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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Jul 01 2014

Course: GRAD 511 DESIGNING A PATH FOR SUCCESS (campus and online sections available)

GRAD 511. DESIGNING A PATH FOR SUCCESS is a one-credit course taught by members of the Graduate School Leadership Team and other OSU faculty that will help students navigate the path toward degree completion and success.  They will receive foundational knowledge about graduate school requirements, effective mentor/mentee relationships, financing their education, research integrity and professional conduct, innovation and commercialization, and other soft skills essential for their progress through a graduate program. The course also gives the student an opportunity to build community with other first-year graduate students.

Registration is open immediately; space is limited, so  register soon!

Corvallis Campus

CRN 20172

Wednesdays, 4-4:50PM

Fairbanks Hall, room 305


CRN 20367

For more information see announcement.


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Jul 01 2014

Job Announcement: Faculty Research Assistant (Nat. Resource Management)

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Dr. Emily Jane Davis is hiring a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty Research Assistant position.

Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head. The purpose of this Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) position is to provide research support for a qualitative study evaluating collaborative natural resource management in Oregon. Work takes place in an office environment. Incumbent is required to drive OSU Motor Pool vehicles to several rural locations across Oregon to conduct interviews.

Minimum qualifications are: Master’s degree in natural resource discipline such as Geography, Environmental Studies, Forestry, or Public Policy with coursework and/or a thesis completed on a social science topic; research experience with interview-based data collection and analysis; excellent written, electronic, and oral communications skills; experience working in a team setting with other researchers; and experience synthesizing information from multiple sources to create timelines and summaries.

Please view this posting at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp, posting number 0012642. Contact Emily Jane Davis at EmilyJane.Davis@Oregonstate.edu if you would like more information.  Closing date: July 25, 2014.

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Jul 01 2014

Job Announcement: Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Associate

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Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Associate, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

The Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program at Oregon State University (extension.forestry.oregonstate.edu) in Corvallis, Oregon seeks applicants for a Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension Associate.  This is a recurring 1.00 FTE, 12-month non-tenure-track Professional Faculty appointment to begin on August 14, 2014 or as soon thereafter as practicable.  Initial funding is for a two year term, with possibility of extension pending acceptable performance and availability of funding.


The FNR Extension Associate provides support to the FNR Extension Program and the Northwest Fire Science Consortium (www.nwfirescience.org).  The Associate will support the leaders of these organizations with web site development, social media postings, educational program development and delivery, coordination of advisory committees, and preparing reports of accomplishments.  The Associate will assist with managing web sites, including developing and posting new content, updating calendars, running analytics, and managing social media.  The Associate will also develop classroom and field programs, conduct field tours and field days, either alone or with partners such as Extension Agents and Specialists.  Topics will include forest fire, forest management, silviculture, and related natural resource topics.  Associate will also prepare educational materials such as Extension bulletins, fact sheets, research briefs, and technical reports.  Minimum requirements include Bachelor and Masters degrees, with at least one degree in Forestry or a related Natural Resources field, and experience with web site development and/or design and social media.   Preferred qualifications include: (a) experience in outreach or Extension Service educational program development and delivery; (b) experience in a natural resource field, particularly related to wildfire; (c) demonstrated strength in writing for general audiences; (d) strong written and verbal communication skills; (e) ability to work in teams and with a variety of state and federal agency and non-governmental organization partners; and (f) demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in the workforce.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


Application procedure: To view the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and search for posting #0012614 or contact Dr. James E. Johnson, Associate Dean, at 541-737-8954 (jim.johnson@oregonstate.edu).  Applications will be accepted through July 25, 2014 Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 54,500 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Jul 01 2014

FES 599 – Conservation Ethics Workshop

FES 599 – Conservation Ethics Workshop

(with a special focus on contemporary forestry practices in the PNW)

Fall Term 2014

Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28th

2 Credits, graded Pass/No Pass

Richardson Hall 107


Biological, ecological, and sociological information are all critically important for making conservation decisions. But decisions about how we live in the world are not merely the product of information alone – they are fundamentally ethical decisions. Conservation ethics provides a way to combine knowledge from our various disciplines to make thoughtful and wise decisions.

In this workshop students will

- Be exposed to the ethical dimensions of contemporary conservation challenges.

- Become familiar with conservation ethics as a tool for conservation and natural resource decision-making.

- Learn to both formulate and critique systematic arguments defending various conservation strategies.

- Be exposed to a conceptual framework that unites biophysical and social science with values discourse and policy.

- Learn the basic tools of formal critical thinking and argument analysis.

In addition to an intensive, 3-day, in-class experience, students will read and write short commentaries on a set of articles prior to the workshop.

Students will learn in a group setting from their peers, guided by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University and Dr. John Vucetich, professor of animal ecology at Michigan Technological University. Drs. Nelson and Vucetich are the co-founders and co-directors of The Conservation Ethics Group and regularly teach conservation ethics workshops.


CE workshop OSU poster 2014


For more information contact: Prof. Michael Paul Nelson, mpnelson@oregonstate.edu

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