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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.




orange bullet Hannah Woo, CEE/ISSE Ph.D. student, just returned from her eight weeks in China for her NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students Award. Read a description of her research.

orange bullet Jian Sun, an ISSE graduate research assistant to Professor Joshua Fu, won best student paper at the 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) in New Orleans on June 20-23, 2016. Sun’s paper was titled "Climate-driven exceedance of combined nitrogen and sulfur depositions at forested areas over continental U.S." Read the story here.

orange bullet Take a look at the many Spring 2016 outreach activities facilitated by ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center.

orange bullet Jonathan Overly and ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels were one of the recipients of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes those whose efforts protect Tennessee’s scenic beauty, promote environmental education, or improve the overall environment. [more]

orange bullet ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) facilitates pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]

orange bullet picture of Terry Hazen with awardThe Office of Research Integrity presented seven faculty members with Service Excellence and Leadership Awards during a special celebration at Tyson House Thursday afternoon. Among the recipients was ISSE Director Terry Hazen, who, as the first chair of the institutional laboratory safety committee, has implemented important improvements in laboratory safety and has generated discussion regarding the pathway to improve the culture of lab safety on campus. UT Police Chief Troy Lane presented Hazen with this award for his dedication and foresight to laboratory safety. Read more here.

orange bullet Read about activities of ISSE staff volunteers at the 17th Annual EarthFest celebration in Knoxville.

Upcoming Events

orange bullet UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM: The UT Watershed Faculty Consortium and TNWRRC invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Hollingsworth Auditorium on Ag Campus. This year's symposium will focus on showcasing to university students the breadth of career opportunities in water-related fields and will feature a "Careers in Water" career expo. Industry representatives from government agency, private consulting, non-profit and education organizations will be on site with information about the career opportunities in their organization.

orange bullet ISSE and the Baker Center will be co-hosting a distinguished speaker seminar by Dr. Murugesu Sivapalan, Professor, Geography & Geographic Information Science; Chester & Helen Seiss Endowed Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The seminar will be held on September 16, 2016 from 3:30-5:00pm at the Baker Center in the Toyota Auditorium. Additional information is available here.

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's TNWRRC, will be hosting a series of Environmental Seminars Fall semester 2016. See the schedule for dates, times, location, and speaker.

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Jian Sun, Joshua Fu, and Kan Huang. 2016. Organic nitrates and other oxidized nitrogen compounds contribute significantly to the total nitrogen depositions in the United States.In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, published ahead of print July 20, 2016 (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1608717113).

orange bullet Kristy Keel-Blackmon, Scott Curran, and Melissa Lapsa. June 2016. Summary of OEM Idling Recommendations from Vehicle Owner’s Manuals. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM -2016/ 50.

orange bullet Kristy Keel-Blackmon, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, gave presentations to approximately 60 Scott High School students on May 3, 2016. The presentations served as a review of the students’ energy and natural resources requirements and also introduced students to information about alternative fuels and vehicles.

orange bullet ISSE is featured in an article (page 18) in the Spring 2016 edition of Tennessee Engineer, a publication by UT's College of Engineering.