Student Research Recognized in Earth Week Events
It’s that time of year. In honor of Earth Week, students are showcasing their work in oral presentations and posters at events organized by their academic departments. This week the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Science held its annual El Día del Agua y Atmósfera on Monday and the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science held “SWESx” on Wednesday and Thursday. Several students with connections to the WRRC participated in both events. Tim Lahmers, the WRRC’s 2017 Summer Writing Intern, spoke and Joel Atwood, the WEES Graduate Assistant, and Erin Gray, former student assistant for Arizona Project WET, both had posters at El Día. At SWESx, Valerisa Joe and Rebecca Bernat both made oral presentation. Joe is a graduate student in Jean McLain’s water quality laboratory and Bernat has worked with WRRC Director Sharon Megdal. Three student researchers who were awarded federal grants through the WRRC also presented: Ravindra Dwivedi—an oral presentation—and Amanda Minke—a poster—at El Día, and Rob Lynch—an oral presentation—at SWESx. Victoria Hermosilla, who, with the help of Atwood and other HAS students, organized the 2018 El Día, will be joining the WRRC this month to assist with work on the Water RAPIDS program.
At El Día, prizes were awarded for the best oral presentations and posters. The audience also was given a chance to vote for their favorites. The oral presentation winners were Antonio Meira for “Hydrologic assessment of bio-geochemical interactions at the sub-meter scale” and Jack Anderson for “Bioswales: Benefit or Burden”. Anderson also won the audience vote, which earned him a spot in the plenary session of the culminating Earth Week event. Minke and Samantha Swartz received undergraduate awards for their posters, and other posters honored were by Andrew Daus, Jihyun Kim, and Rebecca Stolar.
On February 1, 2019, the UA Water Resources Research Center will hold its Annual Conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions, at the Black Canyon Conference Center, located at 9440 N. 25th Ave., in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will explore how Arizona’s various regions, cities, towns, tribes, and rural areas are working to meet their water and the solutions they are identifying, assessing, and/or implementing.
The WRRC is calling for research proposals from students for its 104b grants program. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, promotes the entry of new research scientists, engineers and technicians in the water resources field and education of students through significant involvement in water research.
On September 6th, more than 50 people gathered in Miami, Arizona to lend voice to the Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water, a meeting to facilitate discussion about water resources management among elected officials, utility and planning staff, natural resource experts, and other interested water users.
As groundwater reliance is increasing across the globe, including the United States-Mexico region
The WRRC Annual Report highlights our efforts during 2017, including groundbreaking research on groundwater governance, antibiotic resistance in water, and stakeholder engagement practices; programs that foster sustainable water planning in Arizona’s rural communities, effective educational strategies; respected outreach to multiple audiences, and nurturing of future water resources professionals.