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Winter 2012 Week 1

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a terrific winter break and are now looking forward to a great 2012! The new term will start with a busy schedule of UHC activities, including book clubs and the first ever College of Engineering/UHC faculty-student matching reception this Friday (details below). Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC/College of Engineering Faculty-Student Matching Reception

2.      HAAC winter term meetings

3.      UHC Faculty/Student Book Club schedule

4.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO Conversant program

5.      Invite your professor to lunch or dinner!

6.      SLUG hours and the UHC Valley Library study room

 

Opportunities

7.      Job and internship opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative

8.      Oregon Climate Change Research Institute research internship

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

10.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

11.  Care.com resource for OSU students, staff, and faculty

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, 1/16)

13.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

14.  Corvallis Science Pub (Monday, 1/9) – “The Willamette River in a  Changing Climate”

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC/College of Engineering Faculty-Student Matching Reception

This Friday, January 13th, the UHC will offer a unique opportunity to UHC engineering students at the first UHC/College of Engineering Faculty-Student Matching Reception. At this event, UHC students will have the chance to connect with COE faculty members and potentially become involved in their research programs on projects that will likely form the basis of a UHC senior thesis. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Strand 233, sixteen engineering faculty representing the Schools of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Civil and Construction Engineering; and Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering will offer brief introductions of their research programs. They will then be available to meet with students to discuss current opportunities in their labs. Each of the presenters is currently looking to place undergraduate researchers on their teams, and you could very well leave this event with a research project/laboratory posting in hand! Students who are not currently interested in finding work in a lab but would like to learn more about engineering research in a range of fields, begin the networking process, or cultivate interview skills are also welcome to attend. Student attendees are encouraged to bring a resume to the event and dress appropriate to an interview context. Food will be provided, and the event should finish by 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP or direct questions to Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

2.      HAAC winter term meetings

HAAC – the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee – will resume meeting this week on Tuesday, January 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the SLUG. Bring your best winter break story! Tuesday evenings at 5:30 will be the regular weekly meeting time for HAAC this term, and all UHC students are welcome to attend meetings (whether regularly or just once). Participation in HAAC is a great chance to help shape your UHC community and have an influence on UHC student events: be heard!

 

3.      UHC Faculty/Student Book Club schedule

We hope that all of you who are participating in the UHC Faculty/Student Book Club program enjoyed your group’s book! Please see below for a reminder of the schedule of group meetings. Pizza will be provided! If you have any questions, email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

  • Dan Arp, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Monday, 1/9 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 237
  • Bill Bogley, Fifth Business, Tuesday, 1/10 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 229 conference room
  • Susan Shaw, State of Wonder, Wednesday, 1/11 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 237
  • Toni Doolen, Onward, Thursday, 1/12 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 229 conference room
  • Ilene Kleinsorge, The Jungle, Tuesday, 1/17 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 229 conference room
  • Ken Winograd, The Heart of Whiteness, Wednesday, 1/18 at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 237

 

4.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO Conversant program

The UHC is partnering with the OSU Conversant Program to connect Honors student with INTO Pathways students interested in practicing their English conversation skills. This is a great way to get some international experience without leaving campus by learning about different cultures, and participants can earn UHC credit. Plus, it’s fun!

 

To earn one credit, Honors students need to commit to meeting an average of one hour per week with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program. Students keep a log of the times and places of meetings and topics discussed, and at the end of the term, they turn in a two-page “reflections” paper on the experience.

 

To enroll,

  • Meet with your UHC adviser, review the program description, and complete a Learning Agreement and application form.
  • Submit your application to Robert Hinderliter with INTO in Heckert Lodge and schedule a twenty-minute appointment with him so he can meet you before matching you with a Pathway student.
  • After your application has been cleared by Student Conduct, Robert will match you with a student. The largest group of INTO students are from China, and smaller groups come from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Once you are matched, Robert will set up a first meeting where you will be introduced to your partner, exchange contact information, and set up future meetings.

Credit will be given P/N and count for a UHC elective as HC 409. No foreign language experience or skill is necessary.

 

Students can also participate without receiving course credit if they wish. The enrollment process is the same as above, but no Learning Agreement needs to be completed.

 

We are excited to offer this unique learning opportunity in partnership with INTO OSU. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 541.737.6400.

 

5.      Invite your professor to lunch or dinner!

Have you ever wanted to invite a favorite professor to lunch or dinner? Well now you can, and the UHC will treat your professor’s meal! All you need to do is invite him or her to lunch or dinner at a UHDS-run facility on campus and come into the UHC office (Strand 229) to the collect our UHDS meal card and pay instruction form. Afterwards, just bring the card and form back to us – it’s that simple. This opportunity is available once per term per instructor, so get a group together and take your favorite professor out!

 

6.      SLUG hours and the UHC Valley Library study room

This is a reminder that the hours of the SLUG during the term are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday).

 

Also, remember that that the UHC holds a private research/study room in the Valley Library just for UHC students. If you are interested in using the room, all you need to do is reserve a block of time and check out the key from the friendly SLUG staffers in SLUG 1. This room is available in four-hour blocks from 8-8 Monday through Thursday, from 8-4 on Friday, and from 1-9 on Sunday and can be checked out overnight Monday-Thursday and Sunday night (access is dependent on library hours). Call the SLUG at 541.737.6455 or stop by for more information or to reserve the room; blocks or overnight checkout can be reserved in advance, or, as long as it is available, the room can be checked out on the spot in the SLUG. Please take advantage of this resource, which is perfect for getting some quiet, concentrated time to yourself.

