H2OSU - October 11, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 3)

OSU Water Events This Week

Today, Monday, October 11, 4:00 p.m., 312 Kearney - Coastal Effects of the 2010 Chile Tsunami and Lessons Learned | Speaker: Professor Costas Synolakis, University of Southern California will give a talk. Professor Synolakis is one of the most experienced scientists in tsunami reconnaissance survey and his keen observations are always insightful. 

Tuesday, October 12, 5-6 p.m., Bombs Away Cafe - HydroHour - a weekly casual gathering of water folks to facilitate community socializing and networking.

Wednesday, October 13, 4:00-5:20 p.m., Owen 106 - Fall Water Resources Seminar: Municipal Water Permitting in an era of Change: Legal structures and policy trajectories | Speaker: Laura Schroeder, Schroeder Law Offices

Thursday, October 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000 - IWW Special Seminar: Nitrogen Dynamics and Hydrochemical Impacts of Rain-fed Agriculture: Case of the Palouse | Speaker: Kent Keller, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Washington State University and Co-Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) | Link to an abstract about Kent's seminar.

Photo of David Post.Friday, October 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Richardson 107 - IWW Special Seminar: A robust methodology for conducting large-scale assessments of current and future water availability | Speaker: Dr. David Post, Program Director, South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative, CSIRO Land and Water (and former OSU post-doc!) | Link to an abstract about David's seminar.


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, October 18, 9 a.m., Nash 10 - Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting. Experimental deepening of the thermocline: A test of climate effects on lake mixing | Speaker: John Gunn, Canada Research Chair Stressed Aquatic Systems, Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit, Biology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Wednesday, October 20, 4:00-5:20 p.m., Owen 106 - Fall Water Resources Seminar | Speaker: Michael Campana, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon Sate University

Monday, October 25, 9 a.m., Nash 10 - Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting Feeding and food habits of freshwater fishes in Thailand | Speaker:Jimmi Nithirojpakdee, Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

Tuesday, October 26, noon, Richardson 107 - Special IWW Lecture: Rebuilding disturbed landscapes - How computer models can aid environmental rehabilitation | Speaker: IWW Fellow, Dr. Greg Hancock, Department of the Discipline of Earth Sciences at the University of Newcastle

Photo of Tim Burt.Friday, October 29, noon, Richardson 107 - Special IWW Lecture: Long-term monitoring of nitrate - implications for science, policy and management | Speaker: IWW Fellow, Dr. Tim Burt, Department of Geography, Durham University


Water Community Announcements

Water, Climate and…Action! Short film contest! - A short film contest is accepting entries on experiences and messages about climate change and its effects on water and life. Selected short films will be projected during a side event at the 16th Convention on Climate Change (COP-16) in Cancun, Mexico. The contest is sponsored by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and TheWaterChannel.tv

OSU Women in Science Club Starting Peer Review Program - WIS Peer Review is a way to get feedback on written work (this can be manuscripts, proposals, course papers, anything written!) from campus peers. Additionally, the group is looking for people interested in getting involved with Women in Science to help coordinate the effort this fall. FMI: Sarah Close

New Excel based tool for Model Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis - The tool is called CXTFIT/Excel, was developed by Dr. Guoping Tang at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is available for free download.


OSU Water in the News

Oregon’s dry-land farming expertise may help Qatar (Oregonian, 10/7/10) - State and Qatar officials recently signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for collaborative projects involving desalination technology, irrigation and agronomic methods. The agreement followed a trip to Oregon State University, where faculty discussed research on dry-land farming and a “next generation” irrigation system that uses brackish water and treated waste water.

Huge parts of world drying up due to evapotranspiration (SiFy, 10/11/10) - “We didn’t expect to see this shift in evapotranspiration over such a large area of the Southern Hemisphere,” said Beverly Law, a professor of global change forest science at Oregon State University.

Countdown on the Columbia (OSU Terra, 10/01/2010) - More than 400 dams produce power and control floods in the nation’s fourth largest river basin. The U.S./Canada treaty that established responsibilities for water flow and power sharing is due for renewal.

