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The Water Sustainability Program is accepting proposals from UA faculty, staff and graduate students, university-wide, for original and innovative ideas for interdisciplinary water research, and for education and outreach projects that are focused on resolving water issues in Arizona. This will be an expedited process to stimulate proposals that are novel and have good potential to lead to the development of larger proposals funded through private, state or federal entities. It does not preclude proposals that leverage ongoing projects and offer substantive added value or proposals that address critical water issues in the State and have little chance to be funded elsewhere.
Preference will be given to proposals that include graduate student support and/or training. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and final award decisions will be made by the WSP Executive Committee based on the review panel recommendations. There is a tight timeframe for expenditure of these funds. Funds must be spent no later than June 30, 2011.
CATEGORIES OF FUNDING:
1) Instrumentation and infrastructure investment
2) Seed grants for proof of concept/pilot projects
3) Development of public education/outreach programs
4) Development of on-line short courses and degree courses
5) Graduate Student Travel Grants to attend meetings, workshops, conferences, or symposia
DEADLINE: November 4, 2011
For more information: http://wsp.arizona.edu/research/funding_opportunities
A virtual organization is a group of individuals whose members and resources may be dispersed geographically, but who function as a coherent unit through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Virtual organizations are increasingly central to the science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Focused investments in sociotechnical analyses of virtual organizations are necessary to harness their full potential and the promise they offer for discovery and learning.
The Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) program supports fundamental scientific research, particularly advances in social, organizational and design science understanding, directed at advancing the understanding of how to develop virtual organizations and under what conditions virtual organizations can enable and enhance scientific, engineering, and education production and innovation. Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups, organizations, and institutional arrangements. Disciplinary perspectives may include (but are not limited to) anthropology, complexity sciences, computer and information sciences, decision and management sciences, economics, engineering, organization theory, organizational behavior, social and industrial psychology, public administration, political science and sociology. Research methods may span a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to): ethnographies, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses.
VOSS funded research must be grounded in theory and rooted in empirical methods. It must produce broadly applicable and transferable results that augment knowledge and practice of virtual organizations as a modality.
DEADLINE: January 13, 2011
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities (See Section III) for creation and management of an environmental education outreach program in the US section of the US Mexico Border region designed to reach K_12, undergraduate, and graduate students and provide training to assist them in pursuing careers in air quality management, and increase their awareness and understanding of environmental risks stemming from air pollution and related environmental justice concerns.
To allow for efficient management of the competitive process, EPA requests submittal of an informal notice of an Intent to Apply to Shani Harmon at USMexborder_enved_RFA@epa.gov by November 15, 2010.
DEADLINE: January 10, 2011
For more information: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/rfa-epa-oar-io-10-13.pdf
This program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (2-6 weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. The program goals are to increase the participation of leading U.S. scholars and professionals in Fulbright academic exchanges; to encourage new activities that go beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research; and to promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. postsecondary academic institutions. Eligible disciplines include: American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics/TEFL, Archaeology, Communications and Journalism, Economics, Environmental Science, Library Science, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Sociology, and Urban Planning. Successful applicants are added to a Fulbright Specialists Roster and become candidates for Fulbright Specialist projects.
DEADLINE: Deadline: Ongoing
For more information: http://www.cies.org/specialists/
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) solicits proposals for basic and scientific research in chemistry, electronics, environmental sciences, life sciences, materials science, mathematical and computer sciences, mechanical sciences, physics, computational and information sciences, sensors and electron devices, survivability/lethality analysis, and weapons and materials research.
Under the Life Sciences Research Area, the U.S. Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement solicits proposals for basic and applied scientific research in social and behavioral science. This includes research on the basic theoretical foundations of human behavior at various levels (individual actors to whole societies) and across various temporal and spatial scales; research on the evolution and dynamics of social systems and organizations; human adaptation and response to both natural and human induced perturbations (e.g., global climate change, mass migration, war); interactions between human and natural systems. The program also encourages the collection of primary data for the development and testing of models. Finally, the program also supports the development of methodologies (e.g., data collection, statistical methods, research designs) that have the potential to help advance our understanding of human behavior. Prospective proposers are requested to submit white papers before a complete, more detailed proposal. The announcement is 151 pages.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2011
For more information: http://www.arl.army.mil/www/pages/8/research/ARL_BAA_amend_05_Final_20100802.pdf
The Grant A. Harris Research Instruments fellowship provides of $30,000 worth of Decagon research instruments (6 awards for $5,000 each) to graduate students studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee emphasized studies that proposed innovative soil and plant monitoring. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring.
Research topics might include, but are not limited to: *Organic crops studies; *Geotechnical hazard studies *Water balance studies.
Applicants must be currently enrolled an accredited U.S. university or college in a graduate degree program related to the environmental sciences.
DEADLINE: January 14, 2011
For more information: http://www.decagon.com/about-us/ga-harris-fellowship/
A group of four dozen experts and scholars from different disciplines across 13 countries in the hemisphere have generated a set of White Papers outlining new areas of research on how to better understand the connection between climate change and hazards in the Americas. Themes include how to better educate the public sector about related hazards, how to address complexities and uncertainty of climate change, how to improve current scientific tools, how to develop strategies pertaining to better management and communication techniques for these hazards in the present and in the future, and a more thorough understanding of dynamics related to adaptation, mitigation, and local context.
