Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves March 9, 2012


Tue., 13 March, Noon, Burt 193. Ocean Ecology & Biogeochemistry Seminar. Charlie Miller, Professor Emeritus, CEOAS: "Ocean Fe Fertilization Revisited."

Tue., 13 March., 3 p.m., Burt 193. Physics of Oceans and Atmosphere Seminar. Karen Shell, CEOAS: "Using Relative Humidity as a State Variable in Climate Feedback Analysis."

Tue., 13 March., 4 p.m., Wilk. 108. GEM Geospatial Intelligence and Planning Seminar. Anthony Veltri, US Forest Service: "Map. Manage. Minimize Risk."

Weds., 14 March., 4 p.m., Burt 193. GEM Geospatial Intelligence and Planning Seminar. Keun-Hyung Choi, International Cooperative Programs, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute: "Recent Collapse of Crustacean Zooplankton in the Northern East China Sea: Effect of Three Gorges Dam?"

Thur., 15 March, 4 p.m., Gilfillan Auditorium. Geology Colloquium. Stephen Barker, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, and CEOAS Courtesy: "Interactions between Millennial and Orbital-Timescale Variations in Earth's Climate."

Student Seminars

Fri., 9 March, 4 p.m., Burt 193. OC 407/507/607 Student Seminar. No Seminars this week.

Funding Opportunities

DOE: Geosciences Research. Focuses on new approaches to understand the subsurface physical properties of fluids, rocks, and minerals and develops techniques for determining such properties at a distance. The activity includes improved small-scale imaging of chemical processes and properties using x-ray sources, neutron sources, and scanning microscopy, and improved large-scale imaging of physical processes and properties using seismic, electromagnetic and other sensing technology. Geosciences activities will link physical and chemical investigations with improved analytical capabilities and with computational capabilities at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales to provide understanding of geoscience processes occurring at natural time and length scales. Priority in funding is placed on research with multiple potential applications areas. Due 4/1/12, 9/30/12.

DOE: Climate and Environmental Sciences. Supports research on the factors determining the role of different types of clouds, atmospheric particles, and greenhouse gases. BER also supports research to understand the impacts of climatic change - warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased levels of greenhouse gases, changing distributions of weather extremes - on different ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, and farmland. Finally, the Earth's subsurface is critical in understanding the role that biogeochemical processes play in controlling the cycling and mobility of materials in the subsurface and across key surface-subsurface interfaces in the environment. Due 4/1/12, 9/30/12.

NSF: Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Science (AAGS). AAGS focuses on three domains: (1) Antarctic middle and upper atmosphere; (2) Antarctic geospace research on solar wind interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere; (3) Antarctic astronomy and astrophysical studies of the Universe, including cosmic ray and solar physics, focus on fundamental physics issues and history of the Universe. Major goal of the AAGS program is to sponsor "cutting-edge" and new emerging research areas that require or benefit from the unique atmospheric or other conditions of the southern polar region. Interdisciplinary studies that might help improving our understanding of potential solar activity forcing on the polar neutral atmosphere are especially encouraged. Due 5/31/12.

NSF: Anarctic Earth Sciences (AES). AES encourages and supports field, laboratory, and theoretical work in both terrestrial and marine settings in the fields of geology, geophysics, and other areas of earth sciences. The program also supports research at the intersection between earth sciences and biology, glaciology, and oceanography and considers proposals jointly with the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program as appropriate. Due 5/31/12.

NSF: Anarctic Glaciology (AG). AG encompasses the study of the continental East Antarctic Ice Sheet as well as the marine-based West Antarctic Ice Sheet and supports research on the floating ice shelves fringing the continent, as well as the glaciers draining the interior. Another key area of interest is determining the Cenozoic history of the ice sheet. Recent program emphases include the study of climate change from ice cores; numerical modeling of the ice sheet and numerous ice streams around the continent; the glacial geologic record preserved in sediments around the continent; and studies of the dynamics of the ice sheet. Due 5/31/12.

NSF: Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (AOAS). AOAS is intended to foster advances in understanding of the physics and chemistry of both oceanic and lower atmospheric processes and environments at high southern latitudes and their links at local, regional and global scales across the Antarctic continent and Southern Ocean. Innovative approaches involving surface and/or satellite-based field observations and/or modeling studies are particularly encouraged. Major program elements include but are not limited to: (1) physical oceanographic studies; (2) meteorological studies; (3) climate dynamics studies; (4) atmospheric chemistry studies; (5) chemical oceanographic studies; and (6) sea-ice studies. Due 5/31/12.

