Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves March 22, 2013


Monday, April 1, 12pm, Burt 193. Heavy Isotope Candidate: Dr. Alyssa Shiel  (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign). "Non-Traditional Stable Isotope Systems to Trace Metals in the Environment."

*seminars to resume after Spring Break...enjoy the downtime!

Job Opportunities

The Transatlantic Ocean System Science & Technology (TOSST) graduate school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has 10 competitive PhD Fellowship positions at Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick. TOSST is a joint, transatlantic graduate research school linking two major centres of ocean research; Maritime Canada and northern Germany. TOSST complements the existing German-funded Helmholtz Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST ? http://www.geomar.de/studieren/phd-hosst/) research school in Kiel, Germany. Researchers have the opportunity to participate in summer schools located in Halifax, Kiel, and Cape Verde; take intensive courses in business development, project management, and intellectual property; complete internships in industry, government, and NGOs; and conduct interdisciplinary research in state of the art facilities with co-supervisors in both Canada and Germany.

How to Apply

To apply, please forward the following items by April 15th, 2013 to tosst@dal.ca with subject line ?Canadian TOSST PhD Fellowship Opportunity?:

(1)   2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (all recommendation letters will be verified)

(2)  Academic transcripts

(3)  Resume or Curriculum Vitae

(4)  Statement of Interest

(5)  If applicable, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), MELAB or IELTS scores

(6)  If applicable, the abstract from a previously completed thesis and/or copies of papers published or in preparation

(7)  Results of the GRE are not a formal requirement, but are encouraged

For more information please visit http://hmri.ca/our-projects/project/tosst/, e-mail us at tosst@dal.ca

Robert Cowen named director of OSU’s Hatfield center

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of the nation’s leading marine science education and research facilities is getting a new director. Robert K. Cowen, a marine biologist and administrator from Miami, Fla., has been named director of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He succeeds George Boehlert, who recently retired. Janet Webster will continue serving as interim director of the center until Cowen begins his duties in late July. Cowen holds the Robert C. Maytag Chair of Ichthyology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he has served on the faculty since 1998. He previously was on the faculty of State University of New York at Stony Brook and conducted research as a doctoral student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, Calif. “Bob Cowen has marine science education and research experience on both coasts and is well-suited to lead the Hatfield Marine Science Center into the future,” said Richard Spinrad, OSU’s vice president for research. “That future could include the development of a cohesive marine science-based curriculum as well as continuing to expand the center’s robust research and public outreach missions.” Cowen’s studies range broadly, encompassing such issues as coastal fish ecology, fishery oceanography, larval transport and connectivity of marine organism populations. He has served on numerous national committees and panels, and is affiliated with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a multi-institutional research effort led by OSU. He also has served as associate dean for research at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “I am very enthusiastic about joining the Hatfield Marine Science Center and OSU – not only for their great reputation, but also for the huge potential for bridging marine science education and science activities across the university,” Cowen said. OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is located on a 49-acre site in Newport, and has a combined annual budget of about $45 million and 300 employees. Its mission includes both research and education and what makes the facility unique, officials say, is that it houses scientists and educators from OSU and several federal and state agencies - a collaborative environment unmatched at most marine science facilities in the country. Among those agencies are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Environmental Protection Agency. The center also includes the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies – a joint research initiative between OSU and NOAA; the university’s Marine Mammal Institute; the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, which is the first of its kind in the country; and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a national leader in the development of wave energy. “I look forward to working with all partners at Hatfield to further its education, science and public outreach missions,” Cowen said.

Funding Opportunity

Announcing  The 2013 Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program for Undergraduates. Now accepting applications until 4/19/2013. The Summer Scholar program for undergraduates helps prepare students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach.  Scholars are placed in agency offices around the state for 10 weeks over the summer. 


CEOAS Congrats

Dr. Dawn Wright has been elected to the board of the Explorers Club. The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.

CEOAS Marine Geology MS graduate Craig Joseph, was selected by the National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) Office of Research and Development as an ORISE featured participant for 2012. This distinction is given to those who display outstanding research skills or contribute to the overall effectiveness of the NETL mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Dr. Aaron Wolf is the recipient of the Monito del Giordino environmental award for 2013.  This international award is conferred to those, "who have distinguished themselves at an international level in safeguarding the natural balance of the planet."  (Jane Goodall was last year's recipient). 

Many congrats to our impressive CEOAS faculty and grads!

Ocean Satellite Data for Fisheries and Aquaculture Industries Workshop

A two-day workshop will be help June 4th and 5th at HMSC in Newport, Oregon. Workshop is limited to 20 participants. It is not necessary to have experience with satellite data to attend. The workshop includes brainstorming on parameters that are important to users (temperature, fronts, etc.), access, and ideal satellite image of the waters. A summary of these ideas will be sent to NASA for their consideration. For more info and to register, please visit here or contact workshop coordinator Jasmine Nahorniak (jasmine@coas.oregonstate.edu).

Sigma Xi 9th Annual Symposium

Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter will hold its ninth annual Symposium of poster papers by undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering. The posters-only Symposium is open to undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with colleges and universities in the Portland area. The Symposium will be held at Portland State University on Friday, Friday, April 12th, 2013, in the Smith Memorial Student Center Ballroom. Awards will be given for the best student posters in several categories. The Symposium provides practice for presentations at regional and national meetings in students’ own disciplines. The symposium is open to the public, and admission is free.


                Posters will be put up between 9:00 and 10:00 am on April 12th, 2013

                Posters will be judged without students present between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

                Students will be interviewed by judges from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

                Public Viewing goes from 1:30 till 4:30 pm.

                Award ceremony starting at 4:30 pm.

Abstracts are due Friday, March 29th, 2013. New! Online Registration and submission of abstracts at http://sx-cw.org/. Abstracts are due Friday, March 29th, 2013. Additional information at http://sx-cw.org/. Admission is Free - Refreshments will be served. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886.  Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with a distinguished history of service to science and society. The Columbia-Willamette Chapter has been supporting and promoting science for 60 years.

Grad Students: Scholars’ Insight Event and Practice Help

The first annual university-wide “Scholars’ Insight” event will be held 3 April 2013 from 1:00-5:00pm at LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. OSU Graduate students will have the opportunity to present the impact of their scholarly works to a non-specialist audience at OSU and the Corvallis community. The purpose of the presentations is to generate awareness, stimulate thought, inspire attendees and reach out to the local community. Presentations will be videotaped and shared via “YouTube” and on the web to showcase OSU graduate student accomplishments. This is similar to the three-minute thesis and research presentation events  occurring around the globe. If you want a place to practice your talk and be videotaped while you're working out the kinks, contact David Reinert (dreinert@coas.oregonstate.edu) for this service.

Follow Geo Club's Adventure in Costa Rica

Geo Club students are blogging about and posting photos from their field trip to Costa Rica. You can follow them (from sloth spotting to ant tasting to Miocene-aged outcrops) here. Photos are posted here. If you want background on the trip, see the OSU Barometer story.

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
The Geoclub gets down to business during their first week of field camp in Costa Rica.

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