The University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.
ISSE’s specialized centers, programs, and initiatives address a range of issues that fall under the broad rubric of sustainability.
ISSE Director Terry Hazen gave the keynote presentation, “Microbial Community Structure Predicts Groundwater Geochemistry,” at Purdue University's conference titled Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World, held October 22-24, 2015 in Lafayette, Indiana.
Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's TN Water Resources Research Center, co-led the CUAHSI hands-on international workshop, the Role of Runoff and Erosion on Soil Carbon Stocks: From Soilscapes to Landscapes. was held at Purdue University on October 20-21.
Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Rocha, who works on ISSE Director Terry Hazen’s joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory team, was chosen as one of thirty-two women worldwide to be profiled in the Tennessee Today magazine’s “Latinas at Tech Giants” edition.
2016 AMERICAN ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE—June 7-9, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's theme is “Rooftop to Rivers – Integrating Built and Natural Ecosystems.” Registration and Call for Papers information will be coming soon!!
A recent study led by the Director of the ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, Thanos Papanicolaou, could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, even potentially altering history books. The paper, soon-to-be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas. More information is available here.
ISSE Research Director Catherine Wilt and Bruce Tonn, Tim Ezzell, Kayla Stover, and Guinevere Shaw have released a report providing an overview of new and innovative best practices being implemented in communities across the United States and Tennessee. The report, titled “What is Happening in the World? Reviews of Community-Based Best Practices,” (dated April 2015) can be accessed on the Baker Center website.
ISSE has made the
Green Power Switch:
REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) invites pre-proposals from faculty members of colleges and universities in Tennessee for research funding related to water resource issues of significance to the state and nation. Funding for this program is made possible through an annual grant from the US Geological Survey State Water Resources Research Institute Program (104B). The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 20, 2015. See the RFP here.
Dr. Terry Hazen, Director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE), announced the appointment, effective September 1, 2015, of Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou as Director of the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC). Dr. Papanicolaou is Professor and Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence in UT’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and also serves as Chief Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE. “Dr. Papanicolaou’s appointment will serve to enhance ISSE’s and TNWRRC’s mission as a Center of Excellence here at UT,” said Dr. Hazen. “We are so pleased to have him aboard.”
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