H2OSU - February 20, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012
(Winter Term, Week 7)

OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, February 21 - Thursday, February 23, Memorial Union 109, Mentoring Workshops by Hugh Kearns

Tuesday, February 21, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, Geomorphology Brown Bag - Gordon Grant will present the paper: "Salmon-driven bed load transport and bed morphology in mountain streams", written by Hassan et al.

Tuesday, February 21, 4-5 pm, Memorial Union APA Room (206), IWW 2012 Winter Water Film Series - Gaslands Part 2 by Josh Fox

Wednesday, February 22, 12-1 pm, Cordley Hall 2035, Women in Science Meeting - Faculty lunch discussion with Dr. Katherine Field.

Wednesday, February 22, 4-5 pm, Nash Hall 032, Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Seminar (FW 507/607) - Tom Hurst, Thermal effects on fish and implications for foodweb interactions.

Wednesday, February 22, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series - Water Sustainability in an Era of Change - Watershed Disturbance Models to Predict and Assess Biological Integrity of Stream Ecosystems

Thursday, February 23, 5-6:30 pm, Gilfillan Auditorium, Hanford Cleanup Informational Event – Progress and Challenges (Event Flyer)

Friday, February 24, 2-3 pm, Memorial Union 109 B, Dr. Denise Lach, Director of the School of Public Policy will be speaking about climate change policy and communication - Women in Policy (WIP) Event

Friday, February 24, 4-5:30 pm, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Gathering to Remember Gail Achterman - Please join the Institute for Natural Resources, Gail’s friends, and colleagues as we celebrate this life well lived.  A forum for sharing your thoughts, poetry, prayers, stories, inspirations.


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, February 27, 9-10 am, Nash Hall 32, Stream Team Monday Morning Meetings - Goals for sustaining coho salmon in northern California

Monday, February 27, 5-6 pm, Burt Hall 193, OSU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders - Conflict Resolution Speaker Series - Aja Decoteau - Discussion of collaborative water management and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Tuesday, February 28, All Day Event, Oregon Forests and Water - Symposium sponsored by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the Watersheds Research Cooperation and OSU.

Tuesday, February 28, 4-5:30 pm, Memorial Union La Raza Room (208), IWW 2012 Winter Water Film Series - Water Life, Part 1

Wednesday, February 29, 4-5 pm, Nash Hall 32, Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Seminar (FW 507/607) - Karl Polivka, Northwest Research Station, U. S. Forest Service

Wednesday, February 29, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series - Water Sustainability in an Era of Change - Water and Forests: Sensitive (and not so sensitive) interactions in changing climate.

Thursday, March 1, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Student Lounge, Hydrophiles Brownbag: Salmon Safe Certifications- Do they work? - Harmony Burright

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes”, a special contest for OSU students invites works that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to prosper on Earth.  The contest is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative.  This is a great opportunity that challenges students to discuss our relationship with nature and imagine new ways for humans to prosper on Earth. The Great Work is open to written and video entries in any genre: documentary, essay, opinion, creative.  The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2012.
  • Hydrophiles and the Water Resources Graduate Program are partnering to host the 2nd Annual OSU Student Water Research Symposium (aka Water Day) in May 2012.  This year, in addition to student research presentations, the symposium will include a poster & networking reception.  Consider taking a leadership role in Hydrophiles and volunteering for the planning committee.  Committee tasks will include: reviewing abstract submissions, coordinating presentations, arranging catering, developing advertising/program materials, and applying for additional funding to cover the costs of the event.  If you think you can help out with one or more of these tasks and are interested in joining the committee, contact Kim Ogren (ogrenk@geo.oregonstate.edu).


OSU Water in the News

Congratulations to Peggy Lee, a doctoral student of Dr. Campana in the Water Resource Science Program for earning a grant from the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI). The title of the project is "Effects of topography and forest management on soil and stream nitrogen dynamics in a Japanese forest", and will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Julia Jones and Dr. Fred Swanson.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Hatten, JA, Goñi MA, Wheatcroft RA (2/2012) Chemical characteristics of particulate organic matter from a small, mountainous river system in the Oregon Coast Range, USA Biogeochemistry Abstract OSU authors: Goni, Wheatcroft 

Shaw, RM, Pendleton L, Cameron RD, Morris B, Bachelet D, Klausmeyer K, MacKenzie J, Conklin DR, Bratman GN, Lenihan J et al. (2/2012) Erratum to: The impact of climate change on California’s ecosystem services Climatic Change Abstract OSU author: Daly


