IWR Hosts Faculty Partners

In October 2021, MSU's Institute of Water Research held an initial gathering of its team of faculty partners to discuss ongoing and upcoming water-related research projects.


IWR partners meeting at Corey Marsh 10-14-21
Assistant Director Jeremiah Asher presents overview of IWR projects to team of faculty partners at Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.

The Institute of Water Research (IWR) at Michigan State University recently held the first open house with its newly established faculty partners team. Initially organized in January of 2020, the IWR partners are MSU faculty members representing a range of disciplines who conduct or are interested in water-related research. As public focus on water issues continues to sharpen, the need for engagement among adjacent experts and investigators has become ever more apparent. The partners, whose areas of expertise span fields such as plant, soil and microbial sciences; biosystems and agricultural engineering; sociology; food science and human nutrition; and landscape architecture, are a key element of IWR’s objective to increase interaction and collaboration among researchers and projects across the university and throughout the state.

IWR staff held several virtual meetings with the team in early 2020, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a pause of much of the collaborative planning. With the reopening of campus and other activities, IWR staff and partners were finally able to meet in person at MSU’s Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center in Laingsburg on October 14th, 2021. The group made introductions, discussed ongoing and upcoming projects, and explored how IWR might support the research underway or being proposed. Regular, subsequent partner meetings will be scheduled as IWR continues to strengthen connections, expand networks, and invite broader participation from interested parties.

Anyone interested in learning more about IWR’s partners program or collaborating on research should contact Jeremiah Asher at asherj@msu.edu.

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