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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

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 (, 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.

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

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 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 using “Team Planning Grant Competition” in the subject line, or call Emily Brashear at (509) 335-7266.

Office of Research will host third annual Research Week in October

The Office of Research will host the third annual Research Week October 21-25. Research Week is dedicated to celebrating achievements, building partnerships, and pursuing new opportunities for research at WSU.
This year, featured events include a keynote address by Dmitri Petrov, professor of biology at Stanford University, the grand opening of the Center for Arts and Humanities, matchmaking flash talks, faculty and graduate student workshops, and seed grant competitions.
For more information or to see a schedule of events, visit the Research Week website or contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at or 509-335-7266 for questions.

Register for the NW CASC’s Next Spring Skills-Building Webinar on May 7th

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s next Spring Skills-Building Webinar is coming up on Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00 AM (PT). Register now for “Knowledge to Action: The Role of Social Drivers in the Recovery of Bull Trout in a Changing Climate.” In this webinar, Dr. Jason Dunham from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss his experience working at regional and local scales to engage stakeholders in decision-making around bull trout recovery, tracing the journey from knowledge to action.

Stephanie Hampton, division director for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) to speak on current NSF opportunities

Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30-2:30 PACCAR 202

“Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences – Opportunities at the National Science Foundation”.
A reception will follow. Hampton is also a professor in WSU’s School of the Environment. She was tapped to serve as the DEB division director in May 2018.
Prior to her NSF appointment, Hampton served as the director of WSU’s Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach. Her research expertise includes aquatic science, statistical analysis, and environmental informatics. She has analyzed long-term ecological data collected from globally diverse waters such as Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Washington in Seattle. Together with collaborators, she has shown how lakes respond to municipal management practices like sewage diversion. Hampton also has helped demonstrate the effects of climate change on plankton – the basic building blocks of aquatic food webs.
To schedule a one-on-one meeting with Hampton before or after her talk, contact Emily Brashear by email at

Compass Science Communication Event: Thinking Story Like a Journalist

Wednesday, March 20
4:00-5:00 pm, University of Idaho Teaching and Learning Center room 122

Enjoy an opportunity to hear what makes a good story for science journalists. Learn how current events influence science journalism and join in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for science in the media.
Meet and greet starts at 3:30 and continues after the event until 5:30. Refreshments available in lobby.

Journalist Bios

COMPASS: Intro to Science Communication Workshop

April 3, 2019
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
ATLAS Workbase, 500 Mercer ST, Seattle WA.

Join us for a lively half-day workshop, with plenty of research-grounded insight and
hands-on practice in science communication! We’ll begin with an introduction to
the Message Box, a owerful tool for sorting your thoughts into messages that are
clear and compelling, then practice sharing those messages and giving and receiving
feedback with the other participants. Participants will receive a copy of Escape from
the Ivory Tower by Nancy Baron, and a hard copy of the Message Box Workbook.
Register on our website before March 3rd for Early Bird Pricing! $250
Full Price: $325

Learn more about COMPASS at There will be a limited number
of full scholarships available, applicaCons due Feb. 24; more informaCon on how to
apply is available at


Software Carpentry Registration

Software Carpentry introduces essential skills for research computing, which can be used throughout researchers’ careers. This is a two-day workshop on April 8 + 9 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 an introduction to the Unix shell, Git, and basic programming in Python or R. Contact with questions. Workshop website:


CEREO Debate Series Spring 2019:

“Tapping the tensions between the science and politics of climate change.”

3:10pm, Feb 27
Vancouver (VECS 125), Pullman (PACCAR 202), Tri-Cities (Floyd 247)

Come participate in a discussion with Drs Berger and Stephan on the roles, responsibilities, and differences between policy and science in driving public perceptions about climate change.

Climate change poses significant risks to our environmental, societal, and economic well-being. As society attempts to address the complex and interconnected problems of climate change, we face a core problem: scientists have the knowledge, but politicians and social institutions hold the power to exact meaningful solutions. Do climate scientists need to better understand the politics? Or should science stay true to itself and the process of climate change investigations?


Dr. Michael Berger is a Clinical Assistant Professor at WSU Vancouver who studies the impact of location and other environmental stressors on marine invertebrates.

Dr. Mark Stephan is an Associate Professor at WSU Vancouver whose research focuses on environmental governance around issues related to climate change policies at the sub-national level.



First Call for Abstracts for Oral & Poster Presentations at the upcoming NORTHWEST SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION

A Joint Meeting with Northwest Lichenologists Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, March 26-29, 2019.

Keynote Address by Brian Atwater – “American and Japanese clues to the 1700 Cascadia Earthquake”
Jim O’Connor – “The Bonneville Landslide and Bridge of the Gods–Folklore, Forests, and Floods”
Nick Zentner – “Eastern Washington’s Greatest Hits….Geologically”
Banquet Presentation by Jack Nisbet, renowned Northwest author and historian

Abstract Submission opens January 2019
Student participation encouraged!

Visit our website for more information