Multimedia: Trek to Oregon's Largest Glacier (OSU Terra, 10/01/2010) - Video of OSU graduate student Cody Beedlow treking to and describing research on Oregon's Collier Glacier.  See also a related OSU press release.


Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

Campana, Michael E. 2010. Hydrophilanthropy and experiential learning in Honduras. Water Resources IMPACT, 12(5): 6-9. Note: Dr. Campana was the editor of this special issue of Water Resources IMPACT devoted to Hydrophilanthropy.



For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

OSU Research Equipment Reserve Fund for Fall 2010 10/25/2010

OSU International Programs 2010-2011 Faculty Grants and Awards Program 11/01/2010

NSF: Applied Mathematics 11/15/2010

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2010

NSF: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) 12/09/2010

New! USEPA: Sustainable Chesapeake: A Collaborative Approach to Urban Stormwater Management 01/31/2011

New! USDOD: Office of Naval Research: Division 332 Naval Materials (includes Environmental Waste Treatment and Water Purification)


For Students: Funding Opportunities

(All New!)

Two Week Field Hydrology Course in Chile for Upper-Division Undergraduate Hydrology Students (some scholarships available) (aps due 10/15/10

PhD opportunity in Numerical Hydraulics for Floods Modelling, HR Wallingford Ltd / Heriot Watt University UK (aps due 10/31/10)

SeaGrant Oregon Legislative Fellowship - (aps due 10/15/10 deadline extended!)


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Professional Research Assistant, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Western Water Assessment (WWA), University of Wyoming

Senior Geomorphologist, Sequence Systems (WA, OR, or CA)

ESRI career opportunities, including a recruitment event in Portland

Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3, WA Department of Ecology, Toxics Cleanup Program, Southwest Regional Office (Lacey, WA) (closing 10/21/10)

Field Geologist/Hydrogeologist, Sound Environmental Strategies (Seattle)


Other Items of Interest

(none this week)


Other Related Campus Events

Wednesday October 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center - OSU Engineering Career Fair

Monday, October 18, 4 p.m., MU Journey Room - Moral Ground: Ethical Actions for a Planet in Peril | Speaker: Kathleen Dean Moore

Thurs, November 4, 9am–10:30am MU 109A - Negotiating Terms of Employment, Sponsored by OSU Women in Science (WIS) group | bring a resume/CV


Regional Events and Conferences

October 11 - Deadline for abstracts for posters at the 10th Annual Stream Restoration Symposium, Skamania Lodge, WA. Organizers are especially seeking submissions by students, watershed councils, non academic practitioners, and others on projects that lend themselves to traditional or electronic poster format for presentation. 

New! October 13, 7-8 pm - Calapooia Watershed Council Meeting | Presentation: Cultural History of the Mid-Willamette Basin | Speaker: Eirik Thorsgard, Cultural Protection Coordinator, Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde | Brownsville City Hall

October 20 - Deadline for abstracts for the 2011 Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) April 12-16, 2011, Seattle, WA | Many special sessions related to fresh water and ecosystems.

October 20 - 14th Annual WA/OR Climate and Water Meeting: 2011 Water Year | Vancouver, WA

New! November 5-6 - 24th Annual Oregon Mediation Association Fall Conference | There will be 2 workshops on water conflict, both on Friday, November 5.  The morning workshop will focus on international water issues, presented by Professor Aaron Wolf and WCMT alumna Dena Marshall, and will focus on international water issues.  The afternoon workshop will focus on water conflict in Oregon, presented by The Freshwater Trust, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council, and Walla Walla Watershed Alliance) | Ambridge Event Center, Portland

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 29-December 3 - Contaminant Transport, Fate, and Natural Attenuation in Soil and Groundwater Training

December 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. - Oregon Water Utilities Council’s 2010 Legislative Symposium Meeting Oregon’s Water Needs | Salem

New! 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, 3 p.m. ET - CUAHSI Cyberseminar - Thorsten Wagener, Pennsylvania State University | Hydrologic Similarity and the Search for a Catchment Classification Framework