2020 Let’s Talk About Water Challenge Grant Awardees & Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellows

CUAHSI is pleased to announce the 2020 Let's Talk About Water Challenge Grant and Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship awardees!


For the first time, this round of Let's Talk About Water applicants had the option of submitting proposals for creating a short water science film or proposing virtual events that could bring communities together around important water issues despite the challenges presented by the ongoing public health crisis. Watch this video announcement from Let's Talk About Water Founder Linda Lilienfeld on the new format. 

This year's awardees are: 

Virtual Events: 

  • Rachel Rotz (Florida Gulf Coast University): Eagles, Let's Talk About Water!
  • Itzel Marquez (Central Michigan University): Let's Talk About Lead in Water: A SciComm + Movie Night Virtual Event
  • Katherine Meierdiercks, (Siena College): Watershed Stories: Communicating Watershed Science through Storytelling
  • Alexandra Lakind, (University of Wisconsin - Madison): Keepers of the Water
  • Stacey Blersch (Columbus State University): Talk About Water Livestream Film Fest

Short Films: 

  • Paula Buchanan, (Tulane University and Jacksonville State University): Attack of the Evil Fatbergs! An animated, short film 
  • Indrani Pal (City University of New York and City College and Columbia University): Let's Talk About Mercer County, NJ's Water

We hope you will follow the progress of these awardees in 2021 and consider applying for your own Let's Talk About Water Challenge Grant in the Fall. 




The Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship program also grew this year with the option to apply for different funding amounts; $3,500 or $8,000. The selection committee was so please with the quality of proposals that five awards have been made rather than the traditional two awards. This year's Fellows are: 

  • Tyler Balson (Indiana University): An open-source, community toolbox for stream solute tracer interpretation
  • Danielle Hare (University of Connecticut): Annual Water Temperature Signal Analysis for Evaluating Groundwater Contributions to Streams Across Scales: Web Application
  • Abby Lute (University of Idaho): SnowClim: a high resolution snow model and data for the western United State
  • Sudarshana Mukhopadhyay (Cornell University): A geo-processing tool for co-locating the dependency of critical infrastructure with hydrologic information network
  • Forrest Schoessow (Ohio State University): Geo-CUeNCA: Managing hydroclimatic changes impacting water use and hazard risk in the Andean cryosphere