Egypt Food Security Research Project The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) is pleased to announce a new Fulbright Alumni […]
Worldwide, women are disproportionately affected by issues of water scarcity and sanitation. Consequently, adequate female representation in research and policy is especially important to ensure a future where clean water is available to all.
When your visit-to-travel ratio clocks in around 3:2, you make the most of every moment at your destination. After three flights, a rainy stroll through Amsterdam, a whirlwind light rail tour of Dubai, and a long wait at Karachi customs, I arrived at the faculty hostel late Sunday night at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) in Jamshoro, Pakistan.
“It’s 3D printed titanium,” said Dr. Krista Carlson, cradling the dark grey lattice-filled tube in her palms. Smaller than a toilet paper tube and nearly as light, the device represents years of research and offers an elegant solution to the ugly problem of pathogen-contaminated drinking water.
The Fall U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water Exchange scholars took to the desert in October—exploring Moab, hiking in Arches National Park and enjoying two nights of camping at Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa. The students met with local experts to better understand water issues in the Colorado River Basin. They were also introduced to the writing of local authors, including Edward Abbey whose thoughts on water served as a focal point for their written reflections on the trip. Writing instruction is an important aspect of the Exchange experience and the field assignment evolved into a contest and an opportunity for friendly competition; the top three essays are published below along with photos from the trip.
In October, Jewell Lund, a University of Utah Ph.D. student, and I joined researchers from the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology and Karakoram International University to kickstart a collaborative research project in the Upper Indus Basin. Our aim is to differentiate between glacier melt, snow melt, precipitation and groundwater contribution to a major Indus River tributary.
Pakistan plays host to the most extensive irrigation canal network in the world. That vein-like system, fed by five large rivers, sprawls across the Indus Basin and is the lifeblood of the country’s agriculture industry–a sector that supports more than 40 percent of Pakistan’s workforce.