Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves November 14, 2014

Defense and Seminars

Monday, November 17, 2014 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Wilkinson 203.  Student Defense - Ms. Mariya Pak (Ph.D., Geography). "International River Basin Management in the Face of Change: Syr Darya Basin Case Study."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Wilkinson 108. GEM Seminar - Robert Kennedy. “Time is of the essence: Tracking landscape dynamics using time-series satellite imagery.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Burt 193. POA Seminar - Emily Shroyer and Jonathan Nash. "Ice-ocean Interactions in two Greenland Fjords."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kearney 305. WR Seminar - Lori Cramer, OSU: Department of Sociology. "Resilient People and Places: The Role of Community Partnerships in Preparing for Coastal Disasters. "

Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM, LaSelles C&E Hall. CONDON LECTURE - Dr. TC Onstott, Princeton University, Department of Geosciences. “The Hidden Universe.”

Friday, November 21, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Gilbert 124. Dr. TC Onstott, Princeton University, Department of Geosciences. “Carbon cycling in the deep subsurface: Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Friday, November 21, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Burt 193. Student Seminar - Kevin Konrad. "The 120 Million Year History of French Polynesia."

Condon Lecture

On Thursday November 20 and Friday November 21 CEOAS and the OSU Research Office will host this year’s Thomas Condon and George Moore Lecturer, Dr. TC Onstott (Princeton University, Department of Geosciences). Dr. Onsott's research investigates the activity and survival of bacteria and other microorganisms in the deep subsurface (> 0.5 km) and their impact on the geochemistry and mineralogy of deep Earth and he will present two talks during his visit:

- The Thomas Condon Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30-8:30 PM in C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception starts at 6:45. The talk is entitled “The Hidden Universe”.
- The George Moore Lecture on Friday, Nov. 21, at 12-12:50 PM in Gilbert 124. This more technical presentation is entitled: “Carbon cycling in the deep subsurface: Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.

 Contact Rick Colwell to schedule time on Friday morning (9-11:30) and Friday afternoon (2-5) to visit with Dr. Onstott. Students interested in having lunch with Onstott after the Moore Lecture should contact Colwell.


OSU is hosting this year's International Marine Technicians Conference (INMARTECH 2014), November 18th through the 21st at the LaSells Center. The conference is brings together marine technicians from around the world to exchange technical knowledge and developments in the marine technical field. INMARTECH 2014 will be involve over 200 marine technicians from 17 countries.  It includes an opening address by CEOAS Dean Mark Abbott and a keynote address from NOAA Vice Admiral (VADM) Michael S. Devany. There will be a variety of technical sessions through the week; Highlights include:

  • Tuesday evening reception at the OOC in southtown
  • Wednesday afternoon will feature a poster session
  • Thursday afternoon will feature tours of the OSU campus (Core Lab, Robotics Lab, Wave Lab, Nuclear Reactor)

Everyone is invited to attend, particularly the poster sessions or to drop in on a regular session.  If you will be attending more than one session please register.

The Agenda and much, much more is available on the Inmartech 2014 website at: http://inmartech2014.com/

Undergraduate Research Scholarships Available for Geography and Geology Students

CEOAS is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to recognize students working on undergraduate student research projects.   These scholarships are made possible by the Christian John Hunt Memorial Fund - for geography students- and the Richard W. Chambers Geology Scholarship Fund - for geology students.

To be eligible, students must be majoring in the Earth Sciences (geology or geography options), identify a faculty mentor willing to supervise their research, and write a research proposal in collaboration with their faculty mentor. Students should contact faculty conducting research in their area of interest to learn more about current research opportunities.

The electron microprobe and argon geochronology labs are available to geology undergraduates with costs for a limited number of samples covered by the Geology program. If you wish to apply for time in either of these labs, be sure your project proposal clearly states the number and types of analyses you propose and how the results will help answer your research questions.

