H2OSU - February 21, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 8)


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, February 22, 3:30-4:30 pm, 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, a gathering of Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club, all are welcome.

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-5 pm, Owen 110 - Basics of Lidar Scanning | Speaker: Prof. Michael Olsen, PhD

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

Friday, February 25, 7-10 pm – Dance Your Policy Thesis 2011 | Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 Tyler St. NW | If you’d like to do an act and be in the running for a prize, email Will. At the event, you'll witness faculty and grad students performing interpretive dances/skits/songs about their research.   Rumor has it that some water students are participating!

Upcoming OSU Water Events

Tuesday, March 1, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café -   HydroHour, a gathering of Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club, all are welcome.

Wednesday, March 2, 12-1 pm, Gilmore 234 - Sensing of Coastal Waters from the Space Station and Satellites | Speakers: Curtiss O. Davis and Nick Tufillaro, COAS

Wednesday, March 2, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series: Hanford Site Remediation: Standard Methodologies & Opportunities for Innovation  | Speaker: Kevin Leary

Saturday, March 5, 8-5, ALS 4000 & 4009 - 3rd Annual Student Research in Entomology Symposium

Thursday, March 10, 10am-noon, Peavy Hall 276 - MS Thesis Defense of Leslie Jones: Evaluation of Instream Flow Restoration Targets and Carrying Capacity of Oncorhynchus mykiss According to Temperature, Whychus Creek, Deschutes Basin, Oregon | Leslie is in the Water Resources Science program.


Water Community Announcements

The Annual HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Symposium will be April 18 and 19 - The title of the 12th annual symposium is:  “Future projections from long term research:  Understanding  interactions between complex terrain, climate, and ecosystem processes and projecting to the future”.  Researchers and Students with impending, on-going, and recently completed research projects that relate to the LTER program and/or the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest are encouraged to submit a poster abstract. Please submit poster abstracts by Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The Symposium will be in the Memorial Union, Oregon State University Campus.  It is open to all!  The event is FREE – but please register by April 13.


Call for Abstracts: Water in the Columbia Basin:  Sharing a Limited Resource, November 2-4, Stevenson, WA - The event is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Water Program, assisted by a grant from CSREES. Abstracts requested on a wide variety of topics related to water in the Columbia basin. Abstracts due April 25, 2011



Water Resources Engineering PhD Student Receives Two Awards

Ricardo González-Pinzón, PhD student in Water Resources Engineering and Geosciences, has received two awards:

1) CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship.  Nationally competed fellowship to assist graduate students to work at another field site in support of their dissertation.  His proposal was “The relationship of metabolically active transient storage to hyporheic flow paths in streams”. 

2) HJ Andrews LTER Graduate Research Grant.  “Scaling metabolic processes in stream ecosystems”.  The award is one of two to support graduate students whose research is connected to the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

Ricardo developed both of these proposals independently - an impressive feat!  Kudos, Ricardo! Ricardo's thesis advisor is Dr. Roy Haggerty.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Argerich, A, Martí E, Sabater F, Haggerty R, Ribot M () Influence of transient storage on stream nutrient uptake based on substrata manipulation Aquatic Sciences Abstract OSU Authors: Argerich, Haggerty

Brantley, SL, Megonigal JP, Scatena FN, Balogh-Brunstad Z, Barnes RT, Bruns MA, Van Cappellen P, Dontsova K, Hartnett HE, Hartshorn AS et al. (01/2011) Twelve testable hypotheses on the geobiology of weathering Geobiology Abstract OSU Authors: Pett-Ridge


OSU Water in the News

(none this week)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

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

New! For OSU Faculty: DeLoach Work Scholarship program to support undergraduate student workers 03/16/2011

NIH: NIEHS Multiproject Program Grants 04/15/2011

NSF: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering 04/20/2011

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities


PhD Research Assistantship – Soil & Environmental Physics (U of Arizona) 06/01/2011


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Director of the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division (FRAM),  NMFS-NWC-2011-0028 (external), NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Seattle, WA) (closing 2/28/2011)

Hydrologist-in-Charge, Department Of Commerce , NOAA NWS-SR-2011-0099 (DE announcement) NWS-SR-2011-0100 (MAP announcement) (Tulsa, OK) (closing 2/28/2011)

Director of Water Resources – Environmental / CEQA / NEPA (Sacramento, California) (open until filled)

Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (Seattle, WA) (open until filled)

Natural Resources Conservationist, Union Soil and Water Conservation District (closing 2/28/2011) (La Grande, OR)

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Environmental Policy (University of Canberra)

Staff Water Resources Engineer (GeoEngineers) (Seattle)

Geochemists and Groundwater Modelers, Golder Associates (Australia and New Zealand)


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


Regional Events and Conferences

March 11, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – False Brome Workshop | Sponsors: Institute for Applied Ecology, Benton County, Greenbelt Land Trust and the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District | Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room | RSVP:  contact Debbie Johnson at 541 745 5261 by 3/4/2011

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

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

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

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.

August 15-19 - Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration, Sagehen Creek Field Station.

New! November 2-4 -  Water in the Columbia Basin: Sharing a Limited Resource 2011 Conference | Abstracts due:  4/25/2011 | Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA


National and International Events and Conferences

 February 25, noon -  CUAHSI 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

November 6-9 –  Women Evolving Biological Sciences Symposium 2011 | National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC | Applications due on April 15, 2011.