For release: April 28, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Michelle Dry is the new education and outreach coordinator for the Ground Water Institute
at the University of Memphis. She is working with faculty and students to heighten
community awareness of the extent, use and vulnerability of local and regional ground
water resources and informing the public and policy makers of the intrinsic and economic
value of ground water resources in the region.
In her new role, Dry will develop a public information program for the Ground Water
Institute, make presentations to K-12 students, policy makers and others on ground
water resources; maintain and update the educational components of the GWI Web site;
work with GWI staff to develop displays for educational groups and professional organizations;
compete for external funding to support public information and K-12 educational programs
at GWI; and recruit prospective graduate students into the ground water program.
Before joining GWI, Dry had been educational resources manager at the U of M’s Center
for Earthquake Research and Information since January 2002. She has worked in various
education and communications positions, including The Commercial Appeal, the Shelby County Schools, Ticketmaster, Memphis Concert Ballet and WKNO.
A graduate of Rhodes College, she earned her MAT from the U of M in 1997.
The Ground Water Institute at the Herff College of Engineering is a center of expertise
on ground water research and management. Since 1992, the Institute has conducted research
studies directed toward ensuring that the Mid-South region continues to have a source
of high-quality water.