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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.

That’s So Water Meta! Workshop

2019 Annual Water Resources Conference | Salt Lake City, UT
November 3, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Learn options for sharing data, creating and applying metadata, and ensuring FAIR Data practices.
To Register 

  • If you are attending the AWRA Conference, register for the FREE Workshop here.
  • If you wish to attend the FREE workshop only, sign up using this form.

Please contact commgr@cuahsi.org with any questions.

William Julius Wilson Symposium for the Advancement of Social Justice

“The Quest for Environmental, Climate, Racial, and Economic Justice in the United States”

By Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 25

7:00 p.m. | Compton Union Building (CUB) Junior Ballroom, WSU Pullman

Widely regarded as the “father of environmental justice,” Robert D. Bullard has devoted decades to documenting the ills of social inequality and promoting equity in all its forms. He will be honored with WSU’s William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice and will deliver the 2019 William Julius Wilson Symposium address.

Dr. Bullard is a distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University and the author of 18 books. His book Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality won the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award in Science.

National public policy group Apolitical recently named him among the world’s “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy,” and the Global Climate Change Summit listed him among 22 “Climate Trailblazers.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from and engage with this globally prominent thinker in social and environmental policy. Common Reading credit available.

Free for everyone. Non-Pullman audiences can watch online

Get more details

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/

UCOWR/NIWR 2020 Water. Place. People. Call for Special Sessions

UCOWR/NIWR 2020    Water. Place. People.  Call for Special Sessions

The conference planning committee is pleased to invite special session proposals for the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Water Resources Conference. These sessions are a vital part of the program, highlighting recent advances and transdisciplinary solutions to address complex water problems.

Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should complete the online form at z.umn.edu/ucowr2020

Important Dates:
Proposal for special session due: Sep. 16, 2019
Special session acceptance: Oct. 2019
General call for abstracts: Oct. 2019
Abstracts due: Jan. 24, 2020
Abstract acceptance: Late Feb. 2020

General questions about the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Conference can be directed to Karl Williard (williard@siu.edu), UCOWR.

OR Team Planning Grant

Interdisciplinary/Multi-disciplinary Teams
As funding agencies increasingly emphasize large multi-disciplinary programs to address global challenges, WSU seeks to identify new and existing centers that will focus on creative solutions. To support this initiative, the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) invites multi-disciplinary faculty teams to submit planning grant applications.

The teams will compete for $50,000 plus a doctorial level research assistantship for the development their preliminary idea into an extramural center-type grant proposal. The research assistantship, provided by the Graduate School, will be for two semesters in support of this effort.

The competition will be a two-step process with a written application and a public presentation. Applications should focus on a major research question and the interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary team convened around it. The goal of the planning grant is to enable the preparation of a competitive proposal for a major ($3M+) multidisciplinary center-type grant through team development and preliminary research. The target agency for this grant may be federal or non-federal.

Eligibility
WSU faculty in any discipline may serve as principal investigator or team member.

Timeline
Written Application Due                 October 1, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Presentations       October 22, 2019, 10:00am
Awards Announced                         October 24, 2019, 3:00pm

Award Details
A total of $50,000 plus one research assistant for two semesters will be awarded to a single team. Overhead or facilities/administrative costs do not apply. Proposal budgets will need to include personnel benefit costs if faculty or staff salary is included.

Application and Presentation Guidelines
Written application due date is October 1, 2019 at 5pm.
An interdisciplinary evaluation panel will review the written applications.

The application must include the following. All character counts include spaces:

  • Research Topic/Problem (8,000 max characters) – Define the major research focus or problem to be addressed by the team. Describe the significance or impact of the problem, and how it aligns with the targeted funding program.
  • Team and Management Plan (4,000 max characters) -Describe the proposed team, disciplinary expertise represented, and any previous collaborations (if applicable). Include a brief management plan.
  • Research Plan (10,000 max characters) – Describe the research plan or approach and the team’s integration of expertise into research activities. Include innovation(s) that will heighten proposal competitiveness and any preliminary research that must occur before proposal submission.
  • Funding Program (2,000 max characters) – Describe in detail the large, multidisciplinary major funding vehicle to which the team will submit its proposal. Describe the program’s fit for the team.
  • Budget – Indicate the budget items required to complete this planning grant and provide a brief description of how each item will support the project.
  • Biographical Sketches – Provide a 2 page biographical sketch for each key person listed above. Use the template provided.

Public Presentation
During Research Week 2019, the lead PI will be required to deliver a 10 minute presentation of the team’s concept to a public audience and the evaluation panel. A short question and answer period will follow each presentation. All team members are encouraged to attend to help field these questions. With input from the audience, the evaluators will use both the written application and the presentation to select the most promising and compelling project to receive the planning grant.
The winning team will be announced during the Research Week reception and awards ceremony on October 24.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Research Topic/Problem                           .20
Team and Management Plan                   .30
Research Plan                                             .30
Future Funding Program                           .20

Award Terms and Conditions
Any unencumbered funds remaining after the grant’s approved period of performance are to be returned to the Office of Research.
If the planning activities include human subjects, animals, and/or biosafety activities, the protocol letter of approval must be submitted to or.orap@wsu.edu before funds can be released.

Deliverables and Outcomes
The selected project team will work with the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) in developing their external grant proposal.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please submit any questions to or.orap@wsu.edu using “Team Planning Grant Competition” in the subject line, or call Emily Brashear at (509) 335-7266.