H2OSU - November 29, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 10)
OSU Water Events This Week
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 | 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.
Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m., 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
Upcoming OSU Water Events
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
Monday, December 20, 4-5 pm, Richardson 107 - All-Campus Water Faculty Meeting - All OSU water faculty are encouraged to attend an important 1-hr meeting where 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 on IWW’s other new efforts with communications (including the weekly H2OSU) and the new Collaboratory isotope facilities.
Water Community Announcements
Hydrophiles looking for Planting Volunteers
Hydrophiles would like to team up with Marys River Watershed Council to do some plantings for bank stabilization. However, we need at least 5 volunteers (including Terry) who are willing to commit to a Saturday to planting, early next year. Please come out to support the local water community and enjoy company while planting and learning about local restoration efforts. If interested, please contact Terry Frueh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Grants Available: CUAHSI HydroGeoPhysics Facility
Funding is available for travel grants to support direct interactions between hydrologists and geophysicists. To apply, a hydrologist (or team of hydrologists) should submit a three-page proposal together with a geophysicist (or team of geophysicists). The proposal would support travel for a geophysicist to visit an active hydrologic study site and to consult on the possible inclusion of geophysical methods in the investigations. Awards will be made every six months in December and June. Five grants per year are expected to be awarded. The expected value of each grant is $2,000.00. However, slightly higher requests will be considered with justification. For further information, please contact Ty Ferré at the University of Arizona by email at email@example.com or call (520) 621-2952. All interested scientists are encouraged to apply. In addition, Dr. Ferré is available to assist hydrologists in finding possible geophysical researcher collaborators.
Velocity Flow Meter Needed
Michelle Jordan, grad student in Microbiology, would like to borrow a Marsh-Mcbirney Flowmate or comparable velocity meter for fieldwork for 3-5 days during the first 2 weeks of December. We'd be happy to pay a rental charge or a fee for general wear and tear.
Nominate one of your undergrads for a Goldwater Award
Do you have an outstanding undergrad working in your lab? Consider nominating them for a Goldwater Award.
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
Phil Mote, Oregon State University climate scientist, weathers the storm growing around global warming (Oregonian, 11/27/2010) - Phil Mote moved to OSU in spring 2009 to head the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This fall, he helped the university win hosting rights recently for two federal climate change science centers that he’ll help direct, giving him a central role in how aggressively the Northwest responds to global warming.
Recent OSU Water Publications
(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)
Graham, CB, McDonnell JJ. 2010. Hillslope threshold response to rainfall: (2) Development and use of a macroscale model. Journal of Hydrology. 393(1-2):77-93. OSU authors: Graham, McDonnell.
Graham, CB, Woods RA, McDonnell JJ. 2010. Hillslope threshold response to rainfall: (1) A field based forensic approach. Journal of Hydrology. 393(1-2):65-76. OSU authors: Graham, McDonnell.
For Faculty: Funding Opportunities
(listed by due date)
UK-US Funding Opportunity: Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) (LOI: 12/08/2010) 01/19/2011
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
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Research Agronomist/ Ecologist/ Soil Scientist/ Biosystems Engineer (University Park, PA) 11/16/2010
Technical Officer (Water Institutions) Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (Rome, Italy) 12/18/2010
NRS-4, Reclamationist, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (Albany, OR) 12/20/2010
Professional Engineer 2 - Dam Safety Engineer, Oregon Water Resources Department (Salem, OR) 12/21/2010
Postdoctoral Research Assistantships, School of Geographical Studies, University of Bristol (United Kingdom) 12/21/2010
PhD Graduate Assistantships, The Collaborative Research Center TR32, Universities of Aachen, Bonn, Cologne and the Research Centre Jülich (reviewing applications now, candidates should be expected to start position 1/2011)
Water Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeler, CH2M (Corvallis, OR) (open until filled)
Lead Chemist, Klamath Tribes Research Station – access application here (Chiloquin, OR) (open until filled)
Instrumentation & Controls System Engineer Intern, CH2M (Corvallis, OR) (open until filled)
Other Items of Interest
Puralytics CEO On Cleaning Water With Light, Winning The Cleantech Open (GreenTech, 11/25/10) - The Cleantech Open— a prestigious annual competition for U.S. tech startups that protect, restore, and reduce the negative impact of humans on the environment— announced its 2010 winners this week. Puralytics, a clean water startup from Beaverton, Oregon, took first prize.
Other Related Campus Events
(none this week)
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 30 – Water Conservation Workshop | Marion Soil & Water Conservation District; Salem, OR; RSVP by November 26th
Rescheduled! November 30 - Benton County Riparian and Wetlands Meeting | Corvallis, OR
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
April 3-7, 2011 - The 2011 US-IALE Annual Symposium: Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes | Abstracts due December 1 | Portland Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR
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)