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various pictures from ISSE projects

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 ISSE has a new Director! Dr. Mingzhou Jin, Professor and Associate Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering, directs ISSE as of August 1st. Many thanks to Dr. Terry Hazen for his past three years of service!!

orange bullet ISSE Researchers Cat Wilt and Tim Ezzell presented the findings from their report, "Hurdles to Healthcare: Overcoming Health Access Barriers in Haywood County, Tennessee," to officials in that county.

orange bullet ISSE Researcher Joshua Fu was awarded the prestigious 2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award for his education efforts related to controlling air pollution. [Read More Here]

orange bullet ISSE Director Terry Hazen is part of a research team that has come up with a novel way of testing water. Read "UT’s Hazen Teams Up on Water Quality Breakthrough."

orange bullet An ISSE 2016-17 seed grant, "Appalachian Dark Skies Network," has generated further funding for improvements to Calhoun County Park, WVA. Read the story: Calhoun County officials reaching for stars with park improvements (in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, April 14, 2018)

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, was awarded the 2018 Einstein Award. [Read More Here]

orange bullet A group of students from Puerto Rico are continuing their careers at UT, thanks in large part to joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology and ISSE Director Terry Hazen. [Read More Here]

orange bullet ISSE Researchers Rachel Chen and Tim Ezzell are leading a study to better understand Appalachian tourism and identify opportunities to grow tourism activities and encourage business development. See the February 8, 2018 article in the UT Daily Beacon, "UT faculty members conduct research on tourism in Appalachia" and the December 18, 2017 article in the UT Online News, "Faculty Studying Appalachian Tourism, Growth Opportunities."

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Mason, Lisa Reyes, Jennifer Erwin, Aaron Brown, Kelsey N. Ellis, and Jon M. Hathaway. 2018. Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events: Exploring Protective Factors with a Capitals Framework. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 15:5: 579-593 (DOI: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1502115).

orange bullet He, Z., P. Zhang, L. Wu, A. M. Rocha, Q. Tu, Z. Shi, Y. Qin, J. Wang, D. Curtis, D. Ning, J. D. Van Nostrand, L. Wu, Y. Yang, D. A. Elias, D. B. Watson, M. W. W. Adams, M. W. Fields, E. J. Alm, T. C. Hazen, P. D. Adams, A. P. Arkin, and J. Zhou. 2018. Microbial functional genes predict groundwater contamination and ecosystem functioning. mBio 9:e02435-17.

orange bullet Danso, D., C. Schmeisser, J. Chow, W. Zimmermann, R. Wei, C. Leggewie, X. Li, T. C. Hazen, and W. Streit. 2018. New Insights into the Function and Global Distribution of Polyethylene Terephtalate (Pet) Degrading Bacteria and Enzymes in Marine and Terrestrial Metagenomes. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.02773-17

orange bullet Lewis, A. J., M. F. Campa, T. C. Hazen, and A. P. Borole. 2018. Unraveling Biocomplexity of Electroactive Biofilms for Producing Hydrogen from Biomass. Microbial Biotechnology DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12756.

orange bullet Paradis, C. J., L. D. McKay, E. Perfect, J. D. Istok, and T. C. Hazen. 2018. In situ characterization of hydraulic conductivity and effective porosity utilizing single-well testing methods. Hydrogeology Journal 26: 381–393. DOI 10.1007/s10040-017-1672-3.

orange bullet Qiuming Yao, Zhou Li, Yang Song, S. Joseph Wright, Xuan Guo, Susannah G. Tringe, Malak M. Tfaily, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Terry C. Hazen, Benjamin L. Turner, Melanie A. Mayes & Chongle Pan. 2018. Community proteogenomics reveals the systemic impact of phosphorus availability on microbial functions in tropical soil. Nature Ecology & Evolution (doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0463-5).