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UNM Survey Research Wins 1st Place in Social Science at National STEM Conference

April 3, 2017

lauren distlerLauren Distler, a master’s student who is conducting research in the Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) and completing a dual degree in the Master of Water Resources and Master of Community and Regional Planning programs, won first place among graduate student oral presentations in Social Science at a national conference.

Distler recently attended the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM in Washington, D.C., to give an oral presentation of the survey research she is conducting on public attitudes toward potable water reuse in Albuquerque. She and her advisors, Dr. Caroline Scruggs of Community and Regional Planning and Dr. Jennifer Thacher of Economics, are interested in gauging public knowledge and opinion on water scarcity, climate change, and other related water topics. Of particular interest is public acceptance of two potential water reuse scenarios for the city of Albuquerque. 

This was the 7th annual ERN conference in STEM, which is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Distler's research is sponsored by the NSF CREST program through a grant received by UNM’s Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) in 2014. 

 lauren distler in group