H2OSU - November 15, 2010

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Monday, November 15, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 8)

OSU Water Events This Week

New! Tuesday, 16 November, 2- 3:30 pm, MU 109 – US Army Corps of Engineers – An opportunity for students to learn about what opportunities are available in Oregon and across the country
Tuesday, November 16, 4-5 pm, Wilkinson Hall - Hydrophilanthropy and WaSH in Developing Regions Geography Program Fall Seminar | Speaker: Michael Campana, Department of Geosciences

Tuesday, November 16
, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Café - HydroHour | HydroHour is a Hydrophiles’ weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

New! Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 pm, CRPS 122 – Indices for Sustainable Water Use | Speaker: Marty Matlock, PhD, Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas

Wednesday, November 17, 4-5 pm, Owen Hall - Water Resources Policy Seminar Series – Iran’s Shared Waters | Speaker: Mehdi Mirzaee, PhD, visiting scholar - Geosciences Department, Oregon State University


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, November 22, 12-1 pm, Kelley engineering Center - Yellowstone's Contaminated Waters-Transport of As, F, H2S, and Hg from Thermal Waters to Rivers and the Air Geology Program Fall Seminar |  Speaker: Kirk Nordstrom, USGS Menlo Park, California

Tuesday, November 23, 4-5 pm, Wilkinson 108 - Learning Geography and Landscape Ecology through Wetlands: Geography Program Fall Seminar |  Speaker: Mary Santelmann, Department of Geosciences, Water Resource Graduate Program Director



Water Community Announcements

Course Update: CE 640 “Open Channel Hydraulics” - Winter 2011 (not offered again until next year) 

The class will be held MW, 12:00-13:20, and it is a three credit class.  The 6xx and the coastal designations have to do with our mechanisms for getting special topics courses listed and they should not discourage MS, MENG, or undergraduate seniors from any discipline area from considering the class.  A tentative topic list includes:

  • Frictionless varied flow
  • Uniform flow and channel design
  • Rapidly varied flow and energy dissipater design
  • Frictional gradually varied flow
  • Numerical methods for varied flow
    Hydraulic structures
  • Stream gaging methods
  • Introduction to sediment motion
  • HEC-RAS and HEC-GEORAS introductions
  • Unsteady flow, kinematic and diffusion wave methods

Questions? Contact Dave Hill, Civil Engineering.


Course Update: The 3D Scientific Data Visualization class is being offered in the Winter Quarter.  This course is open to students from outside CS. In the past, this has proven to be very useful for students from other fields who have the need to display large amounts of 2D and 3D data.


Course Update: MTH 655 and MTH 659 Numerical Functional Analysis with Applications - Winter 2011
MWF 11:00-11:50
Do you have interest in foundations of numerical analysis such as interpolation and approximation theory? Do you want to learn how to solve numerically differential equations with singularities and/or on irregular domains and/or want to go beyond finite differences? Or, you already know classical finite elements for second order elliptic problems, but want to know more? Or perhaps need to estimate numerical errors or deal with uncertain data?

This class will cover a variety of applications of numerical functional analysis and in particular selected topics from the Finite Element (FE) method. The course is intended for graduate students of mathematics and various science and engineering disciplines who have some course or project experience with numerical analysis/scientific computing, or those who want to explore selected applied functional analysis topics in the numerical setting.  Questions concerning pre-requisites should be addressed to the instructor, Malgorzata Peszynska.


Course Update: BEE 446/546 "River Engineering" will be offered next quarter.  

This course offers an introduction to the mechanics, ecology, and modeling of rivers in the context of management and engineering.  Lecture topics this term will include bank stabilization, engineered log jams, fish passage at dams and culverts, dam removal, dam operations, and analysis of hydrosystems. The class project is a fish passage design for a tributary to the Santiam river. Familiarity with open channel flow is expected.  Two Saturday field trips (one site visit to survey the project reach, and one tour of various projects around the Willamette) are required. Students should expect to read and discuss lots of literature, to complete short Excel-based design problems for homework assignments, and to be enthusiastic and analytical about sustainable engineering and management of rivers.  The syllabus and lecture outline are posted online at: http://rivers.bee.oregonstate.edu/teaching.html  Contact Desiree Tullos if you have any questions about the course.


Course Update: Anthropology Courses for Water People 

ANTH 582 International Development: Winter 2011
ANTH 581 Natural Resources and Community Values: Spring term


Kudos and Accomplishments

New Section of H2OSU: Give kudos to your colleagues and share your own successes through H2OSU

H2OSU would like to feature more news about the impressive work of our students and faculty in the OSU water community. Sharing your successes with the water community not only helps us recognize your work, but it also helps others know some of the possibilities available to them as students at OSU and opens the door for more collaboration.  Tell H2OSU about your recent accomplishments including: grants/awards/honors received, research published, new and interesting projects and partnerships, and all recent achievements related to water.

