Sep 29 2014

2014 Water and Health Conference Keynote Speaker and Schedule

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The keynote speaker for the 2014 Water and Health Conference will be Jennifer Sara, director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. In this role, she works to ensure an integrated approach across all water-related projects, customizing the Bank’s global water strategy to the country dialogue, and providing policy advice and operational support in response to specific client needs.

The schedules for verbal and poster presentations are also now available for the Conference, which takes place October 13-17 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. For more information: http://whconference.unc.edu/program/.

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Sep 29 2014

Future Technologies for Water Competition Finalists

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The Future Technologies for Water Competition aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan. The finalists for the competition are:

Scott Ensign and Ryan Neve –Sensor platforms that merge water quality measurement with the flow of water.

Elizabeth Nowak and Guy Katz—Harvesting drinking water from atmospheric air.

Pallavi Roy, Arun Raj, Christina Mallin and Amir Tehrani –Online monitoring of mining wastewater.

They will present their innovations at the 2014 Water and Health Conference on Monday, October 13, and the winner will be announced at the conference dinner on Wednesday, October 15. For more information: http://ftw.waterinstitute.unc.edu/finalists/.

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Sep 29 2014

Hurricanes cause estuaries to release trapped carbon dioxide

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A Raleigh News & Observer story on research by Hans Paerl, Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at UNC’s Institute for Marine Sciences, on “burping estuaries”. For more information: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/28/4178740_hurricane-effect-a-big-case-of.html?rh=1.

 

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Sep 23 2014

UNC faculty member’s research on human right to water and sanitation featured in international newsletter

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UNC faculty member Ben Meier’s work on the human right to water and sanitation is featured prominently in the internationally published WASH plus Weekly newsletter and is a prime example of departmental collaboration between the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Public Policy Department. For more information: http://goo.gl/TnFBPl.

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Sep 18 2014

UNC Friday Center “Water In Our World” online course modules

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Global water topics are the focus of the UNC Friday Center’s newest online course modules. For more information: http://waterinourworld.web.unc.edu/.

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Sep 15 2014

Former UNC professor John Briscoe awarded for water work

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John Briscoe, a former Environmental Sciences and Engineering professor at UNC from 1981-1985, was recently awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, informally known as the “Nobel Prize of water” for his efforts related to global water policy. For more information: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2014/09/former-unc-professor-john-briscoe-awarded-for-water-work.

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Sep 15 2014

Marchetti Lab Research Cruise

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Adrian Marchetti, a faculty member in the UNC Marine Sciences department, recently led a research cruise along the California coast in July 2014 to investigate the ecological importance of iron storage in diatoms. For more information: http://marine.unc.edu/department/mascnews/marchetti-lab-research-cruise/.

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Sep 15 2014

Water Safety Plans Distance Learning Course

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Registration is now open for the next session of The Water Institute at UNC’s Water Safety Plans distance learning course, which will begin on September 29. The 10-week course covers five main content areas: preparation, system assessment, operational monitoring, management and communication, and feedback and improvement. To register, or for more information: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/learning/water-safety-plans/.

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Sep 15 2014

Water Institute Online Course on Monitoring & Evaluation

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The Water Institute at UNC is offering an online course on monitoring and evaluation for water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Registration is now open for the third module of the course focused on evaluation design. This self-paced online program consists of 10 core modules, including basic design issues, approaches to sampling, conducting surveys and continuous quality improvement. For more information, visit www.washmel.org or contact waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu.

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Sep 08 2014

Abstract submissions for 2015 Nexus Conference

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The Nexus Conference committee is now accepting abstract submissions for verbal and poster presentations, as well as side event proposals, for the Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference.

Submissions should relate to the following themes:

Sustainable and Resilient Development at a Local Level

Trans-boundary, National and Local Nexus Governance

Corporate Stewardship of the Nexus

Financing in a Nexus World

Sustainable Agriculture

Water Stress, Vulnerability, and Health

Managing Resources: Optimizing Co-Demands

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators are hosting the Nexus 2015 Conference on March 15-17 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. The Conference brings together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders to focus on how and why the nexus approach can be used on local and international levels.

For more information, please visit the conference website http://nexus.unc.edu/ or on social media @NexusConference.

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