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 in Corpus Christi postponed. Planned for October or November 2017 pursuant to NSF’s extension of the program.

  • The goal of the meeting is to create mini-roadmaps for five major research themes (see below) embraced by the network.
  • The following NSF DCL will guide discussion on leveraging the RCN CE3SAR network to submit a HSI conference proposal that focuses on sustainability and STEM education
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus

    • POC: Rabi Mohtar, TAMU, mohtar@tamu.edu
    • POC: Paty Romero Lankao, NCAR, prlankao@ucar.edu
    • Rabi Mohtar led a January 26-27, 2017 NSF-sponsored “Solutions at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water (FEW) Systems” conference in College Station, Texas.
    • Co-advise students and co-publish with them.
      • 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
    • Working Group Notes
  • Resilient urban and rural societies

    • POC: Bruce McCarl, TAMU, mccarl@tamu.edu
    • POC: Katya Wowk, TAMU-CC, katya.wowk@tamucc.edu
    • POC: Gian Carlo Delgado, UNAM, giandelgado@gmail.com
    • Binational policy network
      • Recommended Action: Lauren Vilbert and Katya Wowk 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 has distributed a DRAFT “Invitation to collaborate on international research” for review and comment that will be provided (in its final form) in Spanish and English. The proposed research themes around which we could collaborate mirror those resulting from the Mexico Workshop. Themes are intentionally broad, meant to frame research questions and potential projects at a high level, without being prescriptive. Please provide feedback by Friday, August 25.
      • Recommended Action: Wowk is creating a “rollout plan” for whom this invitation will be sent and the networks across academia, government, industry, that will be involved. This document will be shared upon completion.
      • 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. Dr. Cifuentes will discuss solutions with the TAMU System
    • Pan American Federation of Engineers Societies (UPADI)
      • Jorge Vanegas serves as the lead for a UPADI working group on North and South American sustainability and resiliency associated with engineering and infrastructure.
      • Jorge will keep group apprised of opportunities to get involved as he the committee becomes more established.
    • Gulf of Mexico Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) collaboration between US and Mexico
      • Recommended Action: Allen Rasmussen (TAMU-Kingsville) (lead) to work with Victor Martinez (CINESTAV) on potential funding from CONACYT for international collaborative funding similar to NSF’s LTER program
    • Working Group Notes
  • Metrics for measuring a sustainable Gulf of Mexico

    • POC: James Gibeaut, HRI, james.gibeaut@tamucc.edu
    • POC: Cara Cooper, University of Southern Florida, caracooper@usf.edu
    • POC: Porfirio Alvarez Torres, CiiMAR-GoMC, alvarez.porfirio@gmail.com
    • POC: Lilia Gama, Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, lillygama@yahoo.com
    • 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
    • Working Group Notes
  • 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
      • Recommended Action: Lauren Cifuentes (TAMU-CC) and JoAnn Canales (TAMU-CC) visited the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Research and Education in San Isidro, Costa Rica in August. Cifuentes will provide a report soon regarding discussions for curriculum development between US and South America
    • Creativity workshop at Hacienda Santa Clara for engineering students

      • Recommended Action: Luis Cifuentes (TAMU Corpus Christi) and Mark Weichold (TAMU TEES) developing a TAMU System-wide effort to immerse engineering students in a creative thinking process within the artistic surroundings of Hacienda Santa Clara
    • Global Service Learning

      • Recommended Action: Rabi Mohtar identifying Mexican counterparts to collaborate on binational student-driven community-based projects that address unique environmental challenges in Mexico
  • Conferences and Webinars of Interest

    • NAS Urban Green Spaces and Health Webinar
      • Matilda van den Bosch, Asst. Professor, The University of British Columbia; Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences; School of Populations and Public Health
      • Webinar was held September 14, 2017
      • NAS posts slides and audio recording approximately one week after each presentation.
    • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
      • ACEEE Workshops at VERGE 17
        • Santa Clara, CA
        • September 19, 2017
      • For the first time, ACEEE will present three deep-dive, half-day workshops at the premiere, annual VERGE conference and expo. VERGE will bring together 2,000 leaders — including the world's largest companies as well as utilities, government agencies, and disruptive startups — to explore and elevate the partnerships that will accelerate the clean economy.
    • 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.
    • AAAS 2018 Annual Meeting panel "From Risk to Resilience – Shifting Behavior to Address Complex Societal Challenges"
      • Katya Wowk (HRI), Rabi Mohtar (TAMU College Station), and Paty Romero-Lankao (NCAR)will be presenting. (Austin, TX – Feb 15-19, 2018)