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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves October 12, 2012


Tuesday, October 16, 4pm, Burt 193. Todd Jarvis (CEOAS) "Swimming the Hydro-Trifecta: Negotiations through the Lens of Water Security, Water Conflict Transformation, and Water Diplomacy". Larry Becker (CEOAS), "Changing Land in an African Urban Periphery".

Thursday, October 18th, 4pm, Gilfillan Hall.  "SWITCH" - Screening An Award-Winning Documentary Film about the Future of Global Energy Production and Use.

Friday, Oct. 19th 12-1pm, Burt 193. CEOAS 2012 Alumni Fellow Ellen Bishop: "Building a Stairway on the Ivory Tower: Communicating Science to a Skeptical Public."

Monday October 22, 4pm, Burt 193. Professor Luis Antonio Bittar Venturi Prof. Dr. do Departamento de Geografia - FFLCH - USP Coordenador do Programa de Pós Graduação em Geografia Física. "Water Resources: New Scenarios and Perspectives" *Dr. Venturi is a member of the Brazilian delegation visiting OSU for 10 days this October.

Funding Oppportunity

Oregon Sea Grant: Water Contaminants, Marine Debris. Sea Grant is soliciting research proposals for one-year grants on two topics of high priority to Oregon’s ocean and coast: Water contaminants, and tsunami-related marine debris. Total funding $80K. Due 11/5/12.

CEOAS Congrats!

Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy won the Best Credit Program and the Best Overall Program awards at the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators conference in San Diego last week. The Academy goals were to integrate the diverse areas of natural resources into the overarching theme of leadership in natural resource management, and to provide an environment for learning and the exchange of ideas among students, professionals and faculty.  The Steering Team members were Rebecca Badger, Lynette de Silva, Jessica DuPont, Chris LaBelle, Maurine Powell, Lisa Templeton, Aaron Wolf and Claire Cross.  Thanks to Tyler Hansen for writing the award submissions.

Tracy Vallier, who did an OSU Geosciences PhD under Bill Taubeneck, has been cited in the U.S. House of Representatives for his lifelong commitment to the geology of Hells Canyon. Bob Yeats notes, "He specialized in eastern Oregon petrology and geochemistry and then was a leading scientist in igneous rocks of the deep sea floor. Tracy is retired from the USGS and is now living in Ireland." http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/alumni/files/CongressRecordTracyVallier.pdf

Allison Danner, M.S. student in Water Resources Engineering, was awarded Best Student Poster for her research on climate change and dam operations in the McKenzie River Basin at the PNW Climate Conference in Boise, ID last week.

Aaron Wolf is featured in a new book, ‘Ecoliterate’.For details - http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/aaron-wolf-featured-in-new-book-ecoliterate/

Last but certainly not least...another round of virtual applause to our CEOAS Faculty & Staff 2012 award winners announced at last week's All College Meeting!Jack Dymond Excellence in Mentoring Award: Julia Jones, Pattullo Award for Excellence in Teaching: Burke Hales, Faculty Research Assistant Recognition Award: Andy Ross, Oustanding Classified Staff Recognition Award: Jim Dickson, Undergraduate Teaching Award: Andrew Meigs

Morning Edition 10/12/12- Tune in!

Debora Williams, a summer graduate (summa cum laude) from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences in our Environmental Sciences distance program, will be featured on NPR’s 10/12/12 Morning Edition in a segment called Closing the Loop at 6:35 and 8:35 AM.  Closing the Loop is a series of reports on the way North Floridians are coping with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Every Friday during Morning Edition we hear stories of residents who've experienced a drastic change in their lives because of the sluggish economy, and how they've adapted to this new reality. http://www.wjctondemand.org/ctl

Schmidt Ocean Institute and Marine Science & Technology Foundation- Call for Submissions

Schmidt Ocean Institute and Marine Science & Technology Foundation are accepting Expressions of Interest in collaborative oceanographic research and technology development through October 15, 2012.  Please find the submission instructions at the following web pages:



New NSF Proposal Guide; Changes to Biosketches

NSF's new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, effective 1/14/13, includes updates to the Grant Proposal Guide as well as Award and Administration Guide. There is a significant change to the Biographical Sketches portion of the proposal. No longer are researchers asked to list “relevant publications.” After January, researchers will be asked to list “relevant products” that may include "publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights." See an overview of the changes and links to updated guides at http://1.usa.gov/RfIXnq.

October Climate CIRCulator Newsletter

The October Climate CIRCulator Newsletter has just posted, check it out!:  Issue 6:  October Climate CIRCulator and subscribe!

R/V Oceanus

05 Oct/13 Oct Newport/Newport           Reimers, C/1061218    8/NSF-OCE-CO/F
13 Oct/16 Oct Newport/Newport           McManus, J/1147407    3/NSF-OCE-MGG/F
19 Oct/22 Oct Newport/Newport           Levine, M/1002547     3/NSF-Unspecified/F
25 Oct/03 Nov Newport/Newport           Levine, M/1002547     9/NSF-Unspecified/F
05 Nov/05 Nov Newport/Newport           
20 Dec/31 Dec Newport/Apra Harbor       Transit/              11/NSF-OCE/P

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

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Photo of the Week

photo of the week
At the end of August 2012, fisheries oceanographers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in the Balearic Islands (Patricia Reglero and Diego Alvarez), the NOAA in Miami (Barbara Muhling) and from CEOAS (Lorenzo Ciannelli) have met in Corvallis to work on Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) larval ecology. The group has compared the characteristics of larval habitats between the western Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico. Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest and the most commercially valued of the tuna species. In the last decades, the North Atlantic stocks have strongly declined. The biophysical attributes that characterize the habitats where these large animals aggregate to spawn and that influence the larval survival are still poorly known.

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