H2OSU - April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012
(Spring Term, Week 3)


OSU Water Events This Week

Monday, April 16, 4-5 pm, LaSells Stewart Center (Construction & Engineering Hall), Population and Climate Change - Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Tuesday, April 17, 12-1 pm, Kidder Hall 278, Using Social Media to Get a Job

Tuesday, April 17, 1-2 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, Department of Geosciences – Brownbag – Between a Rock and a Geologic Disaster - Jennifer Bauer, P.G. President of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists

Wednesday, April 18, 8:30-9 am, Wilkinson Hall 207, Stream temperature under climate change: How would diurnal variations impact stream temperatures? - Mousa Diabat PhD Proposal Presentation

Wednesday, April 18, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Managed Aquifer Recharge and Urban Stormwater Harvesting - Declan Page; Project Leader-CSIRO Land & Water, Australia.

Thursday, April 19, 9-10 am, Valley Library Autzen Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty - Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations 

Thursday, April 19, 10-11 am, Valley Library Autzen Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty - Advanced Zotero

Thursday, April 19, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Student Lounge, "Water in the News-Two Texas Towns Struggle for Water" discussion lead by Kelly Foley

Friday, April 20, 6-9 pm, Gilfillan Auditorium, Sustainability Film Festival - The Greenhorns


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Tuesday, April 24, All Day Event, Richardson Hall 107 and 115, Initiatives and Insight: Fostering a New Forestry Future - Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium

Tuesday, April 24, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, Geomorphology Brown Bag – Gain LIDAR Hands on Experience, presented by Nick Legg

Tuesday, April 24, 4-5 pm, Valley Library Autzen Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty - Web of Science: Nuts, Bolts and Power Tools

Tuesday, April 24, 5 pm, Crop Science Building 122, Remediation and the Course of Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup

Wednesday, April 25, 11-12:30 pm, Valley Library Autzen Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty - Preparing Your IRB Submission

Wednesday, April 25, 12-1 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Transport of Viruses in Partially Saturated Soil and Groundwater - Majid Hassanizadeh; Dept. of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University; Netherlands.

Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:30 pm, Memorial Union 109, Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science - Presented by Women in Policy and Women in Science

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • Call for Abstracts - Water Research Symposium @ OSU – May 18, 2012

Hydrophiles and the Institute for Water and Watersheds are sponsoring the Water Research Symposium @ OSU to provide a venue for students from Oregon State and other universities (UO, PSU, WOU, Willamette) to present their water-related research. The goal of the symposium is to share scientific research while promoting collaboration and networking in the local and state water community.  Students conducting research in water resources are invited to submit an abstract for a presentation or a poster. All students and faculty in the water community are encouraged to attend! Please Contact the Hydrophiles with any questions.

Sign up to attend the symposium.

Register to present your research or participate in the poster session (deadline April 27th).


  • Earth Day Service Project at Local Wetlands

The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting an Earth Day service project on Saturday April 21st from 8:15am to 1:15pm! Join them for a morning of litter patrol, invasive species removal, and light pruning along a vibrant wetlands habitat. Students will meet in the MU Journey Room at 8:15am to get organized, turn in paperwork, and travel to the service project. The service will last from 9am to 1pm. Space is limited to the first 40 students who register. Participants will be required to complete liability waivers that will be emailed to you after registration.  Register at: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4918&cmd=survey 


  • Oregon Tech Hydrology Field Course, June 25-29 (Upper Klamath Basin)

This hands-on course will introduce students to field methods in flow measurement, sediment transport, and water-quality characterization. Mechanical current meters will be utilized alongside Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) to measure discharge and characterize cross- sectional velocity distribution. Methods for measuring bedload will be demonstrated and field measurement of water quality parameters will be conducted using YSI data sondes. The course format is a 3-day field camp with the first and last days set aside for in-house course introduction and data analysis, respectively. Students may take this course for four university credits. Participants may opt to register without credit and pay a reduced registration fee of $450. Camping fees and evening meals are included. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Oregon Tech Environmental Sciences Program.  Contact Dr. Michael Hughes with any questions (michael.hughes@oit.edu).


