H2OSU - January 24, 2011

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Monday, January 24, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 4)

OSU Water Events This Week

Monday, January 24, 7-8 pm - Panel Discussion: Bend's Water Options | The Natural Resources program at Oregon State University - Cascades invites the public to a panel discussion to learn the pros and cons of the City of Bend’s Surface Water Project.  The discussion will be facilitated by Matt Shinderman, Ph.D., a senior instructor of Natural Resources at OSU-Cascades.

Tuesday, January 25, 5-6 pm - Bombs Away Café - HydroHour | HydroHour is a Hydrophiles’ weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

Wednesday, January 26, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - When Fate and Transport of Contaminants Studies Fail: The Technical Impracticability | Speaker Todd Jarvis, Institute for Water and Watersehds | Winter Water Resources Seminar Series

Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30 - 24th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.  Hydrophile Jay Zarnetske notes, "Despite the title, it is usually a very interdisciplinary symposium that offers a great opportunity to present research to a welcoming peer-oriented audience...and there is a great party afterwards too!"


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Tuesday, February 1, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café - HydroHour | HydroHour is a Hydrophiles’ weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

Wednesday, February 2, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series

New! Friday, February 4, noon-1:00 pm, Richardson 313 - HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Luncheon | Information for graduate students and faculty about conducting research at the Andrews Forest. | Open to all. FMI: Monica Hubbard, hubbardm@onid.orst.edu

New! Thursday, February 10, 4 pm, Gilfillan Auditorium - From Geosciences to Stream Restoration—A Meander through the Science and Policy of Northwest Rivers | Speaker: Janine Castro, US Fish and Wildlife Service (and OSU hydrophiles alum!) | Geosciences Winter Seminar


Water Community Announcements

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Water Fair: Educational Booths Needed
Benton SWCD is in need of creative booths aimed toward educating the public about water resources in interesting ways at our Water Fair (3pm, 5/21/2011). The fair will be held at Shawala Point, a parcel of land at the confluence of Mary’s River and the Willamette, next to the Corvallis skate park on 2nd St.  Contact David Weiner via email or by phone at (541) 223-3787.

Call for Abstracts: Annals of the Association of American Geographers
2013 Special Issue: Geography of Water

This will be the fifth of a series of annual special issues that highlight the work of geographers around a significant global theme. Papers are sought from a broad spectrum of scholars who address social, cultural, political, environmental, economic, theoretical, and methodological issues focused on the geography of water. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 1, 2011 to rmaier@aag.org. Final papers will be due (via Manuscript Central) by October 1, 2011 for publication in 2013. Papers will have a target maximum length of 5,000 words, with a smaller limit if a large number of tables and/or figures are included. All submitted papers will be subject to full peer review.

Call for Student Poster Competition Entries
The American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest Section is calling for poster submissions for their 2011 Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho.  For questions regarding the competition please contact PNWS AWWA YP Committee Vice Chair, Corianne Hart at CHart@brwncald.com or 503.977.6678. (The event is also listed under Regional Events below.)


Kudos and Accomplishments

Hydro faculty member elected SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Chair

Malgorzata Peszynska

Malgorzata Peszynska
has been elected Chair of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Geosciences for the two-year period starting January 1, 2011. Professor Peszynska’s research is in the area of mathematical and computational modeling of flow and transport in porous media. See http://connect.siam.org/?p=259 for details.


OSU Water in the News

(none this week)

Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

Farley, KA, Tague C, Grant GE (10/2010) Vulnerability of water supply from the Oregon Cascades to changing climate: Linking science to users and policy Global Environmental Change Abstract OSU author: Grant (courtesy faculty)

Licznar, P, Łomotowski J, Rupp DE (12/2010) Random cascade driven rainfall disaggregation for urban hydrology: An evaluation of six models and a new generator Atmospheric Research Abstract OSU Authors: Rupp

Miller, SW, Wooster D, Li JL (12/2010) Does species trait composition influence macroinvertebrate responses to irrigation water withdrawals: Evidence from the Intermountain West, USA River Research and Applications Abstract OSU authors: Wooster, Li

Walter, C, Tullos DD (12/2010) Downstream channel changes after a small dam removal: Using aerial photos and measurement error for context; Calapooia River, Oregon River Research and Applications Abstract OSU authors: Walter, Tullos

For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

NSF: Catalyzing New International Collaborations 03/01/2011

NSF: Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology 03/03/2011  

USDA: NIFA Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities 03/04/2011

USDOD: Environmental Security Technology Certification Program 03/08/2011  

New!  USEPA: Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate 04/18/2011

(Visit the IWW funding database for more funding links...)


