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CEREO Seminars and Events

Idaho Water Research Symposium

Featuring 2016 & 2017 projects sponsored by the USGS 104b Program
March 7, 2018 • 2-4:30 p.m. • IRIC 305 at UI
Learn about the leading-edge projects our Water Resources faculty are working on!
Drought Planning • Water Quality • Outreach Efforts
Introduction by Special guest, Janet Nelson, Vice President of Research
Presenters include Alycia Bean (College of Science), Jeff Langman (College of Science), Brant Miller (College of Education, Health & Human Sciences), Erin Brooks (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Mark Solomon (Idaho Water Resources Research Institute), Frank Wilhelm (College of Natural Resources), and Evan Williamson (UI Library).
An added bonus includes four 5-minute lightning round presentations by
U of I’s newest Water Resources faculty: Alan Kolok, Chloe Wardropper, Zachary Kayler, and Alex Maas.

Assorted opportunities for students to learn more about science-policy interactions.

AGU’s Science Policy Twitter account – they list Hill outreach opportunities pretty often, including this one.
• AGI geopolicy also has an active Twitter account with helpful posts.
• AGU’s science policy internship:
• AGI’s sci policy internship:
• GSA regional chapters fly students in for GeoCVD (geosciences congressional visits day) in September each year. These fly-ins happen right before the USGS Coalition reception, which is a fun event, too.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in wilderness protection in the United States.
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship is available to qualified graduate students. It is created in honor of Gloria Barron, dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection, and administered by The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.
The scholarship amount varies from year to year. Historically, awards of $10,000 have been given to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation. Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project.
For more information on the Scholarship and how to apply, click here. The deadline to apply for 2018 is April 20.

Regional Approaches to Women’s Leadership in STEMM Conference

Increasing numbers of women in STEMM faculty and leadership in higher education is a challenge requiring capacity building and problem solving within and among educational institutions at all levels, involving graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, faculty, and administrations. This regional conference is intended to build (1) competence and motivation to pursue leadership roles, and (2) organizational systemic strategies for increasing support to women in STEMM. These goals will be accomplished through leadership training, gender in STEMM/academia presentations, and break-out groups aimed at enhancing capacity in grant writing and instruction, specifically addressing early career challenges.
Date: March 3, 2018, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Lunch will be provided for all participants at the WSU Spokane Campus. Lunch will be from 12:00-1:30 pm. There will be four break out sessions after lunch.
Location: WSU Spokane Campus: Spokane Academic Center, Rooms 205, 241,245, and 249 (600 N. Riverpoint Blvd)
Registration: Register no later than February 20, 2018 for guaranteed food accommodations
For more information and to Register

Preventing and Resolving Water Conflicts: A Skills Building Workshop

Friday, April 20, 2018: 12:00 to 6:00pm and Saturday, April 21: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Room 305
Dr. Aaron Wolf will deliver this workshop for a half day starting at noon April 20 and all day Saturday April 21. Please send a response to, if you want to sign up for the workshop. Priority will be given in order of response. Please direct any questions to Professor Cosens:

WSU Engineers Without Borders fundraising dinner

The fundraiser is for the Zapoté Community in Panama, a group of roughly 1,000 individuals. Currently, this community lacks access to a year-round water supply. Our goal by partnering with the people of Zapoté is to engineer solutions that are sustainable and can be easily maintained.
The event is Friday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. For more information or to RSVP, please visit or click here. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, February 16th. For everyone who has already purchased tickets, we look forward to seeing you.

Call for applicants for Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program, May 2018!

This 6-month program starting in May 2018 provides a unique opportunity for 15 scientists and researchers to move beyond the basics of science communication to new levels of effective civic engagement and leadership. Call for applications will remain open until February 20, and we will notify those selected by April 1.
We’re looking for passionate and dedicated natural and social scientists who want to become more effective leaders in championing science, and scientists, as pillars of a thriving society; better communicate their science to decision-makers; who seek to broaden both who is doing science and who that science is for; and who are committed to making science relevant, credible, and salient to the many choices we make as a society. We welcome applications from a wide spectrum of identities, values, viewpoints, and backgrounds, for a group that will come together for a transformative experience.
Successful applicants are expected to attend the three-day retreat May 29 – June 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. This retreat will be delivered by experts in science communication, policy engagement, and leadership from COMPASS and the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy. Following the retreat, participants will have access to post-retreat webinars and peer coaching sessions for ongoing learning and support. Additional questions? Contact
apply here!

Software Carpentry workshop

CEREO and CIRC are co-sponsoring a Software Carpentry workshop on February 28 – March 1. This two day workshop will cover: navigating file systems and automating tasks with the command line, basic programming with Python, and version control with Git. During the workshop, instructors and helpers guide participants through hands-on exercises and peer-peer programming activities. The workshop cost is  $25. Register at:

The Professional Development Initiative Presents: Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data with Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta

Tuesday Feb 6 1:00-5:00pm
Cub L60 (Butch’s Den)
This workshop will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data. Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us. In this workshop they will start from the basics and talk about types of data and what we can say and cannot say about the different types of data.
Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics.
Register online

Software Carpentry Workshop

Software Carpentry is a hands-on workshop being hosted by the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC). The two-day workshop will be held from Feb 28 – Mar 1 and focuses on skills for computationally-intensive research. Live exercises and tutorials will introduce a variety of topics including programming in Python, version control with Git, and task automation with the unix shell. No prior programming experience is needed! This workshop is ideal for incoming graduate students, or any researcher looking for more experience with Python.
Visit the workshop website here for additional information and registration details. Cost is $25, payable by credit card or WSU IRI.