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CEREO March 2018

Interest in learning more about the Columbia River Treaty? Here are a few opportunities

One River, Ethics Matters April 11, Missoula, University Center Ballroom
This is the 5th in a series of dialogues that have taken place around the basin led by Tribal, First Nation, and religious leaders, and will focus on the Columbia River Treaty

Lake Roosevelt Forum April 24-25 Spokane
This will focus on the Columbia River Treaty and salmon reintroduction in the upper basin. The conference will be opened by an address from Jill Smail, negotiator for the United States

Pre – Canadian Water Resources Association Meeting May 28 – pre-meeting focused on the Columbia River Treaty. As of right now both the lead negotiator for US and for Canada will be on the opening panel with Barbara Cosens (UI)moderating.
This will be held the day before the commencement of the CWRA annual meeting in Victoria BC. CWRA and the POLIS group from UVic will host the 1 day conference on the Columbia River Treaty.

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region July 22-26 with a Columbia River Treaty field trip to follow
This is a gathering of state and provincial legislators (and generally also the public university presidents) from the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada, and covers a broad array of issues. The 26th – 27th will be a study tour focused on the Columbia River Treaty.

Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF’s Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF’s mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. NSF may invite the teams submitting the most promising prospectuses to submit proposals to further explore their research strategies. Prospectuses must outline novel approaches and research strategies that are likely to result in a clear demonstration of the potential for transformative advances. The research areas and proposed projects must reflect the characteristics of convergence outlined here.
Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2018 and FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it to the mailbox. A prospectus may be submitted at any time to help NSF identify new areas of research that require convergence, but to be considered for FY 2018 support, the prospectus must be submitted by May 1, 2018, and for FY 2019 funding, by October 15, 2018.
For more information

8th Annual Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium: “The Future of Water”

April 23-24, 2018, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
Oral and Poster Presentations – Workshops — Keynote Speaker — Film Screening — Networking Events Abstracts are extended to April 1st and Registration ends April 15th
Please field any questions to
To register:

SPARK Academic Innovation Hub 1:00 p.m.

Three-Minute Thesis
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing-down” research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Revitalizing Rural Environments: Workshop & Symposium

March 29 – March 31 Spark G45
The School of Design and Construction, the Asia Program, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, and International Programs are collaborating to host a workshop on “Revitalizing Rural Environments” with renowned Chinese architect Liu Jiaping as our main speaker and guest. Sudents are collaborating to plan a workshop challenge for students from all disciplines. Dr. Tomkowiak, Dean of our new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, will speak about the challenges and opportunities of rural medicine.
This event is open to the public. View full schedule here:

Science Rules STEM Supply Drive

March 14-April 30, 2018
This drive is to help collect supplies for local K-12 student science classes, after-school programs, and clubs. The drop-off box is in the front lobby of the Lighty Office of Research suite.
For more information and a list of supplies that are needed can be found on the Ask Dr. Universe youth science outreach program website (

AWRA American Water Resources Association Washington Section

The launching of the new mentorship program. This opportunity is available to all members and student members of AWRA.
The goal of the AWRA-WA mentorship program is to connect young professionals and students in the field of water resources with experienced professionals who share a similar specialty and are interested in building a mentoring relationship. Those interested in being mentored can apply here, and will be required to enter some basic information which will help AWRA connect you with an appropriate mentor. AWRA will do its best to connect you with a mentor within 2 weeks of your application. Applicants will be connected with mentors on a first-come first-served basis, and in the case that an appropriate mentor cannot be found immediately, you will be contacted. The expectation is that once mentors and mentees are connected, they will arrange for mentoring activities as appropriate.
We are also always looking for experienced professionals who are interested in being mentors. Those interested can volunteer by filling out some basic information here. Volunteers’ information will be entered in our database of possible mentors, and mentors will always be contacted to confirm their availability and interest prior to connecting you with a potential mentee.
For any questions about the mentoring program, please contact Tom FitzHugh.

Spokane River Forum H2O Breakfast

Wed May 9, 2018 at 7:15 to 9:15 am
Historic Davenport Hotel (10 South Post Street, Spokane WA.)
Join us in welcoming Sandra Postel as our keynote speaker. Postel is the Founder of The Global Water Policy Project, author of “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity” and National Geographic Freshwater Fellow.
A world traveler and water resource expert, the water resource stories Postel shares consider the costs and benefits of past water engineering feats, and new approaches to conserve and utilize this precious resource. As population growth continues and climate change challenges the capacity of our current infrastructure, her experiences and thoughts are well worth sharing. Click here to learn more about Sandra Postel.
For more information, email the Spokane River Forum at