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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves January 25, 2013


Tuesday, January 29th, 11am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar: Dr. Louise Copeman (Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport) "Marine Lipids Research: applications for fisheries, trophic ecology and aquaculture".

Tuesday, January 29th, 3:30pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar Series: Travis O'Brien (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), "The Recent Decline of Coastal Fog and the Drying of the Coastal Boundary Layer"

Tuesday, January 29th, 4pm, Wilk 108. GEM Seminar Series: Michael E. Campana, (CEOAS). "Geography Program Evolution of a Potable Water Partnership in Rural Honduras".

Wednesday, January 30th, 10am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar: Dr. Holly Campbell (OSU). "Coastal Water Quality and Political Runoff".

Wednesday, January 30th, 4pm, ALS 4000. Water Resources Seminar Series: Chad Higgins, (OSU, Biological & Ecological Engineering). "The nexus of energy water and agriculture: managing and incorporating spatial variability".

Thursday, January 31st,  11am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar: Dr. Abigail Noble (Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "Hybrid-Type Metal Biogeochemical Cycling: From basin scale to ocean scale and back to the coast".

Thursday, January 31st, 4pm, Wilk 108. Geology Seminar Series: Magali Billen (UC Davis). "From the Outer Rise to the Transition Zone: Observations and Models of Plate and Mantle Deformation During Subduction".

Friday, February 1st, 10am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar: Dr. Yan Hu (Geophysical Institute, Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks). "Upper mantle rheology gleaned from earthquake cycle deformation and glacial isostatic adjustment".

Friday, Feb. 1st, 12pm, Wilk 108. Geology Public Seminar: Magali Billen (UC Davis). "Going Down Fighting: Deformation and Destruction of Sinking Tectonic Plates"

Friday, Feb. 1st, 4-5pm, Burt 193. Student Forum Seminar Series: Katy Serafin, "Extreme Total Water Levels: Forecasting present and future coastal hazards."
Thomas Bauska, "If land carbon regulated atmospheric CO2 during the preindustrial, what (or who) regulated land carbon?".

Tuesday, February 5th, 11am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar. Dr. Alex Pullen (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Rochester). "The Tibetan Plateau from the asthenosphere to the atmosphere".

Funding Opportunities

NSF: Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS). The GSS Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Investigations are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda. Due 2/14/13.

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences. The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components. The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the solid phase, the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how such interactions and couplings are altered by land use and climate change. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. Due 6/3/13, 12/5/13.

OSU Research Office: Letters of intent for NSF IGERT program. The NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office: 3/1/13. Guidance for preparation at http://bit.ly/UBjCrc. If you have questions, contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

Job Opportunity

The Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure track position in Climate Science at the assistant or associate professor level. Candidates must have a Ph.D., broad scientific experience in climate change science and knowledge of its impacts on specific environments. The candidate should have an outstanding research record in one or more of the following areas: biogeochemistry and climate variability; climate and landscape change at short or long time scales; climate variability and the water cycle. Candidates who can demonstrate the impact of their research within contemporary climate change knowledge will be welcome. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses in the new Masters in Climate Change program, as well as physical geography-related undergraduate courses in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management in the Faculty of Environment. The Department of Geography and Environmental Management has a strong reputation for teaching and research in both the human and physical dimensions of climate change.  It is part of the Faculty of Environment, which also includes the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, the School of Planning, the School for Environment Enterprise and Development, and the Centre for Knowledge Integration. The Faculty is also home to the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change. For additional information see:  http://www.environment.uwaterloo.ca/

The anticipated starting date is July 1st, 2013 or before.  Applications must include statements of career objectives, research interests, and the applicant’s approach to teaching and learning.  Applicants must also include with the letter of application a C.V. and the names (with contact information) of four referees. Referees will be contacted for those included in the short list after an initial review of applications that will commence on March 15th, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  The appointment is subject to budgetary approval.

Applications should be sent to: Chair, Climate Science Search Committee, Department of Geography & Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 gemchair@uwaterloo.ca

The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native persons, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

CEOAS Public Relations Undergraduate Ambassadors

Faculty- please encourage students  to apply to be an undergrad ambassador! More details here.

