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February 19, 2015
Educators: register your school for the Flame Challenge

February 27 is the last day schools can register to participate in the 2015 Flame Challenge, a contest in which 11-year-olds judge how well science communicators answer the question “What is Sleep?”

The contest is sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, an organization that helps scientists improve their communication skills and connect with public. Previous winners satisfied their youthful adjudicators’ curiosity with videos, writing and graphics explain Flame, Time and Color. 

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February 9, 2015
PRODUCT RELEASE: Tethys platform now available for use

CI-WATER is pleased to announce the achievement of a major project milestone with the public release of the Tethys Platform for water resources web application development. Designed to make it easier for developers to turn models and data into interactive apps, Tethys is a flexible, accessible solution that eases the learning curve needed to create the tools water resource analysts need.

Tethys has already been used by CI-WATER modelers to create the Parleys Creek Management Tool described in the CI-WATER newsfeed article “Project Update: Collaboration leads to integrated water management tools” (Sept. 27, 2014). Soon, CI-WATER researchers at the University of Wyoming will be collaborating with Brigham Young University’s Tethys development group to visualize their output data sets.

Lead developer Nathan Swain says, “That will present a fun challenge because they have really huge data sets.”

Even more exciting, the platform is receiving attention from the broader water science community. Nathan’s group is currently preparing for National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE) at which numerous graduate students in hydroinformatics will gather for what Nathan calls “kind of a hack-a-thon.”

“The goal of our participation in NFIE is to promote Tethys as a tool for other participants and apply it to a relevant, real-world problem,” Nathan says.

To access Tethys, visit Note that users can subscribe to receive email updates.

February 6, 2015
Project news: Researchers share progress with water data group

CI-WATER researchers Dr. David Rosenberg and Adel Abdallah of Utah State University presented at the Utah Water Data Users Group meeting on January 27. Their topic was the Water Management Data Model (WaM-DaM), a CI-WATER product which is designed to make data in varied formats and from varied sources compatible for synthesis, comparison and use in modeling.

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January 14, 2015
CI-WATER PI Fred Ogden honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers

CI-WATER is proud to congratulate Dr. Fred Ogden on receiving the 2015 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Fred is a CI-WATER Principle Investigator and the Cline Distinguished Chair of Engineering at the University of Wyoming.

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