Get to Know the Center for Urban Waters

Get to Know the Center for Urban Waters

By Nina Zhao Located along the shores of Commencement Bay in Tacoma, WA, the Center for Urban Waters is a revolutionary research facility designed with the environment in mind.  The founding partners of the Center for Urban Waters – the City of Tacoma, the University of Washington-Tacoma, and the Puget Sound Partnership – are committed to seeing this unique, innovative water research facility grow along with water research demands.
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Science, Water, and Basketball at Campbell Farm: Tales from an Alternative Spring Break

Science, Water, and Basketball at Campbell Farm: Tales from an Alternative Spring Break

By Sally Landefeld Image Credit: Zihan Cao, University of Washington With finals in the rear-view mirror, most University of Washington (UW) students can think of little else but those two magical words that have been teasing them all winter: Spring Break.  While my friends took off for Cabo, slept in past noon, or backpacked on the Olympic Peninsula, I climbed into a UW van destined for a decidedly more unusual spring break location. 
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UW Student Film Contest 2019

UW Student Film Contest 2019

STEM Majors: Looking to blow off some STEAM through film making? The 2nd UW Student Film Contest is now open to STEM majors all over the world. The contest is open to students of all levels (undergraduate to post-graduate) with a desire to collaborate with arts/humanities majors.
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Geohackweek 2018: Now Accepting Applications

Geohackweek 2018: Now Accepting Applications

Photo Credit: University of Washington eScience Institute Applications to participate in Geohackweek 2018 are now open! WHAT: Workshop on Geospatial Data Science WHEN: September 10-14, 2018 WHERE: University of Washington eScience Institute Geohackweek is a 5-day hackweek held at the University of Washington eScience Institute. Participants will learn about open source technologies used to analyze geospatial datasets.
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Children make the long walk home with containers of polluted water they scooped from holes they dug in a dry riverbed. (Note: Cheru out of the frame in these photos.) Carrying a tea kettle, Cheru Lotuliapus, 5, (wearing red skirt and green shirt) walks with other children twice a day to dig for water in a dry riverbed in West Pokot, Kenya.  A first-year kindergarten student, she carries water to school and returns home by way of the waterhole to refill her kettle. With other school children, she walks more than 6km a day for water.

Kenya
West Pokot County
Location: Ptoyo; sublocation: Kesot; village: Chepoyotwo
Sook program area

2018 Global 6K for Water: Run with Us!

Photo Credit: Kathryn Reid for World Vision Inc. Join the UW Freshwater Initiative at the 2018 Global 6K for Water on May 19, 2018 in Gas Works Park! WHAT: Global 6K for Water WHEN: May 19, 2018 WHERE: Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA Six kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world must walk for water -water that isn’t always safe for human consumption.
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Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved this 60-foot deep canyon (note people standing at the right for scale). Source: Ian Joughin, Univ. of Washington

Job Announcement: Freshwater-eScience Research Scientist

Civil and Environmental Engineering and the eScience Institute have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 4 at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. The Research Scientist/Engineer will provide research support and develop leadership in the interdisciplinary Freshwater Initiative in collaboration with College of Engineering, College of the Environment, and UW Tacoma researchers. 
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FISH 447/448: Watershed Ecology & Management

FISH 447/448: Watershed Ecology & Management

Looking for a way to get your feet wet in watershed science? Enroll in Watershed Ecology and Management in Spring 2018, an investigation of stream and river ecosystems from a watershed perspective…and a darn good time. Lectures will feature: Multidisciplinary views of the fundamental processes governing the striation and function of flowing aquatic ecosystems.
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Global Proliferation of Small Hydropower Plants

Global Proliferation of Small Hydropower Plants

Increased societal demand for electricity has resulted in global proliferation of hydropower facilities, which harness and transform the energy of flowing water into a sustainable source of electricity.  However, increased public awareness about the socioeconomic costs of hydropower installations (e.g., greenhouse gas formation, decreased water quality and quantity, and decreased biodiversity) means that governments are moving away from construction of large hydropower installations and instead turning their attention to small hydropower plants.
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Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a member of the FWI steering committee at the University of Washington. Here, he sits down with graduate student Thiago Couto to discuss his experience working with large, multidisciplinary research groups and why an open mind is often critical for success in freshwater research.
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UW Chapter of AWRA Seeks Student Leaders

UW Chapter of AWRA Seeks Student Leaders

The award-winning UW Chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is expanding their student leadership team in Spring 2018. The leadership team works together to plan at least one major event per quarter, including networking nights, guest lectures, movie nights and more. While not serving on the leadership team is not a large time commitment, it does require committed and enthusiastic leaders.
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