As a PR Ambassador, a UG Ambassador will be responsible for assisting in the promotion of educational activities and opportunities that are available through the College. They will rely heavily on their own personal experience in your major as well as learning about the broad variety of activities within the College. They will be asked to talk to prospective students, their families, the general public, and alumni. In short, to be the friendly, informed, and professional representative of the undergraduate experience in the College. 

CEOAS Congrats

In the last week not one but TWO special deliveries were welcomed in to the CEOAS family!

Thursday, January 17th at 9:17 am, Dongwha Sohn and her husband Changsung welcomed baby Ryan in to the world at a healthy weight of 2.914 kg (6lbs 4oz).

Realizing there was competition for CEOAS baby of the week, Shasta Alexandra Yalcin was born 9:44 pm January 21. 6 pounds 14 ounces. Mom (Rebecca), Dad (Kaplan) and baby are doing great.

Both babies are tied on the cuteness chart with a soild 10 out of 10 rating.

In non-baby news, Elizabeth Brunner, a M.S. student in the OEB discipline working with Dr.George Waldbusser has been selected to present her work in a special Spotlight Session at the upcoming World Aquaculture/American Fisheries Society/National Shellfisheries Association Triennial Meeting. Spotlight Sessions are a way to highlight the award winning works from students and talks are selected based on the scholarly merits of the submitted abstract.

A hearty congrats to all!!

Increasing Diversity in Earth Sciences (IDES) - Become a mentor!

Please contact Lalo Guerrero (Eduardo.Guerrero@geo.oregonstate.edu) if you are interested in participating or would like more information about becoming a faculty mentor with the Increasing Diversity in Earth Sciences (IDES) program in CEOAS. Mentors have the opportunity to direct a potential undergraduate research project over the course of two summers with a single undergraduate student and are encouraged to involve the student in their lab over the course of two years.  Students are supported by the IDES program during the academic year, and mentors are expected to provide summer funding (equivalent to 30 hours for 10 weeks each summer).  All active NSF grants can potentially receive additional funding for undergraduate student support, since IDES is funded through the Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (NSF-OEDG); contact your program manager soon if interested.  If you would like your profile to be included in the IDES recruiting website, contact Lalo by Friday Feb. 1.

Proposal Reminders

With the upcoming February 15 NSF proposal deadline, please remember the following two things:

1) To set up approval routing in Cayuse, use the pull-down menu to "Select your Organization Code." For most CEOAS researchers*, this code is "261120 Oceanic and Atmos Science" or "261220 OAS-Geosciences Operations." Please do NOT select 260000 "College Of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences," as this skips the approval step by Jon Loftus, CEOAS Accounting, and goes directly to the Dean. The next line asks for Primary Administrative Contact. Select "Jonathan Loftus." *Other CEOAS codes are: OCCRI (261150 Climate Center), OOI (261140 Ocean Observing Init Network), CIOSS (261130 Oceanic Satellite Studies) and Ship Ops (262000 Ship Operations).

2) Please remember to submit your CEOAS Infrastructure Form, available as a fillable PDF at http://www.ceoas.oregonstate.edu/facultystaff/files/facilities_infrastructure_planning.pdf.

Please attach the PDF to your Cayuse SP under Attachments.

January Climate CIRCulator Issue 1- Online Now!

The Climate CIRCulator is brought to you by The Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI). Check it out here!

Summer House Exchange- Berkeley

UCB emeritus couple wish to exchange 2200 sq. ft. Berkeley/Oakland Hills home for comfortable accomodations in Corvallis to welcome birth of twin grandchildren to OSU faculty/staff during June-August. Dates are flexible. House is in Montclair 6 miles from UC campus: two stories (and decks), beautiful Bay views, 2+ bedrooms, large study, 3 baths, 2 car carport, gorgeous Asian garden w/ waterfall. Phone 510/339-1025 or write hpp@berkeley.edu. Herbert P. Phillips, Emeritus Professor, UCB


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Photo of the Week

photo of the week
CEOAS team in the Dead Sea doing the OSU sign (or attempting to!). The students had all just presented at a student conference on Water and Security in Jerusalem. While students from around the world were there, OSU had the strongest showing. Pictured are: CEOAS student Mariya Pak, fiancee Daniel, Aaron Wolf, CEOAS students Mousa Diabat, Jacob Petersen-Perlman, and Julie Watson, former CEOAS post-doc Lucia DeStefano, recent CEOAS grad Allison Doniger, and Aaron's son, Eitan.

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