OSU Today

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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.

Scientists determine hatchery salmon threaten wild fish (OPB)

It took years for Oregon State University scientists to determine that hatchery fish in Hood River created genetic problems for migrating wild fish. (See also Associated Press and Seattle Times)

Oregon scientists will try sound to drive gray whales away from wave-energy devices (Oregonian)

The odd underwater noise, an upsweeping “whoop,” will start as quietly as conversation, rise as loud as traffic and peak at the din of a rock concert, all within one second. Chances are, whales will listen. And without doubt, scientists will watch. All of it is part of an experiment that Oregon State University marine researchers plan early next year during gray whale migrations.

Researchers discover gene to regenerate herniated cells (KEZI)

Genetic researchers at Oregon State University discovered a gene in mice that might help cure hernias in humans

At-risk children who can self-regulate behavior have higher test scores than peers (NSF)

A study that will be published in a forthcoming journal adds to the mounting evidence that self-regulation–or children’s ability to control their behavior and impulses–is directly related to academic performance.

Miracle Man (Gazette-Times)

While Nordyke credits his family, the hospice staff and his doctors for his recovery, he says the turning point in the process was a special visit he received last fall. On Oct. 12, OSU football players Lyle Moevao, James Dockery and Howard Croom surprised Nordyke at his home. Frail and relying heavily on his oxygen tank, Nordyke’s face broke into a wide grin when he saw the Beavers players who’d come to pay him a visit. He sprang up from the sofa, exclaiming, “What are you guys doing here?”

Keeping time (Science News)

Fruit flies that don’t have functioning circadian clocks seem to do just as well when raised in a laboratory as flies with fully functioning clocks, says Natraj Krishnan, a physiologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. But in the wild, flies may encounter stresses that could change the game, so Krishnan and his colleagues decided to expose lab flies to a mild stress and see if having a clock made a difference.

Orange Power wins Cinco de Mayo cookoff (Barometer)

The cooking competition, which is the latest event held by the Power Up Challenge, had the Fire Breathing Beaver Squad and Orange Power teams testing their ability to work together, be creative with the ingredients on hand, and prepare snacks to be tasted by their audience within the half-hour time limit.

“Voice of Beavers” becomes honorary alumnus (LIFE@OSU)

Mike Parker has been the “Voice of the Beavers” for nearly a dozen years. In fact, he’s so thoroughly become a part of the OSU experience that it’s hard to remember that, shhh, he was actually a Duck before he came here.

Oregon City high school teacher chosen as business educator (Oregonian)

Sherril Daniels, a marketing teacher and marketing club adviser at Oregon City High School, won an Outstanding High School Business Educator Award from the Oregon State University’s College of Business and Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers.

Science Pub to explore world of seals, sea lions (Gazette-Times)

Markus Horning, a pinniped expert from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, will discuss the reasons for these differences this Monday, May 10, in a Science Pub presentation at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. His talk, “Consummate and Consumed Predators: Threats to Seals and Sea Lions in a Changing Ocean,” begins at 6 p.m.


The OSU Horticulture Club will be having a Mother’s Day plant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the east greenhouses immediately adjacent to Cordley Hall (sandwich-board sign will be out in front of the door). Fuchsias will be available for $15 and geraniums are $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds from Horticulture Club plant sales enable the Club to attend their annual industry convention, where students compete intercollegiately in events showcasing students’ academic and practical knowledge.

The Women’s Center is proud to present its biggest event of the year – The Feminist Fair. This year the theme is “Speak Out! Feminist Voices for a Just World”. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad and, in addition to games, cookies, a prize drawing, and cake-walks, will feature: 11:30 to 11:45 p.m.: OSU Women’s Choir; noon to 2 p.m.: Amanda Richards, Country Western singer and comedian; 2 to 2:30 p.m.: Siobhan, Belly-dance performance. For questions or concerns please contact the Women’s Center at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-3186.

The rich and diverse scholarship of Oregon State University undergraduates will be highlighted with “Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence,” a showcase of research, innovation, creativity and scholarship. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom on campus, will feature 60 student exhibits from eight colleges.

All shoppers face the same questions, whether for home or factory: recycled or new? Which has the least environmental impact? At the noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Zhaohui Wu of OSU’s College of Business will talk about reducing the environmental impact of global production. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

PERS Workshops. PERS will be on campus today, offering two different workshops. “1 Year to Retirement” workshop for Tier 1 & Tier 2 members from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and an “Early Career” workshop for OPSRP members or employees that may become OPSRP members from 1 to 2 p.m. Both workshops will be located in Memorial Union Room 208. To register for these workshops or to obtain information about these or other workshops, visit the Office of Human Resource website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Sally Collins, Director, USDA Office of Environmental Markets, will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center on “Next Generation Conservation: Investing in Ecosystem Services.” This Starker Lecture is free and open to the public.

