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.
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.
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.
This fall groundwater is getting a surge of overdue attention from scientists and water professionals, who aim to raise awareness of this “invisible” resource. The Water Resources Research Center’s director, Sharon B. Megdal, has been involved in two separate but related activities aimed at promoting understanding and protection of groundwater.
Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
Are you ready to imagine, design, and plant your water-smart landscaping? The UA Water Resources Research Center's new Desert Landscaping website has tools and tips to help. The mobile-friendly site emphasizes arid-adapted gardening and features a "Plant Selector" tool to help you find the right plants for your landscaping project.