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DWFI & Nebraska Water Center host open house March 5
Reminder... We hope to see you at our open house on March 5 from 3:30-6 p.m. at Nebraska Innovation Campus. See our new space and enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and conversation. DWFI's founding executive director Roberto Lenton will give remarks at 4:30 p.m. Our office is located on the 3rd floor of the Nebraska Innovation Commons, 2021 Transformation Dr. RSVP by March 2.

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'Transdisciplinary Conversations' to be held March 16 at UNO
The next 'Transdisciplinary Conversations' will be March 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus. This month's event will feature a brief talk by Alan Kolok, director of UNO's Nebraska Watershed Network and interim director of UNMC's Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology. His talk is titled, "Interdisciplinary solutions for super wicked problems: Lessons learned from global climate change." Light food and drinks will be served. RSVP now. Learn more.
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Register now for Water Symposium and Water Law Conference
Water use, sustainability and supply in the critical High Plains aquifer will be the theme for presentations and discussions at the Nebraska Water Center's annual Water Symposium and Water Law Conference this spring. "High Plains Aquifer: Sustainability for Food Production and Water Supply" will be March 19. The symposium will be followed by a one-day law conference on March 20. Both events will be held at the University of Nebraska College of Law on UNL's East Campus. Early registration ends March 4. Register now.

Poster session: Call for abstracts
Deadline extended to: March 16
Poster displays and a poster competition will part of the symposium. Contact the NWC at pliedle@nebraska.edu or 402.472.3305 for more details. Submit abstract.

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Other news and events

Roberto Lenton
Neil Palmer, CIAT, flooded field
Roberto Lenton
March 18, 3:30 p.m.
UNL Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.

Dr. Lenton, DWFI founding executive director, will speak about drought and a new framework for considering the connections between water, food and energy. He'll also address how societies can cope with drought. Learn more.
Anthony Leiserowitz
March 10, 3:30 p.m.
Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus

Dr. Leiserowitz, a research scientist and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will explore public perception on issues related to climate change. Learn more. (Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT)
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Michael Schneiders
March 11, 3:30 p.m.
Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus

Mr. Schneiders, president of Water Systems Engineering, Inc., will address the need for water professionals to remain informed and provide sound information to the public and governing officials on the critical importance of groundwater. Learn more.
March water and ag celebrations
Spring is near, bringing many celebrations related to water and agriculture. Here are a few coming up: 
World Water Day
March 22
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Brozovic discusses water policy in national food journal
Nick Brozovic DWFI director of policy Nick Brozovic (pictured) recently shared his insights on the world's growing water crisis in The Food Journal and Food, Nutrition & Science, highlighting Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts as examples of effective groundwater management. A full interview is available, along with the article. Read more.

Study characterizes genetic resistance to wheat disease
 Stephen Baenziger A new study co-authored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, including DWFI Faculty Fellow Stephen Baenziger (pictured), has unearthed the genetic roots of resistance to a wheat disease that has recently devastated crop yields from southern Africa through the Middle East. Read more.

Distance from KazNU to UNL continues to shrink

Thanks to a burgeoning partnership that is nurturing water scientists on two continents at the Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory and "KazNU" university, the distance separating Almaty, Kazakhstan and Lincoln, Neb.- some 6,500 miles - continues to shrink. Read more.

Research explores ag advisers' ability to communicate climate info

cattle Despite the important roles that agricultural advisers play in agricultural decision-making, relatively little is known about the readiness of different types of agricultural advisers to use weather and climate information to help their clients manage risk under increasing climate uncertainty. Research led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's National Drought Mitigation Center explores the issue. Read more.


Cindy Reyes, intern
Cindy Reyes Cindy Reyes was raised in Lincoln, Neb. but is originally from Gerber, Calif. She is an undergraduate student working on a bachelor's degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cindy is designing a website promoting the history of Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts (NRD). She is eager to gain experience working with a team, specifically in developing the NRD website with the web developer. She hopes to offer a fresh design approach that captures the mission and achieves the goals of the project. The website will launch in May.
Water funding opportunities

Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation
International grant-making includes projects for agriculture, natural resources, and grassroots conservation
Due date: April 30 (phase one)
Award: $30,000 - $500,000, period of performance 1-2 years
International: IAP's international funding is restricted to projects in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)
Developing Exposure and Toxicity Data for Priority Trace Organics in Biosolids (TOBI2R15)
Due date: April 30
Award: Not to exceed $250,000, period of performance - 2 years
WERF is seeking proposals to develop needed exposure and hazard data (i.e., human health toxicity and ecotoxicity) for three (3) higher priority trace organics: polybrominated diphenyl ethers, Azithromycin and Ciprofloxacin. These were identified among many priority chemicals in the 2009 U.S. EPA Targeted National Sewage Sludge Survey. Proposers are strongly encouraged to seek additional partners, collaborators, test sites, case studies, etc., to further leverage the level of effort and funding, as well as to successfully complete the research. Additional in-cash and in-kind contributions, for example, through chemical manufacturers, producers, water resource recovery facilities, personnel, laboratories, etc., are also encouraged. These additional funds/contributions will be considered in the selection and ranking of proposals.

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.