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An Evening of Freshwater Science & New Collaboration

On Monday, January 29, the Freshwater Initiative (FWI) joined the UW chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) for their annual winter mixer with the AWRA professional chapter and the American Water Works Association. Attendees heard from the FWI graduate student steering committee about the organization’s mission, vision, and values, as well as some of the activities the students have planned. To learn more about FWI and how you can get involved, see the slides from the presentation here.

The FWI graduate student steering committee representing at the AWRA-WA Winter Mixer.

The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Julie Vano, a UW alumnus and now project scientist in the Hydrometeorological Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Her talk focused on the importance of bridging the gap between scientists and decision makers. Specifically, she discussed how we as scientists and policy makers can help build better bridges.

From speaker, Dr. Julie Vano: “Scientists and decision makers—we’re a little like two different species, but we are working to find effective bridges to connect us. How can we become better bridge builders?”

The overall theme of the night? Water science requires community engagement, bridges between interdisciplinary groups, and safe spaces for spontaneous collaboration.