University of Nebraska–Lincoln student researchers Bella Possignolo (left) and Sandeep Bhatti (right) conduct fieldwork with DWFI Faculty Fellow and Nebraska irrigation engineer Derek Heeren.
More than two dozen Nebraska students and their faculty advisers will provide short presentations highlighting research projects funded in part by the institute’s Student Support Program, which awards one-year grants to DWFI’s interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows to help enrich student education and foster future leaders in the effort to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. The forum topics align with DWFI’s five research and policy focus areas:
- Closing water and agricultural productivity gaps
- Improving groundwater management for agricultural production
- Enhancing high productivity irrigated agriculture
- Supporting freshwater and agriculture ecosystems and public health
- Managing agricultural drought
Dion McBay, Global Sustainable Development Lead, Monsanto Co., will provide a keynote presentation, along with remarks from DWFI Executive Director Peter G. McCornick and Director of Research Christopher Neale. Several Nebraska faculty members will help moderate and frame the discussion, including:
- Craig Allen, DWFI Faculty Fellow; U.S. Geological Survey – Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, UNL
- Patricio Grassini, DWFI Faculty Fellow; Agronomy & Horticulture, UNL
- Yulie Meneses, DWFI Water for Food Processing Specialist; Food Innovation Center, UNL
- Karina Schoengold, DWFI Faculty Fellow; Agricultural Economics, UNL
- Mark Svoboda, DWFI Faculty Fellow; National Drought Mitigation Center, UNL
The event includes poster presentations and a luncheon featuring a presentation on the visually engaging Platte River Timelapse project.
Following the forum, participants are invited to attend a reception from 4:45-6:30 p.m.
at Nebraska Innovation Campus (2021 Transformation Dr
.) in the 2nd floor Link. Light food and beverages will be available.
Roundtrip transportation between Nebraska Innovation Campus and the Nebraska East Union will be available on a limited basis for participants who wish to leave their vehicle in the NIC north parking lot
. The NIC loading zone is located in front of the Innovations Commons building, facing the north parking lot. The East Campus loading zone is located near the main entrance to the Nebraska East Union. The first morning shuttle will begin boarding at 8 a.m.
and will depart at 8:15 a.m.
The second morning shuttle will begin boarding at 8:30 a.m.
and will depart at 8:45 a.m.
For return transportation to NIC, the afternoon shuttle will begin boarding at 4:30 p.m.
and will depart at 4:45 p.m.