H2OSU - January 31, 2011


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Monday, January 31, 2011
(Winter Term, Week 5)


OSU Water Events This Week


Tuesday, February 1, 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 2, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Winter Water Resources Seminar Series: What Goes Up Must Come Down: Connecting Air and Water Pollution in U.S. National Parks | Speaker: Dr. Staci Simonich, Department of Chemistry

Friday, February 4, noon-1 pm, Richardson 313 - HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Luncheon | Information for graduate students and faculty about conducting research at the Andrews Forest. | Open to all. FMI: Monica Hubbard, hubbardm@onid.orst.edu

Friday, February 4, noon-1 pm, Waldo 214 - MECA for Peace: Water in Palestine and the Maia Project | Speaker: Ziad Abbas, Middle East Children's Alliance | Ziad Abbas will delve into the reasons behind the water crisis and the personal impact of both the crisis and the Maia Project on people in Palestine. See also the potluck dinner in the regional events section. | FMI call 541-737-3851


Upcoming OSU Water Events

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 OSU hydrophiles alum!) | Geosciences Winter Seminar

Water Community Announcements

Request for Temporary Housing: Visiting Soil Physicist from Denmark - Mathieu Lamandé, PhD will be visiting OSU from the Department of Agroecology and Environment at Aarhus University, Denmark for about three weeks in March.  If you are able to provide temporary housing for him during his visit, please contact Dorthe Wildenschild. Dr. Lamandé will be visiting OSU to collaborate on colloid transport in porous media, and how to best quantify compaction effects in agricultural soils using x-ray CT scanning. Click here to learn more about Dr. Lamandé's work.

Call for Graduate Mentoring Award Nominations - The Graduate School is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.  Visit the Graduate Mentoring Award website for information on selection criteria, the nomination process, and to access the nomination form. 

Proposal Processing Changes from the Period of 2/7/2011 - 3/11/2011: A memo from Dr. Spinrad, the Vice President for Research of OSU - The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will experience some significant short-term staff absences during the months of February and March. Please refer to the complete memo to learn how this may impact proposal processing. Link to complete memo.

Draft Inventory Report for the Riparian and Wetlands Project, Benton County Listening Sessions: Request for Participants - The project seeks to improve and maintain water quality and riparian areas by creating policy and programs for stream-side areas in rural residential areas of Benton County in accordance with Federal, State and local programs.  A copy of the Riparian and Wetlands Inventory Report and additional project information can be found at the County's website. Contact OSU graduate student, Julie Lenore Ryden, if you would be interested in participating or have any questions. 

Course Announcement: Spring Quarter – 2011, FW 620 – 3 credits, Ecological Policy, E-Campus and Corvallis Campus - Emphasis is on current and controversial North American and international ecological policy issues.  Primary focus is exploring the role of scientists, technocrats, elected and appointed officials, the public, and interest/advocacy groups in ecological policy analysis and implementation. For more information, refer to course syllabus or contact Dr. Robert Lackey.

Course Announcement: Water Governance and Conflict Management, June 13-17, 2011 - This 3-credit Water Governance and Conflict Management course offers an opportunity for water resources professionals and graduate students to learn about current and leading-edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations. It explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management, and transformation through collaborative structures as well as through models of negotiation and dialogue. The week-long course emphasizes experiential learning and is taught in Corvallis.



student-photoM.S. Student receives NSF Fellowship for Research in China - Brendan Galipeau, a Master's student in Anthropology and the Water Conflict Management and Transformation certificate program, was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to support his research project entitled, "Resource Livelihoods in Southwest China: A Case Study in Developing Large River Basins." The fellowship comes from the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI). It will support travel and field expenses as he does his research in China this summer. He will be partnered with the Yunnan Nationalities University.  Brendan's thesis advisor is Bryan Tilt.  Congratulations Brendan!

Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

Falke, JA, Fausch KD, Bestgen KR, Bailey LL(2010) Spawning phenology and habitat use in a Great Plains, USA, stream fish assemblage: an occupancy estimation approach Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Abstract OSU Authors: Falke

For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

New! 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

New! OSU: General Research Fund Spring 2011 Solicitation 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!)

NSF: Research Experience for Undergrads (REU): Interdisciplinary Water Sciences and Engineering, Virginia-Tech 03/07/2011

WATer Engineering Research (WATER) Scholars Program - Texas A&M University 03/14/2011

10 week Research Experience for an Undergrad at the Andrews Experimental Forest (variations in weathering and desilication intensities as a function of vegetation type/fire history/elevation; activity will include soil and water sampling as well as chemical laboratory work and some data analyses).  FMI: Contact Julie Pett-Ridge or Marcus Kleber.


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Hydrologist  (GS 5/7/9/11/12) - NOAA Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center | The vacancy is expected to be open no later than February 7, 2011. Visit usajobs.gov to search for the announcement. Contact Peter Ahnert at 814-231-2432 for more information.

Three USGS Regional Climate Science Center Leader Positions (Corvallis, Anchorage, Raleigh). Search for positions in usajobs (closing 2/11/2011)

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Sustainable Water Management and Engineering,  Biological & Ecological Engineering Department, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (closing 2/15/2011)

Hydrologic Modeler, USGS (Tacoma, WA) (closing 3/4/2011)

Post-Doc Appointee or Staff - Near Surface Geophysicist, Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, ID) (closing 3/10/2011)

Laboratory Head (P-5), Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, IAEA Environment Laboratories of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (Seibersdorf, Austria) (closing 3/17/2011)

Five New Faculty Positions in Water-related Sciences, School of Environment and Sustainability and Global Institute for Water Security, U of Saskatchewan (closing 3/15/2011)

Nevada DEP, Environmental Scientist III positions, FMI: Contact Kathy Sertic (775-687-9455; ksertic@ndep.nv.gov).


Other Related Campus Events

Wednesday, February 2 from 7-8pm, Wilkinson 203 - Mediators Beyond Borders – OSU Student Chapter - The first official meeting of an OSU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders.  FMI check out the Mediators Beyond Borders website (http://www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org/), email Harmony Paulsen (paulsenh@geo.oregonstate.edu) or join us on Wednesday evening.

Regional Events and Conferences

February 1-3 - 10th Annual Stream Restoration Symosium | River Restoration Northwest | Stevenson, WA

New! February 2, 7:30 pm – The 7th Annual Eco-Film Festival presents: RiverWebs - A true story about life, death, science, and streams | Q&A with local filmmaker Jeremy Monroe | Doors open @ 7pm and films begin at 7:30pm | Sponsored By: Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Odd Fellows | 223 SW 2nd St, Odd Fellows Hall

February 3-5 - Implementing the Human Right to Water in the West - No fee conference at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

New! February 4, 6:00 pm – Potluck Dinner with Ziad Abbas – Informal discussion and Slide Presentation follows at 7pm. | Speaker: Ziad Abbas, Middle East Children's Alliance | Ziad Abbas will delve into the reasons behind the water crisis and the personal impact of both the crisis and the Maia Project on people in Palestine | Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd | for more information call 541-766-8229.

New!  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

New! February 11, 6-9 pm - Water for the World Banquet | Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser - All proceeds aid disadvantaged communities in Kenya and El Salvador | Corvallis, O

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

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

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

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

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

New! 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

(none this week)


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