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Water for Food Global Conference: Early registration ends March 18
The early registration period for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference ends after March 18. This year's theme is "Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security," focusing on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships (PPPs) in water for food research, technology and project development.

Join us for an engaging mix of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and workshops representing different voices in PPPs. There will also be various special events, including a workshop on smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa co-convened with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and KickStart International in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems; the world premiere of "Thirsty Land," a documentary feature film; a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music.

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Deadlines near for conference poster competition, photo contest
poster competition
Poster competition
To recognize current research focused on the many dimensions of Water for Food, graduate students and faculty and university partners are invited to present posters as part of the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference. Learn more.

Graduate student abstracts: March 18
Faculty and partner abstracts: April 1
Photography contest
Calling all photographers! We'd like to know: "What does 'Water for Food' look like to you in today's world?" We invite you to participate in our first-ever photo contest leading up to the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference. Enter to be eligible to win free registration and a host of other prizes. Learn more.

Photo submissions are due April 10

White House Water Summit
White House
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On March 22, in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day, the Obama Administration will host a White House Water Summit including a select group of about 120 water leaders from across the U.S. to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through science and technology.

Water for Food Institute Founding Executive Director Roberto Lenton was invited to attend the event, along with WFI Program Associate Richael Young in her role as Mammoth Trading president. 
The Water Summit will be live-streamed, and the public is invited to participate through social media using the hashtag #WHWaterSummit.

WFI celebrates World Water Day March 22
World Water Day
World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to bring attention to the importance of freshwater and to advocate for sustainable freshwater management.

To commemorate the day, WFI will highlight how Water for Food researchers are working toward a more water and food secure world on social media. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #WaterIs. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates

Nebraska Water Center publishes 2015 Annual Report
The Nebraska Water Center/Water Sciences Laboratory's 2015 Annual Report is available online. The report recounts accomplishments during the past year in areas of research, support for University of Nebraska research faculty and staff, education and outreach programming, and communications. It also details unique Nebraska-based programs and projects sponsored or conducted by WFI. It is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the WSL, which was founded as a core analytical research facility for the University of Nebraska in 1990. To request a print copy, please e-mail sress@nebraska.edu.

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On the blog

UNL researcher applies expertise in aquifer recharge to arid regions
Leveraging the University of Nebraska's expertise in groundwater management, Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow and UNL Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Vitaly Zlotnik (pictured at left) is working on a project with colleagues in Oman and Jordan that focuses on using treated waste water more efficiently through Managed Aquifer Recharge. Read blog.
Vitaly Zlotnik MENA project
Upcoming events

Seminar on drinking water nitrate and cancer | March 30
The next lecture in the Nebraska Water Center/UNL School of Natural Resources spring semester water seminar series on "Water and Health" will feature Mary Ward, senior investigator for the National Cancer Institute's Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch and Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Division. She will present, "Drinking Water Nitrate and Cancer: What Do We Know and What Research is Needed?"

Wednesday, March 30
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Seminar to explore uranium in groundwater | April 13
Karrie Weber
The Nebraska Water Center/UNL School of Natural Resources will host a seminar by Karrie Weber (pictured far right), Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in the UNL School of Biological Sciences. She will present, "Mobilization of Uranium in Groundwater."

Wednesday, April 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Conference on water security, Syrian refugee crisis | April 19
Oxfam photo of children in Jordan with water tap
Karl Schembri/Oxfam, Flickr
"Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization: Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis"
Tuesday, April 19
Nebraska Innovation Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

As a result of the civil conflict, threats to water and food security in Syria and surrounding nations are a daily reality. Join us as we learn from international experts about the refugee crisis and the ripple of humanitarian concerns. Event highlights:
  • Keynote addresses and a panel discussion with experts on water issues in the Middle East, including governmental and nongovernmental agencies, journalists and academics
  • A conversation with University of Nebraska students about their recent trip to Jordan
  • The screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary about Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The conference is free and open to the public. It is hosted by WFI, the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the International Arid Lands Consortium and sponsored by the Forsythe Family Foundation in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs and UNL's Global Studies Program and Department of Political Science.

Spotlight: Water for Food interns 

Water for Food policy interns
Alexander Stejskal, Suzanne Polzkill and Anna Wistrom joined WFI in Jan. 2016 to help a team of researchers led by Director of Policy Nick Brozovic analyze water policy in the High Plains. The team is composed of professors from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and post-doctoral fellows and staff from WFI.

Alexander and Suzanne are collecting data on groundwater regulations for irrigation in High Plains states with the goal of developing an interactive atlas that presents all the data in a clear and visually appealing fashion. This atlas will help researchers and policymakers understand the evolution and heterogeneity of water management practices in the High Plains at a glance. Anna is researching data on agricultural energy use, which will help advance the understanding of the complex decision-making farmers face about water and energy use for food production. This will assist policymakers in developing robust strategies for making the best use of limited natural resources for agricultural production.
Alexander Stejskal
Alexander Stejskal
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Suzanne Polzkill
Suzanne Polzkill
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Anna Wistrom
Anna Wistrom
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Water funding opportunities

CFDA number: 15.554 -- Cooperative Watershed Management Program
Deadline: May 4 
Award amount: $100,000 over a period of two years
Expected number of awards: 6

The Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation 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 maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.