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Sustainability Sessions during the Microsoft Research Summit 2021

Sustainability Sessions during the Microsoft Research Summit 2021

We’d like to promote the inaugural Microsoft Research Summit taking place next week as it includes two sessions on sustainability related research, specifically on driving towards carbon negative.

Check out additional details on the summit below and register here today!

Advancing technology, benefiting humanity 
For 30 years, our research community at Microsoft has worked across disciplines, institutions, and geographies to envision and realize the promise of new technologies for Microsoft and society. Today, we’re inviting the global science and technology community to continue this exploration—because ensuring that future advancements benefit everyone is up to all of us.

Our inaugural Microsoft Research Summit will be held October 19-21, streaming virtually. You will hear from over 300 science and technology leaders from around the world who are driving advances across the sciences and pushing the limits of technology toward achieving a meaningful impact on humanity.

Immerse yourself in subjects like AI for industries, machine learning, sustainability, privacy and security, health and life sciences, and so much more. You will also have the opportunity to engage with speakers in live Q&A sessions during the event. Learn more and register!

The Research Summit workshop on ”Research for Carbon Negative” will happen next Thursday, Oct 21, 8-11 AM PT. The workshop will be virtual, live and interactive and will feature 4 parallel breakout discussions of critical research needs in:

  • Carbon removal, led by Ben Cutler
  • Green energy, led by Weiwei Yang
  • Materials science, led by Bichlien Nguyen
  • Climate economics and policy, led by Nicole Immorlica and Alberto Arribas Herranz

To register for the workshop and/or tracks, first register for the Microsoft Research Summit, then find the workshop in the Session Scheduler and select “Add session” to reserve your spot. A Microsoft Teams link to the workshop will be available 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Interested in catching up on previous Azure Sustainability Culture of Learning sessions? Check out the recordings here.

Azure Sustainability Culture of Learning v-team // Azure Sustainability CoL

Water Summit

Virtual on Thursday, October 21st from 6-8pm. Please register to attend this Zoom Webinar format. We are honored to have Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & Associates, joining us as our 2021 Keynote.  Amy literally “wrote the book” on water conservation. Her presentation, “Hello, Future Water Savings from Conservation and Efficiency – Goodbye, Water Waste and Supply Shortages,” will certainly challenge us all to do better.  Of course we’ll also hear from Korey Woodley with the “State of the Basin” and Dr. Robin Nimmer with a great update on her “Alternative Water Supply” work.

To register  Please share this link and encourage your colleagues, friends and families to join us!


WSU Research Week 2021 Oct 11-15

Join the Office of Research for our fifth annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, learn from Fulbright Scholars, and hear flash talks from distinguished scholars. 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.

Find out more by visiting our Research Week website today.


Seminar: Quantifying pesticide impacts on populations: Two decades of technological change in crop protection and what it means for butterfly research

Braeden Van Denzye, NOAA/UW, October 11, 2021 3:10-4:10
In person – VUB225- or via ZOOM (Vancouver)
Evidence is growing that insect populations, including several butterfly populations across the United States, are in decline. In addition to changing land use and climate change, agricultural pesticide use is a commonly hypothesized driver of such declines. Since the mid-1990’s, crop protection, including pesticide use, has undergone several major technological shifts, each of which could potentially contribute to reduced butterfly diversity and abundance. This talk will cover major technological shifts in crop protection for major Midwestern field crops, including how farmers choose between crop protection options and how different technologies might affect different butterfly species. Results linking detailed pesticide and seed choices from farmers across the Midwest with butterfly survey data will be shared, followed by discussion of measurement and data issues surrounding pesticides and other crop protection technologies.

How to Write Proposals that Get Funded and Papers that Get Cited: Story and Story Structure (The Strategy of Communication)

October 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This –VIRTUAL– event is free for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as for faculty

This session will focus on story and story structure—the big picture. What are the key elements that frame your strategy for a piece? This emphasizes what Dr. Josh Schimel calls the “OCAR elements” of the Opening, Challenge, Action, and Resolution. If you nail these, you’re 70% of the way to an effective document. “If you are planning to attend the workshop, it is a prerequisite to complete this Pre-workshop Exercise by September 27th. You should complete this exercise prior to registering for the event, as you will need to submit the completed exercise in order to register. When you have completed the exercise, you can submit it and register for the event this link

2021 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Wildfire and Fire-Related Research in the Pacific Northwest Workshop

As climate change reshapes fire regimes across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, we face an increasingly complex and challenging set of human and environmental problems. Interdisciplinary research efforts are needed to better understand how integrate and better utilize the full spectrum of wildfire research to empower communities and foster landscapes that are resilient or thrive with fire.

Join us! This is an opportunity to network with old and new colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest and contribute to a publication that outlines our most pressing interdisciplinary wildfire challenges for future research.

Who should attend: Scientists, researchers, and those interested in addressing the complex challenges that wildfire brings to the Pacific Northwest.

When: 4 & 5 November 2021, 08:30 – 12:00 PT (virtual)

Registration link:

For questions, please email

Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee Wants to Hear From You

The Palouse – The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) ensures a long-term, quality water supply for the Palouse Basin region. They are conducting a Google Poll to gather a baseline of local water understanding, water use, and water values from residents on the Palouse. To participate, visit our website ( or go to this link: The poll will run from September 8 to October 6 and is open to anyone living on the Palouse. As an incentive to participate, PBAC is giving away a $100 Avista Housewarming Gift Certificate. The gift certificate will be given to one lucky person who takes the survey and enters their email.

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Emcon Virtual Conference

Emcon Virtual Conference

September 13 – September 14

On behalf of our Scientific Committee, we cordially invite you to Emcon 2021, the 7th International Conference on Emerging Contaminants. This event will be held virtually on September 13-14, 2021, where you can expect to hear the latest research news and discoveries about the environmental chemistry of emerging environmental contaminants and their management. We welcome you to EMCON where you can virtually reconnect with old colleagues and meet new friends from around the world while discussing your exciting research and…

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The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

September 13 – September 15

Attendees will discover new project delivery methods, strategies for implementing a successful procurement, the nuts and bolts of how P3 agreements operate, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. Topics:  Roads & Bridges, Airports, Resiliency, Water Infrastructure Projects. Visit the conference website for more information and registration

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3rd Enterprise and Infrastructure Resilience Workshop

Sept 27-29, 2021

This workshop explores multifaceted resilience strategies for the modern enterprise that address dependence on external systems, such as the environment, stakeholders, shareholders, and society.

The Institute for Sustainability (IfS) recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to support our event. I encourage students, post docs, and early career researchers that are US based or at US based universities to now apply for your FREE registration. I invite you to complete the webform to submit your application by the September 15 deadline.


  • Built Infrastructure
  • Environmental, Ecological and Disaster Resilience
  • Broader Resilience Concepts
  • Chemical/Chemical Related Infrastructure Resilient Processing
  • Energy and Fuels Sector Resilience Concepts
  • Resilient Systems Modeling