IN THE NEWS

OSU Takes on Beaver Genome Project
Researchers at Oregon State University have partnered with the Oregon Zoo in an effort to sequence the genome of the North American beaver. Beavers are important to the ecology of the region, and understanding their genome is an important part of understanding their behaviors and role in the ecosystem,” said Stephen Ramsey, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences at OSU. Beavers are important to the ecology of the region, and understanding their genome is an important part of understanding their behaviors and role in the ecosystem.” Veterinary Practice News

Seq the Beav!
From September 16 to October 30. 2015, OSU will be running a crowd-sourcing campaign to fund a genome project for OSU's mascot the American Beaver. The aim of the crowd-sourcing campaign is to fund Benny’s genome project (about $30,000 is needed) from many small donations from members and friends of the Beaver Nation. These contributions would be used to fund the Beaver Genome Project, which would be carried out by OSU’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. (Contributors could even have a gene named after them!) Create Oregon State

OSU lands a piece of $4.5M NSF nanotechnology grant
Oregon State University and the University of Washington will work together on a $4.5 million federal grant designed to create infrastructure for nanotechnology research. The money is part of a five-year National Science Foundation grant to create regional partnerships at 16 sites. In all, NSF granted $81 million to build out the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure. Professor John Conley is a co-PI on this grant. Portland Business Journal

What Keeps AI Experts Up at Night?
DARPA gathered 1,000 scientists, engineers, and innovators in St. Louis recently. On one panel, two veterans of artificial intelligence, Dr. Paul Cohen and Dr. Tom Dietterich, infused their serious examination of the space with a bit of insider geek humor. When someone in the audience mentioned being in a store where they were told "We can't process your card because the machine won't let me do that," Dietterich quipped, "That's why I carry cash." This got a big laugh, which quickly died, when many considered the implications of an AI expert saying such a thing. PC Magazine

Overcoming our fears and avoiding robot overlords
"The fear is that we will lose control of A.I. systems," said Tom Dietterich, a professor and director of Intelligent Systems at Oregon State University. "What if they have a bug and go around causing damage to the economy or people, and they have no off switch? We need to be able to maintain control over these systems. We need to build mathematical theories to ensure we can maintain control and stay on the safe side of the boundaries." Channel World

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

These 25 schools are responsible for the greatest advances in science
Yet, we know of no evaluations of colleges based on lasting contributions to society. Of course, such contributions are difficult to judge. In the analysis below, we focus primarily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine/mathematics) contributions, which are arguably the least subjective to evaluate, and increasingly more valued in today’s workforce. (Hint: Oregon State is on this list.) Quartz

HP to jettison up to 30,000 jobs as part of spinoff
Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs, but officials said the cuts should not affect the company’s Corvallis campus. HP announced Tuesday the purge would occur within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a bundle of technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis that is splitting off from the company's personal computer and printing operations. Currently, the Corvallis site is used in the development of new printing and imaging technologies and in value-added processing of silicon wafers. The Corvallis site will primarily be an HP Inc. site after the planned separation next month. Corvallis Gazette-Times

OPPORTUNITIES

Open Source Lab and Rock the Vote
For the last seven years the OSL has been the backbone of the registration application for the Rock the Vote campaign by providing hosting and infrastructure. National Voter Registration Day is September 22. Register to vote online and see OSU student work in action!

America's Greatest Makers
America's Greatest Makers (working title) is coming to television in 2016. Are you ready to build the next truly amazing device? Bring your big ideas to life with Intel, in collaboration with Mark Burnett, United Artists Media Group, and Turner Broadcasting System. Competitors will vie for $1 million in prizes and the opportunity to bring their creations to market. For your chance to be on America's Greatest Makers, submit a video to tell us a little about yourself and your idea, and why you want to be part of the challenge. Deadline: October 2, 2015. Details

IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition
Saturday, October 24
IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. As a student member there are lots of great reasons to participate - fun, fame, prizes and to prove your coding skills to the world in this well-known international competition. Registration will be open between August 17 and October 12. Details

