Fall 2016 Community News

Bill Arnold (WRS faculty, CE) has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.

John Gulliver (WRS faculty, CE) received the 2016 Richard P. Braun Distinguished Service Award from the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies. This award is given annually to a transportation professional for outstanding leadership in research and innovation.

Sarah Hobbie (WRS faculty, EEB) has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.

Ann Lewandowski (WRC) is the project manager for a newly awarded EPA training grant titled "Training for a watershed approach using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework.” The project is a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Ames, Iowa.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has appointed WRC Director Jeff Peterson to the Water Use Advisory Council. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council members advise foundation staff and board members regarding program development and implementation, potential partnerships, and other matters of significance to the organization’s mission to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. Individuals representing diverse industries, geographic areas, and professional backgrounds were selected to serve on the Foundation's six Advisory Councils from a competitive pool of applicants nominated through an open solicitation. Each council member will serve two or three-year terms, and meet virtually three times per year. Each Advisory Council is led by a Chair, appointed to facilitate discussion, build consensus and serve as a liaison to the Foundation’s board.

Robert Tipping (WRS faculty, Minnesota Geological Survey) and Anthony Runkel (WRS faculty, Minnesota Geological Survey, Department of Earth Sciences) are working on two water-relateid LCCMR grants: "Understanding Bedrock Fracture Flow to Improve Groundwater Quality" is an investigation of hydrogeolgic properties of the Platteville Formation.  Field sites include the East Bank of the UM campus; the second project  "Evaluate Temperature, Streamflow, and Hydrogeology Impact on Brook Trout Habitat" uses distributed temperature sensing (DTS) technology to look at changes in baseflow temperature and flow along specific hydrostratigraphic intervals in southeast Minnesota trout streams.  Both projects run from July 1, 2016 to June 30th, 2019.

The WRC welcomed new staff members Melissa Collins-Rutter and WRS doctoral student Alycia Overbo to the Water Resources Center office. Melissa has been hired to assist Onsite Sewage Treatment Program staff with ongoing research projects and Alycia will work the Sara Heger and John Gulliver on an LCCMR Chlorides project.