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Monday, April 1, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

OSU deals with the effects of sequestration (Think Out Loud)

Oregon State University gets 60 percent of its research funding from federal government programs like the Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But with sequestration, those sponsoring agencies will have take at least a five percent cut to their budgets, which will result in a five percent cut to federally funded research programs at OSU.

How climate change threatens the sea (USA Today)

Without industrial emissions of greenhouse gases, the upwelling wouldn’t be a problem because really corrosive water wouldn’t get high enough to reach the surface, says Burke Hales of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “That extra kick from (man-made) carbon is what pushes the saturation point high enough,” Hales says. “Anyone who says this is a natural thing just doesn’t get it or is missing that key point.” (see also Weather.com)

Greenland’s glaciers loom larger as source of sea level rise (Scientific American)

That is surprising in the sense that the southeast is Greenland’s snowiest spot, a phenomenon that should in theory offset melting from rising temperatures, said Anders Carlson, an associate professor at Oregon State University who did not participate in the study. But clearly the mass loss from melting is outweighing the snowfall, he said.

Civility campaign targets downtown Portland, and beyond (Oregonian)

OSU Libraries staff began a civility campaign and a civility book club in January 2012 after Forni visited the Corvallis campus. They distributed a civility button that read: “Choose Civility–Take Responsibility.” Posters now hang in the library’s elevators, in residence halls, the campus shuttle and on transit buses that remind people to “Respect Differences,” “Speak Kindly” and “Be Inclusive.”

Water conflict wars (Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog)

The Water Events database, where I found these examples, is just one of many resources you will find at the Oregon State University (OSU) website for their Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. Other resources include an International Freshwater Treaties Database (summaries and full text of more than 400 international, freshwater-related agreements from 1820 to 2007); an International River Basins Register (lists the world’s international river basins); U.S. Interstate Freshwater Compacts Water Conflict and Cooperation Bibliography; and my personal favorite, the International Water Event Database.

System to restore wetlands to reduce massive floods, aid crops (AG Professional)

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new interactive system to create networks of small wetlands in Midwest farmlands, which could help the region prevent massive spring floods and also retain water and mitigate droughts in a warming climate. (see also Innovations Report)

Supporters tell lawmakers about benefits of OSU statewide services (Capital Press)

Charley Coury drove to Salem from his wood products company in Springfield March 27 to urge lawmakers to increase funding for Oregon State University’s Forest Research Laboratory. Coury, general manager of 9Wood Inc., displayed to lawmakers in the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education a wood-ceiling product his company has developed with the help of the laboratory.

Bills to regulate GMOS ‘unwise,’ professor tells panel (Capital Press)

Steve Strauss, professor of forest biotech at Oregon State University and director of the university’s Outreach in Biotechnology program, said the bills “are based on poor science … fundamentally undemocratic … and appear to contradict federal regulations.”

The Last Supper (Oregon Art Beat)

Julie Green tells us about her thoughtful and provocative exhibit, The Last Supper, from The Arts Center in Corvallis. Green discusses her method and tells the stories behind some of her 500 plates, each one representing the final meal of a death row inmate.

First study of Oregon’s Hmong reveals surprising influences on cancer screenings (Asian Reporter)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers examining attitudes regarding breast and cervical cancer screening among Oregon’s Hmong population, however, shows a much more complicated picture. (PDF, scroll to page 11 for story)

Search is on for tetracycline replacement in organic orchards (Capital Press)

The industry’s long-term goal is to develop host resistance, said Ken Johnson, professor of plant pathology at Oregon State University. But in the meantime, treatments are being developed to deal with floral infection in susceptible cultivars.

New art installation suspends bike race from McAlexander ceiling (LIFE@OSU)

Called “Peleton” which refers to the main group of riders in a bike race, the art installation was created by Seattle-based artist Beliz Brother, and was installed over Spring Break. It is comprised of bikes that were destined for the junkyard, but which Brother rescued for a new life. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon State hosts first track meet in 25 years (OPB)

Kelly Sullivan’s revival of Oregon State University’s track program took a big leap on Saturday when the school hosted its first meet in 25 years.

Researchers: Invasive seaweed from tsunami dock poses threat to Oregon (The Asahi Shimbun)

he dock from Misawa port in Aomori Prefecture drifted to Oregon in June last year after the tsunami generated by the quake struck northeastern Japan in March a year earlier, sending waves of floating debris across the Pacific. Researchers at Oregon State University sent algae samples and photos for analyses.

States, colleges lobbying cost tops $1 million (Statesman Journal)

Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University together paid $710,000. State and university officials, who plan to renew their lobbying contracts this year, say they recouped their investments many times over through congressional appropriations and grants.

