H2OSU - October 25, 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010
(Fall Term - Week 5)

OSU Water Events This Week

Today, October 25, Gilfillan Auditorium - COAS Frontiers Visiting Scholar Seminar : Worst Case Scenarios: On the Prediction of Extreme Events in Ecology | Mark Denny, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Photo of Tim Burt.Tuesday, October 26, noon, Richardson 107 - Special IWW Seminar: 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

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00-5:20 p.m., Owen 106 - Fall Water Resources Seminar: Stable Water Policy: Building a Three‐ Legged Stool | Speaker: Janet Neuman, Professor, Lewis and Clark Law School and co-director of the Natural Resources Law Institute

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 312 Kearney Hall - Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control | James Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Colby College

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


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Monday, November 1, 9 a.m., Nash 10 - Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting Prespawning mortality in Willamette Chinook: “ Death due to parasites, temperature, or premature senescence?” or “Dying with or without a smile on your face if you’re a Willamette Chinook” | Speaker: Carl Schreck, Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

Tuesday, November 2, Wilkinson 108, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Geography Program Fall Seminar: Environmental Governance and Social-Ecological Resiliency in the Rural American West | Hannah Gosnell, Department of Geosciences

Tuesday, November 2, ALS 4000, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Towards Successful Reintroductions in the Face of Climate Change: The combined importance of species traits, site quality, and restoration technique | Tom Kaye, Institute of Applied Ecology, Corvallis

Wednesday, November 3, 4:00-5:20 p.m., Owen 106 - Fall Water Resources Seminar: Science, Values, and Water Resource Management | Denise Lach, Director, School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Sociology, Oregon State University

Monday, November 8, 9:00 a.m., Nash 10 - Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting: Freshwater fishes and invertebrates of Iceland | Sigurdur Snorrason, Institute of Biology, University of Iceland


Water Community Announcements

New Planning Tool for River Conservation and Restoration

Building on prior work in the Willamette River Basin Planning Atlas (2002), Dave Hulse (UO) and Stan Gregory (OSU) are releasing a more detailed spatially explicit framework for tracking change in the Willamette floodplain. Called the Slices Framework, it makes use of distinct spatial units for tracking change in the floodplain. The first of these units are one kilometer long slices drawn at right angles to the floodplain, the second of these units are 100m subdivisions of the original one km slices, with ten 100m slices in each one km slice.

They are make these tools available now in the hopes that they will be useful to a range of conservation and restoration practitioners; from NGOs making the case for why their proposed project should be a high priority, to government agencies and other funders seeking empirical evidence of effective conservation and restoration efforts, to researchers seeking a consistent framework for tracking change over time in this dynamic part of the Willamette basin. For more details, visit the Slices Framework online.


OSU Water in the News

(none this week)


Recent OSU Water Publications

(one or more authors is affiliated with OSU)

Bumbaco, KA, Mote PW.  2010.  Three Recent Flavors of Drought in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 49(9):2058-2068. (OSU author: Mote)

De Stefano, L, Edwards P, de Silva L, Wolf AT.  2010.  Tracking cooperation and conflict in international basins: historic and recent trends. Water Policy. 12(6):871. (OSU authors: all)

Fullerton, AH, Burnett KM, Steel EA, Flitcroft RL, Pess GR, Feist BE, Torgersen CE, Miller DJ, Sanderson BL.  2010.  Hydrological connectivity for riverine fish: measurement challenges and research opportunities. Freshwater Biology. (OSU authors: Burnett, Flitcroft)

Jung, M. and 33 others (including Law, B.). 2010. Recent decline in the global land evapotranspiration trend due to limited moisture supply. Nature 467: 951–954. (OSU author: Law)

Olsen, MJ, Stuedlein AW.  2010.  Discussion of “Use of terrestrial laser scanning for the characterization of retrogressive landslides in sensitive clay and rotational landslides in river banks” . Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 47(10):1164-1168. (OSU authors: both)


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

(listed by due date)

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

OSU Library Research Travel Grants 11/01/2010

New! Foundation: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Fisheries Innovation Fund (LOI: 11/01/2010) 02/01/2011

NSF: Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) (LOI: 11/05/2010) 01/06/2011

NSF: Applied Mathematics 11/15/2010

OSU LL Stewart Faculty Development Awards 11/15/10

NSF: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG) 11/19/2010

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

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2010

NSF: Informal Science Education (ISE) 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

UK-US Funding Opportunity: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – International Opportunity Fund (IOF) 12/14/2010


For Students: Funding Opportunities

(listed by deadline)

(Mostly New!)

TRIAD Undergraduate Scholarships (12/1/10)

2011 Summer Internships, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory

CUAHSI 2010 Pathfinder Graduate Student Fellowships to Support Multi-site Research in Hydrology (11/1/10) Consider applying, OSU hydrophiles have received these in the past!

Fall 2011 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study (aps due 11/05/10) (includes many water-related areas)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (applications due in November) If you are a first year graduate student - consider applying! These are outstanding fellowships and OSU hydrophiles have received these in the past!

Mazamas Research Grants for Conserving and Increasing the Understanding of Mountain Environments (2/04/10) Past OSU hydrophiles have received these too!


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Aquatic Lands Cartographer/Webber, WA Dept of Natural Resources, Olympia (closing today!)

Senior Fisheries Biologist, Environmental Specialist and Environmental Tech (3 positions) City of Tacoma (closing 10/26 and 10/29)

Earth science instrumentation engineer, University of Arizona (review begins today!)

Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (12/15/10)

Postdoctoral Fellows in Sustainable Development of the Planet, Columbia University, NY (12/1/10)

Senior scientist specializing in sediment quality, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Oakland, CA

One year position to study open-channel vegetated flows at FCT-New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Assistant Professor, Geophysics, Skidmore College Department of Physics and Department of Geosciences, Saratoga Springs, NY

Entry Level Hydrogeologist, Golder Associates, Redmond, WA

Job seekers, note this upcoming event: Finding Federal Jobs - Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Career Services, B008 Kerr Administration Building FMI: cheryl.l.herring@oregonstate.edu, 7-0523.


Other Items of Interest

The October 28th edition of Oregon Field Guide will feature "The Farmers Screen" an innovative fish screen invented near Hood River, Oregon.


Other Related Campus Events

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

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 6 - The Fall Creek Festival: A day of art workshops at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center | Registration required.

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.

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

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

December 12 - Pre-AGU Short Course: How to Succeed in an Academic Career | Presenter, Jeff McDonnell, OSU | San Francisco