The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) is soliciting research proposals for submission under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act. The objectives of this program are to sponsor research that fosters
Climate change effects on water supply, demand, and quality.
Analysis of policy and law relating to water resource management.
Fate and transport of nutrients and emerging contaminants in the environment.
Remote sensing of hydrologic systems and/or water use.
Applied science and solutions for addressing groundwater decline.
Surface-groundwater interactions and conjunctive use management.
Speaker: Kristen Wolfe, Coordinator, Sustainable Water Network
Kristen Wolfe will be presenting Water for Nature, a talk focusing on environmental water, the forgotten/ignored stakeholder in water policy, management, and law. Leaving water for nature out of water laws and management has had dire consequences for our rivers, streams, and springs. Climate change and unsustainable growth are accelerating river depletion. It is time to find ways to allow for water for nature. Human uses depend on healthy, flowing rivers.
There is a 1-day, virtual Google Earth Engine workshop that will run Thursday 08 October 09:00-16:00 PST. Registration is free and will be capped at 15 participants. Please follow this link to register (https://forms.gle/a5zd1xsKfAdkhmeXA).
While the current material for the workshop is still under construction, the workshop will broadly pertain to the key commands, tools, and functions of Google Earth Engine. While the workshop will cover syntax and fundamentals of the Google Earth Engine framework, the workshop will also include case studies, so as to demonstrate applications of how others are using Google Earth Engine for their research.
For those who may be curious but less familiar, Google Earth Engine is a cloud based platform that enables global scale analysis of geospatial and remote sensing data. Unlike other geospatial applications (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, DIVAGIS), Google Earth Engine leverages the computing power of Google servers to efficiently scale analysis across large regions and over decades.
No experience with Google Earth Engine is necessary to partake in the workshop, although it will be assumed that participants are at least familiar with a coding language.
National and regional scale water-quality studies require collecting and processing large amounts of data. Such studies also often require combining data from multiple organizations. Making “big data” understandable and usable presents many challenges. How these challenges are managed is an important part of the scientific process and the insights gained during this process are worth sharing with other researchers. Importantly, these large datasets allow for the exploration and identification of water quality conditions and changes across large areas ranging from regional watersheds to the entire US. This session focuses on the tools, techniques, and insights gained from these large-scale efforts.
The NMC will be held in Providence, Rhode Island or virtually, if necessary. More information about the NMC can be found on the conference website. Abstracts are due on September 24th. Be sure to indicate our session: “S17: Using Big Data to Answer National- and Regional-Scale Water Quality Questions” when submitting.
Several sessions this year will focus on seed grant competitions to support individual and team research development. All competitions require written applications (Phase 1). Applicants selected to move on to Phase 2 will give an oral presentation of their ideas at their respective sessions during Research Week. After the presentations, a panel of judges will select the winners. In addition of being notified of the results that day, the winners will also be officially recognized during the awards ceremony on October 16.
Multidisciplinary Planning Grant – An opportunity to win $50,000 plus a two-semester doctoral-level research assistant to develop an extramural center-type grant proposal, sponsored by the Office of Research and the Graduate School. Written applications are due September 15, 2020.
RA and $10K Seed Grant – An opportunity for $10,000 and a doctoral-level research assistant for one-semester for Spring 2021, sponsored by the Office of Research and the Graduate School. Applications are due September 15, 2020.
Travel Grant – A competition sponsored by the Innovation and Research Engagement Office. Applications are due September 15, 2020.
For more information and tentative schedule of events, please visit the Research Week website. All faculty are invited to participate. For questions, contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at email@example.com or 509-335-7266.
Salazar Center for North American Conservation launched its inaugural Conservation Impact Prize, which in 2020 will award $100,000 to an interdisciplinary team working on an innovative approach to conservation and landscape connectivity. Projects should be collaborative in nature, address a landscape-scale conservation challenge on the North American continent, and ultimately provide measurable habitat and community benefit. We also encourage non-traditional applicants and ideas. You can learn more about the prize and eligibility at connectivitychallenge.org, and a press release can be found here.
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.
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.
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.