A newsletter of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University | Fall 2017 Issue

Roberta Marinelli

CEOAS Definition
noun (pronounced SEE-ose): a nationally ranked, comprehensive earth system science college at Oregon State University.

Greetings to our CEOAS alumni and friends. Fall term at Oregon State is well underway, and the energy on campus inspires renewed excitement about the year ahead. As a college, we are also taking the long view, embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process that will provide our roadmap and guiding ethos of excellence for the next five to ten years. We expect to roll out our strategic goals and an implementation plan in the spring of 2018.

Our Regional Class Research Vessel project just received the largest grant in the university’s history. We are proud to be at the helm of the nation’s next state-of-the-art research vessels for coastal and continental shelf research. Oregon State also kicked off its OSU150 event in celebration of becoming the state’s official land grant institution in 1868. Visit the OSU150 events page to learn more.

This fall we say hello to new faces and goodbye to old friends who have served us well. Besides hundreds of new undergraduate and graduate students, we also welcome three new associate deans: Eric Kirby, associate dean for academic programs; Philip Mote, associate dean for strategic initiatives; and Tuba Ozkan-Haller, associate dean for research and faculty advancement. We say a hearty farewell to Anita Grunder in her post as associate dean for academic programs, although we are thrilled that she will stay involved in CEOAS as an emerita faculty member.

You can read more about us in the stories below. Keep an eye out for the print issue of Elements (coming this December), in which we celebrate graduate education and announce a new fundraising effort. Until then, happy fall!

Roberta Marinelli, dean

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Friends Events

  • New Orleans – AGU Alumni Reception (Dec. 13)

  • Portland – State of the University (Feb. 1)

  • Portland – Ocean Sciences Meeting Alumni Reception (Feb. 12)

Alumni in the News

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Zoe Kilmer
Studying the water wars
Hannah Gosnell studies the emergence of adaptive governance in addressing global environmental issues, including the Klamath water wars.


REU students
Getting their sea legs
Within days of arriving at Oregon State University in mid-June, a trio of intrepid summer undergraduate students plunged headfirst into the literal ups and downs of ship-board oceanographic research on a three-day research cruise off the Oregon coast.


Larry O'Neill
Storm chaser
As a child in South Dakota, Larry O'Neill used to watch thunderstorms roil over the Black Hills. Now he studies storms within the Gulf Stream.

Alumni Profile

Jeremy Childress
Jeremy Childress: From CEOAS to CEO
Jeremy Childress (MRM ’10) is President and CEO of The Sexton Co., a company that designs and manufactures custom underwater housings for cameras and scientific instruments.

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Comments, suggestions and feedback may be sent to Abby P. Metzger.

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