H2OSU - March 12, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012
(Winter Term, Week 10)


H2OSU will take a hiatus for spring break and resume publication on April 2. During the break, please send time-critical posts to hydro_both@lists.oregonstate.edu and a moderator will release them to the lists.


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, March 13, 4-5:30 pm, Memorial Union - La Raza Room (208), IWW 2012 Winter Water Film Series - Student Film Night

Wednesday, March 14, 4-5 pm, Nash Hall 32, Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Seminar (FW 507/607) - Dan Roby, Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, U.S. Geological Survey & OSU - Avian predation on juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River ecosystem

Wednesday, March 14, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series - Water Sustainability in an Era of Change - Steve Loheide – Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • This summer OSU’s Division of University Outreach and Engagement will host our first-ever Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA). This offering is designed to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others professionals. Students can earn graduate credit or take courses for non-credit professional development.  The academy will be held June 18-22 and June 25-29 on campus in Corvallis and includes courses in the areas of conflict management, communication, sustainable natural resources and leadershipPre-registration for the academy is now open. 


OSU Water in the News

  • Salty soil can suck water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars? (e! Science News 03/08/2012) - The frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are a cold, polar desert, yet the sandy soils there are frequently dotted with moist patches in the spring despite a lack of snowmelt and no possibility of rain. A new study, led by an Oregon State University geologist Joseph Levy, has found that that the salty soils in the region actually suck moisture out of the atmosphere, raising the possibility that such a process could take place on Mars or on other planets.  The study has been published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 
  • Grass seed aids fish (Capital Press 03/08/2012) - A study by Oregon State University ecologist Guillermo Giannico found that farm fields provide sanctuary for native fish in floods. Fields inundated with floodwaters provide temporary food sources and shelter from fast waters and introduced fish species during floods, according to the study.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Pan, Y, Hughes RM, Herlihy AT, Kaufmann PR (3/2012) Non-wadeable river bioassessment: spatial variation of benthic diatom assemblages in Pacific Northwest rivers, USA Hydrobiologia Abstract OSU authors: Herlihy 

Vickers, D, Thomas CK, Pettijohn C, Martin JG, Law BE (2/2012) Five years of carbon fluxes and inherent water-use efficiency at two semi-arid pine forests with different disturbance histories Tellus B Abstract OSU authors: all 

Rupp, DE, Licznar P, Adamowski W, Leśniewski M (2011) Multiplicative cascade models for fine spatial downscaling of rainfall: parameterization with rain gauge data Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions Abstract OSU authors: Rupp  

For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NIH: NIEHS Multiproject Program Grants 04/10/2012   

NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2012 04/10/2012    

USEPA: FY12 Region 7 Wetland Program Development Grants 04/12/2012   

NSF: Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI) 04/14/2012  

NSF: Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) (LOI: 02/24/2012) 04/23/2012   

NIH: Climate Change and Human Health (LOI: 04/24/2012) 05/24/2012   

NSF: Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI) 04/24/2012    

NSF: 2012 Water Science Synthesis Working Groups at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis 04/30/2012 

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: The Hudson River Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program 03/21/2012

Foundation: Pacific Water Quality Association - Major of Study Related to Potable Water Quality $1,000 04/01/2012

Foundation: Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship 04/02/2012

Foundation: The Society of Woman Geographers Evelyn L. Pruitt National Minority Fellowship 05/15/2012


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Geoscientist except Hydrologist & Geographer-Advanced (ED #12178), New Mexico Department of Environment (Santa Fe, NM) (closing 3/16/2012)

Geoscientist except Hydrologist & Geographer- Operational (ED #12177), New Mexico Department of Environment (Santa Fe, NM) (closing 3/16/2012)

2 Hydrologist Positions, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Monterey, CA or Pocatello, ID) (closing 3/14/12)

Quantitative Environmental Scientist, Department of Biology – University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) (closing 4/6/2012)

Assistant Agricultural Water Management Specialist in Cooperative Extension, University of California, Davis (Davis, CA) (closing 4/20/2012)

GIS Developer, Hennepin County Information Technology (IT) Community (Minneapolis, MN) (closing 3/28/2012)

Remote Sensing Analyst/Manager – Environmental Specialist, Applied Ecological Services (Brodhead, WI) (open until filled)


Regional Events and Conferences 


Calapooia Watershed Council Meeting | Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | Brownsville, OR Courtroom | Featured Speaker:  Nicole Robinson Maness - The Willamette Partnership - Ecosystem Markets: Examining the Economic Benefits of Environmental Stewardship 

PNWS AWWA Water Conservation Committee Meeting | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel (1401 SW Naito Parkway), OR
PNWS AWWA Water Conservation Committee - Portland Brewery Tour | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | Portland, OR  

3rd Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip | Friday, April 13, 2012 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 | Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) - Charleston, OR 

PNWS-AWWA Water Resources Committee Lunch-n-Learn Event: The past is not the key to the future? Rate setting in a declining per capita world. | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | ity of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA

Science: Becoming the Messenger | Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Missoula, Montana |  The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a workshop, "Science: Becoming the Messenger"

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

AWRA Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VII | Monday, March 26, 2012 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana  

 NGWA - Geohazards and the Role of Groundwater and Surface Water | Monday, March 26, 2012 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Columbus, Ohio    

Student Water Research Conference - Oklahoma State University | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Bard Center for Environmental Policy - National Climate Seminar - The Climate for Coffee | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY | Join the National Climate Seminar by dialing in at 9:00 am local time on the scheduled day. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385.

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)