H2OSU: November 18, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013
(Fall Term, Week 8)



Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | CEOAS - GEM Seminar - Anne Nolin
“Mountain Geography in a Changing Climate
| Wilkinson Hall 108

Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Fall 2013 Water Resource Seminar - Robert Lackey, OSU Scientific Assertations that Muddle Ecological Policy | Owen Hall 102

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Hydro Happy Hour | Bombs Away Cafe



  •  IWW student Libby Morrison has been awarded a 2014 Oregon Heritage Fellowship!

The Oregon Heritage Fellowship Selection Committee has chosen Libby Morrison to be one of three 2014 Oregon Heritage Fellows.  Libby will conduct research with Oregon Heritage in Salem, OR and present her findings this spring at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Albany.  Congratulations to Libby on her award!

  • Winter 2014 Course Offering: MTH 628 - Variational Methods for PDEs

LECTURE: MWF 1500 – 1550 in Weniger 201, CRN 35348

Instructor: R.E. Showalter, office in Kidder 286 show@math.oregonstate.edu

Course overview: Begin with the minimization of quadratic functions over closed convex subsets and applications to boundary-value problems for elliptic partial differential equations, variational inequalities and optimal control problems. These are prototypes of penalty or augmented Lagrangian methods and mixed formulations for problems of minimization with constraints, the characterization of their solutions, and algorithms for their approximation. These problems will be placed in the more general context of convex analysis, non-smooth optimization with constraints, saddle points and Lagrange multipliers, primal and dual problems. These concepts will be illustrated with classic examples from mechanics (internal or boundary obstacles, friction), fluid flow (Stokes or Bingham flow) and diffusion (heat conduction, porous media flow).

The choice of Topics covered and Examples developed will depend in part on preferences of the class.

Prerequisite: MTH 582 or MTH 512 or MTH 622. (MTH 627 is NOT prerequisite.) Special topics from linear analysis will be developed or described as needed.

Contact instructor for questions about prerequisites or content, especially for general science or engineering students.

  •  Winter Journal Club course offering announcement

WRE 505: "Teleconnections: Exploring linkages in the hydrologic cycle through atmospheric processes"

Monday 12–1pm

Course CRN 40346

This journal club will discuss current peer reviewed articles that investigate the feedback processes between soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and precipitation from micro to synoptic scales and their relevance to local and regional water availability. Input from students for articles is greatly encouraged; please email john.selker@oregonstate.edu with questions or suggestions.

**Please email Jennifer Cohen at Jennifer.cohen@oregonstate.edu for “departmental approval” to register for this course.**



  • IWW Faculty member Todd Jarvis writes editorial on "Geoethics" for the Oregon Geologist Examiner Fall 2013 edition (Oregon State Board of Geologist Examiners)

Director for IWW and Oregon State Board of Geologist Examiners board member Dr. Todd Jarvis was chosen to write the editorial section on “Geoethics” for the Fall 2013 edition of the Oregon Geologist Examiner.  

Todd writes in his editorial, “Geoethics has many different meanings in the published literature. Some researchers identify it with ‘geographic ethics’ thus implying a subject as wide as geography itself: including in it also eco-ethics, animal ethics, ethics of the development, professional and science ethics applied to geography, etc.  An even wider definition includes all scientific and applied activities relative to the Earth sciences. Geologists and engineers must acknowledge a code of ethics to secure memberships in professional societies as well as professional or charter licenses in countries, states, or provinces.  But are the lines between ethical and unethical conduct always clear-cut?”

**See attachments for pdf version of the Fall 2013 OGE editorial



NASA: Land Cover/Land Use Change (LOI: 12/02/2013) 06/02/2013

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2013

NSF: Arctic Research Opportunities 12/06/2013

Oregon State: Faculty Internationalization Grants (FIG) 12/15/2013 Edit Delete

Foundation: Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Program 12/16/2013

NSF: Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) 12/16/2013

NSF: Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) 12/16/2013

NSF: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (to offer scholarships to STEM majors intending to be K-12 teachers) (LOI: 02/05/2014) 03/05/2014

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



NSF: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) (stipends for international research) 11/25/2013

NSF: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) 11/26/2013

USEPA: 11th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet 12/17/2013

NSF: Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research 02/13/2014

2013-2014 National Capital Area Leadership Award 02/10/2014


Assistant Professor (TT) in Environmental Science, Environmental Program at Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) (Deadline: December 15, 2013)

Environmental Scientist-Remediation Oversight, Remediation Oversight Section of the Ground Water Quality Bureau, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) (Santa Fe, NM) (Deadline: November 22, 2013)

Natural Resource Specialist III (2 positions), ODA Agriculture Water Quality Program (Salem, OR) (Deadline: November 27, 2013)

Grants Specialist and Outreach position, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (Portland, OR) (Deadline: December 6, 2013)

Assistant Professor in Geoscience and Environmental Sustainability (TT), Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) (Deadline: January 1, 2014)

Executive Director, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (Fort Collins, CO) (Open until filled)

Software Engineering / Water Resource Engineering Intern, Open Water Foundation (Fort Collins, CO) (Open until filled)


(All New!)



"The Future of the Concrete Channel" 1-Day Conference | Thursday, November 21, 2013 | David Brower Center, University of California-Berkeley Campus

2013 AGU Fall Meeting | Monday, December 9, 2013 - Friday, December 13, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

21st Annual Children's Clean water Festival | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | University of Portland (Portland, OR)

3rd Annual Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology | Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014 | Portland, OR

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate | Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Friday, November 29, 2013 | Kathmandu, Nepal

NGWA 2013 Groundwater Expo | Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - Friday, December 6, 2013 | Nashville, TN

International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - Friday, January 10, 2014 | Quito, Ecuador   

HydroVision Russia | Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Moscow, Russia

ASIA 2014 - The Fifth International Conference on Water Resources & Hydropower Development | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Colombo, Sri Lanka |  The ASIA 2014 Conference and Exhibition will bring together experts in all the disciplines associated with planning, financing, implementing, operating and refurbishing dams, hydro plants, and other renewable energy systems. 

Sustainable Water Management Conference | Sunday, March 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Denver, Colorado |  Presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing infrastructure, developing robust supply models and watershed management plans, water reuse, resource management, green infrastructure and more.

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