H2OSU - August 1, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
(August Issue)


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Wednesday, August 1, 4-5 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, "Keeping Science Free of Policy Advocacy: A Practical Guide for Scientists", Bob Lackey, Fisheries & Wildlife, OSU.

Monday, August 6, 7-8:30 pm, Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR), "Risky Business: Probability, Perception, and The Portland Harbor Superfund Site", OMSI Science Pub Portland.

Thursday, August 9, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, "Ice Cores and Climate Change", Kaplan Yalcin, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU.

Wednesday, August 15, 1-3:30 pm, Kearney Hall 312, MATLAB Seminar at the Oregon State University, Presenter: Sumit Tandon, Application Engineer.

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • Save the Date for this Hydrophiles Event!

Lower Deschutes River field trip and float planned for October 12-13.  The trip will include a tour of the selective water withdrawal facility on the Round Butte Dam and a brief presentation of the planning/modeling that went into designing the system on the 12th and a short float trip on the Deschutes River near Maupin on the 13th. Contact Jordan Beamer (jordan.beamer@gmail.com) if interested.


  • OWEB's Board will consider input received during the Listening Sessions as it develops its Long-Term Investment Strategy.

You can read a report summarizing OWEB’s finding from their 2012 Listening Sessions here.


  • Institute for Natural Resources (INR) and the Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL)  posted Oregon Explorer Map Viewer Tutorials on YouTube.

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer is a GIS based platform developed by INR and OSUL that allows researchers to look at large quantities of continually updated and integrated natural resource data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens.

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 1: Overview

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 2: Creating a Custom Map

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 3: Handy Tools

Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool


  • DataONE Video Contest: Management and Sharing Environmental and Ecological Data

This DataONE Video Contest will consist of short videos related to management and sharing of environmental/ecological data. Topics might include open data, data sharing, organizing data, integrating disparate data sets, backing up data, creating metadata, citing data.  The contest began accepting submissions on 15 July 2012 and will end in September.  The top 3 videos to be selected by a panel of experts, with cash prizes awarded!  Here is an example video: The 7-Toed Terrestrial Dolphin, Bored to Death by Data management.



On a related note:

IWW will have new user-friendly camera, computer and editing software for students and faculty to make their own short educational videos by September 1.  The equipment will be available for anyone interested in producing a water related educational video on campus.


OSU Water in the News

  • Congratulations to Theo Dreher, Oregon State University, and Jennifer Graham, U.S. Geological Survey for their top-ranked proposal recommended for funding through the NIWR/USGS National Competitive Grant Program:

"Biological Drivers of Freshwater Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Extremes Assessed via Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Technology;" Theo Dreher, Oregon State University, and Jennifer Graham, U.S. Geological Survey; $243,835 federal; 3 years; Institute for Water and Water Sheds, Oregon State University.


  • EarthFix Conversations: High-Speed Research On Climate Change

"Peer-reviewed research into a connection between that event and climate change took less than a year to publish for the Texas drought and heat wave of 2011.

The research was led by Oregon’s state climatologist Philip W. Mote. His official title is director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

That new research recently made international news. It’s part of a study distributed by the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

Mote’s paper concluded global warming is 20 times more likely to be the cause of last year’s prolonged heat wave in Texas than it could have been in the 1960s, when less greenhouse gases had been released into the atmosphere." Link to the full interview.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Connon, RE, D’Abronzo LS, Hostetter NJ, Javidmehr A, Roby DD, Evans AF, Loge FJ, Werner I (05/2012) Transcription Profiling in Environmental Diagnostics: Health Assessments in Columbia River Basin Steelhead ( <i>Oncorhynchus mykiss</i> ) Environmental Science & Technology Abstract OSU author: Hostetter

 Green, HC, Field KG (6/2012) Sensitive detection of sample interference in environmental qPCR Water Research Abstract OSU authors: all

Ernst, AG, Warren DR, Baldigo BP (07/2012) Natural-Channel-Design Restorations That Changed Geomorphology Have Little Effect on Macroinvertebrate Communities in Headwater Streams Restoration Ecology Abstract OSU author: Warren

 Langpap, C, Kerkvliet J (7/2012) Endangered species conservation on private land: Assessing the effectiveness of habitat conservation plans Journal of Environmental Economics and Management Abstract OSU authors: all
Thompson, KA, Hill JE, Nico LG   Eastern mosquitofish resists invasion by nonindigenous poeciliids through agonistic behaviors Biological Invasions Abstract OSU author: Thompson


 Ray, RA, Holt RA, Bartholomew JL (06/2012) Relationship Between Temperature and Ceratomyxa Shasta-Induced Mortality in Klamath River Salmonids Journal of Parasitology Abstract OSU authors: all


Kizito, F, Dragila MI, Senè M, Brooks JR, Meinzer FC, Diedhiou I, Diouf M, Lufafa A, Dick RP, Selker J et al. (8/2012) Hydraulic redistribution by two semi-arid shrub species: Implications for Sahelian agro-ecosystems Journal of Arid Environments Abstract OSU authors: Dragila, Selker, Cuenca

 Stewart, MK, Morgenstern U, McDonnell JJ, Pfister L (03/2012) The ‘hidden streamflow’ challenge in catchment hydrology: a call to action for stream water transit time analysis Hydrological Processes Abstract OSU author: McDonnell


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NSF: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 08/18/2012 

NSF: Economics 08/18/2012  

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 08/18/2012  

NSF: International Research Experiences for Students 08/21/2012 

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 08/22/2012  

USAID: “Good Practices” Manual Providing Guidance for Reducing the Risk of Floods Using Natural-Resource Based Techniques 08/22/2012  

