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The 2024 New River Symposium

We are pleased to announce that The Upper New has been invited to participate in the 2024 New River Symposium hosted by the New River Conservancy at Radford University in Radford, Virginia on April 11-12, 2024.

Photograph of the Upper New River near Farmers Fish Camp bridge in North Carolina.

The theme for the 2024 Symposium is

Rivers3 – Reconnect | Restore | Recreate

The program schedule has been announced!  Upper New founder Dr. Benjamin Erlandson will be giving a concurrent session presentation on Friday afternoon.  The Upper New will also be represented with two posters in the Thursday afternoon poster session.  More details for the presentation and posters can be found below.

2024 New River Symposium

Conference registration (and a link to the PDF of the full program) can be found at the NRC website.  On the PDF version of the program, more information can be found about the keynote speakers as well.

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Connect-the-Dots

Connect-the-Dots: Following the Unnatural Path of Water from the South San Juan Mountains to Albuquerque

By Stacy Boone

Growing up meant worm farms, roly-polies in a jar with dirt mined from the garden and smashed lightning bugs on my t-shirt as day wrestled with evening. I turned over rocks to find hidden crawdads in water drainages and hopped after toads accidentally kicked out of a molt of leaves. I was raised in an era when a child’s mode of travel was a bike and shoes were of the “tennis shoe” variety. I was left to wander in an Arkansas subdivision with no sidewalks but wood lots and forest that neighbored in safe proximity to lawns. I rarely strayed far from an oversized circle radius of seven or eight blocks. Well, maybe more if I thought I might not be caught. My friends and I made a point to check-in at whoever’s house was closest at lunch where we were fed and promptly pushed back outside with a gesture to, “Go Play.”

In the wild, I waded in creeks, scaled trees, rushed into high grasses and drank with scooped hands most any clear water source when thirsty. I scraped my knees. My legs bumped and itched with chigger bites. Bruised was an unworried part of play. Outside was education laid bare. Unwittingly, day-to-day outdoor activities were experiments of how the natural world worked. I researched before I understood the concepts that involved a created hypothesis or abidance to a system of methods. I examined without formality through a hands-on studied approach. Without the scientific methodology, I knew that tadpoles became frogs, water moved downstream and branch buds turned to leaves. Intuitively, I expected a repetition of nature’s routines.

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Research Narrative Submissions Open

We are currently open for research narrative submissions at The Upper New Review.  We’re seeking out research narratives from people pursuing knowledge in any field, all over Earth.

What can you tell us about your research endeavors, using at least 3000 words?  We don’t have a maximum word count, so long as you’re concise, tell us as much as you’d like to tell us. 

Research Narrative Submissions Deadline: November 30, 2023

The closing deadline for this round of research narrative submissions is November 30.  Don’t wait!  Ready to submit?  You can submit your research narrative on our Submittable page.  (More information on formatting specifics is available there!)

Not sure what to submit?  Keep reading!