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NIH: NIEHS Multiproject Program Grants 04/10/2012    

NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2012 04/10/2012   

USEPA: FY12 Region 7 Wetland Program Development Grants 04/12/2012     

NSF: Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) (LOI: 02/24/2012) 04/23/2012  

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities


Brown and Caldwell - Eckenfelder Scholarship (Environmental Engineering) 03/01/2012   

Brown and Caldwell - Minority Scholarship (Environmental Engineering) 03/01/2012      

Foundation: The Hudson River Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program 03/21/2012


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Stream and River Systems Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) (Avondale, PA) (open until filled, preference given to those that apply before 3/15/12)

Temporary Hydrological Technician GS-5, US Forest Services - Payette National Forest (Weiser or Council, ID) (closing 2/26/12)

Multiple Temporary Hydrological Technician Positions GS-5 or GS-6, US Forest Services - Payette National Forest (McCall, ID) (closing 2/26/12)

Temporary Hydrological Technician GS-7, US Forest Services - Payette National Forest (McCall, ID) (closing 2/26/12)

Manager of Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC), University of Northern British Columbia (Likely, British Columbia) (open until filled)

Graduate and Undergraduate Internships in Loss Prevention Engineering (Flood, GIS), FM Global and Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) (Norwood, MA) (open until filled)

The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Washington, DC) (closing 3/1/12)

Wetlands Specialist, Utah Department of Environmental Quality (Salt Lake City, UT) (closing 3/4/12)

Applied River Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy - Connecticut River Program (Northampton, MA) (closing 2/29/12)

Technical Officer - Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Wetlands International (Ede office, Netherlands) (closing 3/2/12)

Oklahoma Freshwater Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy (Tulsa, OK) (closing 3/9/12)

Program Coordinator — Resource Development in Watersheds, Canadian Water Network (Waterloo, ON) (closing 2/24/12)

Program Coordinator — Municipal Consortium, Canadian Water Network (Waterloo, ON) (closing 2/24/12)

Watershed – Water Quality Scientist, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) (Alton, IL) (closing 3/30/12)

Graduate (PhD) Assistantship in Watershed Hydrology/Water Quality, Louisiana State University – School of Renewable Natural Resources (Baton Rouge, LA) (open until filled)

  • Experience in stream measurements, hydrologic modeling, spatial analyses with GIS & RS techniques, and water quality monitoring are desirable. The stipend is $26,000/year and includes a full tuition waiver and a scholarship for student fees. The assistantship is made available by the Lucuis Gilbert Foundation, and the recipient must meet GPA and GRE requirements: cumulative graduate GPA of 3.6 and verbal and quantitative scores of the GRE of at least 310 (1,200 prior to Aug 2011) with at least 153 and 144 on the verbal and quantitative sections, respectively, and an analytical writing score of at least 4.0. Performance on the GRE will be evaluated in combination with GPA, letters of reference, and other evidence of the applicant's potential success in pursuing a graduate degree and representation of the Gilbert Foundation ideals.  If interested, send a cover letter stating your research interests, your curriculum vitae, unofficial university transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees by email to the following address: Jun Xu, yjxu@lsu.edu

Hydrogeologist (High Plains aquifer), Kansas Geological Survey (Lawrence, KS) (closing 3/9/2012)

Project Manager (stream conservation team), The Clark Fork Coalition (Missoula, MT) (closing 3/12/12)


Regional Events and Conferences 


AWRA’s 2012 Summer Specialty Conference- Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy | Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Friday, June 29, 2012 | Denver, CO  

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

Bard Center for Environmental Policy - National Climate Seminar - Climate and Food Supply | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY |  Join the National Climate Seminar by dialing in at 9:00 am local time on the scheduled day. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385.

NGWA Webinar - Private Sector Role in Site Cleanup: The Regulatory Perspective | Thursday, April 19, 2012 | TBD    

2nd Annual Regulation of Water in Alaska: The Changing Environment of Permitting and Enforcement | Thursday, April 19, 2012 | Anchorage, AK   

NGWA Webinar - Life Cycle of Groundwater Data — From Field to Lab to Electronic Data Deliverable to Report | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | TBD    

NGWA Site Characterization: The Groundwater System | Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Denver, CO    

NGWA Fundamentals of Groundwater Geochemistry | Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Friday, April 27, 2012 | Denver, CO

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)

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