Wednesday, November 5

Genes Matter: From Olympians to Grasshoppers and Grasslands

Matt Orr

Matt Orr, Assistant Professor, Biology

Genetics play a significant role in physical performance and ability.  In this presentation, Matt Orr will explore the role of genetics in animal performance, from a grasshopper under natural selection at high elevations, a runner selected at an Olympic trial, or a Central Oregon bunchgrass selected by a restoration ecologist.

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Wednesday, December 3

Turning No-Fun Fungi into Super Fungi: The Promise of New Antibiotic Natural Products from a Genetically Modified Organism

Jeff Gautschi

Jeff Gautschi, Instructor, Organic Chemistry

To humans, fungi can be both friend and foe. While filamentous fungi have been exploited for their beneficial natural product chemistry since the discovery of penicillin in 1929, they are also the cause of many devastating diseases in plants, animals and humans. Numerous strategies have been devised to investigate the rich tapestry of small molecules produced by fungi, but the exploration of their “cryptic genomes” – segments of DNA likely never expressed in the laboratory – may hold the promise of uncovering new antibiotic drug leads. Jeff Gautschi shows how natural product research at OSU-Cascades is probing that potential using a genetically modified, disease-causing fungus.

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Wednesday, February 4

It Takes a Village: The Need for Research and Community Involvement Focused on Children in Foster Care

Brianne Kothari

Brianne Kothari, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Nationwide there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care.  Many children enter foster care due to abuse or neglect, and foster care provides a temporary placement for children outside their home. Safety and permanency have been the primary focus of the child welfare system, but research suggests that these factors are not sufficient for ensuring child well-being. Children in foster care often experience emotional and behavioral challenges sometimes exacerbated by the lack of stability in placement or the absence of an appropriate support system. Therefore, it is important to understand children’s diverse needs, create systems to measure and address them, and incorporate the latest evidence to polices, programs and practices focused on children in foster care.  Brianne Kothari will present her research and other current investigations in the field.  She’ll also discuss ways to get involved.

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 Wednesday, March 4

Sensing the White Dragon: How Computing Helps Avalanche Forecasters

Marc Rubin

Marc Rubin, Instructor, Computer Science

Snow avalanches in the U.S. cause thousands of hours of road closures and kill about 30 people each year. Being able to accurately predict where and when an avalanche will occur could help save time, money and lives.  For avalanche forecasters, knowing when and where avalanches happen is an integral part of predicting future avalanche events. Join Marc Rubin to explore his research around two aspects of near real-time avalanche detection; low-cost wireless hardware to sense avalanches and machine learning workflows that can automatically detect the avalanches.

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How Efficient are Large Corporate Firms?

Susan McMahon

Susan McMahon, Assistant Professor, Accountancy

Do firms with multiple divisions put their resources to the best uses? Prior research suggests they may not -- and that the end result can harm shareholders.  Managerial decisions on issues from pet projects to incentives can lead to inefficiencies.  Join Susan McMahon and examine her research and the unique measures she has developed using industry lifecycle stages to gauge the efficiency of firms’ resource allocation decisions.    

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