2010 Author Recognition Celebration: Come celebrate and support the remarkable range of literary contributions made by the OSU Faculty in 2009. The celebration will be held in the Library rotunda from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is presented by the OSU Libraries in association with The Office of the Provost. Six authors will present on their work. Light refreshments provided. To see a full list of new books published by OSU faculty and staff in 2009 visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/recognizing-excellence.

Felicia Cohn, director of medical bioethics for Kaiser Permanente Orange County, will speak on health care reform at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, Cohn’s talk is titled “The Principle of Justice: What You Need to Know to Understand Health Care Reform.” The free public event will be held in Kearney Hall Room 112, 1491 S.W. Campus Way.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Willamette Volleyball Classic Mother’s Day Brunch is a chance for anybody to treat their mom to an elegant brunch on Mother’s Day.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the Reser Stadium Loge.  Tickets are $20 per person and the brunch is open to the public.

Oregon State University is hosting the 4th annual Willamette Volleyball Classic (WVC), from May 7-9. 180 club teams from the northwest and Canada will come to OSU for three days of volleyball competition, bringing with them almost 5,000 people to campus. There will be 31 courts set up in six different facilities on campus, including Gill, Truax, Langton, Dixon, McAlexander, and the Tennis Center. The WVC “Fill Gill” Showcase Match – OSU takes on Western Washington in a spring exhibition match, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Gill on Saturday, May 8.

Author Robin Cody will present a reading on Friday, May 7, 7 p.m. at the Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison. His new book, “Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest” is just released from OSU Press. Open and free to the public. Cosponsored by OSU Press, Grass Roots Books & Music, and The Arts Center.

The College of Education presents the annual Carpenter Lecture at 7 p.m., May 7 in the MU Journey Room. Mary F.T. Spilde, PhD, President of Lane Community College, will talk about “Community College: The Hopeful Enterprise”. Reception immediately following. This presentation can be viewed live and archived after the event at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/powered-by-orange

Tickets are on sale now for the third and final performance in Oregon State University’s 2010 Steinway Piano Concert Series, to be held on Sunday, May 9, at 4 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, on the OSU campus. The special Mother’s Day concert will feature 21-year old Zhang Zuo, a 2009 Van Cliburn competitor and winner the 2006 International Piano Competition of China. Tickets are $20 in advance (open seating), $25 at the door. They are available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Beard’s Framing and Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis.

Markus Horning with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will be speaking on “Threats to Seals & Sea Lions in a Changing Ocean” Monday, May 10 at Science Pub Corvallis. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. At Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. How can we promote effective management and recovery of protected species sometimes interlinked through complex, multi-species predator-prey relationships? What are the roles and impact of research, rescue and rehabilitation programs on these charismatic yet difficult to monitor marine mammals?

Professor Keith Devlin of Stanford University will give the Lonseth Lecture May 11 as part of the annual math department awards ceremony. The ceremony and lecture will take place in the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center, and a reception will be held in the adjacent Myrtle Tree Alcove. The lecture begins at 4 p.m., following the 3 p.m. awards ceremony.

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon State University has a newly redesigned home page and the campus community is invited to preview it here: http://oregonstate.edu/preview/

NEW! The Willamette Volleyball Classic Treasure Seek is a chance for anybody who wishes to participate to get out into the community and explore the businesses that downtown Corvallis has to offer. Come to Truax and pick up an official Tournament Guide. In the Guide, there will be advertisements and “Treasure Tickets” which can be taken to local businesses.  By purchasing either a specific item or a specific dollar amount from these businesses, your treasure tickets are validated.  Once these tickets are validated, you can bring them back to Truax and put the tickets in a drawing for a number of great prizes, including an Apple iPad. Each guide has a free ticket in it so no purchase is necessary.

