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Letter from the Director,

We are pleased to welcome Ellen Burns, who recently joined the iUTAH team to fill the position of Education, Outreach and Diversity Coordinator. Ellen graduated from the University of Montana where she received her B.A. in environmental studies. She has previously worked for the Glacier National Park in Montana as a naturalist guide, and as an educator for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in Colorado. Most recently she was honored by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education as a certified Master Environmental Educator. We are very excited to have her with us. Welcome Ellen!

Please remember to save the date for Utah State University's annual Spring Runoff Conference, which will be held Apr. 9-10, 2013 on the Logan campus. The 2013 theme is Water, People and Sustainability: Integrating Physical, Social and Ecological Dimensions. iUTAH is excited to announce the screening of the award-winning documentary WATERSHED, narrated by Robert Redford, on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. In addition to the screening, the conference recently announced they will be hosting a reception at 6:30 p.m. Registration is open to the public, but seating is limited so please RSVP at iutahepscor.org.


New Data Federation will increase data storage capacity!

The iUTAH Modeling and Data Federation will be an online system for sharing data, models and other digital resources. Activities of the iUTAH Cyberinfrastructure Team (CI Team) are focused on developing hardware, software systems and tools that improve iUTAH participants’ capacity for data collection, organization, management, sharing, synthesis to higher-level products, and integration with models. Tools currently under development include software and databases for managing the streaming sensor data from the GAMUT network of monitoring sites, as well as capabilities for collaborative data sharing among
scientists working within different focus areas. The CI Team has also developed capabilities for supporting iUTAH researchers in inventorying existing data and models. To learn more about the iUTAH Modeling and Data Federation, submit information about datasets or models to the inventories. Click here to learn more about the hardware and software development activities.

iUTAH partners with Four Corners School of Outdoor Education to address diverse learning techniques for students with culturally diverse backgrounds



The annual Bioregional Outdoor Education Project took place on Utah State University Eastern’s Blanding Campus on Mar. 1-3, 2013 to address diverse learning techniques for students with culturally diverse backgrounds. Jim Barta, an associate professor for education at Utah State, along with other presenters from the Four Corners area, presented prospective teaching methods for educators to approach instruction from the students’ point of view.
 
Barta emphasized the importance of connecting instruction with students’ life experience in order to help them reach their full learning potential. The conference included a number of keynote speakers who further expanded upon the importance of cultural diversity in education and provided educators with a series of hands-on activities focused upon creating more culturally inclusive curriculum and instruction for their students.
 
Janet Ross, the executive director and founder of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, remarked this year’s conference was the best ever, “for bringing to light effective teaching techniques for diverse students to a larger audience, along with some top-notch speakers.”
 
This year’s conference, entitled Elements of Effective Diverse Education, was partnered with Utah State University in a statewide effort to improve water sustainability through the iUTAH EPSCoR project
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iUTAH partners with the Leonardo Museum to promote water sustainability practices!



iUTAH sponsored a scholarship to provide the funding for 500 elementary students to attend a series of in-depth water workshops offered by the Leonardo Museum from Oct. 19, 2012 o Jan. 15, 2013.  The 90-minute workshops were partnered with the museum's Water Exhibit which featured a series of photographs by Paul Blackmore, an Australian photographer who focused primarily upon spirituality, recreation and conservation. His photos were spread througout the museum gallery, depicting water consumption around the world to present visitors with an opportunity to visualize the dangers of water shortage. The water workshops emphasized these critical messages by exposing visiting students and teachers to a number of water activities that provided statistics of American water-usage in comparison with other countries. These workshops underlined why water is so critical to many aspects of life and acknowledged the fact that, for many people, water is not available anymore. 
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Upcoming Events

Apr. 9-10, 2013
USU's Spring Runoff Conference 2013
Eccles Conference Center
Logan, UT

Apr. 9, 2013 ~ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
WATERSHED screening and reception
Eccles Conference Center
Logan, UT

Upcoming Opportunities

iUTAH EPSCoR Undergraduate Internships
Water quality sensor analyst at Campbell Scientific
Full time internship. For more information click here.

Quality Assurance Data Analyst at Campbell Scientific
Full time internship. For more information click here.

USU Water Quality Extension Internship
Work with Utah State Water Quality this summer to help support education and monitoring programs in Utah. Click here for more information.


iUTAH EPSCoR Summer Internship with Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Part-time and full-time internships available. Click here for more information.

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Photo Exhibit at the Leonardo: Water, nature's driving force.