Friday, February 8, 2019
Research Commons (#340, Colloquia space), 3rd floor, 18th Avenue Library 175 W. 18th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210
Please RSVP. There is a water crisis of global proportions, with 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water world-wide. Six thousand children are dying per day due to that, and 80% of disease can be attributed to a lack of clean water (Water Ambassadors, Canada). At OSU, the Middle East Studies Center, the Mershon Center, International Programs in Agriculture, and the Office of Research in the College of Arts and Sciences, have facilitated conversations between faculty of many different departments focusing on water. We will continue these activities by hosting annual forums on water research with a focus on topics such as transboundary conflict/cooperation.
This forum is being convened to gather faculty input on the purpose and direction for a research community focused on water protection. We propose this and other activities to draw faculty from the humanities, sciences, technology, engineering and math, to bring insights to water resource issues in the Middle East, and to partner with faculty from other departments for a multi-disciplinary approach. This is in support of the university’s efforts to develop knowledge relate to broad themes such as sustainability, health, and food, via “Discovery Themes,” the curricular rubric at OSU for promoting multidisciplinary research relevant to global issues. The Office of Research will facilitate this forum and we will design subsequent forums based on faculty needs and interests and publish proceedings.
With over 250 scholars researching water resource issues at OSU, including 4 of our Middle East faculty (Lal, Marquaire, McCorriston, Ranjbar), OSU has the potential to produce knowledge which could make an impact on various local water issues around the world. The cross-sections of social justice movements, environmental activism and water resource management issues make this a particularly salient topic for the Middle East. The Middle East Studies Center, in partnership with the Global Water Institute, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Middle East Studies Library, and International Programs in Agriculture, will facilitate cross-disciplinary research connections at OSU on this topic, and to curate water research. Please check out our web site for further information: http://u.osu.edu/h2oresearch/