In praise of tame mascots (New Yorker)

When Nike and Oregon State University unveiled the school’s new logo and uniform designs earlier this month, they explained the ideology of the streamlined beaver in a press release.

House panel cancels hearing on pesticides bill (Statesman Journal)

The bill would set up an interagency council, staffed by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, and require agencies to develop and coordinate strategies for integrated pest management. The bill would apply only to state agency operations on state-owned lands.

BYU racquetball team places second at nationals (Salt Lake Tribune)

Oregon State won the overall championship.

Oil paintings on display in Fairbanks (LIFE@OSU)

Researches, an exhibit of oil paintings by Rae Mahaffey, opens April 8 in Fairbanks Gallery. Rae Mahaffey explores color, pattern and perspective to describe elements in the world around us.

NuScale applies for federal grant (Gazette-Times)

Based on a design developed at Oregon State University, NuScale’s reactor would generate up to 45 megawatts of electricity. The self-contained reactor modules are designed to be factory-built, then transported to the plant site.

Institutions are increasingly incorporating online technologies into their long-term plans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

At Oregon State University, students use a “virtual spectrometer” to measure the absorbance of different solutions in an online chemistry course that features a “virtual lab.”


NEW! Brown Bag Lunch International Seminars: Presented by Kaush Arha who recently served as a Senior Advisor to the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. April 1 – “Afghan Agriculture: Past, Present and Future Prospects.”  April 2 –  “2014 Transition to Afghan Lead in Security, Governance and Development: Fragile and Reversible Gains.”  Both at noon in Richardson Hall Room 313.

NEW! DPD Director Candidate:  Anita Revilla will present her research seminar, “What Happens in Las Vegas DOES NOT Stay in Vegas: Queer and Feminist Immigrant Rights Activism in Sin City,” Monday, April 1, 1–2 p.m., Milam 215.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information on our website.

NEW! Screenwriter Q&A: Screenwriter Mike Rich will appear at Oregon State University on Thursday, April 4, for a special screening of his award-winning film, “Finding Forrester.” A question-and-answer session will follow. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

Scholars’ Insights: a graduate student competition to communicate impact  Grad students present their thesis/scholarly work in three minutes to the general public and compete for cash awards.  Presented by the OSU Graduate School, Free admission.  Reception and awards at end of competition.  April 3, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.  For information, megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! DPD Director Candidate:  Anita Revilla will present a teaching forum on “Citizenism and Citizen Privilege: Expanding our vision of Social Justice,” Tuesday, April 2, 10-11 a.m., Milam 215.

NEW! TAC Webinar: What’s new in Blackboard in Spring 2013, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Three changes to Blackboard roll out in time for Spring term: new options to enable cross-listed and combined course sites; the Blackboard Mobile Learn app for smartphones and tablets, and SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism-prevention service. This webinar will give an overview of each change and what they may mean for you and your students. Tues. April 2; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WTaPpp

NEW! Dying to Tell: Stories of Good Death:  The stories of the dying offer important lessons for the living. Dr. Felicia Cohn, the Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, will share stories of these struggles, highlighting common ethical issues, patient hopes, and physician distress. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium on Tuesday April 2 at 7 p.m.

NEW! Climate talk: “Climate and streamflow trends in the Columbia River basin: evidence for ecological and engineering resilience to climate change,” a free, public talk by Julia Jones on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences building, room 400, at Oregon State University.

NEW! Privacy and the Internet: At the April 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Nancy King, professor in the College of Business, will discuss her research on the laws regulating the sharing of personal data. Meets in MU 109A, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! OSU-Cascades “It’s in the bag!”: Fate and Luck: A series crossing boundaries. Sandy Brooke, associate professor of art, talks about art, media and global ideas. April 3, noon, Cascades Hall Room 118, Bend.

NEW! International Programs Speaker Series: Mario Magaña continues IP’s monthly series, Unique Journeys: Collaborating Beyond Borders. An Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU, Magaña discusses experiences ranging from working with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to a Fulbright position at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. April 4, noon to 1 p.m., MU 208.

