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Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

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.

Helping students during Oregon College Application Week: Guest opinion (Oregonian)

A piece by OSU President Edward J. Ray.

Can humans and nature coexist? (Scientific American)

The fallout led Tallis; Jane Lubchenco, an ecologist at Oregon State University and former administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and 238 other scientists to call for a truce this week in a commentary in the journal Nature.

OSU professor helps develop promising Ebola drug (KTVZ)

Sarepta Therapeutics can provide an anti-viral drug if more people in the U.S. become infected, according to Patrick Iversen, a professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, adjunct professor in the College of Science and former senior vice president of the biotech company.

Robots go to war against Ebola (Boston Globe)

William Smart, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, presented a video of a robot that can remove sheets from a patient’s bed and discard contaminated linen. (see also Beta Wired)

Traces of Fukushima radioactivity detected in west coast waters (Northwest Public Radio)

A parallel but independent monitoring effort run through the radiation health lab at Oregon State University found no detectable traces of Fukushima radiation in seawater samples collected earlier this year in near shore waters along the Pacific Northwest coast.

Closure of butcher shops leaves growers unpaid (Capital Press)

Bill the Butcher is not alone in facing financial hardships, said Lauren Gwin, an extension specialist in niche meat marketing at Oregon State University.

Concert brings families, cultures together (Democrat-Herald)

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 120 people packed the meeting room of the library to enjoy the masterpiece work by Prokofiev, performed by Dr. Rachelle McCabe and Oregon State University music students. Corvallis-OSU Piano International, Friends of the Library and OSU Music teamed up to deliver the family-friendly performance.

Corvallis, Albany get attention (Oregonian)

This time, the visit comes next weekend, when Arizona State University is in Corvallis to play Oregon State University in football on Nov. 15. This project isn’t so much about the game, but more about what visitors should see and do before and after an OSU game.

Prisoners of peace (Register-Guard)

The research took him all over the country, “and it kept getting deeper and deeper, more complex and complicated and convoluted. “But I was very fortunate to have the support of the Oregon State University Press people — they said I should take my time.”

The great outdoors can put a spring in your workout (LA Times)

Small bursts of normal daily activity — even one- or two-minute increments, when added up — can be as beneficial as a gym workout, according to a 2013 study from Oregon State University. In fact, non-gym-goers who built small bouts of activity into their normal lives were more likely to get more physical activity than dedicated gym-goers who followed a structured exercise regime, the researchers found.

Student media gets new name, new space (LIFE@OSU)

This year, Student Media at Oregon State University is getting a brand new, state-of-the-art space, and with it, a brand new name. As they move into their new home in the Student Experience Center, Student Media will now be known as the Orange Media Network.

Be Bright! Be Seen! event to be held Nov. 12 in the MU Quad (LIFE@OSU)

In an effort to encourage bike and pedestrian safety on campus and around Corvallis, Oregon State University is inviting the public to the Memorial Union quad on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a special Be Bright! Be Seen! event.

Getting a grip on autism: OSU professor plans Monday talk (Gazette-Times)

MacDonald, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Science, is passionate on the topic – and she’s planning to cover a lot of ground.

ROTC units honor veterans at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Veterans Day won’t be officially celebrated until Tuesday, but the Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at Oregon State University marked the occasion a few days early.

Campus Crest withdraws plans to develop Witham Oaks (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University spokesman Steve Clark said Friday that the university had not received notice that Campus Crest had withdrawn its plans to develop the site and read about the news online. But he added that the university did not routinely monitor development of private housing projects, even when they are earmarked as student housing.

New books party (Guardian)

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell [Oregon State University Press, 2014.

Quality should be No. 1 focus in Pacific Northwest (Fresh Plaza)

Quality is the No. 1 thing cherry growers should be focused on in the Pacific Northwest says Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension educator. As more and more acres of high-density plantings come into play, growers need to fine-tune production to ensure that the Pacific Northwest’s reputation for high-quality fruit remains intact.

California drought and climate fears spur approval of Prop 1 (Inside Climate News)

Michael Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University, said the conservation provisions in Prop. 1 should have been implemented years ago, before the water crisis became so severe.

