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Call for Proposals: WSU Faculty opportunity for water research in Egypt

WSU Water Researchers,

The State of Washington Water Research Center and WSU are partners with the American University of Cairo, three other US Universities, and five Egyptian universities to develop the Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water (COE-W), funded by the USAID.  As part of this effort, the COE will be funding collaborative research grants (up to $250,000) to facilitate science and innovation through joint US and Egyptian led projects.  Attached is a call for proposals for this program, and you can check out the FAQ page for this RFP at: https://bit.ly/2Uvo149.  If you are interested in the possibility of carrying our water research for and in Egypt, you should check these resources out!

Download the full Call for Proposals here.

There are a few basic things to know.
(1) Only partner university faculty are eligible for participating, so if you are a WSU faculty member with water expertise, you are in a relatively small, select group eligible for this program.
(2) The deadline for proposals is May 15, about a month from now.
(3)  The research must be focused on water and related to Egypt, and must involve Egyptian partner university faculty.   All partner universities are listed in the RFP.

The third requirement could be a hurdle or an opportunity for those not currently working on Egyptian water issues or have Egyptian research connections.  We are currently working on a process to facilitate networking among partner university faculty.   In the meantime, if you are seeking help identifying research collaborators among partner university faculty or would like to know what potential research projects are being proposed by others to which you would like to contribute, please provide your contact information and expertise here:

Contact information form for WSU water researchers interested in connecting with Egyptian water projects

Enter your contact information ASAP because the deadline is coming up quickly!  We will pass on your information to the COE-W, and will be in touch with updates for you as soon as possible.  If you have any further questions, email WRC Director Yoder at yoder@wsu.edu.

Seminar: “Evapotranspiration of irrigated crops under warming and elevated atmospheric CO2: What is the direction of change?” Dr. Fabio Scarpare

The State of Washington Water Research Center and the Egypt Center for Excellence (COE) in Water are co-sponsoring the February COE webinar series on Feb 2nd at 8am PDT.

The talk will be given by WSU’s Dr. Fabio Scarpare and is entitled “Evapotranspiration of irrigated crops under warming and elevated atmospheric CO2: What is the direction of change?”

To see the talk abstract, please see the attached invitation.  To register, please use this link: https://bit.ly/3fAHE63

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2022-23 NW CASC Research Fellowship Program

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) is now accepting proposals for its 2022-2023 Research Fellowship Program, which supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in developing decision-relevant science.

The NW CASC invites proposals from graduate students at Boise State University (BSU), Oregon State University (OSU), University of Montana (UM), University of Washington (UW), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scholars at BSU, OSU, UM, WSU and WWU (this fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW).

The NW CASC Fellowship Program funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2022 to support research performed during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 14, 2022.

To learn more and apply

Webinar – “Getting to the Heart of Science Communication” by Dr. Faith Kearns

Dr. Faith Kearns California Institute for Water Resources University of California , Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Many science communication practitioners find themselves working on issues that are emotional, contentious, and sometimes traumatic. The traditional science communication tools of perfecting a presentation, message, or frame fall short in the face of these kinds of challenges. This talk will focus on a different way of approaching science communication with tools that including relating, listening, working with conflict, and understanding trauma, all with an eye toward justice and community care. Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner with over 25 years experience working on water, wildfire, and climate change in Washington D.C. and the western U.S.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12 pm C.T.  10am PST

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2021-2022 WA AWRA Student Fellowship

The Washington State Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is seeking nominations for its 2021 – 22 Fellowship Award.  For the 2020 – 21 academic year two fellowships will be given.  One award will be to a member of a Washington Section affiliated Student Chapter.  The other award will go to a student enrolled in a graduate program at a college or university in Washington State.  Both fellowships are for a full-time graduate student completing an advanced degree in an interdisciplinary water resources subject.  In addition to $2500 in cash, the award includes a one-year membership in both the State and National AWRA, a one-year subscription to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, and admission to the Washington State Section Annual Conference.

Closes Feb 11, 2022

For more information and to apply

Toward Convergent Solutions to Water Security: Interdisciplinary Workshop, Bozeman MT May 2022

The Montana Water Center (another of the National Institutes for Water Resources along with the WRC) is excited to co-sponsor Water in the West: Toward Convergent Solutions to Water Security, an interdisciplinary regional workshop to be held in Bozeman, Montana in May 2022. The workshop with bring together individuals working across a wide variety of water-focused disciplines to consider the challenges of fostering convergent research (collaborative transdisciplinary research for social benefit) to protect our regional water resources. 

The workshop format will include interactive facilitated sessions, lightning talks by participants, keynote speakers and public events. Keynote speakers will include John Doyle (Crow Tribal member with 35 years of experience working on water and health issues for Crow Reservation) and Dr. Faith Kearns (California Water Institute, UC Berkeley). 

Travel support will be provided for participants and applications will be accepted through January 24th, 2022.  

