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.
News & Events
ISSE is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for seed grant funding for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Proposals are due May 31, 2016.
The 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.
ISSE's ETCleanFuels just held its annual joint board meeting for the East and Middle-West TN Clean Fuels Coalitions at Cumberland Mountain State Park. GREAT meeting and help in setting SMART goals and devising plans for achieving growth success in the coming months and years.
On May 12-13, 2016 in Chattanooga, TDEC is hosting their second annual Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum at the University of TN at Chattanooga. ETCleanFuels is proud to partner with TDEC this year to a) give away our inaugural Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program awards, and b) manage a 15-vehicle AFV showcase as well as an evening Networking Reception for the event. Registration is free and more on the speakers and agenda can found here.
A new UT Community of Scholars focused on research and engagement in Appalachia is forming, and an introductory meeting was held April 28 at the Baker Center. ISSE Researcher Timothy Ezzell, an expert in Appalachian community and economic development, will lead the group.
Read about activities of ISSE staff volunteers at the 17th Annual EarthFest celebration in Knoxville.
Read the current ezine edition of Fuels Fix, produced by ISSE's East Clean Fuels Coalition. Articles include "Fleet Gets Propane Conversion Kits Added to State Bid List," "The Driverless Car Dream," "Green Farms Certification," and more.
The UTK Hydraulics & Sedimentation Lab (HSL) is featured in the journal Hydrolink (2016, Issue 1), published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, as one of the top hydraulics labs around the world. Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, heads the HSL. Read the article here.
NSF's ScienceNation online magazine (dated March 21, 2016), features TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou's involovement with the NSF Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Read the story: Critical Zone Observatories help U.S. plan for the future.
Weather and air quality data pinpointed to your own neighborhood and street could soon be at your fingertips, thanks to this ISSE-funded research project led by Kelsey Ellis, assistant professor of geography, Jon Hathaway, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lisa Reyes Mason, assistant professor of social work, and their student and community collaborators. The goal is to empower residents to make decisions based on accurate weather information, and to help city planners better understand how land use and tree cover affect neighborhoods . Read the article in Tennessee Today. The News Sentinel, WBIR-TV, Channel 10, and the Knoxville Mercury also reported on the study.
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.” Poster presentation proposals will be accepted through April 2016.
Publications & Presentations
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.
ISSE is featured in an article (page 18) in the Spring 2016 edition of Tennessee Engineer, a publication by UT's College of Engineering.
Kristy Keel-Blackmon, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, presented in the air quality session at the 45th Annual Environmental Show of the South in Gatlinburg, TN, on 4/22/16. The presentation covered the expanded use of propane-powered mowers and lawn equipment in recent years, case studies from across the state, and the monetary and emissions reduction benefits gained from using this fuel.
ISSE Researcher Jon Hathaway gave a presentation on April 14, 2016 at the Baker Center Energy and Environment Forum. His topic was "Sustainable Urban Water and the Rise of Green Infrastructure."
T. C. Hazen, R. C. Prince, and N. Mahmoudi. 2016. Marine Oil Bioremediation. Feature Article. Environ. Sci. Technol. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03333)
C. J. Paradis, S. Jagadamma, D. B. Watson, L. D. McKay, T. C. Hazen, M. Park, and J. D. Istok. 2016. In situ mobility of uranium in the presence of nitrate following sulfate-reducing conditions. J. Cont. Hydro. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.02.002)
A. N. Papanicolaou, K.M. Wacha, B.K. Abban, C.G. Wilson, J. Hatfield, C. Stanier, and T. Filley. 2015. From Soilscapes to Landscapes: A Landscape-oriented Approach to Simulate Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Intensively Managed Landscapes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 120 (DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003078)
K. N. Ellis, J. M. Hathaway, L. R. Mason, D. A. Howe, T. H. Epps, and V. M. Brown. 2015. Summer temperature variability across four urban neighborhoods in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Theoretical and Applied Climatology (doi:10.1007/s00704-015-1659-8).
A.F. Billings, J. L. Fortney, T. C. Hazen, B. Simmons, K. W. Davenport, L. Goodwin, N. Ivanova, N. C. Krypides, K. Mavromatis, T. Woyke, and K. DeAngelis. 2015. Genome sequence and description of the anaerobic lignin-degrading bacterium Tolumonas lignolyticus sp. nov. Standards in Genomic Science 10(1) (DOI:10.1186/s40793-015-0100-3)
C. L. Hemme, Q. Tu, .Z. Shi, Y. Qin, W. Gao, Y. Deng, J. D. Van Nostrand, L. Wu, Z. He, P. S. G. Chain, S. Tringe, M. W. Fields, E. M. Rubin, J. M. Tiedje, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, and J. Zhou. 2015. Comparative metagenomics reveals impact of contaminants on groundwater microbial communities. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:1205 (DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01205)
J. S. Sitte, Löffler, E. M. Burkhardt, K. Goldfarb, G. Büchel, T. C. Hazen, and K. Küsel. 2015. Microbial community changes along a flow path of heavy metals and radionuclides in a former uranium-mining site. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 22:19326–19341 (DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-4791-1)