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
Sustainable Northwest.org
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
lab.sharpton.org <http://lab.sharpton.org/>

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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 shawn.oneil@cgrb.oregonstate.edu 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: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

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 sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.


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: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/fellowships/coastal-resilience

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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 vicki.tolarburton@oregonstate.edu


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Jul 11 2014

PhD “Studentship” Opportunities in Scotland

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Two positions available:

  • Mapping and Repositioning Forestry Skills for the 21st Century
  • Factors controlling the abundance of pine-tree lappet moth in north-east Scotland.

Please see flyer for details:

IC UHI Forestry studentships advert final



Web: www.crrs.uhi.ac.uk

Inverness College UHI, a partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk Board of Management of Inverness College (known as Inverness College UHI), Scottish Charity No SC021197.

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Jul 11 2014

Presentation Monday July 14: “Setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded earth”

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An invitation from Dan Edge to the College of Forestry:

Please join us Monday, July 14 from 1:30 – 2:30 in the Willamette Room of CH2M Hill Alumni Center when Sonny Ramaswamy,  former Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and current Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) presents a seminar, “Setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded earth”.

Sonny will also host a question and answer session immediately following the seminar.  All are invited to attend both events.

Please pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested in joining us.



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Jul 03 2014

OSU Travel Award: Deadline August 1 for Travel between September 1 and January 31

Travel Award Application Deadlines

      • May 1 for travel between June 1 and October 31
      • August 1 for travel between September 1 and January 31
      • November 1 for travel between December 1 and April 30 of the following year

An application may be submitted before a notice of acceptance has been received from the conference organizer, but an award will not be made until the notification has been received.

Travel Award Details

Awards are intended to cover up to half of the full cost of attending a conference (air and or ground transportation, hotel, meals, and meeting registration). Approximately 10 awards will be made per quarter. The maximum award will be $500 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel. The department or program should indicate the % of the travel expenses that will be covered by the department/program or other sources. Applicants supported on grants, fellowships, or other means that identify funds specifically for student travel should indicate the % of the travel costs that will be paid from the grant or fellowship funds.

For application details, visit

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