May 18, 2017
Latest news and updates
Forum showcases student contributions to water and food security 
The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute hosted its third annual Research Forum on May 11 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus Union. Sixteen University of Nebraska graduate and undergraduate students provided engaging presentations highlighting the impacts and outcomes of their research projects over the past year. The projects included developing hybrid wheat, conserving water in meat processing, investigating the impacts of agricultural runoff in larval fish, mitigating the risk of waterborne illness in Tanzania, using wireless underground sensors for real-time precision agriculture, creative storytelling for conservation and science literacy, examining the political complexities of water networks and more. The institute's student support program provides funding to DWFI Faculty Fellows advising students who are working on projects that align with the institute's mission to help ensure a more water and food secure world. Thank you to all of the students, staff, faculty and others who participated in this year's event.

View the presentations on DWFI's new SlideShare platform, as well as photos from the forum on Facebook.
Nebraska researchers join national team studying psychology of water use 
Six University of Nebraska researchers will join colleagues at Penn State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service to develop a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awar ded $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project to the 18 researchers involved.

Nebraska researchers participating in the study include:
  • Chittaranjan Ray, director, Nebraska Water Center
  • Mark Burbach, environmental scientist, UNL School of Natural Resources
  • Jessica Grosskopf, crops-economic risk management extension educator, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Faculty Fellow Lilyan Fulginiti, agricultural economist, UNL Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Faculty Fellow Richard Perrin, agricultural economist, UNL Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Faculty Fellow Daran Rudnick, irrigation management specialist, UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Case study locations in Nebraska, Arizona and Pennsylvania represent different types of water issues and various institutional settings. Learn more.
Videos resources | 2017 Water for Food Global Conference
In case you missed part of the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference last month, videos of the sessions are available on YouTube
DWFI hosts first AquaCrop-OS workshop
At this year's Water for Food Global Conference, participants were eager to build their skills for AquaCrop-OS, a free and open-source version of the crop water productivity model first developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. DWFI's Kate Gibson provides a recap of the inaugural workshop.
Students examine professional development for today’s water economy
By Aude Gaju Ngoga, Shelby Wolfe and Alivia Michalski, DWFI interns

What does it take to be successful in today's water economy? DWFI interns reflect on their research examining professional development for water and natural resources careers. Read blog.
Students highlight the importance of science literacy in the water for food challenge
By Kathryn Bagniewski, DWFI communications ambassador

Learn more about the science literacy initiative led by a class of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students aimed to educate the public about water issues and sustainability. Read blog.
Faculty Fellows in the news
Cahoon to receive honorary doctorate
The Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences will award an honorary doctorate degree to Faculty Fellow and Nebraska plant geneticist Edgar Cahoon (pictured). Learn more.
Adding value to water through more informed decisions
Faculty Fellow and Nebraska hydrogeophysicist Trenton Franz is featured in a Nebraska Farmer story on the latest water management technologies and how landowners, growers and watershed managers can use them to increase water productivity. Learn more.
Gilmore selected for collaborative project in Brazil
Faculty Fellow and Nebraska groundwater hydrologist Troy Gilmore (pictured) is among a group of researchers selected for funding by the São Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil. Gilmore’s proposal will provide new data for conceptual models to create science-based policies for groundwater management. Learn more.
Recent publications
Mesoscale Modeling of the Meteorological Impacts of Irrigation during the 2012 Central Plains Drought 
The American Meteorological Society recently published a study by Faculty Fellows Brian Wardlow, Haishun Yang and other University of Nebraska colleagues examining weather-irrigation interactions during drought. Read paper.
Nebraska Water Center updates
2016 Annual Report published
The Nebraska Water Center's 2016 Annual Report highlighting the outcomes and impacts from the past year is available in print and online.

I f you'd like to receive a hard copy, please contact Steve Ress.
Startup commercializing University of Nebraska research for groundwater cleanup
Airlift Environmental, a startup specializing in groundwater contamination removal, is taking off thanks to innovative research at the University of Nebraska. Learn more about this public-private partnership.
Erin Haacker, research associate
Erin Haacker works with Nebraska Water Center Director Chittaranjan Ray on computer modeling and statistical methods to understand water resources. Focusing on the High Plains Aquifer, she is analyzing groundwater use for irrigated agriculture, and both intended and unintended consequences of land use change and resource management.

Erin is finishing a Ph.D. at Michigan State University. She has bachelor’s degrees in zoology and international field geology, awarded jointly from University of Montana and University College Cork, Ireland.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area - Synopsis 1
Deadline: June 28

Deadline: July 13
About us
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global 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. The institute is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs. | (+1) 402.472.5145

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congress in 1964, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach by facilitating programs that will result in UNL becoming a premiere institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use. | (+1) 402.472.3305