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A letter from the Director


iUTAHns,

We are excited to announce that our new Project Administrator, Jennifer Schultz joined the iUTAH team on Tuesday Feb. 19. Jennifer will be housed on the USU-Logan campus in USTAR 650, office 305D, 435-797-1612.  She brings prior experience with NASA EPSCoR and she will be a great asset to our team. Please welcome her to iUTAH when you meet her.

Welcome, Jennifer!
Natural History Museum of Utah takes Learning Outdoors with iUTAH.

The Natural History Museum of Utah sponsored a series of outdoor learning activities for K-12 students to provide them with the opportunity to conduct their own hands-on water research at the Bear River Watershed in Northern, Utah. Activities included a series of water workshops, water tests and scientific discussions focusing on the topic of water sustainability.

"The outdoors is a great place to integrate the curriculum!" said Jessica Wright, a participant from Viewmont Elementary. "There are so many subject areas that can be integrated through learning outdoors. Students can use research skills as they research to find out more and they can use math skills as they analyze data they find.
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Aaron Daniels, a participating teacher from Murray High School,  commented on the impact of the outdoor learning activities had on his students.

"Learning outdoors allows for an authentic experience where  students are involved in their own learning. They are observing, questioning, making inferences and writing it down so they can learn from it. They are thinking about themselves and how they are a part of their surroundings. They can learn that they can make a difference."

Additional iUTAH outdoor learning activities will strive to promote these same educational learning values within  educational institutions throughout the state.
iUTAH hosts WATERSHED

iUTAH will host a screening of the award-winning documentary WATERSHED on Apr. 9, 2013 as part of this year's annual Water Initiative Spring Runoff Conference. Produced and narrated by Robert Redford, WATERSHED tells the alarming story of threats to the Colorado
River and offers solutions for the future of water sustainability in the American West. The documentary attempts to answer questions pertaining to the need of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall. The screening will be held in the Eccles Conference Center at Utah State University at 7 p.m. on Apr. 9, 2013. Registration has been opened to the public. Tickets will be distributed upon arrival. Please click here for more information on how to register.
Utah State University's Annual Water Initiative Spring Runoff Conference begins Apr. 9, 2013

Utah State University is hosting its annual Water Initiative Spring Runoff Conference on Apr. 9-11, 2013 in Logan, Utah. The theme of this conference will focus on multidisciplinary water science such as integrating physical, social and ecological approaches to advance sustainability facing changing climate and water environments. A variety of speakers have been invited to address water related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region, extending to all aspects of water science, ecology policy, engineering and management. The screening of WATERSHED will be a valuable additive to the overarching goals of promoting an exchange of ideas concerning water sustainability in the state. Please click here for more information on how to register.

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Upcoming Events
 
All-Hands Meeting
Mar. 29, 2013

Agenda items will include updates from research and EOD teams, information on reporting and iUTAH networking practices.
 
Spring Runoff Conference
Apr. 1-3, 2013
Logan, UT, Utah State University Conference Center.




Opportunities

iUTAH Research Catalyst Grants (RCGs)
•Deadline: March 11, 2013

The purpose of these partnerships is to engage with the research objectives of iUTAH: specifically, maintaining and improving water sustainability in Utah, and to build the capacity of participating institutions to conduct further research.


Upcoming Opportunities

Please visit our website at iutahepscor.org for more undergraduate research experiences and internships. Also visit our resources page to view recent presentation given by iUTAH participants.

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