NEW! Ocean acidification talk: George Waldbusser of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on the early life stages of marine bivalves. Waldbusser will discuss the biology and ecology of shell formation, the role of shells in coastal environments, and how local and global drivers of ocean acidification are affecting organisms that form calcium carbonate. Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

NEW! Auto insurance talk: Julie George, graduate student in Women Studies and Sociology, will discuss the difference between personal injury protection and bodily injury coverage on your auto insurance policy, as well as other issues, to help make informed risk management decisions. Bring a copy of your current policy. April 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Willamette Room, Valley Library. For more: http://oregonstate.edu/own/events

NEW! OSU Libraries Seminar: A seminar focusing on College Students, Technology, and Academic Workflows that features two presentations looking at different aspects of this topic, “Finding Techknowledgey,” and “The Impact of Mobile Devices on Undergraduate STudents; Information Practices.” The seminar takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., April 12, in Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms (3622), Valley Library. For more information, contact Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu.

Health lecture: Julie Gerberding, the first woman to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak at Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 3, on “Becoming the Healthiest Nation.” Her free public lecture, which is part of OSU’s Discovery Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/discovery to learn more.

Singer gives talk: Artist in residency, vocal educator and singer Michele Troise will present a public talk April 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., titled “Sing Differently: Waking Up from the Impossible Dream,” in Benton Hall Room 303.

Climate change seminar: April 9, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Lasells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. CEOAS – Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Lynne Talley & Jeffrey Severinghaus “Air Bubbles in Ice, Salt in the Sea: What Geochemistry Can Tell Us about Climate Change.” Catered reception 8:15 to 9 p.m. in the Guistina Gallery.

Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Bill Swift of Cascade Employers Association presenting “Accountability & Delegation”. Learn the skills of building a culture of trust which is vital to promoting clear accountability, powerful engagement and natural delegation.  Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. $20 PFLA members/$40 non-PFLA members (includes lunch) LaSells Stewart Center Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series:  Please join us every other Wednesday (starting April 10) from 4-5 p.m. in the Willamette West Room in the Valley Library for a series of exciting talks from the faculty and affiliates of the School of Psychological Science.  Please see the schedule of talks and speakers at the SPS homepage (http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science/).

Dream Ocean Satellite Image Workshop: A workshop to brainstorm types of satellite images that would benefit ocean industries such as fisheries and aquaculture. This two-day workshop will be held June 4-54 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Funding for travel and accommodation is available.  Registration is required. For more information, please visit: http://omel_test.coas.oregonstate.edu/home/events/2013_DOSI/2013_DOSI_Workshop_Industry_NASA.shtml.

News for Employees

 NEW! Art about Agriculture: The 31st annual OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Art about Agriculture exhibit has just opened at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. The exhibit runs through April 25. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 19.

NEW! Rec Sports Winter Term/Half Term Memberships and Lockers Expire April 5: Winter Term/Half Term memberships and term lockers expire Friday, April 5. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back if we clean your locker out for you. Renew your membership and locker today at the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon. Questions? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, 541-737-4883.

NEW! Workshops: The Center for Training & Organizational Development is offering three brand new and two repeat workshops for faculty and staff. Workshops are designed to develop awareness and skills that will improve your success in the workplace and beyond. Workshops are offered at no cost. Please visit website http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 to view topics and register online. For questions contact Leigh Larkin at x7-3207.

EmpCenter Training: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on April 1(Unclassified Exempt and Unclassified Non-exempt employees).   Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

Baccalaureate Core Grant Awardees : Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of two $5000 grants to gather student learning data for Baccalaureate Core assessment. The funded projects are (1) Comprehensive Assessment of Mathematics Baccalaureate Core Learning Outcomes (PI, Thomas Dick); and (2) Identifying a “Common Core” for Writing Skills Assessment in Engineering WIC Courses (PI, Tracy Ann Robinson). To learn more about these projects please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/assessment/home.

Scholarship opportunity: The OSU Association of Office Professionals will award one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2013-14 academic year.  For qualifications and application, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/aop.  All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.  A completed application, three current letters of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by April 1 to Cindy Alexis, Arts & Sciences Business Center, 2042 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, or by e-mail to cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu.

Graduate certificate in university teaching: Applications are now being accepted for the new Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. This 18-credit certificate will provide advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education or other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. It is designed to be completed within two years and may be done in conjunction with a concurrent graduate degree or as a standalone certificate. Additional information is available here: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/gccut. Deadline for priority consideration is April 1.

KBVR looking for anchors: KBVR-TV’s Beaver News will be looking for News Anchors for the Spring Term! Ideal for people interested in TV and TV journalism, the auditions are open to all OSU students. The auditions will be held 3pm, Wednesday April 10 in Snell Hall (Studio B). For more information, contact Hayden Wilcox at tv.newsproducer@oregonstate.edu.

PFLA awards: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award.  Please consider submitting a nomination to recognize a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. Additional award criteria is based on honoring a legacy of providing ongoing, strategic, and progressive leadership, administrative support and service among Professional Faculty and other OSU employees.   For complete selection and nomination information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/summary.html; application deadline is April 1.

