H2OSU - November 8, 2010

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Monday, November 8, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 7)

OSU Water Events This Week

Monday, November 8, 7:30-9 pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center - The 2nd Annual Symposium on Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, 2014 panel discussion | Sponsored by the Columbia Basin Trust, Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Oregon State University

Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-5:00 pm, 108 Wilkinson - Geography Program Fall Seminar: Stormwater, Ocean Acidification and Micropollutants | Speaker: Rob Emanuel, Department of Geosciences, Tillamook County Extension

Tuesday, November 9, 5-6 pm, Bombs Away Cafe - HydroHour - a weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

Wednesday, November 10, 1-1:50 pm, in Wilkinson 206 (Roy Haggerty's lab) - Quantification of groundwater flow processes in Columbia River Basalt Group aquifers, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington | Speaker: Erick Burns, Hydrologist, Oregon Water Science Center (USGS) of Portland and an OSU Hydrophiles alum!

Wednesday, November 10, 4 pm, 276 Peavy Hall – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Chapter Meeting | Contact Michael Wing for more information

Wednesday, November 10, 4:00-5:20 pm, Owen 106 - Water Resources Policy Seminar Series: Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: Resilience Theory and the Columbia River | Barbara Cosens, Professor, University of Idaho Law School

Friday, November 12, noon-1:00 pm, Richardson 107 - CUAHSI Cyberseminar: Hydrologic Similarity and the Search for a Catchment Classification Framework | Speaker: Thorsten Wagener, Pennsylvania State University | Meet with other interested folks from OSU to watch this cyber-seminar together on the big screen.

Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, MU Journey Room - American Medicine Chest Challenge: Medication Take-Back Event (and help keep pollutants out of waterways).


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, November 15, 9:00 am, Nash 10 - Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting: Meet the Neighbors - Little Known Freshwater Invertebrates in Oregon | Speaker: Bill Gerth, Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

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.

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


Water Community Announcements

Kudos and Accomplishments

Photo of Jennifer.Jennifer Holderman will be OSU’s first graduate of the concurrent JD-MS in Water Resources, a program possible through a partnership with University of Oregon’s law school.  Congratulations, Jennifer!  Read about her on page 16 of the UO Environmental and Natural Resources Law newsletter.


Call for Abstracts: Annals of the Association of American Geographers
2013 Special Issue: Geography of Water

The Annals of the Association of American Geographers invites abstracts of papers to be considered for a special issue on the Geography of Water. This will be the fifth of a series of annual special issues that highlight the work of geographers around a significant global theme. Papers are sought from a broad spectrum of scholars who address social, cultural, political, environmental, economic, theoretical, and methodological issues focused on the geography of water. These include original research in such areas as water and conflict, spatial disparities in access to water-related services, water and global environmental change, water and habitats, analysis and simulation of water systems, water and risk, policy and law applied to water environments, and other relevant areas. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 1, 2011 to rmaier@aag.org. Final papers will be due (via Manuscript Central) by October 1, 2011 for publication in 2013. Papers will have a target maximum length of 5,000 words, with a smaller limit if a large number of tables and/or figures are included. All submitted papers will be subject to full peer review.


Course Update: CHE 581 "Introduction to Numerical Methods" will be offered again next quarter.  

The course provides an introduction to MATLAB programming, and to many of the numerical methods that are used frequently in science and engineering.  Topics that are covered will include: MATLAB programming, numerical solutions to linear and nonlinear equations, numerical integration and differentiation, and solutions to ordinary and partial differential equations using finite differences. The course is open to students with graduate standing (or undergraduate students with permission). Some familiarity with calculus, matrix operations, and ordinary differential equations is expected. There will be no formal exams; grades are based on homework and a special project at the term end.  Many students associated with hydrology enrolled in the course last year, and the material is relevant for anyone who will be mathematical modeling models for hydrological systems. Contact Brian Wood if you have any questions about the course.


OSU Water in the News

Oregon State University will help Iraqi universities build sustainable engineering programs (Oregonian, 11/1/2010) - Oregon and Oregon State University will help Iraq universities develop energy and water conservation, green construction and other sustainable engineering and design programs, Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Monday on his way to Iraq. (See also OPB, Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times)

In this century, wars will not be fought about water, but there will be more local violence  (La Razon, 10/30/2010) - An interview with OSU’s Aaron Wolf (in Spanish) regarding water as the basis of world conflict.


Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

(none this week)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

OSU LL Stewart Faculty Development Awards 11/15/10

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

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2010

New! 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

New! 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!)

Fellows Program – Earth Institute of Columbia University 12/1/2010

Research Experiences for Undergraduates – Auburn University, Warm-water Aquatic Ecology 1/15/2011


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Post-Doctoral Opportunities, USGS Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center (Denver) (closing 12/30/2010)

Laboratory Sample Administrator, CH2M Hill (Corvallis) (open until filled)

Process Lab Staff Scientist, CH2M Hill (Corvallis) (open until filled)

Teaching Postdoctoral Position in Ecohydrology, Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) (open until filled)

Junior Engineer Position –hydrologic/hydraulic engineering, McMillen, LLC (Boise, ID) (open until filled)

Image Editor & Archivist, University of Pennsylvania (review begins 11/10/10)

Assistant Professor/Climatologist, Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI) (12/10/2010)

Water Resources Program Manager, GS-1301-13, NOAA/NWS (closing 11/10/2010)


Other Items of Interest

(none this week)


Other Related Campus Events

November 18, 12-1 PM -  Chemical Oceanography Seminar: Clumped Isotope Thermometer for Paleohydrology Applications | UCLA


Regional Events and Conferences

November 7-9 - The 2nd Annual Symposium on Transboundary River Governance in The Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, 2014

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

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

November 12 - Abstract Deadline for 2011 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources: Adaptation Issues, Options & Strategies | Baltimore MD April 18-20, 2011