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Grant to allow graduate students to research water quantity and quality improvement
Date:7/6/2012

the grant involves faculty and students from three different colleges, the Water SENSE IGERT fellows will take common water-related courses and seminars in their second and third years in the interdisciplinary soon-to-be-launched UCR School of Public Policy (SPP). The SPP will also serve as a useful pipeline for recruiting future students into the Water SENSE IGERT program.

Initially, the water scholars will work on projects within Southern California where water-related issues need urgent attention. Future projects will address water-related research questions in other regions of the state and the world, with emphasis on building existing partnerships in eastern Africa and south Asia.

"We will use a very interdisciplinary and problem-based approach to train the next generation of water professionals and leaders in the supply, utilization, conservation, management and treatment of water in order to maximize well-being and development," said Atkinson, a professor of entomology.

Working closely with faculty, the students will integrate expertise on water from a range of disciplines, including microbiology, entomology, environmental engineering, economics, public policy, psychology, sociology, political science, education, and anthropology to develop practical, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to improve the quantity and quality of water available and the appropriate utilization of this water.

The students will also learn that understanding the ways in which people are involved with water and with technology related to water use has the potential to enhance the effectiveness of any water project that directly impinges on human activity.

"Social and cultural practices provide children and adults with experience using water," explained Gauvain, whose work focuses on the development of cognitive skills. "These practices include information about where to find water, how to
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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