Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves November 21, 2014

Seminars and 1 Defense

Monday, November 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Burt 193. Special Seminar - Grace Chang, Managing Scientist Integral Consulting Inc. "Research applications for environmental assessments.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Burt 193.  POA Seminar - Jennifer Hutchings, CEOAS. "The expansion of the Marginal Ice Zone in the Pacific Arctic."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Wilkinson 108.  GEM Seminar - Larry Becker, CEOAS.  "Geography Education, African Land Grabs, and Rice Biodiversity."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Burt 193. Special Seminar - Grace Chang, Managing Scientist Integral Consulting Inc. “Wave energy converter effects on wave propagation: A sensitivity study in Monterey Bay, CA."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Wilkinson 203. Student Defense - Mr. Drew Bennett (Ph.D., Geography) "Investing Upstream: A Social-Ecological Systems Perspective on Water Utility Investments in Ecosystem Services."

Science activities at Saturday Morning Market (November 22nd)

A group of CEOAS graduate students will be setting up science activities at the Saturday Farmers Market this Saturday from 9-1pm to educate the community in an informal setting about topics such as Salmon life cycles, Minerals, Tsunami's, and more!  The activities are designed for learners of all ages.  If you and your family are headed to the market, please stop by and say hello to support these students!

Sad News

Roger Torgeson, AB extraordinaire and poet laureate of WECOMA pass away. His obituary in Newport News Times.

Upcoming in December

Please save the date for our All-College apple cider & cookies December 12, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the CEOAS admin building. Bring cookies or other tasty treats to share, we will provide the hot apple cider.

Additionally...our Giving Tree from Vina Moses will be here on Monday. Please consider donating a holiday gift to local kids in need.

Check it Out!

Shan de Silva was asked to provide a summary of Oregon’s preparedness for volcanic hazards to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. You may view the webcast here.


Salmon Bowl 2015, Oregon's regional high school marine science competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, is Saturday, February 28, 2015.  We need volunteers (no experience necessary) to assist as game officials (rules judge, science judge, moderator, runner) and support staff (food prep, game day logistics, room set-up and breakdown) during the competition.  We need as many volunteers as possible to make this event great, so please contact salmonbowl.volunteer@gmail.com if you are interested in helping or to have any questions.  This is truly a great and fun event, so be in touch, get excited, and let the Salmon Bowl season begin!

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

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.

AGU Poster Printing

We expect a high number of requests to print posters for the conference beginning 12/15. College logos are available on the CEOAS website.

  • CEOAS Research Publishing in Burt 166 provides printing for faculty on the 42” plotter. This is a first-in, first-out queue, and we are generally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are using PowerPoint, please also provide a PDF file, in case there are PowerPoint problems. You will need an index number before bringing in your file. You can place your file on Terrafirma/Scratch, bring it to Publishing, or email a file under 10 MB to pubs@coas.oregonstate.edu
  • You can also print the poster yourself on the 42” plotter in the Digital Media Lab (Burt 170) and put your index number on the sign-up sheet located in that room. This is a good option if you need to print outside normal business hours.
  • Graduate students with an index number can send files to pubs@coas.oregonstate.edu or use the Digital Media Lab plotter. All students can use Student Multimedia Services in the Valley Library at no charge for posters; it requires lead time for posters to be printed.
  • Alternative locations for printing aside from the Digital Media Lab are: Kinkos (541-757-8127), located on 9th Street, Corvallis. They charge 7.25/sq.ft. on matte/bond paper; and NW Graphic Imaging (541-753-9406), located on 3rd Street, Corvallis. They charge 7.00/sq.ft. on matte/bond paper. NW Graphic Imaging is a vendor through OSU and is set up to take your index number for charging purposes. Keep in mind you will need to check with these companies to see what lead time you need, as it can vary.
  • On certain days, the number of AGU posters might also impact how long it takes to replace printer toner cartridges in Burt and Weniger, although we intend to replace as soon as possible. Since the printers are networked, an alternative to waiting is to select another printer to which to send jobs.

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Sam Hooper (Geography), Susan Elliott (Bioengineering), and visiting scholar Zhijian Wang at Steens Mountain during the GEO 534 Field Geography of Oregon course.

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