NSF Science and Technology Center for www.sahra.arizona.edu Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas 520-626-6974 Ephemeral Flow A NEWSLETTER ABOUT SAHRA SUMMER 2005 W elcome to the Summer issue of Ephemeral Flow, a newsletter for sharing information within the SAHRA community. Ephemeral Flow is sent to SAHRA researchers, staff, and students at all participating institutions UPCOMING EVENTS Meetings, Workshops, Seminars, Short Courses approximately every two months. Your contributions and suggestions are always Oct. 26-28: SAHRA’s Annual Meeting and NSF welcome. Please send items to Mary Black at firstname.lastname@example.org. Site Visit, Radisson Hotel, Tucson FEATURE CONTACT US! Good as Gold Please let us know when you have Coached by Betina Hofacre and news to share or a reason to brag. SAHRA graduate student Tasha Students, let us know for example Lewis (and as reported in this when you have completed your newsletter in April), the varsity oral exam, defended your thesis/ team from Tucson’s Our Mother dissertation, or accepted a posi- of Sorrows School took ﬁrst place state honors in the category of tion in the real world (or even aca- water quality, thereby qualifying demia). Faculty members, are you for the National Science Olym- offering a new course, hosting a piad competition. The two-person workshop, leading a panel, editing team of Stacy Garland and Sergio a new journal? Too bashful to talk Matias went to nationals in May Garland and Matias prove Water Quality is golden at the University of Illinois at Urbana- about your own accomplishments? Champaign. Stacy and Sergio aced the competition, placing ﬁrst in a ﬁeld of 60 for the Anonymous or second-party tips Water Quality event. Along with our hearty congratulations, the two students will re- on newsworthy announcements ceive $2,000 per year scholarships from the University of Illinois–Urbana if they choose are also gratefully accepted. to enroll there as undergraduates. PUBLICITY/HONORS Distinguished Service to NASA substantially No Spineless to the NASA SAHRA Founder and Executive Committee mission. The Journalism Here member Soroosh Sorooshian is the 2005 contribution recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Southwest Hydrology must be so snagged a Cactus Service award (for non-governmental extraordinary employees). He received the award April Quill Award from that other forms the International 27, 2005 during the annual award luncheon of recognition at NASA HQ in Washington, DC. Association of Business would be Communicators, Tucson inadequate.” chapter, on June 2. According to the NASA website, this is “the highest honor NASA awards to anyone Southwest Hydrology Our heartfelt received one of only four who was not a Government employee congratulations when the service was performed. The Awards of Excellence – the highest go to Soroosh category – from 27 entries, which were award is granted only to individuals whose for this outstanding honor. distinguished accomplishments contributed judged by the Sacramento region of IABC. PAGE 2 SUMMER 2005 PEOPLE New SAHRA REUs • Jacob Krall, a senior at Cornell Student and Faculty University, Ithaca, NY, working under for 2004/05 the direction of Tom Meixner to study News/Milestones SAHRA continues its partnership this diurnal ﬂow ﬂuctuations in the San Students who ﬁnished summer with other NSF Science and Pedro and their correlations with ET and degrees recently Technology Centers, using a national temperature; and solicitation to recruit students to Advised by Chris Duffy, Yizhong Qu collaborate on SAHRA research for eight • Aarin Teague, a 2005 graduate in received his Ph.D. in May from Penn State weeks under NSF’s Research Experiences biological systems engineering from University, and has moved to the Boston for Undergraduates (REU) program. At Texas A&M University, College Station, area and accepted a position with a ﬁrm UA, four students are participating: TX, working with Travis Huxman that does hydrologic modeling. Yizhong’s on soil moisture data from the Santa dissertation was titled “An integrated • Martin Alcala, a Ph.D. student from Rita range in southern Arizona. hydrologic model for multi-process Texas A&M, Kingsville, who is working simulation using semi-discrete ﬁnite with Juan Valdes and Julio Cañon Toiling in the Valles Caldera with Eric volume approach.” Barriga on precipitation climatologies Small on ponderosa pine ET and how it for the Lower Colorado; varies with soil moisture and other soil In June, Matt Baillie successfully factors are: defended his UA master’s thesis in • Lauren Ingegneri, a junior hydrology, “Quantifying base ﬂow majoring in engineering at Smith • Natalie Burris, an undergraduate geology inputs into the San Pedro River using College in Northampton, MA, major from the University of Kansas; and geochemical tracers.” Matt will continue working with Tom Meixner and his studies this fall at the University Laura Klasner doing chemical • Ronn Friedlander, majoring in of Victoria in British Columbia, and analyses of San Pedro samples; biomedical engineering and ecology and should brace himself for numerous natural resources at Rutgers University. see People, continued next page GRANTS/LEVERAGING Water Planet SAHRA recently learned that an NSF proposal developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), with Gary Woodard as a co-PI, was awarded $2 million of the $3 million requested to create a traveling science exhibit. SMM is scrambling to John Petti bullies