VentureWell E-Team Program Student Grants
VentureWell supports the development of technological innovations that are scalable, commercially promising, and have a positive impact on society and/or the environment. This program is for US-based college or university student-led teams, not for individual inventors. VentureWell encourages proposals that involve students and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines. Strong E-Team projects consist of multidisciplinary advisors, mentors with relevant industry experience and connections, strong partnerships (required if you are working outside the US), and experiential learning opportunities. Graduate and/or undergraduate students should serve as the entrepreneurial leaders of a team, regardless of the origin of the idea or invention. Application deadline: October 7. Details

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. Details

New course: CS 446 Biological Networks
Fall 2015, Stephen Ramsey
Big Data methods have become ubiquitous in life sciences research. To gain insights from massive biological datasets, computational proficiency in working with large networks is required. We will use examples from biology to learn how to: mathematically describe a network and its structure; computationally analyze the structure of a large network; infer the structure of a network using data-driven methods; use the software package igraph for network analysis. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1126. MS Final Examination – Juan Munoz. Major Advisor: Mario Magana; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Jinsub Kim, GCR: Yigit Menguc. "Grid Voltage Frequency Estimation Using the Unscented Kalman Filter." Details

EVENTS

College of Engineering Cookies and Clubs
Wednesday, Sept 23, 1-3pm, in the Hawley & Buxton Halls Interior Courtyard
Grab a cookie and help welcome new freshmen as they check out many of the excellent student organizations they can get involved with here in the College of Engineering at OSU.

Orange and Black Rally
Wednesday, Sept 23, Reser Stadium
The Orange & Black Rally is one of OSU’s signature Welcome Week events! The Rally includes 3 exciting pieces: (1) a pep rally, (2) an official class photo with all new students and (3) a delicious picnic dinner. There will be games, contests and music in Parker Plaza outside of Reser Stadium during and after dinner. Details

DevOps DayCamp
Saturday, October 3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1001-1007
DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of educational sessions proposed by industry and community members for the more advanced DevOps crowd. For more information visit the event website.

Intel Day
Thursday October 15, 10:00 am –3:30 pm, KEC 1007
Join Intel leaders & technology experts for INTEL DAY. Hear from a variety of business groups including: Platform Engineering, Corporate Services, Information Technology, Foundry, Client Computing Group and Design, Logistics and Technology Services. We hire BS, MS, PhD in ChemE, MechE, Mat Sci, EE, CS, CE, Chemistry, most all Engineering and Science related disciplines. We can sponsor limited degrees at MS level and all STEM related at PhD level. Snacks provided; bring your resume.

EECS-MIME Senior Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Memorial Union Ballroom
Whether you are looking for a job, an internship or just want to learn more about graduate school, this event is for you. Network, ask questions, connect with potential employers, find out more about their organizations and broaden your awareness of your career options. These connections you make now can be helpful in your quest for a job or internship. Details

SEMI Pacific Northwest Breakfast Forum: The Future of Moore’s Law
Friday, October 30, 7:30 AM-11:00 AM, Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville
$55-$75; Students: $15, promo code PNWSTUDENT
As the famous law that drives the Semiconductor industry turns 50 years old this year, this event invites industry experts to come and share their views on where it will take us from here. While the measure of the original statement whether in transistor count or cost has evolved over time, the relentless march towards next generation capabilities continues to be a testament to the breadth of human ingenuity. Please join us as we explore the possible future of our industry and the ways being explored to achieve it. Details and registration

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

OpenStack® Scholarship Program: advancing the next generation of female technologists
The scholarship is a special program for college women pursuing a career in technology. This HP program awards four female candidates a scholarship of $10,000 USD each, plus mentorship and potential internship possibilities in the future. All women who are enrolled full time in an information systems or computer science (or equivalent) major course of study and are capable of developing a project using OpenStack technology and/or Cloud Foundry are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

Xerox Minority Scholarships
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. This scholarship is available to US citizens and individuals with permanent resident visas. Application deadline: September 30. Details

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership. Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

AfterCollege scholarships

  • National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details

American Public Power Association (APPA) Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED)
Scholarships are worth $2,000 each and are paid directly to student's university. The scholarship provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or college undergraduate. Applicant must be a full-time student accepted or enrolled in a vocational school, or accredited college or university to be eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 15. Details