See the full call for proposals attached, and apply at: http://www.montana.edu/stes/regional-workshop.html 

Dubai International Conference on Water in Arid Regions Accepting Abstracts

The international conference “Water Resources Management and Sustainability: Solutions for Arid Regions” will be held March 22- 24, 2022, as part of Dubai’s EXPO 2020. I am a member of the conference’s Scientific Committee. To be held in conjunction with observance of World Water Day (March 22), the conference will address a wide range of topics on water resources and include free workshops on AI and GIS/Remote Sensing applications. Conference organizers, the National Water and Energy Center, UAE University, in collaboration with the South Australian Goyder Institute for Water Research and the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, are inviting presentation abstracts. The call for abstracts is open until December 1, 2021. Papers are invited that relate to a broad set of conference themes from Socio-Economic Water Studies and Water Resources Sustainability to Advanced Technologies in Water Resources Management and Karst and Coastal Zone Management and Water Resources, among others. Accepted full-length papers will be considered for publication in the book series Water Science and Technology Library, published by Springer. Extended abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.

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Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee Wants to Hear From You

Regional Water Organization Launching Google Poll Within the Basin

The Palouse – The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) ensures a long-term, quality water supply for the Palouse Basin region. They are conducting a Google Poll to gather a baseline of local water understanding, water use, and water values from residents on the Palouse.

To participate, visit our website (palousebasin.org) or go to this link: https://forms.gle/ewZ7yLi9ecVetPvx7 The poll will run from September 8 to October 6 and is open to anyone living on the Palouse. As an incentive to participate, PBAC is giving away a $100 Avista Housewarming Gift Certificate. The gift certificate will be given to one lucky person who takes the survey and enters their email.
Follow all our social media because the winner is expected to be announced on social media by October 8. Facebook @palousebasinaquifercommittee , Instagram @palousebasinaquifercommittee , and Twitter @palousebasinaq1.

“As part of PBAC’s “Conserve, Stabilize, Thrive” campaign, it’s important to inform our communities of ways to conserve water, the work being done to stabilize aquifer water levels, and ultimately ensure our residents will thrive in the years ahead,” notes Korey Woodley, PBAC Executive Manager.

Additionally, PBAC recently established a Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG) to engage with the community members while working towards stabilizing the aquifer. The SEG provides input to PBAC through ongoing dialogue among a broad range of interested parties, focusing mainly on the four water supply alternatives with associated engineering and environmental evaluations and analyses, research activities, and public involvement efforts.

PBAC uses a collaborative, data-driven approach to provide strategic long-term water supply solutions for the Palouse Basin and is comprised of the cities of Moscow and Pullman, Latah, and Whitman counties as well as Washington State University and the University of Idaho. As the Palouse Basin’s groundwater authority, they are committed to researching, analyzing, and providing unbiased data and solutions to our communities regarding our region’s water supply issues.

To learn more about PBAC and the important work underway, visit: http://palousebasin.org

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2021 AWRA-WA STATE CONFERENCE

When: OCTOBER 6th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and OCTOBER 7th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 4:50 PM, followed by a virtual Happy Half Hour, 4:50 PM to 5:20 PM)

On October 6 and 7, 2021 the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association will host a virtual conference on: “Transboundary Water Resources Management and Water Marketing Trends.” This year’s Keynote address will be presented by Robert W. Sandford. Bob holds the Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UNWater in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of over 30 books on topics including the history and water resources of the Canadian Mountain West.

Sessions for day one of this two day event will highlight interagency management in the Spokane, Palouse, and Walla Walla River Basins. The Spokane and Walla Walla basin sessions will address ways of maintaining river flows under water stress situations. The Palouse Basin session focuses on the declining water levels in the aquifer serving the University communities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington.

Day two sessions will include International considerations for the management of the Columbia River including elements of the current negotiations of the Columbia River Treaty and US Tribal and Canadian First Nations efforts to reintroduce salmon above Grand Coulee Dam and the proposed temperature TMDI for the Columbia. Day 2 will also cover recent developments on salmon recovery on the Snake River and Trends in Water Marketing.

A unique feature this year will be two presentations by former Washington Section Fellowship winners.

Early bird registration for this information packed event is $35; late registration will be $50. Mark you calendar now so you don’t miss this conference (registration will open soon).

Also: please submit your poster presentations.  New to our conference this year, we’re offering attendees the opportunity to submit posters, which will be shared with other attendees via Whova in a “virtual room”.  If you’re interested in submitting a poster, please email Katherine Ryf at KRyf@landauinc.com.

For more information

Hydrologist Position with Rocky Mt. Research Station in Moscow Idaho

 

We are adverting a full-time permanent GS-9 ($53K-$69K) Hydrologist position to work with our research team in Moscow Idaho.  As a member of our research team, the hydrologist operates and maintains research databases; prepares GIS maps, graphs, collects data, interprets hydrologic surveys and analysis, data watershed streamflow and quality assurance for hydrometeorological and rainfall data. Compares observed data to hydrologic computer models (FSWEPP suite of models) with statistical analysis and report on findings.  More details in the link below.

Here is the USAJobs link below.  This position closes on 18 August 2021.

USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Thanks,

Pete

Peter R. Robichaud PdD PE

Research Engineer

USDA Forest Service

Rocky Mountain Research Station

1221 South Main Street

Moscow, ID 83843 USA

peter.robichaud@usda.gov

208 883 2349

https://forest.moscowfsl.wsu.edu