12/2015—East TN Clean Fuels Coalition celebrated the end of a multi-year project (almost 4 years) with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30, 2015 for the alternative fuel pieces of equipment that the Park installed or put in use. Watch the U-Tube video here.
12/2015—Read an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel's December 20, 2015 Opinion Section by Jim Hackworth (with the Tennessee Solar Energy Association [TSEA]) titled "Adding energy storage to solar power installations would pay off." Also see a Letter to the Editor in the News-Sentinel's December 31, 2015 edition by TSEA's Stephen Levy titled "TVA should copy Vermont program."
12/2015—Students’ Smartphone Technology Project to Spur Tourism in Appalachia—Led by UT/ISSE Researcher Timothy Ezzell, UT students proposed a plan to use smartphone technology to spur business development and tourism in Johnson County, Tennessee.
11/2015—ISSE Researcher Timothy Ezzell is featured in a Nov. 22, 2015 Charleston Gazette-Mail story on the creation of a "dark sky" park in Calhoun County, West Virginia.
10/2015—ISSE Director Terry Hazen gave the keynote presentation, “Microbial Community Structure Predicts Groundwater Geochemistry,” at Purdue University's conference titled Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World, held October 22-24, 2015 in Lafayette, Indiana.
10/2015—A study led by Thanos Papanicolaou, the Goodrich Chair of Excellence in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), found that carbon budgets in agricultural areas still fall short when compared to similar budgets for grasslands or forests due to the complexities introduced by humans. The resulting paper, co-authored by Papanicolaou, his PhD students, Ken Wacha and Ben Abban, CEE research faculty Christopher Wilson, USDA-ARS National Lab for Agriculture and Environment director Jerry Hatfield, Charlie Stanier of the University of Iowa, and Tim Filley of Purdue University, adds a new component that captures the transport of light soils that are enriched in organic matter along a hillslope, which most current models neglect.
10/2015—Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's TN Water Resources Research Center, co-led the CUAHSI hands-on international workshop, the Role of Runoff and Erosion on Soil Carbon Stocks: From Soilscapes to Landscapes, was held at Purdue University on October 20-21.
09/2016—East TN Clean Fuels Coalition celebrated the end of a multi-year project (almost 4 years) with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30, 2015 for the alternative fuel pieces of equipment that the Park installed or put in use. Watch the U-Tube video here.
09/2015—Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Rocha, who works on ISSE Director Terry Hazen’s joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory team, was chosen as one of thirty-two women worldwide to be profiled in the Tennessee Today magazine’s “Latinas at Tech Giants” edition.
09/2015—The annual UT Watershed Symposium, held September 15, was a huge success. Read more about it here.
07/2015—College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis is pleased to announce that Dr. Terry Hazen, Governor's Chair Professor, will be the new Director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Hazen will succeed Dr. Chris Cox, who has directed ISSE since 2011 and began serving as department head for Civil and Environmental Engineering on May 1. Read more here.
06/2015—West High Students Partner with UT on Environmental Study—A UT study on how trees affect water runoff in urban areas is fully under way, thanks in part to students at West High School in Knoxville. The concept—Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations—was initiated with $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forestry Service.The West High students teamed with several UT departments, including the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center. UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment played a crucial role in the project, helping bring together various aspects of the university and community that might not otherwise be partnered, such as the College of Engineering and the Institute of Agriculture.
04/2015—ISSE Research Director Catherine Wilt and Bruce Tonn, Tim Ezzell, Kayla Stover, and Guinevere Shaw have released a report providing an overview of new and innovative best practices being implemented in communities across the United States and Tennessee. The report, titled "What is Happening in the World? Reviews of Community-Based Best Practices," (dated April 2015) can be accessed on the Baker Center website.
04/2015—ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center was recently featured in Impact: a weekly newsletter from the Office of Community Engagement & Research. Read "Making a Difference: Tennessee Water Resources Research Center."
03/2015—Dr. Jack Parker made a presentation at the REMTEC conference in Denver, Colorado on March 3 titled “An Integrated Approach to Multi-Strategy DNAPL Remediation Considering Uncertainty Using Stochastic Cost Optimization.”
