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NCSE 2019 Webinar Series: How Do Policymakers Access and Use Evidence to Address Complex Problems?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30–2:00 p.m. ET

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.

 

PNNL-WSU graduate program applications open

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.

For more information and application instructions, please visit https://natlab.wsu.edu/pnnl-wsu-distinguished-graduate-research-program/, or email DGRP@wsu.edu.

Office of Research to Host Research Week October 21-25

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.

Check out the full schedule for Research Week.

 

Join us Wednesdays in October for CUAHSI’s Fall Cyberseminar Series: Emerging Advances in Hydrologic Education

Hosted by Emad Habib, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

With the increasing complexity in our natural and built systems, and with the recent advances in data and modeling technologies, hydrology educators recognize the need for providing learning experiences that address such challenges and opportunities. This Cyberseminar series will cover new developments that have emerged recently in the field of hydrology education, including: data and modeling-based learning experiences; use of active-learning pedagogies; development of open educational resources; digital and online education approaches; innovative methods for collaboration and sharing of learning resources; and water interdisciplinary curricula. The session highlights efforts at both undergraduate and graduate academic settings, as well as community and citizen-science engagements.
More information is available here.

All talks take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm ET.
Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

October 2, 2019: Citizen Science in Surface Hydrology; CrowdHydrology, FloodAware, and the Emerging Opportunity | Ben Ruddell (Northern Arizona University) 
October 9, 2019:
Teaching and Learning about Socio-Hydrological Systems in an Introductory Undergraduate Water Course | Cory Forbes (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)
October 16, 2019
: Challenges in Implementing Active Learning: Strategies for Reducing Student Resistance | Maura Borrego (University of Texas at Austin)
October 23, 2019: Collaborative development and sharing of learning resources in hydrology and water resources: experiences from the HydroLearn project | Emad Habib (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Melissa Gallagher (University of Maine), David Tarboton (Utah State University), Dan Ames (BYU)
October 30, 2019: CUAHSI Virtual University: An experiment in interinstitutional graduate education | Steven P. Loheide (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Join Us!

All talks are free and open to the public, but you must register for the series in order to attend. Register here.

Can’t make it?

All of CUAHSI’s Cyberseminars are recorded and archived on our website for later viewing.

Open Positions, WSU Vancouver

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • priority application deadline November 1, 2019, but accepted (early or late) on rolling basis until filled

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD or MS)

  • program application deadline January 10, 2020, but accepted (early or late) on rolling basis until filled

Send an email of inquiry/interest as soon as possible to kevan.moffett@wsu.edu and please attach a CV/resume that includes GPA and GRE scores, if possible. Complete applications are due by January 10, 2020 for priority review toward potential admission, but late applications will be accepted through winter and spring until the position is filled.

That’s So Water Meta! Workshop

2019 Annual Water Resources Conference | Salt Lake City, UT
November 3, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Learn options for sharing data, creating and applying metadata, and ensuring FAIR Data practices.
To Register 

  • If you are attending the AWRA Conference, register for the FREE Workshop here.
  • If you wish to attend the FREE workshop only, sign up using this form.

Please contact commgr@cuahsi.org with any questions.

SOE 592 Aquatic Microbial Ecology Spring 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:25-2:40pm

Hosted in Vancouver with AMS/zoom to all campuses

Instructor: Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens

This graduate course is focused on the biology and ecology of aquatic microbes, including protists (“plant-like” algae and “animal-like” protozoans), bacterial communities and viruses in aquatic systems. The course will consist of instructor-led presentations/lectures and student-led discussions of primary research literature, with consultation and support from the instructor. Each student will be expected to lead at least two discussions (with a student partner), to prepare two short literature reviews, and write an 8-10 page review paper.

Discussion topics may include:

  • Aquatic protist evolution and paleoecology
  • A review of microbial biodiversity and function
  • Ecological physiology of planktonic microbes
  • Worldwide abundance and distribution of aquatic microbes
  • Challenges in sampling and identifying aquatic microbes
  • Role of microbes in aquatic food webs
  • Protist symbioses
  • Protists, marine snow and carbon flux
  • Role of viruses in aquatic systems

The seminar is open to advanced undergraduates who have taken BIO 106, BIO 372 and have approval of the instructor.

SOE 592 Aquatic Microbial Ecology Spring 2020

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:25-2:40pm
Hosted in Vancouver with AMS/zoom to all campuses
Instructor: Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens
This graduate course is focused on the biology and ecology of aquatic microbes, including protists (“plant-like” algae and “animal-like” protozoans), bacterial communities and viruses in aquatic systems. The course will consist of instructor-led presentations/lectures and student-led discussions of primary research literature, with consultation and support from the instructor. Each student will be expected to lead at least two discussions (with a student partner), to prepare two short literature reviews, and write an 8-10 page review paper.
Discussion topics may include:
• Aquatic protist evolution and paleoecology
• A review of microbial biodiversity and function
• Ecological physiology of planktonic microbes
• Worldwide abundance and distribution of aquatic microbes
• Challenges in sampling and identifying aquatic microbes
• Role of microbes in aquatic food webs
• Protist symbioses
• Protists, marine snow and carbon flux
• Role of viruses in aquatic systems
The seminar is open to advanced undergraduates who have taken BIO 106, BIO 372 and have approval of the instructor.

William Julius Wilson Symposium for the Advancement of Social Justice

“The Quest for Environmental, Climate, Racial, and Economic Justice in the United States”

By Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 25

7:00 p.m. | Compton Union Building (CUB) Junior Ballroom, WSU Pullman

Widely regarded as the “father of environmental justice,” Robert D. Bullard has devoted decades to documenting the ills of social inequality and promoting equity in all its forms. He will be honored with WSU’s William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice and will deliver the 2019 William Julius Wilson Symposium address.

Dr. Bullard is a distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University and the author of 18 books. His book Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality won the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award in Science.

National public policy group Apolitical recently named him among the world’s “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy,” and the Global Climate Change Summit listed him among 22 “Climate Trailblazers.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from and engage with this globally prominent thinker in social and environmental policy. Common Reading credit available.

Free for everyone. Non-Pullman audiences can watch online

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Data Carpentry Workshop, Oct 10-11, 2019

Data Carpentry introduces computational skills needed for effective data management and analysis, which can be used throughout researchers’ careers. This is a two-day workshop on October 10 + 11 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 data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, and basic programming in R. Contact matthew.brousil@wsu.edu with questions. Workshop website: https://mbrousil.github.io/2019-10-10-wsu/