Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves February 13, 2015


Monday, February 16, 2015. 4:00 PM - 5:00 pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar - Gaylen Sincair: “How Resilient is the Greenland Ice Sheet to Climate Change?” Elinor Utevsky: "Zircon: Tiny Superheros, OR Some applications of Zircon geochemistry and U-Pb ages in igneous systems." Morgan Chow: "Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management: Implications for Coastal Aquaculture and Fishing Communities in the Philippines".

Tuesday, February 17, 2015. 3:30-4:3- pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar - Caitlin B. Whalen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD. “From density profiles to diapycnal mixing estimates: applying a finescale strain parameterization to Argo Profiles.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 4:00-5:00 pm, Peavy 242. WR Seminar - Hong Liu, OSU: Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. "Microbial Fuel Cells for Sustainable Energy Generation and Wastewater Treatment."

Thursday, February 19, 2015. 4:00-5:00 pm, Burt 193. G&G Seminar - Dr. John Booker (University of Washington; New Courtesy Faculty OSU) "Too Much Slab Waving in South America? Wet Plumes as an Alternative to Flat Slab Processes as the Cause of Back Arc Volcanism."

Food Drive February

The Linn Benton county food drive is on! The month of February will produce many fund raising events across campus…all with the goal to feed those in our own community.

CEOAS will hold our traditional Yummy Treats Bake Sale on February 20th. Please mark your calendars, dust off your hand mixer, and get ready for some goodies. We take ALL donations!

Collection boxes are also available in both CEOAS Admin and Wilkinson 104. Feel free to drop by with your non-perishable food items in these collection boxes.

Or you can donate to Food Share: Each tax deductible dollar donated to Food Share allows distribution of up to 15 pounds of food. You can opt for a monthly contribution directly from your paycheck or just drop off the funds to Biana in CEOAS Admin. She will provide a receipt.

Thank you for all that you do!

RCRV Update

The design of the next generation Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) continues to mature.  The program successfully passed its Preliminary Design Review last summer and remains on track for Final Design Review and the selection of a shipyard by the end of next year, pending the approval of the National Science Board and inclusion in the FY 2017 Federal budget.  At this point, all signs look promising for approval for construction of up to three of these highly advanced 193 ft research ships.  NSF is scheduled to make its final determination as to the number of vessels to be built later this year.  For more information regarding the design, its evolution, the ship’s science equipment and the project plan, please visit http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/rcrv/.  The FAQ page in particular provides answers to common questions.

Salmon Bowl 2015

Looking for fun, excitement, and passionate competition?  Come to the 18th Annual Salmon Bowl on Saturday, February 28th where high school students from all over Oregon, Idaho, and Southern California are coming to compete!  It's an academic science bowl with an ocean science twist!  Game rounds last all day starting at 8 AM in Burt and Wilkinson Halls.  The edge of your seat finals will be in Gilfillan Auditorium at 3:45PM, so don't miss it!  Come join in on the excitement and show your support for these fantastic students!

Hydrothermal Vent Day

Each year CEOAS hosts a speaker who has made significant contributions our understanding of hydrothermal vents, which were discovered on an expedition led by COAS faculty member Jack Corliss on February 17, 1977.

This year the speaker is Dr. Anna-Louise Reysenbach from Portland State University. The title is, "The Discovery of Deep-sea Hot Springs Challenges Our Understanding of Life on Earth and Elsewhere”

4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2015  Room 112, Kearney Hall, OSU (Corner of 14th St. and Monroe Avenue, Corvallis)

Dr. Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Professor of Biology at Portland State University, has been diving in human-occupied vessels to deep-sea hydrothermal vents since 1988 as well as using robots and a drilling ship to collect samples in order to understand life under extreme conditions.  She is highly recognized for her work on the heat-loving, acid-tolerating, toxic-chemical-eating bacteria and their distant cousins called archaea from deep-sea and terrestrial hot springs.  These microorganisms are a new resource that may be exploited for industrial and medical advances.  They also inform us about the extreme conditions that some life requires and expand the list of environments where life is possible in our solar system and elsewhere.  She will return to the Pacific deep-sea vents this spring and has offered to conduct innovative experiments provided by students.

Tasman Tidal Dissipation Experiment

The first ever flashmob aboard a Scripps vessel, to my knowledge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GweuMOSIjY&feature=youtu.be (warning: contains graphic images of science at sea, totally appropriate for all)

Who says physical oceanographers can't dance?  And wearing appropriate PPE on deck to boot.

Other fun videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tasman+tidal+dissipation+experiment+

Mission to Earth: Land Art and Sustainability

SHPR and the Spring Creek Project are delighted to invite you to two great events with Prof. David Wood next week. 
1) Public Lecture "Mission to Earth: Land Art and Sustainability” on WEDNESDAY  FEB. 18, 7 P.M.  at the Corvallis Arts Center 700 SW Madison  
2) Snack and Talk on “Philosophical Challenges of Climate Change” on THURSDAY FEB 19 from 1:30-3:00 P.M. in Milam 301.   (If you plan to attend the lunch, please RSVP until Feb 16 to barbara.muraca@oregonstate.edu)
David Wood is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, a well-known scholar in Continental and Environmental Philosophy, and also an environmental artist who combines his philosophical perspective with environmental and land art. 

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Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Peter Ruggiero's coastal geomorphology class field trip: students, dunes, and Pacific City. Photo by Sandra Huynh.

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