Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves May 9, 2014

Seminars & Defenses

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 3:30P - 4:30 PM, Burt 193. POA Seminar: Robert A. Weller, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "A Ten-Year Look at the Trade Wind Regime off Northern Chile."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Wilkinson 203. Student Defense: Mr. Mousa Diabat (Ph.D., Water Resources Science). “The influence of climate change and restoration on stream temperature.”

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1001. WR Seminar: Steve Wondzell, Research Riparian Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Olympia Forestry Sciences Lab, USFS. "Hyporheic zones in mountain streams: physical processes and ecosystem functions."

Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Gilfillan Auditorium. G&G Seminar: Rina Schumer, DRI. "Real and apparent changes in deposition and erosion rates through time."

Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Burt 193. OEB Seminar: Kim Bernard, CEOAS. "Why sea ice matters -- from the perspective of larval Antarctic krill."

Friday, May 16, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Defense: Ms. Rachael D. Mueller (Ph.D., Physical Oceanography). "The effects of thermodynamic parameterizations, ice-shelf geometry, and tides on modeled basal melting of Weddell Sea ice shelves."

Rick Spinrad Next NOAA Chief Scientist

President Barack Obama announced that he intends to appoint oceanographer Richard “Rick” Spinrad of Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences to become the next chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

See Science Insider and Gazette Times for more details.

IAP2 Conference

Attention CEOAS students researching the human dimensions of natural resource issues! June 19th & 20th in Bend Oregon, Hannah Gosnell will be the keynote for a conference for people working in the field of public/community/stakeholder engagement.

The PI Works! Conference is hosted by the Cascade Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation USA (IAP2 USA). Decisions about public resources and services were never more important than today as communities struggle to maintain and improve quality of life. Public participation professionals play a key role in helping communities decide what to do about vital issues including crumbling infrastructure, water wars, social inequity, health care, impacts of climate change and more.

The Cascade Chapter is offering scholarships for students: http://slidesha.re/1ivbbIp Scholarship Application DEADLINE: May 15th.

If you want more information or have any questions, please contact Arwen Bird abird@coas.oregonstate.edu.

Andrew Thurber at Science Pub May 12

Our own Andrew Thurber will be doing the next Corvallis Science Pub at the  Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd Street on May 12 from 6pm to 8pm.

The topic is The Future of the Oceans.

See http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/ for details.

Salmon Bowl Final Winners!

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) was established in 1997 to promote ocean literacy among our youth and to foster the use of the marine environment as an interdisciplinary vehicle to teach topics ranging from biogeochemistry and physics to social science and history. 24 regions around the nation hold regional competitions for high school teams for a chance to place in the NOSB finals. The Salmon Bowl, Oregon-Idaho regionals, has been hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences since NOSB's inception in 1997, and we are very proud to announce that Boise High School from Idaho came in first place this past weekend at finals in Seattle.

Though Westview High School of the Beaverton school district took home the Salmon Bowl title on March 1st of this year, we sent our second-placing team (having lost our regional competition by only a hair with a second remaining on the clock!), Boise High School, to nationals due to scheduling conflicts. Westview, having won second place at the National Science Bowl in DC in late April, was unavailable to compete on the weekend of May 2nd.

Boise is a very special team. They only began competing in 2012. Their team consisted of three sophomores and one junior, and they had no alternate to relieve the members throughout this two-day competition. We witnessed them cycle through morning round-robin rounds, placing 4th in the beginning of the bracketed portion of the event, and slowly creep to the top where they competed against last year's champions, Astoria High School of the Los Angeles area, three times before winning the final round with a score of 37-27.

 We are so proud of our Boise team and the Salmon Bowl and hope to continue this long tradition at our college!

National Ocean Sciences Bowl team

More Award Winners!

Congratulations to Alejandra Sanchez and Stephanie Grocke! They are two of the recent award winners for the 2014 Women's Center Student Leader Awards. These awards are to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of scholarship, leadership, and service of one undergraduate and one graduate woman at Oregon State University.

Well done, we are proud of you both!

NSF Spatiotemporal Center

The NSF Spatiotemporal Center (STC) is looking for 2-4 undergraduate research assistants in the summer, 2014. The students will be conducting spatiotemporal research of matched interests and advised by faculty at three sites of George Mason, Harvard and UC-Santa Barbara. Relevant experts from center members (e.g., NASA and USGS) will also provide guidance on data and operational environments.

 For more information see: http://stcenter.net/stc/summer_assistant_application

 Final selection will be announced around May 15, 2014

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Postcard to the CEOAS Community from Slovenia! Top left: past Carto Group interns, Geography MS, and current Geography PhD at the castle in Bled; Top right: view of the Alps and the castle from Lake Bled; Bottom: panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea and three countries – Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia – taken in Piran.

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