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Application deadline: October 27. Details

Intelligence Undergraduate Scholarships
Intelligence Scholarships of $2250 (undergraduate) will be awarded to students enrolled full-time in degree-granting programs in fields directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises, and/or foreign languages. Application deadline: November 15. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Best Cities For Millennials In 2015
Each year, a new group of college graduates begin the hunt for jobs across the country and, in many cases, prepare to begin their professional lives in a new city. At the same time, those who’ve signed leases the previous year consider staying put or trying their luck in a new city with a different set of pros and cons. Forbes

5 Survival Tricks Every Introvert Needs to Know Before Going on an Interview
Interviews are already nerve-wracking—and when you’re an introvert like me, they’re downright, wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat, I’d-rather-get-my-teeth-pulled terrifying. Unfortunately, if we introverts ever want to work, we have to do them, and we have to do them well. So, check out my five techniques for getting through the process like a champ (a soon-to-be employed champ, at that!). The Muse

JOBS

Innovation Force UX Internship, Cambia. The User Experience Design Intern will be responsible for creating useful, usable, and delightful user experience for customers, and will provide consulting in critical decisions around branding and the design process. The intern hired will be a member of Cambia’s Innovation Force, a small focused team that analyzes and creates elegant solutions to complex problems in the healthcare industry. Candidates must have graduated with undergraduate or graduate degree in business information systems, computer science, information system, computer engineering or a related program in the last 18 months (Candidates who currently enrolled and scheduled to graduate by the end of December 2015 are also encouraged to apply). Details

Analyst Programmer, INTO Oregon State University. This is an entry level position working on projects that will support the functional needs of departments and staff within INTO OSU as well as external customers. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. Assist with the design and development of business solutions in .NET or similar language. Ensure data accuracy and integrity of enterprise systems. Document processes, code, and test plans. Create and maintain data integration between enterprise systems using a DIT (i.e. Jitterbit, Talend). Assist in the support and maintenance of Banner coding. Assist Systems Integration Manager with tasks as necessary. Details

Precision Castparts Corp. Information Technology Development Program
PCC’s Information Technology Development Program is a two-year rotational program designed to develop the future IT leaders of our business. The IDP is designed to teach members the critical aspects of PCC’s business so they can effectively influence the future direction of the company. PCC is seeking qualified graduates who generate energy and enthusiasm and have the desire to win. The IDP is designed to enable such individuals to accelerate their career growth as they increase their value to PCC. In just two years, those selected will be immersed in four cross-functional rotations. The rotations include on-the-job assignments that provide maximum exposure to PCC's operations. Details

Web and Mobile Analyst, Cambia. Bring your web and mobile expertise to a role where you will provide monitoring, reporting and analysis of the performance of Regence web and mobile properties. The focus of this role is to provide for health plan digital properties: actionable reporting, analysis related to routine operations, performance statistics, optimization analysis, failure identification and analysis, and email marketing campaign effectiveness analysis. As part of the Marketing Analytics group, this position has the ability to work with data that comes from digital properties as well as internally generated data to create robust profiles of consumers in order to optimize marketing touches and campaigns. Details

Automation Engineer, Exotic Metals Forming Company. Work with Control System Programmers and Technicians, and Manufacturing Engineers to investigate, develop, procure, implement and support projects automating the manufacture of sheet metal parts for the aerospace industry. Evaluate and/or determine requirements for the automation and production of specialized parts taking into account volume, quality and cost. Develop equipment justifications based upon part cost, volume and potential savings. Evaluate new projects for feasibility to meet company business requirements. Details

Career Opportunities at Kaiser Permanente. Whether in an internship or career with us, you’ll gain experience and hone your expertise working on projects and assignments that have real impact. You’ll be challenged to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply as you take on everything from analyzing financial software and developing marketing strategies, to designing mobile apps. You’ll help patient care and forge lasting relationships across our organization. Do you have a background in accounting, communications, finance, IT, marketing or a health care related field? Are you passionate about driving the future of health care? Lay the groundwork for a dynamic future. Details

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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