As close monitoring of COVID-19 continues, GIWS is working closely with USask and our home departments to keep you informed on best practices and recommendations. Please visit https://updates.usask.ca/ for the latest updates and policies from USask. For updates on GIWS related topics, please visit the link below.
A new USask smartphone app will help farmers and communities identify hotspots of nutrient contamination in freshwaters and possibly predict where algae blooms—slimy plant-like green organisms that hinder water quality—are likely to grow.
Let's Talk About Water - International Water Film Prize
Let's Talk About Water is still accepting submissions for the
International and Youth Film Prizes!
The submission deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020.
We are planning to continue with the Let's Talk About Water Film Festival, and in lieu of hosting our scheduled in-person festival this summer, we are creating a Virtual Theatre – an entirely online experience – to share and watch some of the greatest films about water ever made. Stay tuned for more details on the website!
Finding Water is a thoughtful film released by the Livingstone Landowners Group for World Water Day 2020. GIWS member Dr. Cherie Westbrook guest appears to talk about the importance of beaver in slowing water flow through mountain streams.
Asong, Z.E., Elshamy, M.E., Princz, D., Wheater, H.S., Pomeroy, J.W., Pietroniro, A. & Cannon, A. (2020) High-resolution meteorological forcing data for hydrological modelling and climate impact analysis in the Mackenzie River Basin, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 629-645. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-629-2020
DeBeer, Chris M., Sharp, Martin., Schuster-Wallace, Corinne. (in press). Glaciers and Ice Sheets. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (planned for publication in the Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes edited by Michael Goldstein and Dominik DellaSala) Elsevier, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12441-8.
Liu, J., Elliott, J. A., Wilson, H. F., & Baulch, H. M. (2019). Impacts of soil phosphorus drawdown on snowmelt and rainfall runoff water quality.Journal of environmental quality, 48(4), 803-812. doi:10.2134/jeq2018.12.0437
Mekis, E., R.E. Stewart, J.M. Theriault, B. Kochtubajda, B.R. Bonsal and Z. Liu, 2020: Near 0°C surface temperature and precipitation type patterns across Canada. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1741–1761, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1741-2020.
Patrick, R. J., Grant, K., & Bharadwaj, L. (2019). Reclaiming Indigenous Planning as a Pathway to Local Water Security. Water, 11(5), 936. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11050936
Join Global Water Futures (GWF) for a virtual panel discussion featuring Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Terry Duguid, MP, on how a Canada Water Agency can deliver water security for Canadians. Chaired by Tom Axworthy of Massey College, you will hear from experts in water science and governance and guests from provincial, municipal and Indigenous perspectives, examining Canadian water issues and the science, policy, and the collaborative responses needed to tackle the emerging water-climate crisis.
More details and registration will follow soon, but save the date today!
EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis
The University of Saskatchewan is inviting members (faculty, staff, and students) to take part in an anonymous survey entitled EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis. If you have experienced or observed what you believe to be bias or discrimination based on your or another’s identity (ie. sex, gender, race, disability, power position, etc), please consider documenting it in this survey. We are also looking for positive, inclusive practices that have occurred. Gathering this information is important so we can communicate where inequities lie, promote inclusive practices, and be better prepared for future situations. By sharing our aggregated findings in a report, institutions can be better prepared to offer support to populations experiencing discrimination and intervening if possible.
Please note: at this time only USask members are invited to participate. We plan to invite members from other Canadian institutions once ethical approval has been obtained.
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TEDEd is embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Now more than ever, we need to protect, nurture and care for Earth – so join TEDEd to learn something amazing every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count.
The Publications Fund offers modest support towards scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member can submit one request in either of the following categories:
• up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;
• up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or
• up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.
The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty submissions for summer 2021. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to October.
The Globalink program builds international networks and experiences, and positions Canada as a top destination for innovation and research among students from abroad.
All disciplines are eligible
Top-ranked senior undergrads travel from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and USA
Faculty can submit multiple projects and re-submit projects from previous years
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative has opened a call for applications for its Visiting Scholar Program. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together professionals, practitioners, and researchers from across the Arctic region to address key research and policy questions related to fostering a secure and sustainable Arctic. Working within and across disciplines, Fulbright Arctic Scholars translate theory into practice to address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities.
· Conditions: USD $40,000 for 18 months
· Application Deadline: May 11, 2020
· Eligibility details are available here · Application platform can be accessed here
Program activities will run from Fall 2020 to Spring 2022.
NSERC announces funding for science communications skills
NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to enhance the communications skills of students and researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Such skills will contribute to science literacy, help counter science-related misinformation, and foster a role for science in evidence-based decision making.
The new pilot program, Science Communication Skills grant (pilot), is targeted at organizations that provide science communication skills training to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students, fellows, and faculty from Canadian post-secondary institutions. The training should have as its goal the effective communication of science to the general public. Organizations may request up to $20,000 in funding for a one year period.
NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official language minority communities in their area while developing their proposed activities and to have official documentation and promotional material in both official languages.
Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)
Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers. Apply now
NSERC Connect Grants
Effective Feb. 1, Connect Grants have been revised to broaden the scope eligible activities. Find out more
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute grants and funding opportunities Find out more
🆕Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Remote Sensing of Snow Hydrology University of Saskatchewan
Applications close May 26 Find out more
Researcher - Satellite Data Analysis and Assimilation Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites – Maryland
Applications close May 29 Find out more
Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling University at Albany, State University of New York, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) Find out more
Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Chemistry and Biogeochemistry Find out more
Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair: Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation University of Saskatchewan
Application review starts March 2, 2020 Find out more
2 Research Scientist Positions with Global Water Futures water modelling team University of Saskatchewan