H2OSU - July 3, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
(July Issue)


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Friday, July 6, 10-10:30 am, Waldo Hall 210A, Socio-Ecological Vulnerability in a Tibetan Village on the Lancang River, China. Brendan Galipeau – Thesis Defense.

Monday, July 9, 12-2 pm, Strand Agriculture Hall 106, Water Apartheid? The politics, practices and prospects of water provision in Mumbai, India - Innovations in International Water Series—Sponsored by IWW - Lecture will follow free lunch

Tuesday, July 10, 10-10:30 am, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Drought, dispersal, and community dynamics in arid-land streams.  Mike Bogan - PhD Defense Seminar.

Wednesday, July 11, 12-2 pm, Strand Agriculture Hall 106, The Role of Science and Economics in Murray Darling Basin Environmental Water Reforms - Innovations in International Water Series—Sponsored by IWW - Lecture will follow free lunch

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • Your Research on the Radio? Check out Inspiration Dissemination on 88.7fm KBVR

If you are interested in talking about your research on the radio, please send an email to: inspirationdissemination@gmail.com with the subject "SCIENCE".  Inspiration Dissemination is a program on OSU’s student run radio station, KBVR.  The program is scheduled every Sunday night at 7:00pm and will run throughout the summer.  By interviewing both graduate and undergraduate students actively involved in research, this program aims to inspire young professionals and students to pursue a career in science and research. Currently the hosts, Joey and Zhian are seeking additional guests to feature over the summer.  Listeners can tune in on 88.7fm KBVR, Corvallis or www.kbvr.com/listen.


  • Testing the Waters - Corvallis Artificial Wetlands Project (Gazette Times, 6/25/2012)

Corvallis weighs a $14 million artificial wetland project aimed at lowering temperaturCorvallis wastewater treatment plante impacts on the Willamette.

“OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds Director Todd Jarvis, whose organization has an ongoing consulting relationship with the project, said there is at least one solid case study that clearly demonstrates how water can be cooled by filtering it through the hyporheic zone.”


  • Opportunity to Submit Content to a New Journal: wH2O: The Journal of Gender & Water

wH2O: The Journal of Gender & Water at the University of Pennsylvania is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal on the nexus of gender and water. wH2O is now accepting abstracts (submitted by August 20, 2012 to wH2Ojournal@sas.upenn.edu) from students, faculty, NGOs, writers, and professionals.  Appropriate submissions include, but are not limited to, papers, case studies, opinion pieces, photo journalism, interviews and other research with a focus on gender and issues in water. Topics can be international or domestic, but must address the nexus of gender and water (which includes agriculture, sanitation, energy, and so on).


OSU Water in the News

  • OSU Natural Resources Leadership Academy (Gazette Times, 6/23/2012)

Oregon State University launched its initial Natural Resources Leadership Academy two weeks ago with 47 students from around the world gathering to discuss global resources, but much of the discussion in its various classes boiled down to one particular precious resource: Water.

Academy seminars such as this two-week program are ways for graduate students to gain credits for their respective master’s programs, and some participants make the long trip from far-flung places to take part in what is a discussion of how best to use and maintain global resources.


  • OSU IWW Interim Director Todd Jarvis Comments on Bottled Water (Better Homes and Gardens, 7/2012).

Biggest Money Drainer: Bottled Water.  Despite what many consumers believe, pricy store-bought H2O isn’t always purer than tap.  Tap water is required to undergo annual testing for contaminates, and towns and cities must share the results with the public, says Todd Jarvis, associate director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University.  On the other hand, makers of bottled water are largely responsible for their own testing, and they don’t have to report their findings. “Some brands are filters and treated more than tap water, while some brands don’t receive any additional treatment,” Jarvis says.

