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.
“Problems don’t come packaged in a single discipline,” said Dr. Joyce McConnell, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at WVU, in her opening remarks. “This symposium and the work of the IWSS are the embodiment of what we’re trying to do with cross-disciplinary research at the University.”
The IWSS Spring Symposium provided an opportunity for Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (AFI) researchers at WVU, Marshall University and West Virginia State University to showcase their research, build capacity under West Virginia's National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project (NSF Award Number 1458952), and network with water researchers and representatives from partner institutions, industry and federal and state agencies, while also focusing on critical water research conducted by AFI researchers and elevating the importance of water resources in West Virginia.
The event featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, National Science Foundation, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry, as well as a poster session that highlighted a wide range of water-related water research conducted by researchers across the state.
"The mission of the IWSS is to advance stewardship of natural resources to advance how we as humans we manage the planet," said IWSS Director Dr. Jason Hubbart. “We wanted to provide this opportunity to help facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations and enrich the programs and initiatives of those in attendance. We're focusing on much-needed water research and security right here in West Virginia."
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