NEW! The Second annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast hosted by Provost Sabah Randhawa is scheduled for the morning of University Day, Sept. 23, 8 to 10 a.m. We will communicate the details to all new employees in August/September. New employees are asked to save the date. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Faculty participation is an important part of commencement.  Our goal is to have campus-wide representation and to include as many teaching and non-professional faculty as possible.   This year’s commencement activities will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m  to  1:30 p.m. in Reser Stadium. Faculty may participate in the Commencement Ceremony in several ways:
Announcements regarding participation as a MARSHAL have been sent to Academic Deans.  There are still many openings for Faculty who would like to volunteer to be a marshal. Please contact Chief Marshal Chris Bell at: Chris.A.Bell@Oregonstate.edu.
Faculty who serve as ESCORTS to doctoral candidates will receive a memo from the Graduate School at the end of May.
Faculty may also serve as a FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE.  These faculty will dress in academic regalia and participate in the processional across campus and into Reser Stadium where they will be seated as a group for the ceremony.   Academic regalia may be ordered from the Bookstore.   Names of faculty who will serve as Faculty Representatives should be sent to Sara Eklund, Academic Affairs, at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu no later than Friday, May 21 so that further instructions may be sent.
Announcements regarding participation as a VOLUNTEER with GUEST SERVICES have already gone out.  Faculty who can assist should sign up directly at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=423 or contact Sierra Whitlow at OSU Conference Services by email at sierra.whitlow@oregonstate.edu.
Additional information about Commencement can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/commencement.

Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

Prescription drug turn-in event. Do you have unwanted medications around your home? Help protect your family and the environment by disposing of them at this free public collection event. Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a drive-through event at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., in front of the Carriage House. Prescriptions only, no syringes or other medical items will be collected.

Corvallis AAUW is offering scholarships to two deserving women who reside in Linn or Benton County, and are 25 years of age or older. The scholarships will be for the 2010-2011 academic year. A $750 scholarship will offered to a woman attending Linn Benton Community College seeking a certificate or degree, and a $1,000 scholarship to a woman attending Oregon State University seeking an undergraduate degree. To apply, download and print the corresponding application form, the resume form, two reference forms, and a financial budget form from the AAUW website, www.corvallis-aauw.org . Application deadline is May 7. Send to Jan Rounds, 3111 NW Norwood Pl., Corvallis, OR 97330. For questions or information please contact Jan Rounds: janrounds@peak.org

It’s time to register for the 8th annual CARDV Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Safe Families. This family-friendly event will be held Saturday, May 8, and offers courses for all ages and abilities, including a 5K run, a 5K walk, and 1- and 2-mile walks. All courses begin at 2nd Street and Western Boulevard in downtown Corvallis. OSU INTO employee Candy Pierson-Charlton, a cancer survivor, is participating in the race as an affirmation of her survival. She is being sponsored by INTO but is looking for other OSU community members to make a pledge to CARDV in her honor for every kilometer she walks. She can be contacted at 541-737-6981 or
candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu. Registration is $20 per person before today and $25 after that date. To find out more about the event, see course maps and register online, visit www.cardvservices.org/runwalk.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its final workshop of the 2009-10 season on May 14 at the Adair Club House, 6097 N.E. Ebony Lane. Ann Schauber and Sunil Khanna will present “Cross-Cultural Communication: Communicating Effectively in a Multicultural Workplace.” This special event will be presented in two sessions – a half-day session will run from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. for those interested in a more in-depth experience. You may register for the morning session, or attend the whole day event. Lunch is provided for those attending all day. Don’t miss this opportunity, available at no charge to OSU employees. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us by May 5. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Interested in participating in da Vinci days this year? OSU has its very own exhibit area, Discover OSU, and we are looking for all types of exhibitors -science, engineering, art…..There is room for everyone! Last year, over 23,000 visitors walked through the gates and Discover OSU was a huge hit. To learn more about da Vinci Days, check the last year’s article from Portland Writing Examiner and visit the da Vinci Days web site (http://www.davinci-days.org/). If you would like to have a booth in Discover OSU, send an e-mail to Kate Sanders at kvsanders@gmail.com and she will send you a registration form (registration ends May 15). Article from Portland Writing Examiner: http://ww.examiner.com/x-16045-Portland-Writing-Examiner~y2009m7d21-Da-Vinci-Days-annual-Corvallis-summer-festival-lives-up-to-its-name

It’s still all about M.E. That’s right, the Merchant Expo is happening at the LaSells Stewart Center June 3. Find out additional information and register at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/ Those registering before May 28 will have a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer gift card.

The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) is accepting nominations for the 2010 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/ . This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu , COSID Awards Committee Chair.


