H2OSU - February 14, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 7)


OSU Water Events This Week

Monday, February 14, 4-5 pm, MU 213 - Community-based Study of Prenatal Arsenic Exposure in Bangladesh | Speaker: Molly Kile, PhD, candidate seminar for Environmental and Occupatoinal Health/Safety position

Tuesday, February 15, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café -HydroHour | HydroHour will convene weekly at Bombs Away Café on Tuesdays at 5pm.  The event is coordinated by Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club and they encourage all in the hydro community to come.

Wednesday, February 16, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series: Multiscale Modeling of Subsurface Flow and Contaminant Transport | Speaker: Mark Porter, Research Associate, Los Alamos National Labs

Wednesday, February 16, 5-6pm, Wilkinson 203 - Hydrophiles Event: Peer Networking and Professional Development | Please come ready to share your professional development experiences concerning: 1. What resources on campus have you found helpful to your professional development? 2. What websites or other tools do you utilize to network and pursue career opportunities? 3. What suggestions do you have for new students? 4. How are you preparing yourself to pursue employment after OSU?

Thursday, February 17, 3:30-4:30, Burt 193 - Evaluating A New Global Climate Model with Superparameterized Clouds | Speaker:  Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Thursday, February 17, 4:00-5:00 pm, Strand 111 - Sustainable co-development as an instrument of international cooperation: the case of sustainable water resources management | Jean Fried is a Senior Consultant at UNESCO, a Project Scientist at the Department of Planning, Policy and Design of the School of Social Ecology of the University of California, Irvine, and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainability of the California State University, Fullerton | Sponsored by IWW and the OSU Water Resources Grad Program

Friday, February 18, noon-1 pm, Wilkinson 203 - Pizza lunch with Jean Fried (see bio info above) | Sponsored by IWW and the OSU Water Resources Grad Program

Friday, February 18, 4pm, Gilfillan Auditorium – Speaking Truth to Power: Science at the United Nations Climate Negotiations| Speaker:  Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Upcoming OSU Water Events

New! Tuesday, February 22, 3:30-4:30pm, Burt 193 -  Joint Physics of Oceans & Atmospheres/Marine Geology & Geophysics Seminar: Mega Floods and Abrupt Climate Change - Rethinking the Role of Freshwater | Speaker: Peter Winsor, School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Tuesday, February 22, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café -  HydroHour | HydroHour will convene weekly at Bombs Away Café on Tuesdays at 5pm.  The event is coordinated by Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club and they encourage all in the hydro community to come.

Wednesday, Feburary 23, noon, Gilmore 234 - Is simultaneous food security and climate change mitigation possible?  Evidence from a solar powered drip irrigation project in Africa | Speaker: Jennifer Burney, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Wednesday, February 23, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series: Techniques for Determining In-Situ Rates of Organic Contaminant Transformation in Groundwater | Speaker: Jennifer Field, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Thursday, February 24, 8am-5pm, Owen 110 - Basics of Lidar Scanning | Speaker: Prof. Michael Olsen, PhD

Thursday, February 24, 6-7 pm, 112 Kearney Hall - Panama Canal Expansion, Joint ASCE/SAME Speaker Meeting | Speaker: Mark Lasswell, PE President, CH2M HILL Transporation Group

Water Community Announcements

Student Travel Grant for the PNWS-American Water Works Association Conference in Boise, May 4-6, 2011. 

Each student grant award is $250, unrestricted, but intended to cover expenses incurred in attending the PNWS AWWA annual conference, including PNWS AWWA membership fee, conference registration fees, pre-conference seminar fees, travel, and lodging.  Visit the student travel grant webpage for more information.  Abstract submission deadline is March 4 and student grant applications due March 8.

Recent OSU Water Publications

Joekar-Niasar, V, Prodanović M, Wildenschild D, Hassanizadeh SM (2010) Network model investigation of interfacial area, capillary pressure and saturation relationships in granular porous media Water Resources Research Abstract OSU Authors: Wildenschild


OSU Water in the News

(none this week)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

NASA: ROSES Energy and Water Cycle Study NOI due 02/16/2011

OSU Faculty Release Time 02/28/2011

USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program - Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (LOI: 03/03/2011) 06/03/2011

Foundation: James S. McDonnell Research Awards for Studying Complex Systems 03/15/2011

 OSU Library Research Travel Grants 03/31/2011

OSU Research Equipment Reserve Fund 04/04/2011

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

(All New!) 

