Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves October 18, 2013

Seminars & Defenses

Tues. Oct. 22, 10am, Burt 193. Special Seminar: Fernando J. Mendez (Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental "IH Cantabria", Universidad de Cantabria). "ENSO types: assessing patterns in seasonal-to-interannual variability."

Tues., Oct. 22nd, 3pm, Wilkinson 203. PhD Proposal Defense: Bojan Šavrič (Ph.D., Geography Advisor: Dr. Bernhard Jenny). "Map Projections Techniques – Wagner’s Transformation, Map-reader Preference, and Application for Brain Maps."

Tues. Oct. 22nd, 12pm, Wilk 108. GEM Seminar Series: Bernie Jenny (CEOAS) “Adaptive Composite Map Projections”

Tues. Oct. 22, 3:30pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar Series: Geoffrey A. Hollinger (Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University). "Marine Robotics: Planning, Decision Making, and Learning."

Wed., Oct. 23, 1pm, Kelley Engineering Center 1003. MS Thesis Defense: Lee Collins (M.S., Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Advisors: Dr. Karen Shell and Dr. Eric Skyllingstad). "Modeling Arctic Melt Ponds Using a Resolved Ice Model with GCM Forcing."

Wed., Oct. 23, 4pm, Burt 193. OREgon Society of Economic Geology Student Chapter, Special Seminar: William F. Lindqvist. "Exploration Lessons Learned."

Wed. Oct 23, 4pm, Owen 102. Water Resources Seminar Series: Adam Sussman (GSI Water Solutions). "Willamette Basin Reservoir Study."

Thurs. Oct. 24th, 4pm, Wilk 108. G&G Seminar Series: John Dilles (CEOAS). "Zircon compositional evidence for sulfur-degassing from ore-forming arc magmas."

Friday, Oct. 25th, 4pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar Series: Andrea Balbas- "Cross-Spectral Comparison of Dust and Cosmogenic Nuclide Records from Greenland Ice Cores Demonstrate Synchronicity at Millennial Timescales", Kelly Flannery- "Iron Isotope Variations During the Oxidative Dissolution of Arsenopyrite" and Kevin Konrad "tbc"

Mon., Oct. 28th, 1pm, Burt 193. MS Thesis Defense: Elizabeth Lev Brunner (M.S., Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Advisor: Dr. George Waldbusser). "Insights from stable isotope dynamics into the sensitivity of larval Pacific Oysters to ocean acidification."

Funding Opportunities

ANNOUNCING URSA-ENGAGE for 2014:The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty willing to serve as mentors for undergraduate researchers early in their academic careers. Please note that this program is aimed at students in ALL MAJORS at OSU. URSA-ENGAGE, (formerly called the URISC-START program), will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter and spring terms of 2014. This program has a completely different setup from that of URISC or the old URISC-START, as explained in the application. Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline: November 1, 2013. An application is attached to this message and is also available at the URSA Web page - http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/
If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Ahern, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

Oregon State Marine Board Boat Oregon Class - Nov. 9th, 2013

The local USCG Auxiliary and the OSU Scientific Diving/Small Boat Program will be teaming up to offer the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Oregon class on campus Saturday, Nov 9th from 0800-1600 in the Joyce Goudy Room at the MU. Boat Oregon is the State of Oregon’s NASBLA-approved recreational boater certification, required for operators of most types of watercraft in OR. The course is also the minimum training level requirement for the scientific small boat program. There is no cost to the students, but space is somewhat limited. Please help spread the word. Interested participants please contact:

Kevin L. Buch, Diving and Small Boat Safety Office, Research Office (OSU). 541-737-6893, Kevin.Buch@oregonstate.edu

OSU Scientific Diving: http://oregonstate.edu/research/diving/

OSU Scientific Boating: http://oregonstate.edu/research/boating/

Job Opportunities

Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, The University of Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA, NORMAN 73019. The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (http://geography.ou.edu/) at the University of Oklahoma seeks nominations and applications for four tenure-track faculty positions. Initial appointment to all four positions will begin August 2014. Salary and remunerations are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
About the Department: Over the past three years, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability has doubled the number of undergraduate majors to over 150. The Department has 46 graduate students, including 26 Ph.Ds, and 20 M.As. New hires will bring to 19 the number of permanent, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, an increase of over 70% since 2010. An additional search for an endowed professorship in water and sustainability will be announced shortly. Recently added faculty members have expertise in remote sensing, environmental sustainability, science policy, and applied climatology, complementing our existing strengths in human and physical geography. The department now offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability.
Candidates interested in collaborative research will find many exciting opportunities within the Department, College, and University. The Department is home to the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, Land Use Land Cover Institute, Working Group on the Geographies of Race and Representation of the Americas, and Environmental Verification and Analysis Center. The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences hosts the National Weather Center, South Central Climate Science Center, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and the Center for Spatial Analysis. The University hosts the Center for Applied Social Research and Earth Observation and Modeling Facility as well as the Archeological, Biological, Climatological, Geological, and Water Surveys.
Application Process: For all positions, candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and qualifications, a full curriculum vita, up to five scholarly publications, and a list of three references. Screening will begin November 1, 2013. Candidates are requested to submit their applications electronically in one PDF file to the chair of the search committee identified at the end of each position description.
1.  Associate / Full Professor in Geographic Information Sciences  
We seek a tenured Associate or Full Professor in the area of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and its applications. Candidates must have a track record of publications in high quality refereed journals, successful external grant funding, and evidence of teaching excellence. The ideal candidate for this position shall possess an earned doctorate in geography or related discipline and must have strong quantitative and GIS skills. Desirable areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) applied GIS, spatial statistics, big-data mining, modeling, and/or spatial programming. Candidates who apply these skills to societal problems are strongly encouraged to apply. Teaching duties will include both undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS. The ability to teach spatial programming and spatial statistics is an advantage.
Our expectation is that the successful candidate will help recruit/attract an additional junior level faculty member also in GIS and lead efforts to develop graduate degrees in GIS. Therefore, candidates with leadership qualities are especially encouraged to apply.  
To apply, please submit all application materials to Dr. Kirsten de Beurs (Email: kdebeurs@ou.edu), Chair, GIS Search Committee and copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (dmarsh@ou.edu).

