October News Update: Neonics, Saman Razavi, Carbon Capture and Storage



  • Dr. Saman Razavi has been appointed to the SENS faculty position in Watershed Modelling. Saman is a young scientist and academic scholar with a strong track record of achievement who brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to SENS and GIWS. Saman received a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo and holds MSc and BSc degrees from Amirkabir University and the Iran University of Science and Technology. Most recently he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Institute for Water Security here at the U of S. He has extensive experience in the development and calibration of large watershed models. He is also interested in developing methods that formally incorporate social factors and decision making into frameworks for water resources planning and management. Passionate about teaching of undergraduate and graduate students,Saman has held numerous teaching assistantships, given many talks, conference presentations and workshops, and is currently mentoring graduate students at the U of S. His start date is November 15.
  • Award for Distinction in Outreach and Public Service: Graham Strickert, research associate with the Global Institute for Water Security and the Changing Cold Regions Network, was the 2014 recipient of the esteemed award at the October 25 convocation ceremony. Graham has developed crucial relationships that allow for the examination and understanding of how local communities view and use water. By engaging in respectful and honest dialogue with First Nations communities and leaders, he and other U of S researchers have managed to capture ecological knowledge of the river, its ecosystem and the downstream effects of water management that he is able to translate so that different stakeholders - with varied backgrounds, cultures and perspectives - are able to understand that information. View the full award announcement here.
  • Dr. Phil Loring is co-investigator on a recently successful $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant: Rural Policy Learning Commons: Building Rural Policy through International Comparative Analysis awarded to William Reimer of Brandon University. 
  • MSEM student Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj has been appointed for a three year term to the University of Saskatchewan Senate. He will be representing Nature Saskatchewan, an environmental NGO based in Regina. Senator Gjetvaj plans to retain his primary residence in Saskatchewan.
  • Changing Cold Regions Network Annual Meeting - Early Career Researcher Network: SENS PhD student Lucia Scaff won first place for her talk "Inconsistency of Precipitation Measurements Across Alaska and Yukon Borders". She shared this honour with two others in a three-way tie. 
  • Yvonne Vizina, PhD student, served as an Advisory Committee Member for the 4th edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO), the flagship publication of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, just released to the public in October 2014. Yvonne is a member of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and assisted in providing advice on Indigenous perspectives.