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10/2016—Dr. Andrea Rocha (post-doc working with ISSE Director Terry Hazen) was selected from 21 outstanding women in East Tennessee to be the honoree in Technology, Research and Innovation at the 2016 YWCA Tribute to Women.

10/2016—ISSE and UT Co-Host Stargazing Party in Calhoun County, West Virginia, September 30–October 2—A partnership that includes ISSE will present the third annual Calhoun Stargaze at Calhoun County Park, 380 Park Place, Grantsville, West Virginia. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States. Regardless of season, the Milky Way can easily be followed from one horizon to the next. [Read more here.]

09/2016—ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and UT’s EcoCAR 3 team are partnering for a tailgating event prior to UT’s game with Ohio at Neyland Stadium. Read about it here.

08/2016—NSF Funds UT Engineering Look at Stormwater Adaptation, STEM EducationThe National Science Foundation's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation announced backing for a UT-led project to identify techniques for more sustainably managing storm water runoff in urban areas. A 2016-17 ISSE seed grant to this project will be integrated to provide additional data and insight into socio-environmental processes in urban watersheds.

08/2016—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.

08/2016—Jonathan Overly (Director of ISSE's ETCleanFuels) and ORNL staff welcomed approximately 140 people to Knoxville and Oak Ridge last week as the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program held its annual training and workshop at ORNL. Some local success stories were included and three fleets were represented:  ORNL for their large solar-powered, Level-2 workplace charging system (with battery storage of solar power); Dollywood for their six CNG-powered DreamMore trolleys; and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for their Year 1 and Year 2 projects that ETCleanFuels has been helping with (includes four low-speed EV mini-trucks, 7 propane mowers, new Level 2 and DCFC units at the two primary Visitor Centers in Gatlinburg and Oconaluftee, and six new propane-powered trucks and the two, associated refueling systems).

08/2016—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.

06/2016—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]

06/2016—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.

05/2016—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.

05/2016—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.

05/2016—On May 12-13, 2016 in Chattanooga, TDEC hosted their second annual Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum at the University of TN at Chattanooga. ETCleanFuels was 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.

04/2016—Take a look at the many Spring 2016 outreach activities facilitated by ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center.

04/2016—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.

04/2016—Read about activities of ISSE staff volunteers at the 17th Annual EarthFest celebration in Knoxville.

04/2016—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.

04/2016—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.

03/2016—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.

03/2016—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.

03/2016—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.

03/2016ISSE Researcher Jon Hathaway, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently earned a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his work in sustainable urban water management. Read more here.

02/2016— On February 19, 2016, ISSE Director Terry Hazen gave a webinar to 12-grade science students at Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

02/2016Rachel Chen, Director of ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Development, was honored as one of UT's "Women with Big Idea"

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