The WRRC has posted the responses from the live audience polling that took place during our June 18-19, 2020 Annual Conference, Water at the Crossroads
Lessons Learned: Making the Transition to Online Teaching
Lesson 1: There are a myriad of options for assistance at UArizona - including weekly online "teaching support groups," where I learned how to navigate delivering my lectures via Zoom, including the use of breakout rooms, white boards, and Google docs to engage students in the lectures;
Lesson 2: Students love to learn that "professors are people too!" Each week I would begin my lecture with stories of social distancing, and would encourage the students to talk about their lives. Each student in my class was experiencing upheaval, and providing them with an opportunity to talk about life during the pandemic, and to share my own personal upheavals, made us all feel less alone;
Lesson 3: Students are resilient. After 5 weeks of online lectures, each student turned in a well-written scientific review paper on a unique topic. Paper topics included: measurement of bacterial irrigation water quality, the history of Native American water policy, how to grow mushrooms for food, and using biochemical tracers to monitor surface water contamination.
In the heat of the summer, we can appreciate the extra energy used to help keep us cool, but have you ever thought about all the energy it takes to deliver water to our doorstep? What about all the infrastructure that directs the water to our homes and businesses? Most people don't give our water management systems a second thought. We turn on the tap and water seems to magically appear.
The STEM for All Video Showcase featured 171 videos of federally funded programs highlighting innovation in STEM education. The University of Arizona's Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) program won the first ranked Presenters' Choice Award. Indige-FEWSS is an NSF National Research Traineeship program
Several visually rich information tools are now available for answering your various water-related questions. The Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU has just released its Water Blueprint, the result of a multi-year effort to create a comprehensive water data hub accessible to the public
Forty years ago today, on June 12, 1980, water managers in Arizona took a monumental step toward addressing severe groundwater overdraft in the State's most populous regions with the passage of the Groundwater Management Act (GMA).