Summary: Summary Report of Topical Lunch (Atkinson Center, 3/29/11)
Following a brief introduction by Prof. Di Salvo, Tammo Steenhuis gave a short
presentation on the world-wide water shortage, and the impossibility of solving the
problems faced by water-short countries by technical means alone. He stressed the need
for an integrated approach and pointed to the example set decades ago by Profs. Levine
and Barker (both of whom attended the lunch) in their classes.
Gail Holst-Warhaft talked about the approach that she and her colleagues had
taken in their teaching and in their research and how it was often only after beginning an
international project that the usefulness or otherwise of a particular partnership becomes
clear. She mentioned Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean and the work done by
students last summer in Crete.
Holst-Warhaft and Steenhuis, together with their colleagues in the Cornell Law
School are seeking to form a focus group with other Cornell faculty engaged in
international water research. During discussion that followed the presentations, Di Salvo
suggested that a workshop or series of workshops might be a good way to proceed.
There was a lively discussion on ways in which faculty could cooperate and it was
decided to adopt the suggestion of a series of workshops, involving as many faculty as
possible who are engaged in international water issues.
We are grateful to the ACSF for providing a forum for such a discussion and we
will try to build on the enthusiasm generated by the lunch to inform a larger group of