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
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus

    • POC: Rabi Mohtar, TAMU, mohtar@tamu.edu
    • POC: Paty Romero Lankao, NCAR, prlankao@ucar.edu
    • 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

  • 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
  • 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.