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
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.
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
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