H2OSU - September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24 2012
(Fall Term, Week 1) 

 Welcome back, hydrocommunity!  H2OSU will now resume weekly newsletters to students and faculty.  Please submit events or notices for the Hydrolist to iww@oregonstate.edu 


OSU Water Events This Week

Tuesday, September 25, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, Mountain Snowpack and Vegetation: Implications of Disturbance, Anne Nolin, CEOAS- GEM Research Group Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 26, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Swimming the Hydro‐Trifecta: Negotiations through the lens of Water Security, Water Conflict Transformation, and Water Diplomacy, Todd Jarvis, Institute for Water and Watersheds.

Friday, September 28, 4-7 pm, Brew Station (2305 NW Monroe), Water Year Celebration, Start the School Year and the New Water Year.

Saturday, September 29, 10 am-4 pm, Benton County Fairgrounds (110 SW 53rd), 10th Annual Kids Day For Conservation, Connecting Kids with Natural Resources.

Upcoming OSU Water Events

Tuesday, October 2, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, Geography of Changing Climate and Hydrology in the US and Canada, Julia Jones, CEOAS- GEM Research Group Seminar Series

Wednesday, October 3, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Salmon: A crucible for translational ecology in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Lach, OSU, School of Public Policy. 

Thursday, October 4, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Annex Conference Room, Hydrophiles Brownbag - Welcome Back Brownbag - Willamette Basin Welcome.

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge: Science and Engineering’s Most Powerful Statements

To illustrate is to enlighten! Illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens, and the best hope for nurturing popular interest. They are a necessity for public understanding of research developments.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science created the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge to celebrate the grand tradition of science visualization and to encourage its continued growth. The spirit of the competition is to communicate science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes. This year's competition opened June 1 to September 28.

Judges appointed by NSF and Science will select winners in five categories: Photography, Illustration, Posters & Graphics, Games & Apps, and Video. The winning entries will appear in a special section of Science (with one entry chosen for the front cover) and be hosted at ScienceMag.org and NSF.gov.


  • Volunteer Opportunity for Students at the River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) Symposium on February 5-7, 2013

RRNW seeks 4 student volunteers for the RRNW symposium at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. This symposium focuses on the science and practice of river restoration planning and design.

Student volunteers will receive free registration and shared lodging and will be responsible for compiling symposium materials and helping with registration and presentations.  Volunteers will be expected to be on site from 3pm Sunday, February 3 to Thursday, February 7 and will be responsible for all travel costs (most meals will be provided). Interested students should send their name, school and a brief description of why they are interested in volunteering to:  volunteer@rrnw.org by October 15, 2012.


  • CUAHSI - Let’s Talk about Water Challenge Grant – Closes 10/31/2012

"Let's Talk About Water" (LTAW) is a film symposium designed to bring together experts and the public to talk about the complex water issues facing society. CUAHSI is planning a pilot "Challenge Grant" program to assist universities in holding a LTAW event. Three Challenge Grants of up to $3000 are available in 2013 to support LTAW events. If you are interested in holding one of these events at OSU you can get more information at the LTAW event page on the CUAHSI website.


  • Forest Service Recruitment at the Annual Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention

Are you a recent college graduate and interested in working for the US Forest Service?  If so, you can find a list of available jobs on the US Forest Service Forest Management Recruitment page as well as directions on how to submit an application and schedule an interview during the Annual Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention in Spokane, Washington, on October 24-26, 2012.


  • Oregon Department of Energy’s (ODOE) Nuclear Safety Division Hanford Leadership Initiative webinar series.  Apply by October 5, 2012.

More than 40 years of plutonium production for America’s nuclear weapons program extensively contaminated Hanford, which is located in southeastern Washington State. Hanford Site workers are now engaged in the world’s largest environmental cleanup project. The success of cleanup and long-term protection of the Columbia River depend on ensuring that today’s young people are informed and involved in current and future cleanup decisions.  In response to this need, the Hanford Leadership Initiative will familiarize students with several Hanford-related topics through five weekly webinars with Oregon Department of Energy Hanford specialists.


Recent OSU Water Publications

Clark PU (08/2012) Ice Sheets in Transition Science Abstract OSU author: Clark

Brewer AJ, Ort C, Banta-Green CJ, Berset J-D, Field JA (08/2012) Normalized Diurnal and Between-Day Trends in Illicit and Legal Drug Loads that Account for Changes in Population Environmental Science & Technology Abstract OSU authors: Brewer, Field

Arismendi I, Johnson SL, Dunham JB, Haggerty R, Hockman-Wert D (2012) The paradox of cooling streams in a warming world: Regional climate trends do not parallel variable local trends in stream temperature in the Pacific continental United States Geophysical Research Letters Abstract OSU authors: Arismendi, Haggerty

Oliver AA, Bogan MT, Herbst DB, Dahlgren RA (9/2012) Short-term changes in-stream macroinvertebrate communities following a severe fire in the Lake Tahoe basin, California Hydrobiologia Abstract OSU author: Bogan

Safeeq M, Fares A (08/2012) Hydrologic response of a Hawaiian watershed to future climate change scenarios Hydrological Processes Abstract OSU author: Safeeq

