ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
WRRC Director Participates in International Water Policy and Governance Meetings
On June 1, 2012, the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) sponsored Expert Workshop on Water Security: Managing Risks and Tradeoffs in Selected River Basins was held In Paris, France. With increased urbanization and demand for food and energy, securing sufficient and safe water for humans and nature seems more crucial than ever. The workshop focused on risk tradeoffs of water shortage, excess and pollution, and maintenance of acceptable level of risks to people, environment and economies. Dr. Sharon Megdal participated as rapporteur for the workshop and presented the concluding wrap-up, summarizing the day’s discussion, highlighting key policy issues, and charting the way forward.
In addition, Dr. Megdal was invited to talk on scientific cooperation in water sciences at a UNESCO sponsored meeting on June 4, 2012: Science, Networks, Consciousness in the Mediterranean Basin. The invitation recognizes Dr Megdal’s work in the eastern Mediterranean, where her focus is fostering scientific cooperation for solving the problems of water resource management in the region.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.