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Professor Julie Coonrod Discusses the Future of the Rio Grande on the Next KNME-TV's "Science Cafe"

November 16, 2009

The Rio Grande is in trouble, threatened by the growth and demands of cities, farming communities and nature itself. At the next “Science Café,” held at the KNME-TV studios, located at 1130 University Boulevard NE, University of New Mexico assistant professor Julie Coonrod will discuss the historical changes of the Rio Grande and restoration efforts taking place statewide for the river. KNME-TV’s “Science Café” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This event will begin with a clip from “Rio Grande: Live River or Dead Ditch,” a KNME-TV original production before Prof. Coonrod’s discussion.

Coonrod is a registered professional engineer in the state of New Mexico. She obtained her PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Since starting at UNM in 1997, Coonrod had focused on issues relating to the Middle Rio Grande region. Coonrod is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Resources Association.

KNME Science Cafés are presented with support from New Mexico Tech, Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Labs, Applied Research Technologies and The Online NewsHour Science Reports.

Admission is free, but a reservation is required – seating is limited and are issued on a “first come, first serve” basis. Please contact Rose Poston at 277-2396 or to RSVP.