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The 2022 Newsletter from Morwick G360 is here!

The Morwick G360 Institute is very pleased to be able to share with you our 2022 newsletter.

Our multi-disciplinary field-focused team has worked hard this last year to advance the state of groundwater science and enhance global respect for groundwater through partnerships, hands-on events, and community engagement. However, it is truly our close collaborations with site owners, groundwater technology and service companies, and government sponsors that sets us apart and enables our success. We appreciate everyone’s contributions, from funding to on-the-ground efforts using expert knowledge to collect novel datasets and their interpretations.

Click here to learn about our newest team members, our projects and activities, awards, graduations, and publications over the past year.

Morwick G360 is seeking an Information and Communication Coordinator.

We’re hiring! The Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute is seeking applicants for an Information and Communications Coordinator Position.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Information and Communications Coordinator will often be a first point of contact for the Morwick G360 Institute, contributing to the overall effective reputation and performance of the Institute.

This position provides research communications expertise and administrative support to the Institute, which includes organizing and analyzing Institute productivity data, developing digital and print content to highlight research advancements made by Institute faculty, as well as editing research grant applications and writing award nominations to enhance the Institute’s visibility and recognition. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and delight in working closely with academic researchers to effectively administrate, catalogue, analyze, communicate, and promote the findings and relevance of University of Guelph groundwater research both internally and externally through a variety of media.

The main responsibilities of this role include: supporting the development of grant proposal and award nominations; maintaining a communications strategy that includes print, digital and social media channels; gathering information and analyzing research performance data for grant reports, CVs, nominations, and communications (i.e. events, newsletters, blog posts/tweets), and provide administrative support for the institute as needed. The incumbent will organize research events such as large academic conferences, public groundwater workshops, short courses, and webinars and will also develop other research-related materials to promote the Institute’s research advancements to internal and external audiences via print, electronic and other media.

Applications are due May 16th.

To read the full job description and to apply, visit: https://www.uoguelph.ca/hr/careers-guelph/current-opportunities/information-and-communications-coordinator.

Join us on April 19th for the 2021-22 Darcy Lecture, Featuring Dr Chen Zhu

We are pleased to announce that the 2021-22 Darcy lecturer, Dr. Chen Zhu, will be visiting the University of Guelph next week to give a talk titled: “Hydrogeochemistry: Recent Advances and Opportunities and Challenges Ahead.”

Please join us on Tuesday April 19th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Adams Atrium (Thornbrough building). All are welcome. Attendees are required to wear medical masks, and complete UoG’s Covid 19 Screening form before attending the lecture. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Graduate Students Share Water Wisdom at College Royal 2022

Every year, the University of Guelph holds a massive campus-wide open house known as College Royal, the largest university event of its kind in North America. It has been a Morwick G360 tradition for our graduate students to take part in this celebration, teaching the general public and potential future students about how groundwater research is carried out and why studying this vital resource is so important.

Morwick G360 representatives Cameron, Felix, and Bradley prepare to teach visitors about groundwater science!

Quite a few families stop by, and many people were curious to hear about Morwick G360’s research. Popular questions from visitors concerned the nature of Guelph groundwater supply, possible threats and safety measures taken to avoid contamination and over pumping, and questions about water hardness.

The rock core and flow tank displays offered a bit of hands-on hydrogeological learning. Some younger visitors wondered what sort of undergraduate program would lead to a career in the field, while older visitors who were already well versed in geology were keen to talk shop and engage on topics of local importance with regard to groundwater protection.

Visitors of all ages stopped by to learn about rock cores, groundwater, geology, and get their hands on the miniature sand tank display.

A big thank you to the team of graduate students who came out to make College Royal such a success this year. As the first ‘in-person’ event for many of us after several years of virtual gatherings, it was great to see such enthusiasm. Groundwater is a key resource that’s worth understanding, for scientists and the public alike. We’re excited to continue to share our research through similar outreach activities going forward, and we can be reached anytime at communications@g360group.org.

World Water Day Highlights Groundwater Research, Sustainable Policies, and Work Still to be Done to Keep Drinking Water Safe.

On March 22, 2022, the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute invited experts from across the University of Guelph and the broader community to reflect on the current state of groundwater research, best practices in resource management, and emerging challenges in contaminant mitigation and remediation.

Keynote speaker Mark Borchardt speaks about groundwater studies in Wisconsin.

One of the highlights included a panel reflecting on how the Walkerton Report, released 20 years ago this year, helped put the Province on a path to minimize the chances that a tragedy like Walkerton will occurring again.

Bruce Davidson speaks about the lessons learned from Walkerton.

One of the key takeaways of the day was that there is still much work to be done, including ensuring safe drinking water for Indigenous communities, and finding solutions for new and emerging contaminants.

Attendees examine research posters produced by University of Guelph students.

Graduate students from the University of Guelph also participated in the event, preparing posters on various topics in groundwater research. We are pleased to announce the winners of the poster competition:

3rd Place: Cameron Myshok

2nd Place: Oliver Conway-White

1st Place: Sarah Rixon

Emmanuelle Arnaud, Bruce Davidson, and Dave Rudolph discuss the legacy of the Walkerton Report 20 years on.
Experts from the One Health Panel discuss the interdisciplinary nature of groundwater research.
Jonathan Munn opens the discussion on municipalities and groundwater use.

Thank you to everyone attended in person and online. We would also like to thank the School of Engineering, The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research, and the One Health Research, for their support in hosting this event. Stay tuned for future events!