March 30, 2017
Latest news and updates
2017 Water for Food Global Conference | Registration closes April 1
Time is running out to be part of the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference!
We invite you to register today for the institute's flagship event, which will be held April 10-12, at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The event will bring together more than 100 speakers and global experts to address “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts.”
In addition to the sessions, workshops and seminars, the event includes two evening receptions with live music and globally inspired food; Nebraska bar-be-que dinner at Roca Berry Farm; student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit and multimedia artwork by students and professionals.

Visit our website to learn more and reserve your spot. Registration ends April 1.

Don't forget to enter our photography contest by Monday, April 3.

Special discounts are available to all academic faculty, staff and students.
If you have questions or any difficulty with online registration, or you're interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Amber Poythress.
World Water Day | What does the water cycle look like to you?
In honor of World Water Day on March 22, the institute created a social media campaign encouraging people to share images of the water cycle. Watch our short video to see what happened when we asked, "What does the water cycle look like to you?" You might be surprised by what we found.
Meetings and events promote knowledge sharing, collaboration
Arab Water Week | Jordan

On March 19, Executive Director Peter McCornick presented a keynote during Arab Water Week in Dead Sea, Jordan, addressing issues related to water, energy, food and ecosystems. Read the Jordan Times article.
Islamic Water Week | Saudi Arabia

On, March 22, Executive Director Peter McCornick presented a keynote on solutions for water and food security during the Islamic Development Bank's Agriculture and Development Week in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 
Columbia Water Center | New York City
On March 23, Director of Research Christopher Neale served on a panel addressing water, sustainability and climate at the Columbia Water Center's symposium on "Americas' Water: When Global Challenges Hit Home" in New York City. Learn more.
DWFI expands international network with visit from Kenya's Drought Management Authority
In late February, board members from Kenya's National Drought Management Authority met with various University of Nebraska groups in Lincoln. The group was led by Hon. Agnes Ndetei, a member of Kenya's parliament. The main objective of the visit was to share international experience on drought and water resources management. Discussions included bench-marking and identifying areas of future collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The visitors were briefed by UNL experts and officials from the National Drought Mitigation Center, CALMIT and DWFI. They also had valuable meetings with School of Natural Resources Director John Carroll and IANR Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Yoder. While in the U.S., the group also visited the National Weather Service and NOAA’s regional office in Fort Worth, Texas. The visit helped strengthen the University of Nebraska’s international network, leading to future capacity building, collaborative research and outreach. This summer, the NDMA plans to co-organize a drought workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.
Global Harvest Initiative: Data for water management in dry regions
Global Harvest Initiative's blog highlights the work the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the National Drought Mitigation Center are doing with farmers to improve drought monitoring and water usage in water-stressed MENA region.
Research promotes groundwater protection in Ghana

Research by University of Nebraska–Lincoln PhD student Mustapha Alhassan promotes groundwater protection in Ghana, shedding light on the need for policy dialogue in the country. Read blog
Microscopes to kaleidoscopes:
The inseparability of science and art

Intern Madeline Cass highlights the intersections of art and science and introduces the "Dreams to Dust" multimedia exhibit that will open as part of the 2017 global conference. Read blog.
Faculty Fellows in the news
UN Dialogue on Water
On World Water Day (March 22), Distinguished Fellow Roberto Lenton, the institute's founding executive director, presented at the United Nations General Assembly Working-Level Dialogue on Water in New York City. Watch webcast.(Remarks are at approximately 55:51)
Project aims to develop ag, natural resource professionals  
An interdisciplinary project led by Faculty Fellow Martha Mamo, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, aims to prepare students to address the challenges of food production and the environment through hands-on learning and peer interaction. Learn more.
Wardlow co-chairs world remote-sensing task force
Faculty Fellow Brian Wardlow, director of the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was selected by UN World Meteorological Organization to be the global co-chair for its Task Team on the Use of Remote Sensing Data for Climate Monitoring. Learn more.
Forsberg photo on Nebraska's sesquicentennial stamp
A photo by Faculty Fellow Michael Forsberg, a wildlife and conservation photographer, is featured on Nebraska's sesquicentennial celebratory stamp. Learn more.
Summer Grad Course:
NRES 898 - Teaching and Learning about Water Systems
Faculty Fellow Cory Forbes will help teach a summer graduate course at UNL that explores innovative, computer-based tools to teach about water systems and water resources to a wide variety of learners. The course is made possible through grants from USDA-NIFA and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-secondary Education and a partnership between SNR, DWFI and the Groundwater Foundation. Learn more.
Recent publications
Beyond "More Crop Per Drop"
A new report from the International Water Management Institute, co-authored by Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Executive Director Peter McCornick, chronicles the evolution of thinking on agricultural water productivity.
Learn more.

Drought Center releases 2016 annual report
The National Drought Mitigation Center has released a new report outlining its global efforts to reduce drought risk through research, education and outreach — including the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor which was viewed nearly 7 million times in 2016. Learn more.
Crop model research aids decision-making for corn irrigation in western Nebraska
Nebraska PhD student and DWFI student support grantee Justin Gibson co-authored a paper examining corn irrigation patterns in western Nebraska and their implications for water managers. The paper is published in the Journal of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. Learn more.
New Hybrid-Maize model improves corn yield predictions under drought stress 
Field Crops Research journal published a paper co-authored by Faculty Fellows Ken Cassman, Patricio Grassini and Haishun Yang that reports revisions in formulation and new features of the Hybrid-Maize model, to better simulate yields in harsh rainfed environments. Learn more.
The buffer value of groundwater when well yield is limited
New research in the Journal of Hydrology examines the buffer value of groundwater when well yield is limited. Co-authors include Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Director of Research Nick Brozovic and former postdoctoral researcher Tim Foster of Manchester University. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates
Four chosen for collaborative research program in Czech Republic
Three Nebraska students and one from California have been selected to attend this summer’s session of International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) in the Czech Republic.The National Science Foundation-funded program is hosted by Prague’s Czech Technical University. Learn more.
Upcoming water seminars
April 5, 3:30 p.m.
Menu Leddy, principal scientist, Orange County Water District
“OCWD: Groundwater Replenishment System”
Hardin Hall auditorium, UNL East Campus

April 19, 3:30 p.m.
Siamak Nejati, assistant professor, College of Engineering, UNL
“Engineering Solutions for Cleaning Contaminated Water: Membranes for Membrane Distillation"
Hardin Hall auditorium, UNL East Campus
Amber Poythress, events coordinator
Amber Poythress joined the institute in January 2017. She helps coordinate the logistics of the Water for Food Global Conference and various other institute events and meetings. She also provides administrative support, including welcoming visitors, maintaining the contact database and handling travel coordination for visiting international faculty, visitors and students.

Poythress relocated to Lincoln from New York City, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from City University of New York, City College and worked for more than ten years in the financial sector.

Director of Development | Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and University of Nebraska Foundation
Job opportunity: Primary duties for this joint position include strategic fundraising planning in coordination with institute leadership, identification, cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects, maintenance of records and appropriate stewardship with donors. This position will contribute to global network discussions, establish funding partnerships, lead sponsorship development for institute events and initiatives, and serve as a member of the institute leadership team. Learn more.

2017 Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's 2017 YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition
This competition invites young PhD and postdoctoral researchers to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. Winners receive a $20,000 research grant for a one-year investigation.
Proposal deadline: June 28, 2017
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