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755
Phone: 207-581-2903
Fax: 207-581-9358

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Jul 25 2014

2014 Desert Conference (Bend, Oregon): September 19-20, 2014

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Mickey Basin & Steens Mountain. Image: Jim Davis

Wilderness Weekend continues! This year, thanks to our incredible partners Patagonia, East Cascade Audubon Society, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Oregon Sierra Club, Oregon Wild, OSU-Cascades, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Worthy Brewing Company — as well as support from seventeen additional conservation groups — ONDA is hosting the 27th Desert Conference.

The Desert Conference brings together, inspires and educates over 200 attendees who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. We’ll focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and its future promise with two days filled with compelling panel discussions & presentations, hikes and keynote speakers.

Desert Conference Registration: $60

Includes an all-access pass to all keynote speakers, panel sessions, hikes, activities and celebrations. Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets must be purchased separately.

For more information:  Website

Register now!

 Keynote speakers:

  • Roderick Nash, Author of Wilderness and the American Mind and Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies | University of California, Santa Barbara
  • John Leshy, Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Law U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
  • Jarold Ramsey, Central Oregon award-winning essayist, playwright and poet
  • Ellen Waterston, Nature of Words Founder and award-winning author and poet

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Jul 25 2014

Job Announcement: Sustainable Northwest Forest Program Associate

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Sustainable Northwest is excited to be seeking a full time Forest Program Associate to continue our work with forest collaboratives in Oregon and Washington.

For more information please see job description:  SNW Forest Program Associate Job Description

 Deadline to apply:  August 22, 2014

Patrick Shannon, Forest Program Director
direct (503) 221-6911 x 117
mobile (503) 358-8239
Innovative solutions for healthy landscapes and vibrant communities.
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Jul 24 2014

Course for Fall: ST 599 Introduction to Quantitative Genomics

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ST 599 will provide graduate students with an overview of the biological and quantitative concepts underlying genomic research and data analysis. It is a companion course to Prof. Yuan Jiang’s Winter course entitled Statistical Genomics.

Students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., statistics, biology, computer science) are encouraged to enroll.

For more information please see flyer:


or contact:

Thomas J. Sharpton
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
Department of Statistics
Oregon State University
(541) 737-8623
@tjsharpton <>

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Jul 23 2014

New MCB Courses for Fall: Unix/Linux & Command Line Data Analysis

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Dear Community,

It seems that we’ve barely started with summer, but already we’ve got to be thinking ahead to fall term! This fall we¹ll again be offering the “Intro. to Unix/Linux” and “Command-Line Data Analysis” special topics modules through the CGRB and MCB program. These are a great opportunity to learn about the powerful command-line environment for bioinformatics and related tasks, as well as learn the special features of the CGRB computational infrastructure.

Just to mention a few highlights, we will:

* Log into and navigate remote systems,

* Install and run software such as HMMER and BLAST

* Write scripts and work with file permissions

* Parse and modify input and output data

* Cover the syntax of regular expressions

These courses will run this fall on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @ 1pm, and are open to students, postdocs, and faculty alike. Space is limited though, so interested parties should contact Shawn O’Neil at to reserve a spot or get departmental approval for registration.

See the attached flyer for additional info.



Shawn O’Neil, Ph.D.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing ALS 3133, Oregon State University

(541) 737-0018

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Jul 17 2014

Graduate Student Research Opportunity (for doctoral students)

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

Program descriptions for the Office of Science’s six research program offices are summarized below to provide the context for the scientific and technical areas of priority interest to the Office of Science.

I. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science

II. Basic Energy Sciences (BES)

III. Biological and Environmental Research (BER)

  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Plant Breeding Science for Sustainable Bioenergy
  • Environmental System Science

IV. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)

V. High Energy Physics (HEP)

VI. Nuclear Physics (NP)

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

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Jul 14 2014

Graduate Fellowships: Oregon Coastal Resilience & Adaptation

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2014-16 Oregon Coastal Resilience & Adaptation Graduate Fellowships

4-8 Graduate Fellowship Stipends available (up to $19,800 each per year)

Application Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014, before 5:00 p.m. PST

Fellowship Period: September 2014-August 2016

Oregon Sea Grant is now accepting applications from graduate students who are affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for research projects that apply accepted social science methodology to address resilience and adaptation related to the state’s important marine and coastal issues. 

For more information:

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Jul 11 2014

Summer Course for Thesis/Dissertation Writers: WR 599: Writing Workshop


Graduate Students:  Jump-Start your Thesis or Dissertation

August 17-22, 2014


WR 599: Writing Workshop

For Thesis and Dissertation Writers

Across the University


Writing 599 is a 3 credit graduate writing workshop for thesis and dissertation writers in all disciplines, offered on the OSU campus in a one week concentrated format beginning Sunday evening, August 17.  The enrollment is limited to fifteen graduate students.  The purpose is for masters and PhD students to jump-start their thesis writing through intensive work on their own writing project, daily individual conferences with the professor, and group discussions of writing issues.  The course is open to all graduate students who are at the writing stage, which means they have enough of their research done that they are writing the thesis or dissertation.  That could range from a survey of the literature to methodology section, to final stages of development.  In certain majors where the proposal constitutes dissertation chapters, writing the proposal is also appropriate as long as the student is prepared to begin writing.


This is not a course for brand new graduate students or those in early stages of thesis or dissertation research.


Taking this course requires that students clear the decks of all other courses, employment, child care, and obligations from Sunday evening through Friday 3 pm and focus only on their thesis for this time.   Monday through Friday the course meets 8:30 to 4:00 for individual writing and conferencing and then again 7-9 p.m. for group discussions.  The expectation is that most of the time is devoted to individual writing, with regular gatherings for conference and workshop throughout the time.


Registration information for WR 599: Go to OSU online registration, select Summer 2014, select Written English, and scroll to the bottom for WR 599, Special Topics.  The course is 3 credits and is graded.  I request that students who register for the course send me a contact email so that I can update them on information about books and course specifics.


If the course is full when you register, please join the waiting list as there are always spots opening over the summer.


Teacher:  Dr. Vicki Tolar Burton, Professor of English, OSU.  Dr. Tolar Burton’s specialization is the teaching of writing with a special interest in writing in the disciplines.  She also directs the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program for the University.

For questions, contact


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