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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.



News & Events

orange bullet ISSE is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for seed grant funding for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Proposals are due May 31, 2016.

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

orange bullet picture of cover of Fuels FixRead 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.

orange bullet UT Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Hannah Woo was recently honored as one of ninety students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood. Woo focuses on environmental issues while studying under Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology and ISSE Director, Terry Hazen. PEO recipients are chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society, with priority given to women who are well established in their programs, study, or research. Woo was also selected to participate in the first Annual Research Symposium (ARC) organized by the School of Engineering, University of Dayton from April 19-21, 2016. She was one of the 18 selected from a total of 58 applicants. The symposium will be held at the University of Dayton and the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center.

orange bullet 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.

orange bullet 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.

orange bullet 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.

orange bullet 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

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.

orange bullet 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.

orange bullet 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."

orange bullet T. C. Hazen, R. C. Prince, and N. Mahmoudi. 2016. Marine Oil Bioremediation. Feature Article. Environ. Sci. Technol.  (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03333)

orange bullet 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)

orange bullet 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)

orange bullet 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).

orange bullet 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)

orange bullet 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)

orange bullet 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. 22:1932619341 (DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-4791-1)