Water Events

A selection of water-related events from around Penn State and beyond.

 3:30 - 4:30pm  112 Walker Building  Full details
Mounting evidence indicates the importance of cloud–radiation feedback in promoting the upscale development of tropical convection. This feedback is argued to be critical to maintaining the convective envelope of the Madden–Julian Oscillation (MJO) and to accelerating the genesis of tropical cyclones (TCs). Specifically, cloud–longwave radiative forcing (the “cloud greenhouse effect”) provides an additional diabatic heat source in regions where deep convection is already prolific relative to its surroundings, which in turn fosters more convection.
 7:00 - 8:00pm  Sowers Harvest Café  Full details
Students in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are holding an event on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to discuss “Elements of Global Change.” The one-hour presentation with additional discussion will occur at 7 p.m. at Sower’s Harvest Café, 421 East Beaver Ave., State College. Discussion will revolve around: "Water: Nutrient Pollution: Too Much of a Good Thing." "Earth: Soil Is Not a Dirty Word." "Fire: Who Started the Fire? Humans and Wildfires."

 1:00 - 2:00pm  Full details
This tour would include two main parts: (i) tour of the Living Filter spray-irrigation sites; and (ii) tour of the Water Reclamation Facility. Penn State currently produces Class B wastewater reuse at its Water Reclamation Facility that is pumped and spray-irrigated at 600 acres of mixed-use fields, known as the Living Filter. These activities have been ongoing since the 1980’s and provide an opportunity to conduct research at a site with a long history of wastewater irrigation.
 4:00 - 5:00pm  401 Steidle Building or Online  Full details
Department of Geosciences Colloquium Series presents Brandon Johnson, Purdue University
 5:00 - 6:00pm  327 Sackett Building  Full details
The Water Cooler Series is a monthly event for the water student community planned to bring the community together and share interesting research/ideas/plans with peers from different disciplines and backgrounds. The informal setup for the “Water Cooler Series”  will provide students a platform to discuss brewing ideas about water-related research and get help/support from the peer group. The presentation need not be research focused. If you have some interesting field anecdotes or stories to share, this is the forum for you! 

 3:30 - 4:30pm  112 Walker Building or Online  Full details
The link between climate change and water is one of often neglected and not well understood. This ambiguous relationship combined with climate change induced extremities and uncertainties exacerbate the propensity for conflicts over shared waters. Srinivas Chokkakula, Ministry of Jal Shakti Research Chair with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, will give the talk “Conflicts and Complicit Climate Change: Transboundary Water Governance in South Asia." Talk is co-sponsored by Penn State's Department of Asian Studies.

 10:00am - 1:00pm  Pasto Agricultural Museum  Full details
The day will be dedicated to education about assessing and managing stormwater and drinking water and will feature two sessions. “Green Your Blues — Stormwater Workshop for Homeowners” will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn how to assess stormwater on their property and how to develop and implement a stormwater management plan. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

 9:00 - 10:00am  Full details
If you have ever been to Way Fruit Farm, then you have been in the Halfmoon Creek Watershed! A tributary to Spruce Creek, the Halfmoon Creek watershed is renowned for fly fishing, and is listed as a high quality-cold water fishery. However, it is listed as impaired due to agricultural sources of sediment. A Watershed Management Plan was recently approved, and funding is available for farmers to adopt a suite of new conservation practices to improve water quality. This tour will include stops at existing monitoring sites in the watershed that could be leveraged for new projects.

 12:00 - 1:30pm  Online  Full details
During Farm Transition Talk: Agricultural Attorneys - Business Structures, we will be joined by Brook Duer of the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law to discuss business structure legal discussions and other related items regarding farm transition, succession, and overall exit strategy.

 12:00 - 1:00pm  Online  Full details
In this seminar, Gail Thomas and Ira Ropson will present an overview of CTSI training programs for graduate and medical students to acquire the translational research skills and knowledge needed to work across disciplinary boundaries, advance findings from the lab into clinical settings and communities and to innovate solutions to improve human health.

 8:30am - 4:00pm  HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall  Full details
We eagerly invite you to our 15th annual postdoctoral research symposium! Morning sessions will address diversity, equity, agency, and mental health for postdoctoral scholars and fellows. Afternoon activities will focus on postdoctoral research sharing with a poster session and short talk competition. Cash prizes available for both! Principal investigators, assistant research professors, and other champions of early career researchers welcome to join! Program schedule built with flexibility in mind so that you can select one part or many:

 All day  Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square  Full details
In 2016 and 2019, the Pennsylvania in the Balance Conference generated new ideas for Pennsylvania agriculture as a solution for clean water. These ideas have spurred actions that continue to build partnerships and develop projects that bring Pennsylvania closer to meeting water quality goals. Much has been accomplished. 

 All day  Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square  Full details
In 2016 and 2019, the Pennsylvania in the Balance Conference generated new ideas for Pennsylvania agriculture as a solution for clean water. These ideas have spurred actions that continue to build partnerships and develop projects that bring Pennsylvania closer to meeting water quality goals. Much has been accomplished. 

 All day  Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square  Full details
In 2016 and 2019, the Pennsylvania in the Balance Conference generated new ideas for Pennsylvania agriculture as a solution for clean water. These ideas have spurred actions that continue to build partnerships and develop projects that bring Pennsylvania closer to meeting water quality goals. Much has been accomplished. 
 12:00 - 1:00pm  Online  Full details
Streamside Tree Plantings, AKA riparian buffers, are promoted around Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as a conservation practice that can improve water quality. These streamside plantings are effective at filtering nutrients and sediment, cooling stretches of streams, and slowing property loss occurring through streambank erosion.

 11:00am - 12:00pm  Online  Full details
Community Health Equity & Engagement Research (CHEER) Workshop

 1:00 - 2:00pm  Online  Full details
Water Resources & Resiliency (Friday, February 10) — Webinar will feature Sean Furjanic, PE, Bureau of Clean Water, PA Department of Environmental Protection. Join in as we learn about stormwater management in Pennsylvania, including its government regulations–past, present, and future. Discussion will include water impacts, mitigation efforts & plans regarding climate change, infrastructure, and other influences.

 1:00 - 2:00pm  Online  Full details
Water Justice, Community Health & Sustainable Communities (Friday, March 17) — Penn State’s Asher Rosinger, Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health, will share ongoing research into ensuring fair access to clean well water, as well as people’s perceptions of the safety of their drinking water. Discussion will highlight the importance of ensuring both rural and urban residents feel secure in their access to water.

 All day  University Park, PA  Full details
The climate crisis is here. It is impacting big cities and small communities in unprecedented and disproportionate ways. The crisis will continue unless we develop transdisciplinary solutions for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience now.