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Message from the Director

Greetings from the West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS). We are pleased to present the first edition of our electronic newsletter. We will use the newsletter to update the IWSS community concerning activities in the Institute, and as a mechanism to showcase your programs and discoveries.

Dr. Jason A. Hubbart

The Institute of Water Security and Science is a premier institute dedicated to water resources research, teaching, and outreach. Our mission is to develop sustainable solutions for contemporary water quality and quantity problems, while strengthening West Virginia’s water security and environmental, economic, social and cultural well-being, and broadening WVU’s water stewardship impact and global prominence. The Institute’s long-term research, teaching, and outreach efforts improve West Virginia, the United States, and the world by: (1) Discovering, integrating, and applying new water resources knowledge and technologies to promote economic, environmental, and social vitality; and (2) Educating, training, and empowering students, professionals, scientists, leaders, and the general public to make a difference locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Our strength lies in our core IWSS faculty and staff, and currently over 200 affiliated faculty, staff, external collaborators, graduate students, and postdoctoral research associates who define, design, and carry-out research and outreach projects on behalf of the Institution. We also serve our diverse clientele-base and friends who consider water a critical resource for the future.

In challenging economic times, like those we currently face in West Virginia, we can fully appreciate the diverse opportunities water resources offer in the state. The IWSS is pleased to provide the University, state, and nation with a conduit of expertise and scientific advancement to lead our constituencies forward into a new age of water resources stewardship.

Finally, we wish to emphasize that the IWSS is your institute. It is a vehicle of progress for you. As always, we invite you to contact us with ideas and initiatives that would advance the IWSS mission. Thanks are due to many for IWSS progress-to-date, including (but not limited to) the WVU Office of ResearchWVU Office of the Provost, administrative and programming support from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and the Reed College of MediaCollege of LawEberly College of Arts and SciencesBenjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral ResourcesRobert C. Byrd Health Science Center, and many others. Special thanks are due to internal support staff of the IWSS including Elliott Kellner, IWSS research scientist and program developer, and Laura Tinney, IWSS program coordinator and administrative professional. Finally, we invite you to forward this newsletter to your colleagues who can easily subscribe below. Enjoy the IWSS e-news!

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