Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves August 30, 2013

Funding & candidate opportunites


NSF: Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER). Three components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes; 2) it emphasizes the study of ecological phenomena over long periods of time based on data collected in five core areas; and 3) projects include integrative, cross-site, network-wide research. Due 3/14/14.

NSF: Ship Operations. Ship Ops provide support for costs arising from the operation and maintenance of academic research vessels. Due 11/15/13.

NSF: Oceanographic Technical Services. The OTS Program provides support to enhance the scientific productivity of research programs using major facilities, primarily research vessels. Due 11/15/13.

NSF: Oceanographic Instrumentation. The OI Program provides support to enhance the scientific capabilities and productivity of seagoing research projects that use major facilities, primarily research vessels. Due 12/16/13.

NSF: Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment. The SSSE Program provides support to improve safety and enhance scientific capabilities and productivity of seagoing research programs that use major facilities, primarily research vessels. Due 12/16/13.

ONR: 2014 MURI (Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative). The ONR MURI competition is for the topics: Understanding Energy Harvesting Mechanisms in Polymer-Based Photovoltaics- Role of Bidirectional Computation in Visual Scene Analysis, Exploring the Atomic and Electronic Structure of Materials to Predict Functional Material Properties, Optical Computing, Quantum optomechanics, Air-Sea Interaction and RF Propagation in Maritime Atmospheric Boundary Layers, Hydrodynamics of Non-traditional Propulsion. Due 10/15/13 (white papers; full proposals 12/16/13).

Schmidt Ocean Institute and Marine Science & Technology Foundation have opened calls for Expressions of Interest in collaborative oceanographic research and technology development.  Further details and submission guidelines are available at the following links:
Schmidt Ocean Institute - Expressions of Interest in collaborative research cruises on R/V Falkor in 2016
Marine Science & Technology Foundation - Expressions of Interest in collaborative oceanographic research and development.


Dawn Ring:  Research Assistant, physical oceanography. Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at  Johns Hopkins University. Dawn moved to Boston upon graduation (2010) to accept a faculty position in applied math at a small private college in the city. She is relocating back to Oregon to be with family and is exploring research opportunities in marine science. She is broadly educated in the mathematical and physical sciences, with training in the life sciences at the undergraduate level.  Open to moving in a more biological or ecological direction.
For a detailed CV & resume please contact Jane Cigarran (jcigarran@coas.oregonstate.edu).

Kevin Anthony Meyer:  Post Doc. PhD in Biological Oceanography, looking for a post-doc position in Oregon.   Kevin works in microbial ecology, next-generation sequencing, flow cytometry, and toxin analysis.  For a detailed resume please contact Jane Cigarran (jcigarran@coas.oregonstate.edu)

Job Opportunites

The College of Idaho seeks a broadly educated geoscientist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences to start in Fall 2014. The individual will teach lower-division courses in geology and environmental science; upper-division courses relevant to his/her area of study (e.g. hydrology, soils, environmental geology, geomorphology, paleontology, water quality, etc.); and off-campus field studies. He/she will contribute significantly to the deeply interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program and develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Qualifications: a doctoral degree in any field related to geoscience as well as commitments to undergraduate liberal arts education, field studies, and collaborative student/faculty research.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private college. It has educated some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho, a half-hour drive from Idaho’s capital, Boise, which features a philharmonic orchestra, a nationally prominent dance company, and a summer-long Shakespeare festival. The location is within easy reach of Idaho’s splendid mountains, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and whitewater sports. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu
Send: a letter of application expressing interest and experience toward the position, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, research objectives, and copies of academic transcripts to HR@collegeofidaho.edu, (Identify as Geoscientist-ES search). Application review begins September 30, 2013. The College of Idaho is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

PICES 2013 Summer School

International students sampling for dissolved oxygen onboard the R/V Elakha as part of the PICES 2013 Summer School on "Ocean Observing Systems and Ecosystems Monitoring." Photo by Jack Barth, OSU

trawler Students participating in the PICES 2013 Summer School on "Ocean Observing Systems and Ecosystems Monitoring" onboard the F/V Excalibur learning how to make the "U" in "OSU." Photo by Jack Barth, OSU

group photo Participants in PICES 2013 Summer School on "Ocean Observing Systems and Ecosystem Monitoring." Held 19-23 August, HMSC, OSU. PICES is North Pacific Marine Science Organization (http://pices.int) and is made up of 6 member nations, with students from each at the Summer School (USA, Canada, Russia, China, Korea, Japan). I was the School "Principal Organizer," Craig Risien was the "School Coordinator" and the instructors from CEOAS included me, Burke Hales, Kipp Shearman and Waldo Wakefield. Teaching Assistants were CEOAS graduate students Ata Suanda, Piero Mazzini and Colleen Wall. Photo by David Reinert, OSU.

