Baylor University Hosts Big 12 Water Conference to Address Water Resource Issues and Collaborate on Research

  • Big 12 Water Conference
    Big 12 Water Conference Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
  • Bryan Brooks
    Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies and Big 12 Water Conference steering committee member
Sept. 22, 2016

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Baylor University’s department of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting a select group of scientists at the second annual Big 12 Water Conference Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).

The theme for this year’s conference, “Navigating the Food Water Energy Nexus in the Face of Change,” will focus on water use and conservation, climate change, groundwater sustainability, irrigation and water quality.

The conference is part of an ongoing effort among Big 12 universities to enhance research collaboration among faculty from member institutions and to increase the benefits to society and to address real-world problems and issues of emerging concern related to water and the environment.

The conference is designed to allow the participating scientists to plan collaborative research projects and scholarly writings as well as draft research and publication outlines as they convene.

“Though we often think of the Big 12 Conference in terms of intercollegiate athletics, robust and complementary expertise exists across the Big 12 universities in many disciplines,” said Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies and Big 12 Water Conference steering committee member. “Many parts of the world face significant challenges for sustaining the quantity and quality of water supplies. This timely conference brings together experts from each university to examine transdisciplinary water issues, and to facilitate cooperation and collaboration on critical challenges and opportunities for clean water.”

Keynote conference speakers and topics include:

Dr. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center at the University of California, Berkeley
Title: "A Secure Water Future Awaits Proactive Cities"

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Title: "Drought, Fire and Flood: How a Changing Climate Affects Texas"

Dr. James P. Dobrowolski, national program leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Title: "USDA-NIFA’s Water for Agriculture: A mechanism to fund a broader portfolio in groundwater sustainability"

“Baylor University is pleased to host leading scientists and engineers from all Big 12 institutions. This conference provides and exciting opportunity to identify essential water quality and management issues,” said George Cobb, Ph.D., professor and chair of environmental science and Big 12 Water Conference steering committee chair. “Additionally, it is exciting to welcome to our conference two members of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. David Sedlak and Dr. Danny Reible, as well as one of TIME Magazine's Most Influential People of 2014, Dr. Katherine Hayhoe.”

For more information, visit the Big 12 Water Conference website.

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