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  • [May 20, 2013]

    Ph.D. student Yingying Yao receives the Best Student Paper Award for an international conference

  • Ms. Yingying Yao, a doctoral student in the Center for Water Research, College of Engineering, has received the best student paper award for the international conference “MODFLOW and More 2013: Translating Science into Practice.” The conference will be held on June 2-5, 2013 on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA.

    The “MODFLOW and More” conference series was first started in 1998 and has become an influential event in the field of groundwater modeling and management held every two or three years since then. The award paper by Ms. Yao is entitled “Three-Dimensional Conceptual and Numerical Models for the Groundwater Flow System of the Heihe River Basin in an Arid Ecosystem”, to be published in the conference proceedings. Ms. Yao will also give an oral presentation at the conference.

    Ms. Yao’s paper is part of a major research initiative sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China –Integrated Ecohydrological Research Program in the Heihe River Basin (2010-2018). The overall scientific objective of this research program is to conduct an integrative study of hydrological and ecological processes towards more sustainable water resources management in an arid ecosystem such as the Heihe River Basin in northwest China. Prof. Chunmiao Zheng, Director of the Center for Water Research and supervisor for Ms. Yao’s Ph.D. thesis, is principal investigator for the “synthesis and integration” project of the Heihe program.

    The “MODFLOW and More 2013” conference includes 245 papers (115 oral presentations and 130 posters). Four of these papers were submitted by the students and staff of the Center for Water Research. In addition, Dr. Zheng will give a keynote presentation entitled “Modeling the water flow across an arid ecosystem: The Heihe experiment”. More information on the conference can be found at the cconference website

    Oasis in the middle Heihe River Basin

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