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Workshop on Clean Water Processing Technology Research and Development

The Advanced Manufacturing Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a second workshop on Clean Water Processing Technology Research and Development to gain insights on the early-stage research and development needs in this critical area. This workshop will focus on industrial, agricultural and human needs, challenges, and future paths to solve and satisfy this nation’s issues with water manufacture, use and production. This workshop will be held on August 23-24, 2017, at the Wyndham hotel in Cleveland, OH.
As the consequences of water supply and quality of clean water become more pressing, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to ensure sufficient supplies of water at a reasonable cost and purity for the application from a variety of sources. DOE’s report on the Energy-Water Nexus identified the importance of research and development in developing technologies to provide water from a wide range of sources for diverse end uses, including industrial, agricultural, and municipal applications.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss opportunities for major advancements in science and technology for processing of clean water. This includes, but is not limited to the fields of:
• Process, materials discovery and component structures for medium to high TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) waters, silts, brines and other contaminant removal, at low energy, low cost, and improved reliability of existing and future advanced manufacturing process technologies
• Effective and energy-efficient pre-treatment processes of feedstock and post-process transport, storage, injection of water, processed water and effluent processing
• Cost-effective energy resources for the water purification and the potential of co-production processes to recover and manufacturer other valuable minerals and elements
• Systems integration technologies that incorporates smart sensors and actuators as well as modular integration and other process intensification approaches
Please register at www.yesevents.com/CleanWaterProcessingWorkshop no later than August 18th, 2017. Attendance is limited.
View the workshop agenda here.

Ph.D. FELLOWSHIPS AT UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA WATER INSTITUTE:

Inducing Resilience for Water-Subsidized Systems

The University of Florida Water Institute is seeking 6 highly motivated doctoral-degree students for Fellowships that provide an annual stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance for 4 years starting fall term 2017. 

 These PhD students will work collaboratively within this interdisciplinary team of Fellows and their faculty advisors. The focus project takes a comprehensive systems approach to analysis of interbasin transfer of surface water into the Tempisque River watershed in Costa Rica. This water transfer has altered hydrology, land use, economic structure, and health of the downstream Palo Verde wetland in the Tempisque watershed. 

 Each student will develop a selected disciplinary expertise on the system while becoming well-rounded and knowledgeable in all other disciplinary aspects of the project. While pursuing a PhD in their respective department, all students will be located together in the same office in order to encourage interdisciplinary research discussions. As such, beyond the usual criteria of academic excellence, we will look especially for open-minded candidates eager to work across disciplines and willing to become proficient in Spanish in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the issues.

 Applicants should have a strong demonstrated interest in water issues and either a Master’s degree in natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering, or a JD degree. Exceptional students with a Bachelor’s degree plus research experience in an appropriate discipline will also be considered. Persons from groups under-represented in science and engineering professions are encouraged to apply.

 For more information and to apply for a Fellowship, go to http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/WIGF/2017Cohort/Overview_2017.html.
·         Fellowship applications are due to the UF Water Institute by January 16, 2017.
·         Promising candidates will be invited to University of Florida for a 2-day visit in February 2017.
For additional questions, contact Carol Lippincott, Water Institute Research Coordinator, at calippincott@ufl.edu or 352-294-7744.
 

 

WRC/PNNL SULI Water Internship Program

The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) is pleased to be partnering with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to offer undergraduate internship opportunities to WSU undergraduates who are interested in water resources.

This new internship experience operates within the existing Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program, but aims to facilitate water-related learning opportunities specifically between WSU undergraduates and PNNL researchers.

Deadline for Summer 2017: Jan 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET
Notification by: Feb 3, 2017

For more information and to apply:

PhD Student Opportunity in Hydrology, Washington State University

Three years of funding is available for a student to study cryospheric processes in High Mountain Asia and downstream impacts of cryospheric change, including impacts on groundwater, ecosystems, and agriculture. In addition to studying the role of groundwater in High Mountain Asia, the student will also contribute to remote sensing processing efforts specific to the GRACE satellite mission. This project is supported by NASA to develop an integrated assessment tool for High Mountain Asia. Competitive applicants will have modeling and programming experience, especially applied to hydrologic sciences, groundwater and/or Earth system processes. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The position will begin at Washington State University in Pullman, WA in January 2017. Interested students should contact sasha.richey@wsu.edu for more information.

More Information

2016 ASLO Science Communication Internship

This is a paid internship and carries a stipend of $6000.

Eligibility: This internship is available to current or recent graduate students in the aquatic sciences. Applicants from outside the US are eligible to apply but are responsible for obtaining appropriate paperwork to work in the U.S.

Timing: The internship will begin in mid-September and last 14 weeks.

Applications: To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at sponberg@aslo.org. Applications must be received by midnight EST, June 10, 2016.

    1. Cover letter (2 pages max) stating your communication interests and what you feel you can contribute to ASLO’s Policy, Education and Outreach programs.
    2. Resume including a list of relevant coursework
  • A letter of support from an academic advisor or other mentor (sent directly by the reference to Sponberg@aslo.org)

 

Questions about the internship should be sent to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at sponberg@aslo.org.

 

Climate Impacts to Water Conference: Managing the Uncertainties of Water Supply and Quality in the Pacific Northwest

January 25-26, 2017

This conference will focus on:

  • Regional projections of climate and water supply
  • Multiple facets of agricultural water management
  • Water conservation practices
  • Water quality
  • Water policy regulations and rights
  • Regional water projects, research and tools
  • Social science communication concerning water

For more information

Carbon – Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (C-NSPIRE) graduate certificate

This new certificate builds on the foundation provided by the National Science Foundation Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE) IGERT program that provided students with rigorous multidisciplinary training in C and N cycling and an integrated view of C and N science coupled with the ability to effectively communicate with public policy makers.

The goal of this program is to give graduate students a critical scientific understanding of the elemental cycles and understand how scientific research informs policy needed to address environmental and global change issues.  Participants in this program will receive hands-on training to improve their communication skills and opportunities to practice bridging the gap between biophysical science and policy creation and implementation.

A limited number of graduate Research Assistantships are available for students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College and Arts and Sciences, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.

Applications for the Fall 2016 semester are due May 13, 2016.  For more information and to submit an application, please visit: https://cereo.wsu.edu/c-nspire-certificate-program

Please join AWRA-UW students and water resources professionals for an evening of networking.

The event will feature a panel discussion of water resources professionals and a session of speed networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Advice and mentorship from professionals provides students with the information they need to make informed career decisions.

To register for this event, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/5ILVg8Vr4d
Professionals interested in volunteering, please contact the AWRA-WA Student Chapter at awra@uw.edu. Thank you!

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 6 – 8 pm