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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.

WSU water researchers: Would you like a funded trip to attend a water symposium in Alexandria, Egypt?

Nile, Water, Egypt

 

WSU water researchers,

You may have heard that the state of Washington Water Research Center is a collaborator on behalf of WSU in a USAID project to develop the Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water, now named the Alexandria Water Resilience Center of Excellence.  Julie Padowski (SoE, CEREO, WRC) and I are leading this effort.

WSU water faculty and students (you!) have two opportunities by virtue of WSU’s involvement in this project.  These include: 

1) An upcoming call for proposals for research funding available only to US faculty (and their students) of consortium members (including WSU). Proposal awards are for up to $500,000 and Egyptian-US partnerships are a requirement for these funding programs.   We will send the call for proposals when it is released (expect sometime this Fall 2022). 

2) The AWR-COE is hosting The Alexandria University International Water Symposium: Sustainable Water Solutions.  This is coming up soon — September 6-7, 2022.  The draft agenda is here.  We have funding to send one (perhaps two) representatives from WSU to this symposium. All travel and lodging would be paid.  While you will not have an opportunity to give a formal presentation at the symposium, this would be an excellent opportunity to meet Egyptian water researchers who could become collaborators on upcoming COE funded research.   

Please contact me at yoder@wsu.edu soon If you are potentially interested in attending this symposium in Alexandria, Egypt next month.  Note that funding is not guaranteed for any given individual, especially if we receive several interested faculty.

Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply & Demand Forecast Delivered to Ecology

Data Access Website

Every five years, the WRC works with the Washington State Department of Ecology and researchers from WSU and other universities to produce a Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply & Demand Forecast.  The 2021 forecast was released on August 1 2022.  The WSU press release is available here.  For more information including an Executive Summary, the full technical report (due out in late August), and a data repository, visit the WRC CRB Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast Project page.

USGS Grant Opportunities: 104g General, AIS, and PFAS

Water Researchers,

The following grant opportunities are available with proposal submission through the WRC.  Please contact WRC Director Jonathan Yoder (yoder@wsu.edu) if you are considering proposal submission.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 (104g) General:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338699
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.  Priorities this year include research on (a) legacy nutrients, (b) integrated water processes, and (c) water conflict.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS):
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338681
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 for Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338700
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.

Register for the Washington Water Data Roundtable Discussion! 3/28

Forwarding from: Boise State University

As many of you know we have been working on a project to compile metadata about streamflow data across the Pacific Northwest. We would like to bring together data providers and managers together from each state to continue our conversations about the future of streamflow data in the region.

It would be great to have at least one representative from each major data provider, please register here and pass on to colleagues that would contribute to the conversation!

Roundtable Discussion Goals:
1) Identify uses and requirements for streamflow data,
2) identify challenges and opportunities,
3) Obtain feedback on Streamflow Data Catalog Visualization
4) Strengthen relationships in the streamflow measurement community.

Time: 9am – 3pm
March 28th: Tacoma, Washington
April 1st: Boise, Idaho

May: Oregon, tbd
July: Region-wide online meeting

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its connectivity to SDGs

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 6PM Cairo Local Time (CLT)

This webinar will focus on:

  • Development of an Integrated water – Energy – Food (WEF) nexus system
  • Developed Solar – agriculture greenhouse system that grows its own energy and irrigating water.
  • Novel and green solution for food and water crisis in arid areas
  • Importance of WEF Nexus
  • Nexus Elements Integration and tools.

WEF and its impact on SDGS

Speakers:
Prof. Brent Haddad: Brent Haddad, MBA, Ph.D. is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He is the founding director of UCSC’s Center for Integrated Water Management.
Prof. Negm M.Abdelazim: A Professor of Hydraulics and (Water Resources) at Zagazig University and is very interested in sustainable water resources management and sustainability studies
Prof. Hassan Fath: A well-known MENA-GCC regional expert in Desalination and Energy Systems (DES) including Water-Food-Energy-Environment (WFEE) applications.

To Register: https://bit.ly/3GLnUYj

 

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