Applications are student initiated and include short descriptions of the proposed research and broader impacts to the student. Interested students should contact Kaplan Yalcin (yalcink@geo.oregonstate) for an application form. The faculty member overseeing the project also need to email a letter of support directly. To be considered for an undergraduate research scholarship for Winter and Spring 2015 quarters, applications must be received by 5 pm Monday Dec 1.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program - Call for Faculty Interest

The NSF-sponsored REU program provides full time (10 weeks) funding for ten students to participate in earth science research under the mentorship of a CEOAS faculty mentor each summer. The funding includes a student stipend, travel to Corvallis from their home school, and on-campus housing. Applications are open to any undergraduate student from any major, any school so long as the student is a US citizen or permanent resident. The pool of selected students must collectively meet be certain NSF benchmarks for under-represented demographics and non-research universities. The summer 2015 program will run June 15-August 21 and the application deadline will be February 1.

Faculty who are interested in reviewing applications for next year should send a short potential project description to Kaplan Yalcin (yalcink@geo.oregonstate.edu) by November 24. The description could include a short statement of background or skills needed. This description will be posted on the CEOAS REU program website http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/research/undergraduate/reu/ giving applicants specific projects to apply to and address in their application - which helps greatly in the routing of the ~300 applications received yearly. Your statement of interest does not commit you to taking an REU student next summer or guarantee that a suitable applicant will be identified but you will be expected to review applications

Salmon Bowl 2015!

The National Oceanic Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic marine sciences competition. Teams of 4-5 students from high schools throughout Oregon compete in a quiz-bowl to win great prizes and scholarships.  OSU is the host of Salmon Bowl, Oregon’s regional NOSB.  Each year, over 150 students, teachers, and community members volunteer to help enrich science teaching and learning.  Together, we enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans, and inspire those who want to pursue a career in marine sciences.

 Salmon Bowl 2015 will take place on Saturday, February 28th, and we need you!  Our goal is to recruit as many volunteers as possible to help with the many facets involved in making this competition come to life!  We would like to recruit volunteers not only for the event on Saturday, but we also need volunteers to help with set-up on Friday, February 27th.

NEW this year – General Info Meeting:

This year we will be having a short informational meeting for ALL who are interested in volunteering. Come enjoy some food and learn more about the awesome event to come!
- Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30-7:30 PM (Gilfillan Hall) 

If volunteering as a game official sounds like too much of a commitment, then please consider volunteering as support staff. These positions don't require any training, just game-day commitment where you still get to interact with the teams and support a great event!

 To show our gratitude, all of our volunteers get a free t-shirt, free lunch, and a chance to win prizes during our raffle! Most importantly, you will receive that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from donating your time to a worthwhile cause. It may just be a game, but it's a game that promotes healthy oceans, one science question at a time.

 If you are interested in volunteering send an e-mail to Salmonbowl.Volunteer@gmail.com as soon as possible. If you have an idea of what volunteer position you would like, feel free to include that in the e-mail. If you're not sure, no problem! We will find the best spot to fit you in.  Lastly, if you know you want to be an official, please also include the volunteer training date you plan to attend. 

It's a big competition and we're going to need a lot of support. More importantly it's fun...really fun. So be in touch, get excited, and let the Salmon Bowl season begin!

Geotechnical Lecture Series

Cyber-Physical Computing in the Earth Sciences: from Wireless Sensor Networks to Pattern Recognition by Marc Rubin, Ph.D. Program Lead And Instructor Of Computer Science At OSUā€Cascades.

Dr. Marc Rubin is Program Lead and Instructor of Computer Science at OSU Cascades. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Colorado School of Mines where he was an NSF IGERT Fellow within the interdisciplinary SmartGeo research program. Dr. Rubin's research focuses on the application of wireless sensor technologies and machine learning algorithms towards automatic geohazard monitoring.

                     Kearney 311 -- November 21, 2014 -- 3:30 PM

Dr. Rubin will be free the morning of 11/21 to meet with faculty in CEOAS if interested.

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Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Julia Jones's GEO 548 Geomorphology and Landscape Ecology class conducing field work at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Research Forest.

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