Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves February 26, 2016


Monday, February 29, 2016. 12-1 pm, Burt 193. Strategic Planning and Hiring Committee: Dr. Christo Buizert. "Atmospheric and oceanic teleconnections during abrupt climate change of the last ice age"

Monday, February 29, 2016. 4 – 5 pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar: Jon Edwards – “Millennial scale climate and total air content in the NEEM, GISP2 and WAIS Divide ice cores” and Emily Lemagie – “The interaction between two small mountainous river plumes under downwelling wind conditions in an idealized coastal ocean model” and Kevin Tennyson – “Observations of an internal tide reflection from a supercritical, corrugated slope”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016. 4 – 5 pm, Peavy Hall 101. WR Seminar: Mohammad Safeeq, Sierra Nevada Research Institute & University of California-Merced: School of Engineering. "Combining in situ and remotely sensed data to understand the interactions between forests and water in the Sierra Nevada"

Thursday, March 3, 2016. 4 – 5 pm, Burt 193. G&G Seminar: Joan Gomberg USGS.

Salmon Bowl 2016 – TOMORROW (2/27)

The 19th Annual Salmon Bowl has arrived! With 85 high school students from 18 teams and nearly 100 volunteers, we are excited for Saturday's competition! Who will be sent to Morehead City, NC to represent the Salmon Bowl at Nationals this year?! Come find out!
The final rounds will be in Gilfillan Auditorium from 3:30–4:45 PM. Additional rounds will be held throughout the day in Wilkinson and Burt Halls. Tomorrow's schedule.

In Remembrance of Keith F. Oles and his legacy at OSU

Keith was a prof of stratigraphy and taught large introductory geology classes from the mid 1960s in the Dept. of Geology which later evolved into the Geosciences Dept until his retirement in the late 1980s. I overlapped Keith from a fresh wet-behind-the-ears prof. of sedimentology and sedimentary petrology from 1970 until my retirement from the dept. in 2000. I consider him a great friend (over 46 years), mentor and long contributor to the Dept., to Oregon State University, and to his country. He was a lieutenant in the US Army during World War II, serving with distinction in India. Following the war, he completed a PhD under Prof Peter Misch (University of Washington) doing a field mapping thesis on Northern Cascades metamorphic and igneous rocks. He subsequently served as a senior geologist and as chief geologist for UNOCAL oil company in Denver and Los Angeles in the 1950s. He began his college teaching career in geology at Washington and Lee University before coming to Oregon State University. In the 1970s, he worked with UNOCAL in summer managing and flying with a geologic helicopter crew in the Brooks Range exploration of the North Slope of Alaska, just prior to the Prudhoe Bay discovery.

His career contributions to the Dept. and to OSU were numerous, including many years teaching our capstone geology field course at OSU Geology Field Camp with Ed Taylor, me and others. Together with Prof emeritus Ed Taylor, he secured funding from oil companies to build the modern facilities at the camp (class room, dining, bathroom with flush toilets were a major improvement over the Korean War-era MASH tents). On campus, he won the Carter Award for excellence in teaching. He shouldered the large undergraduate introductory physical geology classes (up to 260 undergrads) from which many students became geology majors because of Keith's enthusiasm of his petroleum experiences and his lectures illustrated with colored geologic slides. Around the state and nation and at national and international geologic meetings, I encounter numerous OSU alums who have a vivid memory and fondness for the red-headed professor who taught them geology. He advised hundreds of undergraduate geology majors and had more than 40 graduate students complete MS and PhD degrees under his direction, many of those students went on to successful and rewarding careers with major oil companies. In our heyday in the 1970-1990s, the geology dept. had over 20 major petroleum and mining companies (also thanks to our economic geologist and former chairman the late Cy Field) recruit our students, at a higher rate than any other university on the West Coast. He secured funding from oil companies for each of his MS students on research in the Cretaceous rocks of the Gulf Islands of BC.

He is also famed for his geologic map and accompanying report on the geology of the Mitchell quad of the field camp area in central Oregon (along with former chairman the late Harold "Sharkey" Enlows and for his published peer-reviewed articles in the AAPG Bulletin and field trip guides on the Cretaceous rocks there. Generations of past, present, and future field camp students have used and will use and refer to Enlows and Oles geologic map and articles at camp. Keith obtained NSF and oil company grants for his research. He spent sabbatical at British universities, giving lectures at Oxford and Swansea. After a visit to Egypt to deliver a series of lectures and at the request of the Dean of Science, he recommended changes to the curriculum (especially to include a field camp) to the Geology Dept. at Cairo University in Egypt. He left his extensive worldwide introductory geology slide collection to the Dept. and, along with me, our sedimentary rock collection for teaching graduate level courses in sedimentary geology.