Update from Office of Sponsored Programs

These updates from a recent training session boil down to: allow plenty of time.

- OSP is researching rush proposals (those submitted to OSP with less than three business days before due). Depending on the college, about 1/4 to 1/3 of proposals over the past year were rush. These proposals do NOT receive the proper level of review. OSP is looking to see if the funding rate for rush proposals is less than those submitted with full review. Reviewers looking at a glut of proposals can summarily reject submissions for technical errors—the kind of item often caught by OSP.

- Because of Sequester, program officers want to very quickly award and fund proposals, while funds are available and before those funds can be earmarked for something else. Very ‘clean’ proposals that can be reviewed quickly have the best chance of being funded.

- If your NSF proposal uses human subjects for surveys that are not yet written at the time of the proposal submission, Pat Hawk recommends that you clearly state when you will start using human subjects (e.g., month 5 of year 1), so that reviewers don’t get hung up on this issue. NSF and OSP can use an “approval in principle” for funding.

- Fastlane is growing more flakey. OSP recommends more lead time, e.g., do not leave final changes on Fastlane until the last hour. You will not be guaranteed a timely submission.

- Dawn Wagner (of our ‘team orange’) is leaving this week. The position is advertised, however the workload will be very tight until her replacement is hired and trained.

New Employee Welcome Breakfast- 9/19

The fifth annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast will be held on University Day*, Thursday, September 19, at 830 am in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. All employees who have joined or will join the University between September 2012 and September 2013 are invited to accompany me, along with President Ray and other OSU colleagues for breakfast and conversation. Registration by September 13 is required: http://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Registration/Index/new-employee-breakfast. In addition to the breakfast, there are many orientation and welcome events planned in September and during fall term, including those summarized in the attachment. New employees are also encouraged to ask their department or unit about college- and department-level orientation activities.

Increasing Diversity in the Earth Sciences (IDES) Program event- 9/25

Shan de Silva, Bob Duncan, and staff wish to invite you to the Increasing Diversity in the Earth Sciences (IDES) Program event: The 2013 Symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 25, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., in Oregon State University’s Burt Hall, Room 193. The IDES Symposium provides students that have just completed a year or two in the program, with the opportunity to present their research projects.  We are anticipating brief PowerPoint presentations by the students, and a poster session highlighting their ongoing research. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet all the interns and mentors, and get a brief update on how the program is progressing. Refreshments will be provided, so RSVP to Lynette de Silva (at desilval@geo.oregonstate.edu) by September 18 at 5pm. To learn more about the program visit http://ides.science.oregonstate.edu 

CEOAS Strategic Plan Posted

Thank you to the many faculty and staff who submitted thoughtful review comments on the Strategic Plan. The plan has been edited and formatted and is available at http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/about/files/StrategicPlan.pdf

A shortened, 16-page, print version of the plan will be available for talking with potential funders and partners.

Save the Date- CEOAS All College Meeting Sept. 27th!, 3pm!

If you have not already, please be sure to mark your calendars for the afternoon of Friday, September 27th at 3pm in Gilfillan Auditorium for our CEOAS All College Meeting, followed by a casual, fun and fully catered meet & greet in the Burt Quad. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Security Alert!

Due to recent break-ins, you are reminded to close and lock your offices/labs (doors and accessible windows) when you are not in them. Keep valuables out of sight, especially mobile items (e.g., laptop computers, purses, etc.), and be careful not to keep personal items that can provide a basis for identity theft in your offices or labs. Be aware of any unusual activity or unfamiliar people in your buildings and hallways. If you are worried about the activities of anyone in or around your buildings, it is always best to contact campus security, 7-3010 (for emergency: 7-7000).

Housing Available

Very nice 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home available in Corvallis at the end of September.  It is in the very south end of town off Rivergreen and right on the bus route.  It will rent for $1250.00.  It is about 1100 square feet with a large fenced corner lot. Currently putting all new flooring, kitchen cabinets and remodeled baths in the home.  If interested please contact Dan Wehrman at 541-924-9333.

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Geography and Water Resources students discussing 'the complex geography of water resource governance issues' while rafting the Upper Klamath River in S. Oregon/N. California. The group hosted Professor Martin Doyle from Duke University to help him research a book he is writing on American rivers. From left to right: Martin Doyle, Professor of River Science & Policy, Duke University; Ali Marshall, MS student WR; Drew Bennett, PhD Candidate GEO; Noa Bruhis, MS (graduated) WR; June Marion, MS student (Atmosph.); Kara DiFrancesco, PhD Candidate WRE; Brian Chaffin (bottom), PhD Candiate GEO. Taken June 11th, 2013.

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