Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

On the Horizon — November 22, 2017

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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 27, 2017. 4 - 5 pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar:  1> Suhail Alhejji (G&G, MS) “The Formation of the Arabian Basaltic Lava Fields (Harrats)”  2> Carolyn Gombert (WRS, MS) "Cooler than being cool: Data visualization techniques for temperature time series, Willamette River, OR" 3> Dean Henze (POA, PhD) "Aerosols and Isotopes in the Atmosphere"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 12 – 1 pm, Burt 193. Geography Symposium:  Demian Hommel - "Geography and life, my take" and  Hannah Gosnell- "A Social-Ecological Systems Approach to Research on Forest and Rangeland Governance in the U.S. West"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017. 4 – 5 pm, Owen 103.  Economics of Water Seminar: Noelwah Netusil, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Reed College. "Water Quality Economics in Urban Areas: The Value of Floodplains"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017. 6 – 8 pm, LaSells Stewart Center.  Condon Lecture: Dr. Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, University of Toronto.  “Where Captain Nemo Got It Right, and Wrong – Life in the Deep Earth”

Thursday, November 30, 2017. 10 – 11 am, Burt 193. Student Defense: Ms. Janan Evans-Wilent (M.S., MRM). "A tale of two counties: Exploring co-produced coastal adaptation strategies in Tillamook County, OR and Grays Harbor County, WA” 

Thursday, November 30, 2017. 9- 10 am, Gilfillan Auditorium. Student Defense:  Mr. Michael Graw (Ph.D., OEB) "Characterizing Drivers of Microbial Community Structure and Function in Diverse Marine Sediments”

Thursday, November 30, 2017. 4 – 5 pm, Johnson 102.  George Moore Lecture: Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, University of Toronto. Exploration of the Earth’s Deep Hydrogeosphere and Subsurface Microbial Life”

Giving Tree

If you have been to the CEOAS Admin building this week, you will have noticed a nice green holiday tree lounging in the lounge area. It's that time of year again and we are collecting for the Vina Moses Holiday program. Please stop by and pick up a tag. Then just bring your unwrapped gift and park it under our Giving Tree.

The gifts will be picked up on December 8th.

Salmon Bowl 2018

Where: Oregon State University Campus
When:  Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

What Is Salmon Bowl?
The National Oceanic Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic marine sciences competition. Schools form teams of 4-5 students to compete in a quiz-bowl to win great prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete at the national competition.  OSU hosts the Salmon Bowl, Oregon’s regional NOSB.  Each year, over 150 students, teachers, and community members volunteer to help enrich science teaching and learning.  Together, we enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans while promoting student exposure to STEM.

Our goal
Recruit as many volunteers as possible to help with the many facets involved in making this competition come to life!  We need volunteers not only for the main event on Saturday, but we will also need volunteers to help with set-up and practice rounds on Friday, February 2nd.

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer opportunities are divided into two categories, game officials and support staff. If you have prior NOSB/Salmon Bowl experience and/or have a preference for your role, please let us know!
Game official positions (1 training session required, Jan. 11th, 17th, or 25th 6-8 p.m. in Burt Rm. # 193):
1. Rules Judge           4. Runner
2. Science Judge        5. Scorekeeper
3. Moderator             6. Timekeeper

Event Support Staff (helps with general logistics):
1. Room set-up and breakdown     4. Break room management
2. Volunteer and Team check-in    5. Other general logistics
3. Food (pick-up and serving)

If volunteering as a game official sounds like more of a commitment than you can make, then please consider volunteering as support staff. These positions don't require any training, just set-up day and/or game-day commitment where you still get to interact with the teams.

Want more info?
We have two general info. meetings set up:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6-7 p.m. Gilfillan Auditorium
Tuesday January 9, 2018 6-7 p.m. Gilfillan Auditorium
Whether you have participated in the past or you are new to NOSB, we highly encourage all interested parties to attend one of the General Information Meetings.

What is in it for you?
To show our gratitude, all of our volunteers get a free t-shirt, free lunch, and a chance to amazing win prizes during our raffle! Most importantly, you’ll receive that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from donating your time to a worthwhile cause. It may just be a game, but it's a game that promotes ocean knowledge, one science question at a time.

What to do now!

 1. Email us back with your:
    a. Previous experience with Salmon Bowl.
    b. Availability. Which day or both and a rough time frame of when
       you are free if you only have part of the day(s).
    c. Preferred position(s).
    d. Shirt size.
2.  Attend one of the General Information Meetings.
3. Tell your friends and classmates and pass the word about the need for volunteers.
4.  Visit NOSB.org to find out more about Salmon Bowl

We want to make the 21st Annual Salmon Bowl a blast and we're going to need a lot of support from our valued volunteers – you! More importantly it's an incredibly fun experience. So drop us a line, stay in touch, and we thank you again for all your help!

Your 2017 Regional Coordinators,
Peter Morrow and Anja Sjostrom
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Condon and George Moore Lectures

On Nov 29 and 30 the College will host Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar as the 2017 Condon and George Moore Lecturer. For information about her research please see: http://www.es.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/sherwood-lollar-barbara/  and https://bsherwoodlollar.weebly.com

The Condon Lecture (for a general audience) is scheduled for Weds Nov 29 at 7-8 PM (reception starting at 6:15 PM) in the C&E Hall at LaSells Stewart and is entitled: Where Captain Nemo Got It Right, and Wrong – Life in the Deep Earth
The George Moore Lecture (for a scientific audience) is scheduled for Thurs Nov 30 at 4-5 PM in Johnson 102 and is entitled: Exploration of the Earth’s Deep Hydrogeosphere and Subsurface Microbial Life

Dr. Sherwood Lollar will have time to visit with faculty and students on both Nov 29 and 30. Available times on Weds are 2-5 PM and times on Thurs are 9-12 and 1-3:30. Please let Rick know if you’d like to spend some time visiting with her.

How to Get Rid of All Those Wet Leaves

Geoclub is offering yard work again this year. We will do our best to please your needs. Our rates are the same as last year: $15/hour for each of our workers. Weekends work best for our student workers. Contact Emma Miller at geoclubofficers@gmail.com 
Disclaimer: We are college students and don't have yard tools. We are also not a professional yard work company so please request within reason.

Still Saving the Date?

The Annual CEOAS Winter Gathering...complete with cider!

December 7th at 3pm in the CEOAS Admin Lounge.

Bring your favorite holiday treat to share!!

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
OMSI in Portland during the 25th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference, sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. From left to right: Steve Pierce, Larry O'Neill, Jared Vance (vice president), Amari Dolan-Caret, Danielle Moruzzi, Briana Phillips (president), Katie Verlinden, and Mark Nelsen. The conference covered weather during last winter and predictions for 2017-2018.

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