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CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education

Fridays in April at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Scientists are faced with many challenges throughout the research lifecycle ranging from data collection and management to collaboration and reproducible science. These challenges are exacerbated for large studies by increased scope and complexity that results from the interdisciplinary nature of water science. The next generation of water scientists must be comfortable using a variety of software, tools, and platforms on a daily basis to efficiently and effectively conduct their research. The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) aims to assist scientists in these efforts by investing in community-driven cyberinfrastructure research projects. This cyberseminar series presents efforts made by CUAHSI to alleviate the burden common of data-related tasks and is separated into three distinct seminars that collectively discuss the challenges associated with data management, collaboration, and reproducible science. Each seminar will focus on a specific scientific use cases and will demonstrate how free and open source software can be used to overcome data-related research challenges. Participants will learn about new technologies that can assist both academic and educational water science settings.
Dates, Speakers, and Topics:
• April 20: Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research | Mark Henderson, CUAHSI
• April 27: Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science | Anthony Castronova, CUAHSI
Registration:
You must register for the cyberseminar series in order to attend. To register, click here. Registration is free.
For more information

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

Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 26, 2018.
The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
• Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
• Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
• Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;
• Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.
For more information and guidelines for submission.
Questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to INFEWSquestions@NSF.GOV

Call for Abstracts: “Waste Recycling, Upcycling, and Sustainable Transportation”

This year’s workshop will be held in Spokane, WA, July 15-17, 2018, hosted by the Washington State University.. This annual event is focused on resource conservation and recovery issues affecting transportation and associated infrastructure, including but not limited to:
• Recycling, reuse and repurposing of waste and byproducts;
• Upcycling and beneficial uses of waste and byproducts;
• Life-cycle sustainability of transportation infrastructures/systems (including considerations at design, construction, preservation, operations, rehabilitation, and recycling stages);
• Contamination risk management;
• Water quality (e.g., stormwater BMPs);
• multimodal transportation and sustainability practices;
• Renewable energy and alternative use of right-of-way;
• Resiliency and climate change adaptation; and other sustainability and environmental management topics.
Please submit your abstract for presentation or poster no later than April 16, 2018. For a preliminary list of sessions and abstract submittal, go to: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gmjaZKQ7S7NuWV. If you need assistance in the process, please contact Dr. Xianming Shi at Xianming.Shi@wsu.edu or Dr. Andy Alden at aalden@vtti.vt.edu.

National Geographic Request for Proposal: Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution

Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:
• Develop innovations to stop plastic from reaching waterways through recycling or other means
• Implement innovative teaching methods that engage students in investigating and creating solutions for problems related to marine plastics
• Focus on geographic gaps in knowledge (e.g., Africa) or on known hotspots contributing most to the marine plastic pollution problem
• Engage new audiences in seeking solutions (e.g., product designers) to the plastic problem
Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000. Applicants may request up to $100,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance). Projects may be focused around conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology, and all applications should explicitly review what has already been accomplished and state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work.
For more information and to apply. The current grant cycle closes July 10, 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 convergenceprospectus@nsf.gov 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 hydrophilesresearchsymposium@gmail.com.
To register: http://hydrophilesresearchsymposium.org/

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 info@spokaneriver.net.