The “Water In Our World” International Photo Competition, officially launched on Aug. 31st, and accepted submissions through November 30th, 2012. For more information: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/photocompetition2012.

 

“Reflections of the Eno” art exhibition by local artist Alex Armstrong in Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. This exhibit featured photographs of optical effects upon the Eno River created by the play of wind, water, and light. continued through December 31st, 2012. For more information:http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/news/index.php/2012/09/reflections-of-the-eno-photos-on-view-in-wilson-library/.

 

The UNC School of Nursing hosted an interactive seminar featuring Ed Kerwin, OWASA executive director, entitled Integrating Environmental Health into Nurse Education:A Primer on Safe Water on September 17th, 2012, in Carrington Hall Room 104.

 

Clarissa Brocklehurst lecture titled “We met the Millennium Development Goal for drinking water—now what?” on September 18th, 2012, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series.

 

Film screening of Last Call at the Oasis sponsored by RENCI, the Institute for the Environment at UNC, and the Water Institute at UNC on September 25th, 2012, at the Varsity Theater.

 

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies hosted a reading of Boaz Gaon’s new play, Boged: An Enemy of the People, along with a panel discussion on the issues that the play raises, many of which deal with Israeli politics, water, environmental activism, on September 29th, 2012, in the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

 

Friday Center “What’s The Big Idea?” lecture given by Tamlin Pavelsky titled Water, Water Everywhere: What the Geosciences Can Tell Us about the Present and the Future of Water Resources on October 4th, 2012 in the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

 

The Water Through Film Series on October 6 – 7th, 2012 co-sponsored by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Day one of the series was screened at Duke University’s Richard White Theater  with the following day’s films shown in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center. For more information: http://isa.unc.edu/event/water-in-film-series/.

 

A dramatic production of the play Eurydice written by Sarah Ruhl was performed October 11 – 15th, 2012 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre located in the Center for Dramatic Art.

 

Friday Center “What’s The Big Idea?” lecture given by Antonio Rodriguez titled Impacts of Sea-level Rise on Barrier Islands: Lessons Learned from the Geologic Record held on October 11th, 2012 in the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

 

Jamie Bartram, Water Theme Steering Committee Co-Chair, was the featured guest speaker on University Day held on Friday October 12th, 2012 in Memorial Hall. For more information: http://www.unc.edu/universityday/.

 

The Department of Geography Colloquium Series hosted a talk by Dr. Tom Evans, Associate Professor of Geography at Indiana University-Bloomington on Friday, October 12th, in 220 Saunders Hall titled Water Governance, Agricultural Development and Community-level Resilience to Climate Change. For more on Dr. Evans’ work: http://www.indiana.edu/~geog/people/evans.shtml.

 

Morgan Creek Festival on October 20th, 2012 from 1 – 5 PM co-sponsored by the Morgan Creek Valley Alliance, North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Institute for the Environment at UNC.

 

The Institute for the Environment at UNC hosted an event on October 23rd, 2012, featuring author William deBuys and photographer Alex Harris as they discussed their non-fiction work “River of Traps,” the story of an oldtime northern New Mexico villager.  The story of Jacobo Romero and accompanying photographs share his knowledge of land and water and the critical role they both played in his life.  The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, the Winner of the Evans Biography Award, and a New York Times Notable Book. The  event was held in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium located in the UNC School of Social Work.

 

The Environmental Sciences & Engineering Department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted a special seminar featuring Gerald E. Speitel, Jr., the 2012 ESE Distinguished Alumnus Award winner and John J. McKetta Professor in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, on Wednesday October 24th, 2012, in the Rosenau Hall Auditorium. The title of Dr. Speitel’s talk was Cometabolism by Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria: Implications for Nitrification in Chloraminated Drinking Water Distribution Systems.

