Inviting Applications for New Members

Inviting Applications for New Members

Inviting Applications for New Members

 

The State of Water

The Water Council was founded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and serves to bring together resources from across the University of Minnesota System to address the pressing concern of access to clean water for the 21 Century – the state of water.

It does this by: 1) promoting and supporting scholarship concerning all things water at the University, 2) adding value and bringing resources to the university and state, 3) coordinating the university’s water research community, and 4) connecting with people about water research and education. Visit https://water.umn.edu/ to learn more.

We are inviting applications for 7 additional members of the Water Council, to begin a 3-year term 1/1/21.

If interested, please submit a statement (<1 page) describing your interest and an abbreviated CV (2 pages, maximum) that focuses on your water-related service activities, teaching, and scholarship, with the email subject heading “Water Council Application” to Paige Novak (novak010@umn.edu) by 11/1/20. Applications will be voted on by the Water Council and decisions will be made and announced by 12/1/20.

  • The Water Council (WC) currently consists of the following members who were appointed in fall, 2016:
  •  Lawrence Baker – Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
  • Peter Calow – Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • John Downing – Minnesota Sea Grant, UMD
  • Lian Shen – Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Jessica Hellmann – Institute on the Environment*
  • David Mulla – Department of Soil, Water, & Climate
  • Paige Novak – Civil, Environmental & Geo-Engineering, The BioTechnology Institute*
  • Patrick Nunnally – Water Resources Science Graduate Program
  • Jeffrey Peterson – Water Resources Center (2017-18 co-chair)*
  • Michael Sadowsky – The BioTechnology Institute (2017-18 co-chair)
  • Robert Sterner – Large Lakes Observatory & Department of Biology, UMD*
  • Rolf Weberg – Natural Resources Research Institute, UMD
  • Dan Gilchrist – Office of the Vice President for Research (ex officio)
  • Lynne Schoen – Corporate & Foundation Relations, Univ of Minnesota Foundation (ex officio)

*The WC Executive Committee, appointed in the summer of 2019

Dan Gilchrist

Dan Gilchrist

Communications Director, Office for the Vice President of Research
research.umn.edu
dang@umn.edu

Dan leads OVPR’s communications department, which plans, coordinates, and implements communications strategies that highlight the importance of the U of M’s research enterprise and its role as a partner in economic development and technological advancements. He advises the vice president for research and his executive leadership on communications and government relations and assists with issue management related to research for OVPR and the University. He previously served the University as a speechwriter to two presidents, federal relations coordinator, and Extension program coordinator. He holds two policy-related degrees from Stanford University.

Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann

Committee Co-Chair
Director, Institute on the Environment
ione.umn.edu
hellmann@umn.edu

Jessica Hellmann is the Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She is also the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Hellmann’s research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation. She was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management. Hellmann led an important paradigm shift in ecology and natural resource management by showing that adaptation — living with climate change — is just as crucial to the future of humanity and Earth’s ecosystems as slowing and stopping greenhouse gas emissions. Her research and that of her students also has shown that differences in the way populations respond to climate change are key to predicting and managing their future.

Hellmann earned her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Biodiversity Research. She is an alumna of Stanford’s Leopold Leadership Program and a recipient of a career enhancement fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Paige Novak

Paige Novak

Paige Novak
Co-Director MnDRIVE Environment

www.cege.umn.edu
novak010@umn.edu

Paige Novak is the co-director of MnDRIVE Environment and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering.

Novak researches how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of hazardous substances. This is of critical importance in designing and implementing biologically based remediation systems, using microorganisms to treat drinking water, or optimizing wastewater treatment. Novak’s work takes her from laboratory to the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions. She has been involved in field work which focused on implementing remediation technologies that alter environmental conditions and thereby stimulate beneficial biological activity.

Novak received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She was a founding fellow in the Institute on the Environment, and has been a member of the BioTechnology Institute since 2010. In 2016 she was named a fellow in the Water Environment Federation. She is the recipient of Sara Evans Woman Scholar/Leader Award from the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota in 2013.

Mike Sadowsky

Mike Sadowsky

Director, BioTechnology Institute
www.swac.umn.edu
sadowsky@umn.edu

Michael Sadowsky is the Director BioTechnology Institute, and a Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate. He is the Co-Director MnDRIVE Environment.

His area of research is in several areas of environmental microbiology. One of the major research efforts in his laboratory is directed toward the development of technologies to determine sources of fecal pollution in waterways. His lab is also investigating the use of purified enzymes, and transgenic bacteria and plants, to bioremediate herbicide-contaminated soils and water. Recently, his research has extended to the way microbial transplantation alters the gut ecosystem, and the potential benefits for human health.

Sadowsky is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology and is internationally known and respected for his research work in the area of environmental microbiology. He received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.

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