Collaborative Research and Academic Activities
Working groups are developing research partnerships within the following topic areas. Please contact identified Points of Contact (POC) for further information.
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Collaborative Research and Academic Working Groups
Final NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) - Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions (CE3SAR) meeting scheduled for November 27-27, 2017 in Corpus Christi
- November 27 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm) – RCN social at Dr. Cifuentes’ house (weather permitting)
- November 28 (8:00 am-4:00 pm) – Meeting location on TAMU-CC campus TBA
- Meeting Agenda
- The goal of the meeting is to create mini-roadmaps for five major research themes (see below) embraced by the network.
- Lauren Vilbert, doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University, provides an annotation of the Binational Perspectives on Gulf of Mexico Sustainability workshop from a public history perspective. Read article
- POC: Rabi Mohtar, TAMU, firstname.lastname@example.org
- POC: Paty Romero Lankao, NCAR, email@example.com
- Co-advise and co-publish with students.
- Recommended Action: Paty Lankao (NCAR) and Rabi Mohtar (TAMU TEES) to identify students at their respective universities. Other participants are encouraged to identify students at their institutions as well.
- Draft and submit a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) proposal seeking to create an INFEWS Community of Science.
- Recommended Action: Paty Lankao (NCAR) and Rabi Mohtar (TAMU TEES) leading this proposal effort
Resilient urban and rural societies
- POC: Bruce McCarl, TAMU, firstname.lastname@example.org
- POC: Katya Wowk, TAMU-CC, email@example.com
- POC: Gian Carlo Delgado, UNAM, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Binational policy network
- Recommended Action: Lauren Vilbert (NCSU) and Katya Wowk (TAMU-CC/HRI) coordinating project to synthesize binational (Mexico/US) environmental policy project. Outcome of project will include a collection of binational agencies/decision-makers/data repositories to be shared between universities in Mexico and the US for bridging an international collaborative network on environmental policy
- Recommended Action: Dr. Wowk to provide an “Invitation to collaborate on international research” in Spanish and English. Research themes mirror those from the Mexico Workshop. Themes are intentionally broad, meant to frame research questions and potential projects at a high level, without being prescriptive. Wowk is creating a “rollout plan” for whom this invitation will be sent and the networks across academia, government, industry, that will be involved.
- Recommended Action: Increase engagement with Mexico research network through CONACYT’s National System of Researchers (SNI)
- Recommended Action: Participating researchers will be invited to present their collaboration/any initial work at the next State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit (organized by Harte Research Institute in Spring of 2019).
- Collaborative Logistics: Wowk discussed plans for seeking a network coordinator with strong bilingual expertise to manage network activities. Luis Cifuentes (TAMU-CC) will discuss solutions with the TAMU System
- Pan American Federation of Engineers Societies (Unión Panamericana de Asociaciones de Ingenieros - UPADI)
Metrics for measuring a sustainable Gulf of Mexico
- POC: James Gibeaut, HRI, email@example.com
- POC: Cara Cooper, University of Southern Florida, firstname.lastname@example.org
- POC: Porfirio Alvarez Torres, CiiMAR-GoMC, email@example.com
- POC: Lilia Gama, Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAS GoMRC Community of Practice Fellowship
- Recommended Action: Cara Cooper (USF) and Jim Gibeaut (HRI) developing NAS Fellowship proposal
- Metrics for resiliency within the southern Gulf of Mexico region
- Recommended Action: HRI attended CIGoM meeting to provide insight on what is being measured in the Northern Gulf to monitor resiliency
Academic and education synthesis
Faculty and student international experiences
Formal and informal education
Aquatic science across the border
- Recommended Action: Rudy Rosen (TAMU San Antonio), Lauren Cifuentes (TAMU Corpus Christi) and Dorina Murgulet (TAMU Corpus Christi) are seeking funds to support international curriculum development and dissemination of Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) aquatic science curriculum that bridges water resources shared between international borders
Global Service Learning
- Recommended Action: Recommended Action: Rabi Mohtar (TAMU) and Luis Cifuentes (TAMU-CC) are coordinating a capstone project in collaboration with TAMU’s Department of Agriculture Engineering and Hacienda Santa Clara in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. The project will focus on students providing solutions for rainwater harvesting processes in rural Mexico regions. TAMU students Michaela Goff, Francisco Zapata, and Irma Gonzalez will present their capstone projects during the Final RCN CE3SAR meeting in November 2017.
Conferences and Webinars of Interest
- NAS The Science of Science Communication III colloquium
- Washington, DC
- November 16-17, 2017
- Conference Overview: Climate intervention, fracking, vaccines, human genome editing, artificial intelligence. With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III is the premier gathering for researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to come together to ensure that evidence-based science communication thrives.
- American Water Summit Proactive Partnerships
- Austin, TX
- November 29-30, 2017
- Conference Overview: As the 10th largest economy in the world, Texas is a boon for industrial activity – refiners are opening larger facilities on the Gulf Coast to capitalize on renewed onshore oil & gas activity, data giants such as Google and Amazon are eyeing the state’s burgeoning tech sector, and power utilities must meet an increasing demand for energy. However, this rapid growth is placing additional strain on the state’s volatile water supplies. In order to mitigate water security risks and avoid competition with municipal needs, industrial users are increasingly looking to alternative water sourcing strategies such as wastewater reuse and seawater desalination.
- National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
18th National Conference and Global Forum: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World
- Washington D.C.
- January 23-24, 2018
- Conference Overview: The conference will explore how systems thinking and a sustainability framework can serve society through education about an investment in natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure.
- AAAS 2018 Annual Meeting panel "From Risk to Resilience – Shifting Behavior to Address Complex Societal Challenges"
- Austin, TX
- February 15-19, 2018
- Katya Wowk (TAMU-CC/HRI), Rabi Mohtar (TAMU TEES), and Paty Romero-Lankao (NCAR) will be presenting.