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EECS Weekly News: January 4, 2016

IN THE NEWS

New OSU Program ‘Gamifies’ Learning
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University is initiating a new extracurricular program to create more hands-on learning opportunities for students. The Mastery Challenge program is based on a concept called gamification, which uses elements of game playing such as leader boards and badges, to motivate participants to gain new abilities such as 3D modeling and Python programming. EECS News

Year in Review: OSU solar vehicle team loses sponsorship from college
This April administrators at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering called a meeting with the leadership of the university’s solar vehicle team and told them the college would no longer sponsor the team. The group still plans to compete in the 2016 American Solar Challenge this July and the 2017 World Solar Challenge, and is currently upgrading their solar vehicle for those events, working out of a garage of a member off-campus. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Searching for Signs of Nascent Disease
The daunting odds have not dampened Larry Cheng’s enthusiasm for the research that could potentially have a huge impact by allowing doctors to diagnose cancer earlier and fine-tune treatment regimens on the fly. Collaboration is key to making the impact Cheng envisions. Terra

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities for 2016
#3 Corvallis: One of the easiest ways to get in shape is by walking or biking to work. This ensures that you get some physical activity on a daily basis, but in many cities it is hard or impossible to do because of distance, weather or a lack of infrastructure. Not Corvallis. 17% of commuters in the city get to work by either walking or biking. That’s the highest rate of any city in SmartAsset’s study. SmartAsset

How Eugene’s tech sector plans to triple employment by 2021
Lane Workforce, the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business, Eugene Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network and the Technology Association of Oregon partnered on a new initiative called " Experience Oregon Tech." This program brings top students off campus to visit the unique offices and company cultures of the region’s leading tech companies. Portland Business Journal

Seattle a top city for millennials - but they can only afford to buy half a house
Millennials are flocking Seattle. The city is one of the top four most popular metro areas for people ages 25 to 35, according to a recent study by Headlight Data. The average Seattle millennial can afford to spend $200,000 to buy a home, which, in the current market, would buy about 539 square feet. Puget Sound Business Journal

5 technologies that will star at CES 2016
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
URSA Engage provides support ($1,000) for undergraduate engagement in research/creative activity under the guidance and mentorship of an OSU faculty member. An incentive ($250) is also provided to OSU faculty members to take on relatively inexperienced students who may not have been previously exposed to, or be aware of, the research/scholarship enterprise. Under the new model, faculty mentors and undergraduate mentees have to ‘find each other’ and submit one ‘joint application.’ OSU undergraduates must be in their first year or second year of their undergraduate program, and transfer students in their first year (at the time of application). Application deadline: January 15, 2016.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the seven NIST laboratories.

CS312: Linux System Administration
Winter 2016, MWF 1600-1650
It's that time of year again for anyone interested in learning more about Linux system administration. CS 312 will be available winter 2016 so be sure to sign up. To learn more, visit our website at http://osuosl.org/students/cs312.

BB485/585-Applied Bioinformatics
Winter 2016, MWF 4:00-4:50 pm, Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the Unix command line interface.

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016.

EVENTS

UO QuackHack
January 15-17, 2016, University of Oregon
A hackathon is prototyping event where people come together to build cool stuff. QuackHack is going to hack video games (from EdTech to E-sports), the gamification of industries, Internet of Things, board games, recreational games...anything game related. Meet & work with awesome people from around the US; build cool stuff to put on your portfolio and/or resume; network with tech firms; free food, free swag, free fun!

Hot Topics/Cool Talks: The Internet of Things: Success vs. Hype
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Portland (Location TBA)
The Internet of Things will have a huge impact on consumer behavior, the design of cities, new business development and more. Will Oregon take on the new frontier? Meet the innovators who are pushing the state's IoT agenda forward and hear about the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Why the time is now
  • Real life IoT applications
  • How other businesses can benefit from IoT

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer. Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
Provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. The following criteria will be used to determine the eligibility of those applying for DOE CSGF. At the time of application, eligibility will apply to: undergraduate seniors; applicants with no more than B.S. or B.A. degrees who are not enrolled in graduate school; first-year graduate students (M.S. degree or Ph.D. students without an M.S. degree). Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

Ernest L. Baulch, W2TX, and Marcia E. Baulch, WA2AKJ, Scholarship
$3500 scholarship for a student with any active Amateur Radio License Class license who is studying at a four-year college or university. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Victor Poor, W5SMM, Memorial Scholarship Fund
$2500 scholarship for a student of electrical engineering, with a preference for concentration in digital communications. Must have a Technical Class or higher radio license. Application deadline: Jan 31, 2016.

