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A newsletter of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University | Fall 2015 Issue

As the new interim dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, I'd like to introduce myself to our alumni, friends and supporters. I'd also like to acknowledge former Dean Mark Abbott and his efforts toward building an internationally recognized program in the earth system sciences. We wish him well at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

For those of you who don't know me, I have been a faculty member at Oregon State University for nearly 20 years, where I have taught hydrogeology and introductory geology courses. I am also a hydrologist, and have worked primarily on how water transports solutes and heat. Applications of my work have included groundwater remediation, nuclear waste disposal, groundwater-surface water problems, and carbon and nutrients in streams. I now wear the hat of CEOAS dean — an exciting prospect full of opportunity. Looking ahead, I aim to spend time engaging with our constituents to get a better sense of the CEOAS ethos and how we can move toward continued excellence. Stay tuned.

While I have only been on the job for a few weeks, I have some updates to share. We are happy to report that the college received its largest gift to date by an anonymous donor to fund sea-going experiential learning. This gift will fund the equivalent of 10 days of ship time aboard R/V Oceanus to host two, five-day classes in each of the next five years. Consequently, every student who enrolls in our new Ocean Science option will go to sea. Our new Climate Science option will soon be unveiled, and our ongoing letter campaign to raise funds for the Geology Field Camp has fetched over $10,000. The funds will ensure continued success of this 80-year experiential learning program. Way to go team!

The Environmental Sciences undergraduate program is thriving under the leadership of Larry Becker. We aim to build a scholarship endowment to help recruit and retain students passionate about environmental sciences. We will launch a targeted campaign in the spring, so don't be surprised if a student gives you a call.

In the meantime, please enjoy the fall 2015 issue of Elements. You can read about Ed Brook and his climate research in Antarctica, George Waldbusser and his collaboration with the oyster industry and Karen Shell and her path to discovering computational physics in the atmospheric sciences.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as dean. I look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Kind regards,

Roy Haggerty
Interim Dean
Hollis M. Dole Professorship in Environmental Geology
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

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Ed Brook
Paleoclimatologist Ed Brook is collecting ice cores from Antarctica to understand the Earth's ancient atmosphere and future climate scenarios.


George Waldbusser
Oyster Believers
While the general public remains skeptical about the impacts of ocean acidification, a growing number of oyster growers have become believers, says marine ecologist George Waldbusser.


Karen Shell
At the Boundary
Atmospheric scientist Karen Shell found her calling at the seams of science, where climate change, modeling and physics come together.
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Oregon State University
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