Keith also served on and was chairman of numerous dept. committees (e.g., tenure and promotion) and advisory boards for the university, chair of the University Athletic Board in 1970s, President of the Oregon Academy of Science, chair of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) academic advisory liaison committee, and field trip chair of Geological Society of America (GSA) national and local sectional committees for meetings, and president of the OSU teaching union. With political and student and alumni help, he was instrumental in saving our dept. during a difficult time in the late 1960s; otherwise, we would not be here now as part of CEOAS.

Keith and his late wife, Lee, were, as journalist Tom Brokaw wrote in his book, part of the "greatest generation" that lived through the Depression and served their country. Keith passed away at age 94. He leaves behind 2 daughters, Debbie of Minneapolis and Robin of Colorado Springs and sons-in-law, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Several of the grandkids and great grandkids have bright red hair like Keith, so his recessive Scottish gene lives on through them! He will be missed.

- Alan Niem , Prof. emeritus of Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Sedimentary Petrology Pres. of Pacific Northwest Geology, LLC (consulting) Otter Rock, Oregon
- Wendy Niem, Research associate emerita of geology and OSU MS in geography

Taylor and Oles
Ed Taylor and Keith Oles (right), 2013

Hydrophiles Symposium

We are happy to announce this year’s Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium, held this April 18th and 19th at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The Symposium is hosted by the OSU Hydrophiles, OSU's student chapter of the American Water Resources Association.

  • Oral and poster presentations focusing on research in water resources.
  • Keynote speaker Robert Lackey:
    • OSU's Dr. Robert Lackey will give this year’s keynote address, “Science, Engineers and Policy Advocates: Delineating Appropriate Roles in Public Policy”.
  • Workshops with field experts i
  • Networking opportunities and formal mentoring sessions with water resources professionals.
  • The conference is free of charge and travel grants are available for students.

Abstract submissions are due on March 18th and registration closes on April 4th. Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals and attend.

What does the Food Drive Mean?

Did you know that the OSU Food Drive raises a quarter of Linn Benton Food Share’s food buying power for the YEAR in just the month of February?  As part of the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, OSU raised the equivalent of 525,500 pounds of food last year. That’s more than all the other universities in the state put together!  We need YOUR help to continue this strong and meaningful effort to help our Linn and Benton County neighbors in need.

From Feb. 1-29, YOU can:

  • Make monthly payroll contributions – A mere $10 monthly automatic payroll contribution equals 480 pounds of food per year! ($1 = 4 pounds of food, for purposes of the state wide competition.  Read more about LBFS and how they leverage your donation to go even further.) Download a payroll form.
  • Donate nonperishable food – Food bins will be located throughout campus, most likely in a department near you.  If you can’t find one, and your department doesn’t have a lead for the Food Drive, just let me know and YOU can help make a difference in your area.
  • Make a monetary donation or participate in fundraisers – Read OSU Today for upcoming food drive events read OSU Today or visit the Food Drive website calendar.

For more information, visit http://communications.oregonstate.edu/events/food-drive.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a real difference to the people of your community. Shine a light on your Linn and Benton neighbors in need by putting food on the table. Be the hand up for someone that really needs it.

This is what YOUR generosity looks like…neighbors helping neighbors.

Making effective use of GPUs in computations

CEOAS is co-sponsoring a up-coming seminar on Making effective use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in computations.

When and Where:
March 7, 2016
2-3 PM
Kidder 202

website: http://is.oregonstate.edu/gpu-seminar

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Under the direction of Dr. Methane (Dr. Rick Colwell), Dr. George Waldbusser and students the Biogeochemical Earth class collect methane from the Starker Arts Pond during a recent class field trip. The methane concentrations are measured and also used to propel a starchy tuber in a cylindrically designed projectile apparatus. Samples were also collected from Sulphur Springs, however as expected, no methane was detected there. Looking on is former class co-instructor Dr. Fred Prahl, and current co-instructor Dr. Laurie Juranek.

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