Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves February 22, 2013

Seminars & Defenses

Mon., February 25, 1pm, Wilk 203. Ph.D. Proposal Defense: Drew Bennett (Ph.D., Geography), Advisor: Dr. Hannah Gosnell. "Investing Upstream: A Social-Ecological Systems Perspective on Public Utility Investments in Ecosystem Services"

Tues., February 26, 3:30pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar Series: Prof. Chris Thomas (CEOAS/OSU) "Turbulence and decoupling in dense plant canopies."
Tues. February 26, 4pm, Wilk 108. GEM Seminar Series: Lauren Scott (Esri Spatial Statistics Team) "Beyond Mapping: Using Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS."
Wed. February 7th, 4pm, ALS 4000. Water Resources Seminar Series: Lisa Gaines (OSU Institute for Natural Resources) "The Road to Brown v. the Board of Education...and Beyond: People, Education, and the Environment."
Thu, February 28, 3:30pm, Burt 193. POA Special Seminar: Dr. Chris Polashenski (USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab). "The Wonderful World of Melt Ponds."
Thu, February 28, 4pm, Wilk 108. Geology Seminar Series: Bob Wiebe (UC Davis). "The Vinalhaven Intrusive Complex (Maine): Solidification and Episodic Rejuvenation of a Subvolcanic Magma Chamber."
Friday, March 1, 4pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar Series: Drew Bennett: "Now that we're a big happy CEOAS family, what's this human geography business about anyway?". Kevin Konrad: "Pacific plate motion: What we think we know and what we hope to know". Andrea Balbas: "Timing of the Missoula Floods"

Mon., March 4, 9am, Burt 193. Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Mr. Logan E. Mitchell (Ph.D., Geology), Advisor: Dr. Edward Brook. " The Late Holocene Atmospheric Methane Budget Reconstructed from Ice Cores".

Funding Opportunities

NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity. The campaign promotes novel, integrated approaches to identify and understand the evolutionary and ecological significance of biodiversity amidst the changing environment of the present day and in the geologic past. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and currently focuses on the integration of genetic, taxonomic/phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. This campaign requires that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes. A partnership with NASA will support the use of satellite remote sensing as a tool. Due: 5/6/13.

NSF: Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC). The goal of the WSC solicitation is to enhance the understanding and predict the interactions between the water system and land use changes (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, ecosystem function and services and climate change/variability through place-based research and integrative models. Due 9/10/13.

Your NSF-funded project may be eligible for I-Corps support. While I-Corps does not fund research, it does target NSF researchers to receive additional support – in the form of entrepreneurial mentoring and funding -- to accelerate tech-transfer and explore commercialization of research outcomes. The I-Corps eligibility for an award extends to the PI, Co-PIs, Senior Personnel, Post-Docs, Professional Staff or others who were supportedunder the award. The prior award could range from a modest single-investigator award to a large, distributed center and also includes awards involving students such as REU Sites. Find out more about I-Corps here.

Job Opportunities

Faculty Position Location: Seattle, WA. The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) announces a search for an outstanding candidate for a faculty position in the area of systems-driven biology employing contemporary technologies and analytical tools.  The ideal applicant should have demonstrated success in obtaining support for independent research projects and a strong publication record.  Ideally the candidate will be interested in innovative interdisciplinary approaches to important problems in biology. ISB’s multi-disciplinary scientific staff tightly integratesbiologists, technologists (physicists, chemists, and engineers), computer scientists and mathematicians, complemented by an extensive array of academic and industrial collaborators.  ISB’s computational capabilities are in biological modeling and simulation, data mining, statistical methods for bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics, and the design of large-scale biological databases. ISB's technical capacities include genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and single-cell analyses.  Accordingly, ISB is equipped with an impressive technology and computation infrastructure to support all aspects of systems biology and systems medicine. Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a description of their research interests and plans by visiting our Careers page at https://www.systemsbiology.org/open-positions. ISB is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V/EOE).

Oregon State University seeks a full-time Director to lead and grow its university-wide Center for Research on Lifelong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Learning.  The Center was established in 2012 with a mission to conduct research and development that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEM learners and practitioners.  The Center is unique in its focus on learning research across disciplines, the lifespan and all settings (in and out of school). A PhD. in a relevant field, a minimum of 5 years conducting STEM relevant learning research, and a demonstrated track record of successful grant writing and fund raising are required. The successful candidate will possess superior skills in writing, listening, speaking, fundraising, networking, collaboration, and substantial knowledge of the STEM learning/education policy landscape and current research literature. For more information go to: http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu  For full consideration apply by April 14, 2013 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and search for position number 0010269. 