Student Debt Management Revenue Agent II, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University. OSU is looking for a full-time Revenue Agent II to focus on collections for student accounts and student loans. Required qualifications include but are not limited to: one year of direct soft collection experience, a strong background in skip tracing, experience communicating with debtors about billing/account history via phone, in-person negotiation skills; and customer service. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005622. Closes May 28. OSU is AA/EOE.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator – CEM Industry Relations. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head.  The individual for this position is expected to perform a variety of duties within the School with focus on three main areas: (1) Industry Relations, (2) Coordination and execution of various programs within the School, and (3) Administrative and Program Development.  The successful candidate will work closely with the CEF Endowed Chair and will serve as a liaison for outreach to industry, including meeting with partners and potential partners to cultivate relationships. This position will involve occasional day and overnight travel.  To view full posting and apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005613. Closing date is May 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The OSU Office of Human Resources is recruiting for two Human Resources Consultant 1 positions to work in the Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC). Full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0005610. Closing date May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

The College of Science at Oregon State University invites applications for an Advisor-Academic/Pre-Health. This is a full-time,1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting#0005550. Apply by May 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

BSG Systems Development Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position designs, organizes, and manages software development and student instruction efforts in providing services for large public sector client projects. Experience with the .Net framework of application development and an interest in student learning is important. Experience may include design and development, requirements management, and instruction. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005604. Full consideration date is May 16, and closing date May 23.

BSG Test Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such. Experience in product development and testing is important. This experience may be in either hardware or software and should include actual design, testing, or quality assurance responsibility. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005603. Full consideration date is May 16, and closing date May 23.

The OSU University Administrative Business Center (UABC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 1 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting #0005585. Closing date May 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Coordinator, Professional– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, full-time (1.0 FTE). To review posting 0005592 and
apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal to OSU and OUS. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a .75 time position and salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp. Posting # 0005451. Closes May 9. OSU is AA/EOE.

Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services, Oregon State University. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, cultivating and strengthening recruiting relationships between Career Services and employing organizations and providing leadership for all phases of the planning and implementation of career fairs and other employer relations events and activities. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. Annual full-time salary range is $36,000 – $40,000 depending on education and experience. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business, Human Relations/ Personnel Management, College Student Personnel Administration or related areas. 2 years related work experience, and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005579. Closing Date: May 24. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Information Technology Consultant – ID Center, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2782-4921/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: May 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. This position will interface with INTO OSU employees to understand systems issues, document change requests and gather technical requirements; at the same time the position will also interface with OSU technical teams to manage the delivery of change requests and represent INTO OSU’s technical voice in university technical discussions. For complete job description, and additional information regarding this position, please contact Rhonda Maillard, Human Resources Manager at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closing date is May 12.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Wellness Education & Outreach Coordinator to develop and deliver educational forums and messages for the OSU campus community. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005591. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month International Student Advisor to provide immigration advising and student service support to international students studying at INTO OSU. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005525. Closing date is May 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The OSU Forestry and Oceanic & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 2 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. This is an internal search, open to current, regular status OSU employees only; job start date July 1, 2010. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005572. Closing date May 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Admissions Advisor, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University. F/T. Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a relevant discipline and 1-2 years professional, student or volunteer work experience related to student services, student recruitment/outreach or leadership at a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year not-for-profit college or university and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0005537. Closing date is May 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications is seeking a Publishing Manager to join our team. This is a full-time professional faculty position with full benefits. Salary is commensurate upon education and experience. This person provides advice and leadership for educational publishing in its broadest form, including print, online, multimedia, and new media, as well as editing, design, and production of educational products. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56424.Closing Date: May 7.

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Place: Due to the Engineering Expo & Robo Palooza Open House in and around the Kelly Engineering Center, the south end of Memorial Place (between Kelly Engineering and Bexel Hall) will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on May 14 and should end by 6 p.m.

17th Street: Due to electrical construction associated with the INTO/OSU project, the west side of 17th Street, between May Way and A Avenue will be closed to street parking. Please be advised that parking on the east side of 17th Street will be open. Work will begin at 7 a.m., May 5 and will be completed by 5 p.m., May 24.


Corvallis: Yesterday hail storms and pounding rain kept us guessing, but today sunny skies and warmer temperatures will prevail. In the words of Tennyson,”O earth, what changes hast thou seen!” Today’s high will be near 60, with an overnight low of 35. Friday highs may climb to 70.

Central Oregon: “Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen. And thank goodness we may finally have a full day of beautiful sunshine with a high around 55 degrees. Overnight it is expected to stay chilly around 27, but more sunshine is expected for Friday. Enjoy the sunshine, be free, and keep your eyes peeled for some blooming Berberis aquifolium.

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