01/2015—Dr. Bruce Tschantz (with ISSE's TNWRRC) was invited to Washington, D.C. by Homeland Security and FEMA to present a historical perspective on the development of the 1979 Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety to the Joint Meeting of the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) and the National Dam Safety Review Board (NDSRB) held January 21, 2015. Tschantz, who coordinated federal and nonfederal dam safety policy and program efforts for the Carter Administration from 1977-80 following the 1976 failure of Teton Dam, challenged the federal agencies to consider several contemporary dam safety issues, including hydrofracturing effects, cyber terrorism/hacking, public safety around dams, coal combustion residual (CCR) impoundments, and risk-informed decision making (RIDM), as the Joint Committee begins to update the Guidelines that President Carter, in October 1979, directed 22 federal agencies to adopt and implement.
11/2014—Dr. Bruce Tschantz made a November 20, 2014 presentation at the 29th Annual Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Seminar is sponsored by Purdue, ASCE, the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Tschantz will present an afternoon Water Resources track session on the Hazards and Public Safety at Low Head (in-channel) Dams, with discussion on mitigation measures and strategies for reducing public hazard. The State of Indiana is concerned about public safety hazards at its dams and is looking at different engineering and legislative strategies for addressing this issue following several recent fatalities around its approximately 100 low-head dams. Dr. Tschantz has, over the last 25 years, researched, published several articles, consulted on, and made several national presentations on his research of this nation-wide issue.
03/2014—Catherine Wilt (ISSE Research Director) was a plenary session speaker at the 25th Annual Tennessee Recycling Conference held in Franklin, TN, March 10-12, 2014. Her topic was "Twenty-Five Years of Recycling: Glancing Back, Looking Forward."
01/2014—ISSE Senior Fellow Mary English has been appointed to the Tennessee Valley Authority's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) working group. The group is providing advice to TVA as it develops an update of its 2011 IRP.
06/2013—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."
05/2013—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.
01/2013—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.
01/2013—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.
10/2012—Catherine Wilt, Director of ISSE's Center for Clean Products, has been appointed to serve on Knox County's Regional Solid Waste Board. The Knox County Commission approved her appointment for a six-year term at their meeting on October 25. Regional solid waste boards, as stipulated by Tennessee law, serve functions related to approval or disapproval of regional solid waste plans, annual solid waste and recycling activity reports, and other issues that may impact the Regional Solid Waste Plan. Details regarding the responsibilities and authority of Regional Solid Waste Boards can be found in T.C.A. 68-211-801 et seq.
10/2012—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." In his talk on October 29, 2012 on the UT campus, Dr. Goldstein shared his experiences in building the earliest global Internet links from the NSF—including nearly $20 million in awards made to the University of Tennessee in developing the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD), one of the world's largest advanced science internets. As the (now retired) NSF program officer responsible for building the early international Internet links in the 1980s and 1990s, Goldstein has unique experience and insight into the development of the global Internet.
10/2012—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 Tennessee Mining Association (TMA) Conference held in Gatlinburg on October 29, 2012. Dr. Tschantz discussed the status of the SMART program and its efforts to increase the knowledge base through research, training, and public assistance among engineers, landscape architects, state and local regulating officials, policy makers and planners, developers and contractors, and product vendors for managing stormwater, preventing erosion, and controlling sediment releases for all types of land disturbance activities such as urban construction and mining. SMART is a consortium formed by the UT Institute of Agriculture's Forest Resources Research & Education Center (FRREC), UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS), UT's Institute for a Secure & Sustainable Environment (ISSE), and ISSE's TN-WRRC, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The planned SMART research and training center will be constructed on part of a UT-owned, 100-acre site located on Union Valley Road, east of the UT Arboretum Center, near Melton Hill Drive in Oak Ridge.
10/2012—Dr. Bruce Tschantz presented a talk on October 22, 2012 to the Knoxville Technical Society titled, "How Fast Can You Swim? The Low-down on Low-Head Dams." He discussed the public safety hazards to kayakers, canoers, swimmers, and other water recreationalists caused by these types of "drowning machine" dams and the structural and non-structural measures that can be taken by owners to reduce or eliminate their danger. Dr. Tschantz has published several articles and given many talks on this topic to various technical and other groups around the country.
10/2012—Dr. Bruce Tschantz has been invited to present a national webinar, scheduled for November 2013, on "Identifying Hazards and Improving Public Safety at Low Head Dams," sponsored by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). The webinar will focus on the overall danger that low-head dams present to the public, the hydraulic basis of the danger, and alternative design modifications to improve or eliminate the public hazard. Mr. Paul Schweiger, PE and Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Camp Hill, PA, will co-present the webinar with Dr. Tschantz.