Join us for the 2013 Salmon Bowl hosted by CEOAS. The Salmon Bowl is a nationally recognized marine science competition hosted the OSU each year.  It is an opportunity for regional high school students to compete at the regional level for a  chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the national competition.  Students answer questions about ocean chemistry, physics, biology, and social science in a rigorous and dramatic game style setting.  The event is staffed by volunteers from the community and is supported by local business, and most importantly, by our very own college.  Rounds are held throughout the day on Saturday February 23rd and take place in Wilkinson Hall.  Final rounds start at 3:45 and take place in Gilfilan Auditorium!

CEOAS Congrats

CEOAS G&G grad student Julia Rosen was featured in this excellent piece in Terra on her work in the Ice Core Laboratory. Check it out here!

GeoPRISMS judges awarded CEOAS G&G grad student Brad Pitcher with a 2012 AGU poster honorable mention.

Congrats to our great students!

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa is a new open-access, nonprofit journal, supported by BioOne, and libraries at five collaborating academic institutions: Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington. Elementa follows the example of organizations such as PLoS, who offers peer-reviewed research to academics worldwide on an open-access, public-good basis.  Elementa aims to facilitate scientific solutions to the challenges presented by this era of accelerated human impact on natural systems.  It is committed to the rapid publication of technically sound, peer-reviewed articles that address interactions between human and natural systems and behaviors.  Six knowledge domains form the structure of the publication, each headed by an Editor-in-Chief, Atmospheric Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Ecology, Ocean Science, Sustainable Engineering, and Sustainability Sciences.  Here's an article with an overview of Elementahttp://now.dartmouth.edu/2012/10/dartmouth-and-partners-launch-elementa-a-new-scientific-journal/


Staffing Update

Professor Janet Webster has been appointed Interim Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, in Newport.   Janet is an exceptional librarian and colleague and HMSC will benefit greatly by having her at the helm for the next few months.  Janet will continue .5 FTE in her role as Head of the Guin Library and will continue to work with CEOAS, Department of Fisheries and  Wildlife, and the College of Veterinary Medicine during this time. 

Food Drive Update--Only $50 to reach matching fund!

Don't forget, we have a generous CEOAS faculty member amgonst us who has offered to match each and every cash/check donation to the Linn-Benton Food Share for up to a total of $250. That match DOES NOT include money raised from the bake sale, WE ONLY HAVE $50 TO GO...we can do it!! Please give donations to Jane Cigarran in CEOAS Admin 203. We are sooo close...look for an added incentive by the coffee station in CEOAS Admin this morning.

Housing Available

Studio/office space available for rent- It is a separate building behind the homeowner, so it is secluded and very quiet. It's located at 10th and Filmore and would be available to rent around March 15th. It would work well for a single tenant, but would also work as a cozy accommodation for two. It has a big living room, big bedroom, kitchen w/ appliances, small bathroom w/ shower. The hot water heater and the gas furnace work fine. There is a full-house, habitable attic upstairs. Right now there is a comfortable single bed up there which belongs to the homeowner, but will remain and is usable.  There is a  double futon mattress in the downstairs bedroom.  There is a small sofa and table(s) that the current tenants own and would be willing to sell. It is about ~ 900 sq. ft, but a lot of the square footage is the attic space. There's lots of room for storage both downstairs and upstairs. The current tenants have been paying $690 + $25 to tie into the owner's wifi internet + $10 for water.  Gas and electricity is in the tenants name. The homeowner's preference (and the neighbors too I'd imagine) is for quiet, mature, graduate student/ professional people. Contact:  Shawna Harvey shawna.harvey@oregonstate.edu

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
FRA Valerie Adair stranded in the snow seven miles into the forest on a groomed service road on Newberry Volcano when the track fell off the rented Polaris. The powder was four feet deep and snowshoes were needed to access monitoring sites hidden in the woods. Everything turned out okay--no one froze or was eaten by wolves. Photo and snow calligraphy courtesy of Tristan Peery, February 6th, 2013.

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