 

Friday Center “What’s The Big Idea?” lecture given by Gregory W. Characklis titled Meeting Future Water Demands: Engineering, Economics, and Managing Risk held on October 25th, 2012, in the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

 

Campus Sustainability Day on Friday October 26th from 1 – 4PM on Polk Place

 

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Student Global Health Committee hosted an event called “Whose Water is it Anyway?” on Monday, October 29th in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center. This event featured a four-person panel of speakers (Dr. Myron Cohen, Dr. Mark Sobsey, Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, and Dr. Urooj Amjad) from UNC and the local community who shared their experiences with water as it intersects with health, economics, politics, and human rights. A brief reception showcasing student water organizations followed in the FedEx Atrium.

 

2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation  held Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2012 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. For more information: http://whconference.unc.edu/.

 

Friday Center “What’s The Big Idea?” lecture given by Rachel T. Noble titled Rapid Molecular Methods: A Revolution for Water Quality Management held on November 1st, 2012 in the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

 

The Institute for the Environment at UNC hosted the 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss lecture with Dr. Jay Famiglietti titled “Water Cycle Change and the Human Fingerprint on the Water Landscape of the 21st Century: Observations from a Decade of GRACE.” on Thursday November 8th in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium located in the UNC School of Social Work. The Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship is sponsored by The Geological Society of America, Hydrogeology Division in memory of John Manning Birdsall. A Professor of Earth System Science and Civil Engineering at University of California-Irvine, Dr. Famiglietti directs the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling where his research focuses on hydrology and climate, remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles, and hydrological and Earth system modeling.

 

The Institute for the Environment at UNC hosted an Energy and Environment Lunch with Vik Rao in the Dey Hall Toy Lounge on November 13th, 2012.  Dr. Rao is the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium and the author of the recently released book, “Shale Gas:  The Promise and the Peril.”  Dr. Rao spoke about his book and shared insights on fracking for shale gas production.

 

Pete Kolsky lecture entitled “Cholera Management in Haiti: Some Observations from a Sanitary Engineer” held on Wednesday November 14th, 2012, in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of the “Water In Our World” Speaker Series.

 

Beneath The Waves Mini – Film Festival held on November 29th, 2012, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center as part of larger Science – as – Story Festival. For more information: http://sws.web.unc.edu/festival/.

 

DRAM FYS 089 “Ecology and Performance” final performance presentations held on Tuesday December 4th, 2012, in Room 102 of the Center for Dramatic Art. In this course, UNC freshman synthesized research on environmental issues and conservation, performance techniques, and creative storytelling into 15 minute performance pieces to promote socio-ecological sustainability with a particular focus on the theme of water in support of the pan-campus initiative, “Water in Our World”. The featured presentations were:

On the Night before the World Goes Dry

This performance is an exciting, funny, clever, hilarious, vibrant, thought provoking, new, introspective, ironic, graceful, ridiculous, eccentric, unexpected, environmental  spin on the old story of A Christmas Carol.

Featuring: Mariah Barksdale, Liam Gaynor, Philip Ross, Jan Sitterson, Brooke Wilson, and Nae Won

Women and Water

This Tale of Two Women tells the story of two nameless women in two very different worlds. One woman, who lives in Natal, South Africa, spends a majority of her life searching for water, without which her family could not survive. The other, who lives in a first world country, never once has to think about where she gets her water. Watch as the two women’s worlds collide and they are changed for forever.

Featuring: Alsey Davidson, James Ellsmoor, Adrienne Laniak, Duri Long, and Raymond Stanton

The Little Droplet that Could

This children’s performance shows the exciting adventure of a water droplet named H2O’s journey to find a clean, nutritious, and unpolluted water source to call home.

Featuring: Grishma Alakkat, Marissa Bane, Katherine Daly, Eloise Joubert, Addie Schoenberger, and Zhan Zhang

Carolina Environmental Faculty Seminar scheduled for Wednesday December 5th, 2012, at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM in the 6th Floor Conference Room of the Bank of America Building. Dr. Phil Berke will be the featured speaker and the topic of this talk will be resiliency in coastal communities.

 

A performance by the UNC Baroque Ensemble of J.C. Heinrich Bach’s piece titled “Ach, dass ich Wasser’s genug hatte” (“Oh, if I only had enough water”) held on Sunday December 9th, 2012, in the Person Recital Hall as part of it’s Music by Bach and Other Germans program directed by Brent Wissick.