Awards and honors

McGuire to lead the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

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Joseph McGuire

Joseph McGuire, a professor at Oregon State University since 1987 has been appointed by Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering, as interim head of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE).

“Joe has experience as an interim head. He has developed and led a strong research program. He cares about students and teaching and he has the respect of the faculty and staff in CBEE,” said Woods. “I look forward to working with him to continue to build the CBEE faculty and to develop excellent, collaborative programs.”

Over the course of his 27 years at Oregon State, McGuire has sponsored 40 master’s and Ph.D. graduates, mentored more than 80 undergraduate research assistants, and hosted five postdoctoral research associates. He has delivered more than 100 conference presentations and approximately the same number of peer-reviewed scientific articles, and taught 21 different courses.

In his new appointment, McGuire will manage the school’s academic programs, which serve more than 925 undergraduate and 120 graduate students, and oversee a unit with 35 faculty and 6 staff. He will continue to conduct research on theoretical and experimental studies of biopolymer adsorption, structure, and function at interfaces, with emphasis on applications to bioprocess and biomedical materials technology.

“In this role, I expect to see that CBEE moves forward with high achievement and optimism during the interim period, fueled as much as possible through faculty empowerment,” said McGuire.

McGuire earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

OSU Libraries featured on website

OSU Libraries has been featured in a recently published compilation of vital university library websites, “Reading and Research: 101 Vital University Websites.” OSU was listed as #14 on the site, which was cited as having some very unique resources, including a live chat feature, access to webinars and eCampus course guides. They also have access to over a hundred scholarly journals, some with information dating all the way back to the 1920s.

OSU Professor and student Win EcoArt Competition

Jay Noller, Oregon State University soil science professor, and Elizabeth Garton, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies graduate student, won the ecoart competition for developing an interactive art project for the upcoming symposium “Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet” on February 14 and 15. The ecoart competition invited proposals that explore who we are in relation to the world and how we ought to live without exhausting the Earth.

Noller is internationally recognized for his evocative portraits of soil—the earth below our feet and home to most of life on Earth. Noller uses acrylic and soil to create paintings, or “Soilscapes,” drawing attention to ancient, vulnerable landscapes, such as seacliffs and toppling riverbanks, which are “old growth ecosystems” for trillions of soil-borne organisms. Garton is combing three disciplines in her master’s degree (soil science, art, and biochemistry) to make the fundamentals of soil science more tangible through artwork.

Noller and Garton’s project, Climate Vān, will be an overview of global soil types that are vulnerable and responding to change, each represented by a whorl. The whorls will spiral around each other forming a seed or pod that has multiple panels depicting the human connection to the environment. The team writes, “Knowing what happens under our feet and why, will be the secret to successful adaptability in a changing world.”

Climate Vān will be completed in three stages. First, the team will work with students in OSU soil science classes to collect soil samples and make paint from those samples. Then, they’ll have an interactive booth at the Radical Reimagining Fair during the Transformation without Apocalypse symposium where visitors will paint canvass squares with the soil paint. Finally, Noller and Garton will assemble their sculpture in Noller’s studio using the soil squares from the symposium. The sculpture will be installed on campus.

To participate in Climate Vān, visit the artists at the Radical Reimagining Fair from noon to 7:30 on Saturday, Feb. 15 at LaSells Stewart Center. The project is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

OSU anthropologist Drew Gerkey awarded Junior Scholar Prize for 2013

The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Drew Gerkey, who recently joined the OSU department of anthropology. The AES Junior Scholar prize is given annually to an early-career scholar for an exemplary article in the area of environmental anthropology.

Gerkey won for his 2013 article “Cooperation in Context: Public Goods Games and Post-Soviet Collectives in Kamchatka, Russia” which appeared in Current Anthropology 54(2):144-176.

This innovative article combines ethnographic research with economic experiments to investigate cooperation among salmon fishers and reindeer herders on the Kamchatka Peninsula. His research uncovered connections between the abstract structure of economic games and naturally occurring contexts of cooperation in Kamchatka, illustrating how cultural norms, values, and institutions shape expectations and frame strategies for solving dilemmas inherent in cooperation.

Gerkey shared the 2013 Junior Scholar prize with Jessica Barnes of University of South Carolina.

The Anthropology & Environment Society is a major section of the American Anthropological Association.

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