Authors were competitively selected participants in the Pan American Advanced Studies Institute for Integration of Research on Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas. In addition to participating in seminars and training sessions, groups self organized into five different teams to generate commentaries on what is known and what potential future studies are needed based on the state of the art in research in geography, urban planning, engineering, communication, and other disciplines. The white papers are posted online for public viewing. An integrated compilation of research directions and opportunities based on these manuscripts and on the discussions that ensued over the two-week institute will be published and made available to the public later this year.
- Climate Change and Hazards: Building Local Resilience
- Visualization of Slow-Developing Hazards: Influencing Perceptions and Behaviors to facilitate Adaptation Planning
- Mapping Local Knowledge of Climate Change and Hazards to Inform Research, Practice and Policy in the Americas
- Land Use, Planning, and Risk in the Context of Climate Change: A new proposal for Research and Assessment in the Americas
- Climate Change and Globalization in the Americas: Case Studies of Mitigation and Adaptation
The institute was funded by the United States National Science Foundation under their PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) program and convened in Panama City, Panama from June 14-25, 2010. It was organized by the Association of American Geographers in conjunction with the PanAmerican Institute for Geography and History of the Organization of American States, the US Geological Survey, the National Communication Association, and the United Nations Environment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Technological University of Panama was the official local host of the institute.
Questions may be directed to Principal Investigator, Dr. Patricia Solis email@example.com
The rising importance of regional cross-border relationships and networks heralds an important new dynamic taking place in Canada-US relations - one that includes the greater engagement of sub-national players in Canada-US relations at the regional level.
This may require new ways of looking at policies and policy development through a cross-border regional lens. This, in turn, may require the Government of Canada to increasingly consider ways to contribute to these networks, and look for opportunities to better co-ordinate its own efforts with those of the provinces and states, private and civil stakeholders, as well as the
This is especially appropriate for those issues arising from increased North American integration (e.g. pandemic flu preparation and animal tracking technology) and those policies aimed at regional development, where future policy development frameworks at the cross-border regional level could benefit from the active participation of the other stakeholders. Indeed, participants at the Regional Roundtables and the Washington Workshop pointed out that it becomes easier and more practical to address binational challenges through the participation and co-operation of cross-border regional stakeholders.
Especially today, when global challenges can provoke protectionist sentiment, local stakeholders can be instrumental in overcoming obstacles and finding solutions to common problems with the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada on February 16 - 20. The AAAS Annual Meeting is a platform for the most current thinking and research findings in science, technology, and policy. Join thousands of scientists, engineers, educators, and policy-makers as well as hundreds of national and international science reporters and writers. Connect with eminent scientists who share your interests and passion for science. There will be a call for sessions in the March-April 2011 time frame.
World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference, October 24 - 28, 2011, Denver, Colorado. WCRP is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The WCRP Open Science Conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together major disciplines and leaders of the Earth system research community to help identify opportunities to advance further understanding and prediction of variability and change in the Earth's climate system from seasons to centuries, and from regions to the entire globe.
By entraining early career scientists and students from across the world, especially less-developed and developing nations and regions, the OSC will facilitate growth of the diverse future workforce needed to meet the increasingly complex scientific challenges of the future.
The conference aims to attract the world's experts to provide a unique synthesis of current research findings on climate variability and change, to identify the most urgent scientific issues and research challenges, and to ascertain how the WCRP can best facilitate research and develop partnerships critical for progress in the future.
-Climate Observations and Monitoring Program -Earth System Science Program -Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections Program -Climate and Societal Interactions Program.
91st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 23-27 January 2011, Seattle, Washington. The theme of the 2011 AMS Annual Meeting is “Communicating Weather and Climate.” Effective two-way communication is essential for scientific research, education and serving the public. Within disciplines, it lets us access the latest results and keep up with new findings. In interdisciplinary efforts, effective communication allows us to work across disciplines and understand each other—even when we speak unique scientific languages. In education, it underpins our ability to advance general knowledge of weather and climate and contribute to the scientific literacy of our society. In serving the public, effective education lets us express weather and climate forecasts clearly and in terms people can understand and use. Listening is an essential part of effective communication; we must not only present information clearly, but must also listen and learn from students, policy makers, and the general public. Listening to and integrating the ideas of partners in other disciplines or the public sector will lead to better research, products and services for our diverse society. Today, we have access to more experience and research on what and how to communicate, and it is time to focus on the effective integration of this research within the weather and climate enterprise. At the same time, rapidly-changing technology brings new and powerful tools to disseminate and receive information, as well as new concerns or challenges.
Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 12-16 April 2011, Seattle, Washington.
The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) has published The Psychology of Climate Change: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public. CRED research shows that, in order for climate science information to be fully absorbed by audiences, it must be actively communicated with appropriate language, metaphor, and analogy; combined with narrative storytelling; made vivid through visual imagery and experiential scenarios; balanced with scientific information; and delivered by trusted messengers in group settings. This guide combines laboratory and field research with real-world examples. It blends information from the broad spectrum of disciplines that CRED encompasses: psychology, anthropology, economics, history, environmental science and policy, and climate science. Intended for anyone who communicates about climate change, from scientists, journalists, educators, clerics, and political aides to concerned citizens, the guide’s purpose is to assist communicators in reaching two key audiences—the general public and decision makers from government and business—more effectively. The principles found in this guide should help make climate change presentations and discussions more effective.