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Position statements sought by June 8 for workshop on redesigning the rural-urban interface in the Mississippi River watershed

Three Iowa State University researchers — Ulrike Passe and Kimberly Zarecor, associate professors of architecture, and Janette Thompson, Morrill Professor of natural resource ecology and management — have received a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant for a workshop on “Redesigning the Urban-Rural Interface (RURI) along the Mississippi Watershed.” Scheduled for Aug. 12–13, the workshop is intended to guide development of a sustainable urban systems research and action agenda for mid-sized metropolitan areas within the Mississippi River watershed, with a focus on relationships and connectivity among urban and rural landscapes and communities. Over two days, participants will explore the impacts of climate variability, infrastructure design and population dynamics within the network of cities in the watershed, with the goal of developing transdisciplinary research and actions to address large-scale problems such as nutrient runoff, erosion, flooding, heat island effects and urban sprawl. The organizers seek position statements from potential speakers; for guaranteed consideration, statements should be submitted online by Saturday, June 8.

May 23, 2019 5:46 pm