Spring 2017 Newsletter

Message from the Director

Dr. Jason A. Hubbart, IWSS Director

Greetings from the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS). We in the Institute hope this finds you emerging from the busy spring in anticipation of a productive summer. We’re pleased to highlight a few Institute activities and IWSS Affiliate achievements over the past few months in the accompanying articles and note that these are only a few of the great things happening in water across the WVU campus and around the state of West Virginia.

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IWSS Awarded Pilot Study Grant by Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

A climate station in the West Run Watershed, Morgantown, WV.

The West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) in partnership with researchers from the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and Division of Plant and Soil Sciences was awarded a Pilot Study Grant by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design to determine the impacts of land use types and practices on hydro-biogeochemical relationships in a contemporary mixed-land-use watershed in Appalachia.

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IWSS Holds Spring Symposium

(Top) Dr. Ali Mohamed, USDA. (Bottom) Symposium Poster Session.

The West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) hosted a Spring Symposium on Tuesday, February 28, at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The goal of the event was to promote multidisciplinary approaches to helping protect West Virginia's water resources.

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Appalachian Freshwater Initiative Holds February 28 Meeting

Appalachian Freshwater Initiative Meeting

Members of the Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (AFI) held a special meeting on Tuesday, April 28, in the West Virginia University (WVU) Agricultural Sciences Building. The meeting was held in conjunction with the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science’s Spring Symposium.

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Mathew Presents Seminar on How Water Shapes Labor and Education for Dalit Women

Dr. Sera Mathew

Dr. Sera Mathew presented a seminar on "Gendered Vulnerabilities: How Water Shapes Education and Labor for Dalit Women in Kerala, India," on Monday, February 20, at the Reed College of Media Innovation Center. The seminar, which was cohosted by the Institute of Water Security and Science, West Virginia University (WVU) Media Innovation Center and the WVU College of Education and Human Services, provided information about how spatial marginality shapes Dalit women’s and girl’s education in Kerala, India.

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Dr. Jim Anderson, Dr. Todd Petty, Dr. Eric Merriam and Dr. Yvette Halley

Dr. Eric Merriam

As the home to more than 250 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles, West Virginia’s waterways are literally teeming with life. However, the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on the biodiversity of aquatic life and habitats in West Virginia and Appalachia is an environmental concern. Recent advances in non-invasive genetic sampling has facilitated methods that allow researchers to collect environmental DNA (eDNA) and detect organisms that might have been previously challenging to observe.

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Dr. Lowell Duckert

Dr. Lowell Duckert presents during the IWSS Fall Meeting in September 2016.

Lowell Duckert, assistant professor in the department of English at West Virginia University, attempts to reconceive the relationships between humans and nonhumans in our own time through eco-theorizations of pre-modern wet worlds in his work. These reconceived relationships are featured in his newest book, “For All Waters: Finding Ourselves in Early Modern Wetscapes,” a collection of essays and parts of his dissertation that was published in March. In the book, Duckert tells the story of bodies of water and his concerns for their protection.

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