One of the core missions of SAFL is to disseminate new knowledge to our students, the engineering/scientific community, and the public through education and outreach activities. Outreach activities generally revolve around welcoming people to our building for tours (or virtual tours), public lectures and seminars, workshops and short courses for students, young faculty, and applied practitioners, programming for underrepresented communities, and other events.
Other Outreach Programs
The aim of the proposed REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students will work on one of three teams on projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, hydrology and other disciplines. The REU encourages participation by underrepresented students and students who are unsure about how they fit into the world of science to pursue STEM careers.
Since 2010, SAFL has led the coordination of a regional stream restoration group called the Partnership for River Restoration in the Upper Midwest (PRRSUM). The primary activity of the organization is an annual 3-day stream restoration symposium which attracts between 100-150 attendees. Initiated with grant funding provided by the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at SAFL from 2002-2013, PRRSUM looks to provide a knowledge exchange forum and networking initiative for applied stream restoration practitioners around the region.
This is a seminar series hosted by the St. Anthony Falls Lab and supported by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center through an appropriation from the Clean Water Fund established by Minnesota Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. The Minnesota Stormwater Seminar Series is a monthly seminar series that brings experts of advanced stormwater innovation and knowledge to Minnesota to share what they have learned. The discussion focuses on stormwater and green infrastructure topics with an emphasis on successes and lessons learned from field implementation, applied research, and evaluation. Our audience is stormwater practitioners and professionals both online and in person.
SAFL led the development and ongoing promotion of the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance for broadening participation of Native Americans in the Geoscience Alliance. The alliance reaches out to students and faculty from colleges across the country and has over 300 members.