Minnegram Spring 2018

Director's Corner

a message from Director Jeff Peterson


InSciEd Out brings student-driven inquiry to local classrooms
By Seth Thompson, Water Resources Science PhD student

Students across the Twin Cities metropolitan area are getting the opportunity to ask and answer their own scientific questions thanks to the Integrated Science Education and Outreach (InSciEd Out) program. An evidence-based elementary and middle school program, InSciEd Out empowers young learners to investigate society’s most pressing health issues so they can ignite measurable and sustainable changes in the health and wellness of their families and communities. Through a partnership between the College of Biological Science and the Mayo Clinic, InSciEd Out now reaches over 3,000 students form 6 partner schools in the Twin Cities.

UMN alumnus Joel Larson at home in new role as WRC Associate Director
New WRC Associate Director Joel Larson is not missing his east coast office commute. As the acting Director for the Southeast Climate Hub and living just outside DC, Joel and his wife Amelia counted commuting time to daycare and the office as family time, as they were rarely home during waking hours.

Water resources symposium seeks to increase public visibility of UMN water research
“Without water, there is no life.” With those words, Al Levine welcomed the attendees of the Water Resources Assembly and Research Symposium. Levine, the University’s Vice-President for Research, shared that he realized that the visibility of the water research community was an issue when a University president asked him who was doing water research at the University. Organizers of the symposium hope that events like this will raise the water research community’s profile within the University through cooperation with its colleges and units.

Finding solutions: cover crops
by Lucia Levers, Water Resources Center Research Associate

Nitrogen pollution. The term is inextricably linked with growing corn: here in Minnesota, and all along the Mississippi river basin. The consequences of nitrogen runoff are becoming more well-known—algal blooms and the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico are now part of the popular lexicon. In fact, USA Today, has run articles on both topics—the latest of which focuses on a scientific study describing how long term changes in agricultural practices will be necessary to bring the Dead Zone into compliance—and even then, it would take many years for all the excess nitrogen currently in the system to work its way out.

Water-saving strategies for home lawns
by Sam Bauer, Associate UMN Extension Professor

Water use in the home landscape is a hot topic- even in Minnesota. In the Twin Cities, on average three times more water is used during the summer than in the winter and much of this water is used outdoors. As urbanization increases and we continue to experience more extreme heat and drought, greater pressure is placed on our water resources. If you own an irrigation system or water your lawn with portable sprinklers, reduce your overall water use by implementing the following water-saving tips.


Minnesota Water Resources Conference call for abstracts 
Deadline May 4, 2018

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