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In its fourth year, the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water programming continues to empower global water scholars. In August, the University welcomed another 18 Exchange students to study for a semester in the U.S.  This year alone, 12 seed grants have been awarded to further research projects at project partner Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. This summer a team from the U completed their eleventh trip to Pakistan to lead faculty workshops and foster further collaboration. 
Environmental factors—earth, air, water and life—are interconnected. A change in one has the potential to impact any or all of the others. So how do U researchers respond to this extraordinary complexity? By banding together. This fall, the U launches a new university-wide collaboration called the Wasatch Environmental Observatory.
Six students from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology took part in the first Water Entrepreneurship Exchange this summer. The program was created to give water engineers the business skills to bring their ideas to market. The students finished the semester with a field trip to San Fransisco that further encouraged the students' to bring their research to life as entrepreneurial solutions to Pakistan's water crisis.


Marvi Sharma wasn’t always so self-assured about her research topic. When her project was recommended by her mentor in Pakistan “people laughed at me,” she said.  But when the opportunity came to unite her training as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) engineer with women’s empowerment, she fought through her hesitation and met the challenge head-on. 

From Mason Kreidler’s campus office you can see Mount Olympus wedging its way into the sky. The mountain view calls to mind the six canyons in his Salt Lake watershed study area—deep clefts that cut through the Wasatch, each with a tumbling creek running through its bottom. The lakes and streams within those peaks provide nearly 60 percent of drinking water to approximately 350,000 of the Salt Lake Valley’s residents.

Global Water Works: Connecting Utah & Pakistan
Poster Session and Awards Ceremony

November 28, 2018  |  5:30 p.m.
Church & State, 370 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Campus Partner Events
Global Change & Sustainability Center presents:
“Evapotranspiration: From kinetic theory to the limits of plant life”
October 30, 2018  | 4-5 p.m.
Gaby Katul, 
Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
ABOVE | Exchange student Masroor Ahmed on a group climbing outing to Big Cottonwood Canyon. Climbing encourages students to rest rather than give up, requires a problem solving mindset, enforces Leave No Trace ethics and allows an up-close orientation to important locations in Salt Lake’s watershed. Follow the adventures of our Exchange scholars on our USPCASW Facebook page.
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