 

Opportunities

7.      Job and internship opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative

There are a number of opportunities for OSU students, both in the form of paid positions and unpaid internships, to get involved with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) this term. The SSI is looking to hire an OSU student with experience in graphic design, communications, and marketing as its Design and Visibility Coordinator. This position has oversight of the SSI’s digital and print visibility efforts and is responsible for managing interns, designing materials, and managing website(s) and social media pages, planning publicity efforts and campaigns, and improving the organization’s ability to do this work in the future. This position will work from 10-15 hours per week (variable) and is paid $9.50 per hour. For additional details, see http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ssi/jobs/visibility. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, Tuesday, 1/10.

 

The SSI is also looking for as many as eight winter term interns. Each one will be responsible for coordinating, planning, and executing a set of projects/activities  in a specific area. This term, internships in Energy, Food, Journalism, Multimedia, Outreach, Transportation, Waste Reduction, and Web are open. For more on these internships, see http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ssi/jobs. Internships vary in length and commitment, and students may receive OSU credit for their work. The deadline to apply for SSI internships is Sunday, 1/15.

 

8.      Oregon Climate Change Research Institute research internship

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at OSU has an opening for a paid student research internship. This will involve testing and tweaking a prototype budburst sensor. Students interested in plant phenology and biological sensor development are particularly encouraged to apply. Some driving to field sites to work with trees in the outdoors will be required. This project could be the basis for a UHC thesis project. The internship will pay a stipend of $400 per month and require a minimum of 40 work-hours per month. The start time is spring, 2012 and could last through the summer. If interested, send a resume and two professional references to Heather Lintz at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu).

 

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) is offering a scholarship to students who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career promoting healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one academic year and who have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards average between $750 and $1,500 per person and will be awarded at the OSURA Annual Meeting in May. Funds will be distributed into student accounts for the 2012-2013 academic year. To apply, mail a resume, two letters of reference, an unofficial transcript, and an essay not exceeding 500 words describing how you plan to promote healthy aging in your chosen career (feel free to include details of any activities you have already done toward these ends in your essay) to OSURA Scholarship Committee Chair, 205 Adams Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. The application is due by Monday, 3/5. Call the OSURA at 541.737.4717 or email osura@oregonstate.edu with questions.

 

10.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

Running from May 29, 2012-August 3, 2012, CSE-REU will give participants the opportunity to contribute to one of many collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to sustainable bioenergy production. Research spans a wide array of fields, including agriculture, technical issues, and socioeconomic issues. For additional information, visit www.sustainable-energy.ksu.edu/REU.

 

11.  Care.com resource for OSU students, staff, and faculty

All OSU students, staff, and faculty have free access to Care.com, a website that helps members find childcare, elderly care, and pet care (and more) providers in the region of your choice. Visit http://www.care.com/osu to set up an account and try out the service, using your ONID email address. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Childcare and Family Resources at 541.737.4906 or familyresources@oregonstate.edu

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, 1/16)

This is a reminder that next Monday, January 16th is a university closure day in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

13.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

This winter term, the Valley Library will again host a number of workshops designed to assist undergraduate students. The workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC students. There will be separate workshops on the topics several times during the term:

  • “Move Your Research Paper Beyond Good Enough” So you have a big research paper to write? We’re here to help! Take your research paper to the next level. In this workshop you’ll hear about advanced search strategies, using the Libraries’ resources smarter, and organizing your searches and results.
  • “Work Smarter Not Harder: Turn One Good Article Into Several” Got one or two really good sources but need more for your project? Learn to use a source you already have to find additional useful sources by “citation searching.” Citation searching can help you find sources both older and newer than the source you are starting with. We’ll explore citation searching in discovery tools like Google Scholar, Web of Science, and even Wikipedia.
  • “Bibliographies in a Snap: Using Web-Based Citation Tools” Does creating a bibliography make you want to tear your hair out or cry? Ever lose that perfect reference in a stack of notes? Come learn how to use Zotero (a free, web-based tool) and create reference lists of bibliographies with the click of a button. As an added bonus, Zotero also helps you keep track of all the references you find in one place.
  • “Yes, You Can! Conquering Copyright Confusion” Want to use that YouTube video in your class assignment but aren’t sure you can? Found the perfect picture on the web to illustrate your research project but don’t know if you need to ask for permission before you use it? Confused by copyright, creative commons, and fair use? This workshop will give you a better understanding of what you can use in your assignment and projects and where to go to find the materials you need.

 

For a schedule and to register, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. All workshops will be held in the Barnard Classroom of the Valley Library (room 5420). Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible! Attendance at workshops will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS START.

 

In addition, advanced UHC students are welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these offer in-depth examinations of important research tools and skills like PubMed, how to do a literature review, and publication. For a complete schedule of workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

 

14.  Corvallis Science Pub (Monday, 1/9) – “The Willamette River in a Changing Climate”

Corvallis Science Pub at the Old World Deli will present a discussion of a new study of the Willamette River basin through the lens of climate change, population growth, and increasing demands for water. John Bolte, professor and head of the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering at OSU, will speak on the study from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

 

 

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