H2OSU - April 30, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012
(Spring Term, Week 5)



OSU Water Events This Week

Monday, April 30, 3-4 pm, Memorial Union Journey Room, Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Careers for Women in Science - Sue Rosser, Provost at San Francisco State University

Tuesday, May 1, 10-11 am, Valley Library Willamette East Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty -Theses & Dissertations: Your Rights & Responsibilities

Tuesday, May 1, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, Geomorphology Brown Bag - "Airborne LiDAR for Rivers and Streams: What is Hydro-Treatment?" and "Developments in Shallow Water Airborne Laser Bathymetry"

Tuesday, May 1, 4-5 pm, Valley Library Willamette East Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty -Theses & Dissertations: Your Rights & Responsibilities

Wednesday, May 2, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Innovation in Water Purification Technology - Mark Owen; CEO Puralytics Portland, OR

Thursday, May 3, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Hall Student Lounge, Hydrophiles Brownbag - Pat Burns and Kelly Gleason

Friday, May 4, 6-10 pm, Avery Park, Hydrophiles Spring BBQ


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Wednesday, May 9, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, 2012 Spring Hydrology Seminar Series - Innovations in International Waters - Peter Goodwin; DeVlieg Presidential Professor in Ecohydraulics and Professor of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Idaho

Thursday, May 10, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Annex, Hydrophiles Brownbag - Career Center Presentation

Thursday, May 10, 1:30-3:30 pm, Valley Library Autzen Classroom, Library Workshop for Grad Students and Faculty - Graduate Student Financial Support

Thursday, May 10, 3:30-5:00 pm, Richardson Hall 107, Starker Lecture Series: Watershed Moments: People, Forests, & Water - Land Use, Climate Change, Water, and Other Ecosystem Services: Connecting Science to Users, Policies, and Programs

Thursday, May 10, 4-5 pm, Gilfillan Auditorium 110, The Evolution of Floodplain Complexity - Tom Dunne, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara

Friday, May 11, 12-1 pm, Burt Hall 193, An Investigation and Analysis of the Incentives and Disincentives for Conflict Prevention and Mitigation in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Water Management - Kim Ogren - Master’s Thesis Defense

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • Volunteer with Global Brigades to build a water system in Honduras.

Want to help Global Brigades bring clean water to an under resourced communities, while gaining valuable experience in engineering water systems? Join Oregon State Universities Water Brigade to Honduras, September 2nd-8th to help build a water system in a community to provide families with access to clean water. During the one week brigade, students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with engineers and families to build a piece of a full scale water system that will provide clean water to over 3 people for every 1 volunteer. To learn more, please contact Casey Kernan at kernanc@onid.orst.edu


OSU Water in the News

  • OSU Student Team from WRGP and BEE Wins EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Sustainability Design Competition with Their Proposal: Developing Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic Mulch

Mulching is an agricultural practice that has been used for centuries, but now, instead of using biodegradable products such as straw, farmers use plastic sheeting to serve the same purposes (soil water retention, warming, and weed suppression). Globally, enough plastic sheeting is laid down each year that it would cover an area the size of the state of Washington, and when it is pulled up at the end of the growing season; most of it either goes to landfills or is burned.

The project “Developing Sustainable Alternatives to the Plastic Mulch Used in Agriculture” included efforts to raise awareness of the problems farmers face as a result of lack of disposal or recycling options for used plastic sheeting, and testing of commercially available mulch products along with a prototype mulch developed by the OSU team that uses waste agricultural materials to replace plastic sheeting.

Team members include:  Mark Ingman and Tucker Selko (WRPM), Kara DiFrancesco (WRE), Alison Doniger (WRS),  and BEE undergraduates Dustin DeGeorge, Courtney Holley, and Isaiah Miller.  Two other undergraduates (Michelle Anderson, Crop and Soil Science and Randi Ponce, Textiles science) were unable to travel to the Expo in D.C. but assisted on the Phase I project. The student team was advised by Mary Santelmann (College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences), with assistance from faculty members Hsiou-Lien Chen and Brigitte Cluver (Design and Human Environment), James Cassidy (Crop and Soil Science), and Kaichang Li (Wood Science and Engineering).

  • View Mark Ingman’s documentary film, “Following a Plastic Trail”

EPA P3 team member Mark Ingman has produced a documentary film, “Following a Plastic Trail” that explores the pollution resulting from the use of plastic mulch in China and the U.S., as well as possible solutions to the problem.  “Following a Plastic Trail” can be viewed on Planet Forward.


