June 23, 2008

Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie's Tier 2 Canada Research Chair Renewed

Kerry MacQuarrie's Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction has been renewed for a second five-year term, effective July 1. The university will receive $100,000 for each of the five years from the Canada Research Chairs program.

Evaluating and modelling groundwater-surface water interaction are priority areas for Canadian groundwater research. Dr. MacQuarrie’s research focuses on understanding the key processes occurring during groundwater-surface water exchange in rivers and streams, and the development and application of hydraulic, heat transport, and multi-species reactive transport models for addressing groundwater-surface water issues. Examples of issues to be investigated include the assessment of natural and human-induced variability on riverbank filtration water supplies, and the quantification of nutrient loading from groundwater to shallow estuaries.

His CRC profile can be viewed at http://www.chairs.gc.ca/web/home_e.asp.

June 11, 2008

St. John River RiverFest and CRI day 2008

We had a great week with CRI Day and then the closing out RiverFest (and Canadian Rivers Day on sunday). We had an excellent turnout at CRI Day (about 75 people) and for this we need to thank Alexa Alexander and Lisa Bowron and their team of assistants for their hard work arranging the day. Rick Cunjak went on Rogers TV with the St. John River Society to answer “live” questions about the SJRiver and the CRI - he looks good on TV! Our performing kids (formerly known as the 'CRI' Babies) played 3 events in the music venues. On Saturday, Brian Savage and his team, Jeremy, Agni, Jessica, and Dea, entertained kids all day long with fishes and inverts from the SJRiver. We’ll get some picture up as soon as we can.
So, thanks to everyone for a great job representing the CRI in the community. We are already starting to plan for next year: Rick and Karen are in charge, Alexa/Lisa/Brian have the notes for volunteers. Let us know how you want to be involved.

Many thanks again,
Director, CRI
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