H2OSU - February 28, 2011

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Monday, February 28, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 9)


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, March 1, 10-11:50 am, Wilkinson 203 - Towards the intelligent control of river flooding. A real-time control framework that accounts for system flow dynamics and short- and long-term forecasting | Speaker: Arturo Leon, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

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, US DOE

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

Upcoming OSU Water Events

Tuesday, March 8, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café -   HydroHour, a gathering of Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club, all are welcome.

Wednesday, March 9 - 4-5 pm - Importance of Technical Assistance to Communities Dealing With Contamination | Winter Water Resources Seminar Series | Speaker: Lisa Gaines, PhD,  Interim Director, Institute of Natural Resources

Thursday, March 10, 10 am-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

Water Research Foundation (WRF) RFPs coming soon  - WRF budgeted $8.5 million for 31 projects at a January 21st meeting of the Board of Trustees. Requests for proposals (RFPs) will be issued for 21 of these projects, including several on climate change and others on water treatment, biofilms, water footprints and other topics.  RFPs expected by March 15.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Beaulieu, JJ, Tank JL, Hamilton SK, Wollheim WM, Hall RO, Mulholland PJ, Peterson BJ, Ashkenas LR, Cooper LW, Dahm CN et al. (01/2011) Nitrous oxide emission from denitrification in stream and river networks Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Abstract OSU Authors: Ashkenas

Groom, JD, Dent L, Madsen LJ (2011) Stream temperature change detection for state and private forests in the Oregon Coast Range Water Resources Research Abstract OSU authors: Groom, Madsen

OSU Water in the News

Science foundation grant funds water supply study (Portland Tribune, 2/24/11) - “How climate change will conspire with population growth to affect water quality and quantity in basins around the world is the defining issue of this century,” says OSU’s Jeff McDonnell, lead investigator for the research project.

Oregon lands $4m from NSF to study water management (Sustainable Business Oregon, 2/22/11) - Faculty from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University will work together on “Willamette Water 2100,” a study that will use Oregon’s Willamette River basin as a test case for managing regional water supply.

Water worries draw study of Willamette (Corvallis Gazette Times 02/28/2011) - “Issues of water scarcity are on the horizon for us,” warned Jeff McDonnell, the head of Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds. (See also Register-Guard)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

New!  Foundation: WateReuse Research Foundation: Unsollicited Proposals for Water Reuse and Desalination Projects 03/07/2011  

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

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

New! NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (April 6 LOI Deadline for OSU Research Office) early May NSF dealine anticipated (LOI: 04/06/2011 to OSU research office to select OSU submissions)

New! Water ReUse Research Foundation: The Feasibility Study on Model Development to Estimate and Minimize the Greenhouse Gas Concentrations and Carbon Footprint of Water Reuse and Desalination Facilities 03/29/2011

New! Water ReUse Research Foundation: Challenge Projects on Low Energy Treatment Schemes for Water Reuse, Phase 1 04/05/2011

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

NSF: 2011 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School (NBSS11) - 5/23- 6/3/2011 04/01/2011

Sigma Xi Research Grants 03/15/2011

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


Job Opportunities


Watershed Scientist, position #12958, The Nature Conservancy (closing 3/11/2011) (Bethesda, MD)

Restoration Project Manager, The Freshwater Trust (Portland, OR) (closing 3/15/2011)

Postdoctoral position in groundwater modeling, Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP), Temple University

Program Coordinator, Pudding River Watershed Council (Portland/Salem)

Other Related Campus Events

March 2, 10:00-11:00, Waldo 201A - War, Empire, Vaccines, and Nanotechnology: Health and Inequality in Contemporary Projects of US Nation-Building | Speaker: Gwen D'Arcangelis,  Postdoctoral Scholar,  NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UC Santa Barbara


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.

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

New! April 25-26 - Academic Research Funding Strategy Session | Sponsor: North American Program Planning and Policy Academy (NAPPPA) | Seattle University, Seattle, WA

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

New! June 27-29 - Integrated Water Resources Management: The Emperor's New Clothes or Indispensable Process? | American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference | Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, UT.

July 12-14 - UCOWR/NIWR Conference Planning for Tomorrow’s Water: Snowpack, Aquifers, and Reservoirs | Speakers: Steve Solomon, 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.

New! November 7-10 - 2011 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference | American Water Resources Association. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, NM.

New! November 30 - December 3, Second International Conference - Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity: Science and Policy Responses | Irvine, CA

Other Items of Interest

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is among six finalists - and the only finalist from west of the Mississippi River - for a $30,000 grant to support our salmon habitat project at the Johnson Creek / Willamette River Confluence (near Portland, Oregon). The project and its significant benefits are described in detail below, as well as in PDF at http://www.jcwc.org/pdf/JohnsonCreekConfluence.pdf. The organization that receives the most votes will win the $30,000 grant.