AWRI Newsletter #45: September 2005

AWRI is reviewed every two years by an external Science Advisory Board (SAB).  This Board evaluates the productivity of AWRI faculty and staff, and provides us advice, direction, and constructive criticism.  Members of our SAB include prestigious scientists from throughout the region and country, and we are fortunate that they have agreed to participate in this critical process.  The SAB met again in 2005, and we recently received their report on AWRI's activities during 2003 and 2004.  Among their key findings:

  • AWRI has made significant and outstanding advances in both their research and educational capabilities over the last two years
  • The scientific productivity is growing
  • The new Masters program is vibrant and is attracting good students
  • AWRI has excellent facilities

The SAB also provided recommendations for AWRI if we are to continue growing and improving as an Institute. In particular, these include:

  • Develop 5-year plans for a science strategy and for facility development, which should complement each other, and focus on relevant, cross-disciplinary issues
  • Provide clear opportunities for promotion and advancement for professional and technical staff

We thank the members of our SAB, Steve Brandt (NOAA-GLERL, chair); Carol Johnston (South Dakota State Univ.); Gary Lamberti (Univ. of Notre Dame); Peter Meier (Univ. of Michigan); and Claire Schelske (Univ. of Florida) for their service and assistance.  Their comments will be invaluable as AWRI continues to fulfill its mission to integrate research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources.

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