2016 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources IX
Networking Events


Monday, July 11

Opening Networking Reception

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 Technology Technical Committee Meeting

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Cost: $35.00

This event is not included in the Registration Fee. Members --- and potential members --- of the AWRA Technology Committee are invited to attend this lunch meeting. A box lunch will be provided. Agenda items will include: 2016 Annual AWRA Conference Lightning Talk sessions, 2018 GIS conference brainstorming and future committee activities.


Tuesday, July 12

NHDPlus User Group Meeting

12:30 Noon - 1:15 PM

Please come join the EPA-USGS NHDPlus team for an open discussion of their and your ongoing and planned NHDPlus projects. Both new and existing NHDPlus users are encouraged to attend and participate. We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, July 13

AWRA Conference Luncheon

12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

Guest Speaker:

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright
Esri Chief Scientist, Redlands, CA

"Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Water Resources?"

Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and some more networking and hear a talk by Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist, Redlands, CA. Dr. Wright (http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/) was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. In this role at Esri, she reports directly to the Esri CEO and works with him the other Esri directors on strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Dawn also maintains an affiliated faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State. Her current research interests include data modeling, benthic terrain and habitat characterization, coastal/ocean informatics, and cyberinfrastructure. Her recent advisory board service includes the US National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board, the Blue Ribbon Panel of the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans, the Science Advisory Board of Conservation International, the Board of COMPASS Science Communication Inc., and many journal editorial boards. Dawn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a fellow of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program. She holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UCSB, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois).

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.


Events Happening Throughout the Conference:

"Ask Me About…" Program

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

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.