H2OSU - November 22, 2010

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Monday, November 22, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 9)

OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, November 23, noon, Burt 193 - Special Seminar - It's the Fluids that Count | Speaker: Mike Batzle, Colorado School of Mines | This is part of of the 2010 North America Honorary Lecturer series sponsored by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Shell. If you would like to meet with Dr. Batzle, please contact Anne Trehu.

Tuesday, November 23, noon, ALS 3096 - Geomorphology Seminar: Dams and Gravel Bed Rivers | Gordon Grant, USDA Forest Service. | FMI: Sarah Lewis.

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

Thursday, November 25 - Thanksgiving!


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, November 29, 9-10 am, Nash 10 - Stream Team Seminar: Taking the High Road: Landscape Genetics of the Cascades Frog in Olympic National Park | Speaker: Ivan Phillipsen, Zoology, Oregon State University

Tuesday November 30, 4-5 p.m. in Richardson 107 - IWW Special Seminar: Microbial Methane Oxidation in Terrestrial Systems | Speaker: IWW Visiting Fellow Martin Schroth, Professor of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich

Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 pm, Gilmore 234 – China Rivers Project: China’s Grand Canyons | Speaker: Kristen McDonald, Director of the China Rivers Project | Refreshments will be served. | Please contact Desiree Tullos if you are interested in scheduling time to meet with Kristen during her visit to Corvallis. The mission for the China Rivers Project is to protect China's river heritage for people and wildlife and to promote river-based recreation in China. Her talk will focus on dam construction along western China's waterways, including threats to the social and ecological heritage of some of the least spoiled areas in China. She will discuss what China Rivers Project and their allies are doing to seek permanent protection for some of China's "Grand Canyons."

Wednesday, December 1, 4-5 pm, Owen Hall - Water Resources Policy Seminar Series: Policy Reform for Market-Based Reallocation of Water Rights | Speaker: Bruce Aylward, PhD

Thursday, December 9, 4-5 pm, Richardson 107 - IWW Special Seminar: Identifying multi-decadal catchment travel times and hydrological trends: the value of long-term monitoring data Speaker: Nicholas Howden, Senior Lecturer in Water, WEM Program Director, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, UK


Water Community Announcements

The IWW welcomes Visiting Fellow Dr. Martin Schroth

Martin Schroth with his daughter.
Martin with his daughter Lucia, who is an exchange student at Crescent Valley High School.

The IWW is pleased to welcome Dr. Martin Schroth, Professor of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich, to the OSU campus as an IWW Visiting Fellow.  Dr. Schroth specializes in the development and application of novel methods for the assessment of microbial processes at the field scale. His current research activities focus on the quantification of microbial processes involved in greenhouse-gas turnover in soils, with particular emphasis on microbially mediated methane oxidation.

Dr. Schroth is working with Professor John Selker and team on distributed temperature sensing using fiber-optic cables to obtain high resolution wind-speed and soil-moisture data for various environmental applications.

Please come to meet Dr. Schroth when he gives a seminar on Tuesday November 30, 4-5 p.m. in Richardson 107. His seminar will focus on Microbial Methane Oxidation in Terrestrial Systems.


Save the date for an All-Campus Water Faculty Meeting on December 20

All OSU water faculty are encouraged to attend an important 1-hr meeting, December 20, 4-5 pm in RH107. The IWW Director and staff will update faculty and researchers on the new Indirect Cost recovery model for IWW-assisted grants. PIs using IWW’s grant assistance service now have the opportunity of some indirect cost return. Come and hear about this new model and how you can benefit from our service. We’ll serve eggnog and cookies and also seek your feedback IWW’s other new efforts with communications (including the weekly H2OSU) and the new Collaboratory isotope facilities.


Abstract for International Landscape Ecology Conference in Portland due December 1

The US International Association of Landscape Ecology conference is being held in Portland next spring (April 3-7, 2011). It's a convenient location for OSU researchers to attend. The theme for the meeting is Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes and includes field trips and ten special symposia. The abstract deadline is December 1 and there are NASA travel awards for students.


Kudos and Accomplishments

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 Water in the News

(none this week)


Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

McGuire, KJ, McDonnell JJ.  2010.  Hydrological connectivity of hillslopes and streams: Characteristic time scales and nonlinearities. Water Resources Research. 46(10) OSU authors: McDonnell, McGuire (OSU alum).

Lancaster, ST, Underwood EF, Frueh WT.  2010.  Sediment reservoirs at mountain stream confluences: Dynamics and effects of tributaries dominated by debris-flow and fluvial processes. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 122(11-12):1775-1786.OSU authors: all.


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

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

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

New! U.S. Air Force: BAA for Innovative Technologies and Methodologies for Reducing Various Environmental Problems  12/16/2010

New! Agricultural Research Foundation Competitive Grant Program 12/17/2010

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

New! Oregon State University: Center for the Humanities 2011-12 Fellowships 1/18/2011

New! Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)- Environmental Restoration Special Solicitation: Perchlorate Treatment Technologies 1/20/2011

New! NSF: Research Initiation Grants in Engineering Education (RIGEE) 3/31/2011


For Students: Funding Opportunities

New! Ph.D. Assistantships in Riparian Ecology (arid and mesic ecosystems) – SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY | Contact Dr. John Stella for more information (Start dates in January, 2011)


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Assessment and Policy Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5), WA Dept of Ecology (Lacey, WA) (closing 11/28/10)

Project Manager, Clark Fork Coalition (Missoula) (closing 11/29/10)

Hydrologist, NEON (Boulder, Colorado) (open until filled) 

Assistant Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Tenure-track, Virginia Tech (ap review begins 12/06/2010)

Director General, World Water Council, Headquarters (Marseilles, France) (closing 12/08/2010)

Research Assistant, Climate Impact on Low Flows and Droughts, Institute of Applied Statistics and Computing University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU Vienna (closing 12/10/10)

Assistant Professor (2 positions), Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (New York) (closing 1/3/2011)

Assistant Professor, Physical Geographer with expertise in environmental change, University of Western Ontario (1/14/11)

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (New York) (closing 1/17/2011)

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Terrestrial Biophysics-Biogeochemistry Modeling, OSU Division of Earth Systems Science 1/31/2011


Other Items of Interest

(none this week)


Other Related Campus Events

Thursday, December 2, 12-1 pm, Burt 193 - COAS Chemical/Biological Oceanography Seminar: Hydrogeochemical Responses to Slow Slip Events and Chemical Cycling at the Costa Rica Subduction Zone | Speaker: Evan Solomon, Marine Geochemistry & Hydrogeology, School of Oceanography, University of Washington


Regional Events and Conferences

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

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

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

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.

New! April 3-7, 2011 - The 2011 US-IALE Annual Symposium: Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes | Abstracts due December 1 | Portland Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR


National and International Events and Conferences

(none this week)