TEDxOSU Applications Sought

On April 17, OSU will host a TEDxOSU event highlighting innovations that address the needs of our planet in the future, with the intent to feature OSU faculty and research being done at OSU and by alumni. Organizers are currently accepting applications for presenters. For more info, contact: Jennifer Villalobos, mailto:jennifer.villalobos@bus.oregonstate.edu. https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4851&cmd=survey

ESUP Director Position

As many of you know, Pat Muir is stepping down from her position as Director of the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program in June of this year. Pat has greatly enjoyed her time working with the program, but feels it is time for the program to be led by someone with new visions. She is eager to help recruit someone great to take the reins! Please disseminate widely the position description/job announcement (see Employment Opportunities on the COAS Webpage http://www.coas.oregonstate.edu/index.cfm?content.display&pageID=123 or posting number 0008679 on the OSU jobs site) The position is open to tenure-track or tenured faculty members from any unit at OSU. Pat would be happy to talk with anyone who might be interested in the position – to answer questions, share her experiences with the program, etc.

Revised Criteria - 2011 Recognition of Authors

OSU is extending the 2011 Recognition of Authors to include edited collections/volumes of original scholarship. It is felt that a considerable amount of work goes into editing these pieces of original scholarship and feel they should be recognized accordingly. Again, the recognition is for book authors and editors of collections/volumes with a copyright date of 2011 Recognition will occur during the spring recognition event to be held during the week of 7 May 2012. If you qualify, please contact Kay Yates (kyates@coas.oregonstate.edu) for a submission form and return to her by Thur., 29 March 2012.

Selected Faculty Award Nominations

OSU honors outstanding contributions and performance by OSU faculty through several major awards. The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards campus-wide:

  • Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
  • International Service Award
  • D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
  • OSU Academic Advising Award
  • OSU Alumni Assoc. Distinguished Professor Award
  • OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship
  • OSU Outreach and Engagement Award
  • OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
  • Promising Scholar Award
  • Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
  • Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award
  • Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award
Criteria for each award, as well as required nomination forms, can be found on the Nomination Awards site at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/. All nomination materials must be submitted by 4/6/12 to: Faculty Recognition & Awards Comm., c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey.

Staff Fee Privileges Forms

As a reminder, please note the deadlines below, for submission of Spring Term 2012 Staff Fee Privileges Approval Forms.
3/19/12 - Deadline for OSU dependents enrolling at another OUS University.
3/28/12 - Deadline for OSU employee enrolling at another OUS University.
4/27/12 - Deadline for OSU employee or dependent enrolling at OSU.
The link to the Staff Fee Privileges Approval Form, information and instructions: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html
Please return completed forms to: Forestry & Oceanic Business Center (FOBC), 154 Peavy Hall, Attn: Susan Ullstad. If the form is submitted after the deadlines noted above, you will be responsible for accrued billing and interest charges and late registration fees, or you may be denied staff fee rates at the discretion of the institution. If you miss the deadline, please contact Susan Ullstad, FOBC, susan.ullstad@oregonstate.edu, for appeal process information and instructions.

Recycle Your Corrugated Cardboard

Please be aware that corrugated cardboard does NOT get removed by the OSU recycling team. It is up to YOU to take your corrugated cardboard out to the wire containers specifically set up for this purpose. There is a large bin marked for corrugated cardboard in the loading dock area between Burt 1, Burt 2 and Wilkinson, as well as one near CEOAS Admin. Please don’t leave your corrugated cardboard in one of the copy rooms or in any hallway; it should be flattened and taken to the proper recycling area. Thanks for paying attention to this spreading problem.

Baby News

Congratulations to Anna Kelbert and Sasha Perlin on the birth of their son, Boris Perlin, who was born on Jan. 30, 2012, weighing 8 lbs 7 oz (he’s up to 11 lbs already!).

Spring Ahead

Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night (3/10)!

Oceanus Shakedown Cruise

Demian Bailey points us to an account of the Oceanus Shakedown Cruise on March 7, including photos, at: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/breakingwaves/2012/03/08/rv-oceanus-shakedown-cruise/.

R/V Wecoma

01 Jan. - 23 Mar., Newport, Patiently waiting

R/V Oceanus

23 Feb. - 25 Mar., Newport, maintenance
14 Mar. - 15 Mar., Newport, Inspection
27 Mar. - 31 Mar., Newport, Levine, OSU/CMOP-Renewal
16 Apr. - 18 Apr., Newport, McManus, OSU/Nd in Sediments

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Launching a glider.

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