Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves March 15, 2013

Seminars & Defenses

Monday March 18th, 12pm,  Wilkinson 106. Community College Outreach: A round table discussion on creating graduate-community college student connections. We invite you to join us in a discussion on the ways that graduate students can participate in community college outreach. This will be an informal meeting so please bring your ideas of outreach activities. If you were once a community college student, what worked for you to transfer successfully and enter a graduate program? What community college connections do we already have?

Tuesday, March 19, 12:30pm, Burt 193. Webinar w/ Tim Cowles (OOI Director). Update of recent OOI activities related to 2013 and 2014 deployments.  We also will provide an overview of the default sampling strategy for the instruments to be deployed at Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska (summer, 2013) and in the Irminger Sea (summer, 2014). The Webinar will include a Q&A session.  Participants may submit questions in advance via the OOI website and will be able to submit questions, via chat, during the Webinar session.

Wednesday, March 20, 11am, Burt 193. Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Richard Anthes (UCAR). "Demons and Butterflies: Weather predictions and predictability theory." PUBLIC LECTURE: Wednesday, 4pm, MU 109. "Weather Forecasting over the Ages- From Folklore to Science." *reception to follow in MU Lounge.

Thursday, March 21, 12pm, Burt 193. M.S. Thesis Defense: Mr. Brian Burkhardt (M.S., Oceanography (Chemical)) Advisor: Dr. Angelicque White. “Remineralization of Marine Organic Matter."

Thursday March 21, 1pm, Kidder 202. M. S. Thesis Defense: Ms. Allison Danner (M.S., Water Resources Engineering) Advisor: Dr. Gordon Grant. “ Will We Need to Change the Rules: Assessing the Implications of Climate Change for Dam Operations in Oregon’s McKenzie River Basin." Also streaming online (more information here: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/80375/)

Funding Opportunities

NSF: Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM). The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of a global Geospace General Circulation Model (GGCM) with predictive capability. Due 10/15/13.

NSF: Arctic Natural Sciences. Areas of special interest include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, arctic atmospheric and oceanic dynamics and climatology, arctic geological and glaciological processes, and their connectivity to lower latitudes. Due 10/18/13.

NSF: Arctic Observing Network. This program requests proposals for projects that will contribute to the further development of the Arctic Observing Network and enable the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH). Due 10/18/13.

NSF: Arctic Research Support and Logistics. RSL will support establishing or maintaining long-term observation data sets; data acquisitions or collection; facility operations; field work. (Data acquisitions include the development of components of geospatial information infrastructure to benefit the arctic research community.) Due 10/18/14.

 NSF: Arctic Social Sciences. Although unsolicited proposals in social sciences are welcome, areas of interest include culture and environment, resources and economic change, development of social and political institutions, ethnic and regional identities, and knowledge systems. Due 10/18/13.

NSF: Arctic System Science. A proposal suitable for competition in the ARCSS program will normally be expected to:

- determine or investigate the important relations amongst components of the arctic system,

- help explain the range of states for the arctic system, or

- contribute significantly to our understanding of the structure and function of the arctic system through synthesis and further study.

Due 10/18/13.

NSF: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems. Promotes interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Due 11/19/13.

2013 Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge: Our world is changing faster than ever before--technology is developing at an unprecedented rate and the world faces extraordinary challenges with solutions based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). What is needed to prepare STEM graduate students to meet these modern day challenges? Fundamental changes are also occurring in the career options for STEM professionals. What is necessary to navigate the career pathways of the future? The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges STEM graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward, for example, students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education.

Job & Internship Opportunities

Metron’s CETUS division. Seeking research analyst and ocean engineering opportunities available in the fields of unmanned underwater vehicle systems, autonomy, control and simulation with Metron, a scientific consulting company.  Undergraduate and graduate student interest is welcomed. Metron applies expertise in statistical inference, operations research, physical modeling, and software development to the defense industry problems. US citizenship required. For more information see:



New to planning oceanographic field work?  Wondering how to request research vessel time, or to request a submersible or ROV?  Needing samples or wire-time to initiate a research project?  If so, take part in the 2013 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise.  This cruise and a pre-cruise information short course will instruct early career marine scientists including PhD students on how to effectively plan for, acquire, utilize and report on time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education. The full program will take place from October 16-25, 2013, beginning and ending at the University of Rhode Island Marine Operation Facilities in Narragansett, RI, and will include a 7-day cruise on the R/V Endeavor to (October 18-24) at sea locations in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs (from within the U.S. only), research supplies and shipping. However, space is limited. To apply you must be an employee or student at a U.S. institution or a U.S. citizen working abroad. To be considered, applications must be received by April 1st, 2013. See our webpage to learn more about this exciting opportunity and to submit an application form: http://www.unols.org/2013ChiefScientistTraining_announcement.html

Met One Instruments of Grants Pass Oregon in donating a weather station for use at the new track facility on campus.  They are looking for a student or two that would be interested in helping configure, operate and maintain the system.  This is a non-paid opportunity but should provide good experience to someone with interest in instrumentation and exploring new ways of incorporating data into new technologies.  If interested, please contact Phil Barbour at: Barbourp@coas.oregonstate.edu.