OSU’s Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Awarded

Oregon State University's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders was awarded a $2000 "Outstanding Chapter Award" at the West Coast Regional Workshop this October, for their ingenuity and contribution to local water catchment systems in rural communities in El Salvador and Kenya. EWB strives to improve the lives of others worldwide by using sustainable engineering and appropriate technology to promote community ownership and development in rural communities.


OSU Water in the News

(none this week)


Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

(none this week)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

NSF: Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) (LOI: 12/01/2010) 02/01/2011

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2010

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: 12/5/2010

NSF: Informal Science Education (ISE) 12/07/2010

Foundation: Water Reuse-10-02: Treatment, Public Health, and Regulatory Issues Associated with Graywater Reuse 12/07/2010

UK-US Funding Opportunity: Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) (LOI: 12/08/2010) 01/19/2011

NSF: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) 12/09/2010

Foundation: Water Reuse-10-04: Improvements to Minimize Impingement and Entrainment of Existing Intakes 12/10/2010

Foundation: Waterreuse-10-03: Regulatory Workshop on Critical Issues of Desalination Permitting 12/13/2010

UK-US Funding Opportunity: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – International Opportunity Fund (IOF) 12/14/2010

UC Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Visiting Fellow Program 12/31/2010

USDOD SERDP Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP): Environmental Restoration: Development of Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Processes for Forward Operating Bases LOI: 1/6/10


For Students: Funding Opportunities

(listed by deadline)

(All New!)

OSU Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards - (application deadline 1/31/2011)

PhD Research Assistantship, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Texas San Antonio


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Executive Director, Salmon Drift-Creek Watershed Council (closing 11/15/2010)

Hydrologist, Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service NM-Albuquerque & Kirtland AFB (closing 11/18/2010)

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology, The Ohio State University (open until filled, review of applications begin 11/29/2010)

Assistant Professor in Catchment Systems, University of Canberra, Australia (closing 12/5/2010)

“Climate Change on Low Flows and Droughts” Research Assistant, the Institute of Applied Statistics and Computing, BOKU Vienna (closing 12/10/2010)

Senior Water Resources Development and Management Officer,  Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations, Regional Office for Africa; Accra, Ghana (closing 12/29/2010)

Executive Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) (closing 12/31/2010)

Tenure-track Faculty Position, Watershed Hydrology/Geomorphology, Johns Hopkins University (open until filled, review of applications begin 1/3/2011)


Other Items of Interest

(none this week)

Oregon Recommendations on Graywater, Treatment, Disposal, and Reuse (newly released by the DEQ Graywater Advisory Committee)


Other Related Campus Events

New! Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, LaSells Stewart Center Engineering Auditorium – Setting Standards: measuring Sustainability in Agriculture | Speaker: Marty Matlock, PhD, Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas | Food for Thought Lecture Series


Regional Events and Conferences

November 15 - Managing for Uncertainty: Climate Change Models May be WRONG, but They ARE Useful, A workshop for natural resource extension educators | LaSells Stewart Center

November 15-17 - 2010 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Conference Pendleton, Oregon.

New! Tuesday, November 16, 12-1 pm - River-in-Focus Brownbag: PDX 2 Gulf Coast | Mike Rosen will share firsthand knowledge of the PDX 2 Gulf Coast Project | Speaker: Mike Rosen, Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland | Portland Building Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon

New! November 17- 18 -  Community Meetings for the Benton County Riparian and Wetlands Project | More details for  the Wren/King's Valley/Blodgett Area (November 17) and for the Monroe/Alpine/Bellfountain Area (November 18) meetings can be found on the Benton County website

New! November 29 - December 3 - Contaminant Transport, Fate, and Natural Attenuation in Soil and Groundwater Training | Portland Audubon Nature Center, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, Oregon

New! November 30Water Conservation Workshop | Marion Soil & Water Conservation District; Salem, OR; RSVP by November 26th

New! Thursday, December 2, 6:30 - 7:45 pm - Oregon's Revision to the Turbidity Standard | Dinner and presentation by The Oregon Section of The American Water Resources Association | Speaker: Aron Borok, Water Quality Standards Specialist, Oregon DEQ | Lucky Labrador (Lucky Lab) Beer Hall, Quimby, Portland

December 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. - Oregon Water Utilities Council’s 2010 Legislative Symposium: Meeting Oregon’s Water Needs | Salem

New! May 17-18 - Exempt Wells: Problems and Approaches in the Northwest | Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Wall, WA

May 24-25, 2011 - 2011 Oregon Water Conference: Evaluating and Managing Water Resources in a Climate of Uncertainty | Convened by the Oregon Section of the American Water Resources Association (ORAWRA) and the Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Hydrology.


National and International Events and Conferences

(none this week)