H2OSU: September 30, 2013

Monday, September 30 2013
(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


Monday, September 30, Fall Term Classes Begin

Monday, September 30, 10-11 am, Nash Hall 32, Human vs natural sources of nutrients in urbanizing watersheds: Case studies from Portland, Oregon, Alan Yeakley, Portland State University, Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting.

Tuesday, October 1, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 108, Forest and Fluvial Geomorphology of the West Slope Western Cascades, Julia Jones, CEOAS - GEM Seminar.

Wednesday, October 2,4:00 pm - 5:00, Owen Hall 102, Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series "Water Diplomacy and the Four Worlds" Aaron Wolf, OSU 

Thursday, October 3, 4-5 pm, Wilkinson Hall 108, Ice cores reveal the Greenland temperature response to climate forcing during the last deglaciation, Christo Buizert, CEOAS - G&G Seminar.

Saturday, October 5, 6-10 pm, Avery Park Thompson Shelter, Hydrophiles Fall BBQ.



Monday, October 7, 6:30-8:50 pm, Grace Lutheran Church Ronnenkamp Hall (435 NW 21st Street), Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program Volunteer Training, OSU Extension Benton County.

Tuesday, October 8, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 108, Biogeography: Geography of Life in Space and Time, Mary Santelmann, CEOAS - GEM Seminar.



  • RRNW 2014 Symposium Student Interns

    An opportunity exists for students to volunteer and participate in the River Restoration Northwest Symposium. The 13th annual symposium will be held February 4-6, 2014 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. This symposium brings together multi-disciplinary professionals in the science and practice of river restoration planning and design. For more information on the symposium please visit the Symposium section of our website.

    Student interns will have a unique opportunity to work with river restoration professionals at the symposium. Interns will be responsible for assisting with activities such as compiling symposium materials and helping with registration and presentations. Interns will be expected to be on stie from 3pm Sunday February 2 through Thursday February 6 and will be responsible for their meals on Sunday and Monday and all travel costs (Monday lunch will be provided). Each intern will be required to pay $100 for symposium registration and will receive shared lodging for the duration of the symposium. RRNW will support up to 6 student interns. Interested students should send their name, school and a brief description (no more than five sentences) of why they are interested in volunteering to:  volunteer@rrnw.org by October 15, 2013.
  • Course Offerings: WINTER 2014 - CE 540/BEE 525

    Stochastic Hydrology; Dr. Meghna Babbar-Sebens

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts that are needed for stochastic modeling of hydrologic processes. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to: understand and identify stochastic processes in hydrology, identify sources of uncertainty in hydrologic models, understand basic concepts of probability theory and random functions, apply these concepts to solve problems related to uncertainty analysis in hydrologic analysis, modeling, and forecasting, and read, understand, and interpret scientific literature on stochastic hydrology. Contact Dr. Babbar-Sebens at meghna@oregonstate.edu.
  • Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements Workshop
    November 13-14 at UC Berkeley

    CONCUR’s intensive two-day workshop is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are in a position to negotiate environmental agreements and to give students and new professionals the tools to begin. In Course One, we show you how a process of face-to-face negotiation can augment traditional policy making with creative agreements that are better informed and more stable. During the training, you will learn the elements of mutual gains bargaining, apply them in a series of simulated disputes, and reflect on the application of these tools to everyday work situations. CONCUR's lessons draw from our 25+ years of experience facilitating and mediating agreements that span ocean and fisheries, water resources, land use and infrastructure planning, air quality, renewable energy, and climate change adaptation.  For more information or to enroll in this course, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8217190839 or call Megan Vinett at (510) 649-8008 megan@concurinc.net www.concurinc.com.
  • New Fall Course Offering: BEE 411/511 - Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Decision (3 credits, CRN 20804-004)

Biological and Ecological Engineering is offering a new online course this fall.  It will be taught by Dominique Bachelet

Course Description: 

In this course students will explore global environmental change questions using an online data sharing and mapping platform, Data Basin (www.databasin.org). This course will guide students through 1) an introduction to geographic information resources (GIS) and online mapping resources, 2) an exploration and critique of conservation data and information using on-line tools and; 3) a practical application developing an approach and gathering spatial datasets to address a global environmental change question.

Please register online ASAP if interested!

  •  World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, 2013 “Showcasing the future” Trip Report

Adriana Debora Piemonti, an OSU Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering-Water Resources has created a report from her conference trip to the 2013 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress at the Duke Energy Convention Center from May 19th- 23rd.

With help from the Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) Adriana was able to assist and present her work titled “Comparison of Optimized Conservation Practices in Agricultural Watershed Based on Land Tenure and Stakeholder Attitudes” at this conference. Her research is focused on planning and management of agricultural watershed, water resources and the optimization of benefits that meet not just specific physical features, but also that will meet stakeholders’ criteria.

*See attachments to view the Trip Report



  • Solar Tea Bag Takes Garbage Out of Water (Portland Tribune)
    The state-funded consortium of academic researchers, known as Oregon BEST, aims to develop and nurture clean tech industries. The money is helping Puralytics work with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to see if the Lily Pad is feasible. The first phase ends this month.

  •  2013 John Hem Award of Excellence in Science and Engineering Winner is Dr. John Selker!

Every year, the National Ground Water Association presents the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in recognition of a significant, recent scientific or engineering contribution to the understanding of groundwater. This year Dr. John Selker was nominated and selected as the recipient of this prestigious award for 2013 and will be honored at the NGWA Groundwater Expo in December.

Dr. John Selker is a professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering and the Water Resources Graduate Program.  His research focuses on hydrologic instrumentation, vadose zone hydrology, and contaminant transport -- read more about these topics on his web page.

