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NCSE 2019 Webinar Series: How Do Policymakers Access and Use Evidence to Address Complex Problems?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30–2:00 p.m. ET

Science is foundational to life and the planet as we know it. Policymakers understand this, as do scientists. However, the boundary-spanning between policymakers and scientists does not come naturally. Given the current vulnerabilities faced by places, people, ecosystems, and markets, it is essential to create more opportunities for policymakers and scientists to work effectively together.

 

The dynamic tension created by the “pull” of policy and the “push” of science to be more relevant can create more durable and productive policies while also facilitating stronger relationships between the scientific and decision-making communities. In advance of the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference: Science in Environmental Decision-Making, this webinar will explore examples shared by policymakers and scientists that demonstrate how evidence can more effectively serve decision-making. Join NCSE, the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and the Security and Sustainability Forum to explore opportunities for innovative governance structures at the science-policy interface. Register for this free webinar today.

 

PNNL-WSU graduate program applications open

The WSU Office of Research, the WSU Graduate School, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth cohort of the Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP). Incoming students are nominated jointly by a WSU faculty and a PNNL scientist.

The DGRP is intended to increase the quality and quantity of STEM doctoral students across the WSU system, while providing an enhanced research experience by aligning WSU faculty, students, and PNNL scientists with the unique capabilities and research programs at PNNL. Funding support is provided jointly from WSU and PNNL sources. Prior to completing required course requirements and successful passing of the preliminary exams, students within the DGRP will receive financial support commensurate with department norms funded by a WSU college, department, faculty, or grant. After completing these milestones, known in WSU as All but Disseration – or ABD, DGRP students will receive a stipend at Step 85, or five steps higher than the department norm, that is funded by PNNL for up to two years while the student is performing research at PNNL. Additionally, students will receive a full, academic year tuition waiver provided by the WSU Graduate School.

Interested co-advisors from WSU and PNNL should submit a joint-DGRP application online by January 10th, 2020.

For more information and application instructions, please visit https://natlab.wsu.edu/pnnl-wsu-distinguished-graduate-research-program/, or email DGRP@wsu.edu.

Office of Research to Host Research Week October 21-25

Join the Office of Research for our third annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, matchmaking flash talks, and workshops for faculty and graduate students. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.

Check out the full schedule for Research Week.

 

Join us Wednesdays in October for CUAHSI’s Fall Cyberseminar Series: Emerging Advances in Hydrologic Education

Hosted by Emad Habib, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

With the increasing complexity in our natural and built systems, and with the recent advances in data and modeling technologies, hydrology educators recognize the need for providing learning experiences that address such challenges and opportunities. This Cyberseminar series will cover new developments that have emerged recently in the field of hydrology education, including: data and modeling-based learning experiences; use of active-learning pedagogies; development of open educational resources; digital and online education approaches; innovative methods for collaboration and sharing of learning resources; and water interdisciplinary curricula. The session highlights efforts at both undergraduate and graduate academic settings, as well as community and citizen-science engagements.
More information is available here.

All talks take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm ET.
Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

October 2, 2019: Citizen Science in Surface Hydrology; CrowdHydrology, FloodAware, and the Emerging Opportunity | Ben Ruddell (Northern Arizona University) 
October 9, 2019:
Teaching and Learning about Socio-Hydrological Systems in an Introductory Undergraduate Water Course | Cory Forbes (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)
October 16, 2019
: Challenges in Implementing Active Learning: Strategies for Reducing Student Resistance | Maura Borrego (University of Texas at Austin)
October 23, 2019: Collaborative development and sharing of learning resources in hydrology and water resources: experiences from the HydroLearn project | Emad Habib (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Melissa Gallagher (University of Maine), David Tarboton (Utah State University), Dan Ames (BYU)
October 30, 2019: CUAHSI Virtual University: An experiment in interinstitutional graduate education | Steven P. Loheide (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Join Us!

All talks are free and open to the public, but you must register for the series in order to attend. Register here.

Can’t make it?

All of CUAHSI’s Cyberseminars are recorded and archived on our website for later viewing.

Open Positions, WSU Vancouver

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • priority application deadline November 1, 2019, but accepted (early or late) on rolling basis until filled

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD or MS)

  • program application deadline January 10, 2020, but accepted (early or late) on rolling basis until filled

Send an email of inquiry/interest as soon as possible to kevan.moffett@wsu.edu and please attach a CV/resume that includes GPA and GRE scores, if possible. Complete applications are due by January 10, 2020 for priority review toward potential admission, but late applications will be accepted through winter and spring until the position is filled.

Data Carpentry Workshop, Oct 10-11, 2019

Data Carpentry introduces computational skills needed for effective data management and analysis, which can be used throughout researchers’ careers. This is a two-day workshop on October 10 + 11 that is open to grad students, staff, faculty, and researchers alike. No prior computing experience is required. Cost for participation is $25. We will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, and basic programming in R. Contact matthew.brousil@wsu.edu with questions. Workshop website: https://mbrousil.github.io/2019-10-10-wsu/

Water Resources Science & Management Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate is a 15-credit undergraduate program open to students from all colleges and disciplines who are interested in freshwater resources.

Through this program, students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical, social, and cultural drivers that shape how water is managed within the larger environmental and human landscape.  Those completing this certificate will emerge with the breadth of knowledge required to think critically about water issues.

Students earning this certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the interdisciplinary and often co-evolving science and policy advances for addressing freshwater issues.
  • Utilize fundamentals of the physical sciences to broadly understand the hydrologic cycle and how human management of water influences this cycle.
  • Display knowledge of the social, legal, and institutional environment surrounding water resources and management.
  • Broaden their professional and social networks to enhance their disciplinary understanding of water and water management.

Need more info?  Email Julie Padowski (julie.padowski@wsu.edu) or visit our website: https://wrc.wsu.edu/news/wrsm-certificate-program/

Upcoming RFP’s

Request for Applications

Apply for Grant

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Closing Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Other Due Dates:

  • Application Deadline Dates: See Program Area Priorities for additional information (See Part I, C of RFA)
  • Agricultural Innovation through Gene Editing – Letter of Intent required – Deadline: June 19, 2019
  • Agricultural Microbiomes – Letter of Intent required – Deadline: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Tactical Sciences for Agricultural Biosecurity – Letter of Intent required – Deadline: July 9, 2019
  • Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) – Letter of Intent required – Deadline: June 20, 2019
  • All Conference Grants – Letter of Intent required -Letter of Intent Deadline: Minimum of 135 days before the conference begins

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006772

Estimated Total Program Funding: $192,585,000

Register for the NW CASC’s Next Spring Skills-Building Webinar on May 7th

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s next Spring Skills-Building Webinar is coming up on Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00 AM (PT). Register now for “Knowledge to Action: The Role of Social Drivers in the Recovery of Bull Trout in a Changing Climate.” In this webinar, Dr. Jason Dunham from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss his experience working at regional and local scales to engage stakeholders in decision-making around bull trout recovery, tracing the journey from knowledge to action.