Recent OSU Water Publications

McDonnell, JJ, Camilo Villegas J, Jenerette DG, Barron-Gafford GA, Guswa AJ (03/2012) Organization of complexity in water limited ecohydrology Ecohydrology Abstract OSU author: McDonnell

Scott, RL, Zou CB, Miller GR, Cable JM, McDonald AK, Bond B, Franz TE, Wang L, Gou S, Tyler AP (03/2012) Understanding ecohydrological connectivity in savannas: a system dynamics modelling approach Ecohydrology Abstract OSU author: Bond

Cable, JM, Bond B, Wang L, Zou C, O'Donnell F, Good S, Franz T, Miller GR, Caylor KK (03/2012) Characterizing ecohydrological and biogeochemical connectivity across multiple scales: a new conceptual framework Ecohydrology Abstract OSU author: Bond

Wilcox, BP, Seyfried MS, Breshears DD, McDonnell JJ (03/2012) Ecohydrologic connections and complexities in drylands: new perspectives for understanding transformative landscape change Ecohydrology Abstract OSU author: McDonnell 
Dickinson, BT, Singler JR, Batten BA (2/2012) Mathematical modeling and simulation of biologically inspired hair receptor arrays in laminar unsteady flow separation Journal of Fluids and Structures Abstract OSU author: Batten

Armstrong, RT, Wildenschild D (4/2012) Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery in Fractional-Wet Systems: A Pore-Scale Investigation Transport in Porous Media Abstract OSU authors: Armstrong, Wildenschild

Safeeq, M, Fares A (3/2012) Hydrologic effect of groundwater development in a small mountainous tropical watershed Journal of Hydrology Abstract OSU authors: Safeeq

Smith, AMS, Huxman TE, Adams HD, Luce CH, Breshears DD, Allen CD, Weiler M, Hale CV (03/2012) Ecohydrological consequences of drought- and infestation- triggered tree die-off: insights and hypotheses Ecohydrology Abstract OSU author: Hale

For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NSF: Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) (LOI: 05/01/2012) 07/02/2012   

NSF: Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) - Mid-Scale Projects 06/13/2012  

NSF: CREATIV: Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures Grant 06/15/2012    

NASA: NASA A.32 - Remote Sensing of Water Quality (LOI: 06/21/2012) 08/22/2012  

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant 05/25/2012    

Foundation: MacArthur Conservation and Sustainable Development Grants - Watersheds of the Andes 06/15/2012


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

6 Month Internship for PhD Students, CSIRO Land and Water (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Security, Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) (closed 10/12/12)

GIS Analyst, City of Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM) (closed 5/7/12)

Fish Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Lakewood, CO) (closed 5/4/12)

Environmental Intern, HDR Engineering, Inc. (Boise, ID) (open until filled)

Natural Resources Specialist (CEAP Modeling), Natural Resources Conservation Service (Temple, TX) (closed by 5/8/12)

Ecologist, National Park Service - Everglades Program Team (Boynton Beach, FL) (closed by 5/8/12)

Microbiologist (aquatic microorganisms), USGS (Reston, VA) (closed by 5/9/12)

Senior Hydrologist, Three Parameters Plus, Inc. (Anchorage, AK) (open until filled)


Regional Events and Conferences

NGWA webinar - Introduction to the Phytoremediation of Common Groundwater Contaminants | Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | Various locations    

AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE12) | Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Thursday, June 14, 2012 | Dallas, TX    

14th Annual Oregon Wetlands & Aquatic Resources | Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Friday, June 15, 2012 | Portland, Oregon    

AWRA’s 2012 Summer Specialty Conference-Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action | Monday, June 25, 2012 - Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Denver, CO 

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

NGWA short course - Groundwater Economics | Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Friday, May 11, 2012 | Garden Grove, California    

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   

23rd Annual Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Conference | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Portsmouth, NH     

2012 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference | Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Portland, Oregon 

2nd International Symposium on Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Yeosu, Korea    

2012 International Conference on Systems and Informatics (ICSAI 2012) | Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Monday, May 21, 2012 | Yantai, China

Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) | Monday, May 21, 2012 - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | Boston, MA     

21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and the Environment | Sunday, May 27, 2012 - Friday, June 1, 2012 | Bari, Italy