NSF: Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) 08/30/2012 

Foundation: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Keystone Initiative Grants (LOI: 10/01/2012) 12/01/2012 

Foundation: AAAS - Philip Hauge Abelson Award 09/01/2012  

AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy 09/01/2012  

AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility 09/01/2012  

NSF: Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Tracks 1, 2 (LOI: 09/03/2012) 10/10/2012 

NSF: EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION 2013 (EFRI-2013) - Photosynthetic Biorefineries (PSBR) (LOI: 09/06/2012) 02/08/2013  

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Science of Science and Innovation Policy 09/09/2012  

NSF: Geography and Spatial Sciences 09/13/2012  

Foundation: Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 09/13/2012  

NSF: Research in Engineering Education 09/14/2012   

NSF: Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) 09/15/2012  

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: Oregon Lakes Association (OLA) Scholarship 08/15/2012   

Foundation: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation - Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 08/20/2012  

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 08/22/2012  

Foundation: Global Water Forum – Emerging Scholars Award 2012 08/27/2012  

Foundation: Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 09/15/2012  

Foundation: 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program 09/24/2012 

Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Water Distribution Utilities Services Supervisor, City of Corvallis (Corvallis, OR) (closes 8/6/12)

Research Agronomist/Research Ecologist, Agricultural Research Service (Sidney, MT) (closes 8/10/12)

Professorship in Water Policy and Research, Tenure-Track Position, McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) (open until filled)

Theme Leader – Water, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) (Khumaltar, Kathmandu, Nepal) (closes 8/19/12)

Chief Operating Officer, The Pacific Institute (Oakland, CA) (closes 8/8/12)

3 Postdoctoral Research Positions, Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG) - University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) (open until filled)

This hire will target individuals who work at the interface between the land-surface and groundwater systems and add complementary skills in one or more targeted areas: integrated modeling; near-surface geophysics; watershed to landscape scale hydrological observation and analysis; paleohydrology; remote sensing; and the application of geochemical and isotopic tracers. We especially are interested in candidates who will develop approaches for scaling observations from point to basin levels and provide new insights into hydrological changes associated with landscape disturbance and (paleo) climate change. Successful candidates will become part of a large, interdisciplinary research initiative and have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation within the newly established Facility for Imaging the Near- and Sub-surface Environment (FINSE) and Surface and Sub-surface Hydrology Lab (SSHL).  To apply, send a CV, statement of research interests, and contact information of three references to Rick Matlock (rixdogs@uwyo.edu).

Professor and Two Lectureships, University of St Andrews - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Fife, Scotland, UK) (closes 8/31/12)

2 Institutional Postdoctoral Research Associate positions, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (closes 10/1/12)

Restoration Ecologist, Long Tom Watershed Council (Eugene, OR) (closes 8/17/12)

Environmental Protection Specialist, International Boundary and Water Commission: United States and Mexico (El Paso, TX) (closes 8/8/12)

Multiple Environmental Engineering Positions, EEE Consulting Inc. (Mechanicsville, VA) (open until filled)

Graduate Research Assistant (Curriculum Development), Bioenergy Education Project Department of Microbiology Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (closes 8/10/12)

Graduate Research Assistant (Website Development), Bioenergy Education Project Department of Microbiology Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (closes 8/10/12)

Environmental Protection Specialist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) (Edwards AFB, CA) (closes 8/10/12)

Researcher/Senior Researcher in Environmental Economics/Resource Economics, Norwegian Institute of Water Research (Oslo, Norway) (closes 9/1/12)


Regional Events and Conferences

Risky Business: Probability, Perception, and The Portland Harbor Superfund Site | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Bagdad Theater: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Learn about the science of risk analysis and risk perception and their role in the Portland Harbor Superfund site.  

Guided Tour of Starker Forests | Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | Comfort Suites Inn, Corvallis, OR  

2012 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting | Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Seattle, WA  

12th Annual Montana Water Law | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Helena, MT  

Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Climate Science | Friday, September 14, 2012 - Sunday, September 16, 2012 | University of Colorado at Boulder | Deadline: May 15, 2012  

Bonneville Power Administration and Bonneville Dam’s 75th Anniversary Celebration | Saturday, September 15, 2012 | Bonneville Lock and Dam, Branford Island Visitors Center, Cascade Locks, OR | Event noon to 4 pm, open to the public.  

Dam Safety 2012 | Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Denver, CO  

2012 Sustainable Stormwater Symposium | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Portland, Oregon  

RiverFest - Celebrate the Willamette! | Friday, September 21, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012 | Cathedral Park, Portland, OR  

Fifty Years of Watershed Modeling – Past, Present and Future | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Boulder, CO | The deadline for the conference registration and optional dinner is September 10 

Water Right Transfers in 2012 | Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Seattle, WA  

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

The 28th Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) | Monday, August 6, 2012 - Friday, August 10, 2012 | Washington, DC   

2012 Hydraulic Measurements & Experimental Methods Conference (HMEM 2012) | Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | Snowbird, UT  

26th Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - Friday, September 7, 2012 | Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama  

27th Annual WateReuse Symposium | Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL  

International Conference on Hydrology and Ground Water Exposition (Hydrology 2012) | Monday, September 10, 2012 - Friday, September 14, 2012 | San Antonio, TX  

International Conference on Hydrology and Groundwater Expo - The Environmental Aspects of Groundwater and Modern Techniques Involved in Hydrology | Monday, September 10, 2012 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | San Antonio, TX  

Fifty Years of Watershed Modeling - Past, Present and Future - An ECI Conference | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Boulder, Colorado

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