Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves March 7, 2014

Seminars & Lecture

Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Burt 193. OEB Seminar: Kate Adams. "Temporal variability of near-bottom dissolved oxygen during upwelling off central Oregon.”

Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, KEC 1001. GEM Seminar - Kate Meehan UofO, Department of Geography. “Beyond the Meter: Quantifying and Explaining Informal Water Use in Mexico.”

Friday, March 7, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Seminar: Gordon Rose/Juan Muglia. "Connecting Estuary Life History Patterns to Survival of Spring Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from the McKenzie River (Oregon)."/ "On the task of modelling the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in the Last Glacial Maximum.

Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Wilkinson 203. Student Defense: Ms. Candice-Michelle Weems (Ph.D., Geography). "Examining the spatial patterns of urban environmental amenities on the process of socioeconomic and racial change in Seattle, Washington."

Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Wilkinson 203. Special Speaker: Dr. Brigette A. Martini, Corescan Pty. Ltd. “Mapping Ore Deposits from the Inside Out.” 

Monday, March 10, 2014,  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Defense: Mr. David Cade (M.S., Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)."Detection, Classification and Ecology of Acoustic Scattering Layers."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Owen 101. WR Seminar: Kendra Sharp. "Humanitarian Engineering at OSU: Tying Together Water Resources Science/Engineering and Development of Practical Predictive Tools."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Defense: Mr. John Obsorne (Ph.D., Physical Oceanography). "Interactions of tidal and sub-tidal flows in the coastal ocean off Oregon."

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1003. G&G Seminar: Mike Johns, Occidental Oil and Gas, Inc. "The California Oil Industry: Career Opportunities and Preparation, Current Project and Field Examples, and Impact of Fracing."

Friday, March 14, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Seminar:Jenny Thomas/Jeremy Hoffman/Mo Bancroft. "Propagation properties of nonlinear internal waves from a broad array of bottom pressure sensors in Massachusetts Bay" / "Reconstructing global temperature evolution during the last interglaciation." / "Hypoxia × Temperature: growth of juvenile benthic species in simulated coastal and estuarine nursery grounds?"

Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Wilkinson 203. Student Defense: Mr. Douglas Wood (MS, Geography). "How well do American Viticultural Areas correspond with the soil classes in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley: a question for the wine industry."

Monday, March 17, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Defense:  Mr. Wei-Li Hong (PhD., Oceanography - Chemical Oceanography). "Application of Transport-Reaction Modeling to Constrain Biogeochemical Processes in Marine Sediments."

CHANGES to postdoctoral scholar appointments and informational meetings for faculty

Dear colleagues, 

On January 28.2014, Provost Randhawa approved a set of policy changes for Postdoctoral Scholar appointments.  These policies include establishment of a minimum stipend, requirement for an Individual Development Plan and Annual Review, and changes in term limits. A few  other clarifications and modifications were made concurrently to assure that these positions are treated as TRAINEES, not EMPLOYEES.  Some of these changes will affect grant proposals, budgeting, recruiting, and management of postdoc appointments  at OSU.  A few highlights and links with explanations are provided below.  

A series of meetings has been scheduled to provide more in-depth explanation and clarification for faculty who serve as mentors to postdoctoral scholars.  In many cases it may be more appropriate for a program to hire a Research Associate or a Research Associate (postdoc) rather than to appoint a Postdoctoral Scholar, and these meetings will help clarify the decision matrix.  

If you have postdoctoral scholars in your research program, or if you are considering including them in the future, we urge you to participate in one of the meetings listed below. Please use the link provided to register.  If you cannot attend one of these meetings and still want to mentor postdoctoral scholars, it is at least essential to read the bullet points and follow the links explaining the changes in policies and procedures.  Each meeting has a minimum as well as a maximum number of participants – if you don’t sign up please don’t assume the meeting will be open.  

M – Mar 17: 10am in RH313
T – Mar 18: 9am in Kerr A008a – Polycomm avail.
T – Mar 18:1:30 in Covell 201 (10-12 people)
W - Mar 19: 2:30 in Phar 213  

Summary of some of the changes to Postdoctoral Scholar appointments:

  • The initial term of appointment must be for one full year. Appointments should not be made unless there is sufficient funding for one full year.
  • Appointments must be full-time.
  • Reappointments can be for less than one year but cannot be made until an Annual Review is submitted and approved.
  • An Individual Development Plan (IDP) must be co-developed by the postdoc and mentor and submitted within three months of the start date of the internship. The template for developing the IDP is on the Postdoctoral Programs website.    
  • Reappointments require an approved IDP and an annual review website.
  • Except in unusual circumstances (egregious conduct; requires communication with the Graduate School), the initial PDS appointment may not be terminated prior to the end of the first year.
  • Model letters are constantly being updated. Check the Office of Human Resources website for the most current version.
  • The minimum stipend for all appointments with a start date of 01/28/14 or later are tied to the NIH NRSA fellowship guidelines. See table of rates .
  • Postdoctoral scholars will receive an increase annually, with each year of service, according to the NIH NRSA schedule. 
  • Postdoctoral scholars with appointment start dates prior to 01/28/14 will be transitioned into the new pay structure.

Clarification of terminology:

  • Postdoctoral scholars are interns and trainees, not employees or students.
  • Their appointments are internships or traineeships, not jobs.
  • They are paid stipends, not salaries.
  • They are advised or mentored by mentors, not supervised or employed by bosses or supervisors.


Barbara Bond
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Programs

In the News...

Jennifer C. Veilleux, a PhD Candidate in Geography had her research quote recently online. Check out the article! You can follow Jen on her blog as well. Congratulations!!

Opening for Scientist (Ocean Optics) at NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Vacancy Number 1/2014
Post Title: Scientist (Ocean Optics)
NATO Grade A-2"
NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, Italy
Closing Date: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Photo of the Week

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R/V SIKULIAQ underway in ice on the bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin, returning from sea trials on Lake Michigan. SIKULIAQ is a Polar Class 5 ice-capable research vessel in final stages of construction at Marinette Marine Corp, Marinette, WI. She is due for delivery in May-June, 2014 to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. SIKULIAQ will be owned by the National Science Foundation, and operated by UAF. Marc Willis (CEOAS Special Marine Projects) is currently on assignment to the SIKULIAQ Shipyard Project Office as Marine Science Technical Director. Photo credit: Val Ihde

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