Alan Kolok is the Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho. Kolok just recently finished a 19 year career in the state of Nebraska (at Nebraska Omaha and the Nebraska Medical Center) in which he conducted research and lead outreach and community engagement campaigns focused on water issues. In addition, he founded and directed the Nebraska Watershed Network. The mission of the Nebraska Watershed Network was to involve students, working in conjunction with local stakeholders, in projects that focus on the environmental stewardship of freshwater resources and the biota that those waterways support. Kolok is also the author of: Modern Poisons – A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology a book that focuses on modern toxicological issues in language that a non-scientist can understand.