CEOAS Congrats

Geography MS student Denise Costello will be attending the 'Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium' in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-11 April, to present a poster on her research, 'Safe Water Access For Rural Communities in Northern Afghanistan'. Her work is funded by the Gray Family Foundation.

Michael E. Campana served as the Consulting Editor for the March 2013 'Water Is Life' issue of Odyssey Magazine, a science publication for children ages 10-16. http://www.odysseymagazine.com/pages/currnt.asp

BABY NEWS! CEOAS Assistant Professor Simon de Szoeke and his wife Suzanne are thrilled to announce the birth of Leif Auden de Szoeke. He was born at 11:45pm on March 6 and weighed in at 5 lbs 15 oz....and he's really cute!

CALL FOR NOMINEES: Outstanding Student Service to the College Award (G/UG)

As part of our end of year Student Awards celebration (May 31st, 4:30pm at McAlexander Field House... SAVE THE DATE!) we will be honoring both an Undergrad and Graduate CEOAS student who has shown outstanding service to the College. Please send your nominations to me along with a few sentences as to why your nominee has shown great service, leadership, enthusiasm, etc. to CEOAS. NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY ME NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 8th.

Reminder: Employee Handbook Online

Just a friendly reminder that our CEOAS Employee handbook is available for reference online and is updated regularly. There are most definitely some areas still in need of attention but pleae note the Term Instructor compensation policy has just been added. Check back for more updates...

Westwind Spring Stewardship Weekend- March 22-24, 2013

The Westwind Stewardship Group (WSG) invites you for a weekend of exploration, conversation, and if you so choose, spring cleaning, and site work. Westwind is a pristine 500 acre site on the Oregon Coast. It contains forest, estuary, and marine ecosystems and is part of a designated UN Biosphere Reserve. For more information and photos, www.westwind.org. Stewardship Weekends are great for learning about, or reconnecting with Westwind, engaging in thoughtful discussion and sharing fun and worthwhile work with others. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Westwind site and talk with board and staff about ways Westwind can reinforce curriculum, provide thesis projects, and offer group volunteer activities. This Spring’s Stewardship Weekend will also have a Saturday evening presentation by Ian Boyden, a painter and bookmaker who grew up in the Salmon River estuary across from Westwind.
Participation in Stewardship weekends is by reservation only (contact information below) and on a first-come, first-served basis (limit is 60 participants). Meals, beds, tools and instruction are provided. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. For those who can, WSG asks for a voluntary $50 donation per person to cover food costs. If you have food restrictions, please let us know.

March Climate CIRCulator

The March Climate CIRCulator is available for viewing and is brought to you by The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and The Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC).  If you would like to subscribe to the Climate CIRCulator click here .

Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines

Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines series will focus on how other disciplines study climate change, present the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and provide an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.  This session will feature Chris Daly, Hilary Boudet and Raymond Malewitz.  March 20, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348.  RSVP’s appreciated: 541-737-5705

R/V Oceanus

04 Mar/09 Mar Newport/Cordova           Transit/              6/NAVY-NRL/F
11 Mar/22 Mar Cordova/Cordova           wang, d/              13/NAVY-NRL/F
24 Mar/30 Mar Cordova/Newport           Transit/              7/NSF-OCE-BIO/F
03 Apr/15 Apr Newport/Newport           Smith, C/1155703      12/NSF-OCE-BIO/F
18 Apr/23 Apr Newport/Newport           Thomson, J/           5/NAVY-ONR-OAS/F
26 Apr/02 May Newport/Newport           Levine, M/1002547     6/NSF-Unspecified/F
05 May/16 May Newport/Newport           Nabelek, J/1131767    11/NSF-OCE-MGG/F
19 May/31 May Newport/Newport           Reeder, D/N0001413WX20043 13/NAVY-ONR-OAS/F
03 Jun/14 Jun Newport/Newport           Toomey, D/1139701     11/NSF-OCE-MGG/F
17 Jun/23 Jun Newport/Newport           Toomey, D/1139701     6/NSF-OCE-MGG/F
26 Jun/03 Jul Newport/Newport           Bibee, L/             7/NAVY-NRL/F
07 Jul/17 Jul Newport/Newport           Reimers, C/1061218    8/NSF-OCE-CO/F
                                        McManus, J/1147407    2/NSF-OCE-MGG/F

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Top: Daryl Swensen shovels snow off Oceanus' back deck. The vessel is conducting operations near Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. Bottom: Oceanus' bridge during the snowstorm.

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