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UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO – WATER INSTITUTE’S EXTERNAL PARTNERS PROGRAM

THE WATER INSTITUTE PHOTOPAD

WATER INSTITUTE E P PROGRAMGIMPUniversity of Waterloo – The Water Institute
Through collaboration among individuals engaged in water science, technology, management and governance, the Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education and training.  The Institute’s activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale.  Throughout its history, the University of Waterloo has demonstrated a significant and consistent commitment to education and research on water-related topics and has garnered international acclaim for its innovative solutions to society’s water problems.

Launch of the The Water Institute’s External Partners Program

With over 125 faculty members and 400 graduate students, distributed over all six faculties, the University of Waterloo has one of the largest and most diverse water research programs in Canada.  Established in 2009 the Water Institute supports and encourages greater interdisciplinarity among our programs.  An important element in the strategy to achieve our goals is to encourage much closer association between the University and external organizations, including the private sector, government, civil society and other research facilities.

Please join us for this year’s Water Institute’s Research Symposium to be held May 2, 2013 at the University of Waterloo. The 2013 symposium will showcase the breadth of Waterloo’s water research and provide an opportunity for organizations to interact with researchers and students.

Website: water.uwaterloo.ca

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T.G.I.F. ~ 10 BETS YOU’LL NEVER LOSE!!!

Once again your friends from Rainsoft Ottawa are bringing you some Friday fun to last you through the weekend ~ lots of fun tricks to play on your family and friends ~ and who knows maybe make a bit of money in the process!

YouTube video, “10 Bets You’ll Never Lose” ~ Published on Jun 10, 2012 by  ~ almost 5 million hits!

 

Here’s a second set of tricks for you ~ “Curious Psychology # 12 ~ 10 More Science Studies for Parties” ~ Uploaded by on Dec 6, 2010

 
On these web sites you’ll find many other videos about tricks that you’ll want to try out in the near future ~ good luck and have lots of fun entertaining your friends.
 
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Central American Water Resource Management Network (CARA)

CARA, founded in 1999, is a water resources training network funded primarily by CIDA (Canada‘s equivalent to USAID), the Canadian International Development Agency.  It is run by the Universities of Calgary and Waterloo, with the former the lead university. David Bethune is the coordinator. CARA is a water resource training network focusing on building local capacity to improve the management and protection of Central American water resources.  

The following excerpts are taken from a Water Canada’s September/October 2012 article,  “Making It Local.  The CARA program empowers students in Central america to manage groundwater resources in their own backyards.” by Kerry Freek and Brendan Mulligan.

Eighty-percent of Central America’s water supply comes from groundwater, and that includes some huge urban water supplies, says University of Calgary’s David Bethune. “With population growth, deforestation, and poverty, the stress on watersheds in central america is huge,” he says. “the natural water balance is being altered, and a reduced natural recharge is affecting the groundwater supply.”  For a region that relies so heavily upon threatened groundwater supplies, central america, like many developing countries, desperately lacks qualified individuals to make decisions about water use and management … With funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, Farvolden initiated a program to train future hydrogeologists at the University of Costa Rica.  In 1995, Bethune and Ryan travelled south to help begin the first project. In the first cycle, they had students from Colombia to Guatemala.  Soon, there was a strong consensus that other countries would like to have similar programs.  They continued the program in Guatemala, Nicaragua and, later, El Salvador, Honduras, and Bolivia. As the current project director for the Central American water resource management network (CARA), Bethune now manages the Canadian International development agency (CIDA) funded program that supports six master of science programs in Central America … Within a short period of time, the CARA programs are becoming self-sustaining.  That, says Bethune, is the key. “The intention is independence from Canadian support. the people managing and developing water supplies are from their own country.”  The program in Nicaragua has been particularly successful.  CIDA has rewarded the initiative with additional funding for a project titled community water management in Nicaragua and Central America, which Ryan is directing.  The two are also involved in Hydrogeologists Without Borders (HWB), an organization formed to provide further assistance to CARA students and other similar programs and NGOs.  HWB is currently funding five Central American master’s students in the field of hydrogeology in their own regions.

WOW!!! BRAIN DEVELOPS THE NEGATIVE ~ AMAZING!!!

I received the following via e-mail (from my boss ~ a really great guy!) a few weeks ago and just found it again ~ so bizarre I have to share.

This really works ~ what amazing brains, cognitive and visual systems we humans have!!!

Follow the following steps to discover an amazing image ~

1) Stare at the red dot on the girls nose for a full 30 seconds.

2) Turn your eyes to a plain surface on your wall or ceiling.

3) Blink repeatedly and quickly.

Isn’t that the coolest thing!!!

Have fun with this and of course pass it along.

What you should see is a full color representation of the image as your retina/brain processes the negative image.  Our visual system is constantly processing input and can fool us or create illusions from retinal or cortical processes…  

Please visit webvision.med for the full explanation of how the human visual system works in a case like this ~ most interesting!

http://webvision.med.utah.edu/2012/06/your-brain-develops-the-negative/