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CEREO December 2016

INTERDISCIPLINARY 590: Preparation for College Teaching

Instructor: Dr. Raymond Herrera, Assistant Dean, Graduate School

Credits: 2, Meetings: Wednesdays 8:10 – 10:00 a.m., Thompson Hall 24

Designed for graduate students who will be teaching assistants and/or exploring

careers that involve teaching at the college level. Experiences,

perspectives, and best practices of college teachers from multiple

disciplines will be presented. All graduate students are invited to

participate in this course.

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ENR SCI 592: Systematic reviews in environmental science

1-2 credits, Terrell Rm 106, W 11:10-12:25

Instructor: Dr. Steve Powers, ( )

Graduate students often face challenges navigating and understanding the immense and rapidly expanding primary literature. This special Topics course aims to equip graduate students to conduct novel systematic reviews and accelerate review components of graduate research.

*R coding experience a plus, but not required.


Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program: Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program: Announcement No. G17AS00027 under 104(g)

Deadline: Feb 15, 2017

Proposals are sought on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and

availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our

understanding of water problems.

For more information and to apply.

Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems: Emerging Technologies Program

Request for Proposals: Due January 5, 2017

WINSSS is looking for proposals that address one or more key gaps in the group of technologies available to small drinking water systems. Proposals funded under this program may involve bench-scale, pilot-scale, or full/demonstration-scale treatment testing, sensing and monitoring technologies, or other studies that have potential to be transformational in overcoming barriers to the adoption of innovative technologies. WINSSS is especially interested in ideas that have not previously received major funding or development.

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Sub-recipient Commitment Form



Featured piece by Professor Emily Huddart Kennedy in “2016’s Most Sinful Cities in America”

Emily Huddart Kennedy

To what extent is sinful behavior innate versus influenced by your surroundings?

My research has shown that environmental impact (e.g., carbon footprint, engagement in household “green” practices like recycling and buying organic products) is shaped more by context than it is by anything innate. For example, a study I conducted compared “green behaviors” of suburban residents to urban residents. Suburban residents scored lower, even though their levels of concern for the environment were the same. But living in a suburb makes it harder to buy green products if they aren’t available in the local store, commute by bike or transit, and live with fewer than two vehicles. That’s why it’s so important that cities take on initiatives to make sustainable living the “default option” if we really want to get serious about using fewer resources (e.g., water, energy).

What makes some cities more sinful than others? Laws? Culture?

Both, likely. Policies to discourage the construction of extremely large homes (“McMansion ordinances”) and encourage, or incentivize, energy efficiency upgrades likely reduce the energy footprint of the residential sector. Likewise, a culture that encourages cycling and walking will make it feel more normal for people to leave their car at home to get to work.

Should government play a role in trying to reduce greed and consumerism?

Yes, my research suggests so. Data on household environmental impact show that people impact the environment much more by going about their daily lives (working, taking kids to school, taking a vacation to relax, or traveling for work) than they do through senseless consumerism. So if local and state governments can ease the financial burden of making the “greener” choice when it comes to travel and housing, the impact of the residential sector would be much lower.

To read entire article “2016’s Most Sinful Cities in America” and all experts input

CE543 Stochastic Hydrology

3 credits, TU and TH 10:35-11:50, Jan 08 – Apr 28, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Yonas Demissie, West134H, 509-372-7344,

This is a graduate-level course aims at exposing the student to basic concepts, methods, and applications of stochastic modeling, data-assimilation and uncertainty analysis techniques to quantify the various sources of uncertainty and optimally integrate observed data with models.

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14th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Open Date: 12/05/2016 – Close Date: 02/03/2017

This college student design competition highlights the use of scientific and engineering principles in creating innovative projects to research and develop sustainable solutions to real world challenges.

The P3 Award competition is a two-phase team competition. For the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams submit proposals to compete for $15,000 grants for project ideas addressing environmental solutions for a sustainable future. Recipients use the funding to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. In the spring, teams submit their designs, reports and proposals to compete for P3 Phase II grant funding of up to $75,000 to further the project design, implement it in the field, and move it to the marketplace.

For general information on how to apply, visit

Additionally, join us for an informational webinar about the RFA and application process on

Dec. 6, 2016, 2 – 3 p.m. Learn more about the webinar and how to register.

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Due date is March 6, 2017.

Maximum award is $2.5 million with a total estimated funds of $40 million.

It is imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. To meet these grand challenges, we are looking for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges.

17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment

Integrating Environment and Health

January 24-26, 2017, Washington, DC

The mission of NCSE is to advance and inform environmental policy and decision making through science. Join over 1,000 leaders in science, technology, government, business, civil society, and education to consider cutting-edge issues, explore new technologies and best practices, identify research priorities, and recommend solutions for policy and practice.

For more information and to view the agenda, please visit: