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Dr. Wendy Graham appointed to Water Science and Technology Board ,

Dr. Wendy Graham, Director of the University of Florida Water Institute, has been appointed to the prestigious Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council. "I am very much looking forward to working on the Water Science and Technology Board to improve the scientific and technological basis for resolving important national issues associated with management and use of water resources", says Dr. Graham.

Since 1982, the Water Science and Technology Board has provided a focal point for studies related to water resources accomplished under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the nation's pre-eminent source of high-quality objective advice on science and engineering. The Board's scope covers all dimensions of water resources including science, engineering, economics, policy, educational issues, and social aspects.

As a Board member for 2017-20, Dr. Graham will serve in an oversight role for active projects of the National Research Council, assist in developing new National Research Council projects and initiatives, and help plan and participate in a 2-day autumn meeting of the Board in Washington D.C. The meeting will recognize the 35th anniversary of the Water Science and Technology Board and will include a session open to the public that will address the importance and challenges of water issues.

The National Academies of Sciences and Engineering are private nonprofit institutions whose work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science and engineering. Recent Water Science and Technology Board studies include reviews of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Progress, the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan, the Affordability of National Flood Insurance Program Premiums, and Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies.

Students In the Spotlight

Megan Stein Intern Report 

I stumbled upon a job opening that described an opening for a position that involved writing, design, and social media. As an agricultural education and communications major specializing in communication, this job opening practically described my coursework. To say my interest was piqued is an understatement. After being offered the position of communications and outreach media intern, my first day at the UF Water Institute was mid-September.

I was immediately put to work on my favorite project of my time at the UF Water Institute, creating posters for the newly selected faculty fellows. I got to interview four very diverse and passionate people about their line of work and how they got to where they are today. This was certainly an eye-opening experience as I was only working on my first post-secondary degree and these individuals have not only doctorates, but in some cases fjords named after them. I quickly came to the realization that I had a lot to learn about the dynamic world of hydrology and water-related research.

Over the next ten months, my perspective on the world of research has been transformed. I have interviewed countless researchers about their focus areas and learned the important lesson of googling subjects before asking questions about them. My appreciation for the dedication of researchers has certainly grown and my respect has deepened.

I am very thankful for the opportunity for me to spread my horizons into science communication. This has allowed me to broaden my experience into new fields and widened my skillset beyond what previous internships have shown me. I have greatly appreciated my time at the UF Water Institute.

From here, I am moving to College Station, TX. I have received a fellowship from Texas A&M University to pursue a Master’s degree in agricultural leadership, education, and communication specializing in leadership. I hope to work in the agricultural industry for a few years before returning to the University of Florida to pursue a doctorate in a related field.

Faculty In the Spotlight

New Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Members Begin Term 

As of June 1, five new members began their term on the UF Water Institute’s Faculty Advisory Committee.

New members include Christine Angelini, Thomas Bianchi, Mark Brenner, Kai Lorenzen, and Todd Osborne. Members whose term’s concluded include Tom Frazer, Peter Frederick, Sandra Russo, Elizabeth Screaton, and Arnoldo Valle-Levinson. Special thanks to prior FAC chair, Matthew Cohen. The current FAC chair is Kati Migliaccio.

The Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of 15 Water Institute Affiliate faculty who serve 3-year terms to advise the Water Institute Director and staff on the formulation and execution of Water Institute programs, plans and policies.

"The FAC is important because the Water Institute was established as a grassroots faculty initiative, and we want to ensure faculty remain engaged in its development," said Water Institute Director Wendy Graham.

The new members of the FAC will be instrumental in the design of a series of workshops to promote faculty engagement and new research networks within the Affiliate Faculty members that will begin next spring.

"I am really looking forward to being more involved in the Water Institute and learning more about how it functions," said FAC Chair Kati Migliaccio. "I hope to help build stronger faculty relationships within and to the Water Institute."

Thank you to all past FAC members for your guidance and insights! We are thankful for your time and energy towards the enhancement of the Water Institute.

News In the Spotlight

UF Water Institute Begins Collaborative Project to Protect Floridan Aquifer 

The UF Water Institute has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture program totaling $5 million over five years to protect the Floridan aquifer.

The Water for Agriculture project’s goal is to help stakeholders and decision makers understand changes needed to achieve agricultural water security and environmental protection.

"The project will ensure economic sustainability of agriculture and forestry in north Florida and south Georgia," said UF Water Institute Director Wendy Graham. "The grant will also help us protect water quantity, quality and habitat in the underground Floridan Aquifer and the springs and rivers it feeds."

The Floridan Aquifer provides drinking water for over 10 million people and supports multi-billion dollar agricultural industries.

Project investigators will conduct field experiments in Florida and Georgia to develop farming practices that reduce water use and fertilizer loss while still resulting in a profitable crop yield. A set of interactive computer models will be developed with input from farmers, foresters, springs and river advocates, water managers and other interested stakeholders in the region. The models will be used to predict impacts of different land-use, water use, and agricultural and forest production practices on water quantity, water quality and the economy of north Florida and south Georgia.

Faculty from the UF Water Institute, University of Georgia, Albany State University and Auburn University are collaborating on the project.

