2015 AWRA Spring Conference: Water for Urban Areas: Managing Risks and Building Resiliency
Networking Events

"Ask Me About…" Program

Monday / March 30 - Wednesday / April 1

What is the "Ask Me About…" program?

"Ask Me About…" is AWRA's way of encouraging fun and informal networking between conference attendees.

How does the "Ask Me About…" program work?

Conference attendees wear "Ask Me About…" ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches, and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate conversation with anyone wearing "Ask Me About…" ribbons. The "Ask Me About…" ribbons function as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun discussion among conference attendees.

How do I participate in the "Ask Me About…" program?

  • Pick up an "Ask Me About…" ribbon at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background, or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting, yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged.
  • Wear your "Ask Me About…" ribbon on your nametag throughout the conference.
  • Engage in conversation with conference attendees by explaining your "Ask Me About…" ribbon.
  • For the benefit of the novice conference attendees, experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide professional advice, and facilitate networking with others.

Student Presenter Competition

Monday / March 30 - Wednesday / April 1

Through the "Outstanding Student Presentation Award," AWRA recognizes exceptional student contributions to this Conference. Conference presentations are an important aspect of professional development and AWRA seeks to encourage and support student participation at its meetings, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Significance and originality of the material will be fundamental in evaluating the student presentations, which will be judged by the session attendees. One winner will be selected. The winner will have his or her biographical sketch and photo published in an upcoming issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT magazine and put on the AWRA website.

Opening Networking Reception

Monday / March 30
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances. Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $35.00.

AWRA Conference Luncheon

Wednesday / April 1
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

Luncheon Speaker:
Dr. James "Jay" S. Famiglietti

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Irvine, California

Jay Famigliette

Epic California Drought, Water Availablity and Groundwater Depletion as Viewed from Space

Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and some more networking. Dr. James "Jay" Famiglietti will be our luncheon speaker and will talk about the use of technology to monitor water resources such as groundwater and snowpack.

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor of Earth System Science and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, and he was the Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling (UCCHM) at UC Irvine. Before joining UCI in 2001, Jay was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped launch the program in climate and the UT Environmental Science Institute. Jay and his team have been researching water and climate change using satellites and developing computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the world .- and communicating this information in academics, in business, in government and to the general public - for over 25 years.

Please join us for what should prove to be a very interesting lunch and talk.

This event is included in the Registration Fee. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost for each additional ticket is $40.00.