Recent OSU Water Publications

Liu, Z, Thorpe SA, Smyth WD (3/2012) Instability and hydraulics of turbulent stratified shear flows Journal of Fluid Mechanics Abstract OSU author: Smyth

Reimer, JJ (3/2012) On the economics of virtual water trade Ecological Economics Abstract OSU author: Reimer

Som, NA, Zégre NP, Ganio LM, Skaugset AE (01/2012) Corrected prediction intervals for change detection in paired watershed studies Hydrological Sciences Journal Abstract OSU authors: Som, Ganio, Skaugset

Wolf, AT (02/2012) Spiritual understandings of conflict and transformation and their contribution to water dialogue Water Policy Abstract OSU author: Wolf


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NSF: CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research 05/07/2012  

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: MacArthur Conservation and Sustainable Development Grants - Great Lakes of East and Central Africa 04/20/2012    

USEPA: The Value of Water to the U.S. Economy 04/23/2012   

NSF: Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI) 04/24/2012    

Foundation: National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Fellowship Program 04/25/2012


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Watershed Coordinator, Glenn-Gibson Watershed Council (Salem, OR) (closed 4/30/12)

Tenure-track faculty position in Sanitation Technologies and Approaches for Emerging Regions, The University of Oklahoma Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center (Norman, OK) (closes 8/1/12)

Director of Water Engineering and Operations, Springfield Utility Board (Springfield, OR) (open until filled)

Regional Water Issues Program Manager, Regional Water Providers Consortium and the Portland Water Bureau (Portland, OR) (closes 4/30/12)

Internship Program, Hudson Institute (Washington DC) (open until filled)

Climate and Air Program Assistant, Environmental Defense Fund (Washington, DC) (open until filled)

Junior Professional Associate - Climate Change Mitigation, The Global Environment Facility (Washington, DC) (open until filled)

Fluvial Geomorphology Graduate Assistantship, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) (open until filled) Interested students should contact Paul Grams (pgrams@usgs.gov) for further information.

Environmental Scientist – Aquatic or Research Associate, Horizons Regional Council (Palmerston North, New Zealand) (closes 4/20/12)

Colorado River Program Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy (Boulder, CO) (closes 5/10/12)

San Pedro River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Tucson, AZ) (closes 5/21/12)


Regional Events and Conferences 


2012 Pacific Northwest Section (PNWS) AWWA Annual Conference | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - Friday, May 4, 2012 | Yakima, WA    

2012 PNWS AWWA Annual Conference-Young Professionals Fresh Ideas Program | Friday, May 4, 2012 | Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington    

River Rally 2012 | Friday, May 4, 2012 - Monday, May 7, 2012 | Portland, Oregon - Doubletree Hotel Portland Lloyd Center   

2012 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Ground Water Summit: Innovate and Integrate | Sunday, May 6, 2012 - Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Garden Grove, California |     

City of Portland Rivers Office - Rain Gardens 101 | Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Hollywood Library , 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR 97212  

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

Hydrologic Discovery Through Physical Analysis - Honoring the Scientific Legacies of Wilfried H. Brutsaert and Jean-Yves Parlange | Monday, May 14, 2012 - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | Cornell University, Ithaca NY   

NGWA short course - Hydrogeology Field Methods Course: What You Didn’t Learn in School | Monday, June 4, 2012 - Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | Andover, Minnesota  

 Techniques to Quantify Stream-Groundwater Exchange and Shallow Transport A Hands-on Workshop | Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Friday, June 15, 2012 | Penn State University, University Park, PA     

NGWA short course - The New MODFLOW Course: Theory and Hands-On Applications | Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Friday, June 15, 2012 | Las Vegas, NV

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)

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