2.  Assistant/Senior Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Physical Geography
The Department seeks a physical geographer with a strong background in large-scale watershed dynamics or fluvial geomorphology. The successful candidate shall be willing to teach introductory and/or intermediate level physical geography, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in geomorphology, hydrology, or soils.  The successful candidate will also have an active research agenda and have experience in obtaining external funding for their research.  The University of Oklahoma is heavily invested in the water enterprise, so the successful candidate will have numerous opportunities to collaborate across campus. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in geography or closely related field by the start date.  Post-doctoral experience is desirable.
To apply, please submit all materials to Dr. Scott Greene, Chair, Physical Geography Search Committee (Email: jgreene@ou.edu). Please copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (dmarsh@ou.edu).
3.  Assistant Professor (tenure?track) in Land Use-Land Cover Change
Recently, the University of Oklahoma and sister institutions in the state were awarded a $24 million EPSCoR grant to improve infrastructure to advance understanding about how socio-ecological systems can adapt to climate variability. A major program of study also has been initiated in the social, human, behavioral, and economic aspects of weather and climate within the University's Center for Applied Social Research. It is within this rapidly expanding environment that the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the positions described below.
We seek an individual dedicated to the expansion of a robust program in land use-land cover modeling and analysis that focuses on ecosystem responses and feedbacks, the climate system, or ecosystem services. The candidate must be capable of research excellence in land use-land cover modeling with the ability to work in a team environment with collaborations that include research activities within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the newly established Department of the Interior?s South Central Climate Science Center as well as collaborators at Oklahoma State University, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and the University of Tulsa. The successful candidate must have strong quantitative and computational skills in model development/enhancement, GIS, and/or remote sensing. The applicant must possess a doctorate degree in geography or related discipline by the start date. Teaching duties will include both undergraduate and graduate courses in the applicant?s area of specialization.

To apply, please submit application materials to Dr. Bruce Hoagland, Chair, LULCC Search Committee (Email: bhoagland@ou.edu). Please copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (dmarsh@ou.edu).
Persons from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

4.  Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecological Economics
This newly created position is also funded in part by the EPSCoR grant described above. We seek highly qualified candidates with research and teaching focus in ecological economics. The successful candidate must have expertise in ecosystem service valuation, including a focus on one or more of the following areas: cost-benefit analysis, hedonic pricing, contingent valuation, risk assessment, market-based policy instruments, and input-output modeling. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in economics or closely related field by the start date.
The successful candidate will work in a team environment with collaborations that include research activities within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the newly established Department of the Interior?s South Central Climate Science Center, the Department of Economics, the Center for Risk, Crisis and Analysis, as well as collaborators at Oklahoma State University, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and the University of Tulsa.
To apply, please submit application materials to Dr. Darren Purcell, Chair, Ecological Economics Search Committee (Email: dpurcell@ou.edu). Please copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (dmarsh@ou.edu).
Persons from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the University of Oklahoma. Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive continuing education and public service programs. Its 2000 acre Norman Campus houses 15 colleges with approximately 1300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277-acre Research Campus provides more than 750,000 square feet of space constructed since 2003 and includes the National Weather Center, the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place buildings that co-locate University offices with more than 350 private sector employees across more than a dozen companies. Two additional Partners Place buildings are underway.

CEOAS feels one of the many effects of the government shutdown...

by getting stuck in an elevator! George Waldbusser and crew moved their experiment from HMSC to Corvallis as they could not access the labs where their NSF funded experiments on larval bivalves were. At the end of the experiment in the basement of Burt Hall the team hopped in the freight elevator, which then got stuck. Fortunately they still had cell service and Jennifer McKay heard the alarm and called maintenance. We're told in the intervening 20 minutes they had already decided who they would eat first...the refugee crew is Iria Gimenez, Stephanie Smith, Cale Miller, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Sun, Matthew Gray, and Becky Mabardy. Phew...glad it's over!


CEOAS Congrats

CEOAS Instructor Demian Hommel and family welcomed a lovely daughter, Huxley Anne, on Friday, October 11th at 9:18am. A hearty CEOAS congrats to all!

Baby Huxley Anne

Open Access Info in CEOAS Admin, 10/23 2-4pm

Sue Kunda from ScholarsArchive will be answering questions in CEOAS Admin on Weds, Oct 23, from 2 to 4 pm. The aim of the "Travelling Table" is to answer questions from students and faculty about Open Access issues, specifically authors’ rights and traditionally published journals and ScholarsArchive, OSU’s institutional repository. "Goodies" provided. (Last year, the goodies were cookies.) Throughout the week, a number of presentations will also be made at Valley Library about "Altmetrics"--new metrics and measures of impact when research findings are made available open access.


Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Amy Smith, CEOAS PhD Student, was the student representative for the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) at the NSF Science and Technology Center (STC) Director's Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August. Amy (left) is posing with fellow student teammates who designed their own STC on climate change and presented it to STC Directors and NSF participants at the meeting.

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