Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves September 23, 2016


Thursday, September 29th. 4 – 5 PM, Burt 193. G&G Seminar:  Kevan Moffett, WSU Vancouver. "In search of the smoking gun: empirical evidence of coastal wetland ecogeomorphic stable state dynamics"

*FRIDAY, September 30th. Gilfillan Auditorium, 4-5 pm, CEOAS Courtyard, 5-6 pm. All College Meeting & Reception.
See you there!


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Condon Lecture: Oct. 4th at 7pm

This year’s Condon Lecturer is Dr. John Grotzinger from CalTech. He will be speaking at OSU on October 3 and 4. Dr. Grotzinger served as Project Scientist for the Mars Science Lab mission from 2006 to 2014, and directed the successful deployment of the Mars Curiosity Rover. He will present this year’s Condon lecture on Tuesday Oct. 4 at 7 P.M. in Austin Auditorium of the the LaSells Stewart Center.

The lecture is named after a pioneer of Oregon Geology and designed for a non-specialist audience. The title of the lecture is “Curiosity’s mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars”.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided beforehand at 6:15 P.M.

Dr. Grotzinger will also present the more technical George Moore lecture at 3-4 pm on Monday Oct. 3 in Gilfillan Auditorium, entitled “ Modern carbonate and microbial environments at Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies”.

Training Opportunity

Attention PIs: OSU Business Intelligence Center is holding a Grant Reporting System training on Oct 26.  This will be a great training session for Principal Investigators, Co-Principal Investigators, Grant Accountants or PI/Co-PI support staff who have access to GRS. In this hands-on session, the newly expanded reports will be featured, with plenty of time for questions.  Seating is limited so preregistration is required.

OOI Endurance Array team sets sail on fall O&M cruise

The OSU-team has been hard at work to prepare the OOI equipment for deployment. A time-lapse video (below) shows a mere 10 days of that effort as they integrate mooring elements and prepare to place these equipment out to sea for six-months.


Sad News: James J. O’Brien

We are sad to learn of the passing of our colleague James J O’Brien, Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Jim died on September 20, from complications of surgery, at the end of a long summer in cardiac rehab after quadruple by-pass surgery in June.

Jim was a truly exceptional mentor of young scientists: over 40 PhD students and over 80 MS students completed their degrees under his guidance; he also has supervised more than 25 postdocs. Jim's early emphasis was in numerical modeling of wind-driven physical processes in the ocean, including coastal upwelling.

Together with Bob Smith and John Allen, Jim was one of the principal investigators of the Coastal Upwelling Experiment off central Oregon.  Jim spent the summers of 1972 and 1973 at OSU in Corvallis with his family. In addition to his modeling work, Jim was responsible for coastal meteorological observations, and for aerial surveys of sea surface temperature. He also helped organize the summer 1973 CUE Theoretical Workshop in Corvallis.

Jim will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues. Those wishing to express condolences may do so by sending a note or card to Jim’s wife, Kae Ingram, 2292 Cobb Drive, Tallahassee FL 32312.

CEOAS on the Radio

Sunday, September 25, 2016. 7 - 8pm, KBVR FM 88.1. Jenessa Duncombe (MS, OEA) will talk about her research in ocean surface boundary layer turbulence on the graduate student radio show, Inspiration Dissemination. Jenessa works with Eric Skyllingstad and Roger Samelson. Listen on FM 88.1 or live-stream on KBVR's website.

2016 NW Marine Technology Summit

The NW Marine Technology Summit will provide opportunities for businesses, researchers, and students to learn more about key blue sector interest areas, visit with local technological innovators, network with like-minded individuals, and be a part of solution-oriented dialogue about problems within the industry. For information on the summit’s call for abstracts and posters, visit the link.

October 10-11, 2016, Newport, OR

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Math Camp 2016 students and TA on their field trip to Yaquina Head. Photo by Dudley Chelton.

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