Bring out your dead foliage (Register-Guard)

Leaves on a tree are mostly hollow and made of air, said Mark Harmon, a forest ecology professor at Oregon State University.

Colleges collaborate on canola trial (East Oregonian)

Blue Mountain Community College is partnering with Oregon State University Extension Service on a field trial growing irrigated canola that, in rotation with winter wheat, could help farmers boost their productivity.


NEW! Fall of the Wall Flash Mob: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German program is organizing flash mob Nov. 10, 11:45 a.m. to noon, Kidder Hall Main entrance (library side). Students will construct a Wall out of cardboard boxes decorated with messages of change and social justice. Come join us to commemorate this important event.

How to Create a Great Hybrid Course: Hands-on workshop offered on Monday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Milam 215. All faculty are welcome to learn about best practices in blended learning, and to try out tools for redesigning an on-campus course as a hybrid course. Funding for hybrid course development will also be discussed. Registration is now available: http://bit.ly/1u2oLwI.

Center for the Humanities History of Sex Lecture:  Nicole von Germeten, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, will discuss the records and tradition of sixteenth-century colonial Latin American sex work in “Bawds, Ruffians, and Brothels: Spanish Sex Workers in the New World” on Monday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m., in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Science Pub: At the Nov. 10 Corvallis Science Pub, Megan MacDonald, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will explore the connection between autism and exercise. Since children diagnosed with autism tend to be more sedentary and also lag in the development of motor skills, physical activity may be more difficult to learn. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Approaches to Disability: Redemptionism, Rejectionism, and Historicism:  Prof. Hector Avalos (Iowa State) will present three approaches from Biblical scholarship on disability: A redemptionist approach, which seeks to portray biblical views of disabilities in a positive light; a rejectionist approach which argues that many biblical views of disability should be rejected; and a historicist approach, which studies disabilities in a purely historical mode. Nov. 10, 7 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Be Bright! Be Seen! In an effort to encourage bike and pedestrian safety on campus and around Corvallis, OSU is inviting the public to the Memorial Union quad on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a special Be Bright! Be Seen! event. Features reflective gear giveaways and informational booths: http://oregonstate.edu/main/be-bright

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Alumni Connect: Veterans Career Panel and Networking Event Join us for this career networking event among UO, OSU, and PSU alumni, all of whom have served (or continue to serve) our country.  Learn how to leverage your military service and higher education experience to effectively transition into or advance your civilian career from a panel of successful veterans. Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. at Widmer Brewery in Portland. $10 in advance / $15 at the door

NEW! BioSand Filter workshops with inventor David Manz: Join OSU students and faculty as we build our very own BioSand filter (BSF). We’re mixing and pouring concrete into our mold on Nov. 13, from 8-11 a.m., in 104 Merryfield Hall and then preparing it for use on Nov. 14 from 1-4 p.m. All students and faculty are welcome, please RSVP to Judy.Finn@oregonstate.edu.  Manz will also offer a free public lecture Nov. 13 at 4:30 in Rogers 226. For more information – http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/heatosu/david-manz-november-13-15-2014/

NEW! Thorsness retirement: Please join us as we honor Brian Thorsness for his 32+ years of service to OSU at a retirement gathering on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union LaRaza Room 208.

Art reception: Starting Nov. 3 through Dec. 7, enjoy two art exhibits on display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Soap Creek Confluence and Oregon: Field & Sky. A public reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. General exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pretty Faces ski film screening: Women in Science is co-hosting a screening of the ski film Pretty Faces on Wednesday Nov. 12 at Majestic Theatre. Film starts at 7:30 p.m. This film celebrates women’s achievements in the mountains. For more info, check out www.unicornpicnic.com or email womeninscience@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Research Impact  & Open Access and Data Management Workshops at The Valley Library: As Fall terms begins to wind down, consider (via citations, downloads, altmetrics) how your Research Impact & Open Access (Nov. 12) work together. Thinking about your research data or developing your data management plan? Learn to manage it effectively and efficiently with Intro to Data Management (Nov. 12). Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Gatekeeper suicide prevention training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Presented by Jim Gouveia, LCSW. Register here: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b41KB4Idbr2ZXGl. Feel free to bring your lunch. Nov. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  NAS Member, James Van Etten, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a seminar “Unusual Lifestyle of Giant Algal Viruses” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  OSU will begin transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas starting Winter 2015. Join our webinar to learn what Canvas is about, and how instructors can begin to prepare for it this fall. Weds. Nov. 12,  4-4:50 p.m. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1v0xuxW

