Navigation Links
A baby, Skype and water research partnership with Israel
Date:7/20/2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- A year ago, Sharon Walker, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, flew to Israel with support from a Fulbright fellowship to study water quality and sustainability issues in a similarly arid environment.

She returned last month with a a deep familiarity with Skype, a baby daughter and a grant to develop a collaborative program on water sustainability with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

Her daughter, Ma'ayan, is now five months old. She spent 10 hours a week on Skype communicating with her six doctoral students, including one who likely will be going to Israel in December. And the $147,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture kicked off last week with an Israeli scholar's visit to UCR.

In the coming years, Walker, the John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering at UCR, hopes research and exchanges between UCR and Ben-Gurion faculty and graduate students will help the U.S. follow Israel's lead in sustainable water use.

With co-principal director Moshe Herzberg of Ben-Gurion, Walker will establish an international, interdisciplinary research and education collaboration with the goal of developing innovative approaches to water management for agricultural uses, especially in desert areas.

The project, "Water Sustainability in Desert Agriculture: Enhancing relationships with global competency of graduate students and faculty through collaboration with Israel," has three components:

  • Hands-on experience with Israel's water management and agricultural research in short visits for faculty and extended visits for students.

  • Shared materials for undergraduate and graduate course development to enhance the international content of existing courses at UCR and Ben-Gurion.

  • Dissemination of information to assist U.S. scholars in becoming acquainted scientifically and culturally with Israeli water management and research, particularly its affect on sustainable agriculture in desert regions.

The project will link 10 UCR faculty members in the Bourns College of Engineering and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Ultimately, faculty and students will share their findings with researchers at UCR and Ben-Gurion, and agricultural professionals, such as those at UCR Cooperative Extension.

While Walker was in Israel she alerted Ian Marcus, one of her graduate students, to fellowships offered by the Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund.

Marcus got the fellowship. He will travel to Israel, likely in December, for up to six months of research on effect of the microbial community on the virulence of E. coli and its transport in water reuse applications. He will work with Herzberg, Walker's co-principal director on the grant.

Marcus and Walker are working in Israeli in part because the country is a worldwide leader in using reclaimed or recycled water, which includes groundwater, wastewater and grey water, which is generated from activities such as dishwashing, laundry and bathing.

A 2008 USDA report, "Opportunities and Challenges in Agricultural Water Reuse," notes that 46 percent of agricultural water in Israel is expected to be from reclaimed sources by 2020. The report also notes that the U.S. ranked last among 147 countries in water efficiency.

At the same time, there is increased interest in using recycled water in the U.S. and Southern California.

For example, in 2008 the Municipal Water District, a consortium of 26 water districts, funded a program to expand its water recycling and groundwater recovery efforts, with a goal of adding approximately 200 million cubic meters to the 445 million cubic meters it currently produces each year.

Similarly, the California Department of Water Resources is seeking to increase the state's water supply by more than 1,230 million cubic meters per year through water reuse.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Oh baby, interventional radiology makes childbirth safer
2. Experts to discuss global water crisis
3. Commercial aquatic plants offer cost-effective method for treating wastewater
4. UNC study on properties of carbon nanotubes, water could have wide-ranging implications
5. Waterborne disease risk upped in Great Lakes
6. Turning freshwater farm ponds into crab farms
7. Ripple effect: Water snails offer new propulsion possibilities
8. NJIT professors research suggests changes in underwater data communications
9. Providing toilets, safe water is top route to reducing world poverty: UN University
10. Cold water corals conference to be held in Woods Hole
11. Scientists achieve first tracking of salmon from headwaters in Rockies through Pacific to Alaska
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/31/2016)...  Genomics firm Nabsys has completed a financial  restructuring ... , M.D., who returned to the company in October ... team, including Chief Technology Officer, John Oliver , ... and Vice President of Software and Informatics, Michael ... Dr. Bready served as CEO of Nabsys from 2005-2014 ...
(Date:3/21/2016)... 22, 2016 Unique technology ... for superior security   Xura, ... of secure digital communications services, today announced it is ... offer enterprise customers, particularly those in the Financial Services ... voice authentication within a mobile app, alongside, and in ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... , March 14, 2016 NXTD ) ... mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a new series ... the week of March 21 st .  The commercials will ... its popular Squawk on the Street show. --> ... the growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... CEO 2016 on May 31st and June 1st at The Four Seasons Hotel ... executives in the life sciences, offering exclusive access to key decision makers who ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 ... ... that facilitates accessibility to unique bioresearch materials from laboratories across the globe, ... While researchers scramble to increase the pace of research toward treatment and prevention ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... - And Other Rising Companies ... Those Competitor Biologics  - Biosimilar Drug Producers ... ,  Who are the most important and ... their sales potentials? Discover, in our updated survey, organisations, ... and revenue forecasting. Visiongain,s new ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... According to world renowned prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. David B. Samadi ... main treatment options: surgery or radiation. Based on a patient’s goals, disease state, and ... doctors to administer higher doses of radiation to prostate cancer patients with ...
Breaking Biology Technology: