Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves May 22, 2015

Seminars & Defenses

Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar: Dr. Feng He -NOAA Climate and Global Change Post-doc, CEOAS; Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Assessing the Drivers of the Last Deglaciation through Transient Climate Simulations with Coupled Global Climate Models."

Wednesday, May 27, 2015. 2:00- 3:00 pm, Burt 193. Student Project Defense: Ms. Sahar Zavareh (M.S., Geography). "Detroit Water Crisis News Media Discourse Analysis.”

Thursday, May 28, 2015. 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Wilkinson 108. G&G Seminar : Jill Marshall, University of Oregon. “Frost vs. forests: Climate-mediated controls on erosion mechanisms and rates over the last 50 ky in the Oregon Coast Range.”

Friday, May 29, 2015. 9:30 - 10:30 am, Burt 193. Thesis Defense: Ms. Bethany Murphy (M.S., Geology). "Upper-crustal magma evolution at intermediate arc systems: Uranium-series zircon chronochemistry of the Unzen Volcanic Complex, southwestern Japan."

Friday, May 29, 2015. 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Burt 193. OEB Seminar: Louise Copeman. HMSC/CEOAS. “ 'Pacification' of the Arctic: Climate change impacts on juvenile Alaskan gadids.”

Staff Fee Privileges (Tuition Discount): OSU Employees Attending Other Oregon Public Universities

June 8, 2015 is the deadline to submit Staff Fee Privileges Approval Forms for family members attending other Oregon Public Universities during Summer Term 2015.  The Staff Fee Privileges Approval Form, instructions, and information can be found here.  Completed forms should be returned to: Forestry, Oceanic, & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) Human Resources, 154 Peavy Hall, Attn: Megan Hickman.  If you miss the deadline, please contact Megan Hickman, FOBC HR, megan.hickman@oregonstate.edu for appeal process information and instructions.

Congratulations are in Order

Our very own Tuba Özkan-Haller has been chosen to receive the 2015 Women of Achievement Award. This is due to her “extraordinary contribution to work that has positively impacted the lives of women.”  Brava Tuba!

More Congratulations

Laurel Stratton, 2nd-year dual PhD in Water Resources Science and Geology, received notification that her proposal to the Hydro Research Foundation was funded.  Laurel wrote a proposal on “Controls on the Burial Efficiency of Reservoir Sediments: Understanding the Net Carbon Balance of Hydroelectric Reservoirs”. The award will be for one year and approximately $30,000 (helping with tuition, stipend, and research expenses). Laurel is co-advised by Gordon Grant and Roy Haggerty, and Miguel Goni and Rob Wheatcroft are playing a significant role in her research – water, geomorphology, carbon, sedimentology-stratigraphy.

More information about the HRF can be found at http://www.hydrofoundation.org/research-awards-program.html

Northwest Climate Magazine

The Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) has launched Northwest Climate Magazine, a joint effort between CIRC, the Northwest Climate Science Center, and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The publication's goal is to detail federally-funded climate science and adaptation efforts underway here in the Northwest. Two stories are especially relevant to CEOAS. One covers John Bolte and Peter Ruggiero's Envision Tillamook project: Shoring Up for Climate Change. The other highlights a CIRC/NW CSC modeling effort called Integrated Scenarios: Back to the Futures.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships Announcement

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (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 and the Richard W. Chambers Geology Scholarship Fund. 

Awards will generally range from $300 to $500 per term depending on quality of the proposal, student merit, and available funds. There is a three-term limit for this scholarship. Applicants will be notified via email of award decisions. Awards made in the spring will be paid in equal installments over the following academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters). Watch the various CEOAS newsletters for specific application deadlines.

To apply, students must
1.      Be majoring in the Earth Sciences (geology or geography options).
2.      Identify a faculty mentor willing to supervise their research.*
3.      Contact Stacey Schulte (stacey.schulte@oregonstate.edu) to request an application form.
4.      Submit completed application by Wednesday, May 27, no later than 5:00 pm.

*Students should contact faculty conducting research in their area of interest to learn more about current research opportunities. Kaplan Yalcin and Jessica Cardinal-Lanier are both available to help identify potential research projects and projects advisors. Contact Kaplan by email (yalcink@science.oregonstate.edu or go to http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/academics/undergraduate/researchinternships/ to make an appointment with Jessica.

Temporary Employment

Summer is almost upon us and the following is a reminder regarding temporary hires and the use of external temporary employment agencies. This reminder includes a change which is a result of the University’s continuing efforts to review policies and procedures following OSU’s departure from the Oregon University System. The QRF guidelines follow: ·       When contracting external temporary employees the University is required by law to utilize the services of a Qualified Rehabilitation Facility (QRF) in accordance with the provisions of ORS 279-835 to 279-855 and applicable Administrative Rules prior to contacting Barret Business Services, Inc. (BBSI).
·       When a QRF is unable to meet your placement needs within a reasonable time period (typically 24 hours) from the date a request is submitted by your business center, Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI) may be used.
·       Please remember that your request must go to the QRF first and only if they are not able to meet your needs can BBSI be contacted next.
·       If you have already identified someone you would like to contract through an external temporary agency, you need to contract those services through the QRF of your choice, provided a QRF offers the needed services.

Additional information is available on the OHR webpage Temporary Staff Appointments  and you may utilize the Department of Administrative Services QRF Services Tool to assist you in identifying the appropriate QRF for your area (select “Temporary Staffing Services” from the “Select a Service” drop down menu).

IMPORTANT:  All external temporary agency and non-agency OSU temporary hires are coordinated through your Business Center HR team.  Please make your BC HR team your first point of contact.

Dengue Fever Study

OHSU is attempting to  recruit people who may have been exposed to dengue virus infection in the past. The study would involve taking a blood sample and testing for antibodies against dengue virus. This information would be used to characterize the immune system's response to this virus and to help develop an effective vaccine.

For more information contact Brian Booty: booty@ohsu.edu or 503-346-0812

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
OC521 Students and Professor, on R/V Elakha during their one-day cruise. Photo by Katie Watkins-Brandt.

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