Spring 2013 Community News


Minnesota Water Resources Conference Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013
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The Minnesota Water Resources Conference presents innovative, practical, and applied water resource engineering solutions, management techniques, and current research about Minnesota’s water resources

Abstracts are due by Friday, May 10, 2013, and must be submitted electronically to: www.wrc.umn.edu/waterconf. Clearly describe the work in 100-150 words, include a descriptive title, and list all authors and their affiliations. Abstracts received by May 10 will be reviewed and the submitter will be notified in June if the abstract is accepted.

Larry Baker (WRS faculty, BBE) presented a talk "Can biogeochemists help to enhance urban resilience?" at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Conference, in Symposium on Urban Biogeochemistry, and then attended a NSF workshop, "Greening of Cities International Research Workshop” in Auckland, New Zealand, December 10–13, 2012. Baker also attended a Fluxes and Flows workshop March 14–15 in Phoenix, Arizona, part of a NSF project "Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network “

Dr. Paul BourgetDr. Paul Bourget recently joined the WRC as a research associate. He grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin and spent the bulk of his career in the Washington, D.C. area where he worked for the federal government and served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University. He finished his federal career at the Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources (IWR) where he was responsible for managing projects related to international engagement strategies, advanced degree planning and integrated water resources management. He earned his Master's degree in applied geography from George Mason University and his Doctor of Science degree in engineering management from the George Washington University. Bourget held several positions throughout his career with the federal government, including assignments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Engineering Research and Development Center and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Upon retirement, he returned to the Twin Cities area where in addition to working for WRC he volunteers in areas such as mediation, community service and river conservation. He resides in Hudson with his wife Lisa and their children Marie and Gerry, as well as two dogs and a cat. His work at WRC will focus largely on water resources course planning.

The Watershed Research Symposium was held February 21 at the Continuing Education Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus. The symposium was attended by 125 invited water experts, who worked to identify water research needs for Minnesota for the next five years. A follow-up survey was conducted, and the final report will be posted on the Water Resources Center website in late April or early May.