The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal Meets With HRH Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2013) – Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), met with His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan earlier this week as a representative of the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) and the University of Arizona.
“It was an honor to meet with His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan,” Dr. Megdal said. “Our meeting was broad in range and focused on a number of big-picture water issues, particularly the importance of considering the human and physical environments in water planning and management.”
Among his many achievements in education and social arenas, Prince El-Hassan founded the Jordanian Royal Scientific Society in 1970 and the Jordanian Higher Council on Science and Technology in 1987. He also chairs the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
“Prince El-Hassan has been a transformative figure in the world of science, particularly in Jordan,” said Charles F. Hutchinson, UA Professor Emeritus and IALC President.
The meeting between Prince El-Hassan and Dr. Megdal acknowledges the long tradition of scientific cooperation between the IALC – which is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona – and Jordan in the areas of water and water management. For more than 20 years, the IALC has focused on international research projects and educational programs aimed at helping people living in arid and semi-arid regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
“This meeting also underscores a renewed commitment by both sides to continue and strengthen this vital relationship at the very highest levels, both scientifically and politically,” Hutchinson said. “We are grateful for Prince Hassan’s commitment and hospitality, and for Dr. Megdal’s tireless efforts to further this cooperation.”
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), a unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, education and outreach. For more information, visit us at wrrc.arizona.edu.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.