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 Researcher Catherine Wilt made a presentation on Thursday, June 27 at the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative conference in Memphis. Her presentation was titled "Up on the Roof: Lessons from the Tennessee Rooftop Solar Challenge."
An article in the January 9, 2013 issue of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, "Creative Solutions Remedy Beaver Creek Erosion Problems," mentions ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Center and Researcher Roy Arthur.
Dr. Joshua Fu (with ISSE, UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education) and colleagues published a study in Environmental Research Letters that addresses climate change in the Southeast and shows that residents might have to brace themselves for a wilder future, as climate change sets our weather onto a roller-coaster path. Read more about the study at the Environmental Research Web under "News." There is also an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Catherine Wilt, Director of ISSE's Center for Clean Products, has been appointed to serve on Knox County's Regional Solid Waste Board. [more]
ISSE and GLORIAD co-hosted a seminar by Dr. Steve Goldstein titled "Connecting the World: Early National Science Foundation (NSF) Efforts to Build the Global Internet." [more]
Dr. Bruce Tschantz, UT Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Engineer at ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TN-WRRC) presented the Tennessee Stormwater Management Assistance, Research, and Training (SMART) Center program to the 4th Annual TN Mining Association (TMA) Conference held in Gatlinburg on October 29, 2012. [more]
Mary English, a Senior Fellow at ISSE and a Fellow for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, has written a policy brief, "Should the Federal Government Sell TVA?" The brief was spurred by the Obama administration's April 10 statement that it intends to review options regarding the Tennessee Valley Authority, including divestiture.
Rachel J.C. Chen. 2013. How Can Stores Sustain Their Businesses? From Shopping Behaviors and Motivations to Environment Preferences. Sustainability 5(2): 617-628 (doi: 10.3390/su5020617)
Yan-Fen Yang, Quan-Jiu Wang, and Jie Zhuang. 2013. Estimating hydraulic parameters of stony soils on the basis of one-dimensional water absorption properties. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B - Soil and Plant Science (doi: 10.1080/09064710.2012.762424)
Tai-Long Guo, Quan-Jiu Wang, Wen-Juan Bai, and Jie Zhuang. 2013. Effect of land use on scouring flow hydraulics and transport of soil solute in erosion. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 18(4): 465-473 (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-1584.0000611)
ISSE Researcher John Sheffield's memoir, Fun in Fusion Research, has been published by Elsevier. This book discusses the fun side of the quest to develop fusion energy—a modern equivalent of the hunt for the Holy Grail. It can be found on Amazon.
A report commissioned by Sustainable Tennessee titled Sustaining Tennessee in the Face of Climate Change: Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities outlines the widespread impact of climate change on Tennessee and also describes opportunities to offset the effects through proactive management of decisions and infrastructure improvements. The report was prepared by scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, University of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Health. UT’s contributions to the report were coordinated through the ISSE and included contributions from Rachel Chen, Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, Joshua Fu, Qiang He, and John Schwartz.
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