REU Ingegneri into reaching ﬁnd corporate sponsors to cover the $1 the top of the Mt. Bigelow tower, demonstrating million balance, but is optimistic about there are scarier things than acrophobia. the endeavor. Water Planet is to be a traveling exhibition debuting in 2007 that will examine the role of water in large-scale planetary processes, in an effort to educate public audiences about the new ﬁeld of earth-system science. SAHRA will develop portions of the exhibit that look at semi-arid hydrology and groundwater. Watershed Visualizations Jim Washburne reports that a proposal to NSF’s GeoEd program, authored primarily by Liz Hancock and former SAHRA graduate student Anne Kramer Huth, has been recommended for funding. The project targets middle and high school teachers and classrooms and focuses on visualizations of watershed data for several Lower Colorado REUs Teague, Ingegneri, and Krall reach new Basin watersheds (the Salt/Verde, Bill Williams, Santa Cruz, and San Pedro). It will research heights this summer while escaping complement the WATER kits project funded two years ago with TRIF support from the the Tucson heat. state of Arizona. The GeoEd proposal requested $290,000 over two years. PAGE 3 SUMMER 2005 People, continued from previous page 2004, with a thesis entitled “An alternative Aloha, yes; Shalom, yes; but summer visitors from Arizona and New approach to the operation of multinational Goodbye, never Mexico beginning in May 2006. reservoir systems: application to the Amistad and Falcon reservoir system Elizabeth Hancock, of Education Kevin Dressler ﬁnished his Ph.D. in (Lower Rio Grande/Rio Bravo).” He is macrotheme fame, left the employ of hydrology and water resources at the continuing on at UA for his Ph.D. Juan SAHRA on May 24 for greener, less UA this spring. His dissertation topic: Valdes is Aleix’s primary advisor. arid pastures in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “Estimating the spatial distribution of Liz lent her incredible organizational snow water equivalent and simulated Gustavo Goncalves de Goncalves and educational talents to SAHRA as runoff modeling in headwater basins of received his Ph.D. in hydrology and water a postdoc for three years, beginning in the semi-arid Southwest.” Congratulations resources from the UA in May and will June 2002, and will be sorely missed. to Kevin, who is continuing in his continue his stellar career with a National current position as a faculty research Research Council Fellowship at NASA’s She will, however, serve as hydrologist at Penn State University. Goddard Space Flight Center. Gustavo’s a consultant on the new GeoEd dissertation topic was “Land surface- grant. Best of luck, success, and Belated felicitaciones to Aleix Serrat, atmosphere interactions in regional happiness to her and her family. who ﬁnished his MS in Hydrology and modeling over South America,” and his Water Resources at the UA in December primary advisor was Jim Shuttleworth. ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES ANNOUNCEMENTS Who Thought the Strategic Baby News Plan Could Get Any Better? Graduate student Sharon It’s hard to describe the staggering Einloth Desilets and her beauty of the intricate timelines and ﬂow husband, recent UA hydrology diagrams that SAHRA Staff Scientist Ph.D. Darin Desilets, are the James Hogan took such pains to create to proud parents of Laurel Beth supplement SAHRA’s new Strategic Plan. Desilets, born in Tucson June See them and be amazed at www.sahra. 10th at the inconvenient hour arizona.edu/publications/StrategicPlan/ of 2 am. Mom, dad, and baby SAHRA_SP_5-31-2005.pdf and discover are doing great. where your SAHRA project ﬁts into the master plan. The Strategic Plan is actually the result of a massive collaborative effort by SAHRA’s administration, macro-theme leaders, PIs, and myriad little people. All NSF STCs have been charged with creat- ing strategic plans for their centers, and SAHRA’s plan has quickly become the standard of excellence, thanks largely to the steely determination and keen insights R&R of Jim Shuttleworth and James Hogan. Busman’s Holiday in The Orient Water News Watch Tasha Lewis, graduate student in the UA’s she ﬁnds both Chinese cuisine and China’s Now Even More Global Master of Engineering program, and lately water resources very interesting, with the of Science Olympiad fame (see feature), latter mostly focusing on ﬂood prediction, Global Water News Watch has a new map is spending the summer in a fellowship dam operation, and hydropower. The interface that allows you to click on a map program at the Nanjing Hydraulic institute’s hydrologists frequently utilize of the world and search for articles on Research Institute in the People’s Republic U.S. government websites (such as the region by country, topic, and/or time of China. Tasha is currently working USGS, EPA, and ACE) to guide them in frame. Arabic language sources are now on a research project on the Hai River developing China’s water resources, she being covered by Aomar Boum, a Ph.D. watershed in northeastern China, an area reports. Coincidentally, the president, two student from Morocco in anthropology at most similar to the arid Southwest, and deans, and three directors of the institute the UA. News coverage has expanded to one of the few places in China where will be visiting SAHRA in a one-day stop Syria, Kuwait, and Bahrain and improved groundwater is utilized. She reports that at the UA on August 18. across North Africa and the Middle East.