Foundation: Sigma Xi Student Research Grants 03/15/2011 

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Modeling Fish Responses to Climate Change and Agricultural Intensification 03/15/2011 

Graduate Assistantships: Watershed Modeling, Biogeochemistry and Stream Ecology at UNC Charlotte, NC 04/15/2011 (reviewing applications now)



Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Development Operational Hydrologist, NOAA/NWS Alaska Region River Forecast Center  (MAP:  NWS-AR-2011-0054, DE/CR:  NWS-AR-2011-0055) (Anchorage, AK) (closing 2/14/2011)

Environmental Planner 4 - PROJECT - EPA Grant Coordinator (DOH1262) (Tumwater, WA) (closing 2/16/2011)

Fisheries Biologist 2, Department of Fish and Wildlife (Snohomish County, WA) (closing 2/18/2011)

WRIA 8 Project and Funding Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Water & Land Resources Division (Seattle, WA) (closing 2/21/2011)

Stormwater Policy Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities (SA 2 - GG) (Seattle, WA) (closing 3/1/2011)

OSU Subsurface Biosphere Initiative – Undergraduate Internship Opportunity (Corvallis, OR) (open until filled)

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Modeling Fish Responses to Climate Change and Agricultural Intensification, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, OSU (for full consideration apply by 3/15/11)



Other Related Campus Events

Wednesday, February 23, 7-8:30 pm, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU - Food for Thought lecture: Food's Footprint: Agriculture and Climate Change | Speaker: Jennifer Burney, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Wednesday, February 23, CH2M HILL Alumni Center - Winter 2011 University Wide Career Fair

Thursday, February 24, CH2M HILL Alumni Center - Engineering Career Fair

Friday, February 25,  8am-5pm, Owen 110 - U.S. Public Land Survey | Speaker: Tyler B. Parsons, PLS, WRE & CFEDS 


Regional Events and Conferences

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

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! April 26-28 - 2011 8th Annual Washington Hydrogeology Symposium | Early registration is recommended for best selection on workshops and field trips.

New! April 29 & 30 - 2nd Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip - Volcano Erosion in the New Millennium | H.J. Andrews Experimental Station, Blue River, Oregon

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

New! May 6, 5-7 pm – Art Exhibition Opening Reception | Oregon's Botanical Landscape: Native Plants Painted in Their Home Environments in 8 Eco-regions of Oregon, an Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800 | Artist: M. Francis Stilwell | Moreland Gallery, Benton County Historical Society & Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath, OR

May 16-20 - Short Course: Model Calibration and Predictive Uncertainty Analysis using PEST | Instructor: Dr. John Doherty, Watermark Numerical Computing, author of PEST | Please email Kevin Brannan to get your spot reserved. Only 15 spots available. | Portland, OR

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

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

New! February 25, noon -  CUASI Cyberseminar: Protecting Coastal Cities from Catastrophic Flooding | Speaker: Larry Murdoch, Clemson University | Attend the seminar online (Adobe Connect meeting)

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

April 18-20 - AWRA 2011 Spring Specialty Conference:  Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources: Adaptation Issues, Options, and Strategies | Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, MD 

May 22-26 - NABS 2011 Annual Meeting: Responding to the Global Water Crisis - Rhode Island Convention Center - Providence, RI

May 22-26 - 2011 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress:  Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Palm Springs Convention Center - Palm Springs, CA

June 5-8 - International Ground-Water Modeling Center (IGWMC) — MODFLOW and More 2011: Integrated Hydrologic Modeling Conference | Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

June 20-24, 2011 - National Water Law Symposium and Workshop 2011: Managing Global Water Resources | Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee, UK

June 22-24 - Hydrologic Information System Users Conference | Learn About The CUAHSI-HIS System - Utah State University, Logan, UT

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

 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

New Books of Interest: Corporate Water Strategies by William Sarni

"In the past, businesses have viewed water as a minimal operational cost and not a strategic issue. However, water has now emerged as a critical issue for both corporations and the public sector in response to increased water demand, climatic risks and potentially negative impacts on brand value. To purchase at a 20% discount, use the voucher code FP20 when ordering from earthscan.co.uk."

"Dealing with Data" -  Science Magazine Special Issue  

"Scientific innovation has been called on to spur economic recovery; science and technology are essential to improving public health and welfare and to inform sustainability; and the scientific community has been criticized for not being sufficiently accountable and transparent. Data collection, curation, and access are central to all of these issues. For this reason, Science has joined with colleagues from our sister publications Science Signaling, Science Translational Medicine, and Science Careers to provide a broad look at the issues surrounding the increasingly huge influx of research data.  As you will discover, two themes appear repeatedly: Most scientific disciplines are finding the data deluge to be extremely challenging, and tremendous opportunities can be realized if we can better organize and access the data...” Read more here.

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