The Advisory Board's primary purpose is to provide advice and counsel to the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS) that encourages excellence and success in its programs of teaching, research, and service.
The HAS Board of Advisors represents a core group of individuals drawn primarily from the external community and dedicated to assisting the University of Arizona’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS) in achieving its research and educational goals; and in stimulating interactions within academia and with the private sector so as to maintain the department’s preeminence as one of the top ranked departments in the College of Science and in the nation. The HAS board will support the vision and mission of the HAS department:
Our vision is to lead the world in integrated and quantitative hydrologic and atmospheric sciences and to develop the knowledge needed to solve the water, hydro-geologic, weather and climate related problems in the world.
Our mission is to build an integrated program that considers the fate and transport of water, energy, and chemical constituents throughout the atmosphere and geosphere. We will achieve this by:
- Eliminating disciplinary boundaries between the hydrologic and atmospheric sciences, leading to new approaches to characterize, monitor, and model the hydrosphere,
- Building a highly cross-disciplinary curriculum and collaborative research program extending from undergraduate students through senior faculty.
Our goal is to lead a new approach to analysis and understanding of hydro-geologic processes that views the land-atmosphere interface as a new frontier of opportunities rather than a disciplinary barrier.
Advisory Board Bylaws approved April 4, 2016
- August 23, 2019 -- The crowdfunding campaign has ended. We did it! You've helped us raise $102,895 for the Harshbarger 110 Classroom Renovation!
- August 22, 2019 -- The crowdfunding goal has been met--and surpassed! With your help, we have raised over $100,000 one day early!
- July 10, 2019 -- Let the crowdfunding begin! Email letter from Eric Betterton announcing crowdfunding campaign to alumni and friends
- July 10, 2019 -- Let the crowdfunding begin! Facebook post: "We need a modern classroom..." announcing launch of the crowdfunding campaign
- January 8, 2019 -- Success! The HAS ISLE matching funds grant proposal ($50,870) submitted to the UA Academic Affairs office has been awarded for renovation of the JW Harshbarger computer laboratory (room 110). Let the fundraising begin!
- December 2018 -- First appeal (pre-award) by email letter to alumni
- November 30, 2018 -- HAS ISLE proposal submitted to UA Office of Academic Affairs by PI Martha P.L. Whitaker, HAS Associate Professor of Practice
- October-November 2018 -- Draft of renovation estimation budget with Facilities Management (including ADA requirements) for the HAS ISLE proposal, grant writing/feedback/revision, and faculty discussion and commitment to achieve 100% certification in collaborative learning pedagogy
The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences recognizes the value and importance of involving external stakeholders from appropriate fields in the development, delivery, and promotion of its programs through an external advisory board. Members participate in meetings, conference calls, task teams and other activities to the fullest extent possible. They identify, articulate and prioritize the issues, topics and challenges facing HAS; they share experiences, expertise and contacts; and they serve as a HAS ambassadors. HAS external advisory board members wear the HAS hat.