Weekly Update (2/5/2024)

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Funding Opportunities

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Events

  • CSTAT Seminar: IRB Protocols and Processes | 12-1 PM, Feb 8, 2024

    This seminar is presented by Rebecca Gore, Manager, Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Office. This seminar is eligible for RECR credit. The seminar will cover

    • What training do new investigators need to take?
    • What is the IRB process?
    • What are protocol requirements?
    • What does the PI need to know about data sharing?
    • What do you need to know about exempt studies?
    • Are there guidelines for internet research?
  • CEE Seminar: Managing Water Through Impact Exchanges by Mark Milke | 3-4 PM, Feb 15, 2024 | Engineering Building 3540

    Water regulation typically places limits on quality/quantity for each individual user while making an assumption about their aggregated impact on the environment. What if, instead, regulations placed limits on environmental impact, and then allowed users to find creative and adjustable ways to jointly meet those limits? The book Smart Markets for Water Resources sets out the underlying concepts. All users receive a share in the allowed impact, and each have unique coefficients set for their impact that vary in space and time. Users are able to exchange their impact quota through an exchange resulting in prices on the impact, providing an incentive to reduce impact and improving the quality of debate on the proper impact limits. The system relies on advances in environmental modelling, linear programming, real-time monitoring, and software systems. The seminar will show the concept applied to irrigation networks, river salinity, and groundwater extraction.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Christopher B. Barrett | 9 AM, Feb 15, 2024 | Virtual

    Dr. Christopher B. Barrett is a leading agricultural and development economist at Cornell University, the Stephen and Janice Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, an International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. He is co-editor-in-chief of Food Policy, edits the book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an editorial board member for the PNAS. He is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. His lecture is entitled “Agrifood Systems Innovations to Boost Human and Environmental Resilience to Shocks”. Please do a simple registration to receive the zoom link.

  • Climate Change and Human Migration | Mar 18-19, 2024

    Climate change and its impacts—from sustained droughts to severe flooding to more intense storms—have significant effects on people. These impacts are showing more and more potential to temporarily and permanently displace people within affected regions. Join the National Academies for a workshop exploring how an Earth systems science approach could be used to address climate change impacts and their influence on human migration, building on the 2021 report Next Generation Earth Systems Science at the National Science Foundation.

Job and Training Opportunities

  • Summer International Water Research Experience in Rwanda | Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

    Professor Mekonnen Gebremichael, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to join him in an NSF Funded international water research project on agricultural water use in the Nile River Basin in Rwanda. All expenses will be paid. Students will be mentored in their research and assisted in making presentations and writing articles about research results after coming back from the research trip. It is a terrific opportunity for people interested in international water in the world’s longest river system. Preferred (but not restricted to) programs of study/academic background: Civil engineering, Environmental sciences, Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Agricultural engineering, International development, Rural development, Public policy. For questions, contact iresnile@seas.ucla.edu.