For Students: Funding Opportunities

All New!

 Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grants 02/01/2011

 GeoCorps America 2011 (paid summer geoscience internships) 02/01/2011

 Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship (for international work) 02/04/2011

 Interdisciplinary PhD Fellowships, University of Florida Water Institute 02/11/2011

USEPA: ITEP Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals - Summer Student Internship Program 02/15/2011

Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EH REP) for undergrads (University of Washington, Seattle) 02/15/2011

 Society of Women Engineers Scholarships 02/15/2011

2011 CESU Network National Office Minority Fellowship – for Graduate Students 02/28/2011

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (hydrologic effects of cellulosic biofuels in the southeastern US supported by the US Department of Energy), Va Tech (FMI: contact stephen.schoenholtz@vt.edu)



Job Opportunities

(All New!)

2011–2012 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow (2/1/2011)

Watershed Restoration Coordinator, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (John Day, Oregon) (closing 2/4/2011)

Faculty Opportunities in the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan (review begins 3/15/2011)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon (open until filled)

UNESCO Young Professionals Program

Other Related Campus Events

Wednesday, January 26, 9-11 am, Valley Library 2082 | Financing Your Graduate Education: Grant Searching Workshop | Speakers: Mary Strickroth, Coordinator of Graduate Services, OSU Graduate School; Valery King, Social Sciences/Government Information Librarian, Valley Library


Regional Events and Conferences

New!  January 25 - 4:30-6:00 pm - Riparian and Wetland Advisory Group Meeting | Benton County Avery Offices, Large Conference Room.

February 1-3 - 10th Annual Stream Restoration Symosium | River Restoration Northwest | Stevenson, WA

March 21-24 - SIAM Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences | Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA

April 3-7 - The 2011 US-IALE Annual Symposium: Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes | Portland Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR

New!  April 19 & 20 - Protecting Natural Resources with Conservation Buffers Workshop | presented by the Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Society | Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR

New!  May 4-6 -  Pacific Northwest Section-American Water Works Association Conference | Abstract submission deadline: March 4 | Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho | Email Corianne Hart or call at 503.977.6678 with questions regarding the competition

May 17-18 - Exempt Wells: Problems and Approaches in the Northwest | Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Wall, WA

New!  May 24-25, 12-3 pm - Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Water Fair | Shawala Point at Mary's River and the Willamette, next to the Corvallis skate park on 2nd Street | Corvallis, OR | Spaces for exhibitors and volunteers.  Questions? Contact David Weiner via email at or by phone at (541) 223-3787

May 24-25 - 2011 Oregon Water Conference: Evaluating and Managing Water Resources in a Climate of Uncertainty | Corvallis, OR | Convened by the Oregon Section of the American Water Resources Association (ORAWRA) and the Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Hydrology | Abstracts due 1/31/11.


National and International Events and Conferences

July 12-14 - UCOWR/NIWR Conference Planning for Tomorrow’s Water: Snowpack, Aquifers, and Reservoirs | Speakers: Steve Soloman, author of “Water, the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization”; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Conner; Tom Iseman, Director of Water Policy for the Western Governors’ Association; Robert Pietrowsky, Director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources | Boulder, Colorado

September 6 - 8 - 7th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics (RCEM) | Deadline for abstract submission: 1/31/2011 | Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

New!  October 22-29 - DISCCRS VI: Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium | La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, CO | Application Deadline: 3/07/2011 | Airfare and on-site expenses will be supported through grants from NSF and NASA


Other Items of Interest

USGS Data Series Report: Marmot Dam, Time-Lapse Movies
A new USGS Data Series report now releases several time lapse movies associated with the breaching of Marmot Dam, Oregon, in 2007.  The time lapse movies cover erosion of reservoir sediment from the period October 2007 to about May 2008.  The brief report and associated time-lapse movie files are available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/521.