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: David Wiens, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, will speak on“Bold Measures in Desperate Times: Experimental Removal of Barred Owls to Benefit Threatened Spotted Owls,” Nov. 12, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! PCOSW Fall Speaker Series: Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor, environmental scientist, marine ecologist, former Under Secretary of Commerce and former NOAA Administrator, will speak on “Leading While Juggling Work and Life” on Wednesday, Nov.12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., C&E Hall, LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public.

Horticulture departmental seminars: Jeff Miller, professor, OSU horticulture, will speak on “From Taxonomy to Biological Control to Biodiversity and Back Again,” Nov. 11, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Contract Services and Procurement – Request for Customer Feedback: The Contract Services and Procurement units within Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM) have extended the date for the online surveys through Nov. 14. Please provide your valuable feedback through the surveys, one for Contract Services and one for Procurement. If you’ve worked with both units, please fill out the survey for each unit. We appreciate your feedback on your experience working with us

NEW! RecSports Half-Term Membership Available Today: Start your wellness routine today with Recreational Sports just in time for a healthy and happy holiday season! A half term membership is only $41 (faculty/staff/affiliate/dependent) and $34 (student affiliate/dependent), valid from date of purchase until Jan. 2, 2015. Remember – if you are a PEBB eligible employee, you qualify to receive a $15/month reimbursement for “being well” at Recreational Sports! Contact Ali Casqueiro, with questions or for a private tour.

NEW! Adventure Leadership Institute – Winter Classes for Credit: As you plan your winter schedule, consider adding some adventure to it, by enrolling in an Adventure Leadership Institute class. Choose from Rock Climbing, Intro to Adventure Programming, Snowshoeing and more! Make this winter the most adventurous yet! Not a student? We hope you will pass this along to students who might be interested in adventure classes for credit.

Interested in sharing Thanksgiving with an international student?: The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Thanksgiving festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_1yTjGUsntSs1cu9.   Hosting application deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, Nov. 24.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty Senate Elections – Declining Senator Election – All currently employed academic, research and professional faculty are eligible to be elected to a Senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. If you wish to decline to have your name placed on the Senator nomination ballot, please contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu no later than noon on Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year. Faculty are eligible to participate in the below elections this fall regardless of whether they decline Faculty Senator election: Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator (one ballot).  Faculty Senators. Each eligible voter will receive a nomination ballot containing the names of faculty who are eligible to be elected; the results of this ballot will determine the election ballot.

Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for winter and spring terms, 2015. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 7. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.

OSU Library System Changing: Dec. 1 a new library system goes live, offering one-stop discovery and requesting. The new search box accesses 9 million items from 37 Pacific Northwest libraries. Be prepared for changes in Circulation and Course Reserves. Patrons should gather research materials prior to Thanksgiving break (Nov. 30) when a system freeze will occur. More information about the change is available.  Please ask us for help by phone, on chat or in person.


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

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Nov. 10. Posting #0012692. Closes Nov. 9. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Faculty Research Assistant (Information Management Specialist): Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is recruiting for a 12-month, 0.35 FTE, fixed-term, FRA for a Database/Data Management position with the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative. Salary range is $45K-$55K (full-time rate). Posting # 0013164. Closes Nov. 9.

Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations –Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations, Posting #0013179. Closes Nov. 10.

Veterinary Technician 2 (pool) – The College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences has a temporary, approximately 5 week duration, opening  for a veterinary technician to assist with anesthesia and monitoring.  Review of applications will begin on Nov. 11, 2014, interested parties should apply to posting #031139 no later than Nov. 10.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered for this position.

Administrative Program Assistant – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0013210. Closes Nov. 11.

Office Manager– Douglas County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Manager position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0013190. Closes Nov. 11.

Public Service Communications Specialist – Extension and Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Public Service Communications Specialist position. Posting# 001326. Closes Nov. 12.