Arismendi I, Safeeq M, Johnson SL, Dunham JB, Haggerty R Increasing synchrony of high temperature and low flow in western North American streams: double trouble for coldwater biota? Hydrobiologia Abstract OSU authors: Arismendi, Safeeq, Haggerty


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Keystone Initiative Grants (LOI: 10/01/2012) 12/01/2012 

NSF: Geomechanics & Geomaterials (GGS) 10/01/2012

NSF: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) 10/07/2012

State of Oregon: OSU General Research Fund (GRF) 10/15/2012

NSF: Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; and Cyberinfrastructure 10/18/2012

NSF: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals 10/19/2012

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 10/31/2012

State of Oregon: LL Stewart Faculty Development Fund 10/31/2012

(Visit the IWW funding database for more funding links...)


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: AWWA Academic Achievement Award 10/01/2012 

USEPA: Campus RainWorks Challenge 10/05/2012 (LOI: 09/04/2012) 

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Geography and Spatial Sciences 10/11/2012 

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants 10/15/2012


Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Executive Director (ED), River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) (Portland, OR) (closes 9/30/2012)

Physical Scientist (Program Director), NSF - Division of Earth Sciences - Instrumentation and Facilities Program (Arlington, VA) (closes 9/28/2012)

2 Environmental Geography Assistant or Associate Professors, Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Geography (San Marcos, TX) (closes 10/19/2012)

Appointment will be effective Fall 2013. PhD in Geography or closely related field is required by time of appointment. A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research is required. For appointment at the Associate Professor level, an especially strong record of published scholarship is expected. Successful candidates will conduct research and teach courses in support of our environmental geography programs at the PhD, Master’s and undergraduate levels. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach upper-level undergraduate courses in one or more of: water resources, environmental management, or sustainable urbanization. Graduate and other teaching responsibilities will be within the successful candidates’ areas of expertise. The Department of Geography has 34 full-time faculty members serving more than 600 undergraduate majors and over 150 graduate students in BA, BS, MS, Master of Applied Geography, and three PhD degree programs. The PhD programs focus on environmental geography, geographic education and geographic information science. Applicants must electronically submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, samples of selected published work, examples of course teaching evaluations (if available), and the names of three references to ps33@txstate.edu. Texas State University-San Marcos will not discriminate against any person in employment or exclude any person from participating in or receiving the benefits of any of its activities or programs on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veterans’ status, or on the basis of sexual orientation. Equal employment opportunities shall include: personnel transactions of recruitment, employment, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination, and salary. Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System. Apply: Dr. Philip W. Suckling, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX 78666-4616. Voice: 512-245-2170. Fax: 512-245-8353. E-mail: ps33@txstate.edu. 

Watershed Modeling Student Contractor, US Environmental Protection Agency - Western Ecology Division (Corvallis, OR) (closes 10/17/2012)

Hydrologic Civil Engineer or Hydrologist, Bureau of Indian Affairs (Gallup, NM) (closes 10/10/2012)

Hydrologist, Bureau of Land Management (Battle Mountain, NV) (closes 10/10/2012)

Graduate Assistantship in Costal Hydrology, Dr. Hill Civil & Construction Engineering Research Group (Corvallis, OR) (open until filled)

This Assistantship is funded by the Oil Spill Research Institute to develop an operational hydrological model for Prince William Sound, Alaska.  Runoff estimates will be coupled with an operational oceanographic model for the purposes of making spill trajectory calculations.  Applicants should have experience with ARCGIS and Fortran programming.  A working knowledge of climate datasets is also desired.  Interested students should contact Dr. Dave Hill (dfh@engr.oregonstate.edu ) for additional information.

Research Fish Biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Honolulu, HI) (closes 10/1/2012)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geomorphology/Surficial Processes, Department of Geology and Geography at Auburn University (Auburn University, AL) (open until filled) 


Regional Events and Conferences

Fifty Years of Watershed Modeling – Past, Present and Future | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Boulder, CO

Water Right Transfers in 2012 | Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Seattle, WA

3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference | Monday, October 1, 2012 - Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Boise, Idaho

The Oregon Social Business Challenge | Monday, October 1, 2012 | Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

4th Annual Symposium on Columbia River Governance | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Friday, October 12, 2012 | KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson, MT

Ecological & Environmental Mitigation Banking: The Creation, Purchase & Sale of Mitigation Banks | Friday, October 19, 2012 | Seattle, WA 

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

EPA Environmental Education Grants Webinar | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Various locations

Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services | Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Friday, October 5, 2012 | Columbus, Ohio

EPA Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) Meeting | Monday, October 1, 2012 | Arlington, VA

7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference - Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary | Friday, October 12, 2012 - Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Sacramento, CA

5th International Symposium on Transboundary Waters Management | Monday, October 8, 2012 - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Bled, Slovenia

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Sunday, October 14, 2012 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen | Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Friday, October 26, 2012 | Paris, France

Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition: Rising to Greatness on Waves of Opportunity | Sunday, November 4, 2012 - Thursday, November 8, 2012 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Housing Reservation Deadline:  October 5, 2012

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