H2OSU - March 14, 2011


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Monday, March 14, 2011
(Winter Term, Finals Week)


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, March 15, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café -   HydroHour, a gathering of Hydrophiles, the graduate water resources club, all are welcome.

Thursday, March 17, 9:30 am, 203 Wilkinson Hall - Interacting effects of climate change, regional climate, forest dynamics, landforms, and river regulation on streamflow trends since 1950: examples from the Willamette basin and forested headwater sites in the US | MS Thesis defense of Kendra Hatcher, candidate in Geography


Upcoming OSU Water Events

March 21-25 - Spring Break!  The next H2OSU newsletter will be March 28.

Wednesdays, Spring Term starting March 30, 4:00-5:30 pm, ALS 4000 - Spring Hydrology Seminar Series: Climate Impacts on Fresh Waters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives | The first speaker is John Wiens from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.  Later speakers in the series include Dennis Lettenmaier, Bob Hirsh, LeRoy Poff and many others. | Students can enroll for credit and there is also a journal club.  View seminar flyer for details.


Water Community Announcements

New Course Announcement!
BEE 499H: Roman Aqueducts: Fountains of Civilization (2 Credits) (Spring 2011)
CRN: 58201, T/R 3-4 pm

Overview - This course is not about the “what” of the Roman aqueducts, but about the “how” of the aqueducts. It is not limited in subject to the city of Rome, but rather to the extent of the Roman Empire. Although the Roman Aqueducts were built some 2,000 years ago, the principles of water resources development applied by the Roman society still pertain in modern water resources systems today. Through this course students will have an introduction to the hydrologic water balance, basic hydraulics, health and hygiene considerations, cost-benefit analysis, Roman taxation, construction tools and materials, and project management. Students do not have to be in the Honors College to take the course, but they have to be "high achieving" students (OSU GPA > 3.25). There are no other prerequisites. Contact Richard Cuenca for more information.

New Course Announcement!
PHL 499/599: Ethics and Climate Change (2 Credits) (Spring 2011)
T 3:30 – 6:30 pm

While climate change and other ecological emergencies present scientific and technological problems, they are fundamentally moral problems.  They call us to action grounded in reasons of justice and human rights, compassion, personal integrity, (and radical self-interest).  This course will offer students the opportunities: 1) to examine the moral issues that we face as the climate changes, 2) to learn how worldviews and values, together with science, shape moral arguments about what we ought to do, 3) to read and learn from the world’s moral leaders, 4) to reason cogently about the  difficult decisions we must make to defend intergenerational human rights and the rich abundance of life on earth, and 5) to acquire the skills and concepts to navigate in the choppy waters of a global moral discourse of  (literally) world-changing importance.

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of the facts of climate change is assumed; students do not need a formal background in philosophy or ethics.

Instructor: Kathleen Dean Moore


Recent OSU Water Publications

Finn, DS, Poff LRN (2011) Examining spatial concordance of genetic and species diversity patterns to evaluate the role of dispersal limitation in structuring headwater metacommunities Journal of the North American Benthological Society Abstract OSU author: Finn (courtesy)

Hughes, RM, Kaufmann PR, Weber MH (2011) National and regional comparisons between Strahler order and stream size. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. Abstract. OSU Authors: Hughes (courtesy), Kaufmann (courtesy)

Wirth, A, Mellinger M (2011)Five Years Later: Predicting Student Use of Journals in a New Water Resources Graduate Program Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship Abstract OSU Authors: Wirth, Mellinger


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

OSU Library Research Travel Grants 03/31/2011

NSF: Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2011 04/01/2011

NSF: Macrosystems Biology 04/04/2011

NIH: Climate Change and Human Health (LOI: 04/24/2011) 05/24/2011

NSF: 2011 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program including NSF 's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 07/25/2011

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: 2011 Black & Veatch - Building a World of Difference Scholarship 03/25/2011

Corvallis branch of the American Association of University Women Scholarships for women student older than 25 years 04/05/2011 


Job Opportunities


Research Assistant, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) (open until filled)

Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon Sea Grant (response of fishes and food webs to hypoxia and physical processes in the Gulf of Mexico) (Corvallis) (closing 3/25/11)

Hydrologist/Soil Scientist, U of Arizona (Vadose Zone, subsurface contamination at Hanford): FMI: Shlomo P. Neuman

Other Related Campus Events

(none this week)


Regional Events and Conferences

April 3-7 - The 2011 US-IALE Annual Symposium: Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes | Portland Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR

April 8-10 - Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region J Conference: Engineering Solutions to Disasters | LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis | Early registration deadline March 9.

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

April 26-28 - 2011 8th Annual Washington Hydrogeology Symposium | Early registration is recommended for best selection on workshops and field trips.

New! April 27-29 -  Watershed Management Camp | Sponsor: Network of Oregon Watershed Councils | HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Willamette National Forest, Oregon | Register Here!

April 29 & 30 - 2nd Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip - Volcano Erosion in the New Millennium | H.J. Andrews Experimental Station, Blue River, Oregon

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 6, 5-7 pm – Art Exhibition Opening Reception | Oregon's Botanical Landscape: Native Plants Painted in Their Home Environments in 8 Eco-regions of Oregon, an Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800 | Artist: M. Francis Stilwell | Moreland Gallery, Benton County Historical Society & Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath, OR

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.

June 16 - Water Solutions 2011: Innovations in Water Management, Vancouver, WA | Presented by Northwest Environmental Business Council, The Water Report

August 15-19 - Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration, Sagehen Creek Field Station.

November 2-4 -  Water in the Columbia Basin: Sharing a Limited Resource 2011 Conference | Abstracts due:  4/25/2011 | Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA


National and International Events and Conferences

March 21-23, 31st Annual American Geophysical Union: Hydrology Days | Sponsor: Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union | Cherokee Park Room, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

March 21-24 - SIAM Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences | Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA

April 1, 3 pm ET - CUASI Cyberseminar: Climate Forecasts and Water Management - Opportunities and Challenges | Speaker: Sankar Arugum, Assistant Professor,Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University

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

April 25-26 - Academic Research Funding Strategy Session | Sponsor: North American Program Planning and Policy Academy (NAPPPA) | Seattle University, Seattle, WA

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 13-17 - Water Diplomacy Workshop (WDW): Managing the Science, Policy, and Politics of Water Networks Through Negotiation |Tufts University, Boston, MA

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

June 27-29 - Integrated Water Resources Management: The Emperor's New Clothes or Indispensable Process? | American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference | Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, UT

July 9-15 - Gordon Research Conferences: 2011 Catchment Sciences: Sentinels of Global Change |Bates College, Lewiston, ME

July 12-14 - UCOWR/NIWR Conference Planning for Tomorrow’s Water: Snowpack, Aquifers, and Reservoirs | Speakers: Steve Solomon, 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

November 6-9 –  Women Evolving Biological Sciences Symposium 2011 | National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC | Applications due on April 15, 2011.

November 7-10 - 2011 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference | American Water Resources Association. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, NM.

November 30 - December 3, Second International Conference - Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity: Science and Policy Responses | Irvine, CA

March 21-23, 31st Annual American Geophysical Union: Hydrology Days | Sponsor: Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union | Cherokee Park Room, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO