November 30, 2018 / Volume 6, Issue 33

In this issue:   Research AwardWEESAPW / Photo Contest / UCOWR
Community-based Water Solutions Sought for the WRRC Annual Conference
The February 1st WRRC 2019 Conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions, will explore how Arizona's regions, cities and towns, tribes, and rural areas are working to meet their future water needs. In order to highlight as many perspectives as possible, we have added a new participatory element to this year's event. We are soliciting case studies that describe a community water challenge/solution, including the barriers or opportunities that have hindered or helped the community work toward a solution. You can submit your case-study through a simple online form and you don't have to attend the conference to contribute. All the submittals will be included in a compendium of case studies as a follow-up to the conference; h owever, several submitting authors will also have the opportunity to present a three-minute lightning talk during the conference lunch session. Lunch speakers must be registered for the conference, which will take place on February 1, 2019 (8 am - 2 pm), at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona.
Submit your case study here  
WRRC 2019 Conference Information here 
December 11, 2018
Presented by: 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the ever-growing global demand for water.
January 8, 2019 
Presented by:  AZ Water Association 
Registration is now open for the AZ Water Research Symposium. The symposium, Smart Water Systems of Today - Cyber Innovations in Water Systems - will include technical presentations and panels on Smart Water Systems. A panel on Arizona's Water Research Centers will feature WRRC Associate Director Claire Zucker speaking on WRRC research and outreach efforts and sharing perspectives on smart water systems. The event includes a catered luncheon and student poster presentations.  
For registration information and a link to abstract submission for student posters, click here.
tapiaElia Tapia Presents at Graduate Student Showcase   
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) Administration office will host the 2018 Annual Student Research Showcase on December 4. Elia Tapia, who is a Sr. Research Specialist at the WRRC as well as a Ph.D. Candidate in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS), will present her poster, "Assessing the Long-term Impact of Climate Uncertainties and Binational Land and Water Management Decisions on the Transboundary Santa Cruz Aquifer." The poster presents the results of some of her work for the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program ( TAAP ). Her poster presentation was recently awarded a prize at the ALRS 50th Anniversary Student Poster Contest. 
weesWEES/IE Connection Luncheons  
How can researchers from different academic disciplines get connected to colleagues interested in cross-disciplinary research questions? We want to help! This spring, the Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) and The Institute of the Environment (IE) will be hosting Connection Luncheons for faculty and researchers.
To organize the luncheons, WEES and IE have created a brief survey. If you are a faculty member or researcher at the University of Arizona and would be interested in participating in one of these events, fill out the survey at the link below so that we can find the right luncheon for you. The format will be a very brief 1-slide introduction presentation by each participant followed by a free-format discussion.

Take the WEES/IE Connection Luncheon Survey Here.
apwTransforming Science Instruction
The Arizona Department of Education has just adopted new science standards to replace the 2004 standards. Starting in the 2019 school year, K-12 teachers will be using these standards to guide their curriculum and instructional practices. For many years Arizona Project WET (APW) has provided professional development to teachers state-wide to help them incorporate the science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts that are now included in the new standards. Currently, APW is meeting with school district curriculum specialists, teachers, industry professionals, and statewide leaders in science education to assist schools in the implementation of the new standards. Science content areas have been changed at the different grade levels, but more importantly, the new standards concentrate on developing students' scientific thinking skills. APW is excited to assist teachers as they help students develop problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and technology skills. We will continue to understand and meet their instructional needs as science education is transformed with the new Arizona Science Standards. 
photoPhoto Contest Ends Dec 7
The 2018 WRRC Photo Contest will be ending next Friday, Dec. 7. Don't miss out on a chance to show us your photography skills. Give us your take on Arizona water and you'll have a chance to have your photos displayed at our upcoming 2019 Conference, the 2019 Chocolate Fest event, and on our print and web media.
Show us your stuff!        
ucowr2UCOWR Awards Nominations are Open  

The call for nominations for the 2019 UCOWR Awards is open! UCOWR is a consortium of academic institutions and affiliates invested in water resources research, education, and outreach. Each year UCOWR recognizes seven award categories: Each award has its own criteria and procedures that can be found by clicking the links above. Please follow the guidelines required for each award. Nominations of candidates for the respective UCOWR Awards must be made by a UCOWR delegate.  Drs. Carl J. Bauer, Karletta Chief, Bonnie G. Colby, George B. Frisvold, Thomas Meixner, Kerri Hickenbottom, and Christopher A. Scott are UA delegates to UCOWR, and WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal serves as UCOWR's past president and lead delegate for UA.    
Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 1, 2019.