Traffic and Maintenance

Student lots: Student/Visitor lots open no permit required, March 25-April 5.

Washington Ave. NE parking lot closure: Due to the construction of a new resident hall the Washington Ave NE lot will be permanently closed late April.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Oregon State University Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is recruiting for a full time, tenure track, 9-month faculty position Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Posting #0010252. Closes April 1.

s recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 11 hours per week) Education Project Assistant position for the Marion County Extension Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Salem, Oregon.  Posting # 0010442. Closes on April 2.

Head Academic Advisor -The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Head Academic Advisor. Posting #0010354. Closes March 19 for full consideration. Posting # 0010354. Closes April 2.

Archivist: Campus Planning invites applicants for a full-time (1.0FTE), Archivist position. Posting #0010476 Closes April 5.

University Housing & Dining Services is hiring a new Director of Residential Dining & Catering. Posting #0010358. Closes April 5.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Dispatcher. This is a permanent full time position.Posting #0010340. Closes April 5.

The Office of the Provost seeks an Administrative Support Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month professional faculty position. Job posting 0010404. Closing date is April 7.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is recruiting to fill one full-time Grants/Contracts Coordinator position (Internal to OSU Employees Only). Posting # 0010445. Closes April 7.

The Department of Teacher and Counselor Education, College of Education invites applications for a Counselor Educator to teach in their graduate program in Counselor Education at Oregon State University – Cascades located in Bend, Oregon.   This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting # 0010412. Closes April 8.

Medical Aid (CNA/CMA) –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Medical Aid. Posting #0010452. Closes April 10.

Sponsored Student Programs Manager – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sponsored Student Programs Manager position. Posting #0010441. Closes April 12.

University Housing & Dining Services is hiring an Associate Director of Finance & Information ServicesPosting #0010420. Closes April 12.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning seeks a full-time Director. The Center was established in 2012 with a mission to conduct research and development that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEM learners and practitioners. Position # 0010269. Closes April 14.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – Environmental Health Sciences Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse coordinator position.  Posting #0010423. Closes April 14.

Assistant Manager of Vendor Payment Operations – Office of Business Affairs invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Assistant Manager of Vendor Payment Operations position.  Posting #0010455. Closes April 15.

Research Analyst 2 – Office of Sponsored Programs in VP for Research invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Research Analyst 2 position.  Posting #0010473. Closes April 15.

The Austin Family Business Program in the College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 12-month, Manager position. Posting #0010405. For full consideration by Apr. 5th. Closes Apr. 15.

The OSU Malheur County Extension Service Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the South East Regional Administrator.  Posting # 0010383. Closes April 17.

Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 3 – Office of Budget/Fiscal Planning invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Analyst Programmer position.  Posting #0010486. Closes April 19.

Staff Psychiatrist –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Psychiatrist. Posting #0010416. Closes April 21.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor of Finance position. Posting #0010431. Closes Apr. 30.

Administrative Manager  – The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Administrative Manager. Posting # 0010438  Closes April 30.

The OSU Foundation is currently recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant for Special Events in the Corvallis office.   This position provides administrative assistance and support to the Donor Relations and Special Events team.   The starting annual salary for this position is $32,868.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Student Services Assistant Manager.  This position manages support services and leads orientation programs for INTO OSU students. The Assistant Manager has a high-level of decision-making and authority and works closely with the Student Services Manager on the daily operations of the Student Services team.  This is a full-time position with a salary range of $35,000-$37,000.  For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6274832

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Arabic Language and Sponsored Student Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Arabic-speaking students and government sponsored students. The Arabic Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education and information sharing in Arabic for lower level English speakers. As Sponsored Student Advisor, this position is also responsible for maintaining productive relationships with sponsors and effective record-keeping and reporting for sponsored students.  This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144102.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Chinese Language Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Chinese-speaking students. The Chinese Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education, information sharing in Chinese for lower-level English speakers and programming. This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144092.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Enrollment Specialist.  This position provides service and support for academic staff and students, maintains official records, and implements administrative policies. Handles problems and non-routine situations by determining the approach or action to take and interprets guidelines, procedures, policies and practices. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144062


Corvallis: You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming” Pablo Neruda. After a glorious weekend, it’s going to be hard to adjust to anything less than perfect. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers this afternoon, with a high of 66 and a low tonight of 47. Tomorrow looks mostly cloudy.

Central Oregon: There’s a 30 percent chance of showers today with a high of 66 and a low of 35.

Newport: Patchy fog and clouds today with a high of 53 and a low of 45.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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