The election results are in! Nicole Wilkinson, North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute; Dan Devlin, Kansas State University; and Elizabeth Boyer, Penn State University were elected to the UCOWR Board of Directors for a 3-yr term. Thank you to all the delegates that voted in this year's election!
Since 2010, Nicole Wilkinson has served the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute as the Coordinator for Research and Outreach, where she coordinates the annual grants competition, manages the Urban Water Consortium and Stormwater Group, and coordinates stakeholder-based workshops and an annual conference. She recently joined NC Sea Grant as a joint WRRI-SG team member. Her efforts aim to increase the knowledge and research base of NC’s water resources and transfer that research into the hands of practitioners and decision makers. She earned a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami. After a stint of international volunteer work, she earned her Master’s in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. From 2007-2010, she served as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where she delivered training and technical assistance to coastal decision makers to help them make informed, science-based decisions about coastal management. Nicole loves the outdoors, including hiking, camping, and playing volleyball. She finds yardwork therapeutic. Mostly she enjoys being mom to an active and extremely happy young son and embraces all the lessons he teaches her.
Daniel Devlin is a Professor of Agronomy and serves as the Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment and the Kansas Water Resources Institute at Kansas State University. In his current position, he has responsibility for coordinating and enhancing research, extension, and teaching initiatives pertaining to water quality and quantity programs as well as other environmental concerns, such as climate change, soil fertility, irrigation, watershed management and interactions with state and federal agencies. During his career, he has studied pesticide runoff, developed best management practices for pesticides, and developed and delivered innovative educational programs in Kansas resulting in documented reductions in atrazine herbicide runoff into surface waters. He also has experience with watershed modeling and with watershed and basin planning and has served as the Kansas leader for the USDA-ARS funded Ogallala Aquifer Program. Dr. Devlin is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and has received their outstanding Agronomic Extension Education Award. Dan has international experience working in Belarus, China, France, Costa Rica, and Russia. He has served on national review panels for USDA-NIFA, USDA-ARS, and USDA-FSA as well as serving on US EPA National Advisory Panels. Dan Devlin is a native of Smith County, Kansas and has a B.S. and M.S. in from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
Beth Boyer is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Penn State University. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment at Penn State; and as Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center, which is part of the National Institutes of Water Resources. Prior to her current positions, she was on the faculty at the State University of New York at Syracuse (Assistant professor) and at the University of California at Berkeley (Assistant then Associate Professor). She holds a B.S. in Geography from Penn State, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. She is interested in how human activities and environmental variability influence conditions and trends in streams, rivers, and estuaries. In the past, she has chaired the American Geophysical Union's technical committee on Water Quality; and has chaired the international Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology and Geochemistry. At present, Beth serves as an Associate Editor of two hydrological journals, serves on the AGU ecohydrology technical committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Sciences, Inc.
We are pleased to announce the student presentation awards from the 2017 UCOWR/NIWR conference in Fort Collins, CO. All recipients received a monetary award. Congratulations!
Student Poster Presentation Award Recipients
1st place: Chelsea Panos, Colorado School of Mines
2nd place: Uyen (Amy) Truong, Texas A&M University
3rd place (tie): Sulochan Dhungel, University of Utah; and Ryan Gilliam, Colorado School of Mines
Student Oral Presentation Award Recipients
1st place: James Keeler, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
2nd place: Allison Rhea, Colorado State University
3rd place (tie): Zach Zambreski, Kansas State University; and Maritza Flores Marquez, University of California, Davis