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Fourth Meeting of USAID WA-WASH Coordinating Secretariat


The 4th meeting of the USAID/West Africa WASH Coordinating Secretariat was held from March 2 to 3, 2017 in Accra, Ghana. In addition to the members of the Coordinating Secretariat, representatives of some 20 organizations working in the WASH sector in Ghana attended this meeting. The meeting provided the participants with an opportunity to share views and information on the issues related to the improvement of communities’ access to water and sanitation services.

Long-term research proves effective in global conservation


Researchers are taking a step back to answer the question of whether long-term studies are helping save plants, animals and the places they call home. The global answer is yes. FIU researchers are gathering data in the Everglades that provide critical information needed for restoration and conservation. They’ve been doing this for more than a decade. Read more on their efforts here.

FIU/USAID WA-WASH represented at the AfWA’s meeting in Rabat, Morocco


From February 13-17, 2017, the city of Rabat hosted several events of the African Water Association (AfWA), namely the Board meeting, General Assembly, and a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council (STC). The STC meeting was held under the theme: "Water and Sanitation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects". Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, FIU/USAID WA-WASH Regional Director, participated in these meetings and officially launched the AfWA’s new knowledge management and information sharing platform.

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CREST CAChE Undergraduate Research Fellows Program


The CREST CAChE undergraduate research fellows program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain first-hand research experience working with faculty and graduate students associated with the CAChE project. In addition, CAChE Fellows will be enrolled in the CREST Research Internship (for zero credit at no cost) so they can list their research experience on their resume. Fellows can perform research during the academic year or during the summer session. See here for more info!

SESYNC Requests Proposals for Graduate Student Socio-Environmental Research


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland seeks proposals from highly qualified graduate students interested in conducting team-based socio-environmental synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits"). Socio-environmental synthesis focuses on understanding connections between social and biophysical systems and emphasizes the importance of understanding them from a systems perspective. Applications are due May 26, 2017. More information can be found here!

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration Research


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water. The restoration approach, Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC), involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools. More information here.