Reyes, Maridel. “Summer Health Handbook.” Better Homes and Gardens  July 2012: 163-170.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Pan, F, McKane RB, Stieglitz M (05/2012) Identification of optimal soil hydraulic functions and parameters for predicting soil moisture Hydrological Sciences Journal Abstract OSU author: McKane

Nahlik, AM, Kentula ME, Fennessy SM, Landers DH (5/2012) Where is the consensus? A proposed foundation for moving ecosystem service concepts into practice Ecological Economics Abstract OSU authors: Kentula, Landers

Beschta, RL, Ripple WJ (7/2012) The role of large predators in maintaining riparian plant communities and river morphology Geomorphology Abstract OSU authors: all

Flitcroft, RL, Burnett KM, Reeves GH, Ganio LM (05/2012) Do network relationships matter? Comparing network and instream habitat variables to explain densities of juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in mid-coastal Oregon, USA Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Abstract OSU authors: Reeves, Ganio

de Jonge, LW, Moldrup P, Vendelboe AL, Tuller M, Wildenschild D (2012) Soil Architecture and Physicochemical Functions: An Introduction Vadose Zone Journal Abstract OSU authors: Wildenschild

Kulkarni, R, Tuller M, Fink W, Wildenschild D (2012) Three-Dimensional Multiphase Segmentation of X-Ray CT Data of Porous Materials Using a Bayesian Markov Random Field Framework Vadose Zone Journal Abstract OSU author: Wildenschild


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NSF: Earth Science Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) 07/26/2012 

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 07/31/2012   

Foundation: AAAS Mentor Awards 07/31/2012   

NSF: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) 08/01/2012 

NSF: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) 08/01/2012   

NGO: Fulbright Core Scholar Program 08/01/2012   

NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) 08/01/2012   

NSF: Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) 08/14/2012   

NSF: Cultural Anthropology 08/14/2012   

NSF: Political Sciences 08/15/2012   

NSF: Sociology 08/15/2012    

NSF: Marine Geology and Geophysics 08/15/2012   

Foundation: National Institutes For Water Resources - Water Resources Competitive Grants Program 08/15/2012  

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: PhD Scholarship Modelling invasive species - landscape interactions using high resolution spatially explicit models 07/20/2012

IWC Master Scholarship – Master of Integrated Water Management 08/01/2012   

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Science, Technology, and Society 08/01/2012   

Foundation: Integrated Water Management Masters Scholarships 08/01/2012   

Foundation: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation - Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 08/20/2012   

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 08/22/2012   

Foundation: Global Water Forum – Emerging Scholars Award 2012 08/27/2012   


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Natural Resource Specialist 4 - Riparian and Aquatic Specialist, The Oregon Department of Forestry (Salem, OR) (closing 7/20/12)

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Ballast Water Inspector half-time), The Land Quality, Emergency Response and Environmental Cleanup section of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (Portland, OR) (closing 7/8/12)

Hydrologist/Physical Scientist, USGS (Baltimore, MD) (closing 7/13/12)

GIS Analyst, Franklin County (Rocky Mount, VA) (open until filled)

Remote Sensing / GIS Analyst, Forest Service Region 5, Sanborn Geospacial Solutions (McCLellan, CA) (open until filled)


Regional Events and Conferences

Great Slough Clean Up | Saturday, July 14, 2012 | Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland OR 97218 | Volunteer at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s sixth annual trash-hauling extravaganza! 

City of Corvallis - Watershed Mgmt Advisory Commission | Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis, OR    

 5th Annual Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference | Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Saturday, August 4, 2012 | Portland, Oregon  

Risky Business: Probability, Perception, and The Portland Harbor Superfund Site | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Bagdad Theater: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Learn about the science of risk analysis and risk perception and their role in the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

2012 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting | Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Seattle, WA

Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Climate Science | Friday, September 14, 2012 - Sunday, September 16, 2012 | University of Colorado at Boulder  

Dam Safety 2012 | Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Denver, CO  

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

67th Annual SWCS International Conference - Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics, and Ethics | Sunday, July 22, 2012 - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | Fort Worth, TX   

CoRP Symposium 2012 | Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin—Madison   

The 28th Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) | Monday, August 6, 2012 - Friday, August 10, 2012 | Washington, DC  

2012 Hydraulic Measurements & Experimental Methods Conference (HMEM 2012) | Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | Snowbird, UT    

26th Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - Friday, September 7, 2012 | Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama