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ASU to Host Hydrology Education Conference

June 07, 2012

Angelo State University will host a group of 15 college students from Egypt and Morocco for an educational conference on hydrology and hydrogeology June 13-21 at various locations on the ASU campus and in the Concho Valley region.

The conference, titled “Enhancing Capacity for Water-Resource Studies in Egypt and Morocco,” is being funded by a U.S. State Department grant through the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) for projects in the “Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology” (BOOST) program.  The purpose of the conference is to integrate technical instruction and field preparation for professional hydrology and hydrogeology practices in northern Africa. 

The students will be housed in ASU residence halls during the conference.  In addition to classroom instruction on campus, they will conduct field exercises at the ASU Management, Instruction and Research (MIR) Center just north of San Angelo, and in conjunction with the Upper Colorado River Authority (UCRA). 

“The hydrology and geology of this area are perfect for hosting an event like this,” said Dr. James W. Ward, ASU assistant professor of geology.  “It also puts ASU on the international scene, and it’s always nice to be able to bring new people to West Texas.  This is a great opportunity for our Physics and Geosciences Department and the entire university.” 

The conference is being overseen by Dr. Alan Fryar, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky, with Ward and several others as collaborators, including professors from universities in Georgia, Michigan, Egypt and Morocco.  The local U.S. Geological Survey and the UCRA will also be providing both expertise and equipment, and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce is providing welcome packages for the students. 

The BOOST program’s goal is to enable young scientists to more effectively conduct high-level science that improves the quality of life and facilitates economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Created in 1974, the OES works to enhance U.S. foreign policy goals in the areas of climate change, renewable energy, resource scarcity, polar issues, oceans policy, infectious diseases, science and technology, and space policy.  The OES website is at 

For more information on the conference, call Dr. James W. Ward at 325-942-2524, ext. 230.