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On the Horizon — March 2, 2018

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Exciting Seminars and Defenses

Monday, March 5, 2018. 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Burt 193. M.S. Thesis Defense: Ms. Jessica Kuonen (M.S., MRM) "Ocean Views: Characterizing Risk Perception, Uncertainty, and Decision-making for Ocean Forecast Data Providers and End Users”

Monday, March 5, 2018. 3 - 4 pm, Burt 193. GEM Seminar: Betsy Cody, Congressional Research Service (retired). "Science and Policy-making: Where Rubber Meets the Road?"

Monday, March 5, 2018. 4 - 5 pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar:
1)     Jordan Lubbers (Ph.D., G&G) “Thermal History of Kneeling Nun Tuff”
 2)     MacKenzie Mark-Moser (M.S., G&G) “Separation of Siletzia from the Backarc along the Sisters Fault Zone, Oregon, USA”

Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 12- 1 pm, Strand 260. WRE Seminar: Krista Jones. "Quantifying the effects of beavers on urban streams in the Tualatin River basin"

Thursday, March 8, 2018. 12 - 1 pm, Burt 193.  M.S. Thesis Defense: Mr. Tyler Harris (M.S., Geog). "Understanding Patterns of Timber Harvest and their Drivers: A Practice Based Assessment of Forest Governance in the Western Cascades of Oregon”

Thursday, March 8, 2018. 4 - 5 pm, Burt 193.  G&G Seminar: Andy Menkin, CEOAS. "The Taylor Glacier paleoatmospheric archive and stable isotopes of CO2 at the last glacial inception"

Friday, March 9, 2018. 12 - 2 pm, Burt 193. OEB Seminar: Marta Torres, CEOAS. "Strontium isotopic constraints on silicate weathering from subduction"

HMSC Seminar Thursday, March 8

SPEAKER: Michelle Levano, NOAA
TOPIC: Backscatter, National Marine Sanctuaries, and the NOAA Ship RAINIER: Lessons Learned
DATE: Thursday, March, 2018
TIME: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Library Seminar Room:  Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center

There will be a live broadcast of the Thursday Seminar via Adobe Connect.
You can find past seminars online.

Travel and Personal Reimbursements

A reminder if you have Travel and Personal Reimbursements to turn in:

Per OSU policy, requests for reimbursement are to be submitted within 60 days after the trip has been completed.  If the trip is exceptionally lengthy, interim filings may be permitted with prior approval. In no case can a reimbursement request be submitted after the close of the fiscal year in which the cost was incurred.

A travel reimbursement request form cannot be filed before the trip is completed. Filing Reimbursement Requests beyond the 60 day time limit may result in the reimbursement payment being taxable as wages to the employee and/or being denied. For the purposes of this policy, the IRS definition of 60 days [IRS Reg 1.62-2(g)(2)(i)] will be used to define “reasonable period”.  Accordingly if an employee does not submit a reimbursement request within 60 days of the purchase date (or from the date of return from travel if the purchase is made while in the field), the business center may offer a one-time educational session, depending upon the circumstances, before they issue a Memorandum of Understanding (memo or MOU) that is signed by the employee to document their awareness and understanding of the policy and inform them that the University will not reimburse their late reimbursements in the upcoming two year period. The option to offer an educational interaction instead of immediately issuing a MOU for an infraction of this policy should only be for those rare cases where it is very clear that the employee would reasonably not have known about this policy (i.e. new employee). A second violation for this same individual would result in issuance of the memo.

Oh Baby!

I was waiting for a picture, but it didn't happen. But congratulation to Anita and Shay Bracha! Baby Alma just joined the family!

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