Veterinary Technician. Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a full-time Certified Veterinary Technician for employment in our Large Animal Hospital.  Posting #0012692. Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013282, full-consideration closes Nov. 13.

Office Specialist 2 – Agricultural Education and General Agriculture Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2, Posting #0013271. Closes Nov. 14.

Office Specialist 2: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture Science seeks an Office Specialist 2. Posting #0013265. Closes Nov. 14.

Consultant-Academic Advisor – The College of Engineering, Office of Student Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0013229. Closes Nov. 14.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position as Administrative Assistant to the Department Head.  This is an OSU Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting #0013278. Closes Nov. 14.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension family and community health invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0013276. Closes Nov. 14.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO (VPFA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Executive Assistant reporting directly to the VPFA. This position provides high level administrative and clerical support, developing systems and processes to assist the Vice President and division’s leadership team in support of university strategic initiatives. Posting #0013222. Closes Nov. 15.

The Office of Research Integrity invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term IACUC Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013232. Closes Nov. 15.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 15.

Student Retention and Success Manager –Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Retention and Success Manager, Posting #0013260. Closes Nov. 16.

Consultant-Academic Advisor – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0013228. Closes Nov. 16.

Medical Aide- Student Health Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 9 month, Medical Aide.  Posting #0013281. Closes Nov 17.

Property Specialist 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Property Specialist 3 position in Materials Management for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013291 . Closes Nov. 17.

Office Specialist 2 – New Student Programs & Family Outreach invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2, Posting #0013275. Closes Nov. 17.

Secretary of the Board – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Secretary of the Board position. Posting # 0013192. Closes for full consideration Nov 17.

Project Coordinator –The Office of Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Project Coordinator, Posting #0013261. Closes Nov. 18.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension family and community health invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE),  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene.  Posting #0013287. Closes Nov. 19.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Campus Public Safety Dispatcher.  This is a permanent full time position. Posting # 0013301. Closing date is Nov. 20.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Head Librarian of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, Oregon. Posting #0013234. Closes Nov. 21.

Outreach Program Coordinator (Small Farms Coordinator)– Jackson County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE), Small Farms Coordinator position located in Central Point. Posting # 0013249. Closes Nov. 22.

The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) Department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.  Posting #: 0013243. Closes Nov. 30.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Jackson County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time, (.75 FTE), Land Steward/Natural Resource Coordinator position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013296. Closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Forest Economics. Posting #0013255. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 30. Closes Dec. 31.

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Wood Design – The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, in the College of Forestry, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position of Architecture and Wood Design.  Posting # 0013122, screening of candidates will begin Dec. 1 and will continue until position is filled.

The Office of VP of Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Conflict of Interest (COI) Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President for Research. Posting #0013295. Closes Dec. 3.

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses, on a trimester system, in global (non-western) related film electives and film theory. Posting #0013155. Closes Jan. 30, 2015.

Senior Institutional Research Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting #0013220. Closes Feb. 28, 2015.

Traffic and maintenance

Armory Lane: As part of the Goss Addition Project, Armory Lane from Benton Place to Waldo Place will be closed Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the delivery and placement of steel.

Power outages: As part of the Real Time Utility Monitoring project, on Nov. 16, Cordley Hall will be without power from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Kelley Engineering will be without power from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sidewalk Closure at Washington and 15th Street Intersection: Sidewalks along 15th Street were ordered to remain barricaded closed until the railroad has completed installation of the railroad signal arm crossing gates, which the railroad expects to be completed by November. Pedestrians traveling east-west are encouraged to use the new sidewalks and crosswalks. Those traveling north-south should use the detour in place toward 17th Street. For your continued safety, please only use approved railroad crossings. Encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution around this and all construction sites. Do not cross barricades and restricted areas.


Corvallis: “She will wander the cobblestone paths of September, through smoke-scented clouds of October into the harvest of sweet November,” ~ Anne Hills. We’ll start out with dense fog this morning, turning to cloudy skies that will gradually clear by afternoon. High of 54, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny with a high of 44 and a low of 20. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny after morning fog, high of 55, low of 42. Sunny and breezy tomorrow.

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

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