 Congratulations to John Selker!

  •  The 2014 NGWA Darcy Lecturer is OSU’s Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D.

Dr. Wildenschild is an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. She will give two talks throughout the year, one of which is titled "Optimizing Capillary Trapping as a Carbon Dioxide Mitigation Strategy: Pore-Scale Findings in Support of Larger-Scale Implementation."

Darcy Lecture link: http://www.ngwa.org/Foundation/darcy/Pages/Future-Darcy-Lecturer.aspx

  • IWW Faculty member Aaron Wolf named a 2013 recipient of Il Monito del Giardino (The Warning from the Garden) Award! (Albany Tribune)

Oregon State University and Institute for Water and Watersheds faculty member Aaron Wolf has won a major international prize for his mediation efforts in water conflicts.

Aaron Wolf, a geography professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a 2013 recipient of Il Monito del Giardino (The Warning from the Garden) Award by the Bardini and Peyron Monumental Parks Foundation of Florence, Italy.

The honor is given to persons who have distinguished themselves internationally in safeguarding the environment and raising awareness of ecological issues. The 2012 recipient was Jane Goodall.



Jaeger WK, Plantinga AJ, Chang H, Dello K, Grant G, Hulse D, McDonnell JJ, Lancaster S, Moradkhani H, Morzillo AT et al. (07/2013) Toward a formal definition of water scarcity in natural-human systems Water Resources Research   OSU authors: Jaeger, Dello, Grant, Lancaster, Morzillo, Mote, Nolin, Santelmann, and Wu

Assouline S, Tyler SW, Selker JS, Lunati I, Higgins CW, Parlange MB (07/2013) Evaporation from a shallow water table: Diurnal dynamics of water and heat at the surface of drying sand Water Resources Research   OSU authors: Selker and Higgins

González-Pinzón R, Haggerty R, Dentz M (07/2013) Scaling and predicting solute transport processes in streams Water Resources Research   OSU authors: Gonzalez-Pinzon and Haggerty

Joekar-Niasar V, Doster F, Armstrong RT, Wildenschild D, Celia MA (07/2013) Trapping and hysteresis in two-phase flow in porous media: A pore-network study Water Resources Research   OSU authors: Armstrong and Wildenschild

Michalsen MM, Weiss R, King A, Gent D, Medina VF, Istok JD (08/2013) Push-Pull Tests for Estimating RDX and TNT Degradation Rates in Groundwater GROUNDWATER MONITORING AND REMEDIATION   OSU author: Istok


NSF: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals 10/18/2013

NSF: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) 10/23/2013

 NSF: Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) 10/23/2013

NSF: Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR) 10/30/2013

OSU LL Stewart Faculty Development Fund 10/31/2013 

NSF: Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) (Engineering Directorate) 10/31/2013

NGO: Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (to strengthen academic USA-India partnerships) 11/01/2013 Edit Delete

American-Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lectureships (LOI: 11/01/2013) 02/15/2013


CUAHSI Pathfinders Graduate Fellowship 10/18/2013

AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships 11/01/2013

NSF: Graduate Research Fellowships 11/04/2013

Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) 11/15/2013       

NSF: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) (stipends for international research) 11/25/2013

NSF: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) 11/26/2013



Executive Director, Environmental Science Center (ESC), Burien, WA (Deadline: October 11, 2013)

Environmental Technician- Groundwater Pollution Prevention (Limited Duration), City of Redmond (Redmond, WA) (Deadline: October 18, 2013)

Department Head for Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (closes 11/15/13).

Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) (open until filled), contact Stacie Hugney at slg9@psu.edu.

Assistant Professor of Geomorphology and Landscape Dynamics, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) (open until filled), contact Stacie Hugney at slg9@psu.edu.

Geoscientist; Assistant Professor in Department of Mathematics and Physical Science, The College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID) (application review begins 9/30/13).

Environmental Chemistry (post doc), National University of Singapore (closes 12/31/13), contact Alan Ziegler at geoadz@nus.edu.sg.



DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 | La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado) |  Application Deadline: February 28, 2013  

DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS) Symposium | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 | La Foret Conference Center Colorado Springs, CO |  Application Deadline February 28, 2013 

2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, Monday, November 4, 2013 - Thursday, November 7, 2013, Portland, OR at the Red Lion Hotel.

Stormwater Management Forum: "Roofs to Rivers", Thursday, October 10, 2013, Corvallis/Benton County Library (645 NW Monroe Ave), Hosted by the Benton County Environmental Issues Advisory Committee.



International Water Forum | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | Mercy Corps, 28 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR |  Safe drinking water is the root of a healthy society—but 800 million people around the globe still don’t have access to this critical human need and 2.5 billion lack even basic sanitation.   Solving this crucial issue has been a priority of many regional, national, and international organizations of late. It is also at the core of Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s bipartisan “Water for the World Act of 2013” that ensures water, sanitation, and hygiene programs are reflected in our development assistance; prioritizes long-lasting impacts of U.S. foreign aid dollars; and increases the focus on monitoring, evaluation, transparency and capacity building.   In this light, we would like to extend Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s invitation to his “International Water Form” on the evening of Tuesday, November 5th at Mercy Corps, 28 SW 1st Ave., in downtown Portland. The evening will begin with an interactive and fun tabling session at 5pm, followed by an exciting program at 6pm featuring speakers, panelists, and advocacy organizations who work each and every day to solve these issues.   Join the Congressman in raising awareness and helping to break the poverty cycle for many children, mothers and communities. You are encouraged to RSVP at www.Blumenauer.house.gov/WaterForum

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