H2OSU - June 6, 2011

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Monday, June 6, 2011
(Spring Term, Finals Week)

H2OSU This Week Goes on Hiatus for Summer

This is the last issue of H2OSU for this academic year!   Our emails to external constituents (through the hydro_news and hydro_alumni email lists) will halt for summer and the OSU hydro email lists (hydro_faculty and hydro_students) will shift to an unmoderated format.  For more details about these lists, visit http://water.oregonstate.edu/email-lists.


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Thursday, June 23, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon - HJA Day - The annual field tour of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site. Spend a day in the forest and hear highlights of current research, education, and collaborations. The event is free. Lunch is provided on site. Transportation is provided between OSU campus and the Andrews Forest. To help plan for catering and transportation, registration is required by June 17.


Water Community Announcements

Dr. Keith Smettem on Campus as an IWW Fellow

Photo of Keith Smettem.Dr. Smettem is Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Western Australia and is Research Director of the Centre for Ecohydrology. His research interests focus on identifying impacts of land use change and vegetative feedbacks on ecohydrologic processes. He also has a long history of research dealing with measurement and characterization of soil hydraulic properties and is currently working on wireless sensor techniques for measuring solutes in soils.

Dr. Smettem will be on the OSU campus until early August working with Professor Jeff McDonnell's group studying catchment runoff behavior, and with Professor Dick Waring on a project using MODIS data to identify climate impacts on forests in south-west Australia. Dr. Smettem will give a lecture later this summer entitled, "Using Carbon Reforestation for Water and Environmental Restoration".

IWW Fellows are senior academics visiting Oregon State University to conduct research and engage with OSU's faculty and students. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Smettem to campus!


Hydrophiles Elects New Officers for 2011-2012

A note from Jay Zarnetske,  out-going president of Hydrophiles:
"Please join me in congratulating our newly elected 2011-2012 Hydrophile officers:

  • President – Kim Ogren
  • Vice-President – Pat Burns
  • Treasurer – Scott Allen
  • Secretary/Webmaster – Luke Pangle

The officers all hail from the Water Recourses Graduate Program, but span multiple departments and all three WRGP degrees – WRS, WRE, and WRPM.  Please join the out-going Hydrophile officers in thanking all of the candidates who ran for the leadership positions and welcoming our in-coming officers.  The new leadership will take on the exciting task of redefining the mission statement and role of the Hydrophiles.

Also, thank you to everyone who braved the weather, standing water, and end of term deadlines to join us at the 2011 Spring BBQ and participate in this year’s election.  Special thanks to Todd Jarvis for tending the grill!"


Two Students Receive SYLFF Fellowships for International Research

Photo of Mark.Congratulations to Mark Ingman and Brendan Galipeau who both received Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) awards for International Research.

Mark is a Master's student in Water Resources Policy and Management.  His award will support his thesis research entitled, “Chinese Farmer Perceptions of Water Conservation Technology in the Minqin Oasis of Gansu Province, China.” The project incorporates quantitative and qualitative research methods to better understand the adoption of water conservation technology and policy at the local level within an increasingly fragile and arid ecological environment. Mark will be conducting this research project with the support and cooperation of Chinese Agricultural University and the Center for Agricultural Water Research in China. His thesis advisor is Dr. Mary Santelmann.

Photo of Brendan.Brendan is a Master's student in Anthropology with a minor in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.  His award will support his research on "Resource Livelihoods in Southwest China: A Case Study in Developing Large River Basins." He will be partnered with the Yunnan Nationalities University and Central University for Nationalities.  His thesis advisor is Bryan Tilt.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Prinbeck, G, Lach D, Chan S (6/2011) Exploring stakeholders' attitudes and beliefs regarding behaviors that prevent the spread of invasive species. Environmental Education Research Abstract OSU authors: all

Santelmann, M, Gosnell H, Meyers MS (5/2011)Connecting Children to the Land: Place-Based Education in the Muddy Creek Watershed, Oregon. Journal of Geography Abstract OSU authors: all


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

NASA: ROSES A.32 New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science(LOI: 06/30/2011) 08/31/2011

NASA: ROSES 2011 A.34 Water Resources Due: 09/30/2011(LOI: 07/01/2011) Note that the priority topics have been revised and expanded and they now have 12-month, feasibility projects with follow-on grants.

NSF: NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 07/01/2011

NSF: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Due: 07/13/2011

NSF: Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics 07/16/2011

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 07/31/2011  

IWR NIWR Water Resources Competitive Grants Program (focus on federal water resources policy) 08/01/2011

Foundation:Environmental Research Education Foundation (Proposals Related to Solid Waste) 08/15/2011

CUAHSI HydroGeoPhysics Travel Grants (June 2011)

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

NSF: Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 07/01/2011

Freshwater Advanced Aquatic Sensor Workshop: Sensors, Platforms and Data Management Workshop. Limited funds available for participants. Apply by 6/15/2011

Job Opportunities


Habitat Restoration Specialist, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust (Klamath Falls, OR) (review begins 6/15/11)

Director, Oklahoma Water Survey, U of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) (review begins 8/1/11)

Williamson River Delta Water Quality Specialist, The Nature Conservancy (Klamath Falls, OR) (closing June 26, 2011)


Other Related Campus Events

OSU Graduation! June 11, 2011.


Regional Events and Conferences 


Water Systems Council Webinars | Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | Online | A series of monthly webinars on topics such as Drought and Your Well, Exempt Wells and the Bounds Case, Emergencies & Disasters and Wells, Winterizing your Well and more.  Some free, some for a fee.

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

(none new this week)

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)