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DWFI to lead discussions at the 7th World Water Forum April 12-17
World Water Forum 2015

DWFI is pleased to participate in the 7th World Water Forum, the largest water-related event in the world, which will take place in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, South Korea, April 12-17.

This global event is a valuable opportunity to share the University of Nebraska's leadership in water management and agriculture, and to learn from others as we work together toward a common goal: to ensure we have enough food and water for a population expecting to reach 10 billion in the next 35 years. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates, along with the larger discussion using #wwaterforum7.

Learn more about some of DWFI's activities at the forum:
Water and Food Security in a Changing World
High level Panel: How Can We Achieve a Water and Food Secure Future? 
Making Every Drop Count: Best Available Technology in Irrigated Agriculture
Concluding Session 2.1: Water for Food
Upcoming events

International Center for Climate Governance webinar:
"Solutions for Water Efficiency, Water Productivity and Water Saving in Arid Countries
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April 14, 12 p.m.
Speaker: Pasquale Steduto, deputy regional representative for the Near East & North Africa Region and Egypt representative, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Dr. Steduto is also a member of DWFI's International Advisory Panel.


Concerns about water scarcity in arid countries focus on irrigation, the most water-demanding sector worldwide. However, irrigation is often seen as wasteful and inefficient. This webinar will examine the current approaches to improving water use and recommend alternatives in the context of arid countries. Registration is required. Learn more.

Heuermann Lecture:
"2050: Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Global Challenges
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Robb Fraley April 21, 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Robb Fraley, Monsanto
Nebraska Innovation Campus

A distinguished leader in agricultural technology, Dr. Fraley is Monsanto's executive vice president and chief technology officer. He leads Monsanto's global technology division, which has plant breeding, biotechnology and crop protection research facilities in dozens of countries. In 2013, Dr. Fraley was honored as a World Food Prize Laureate. This event will be live-streamed. Learn more.

Nebraska Water Center groundwater seminar
April 22, 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: T. Prabhakar Clement
Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus

Dr. Clement, Harold Vince Groome Jr. Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, will address the value of using complex mathematical models to predict contaminant concentration levels in groundwater when there is limited data. Learn more.

Final spring "Transdisciplinary Conversations" reception
Jessica Shoemaker April 22, 4:30-6 p.m.
Speaker: Jessica Shoemaker, NU College of Law
Morrill Hall, UNL City Campus

Join us for food, drinks and networking at the next 'Transdisciplinary Conversations' hosted by DWFI and the Rural Futures Institute. This month's event will feature remarks from Jessica Shoemaker, assistant professor of law at the University of Nebraska. Prof. Shoemaker will speak briefly about her transdisciplinary work, highlighting a project that involves developing a simulation tool for public participation in land use planning. Register now.
Spotlight

Mallory Morton, biological systems engineering student
Mallory Morton

In the fall of 2013, Mallory Morton, then a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received a momentous offer from DWFI Faculty Fellow Francisco Munoz-Arriola. Vacillating between majors, Morton knew she wanted to fuse her passion for climate change and the environment. When Dr. Mu?oz-Arriola, a UNL assistant professor of biological systems engineering, advertised an undergraduate research opportunity in water for food, Mallory didn't hesitate.

 

In the 18 months since, her skills and experiences have flourished. Now a senior biological systems engineering major, Mallory has learned new hydrologic models, crunched huge bioclimatic data sets, and placed first in the hydrology category at the student poster session during the American Meteorological Society's Annual Conference this January in Phoenix. Her poster quantified Nebraska's climate resilience by incorporating satellite-derived evapotranspiration and soil moisture data with a macro-scale hydrologic model. Morton is greatly appreciative of both Dr. Mu?oz-Arriola's mentorship and the experience.

 

"It was an amazing experience and Francisco was a huge part of that. He encouraged me to present - and I'm thankful that he saw something in me," said Mallory.

 

This summer, Mallory will intern with Olsson Associates, a 900-employee engineering and design firm based in Lincoln. She's excited to complement her academic training with private sector application.

 

"I'm hoping it will help me make some major decisions in the future," she said.

 

And be it stream restoration, consulting or graduate school, one thing seems clear: Mallory will have engineered a solid foundation to build from.

 

Writer: Jesse Starita, DWFI Education Outreach Associate 

 

Water funding opportunities

Application Deadline: June 30

The National Groundwater Research and Educational Foundation is seeking grant applications for groundwater research as well as water supply projects and educational programs in developing nations. The NGWREF Board of Directors has approved $15,000 for the research grants and $35,000 for the developing nations grants. Applications are being accepted now through June 30, and grants will be announced on or before October 1.

For more information, click on the links above or contact Rachel Geddes at rgeddes@ngwa.org or phone 800.551.7379 (614.898.7791), ext. 504.

Additional funding opportunities may be found at grants.gov, a single access point for individuals to search competitive funding opportunities from more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while sustaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.