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."

Tuesday, November 30, 5-6 pm, Bomb Away Cafe - HydroHour | A weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking coordinated by Hydrophiles.

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 fruehw@geo.oregonstate.edu.

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 tyferre@gmail.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)

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

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

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

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

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

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates Ecohydrology of a Tropical Montane Cloud Forest 1/31/2011

EPA: Nonpoint Source Management management program RFP - Research /Dissertation support 1/07/2011

Abel Wolman Fellowship – American Water Works Association 1/14/2011

Thomas R. Camp Scholarship – American Water Works Association 1/15/2010


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

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

Fisheries Biologist II, Pyramid Lake Fisheries – see job description here: page 1, page 2 (Sutcliffe, NV) 12/30/20010

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 30Water 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)