"The combination of expertise and experience that we are blending together from farmers to faculty, in disciplines ranging from engineering to anthropology, is a hallmark of the types of interdisciplinary projects that the Water Institute was formed to conduct," Graham said.

Dr. Wendy Graham appointed to Water Science and Technology Board 
Posted: 8/16/2017

Megan Stein Intern Report 
Posted: 7/13/2017

New Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Members Begin Term 
Posted: 7/6/2017

UF Water Institute Begins Collaborative Project to Protect Floridan Aquifer 
Posted: 6/29/2017

UF Water Institute Welcomes New Affiliate Faculty Members 
Posted: 6/21/2017

UF Faculty Engage in the Water and Livelihoods Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa 
Posted: 5/4/2017

UF Student and Faculty Research the Evolution of Water Resource Science 
Posted: 4/20/2017

UF Student featured by National Geographic for Captivating 360° Virtual Tour of Floridan Aquifer 
Posted: 4/13/2017

Save the Date for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 4/3/2017

A Day in the Life of a River 
Posted: 3/22/2017

UF Water Institute Director Back from National Science Foundation Appointment 
Posted: 3/3/2017

NSF Grant Allows for Further Collaboration in the Amazon 
Posted: 2/28/2017

SEC Academic Conference: The Future of Water 
Posted: 2/14/2017

2013 Water Institute Faculty Fellow Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena Completes Term 
Posted: 2/3/2017

2013 Water Institute Faculty Fellow, Dr. Matthew Cohen 
Posted: 1/25/2017

Peggy Carr works on Water 2070 project 
Posted: 12/15/2016

Dr. Peter Frederick secures funding for oyster restoration 
Posted: 12/7/2016

Faculty Team and Research Topic Selected for the 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows Program 
Posted: 11/30/2016

Water-Resource Regional Specialized Extension Agents Learn About Suwannee Water Issues 
Posted: 10/26/2016

Dr. Thomas Bianchi Publishes New Book 
Posted: 10/12/2016

New 2016 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 8/29/2016

UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Dukes receives John Deer Gold Medal Award 
Posted: 6/24/2016

The 5th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 3/7/2016

2011 Cohort of UF Water Institute Graduate Fellows Research Sharing Seminars 
Posted: 1/6/2016

Celebration of 2015 UF Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 10/22/2015

2016 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 10/6/2015

Posted: 8/24/2015

 Dr. Wendy Graham, Director of the UF Water Institute, is off to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a year!
Posted: 8/3/2015

 Dr. Carol Lippincott joins Water Institute as a Research Coordinator
Posted: 6/23/2015

Posted: 6/19/2015

 Water Institute affiliate faculty Dr. Whitney Sanford collaborates with State Parks on "Wish You Were Here" springs project
Posted: 4/16/2015

 Dr. Kelly Grogan leads UF/IFAS faculty research team on USDA NIFA grant
Posted: 4/9/2015

 Water Institute affiliate faculty Dr. Berg and Dr. Phillips lead PURC Water Utility Benchmarking workshop in Kosovo
Posted: 3/26/2015

UF Water Institute project featured in NOAA's U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit 
Posted: 3/13/2015

Technical review of options to move water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades 
Posted: 3/5/2015

Sea Levels During the Last Interglacial Period: What can they tell us about the future? 
Posted: 1/28/2015

2014 Distinguished Scholars Seminar 
Posted: 1/20/2015

WIGF Research Gathering 
Posted: 1/20/2015

Dr. Wendy Graham invited to speak on water panel at the second annual Sayfie Review: Florida Leaders Summit (December 4-5, 2014) 
Posted: 12/16/2014

Dr. Michael Dukes , Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 11/20/2014

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 11/20/2014

Congratulations to Dr. David Kaplan and the 2015 WIGF Faculty Team! 
Posted: 11/20/2014

James Jawitz and Jonathan Martin named 2014 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 9/26/2014

Matt Cohen and Rafa Muñoz-Carpena named Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 8/15/2013

Brazil Dams Working Group Awarded UF Internal Seed Funding 
Posted: 8/15/2013

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 8/15/2013

Dr. Jim Heaney , Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 8/15/2013

Water Institute helps Advance UF/IFAS Extension Water Initiatives 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Christopher Martinez , Assistant Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 3/15/2013

Recent awards for affiliate faculty 
Posted: 10/1/2012

UF Smithsonian exhibition at Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C. 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Water Utilities and Climate Working Group gains momentum 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Quality Data Review and Information-Sharing Program 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Student Poster Winners 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Treavor Boyer , Assistant Professor , Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 4/5/2012

Bin Gao , Assistant Professor , Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 4/5/2012

Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Center of Excellence in Watershed Management 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Rafael Muñoz-Carpena , Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 12/7/2011

Christine Overdevest , Assistant Professor , Sociology and Criminology & Law
Posted: 9/20/2011

Marie Kurz , PhD Student , Geology
Posted: 9/20/2011

Water Institute Director appointed to National Academy Numeric Nutrient Criteria Panel 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Public Water Supply Utilities Climate Impacts Working Group 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Kathleen McKee , Research Coordinator , Water Institute
Posted: 9/20/2011