H2OSU - February 7, 2011

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Monday, February 7, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 6)


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, February 8, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café - HydroHour | HydroHour is a Hydrophiles’ weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

Wednesday, February 9, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series: Imaging and Quantifying Small-Scale Groundwater-Related Processes with Large Scale Implications | Speaker: Dr. Dorthe Wildenschild, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Thursday, February 10, 4 pm, Gilfillan Auditorium - From Geosciences to Stream Restoration—A Meander through the Science and Policy of Northwest Rivers | Speaker: Janine Castro, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Hydrophiles Alum!

February 11, 6-9 pm - Water for the World Banquet | Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser - All proceeds aid disadvantaged communities in Kenya and El Salvador | Community Center at the corner of NW 12th Street and Jackson Avenue in Corvallis


Upcoming OSU Water Events

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

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

Friday, 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

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

Water Community Announcements

IWW Isotope Collaboratory Update: New Tool for Isotope Analysis of Soil and Plant Water Coming Online! - The Institute for Water and Watershed's Collaboratory has just received Building Use Credits (BUC) from the Research Office for laboratory renovations to add a Cryogenic Vacuum Distillation Assembly. This new tool will allow OSU faculty and students to extract water from plant and soil samples. Extractions from soil samples may then be analyzed for δ18O and δ2H on the collaboratory’s LGR Laser Spec Isotope Analyzer. Water extracted from plants must be analyzed on a mass spec; not currently available through the collaboratory. The BUC funds are for infrastructure only and do not include glassware, valves, heating elements or liquid nitrogen dewars. Please contact Kathy Motter at the collaboratory (541-737-5120) if you have items to donate to complete the assembly, or Tina Garland if you are interested in using the isotope collaboratory. The IWW Collaboratory is a shared lab that provides OSU faculty and students with access to low cost trace level, fresh water analysis instrumentation and procedures.  Researchers can receive training on instrumentation and analyze themselves, or they can contract with staff to run analyses for them.  For more information, visit the Collaboratory website.

Hydrophiles planning Peer Networking and Professional Development Event for Feb 16 - Come join your fellow graduate students to learn how your peers are taking an active role in their own professional development. Be prepared 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? When: Feb. 16th, 5 pm.  Where: 203 Wilkinson Hall.

Summer REU at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest - Undergrad needed for a 10 week REU activity this summer at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. The research would aim at determining variations in weathering and desilication intensities as a function of vegetation type/fire history/elevation, precise experimental design depends a bit on what can be identified as the most promising setup based on available long term Si information. Activity would include soil and water sampling as well as chemical laboratory work and some data analyses.  Students with an interest in Si (the emerging new global geochemical issue) and geochemistry are encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. Markus Kleber for more details.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Student Research in Entomology Symposium - Both graduate and undergraduate students from departments across campus are invited to participate in oral or poster presentations on research involving arthropods.  We welcome applied and basic research from agricultural, urban, and aquatic systems, among others.  Oral presentations may be research proposals or research results, but no more than 15 minutes long.  This is a 1-day event, and availability for oral presentations is on a first-come basis. The symposium will be on Saturday, March 5 here on campus (ALS 4000 & 4009). Submissions are due Friday Feb. 18th.  Please e-mail your submission, and any questions you may have, to Sarah Grubin.


Kudos & Accomplishments

Kara DiFrancesco

PhD Student receives NSF Fellowship for Research in China - Kara DiFrancesco, a PhD student in Water Resources Engineering , was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program.  Kara will be working with The Nature Conservancy and affiliates on evaluating the flexibility of flood management systems in the Yangtze River basin. Kara's thesis advisor is Desiree Tullos.  Congratulations Kara!


Dr. John SelkerOSU's John Selker Leads an International Undergraduate Field Hydrology Chilean Adventure - Oregon State University conducted an "International Undergraduate Field Hydrology" course in the environsof Chillán, Chile between January 2nd - 15th, 2011. The course was led by OSU's Dr. John Selker, with additional instruction by OSU research scientists Dr. Majdi Abou Najm, Dr. David Rupp, and Mr. Ryan Stewart. Local expertise was also be provided by Dr. Hamil Uribe, a hydrologist at the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), and Dr. José Luís Arumí, a professor at the Universidad de Concepción, Chillán. This course was funded by a CUAHSI HydroGeoPhysics Travel Grant and the Hydrologic Sciences Program (NSF) to advance both undergraduate education and the scientific mission of OSU's Chilean project.  

16 students - including representatives from Germany, Chile, and from universities across the US -  participated in the Dr. Selker's course. The students all directly participated in geophysical field methods based on observation of seismic resonance, electrical resistivity, and electromagnetic conductivity during the course of several infiltration and evapotranspiration experiments. In addition, the geophysical data acquired during the course significantly advanced our understanding of the site and the underlying hydrologic processes. 


Recent OSU Water Publications

Sillars, DN, Moradkhani H, Tymvios N (11/2010) Field Investigation of Success Factors of Fish Passageways in Oregon Transportation Research Record Abstract OSU authors: Sillars


OSU Water in the News

Steelhead and rainbow trout mingle in the Northwest (Audubon Magazine) - Now researchers at Oregon State University have added further intrigue to this mystery by discovering that steelhead and their smaller counterparts mingle (wink, wink) quite a lot. (See also Science Centric)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

Foundation: Murdock Special Opportunity Grant Program: Call for concept papers for research projects in science and engineering 2/21/2011

NSF: Catalyzing New International Collaborations 03/01/2011

NSF: Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology 03/03/2011  

USDA: NIFA Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities 03/04/2011

OSU: General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2011 03/07/2011

USDOD: Environmental Security Technology Certification Program 03/08/2011  

 USEPA: Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate 04/18/2011

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

(All New!) 

Research Experience for Undergraduates – EcoInformatics Summer Institute (Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon) 02/18/201

University of Bristol - Postdoctoral Researchers in Hydrology (five posts) 02/28/2011

Hydro Research Foundation - Hydro Fellowships for Graduate and Doctoral students 03/01/2011

GIScience- 9 scholarships for doctoral researchers at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg 04/20/2011

URISC: START program for Spring Term 2011 (research experiences for OSU first and second year undergrads)

URISC: Summer Term 2011 (OSU research experiences for undergrads) 02/27/11

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


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Senior Fellow, Hydrology/Groundwater Management, International Water Management Institute (Columbo, Sri Lanka or Accra, Ghana) (closing 2/21/2011)

UNESCO Program Specialist, Water Sciences (Montevideo, Uruguay) (closing 3/14/2011)

Full-time Professor, Hydro-environmental Research Centre, Cardiff University's School of Engineering, UK (closing 3/16/2011)

Water Resources Engineer, Board of Water Works of Pueblo (Pueblo, Colorado) (Contact: Alan Ward, 719-584-0235)  (open until filled)

CAD Tech Internship Position, CH2M Hill (Corvallis, Oregon) (open until filled)

NOAA Forecasting Hydrologist (Tulsa, Ok)

Field Survey Specialist (GIS, acoustic doppler current profiler) @ the Klamath Tribes Research Station (Chiloquin, Oregon) (FMI: 541-783-2149 ext 23, michael.hughes@klamathtribes.com


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

Regional Events and Conferences

February 9, 7-9 - Calapooia Watershed Council Meeting | Speaker: Aaron Wolf, PhD, Geosciences Department, Oregon State University | Brownsville Baptist Church, 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville

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

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 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

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

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