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CEREO Seminars and Events

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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 (

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

Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes.

This conference will be held October 15-19, 2018 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
The Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter and the Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Chapter invite presenters for the 2018 joint regional conference, Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes. The conference highlights the intersection between the practice and science of ecological restoration and ecosystem management in the Cascadia Bioregion, along with a broader continental perspective through participation of the North American Chapters of SER. We invite contributed presentations on topics that are of interest to a regional and wider continental audience of practitioners and scientists of ecological restoration and ecosystem management.
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We are still accepting proposals for symposia!
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please submit your proposal via the web form at before March 1st, 2018.
If you are interested in proposing and helping to organize a workshop or field trip, please reach out to us directly at
Please submit proposals via the web form at before April 16th, 2018:
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Miocene Disruptions of the Palouse River

John Bush and Pam Dunlap
March 22, 2018, 3:30-4:30pm, McClure Hall, Rm 209, University of Idaho
The presentation reveals the most up-to-date geologic history of the Miocene sequence. Rock chip chemistry from ten wells greater than 700 ft. (213 m) in depth was used to form a stratigraphic framework for the Grande Ronde, Wanapum, and Saddle Mountains Basalts and associated Latah sediments. Domestic well reports, test wells, outcrops, and regional comparisons were used to determine approximate time lines and develop paleogeographic reconstructions from early Grande Ronde to late Saddle Mountains time. Reconstructions include the distribution of basalt flows and the disruptions, obliterations, and reversals of drainages. The fact that the Palouse River once flowed through the basin, from Palouse to Pullman, should be of interest to those working on any phase of the geohydrology of the basin.