Wilse Morgan, WX7P, Memorial ARRL Northwestern Division Scholarship Fund
$1000 scholarship for a student with a General Class radio license or higher who is a resident in the ARRL Northwestern Division (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington). Must be studying engineering, medicine, science, or business. Preference given to applicants with 3.0 GPA or higher for the academic year immediately prior to application (high school or college). Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Betty Weatherford, KQ6RE, Memorial Scholarship
$1000 award for a student with an Amateur Radio license in any class. Must be studying electrical or communications engineering. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Scholarships
Provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicants must be full-time students attending school at an accredited college/university or vocational institution within the US and must not be graduating within 12 months of the application deadline. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Application Deadline: January 22, 2016.

SWE Scholarships
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2015, SWE disbursed approximately 220 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $660,000. Application deadline: December 1 - February 15.

National Society of Professional Engineers Steinman Fellowship
The Steinman Scholarship is awarded annually to two (2) current undergraduates entering the junior year in a four-year ABET-accredited engineering program. The awards are for $5000 each. Applicants must be students who: are currently enrolled in good standing in a four-year ABET accredited engineering program; will be entering the junior year in the fall; are U.S. citizens. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Four Steps that can get you an Interview Call in 2016
After working in HR for a while I wish if all the applicants could think like a recruiter. This will not only make the job of recruiter easier but also help the applicants to get access to the suitable roles. LinkedIn

JOBS

Student Videographer
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is hiring a student videographer to help create marketing and instructional videos. The position requires experience in filming and editing videos. Currently enrolled students who meet credit requirements (6) and in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) are eligible to apply. Experience with Cannon cameras and Adobe Premiere is a plus. For more information, or to apply, contact Rachel Robertson at rachel.robertson@oregonstate.edu. Please submit a cover letter, resume and links to samples of your work.

TekBots/Collaboratory Intern, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
A TekBots/Collaboratory Intern is an individual dedicated to the creation of new projects and processes in an industry like environment. These positions are highly project driven and employees are expected to achieve a project on deadline. The majority of work involves new development of tools and software for the School of EECS and external industry sponsors.

Student Software Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab
Designing, developing and maintaining open source projects in Python, PHP, Ruby, Java and other languages. Writing open source code, comprehensive documentation, and educational materials supporting the OSL's infrastructure and the world-wide open source community. Working with infrastructure maintainers on configuration management and deployment technologies for open source software. Communicating with peers, users, and the wider open source community via email, IRC and others as needed.

Student Workers/Tutors, INTO OSU
Are you interested in learning about different cultures in the OSU community? Do you like helping people? INTO OSU is now hiring tutors and conversants for the Learning Center!

Student Analyst/Programmer, Graduate School
Information Services seeks students to assist with development of business applications using the Salesforce platform to serve all Oregon State. We are looking for students who can make a long term (1-2 years) commitment at approximately 20 hours per week.

Student Information Technology (Report Reviewer), OSU Business Intelligence Center
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Positions are typically found in central administrative IT departments, OSU Libraries, or individual academic or administrative units.

Student Technical Assistant - MakerLab, Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering
Maintain orderly operations in the OPENS maker lab, making sure that equipment is used safely, and is returned in good order. The student will open the lab and close the lab for sessions when other students and members of the OSU community may use the facilities. All logistical problems, safety issues, and material needs will be reported to Dr. Selker to be resolved. If there are no users, the apprentice will undertake completion of 3-D printed/Arduino designs for environmental sensing under the guidance of Dr. Selker.

CTY Summer Employment - Computer Science Instructors and Teaching Assistants, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the east and west coasts, as well as internationally in Hong Kong. We are currently seeking individuals for a number of courses, including: Fundamentals of Computer Science; Foundations of Programming; Data Structures and Algorithms; Introduction to Robotics.

Tenure-track assistant professor, California State University San Marcos
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) invites applications for a tenure-track position at Assistant Professor Level in Software Engineering, Information Security, or Cloud Computing, starting in Fall 2016.

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

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