10/2012—On Thursday, October 4, ISSE and the Baker Center for Public Policy co-hosted a screening of the film "Switch." This new film provides information about energy sources such as coal, oil, biofuels, solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal and natural gas, and highlights our energy choices and concerns as we contemplate the energy needs of a growing world population. The film was followed by a discussion panel featuring Dr. Chris Cox, ISSE Director; Dr. John Nolt, Professor in the UT's Philosophy Department; Gordie Bennet, Manager of UT's Sustainability Program; and Eric Dixon, a current Baker Scholar. Further information about the film can be found here.
09/2012—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.
09/2012—ISSE senior fellow Mary English, in her joint capacity as a fellow for energy and environmental policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, chaired a symposium held on September 20-21 at the Baker Center. The symposium, "Base-load Electricity from Natural Gas and Nuclear Power: The Role of Federal and State Policy," included speakers and invited participants from the electric power industry, regulatory agencies, research organizations, and other non-governmental organizations. ISSE director Chris Cox was among the participants. Powerpoints from the speakers' presentations will be posted on the Baker Center's web site as will a forthcoming white paper based on the symposium.
09/2012—The 2012 China-US Annual Symposium on "Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainable Development" was held in Shenyang, China, on September 17-19, 2012. More than 200 scientists, students, US consulate officers, and industry and government leaders attended the conference. Eleven keynote speeches and 44 oral presentations were made through four concurrent workshops on biomass and bioenergy, ecosystem management, environmental pollution and remediation, and eco-city and clean development, respectively. More than ten UT/ORNL faculty members made presentations and participated in the pre- and post-conference field trips.
09/2012—TNWRRC, in conjunction with Hallsdale Powell Utility District (HPUD), hosted a daylong event on September 13, 2012, featuring the successes of the Beaver Creek Task Force (BCTF). Read more about it. Or, view a slide show of the day's events.
08/2012—ISSE's Cat Wilt is featured in an article in Tennessee Alumnus titled Best for Baby and the Environment.
08/2012—Bruce Tschantz, Senior Research Associate, Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, made a presentation titled "Temporary Sediment Basins to Permanent Stormwater Detention Ponds—Regulation and Conversion Factors" at the Annual meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ASCE-TSPE-ACEC) annual meeting September, 13-14, 2012 in Murfreesboro, TN. The full paper from Dr. Tschantz's invited talk is posted on TN-WRRC's Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) website at http://www.tnepsc.org under "Information >>Resources." Dr. Tschantz's slide presentation was co-authored by Tim Gangaware, Associate Director, ISSE/TN-WRRC, and Kirk Brode, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Chattanooga office.
07/2012—ISSE's Director, Chris Cox, will give a presentation titled "Thinking, Living and Teaching Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tennessee" at the Technical Society of Knoxville on July 9th 2012.
06/2012—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and India's Minister of External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna issued a joint statement on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. GLORIAD's one-Gbps India link was noted in their statement as follows: "The two leaders acknowledged the June 9 launch of the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD), the first direct U.S.-India advanced science and education network supporting enormous data flows between the U.S. and India." Read the full statement.
05/2012—ISSE's Director, Chris Cox, gave the guest speaker presentation, titled "Thinking, Living, and Teaching Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tennessee," at the ASME-Holston Section Awards Ceremony held May 22, 2012.
04/2012—Ruth Anne Hanahan, with ISSE's TN WRRC, received one of four 2012 Environmental Leadership Awards from the University of Tennessee. Read the story.
04/2012—Rachel Chen's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism co-hosted the 2012 Leadership Summit on Sustainability on April 10 and April 12.
03/2012—Catherine Wilt, Director of ISSE's Center for Clean Products, gave a presentation at the 5th annual Sustainable Business Summit held at Lipscomb University. On March 27, 2012, she participated in a session titled "Sustainability Goals 2.0: Envisioning the Next Horizon," along with sustainability executives from Nissan North America, Exel/DHL, Bridgestone-Firestone Retail Operations, and Gaylord Entertainment.
02/2012—Toy manufacturers wishing to demonstrate environmental leadership and a commitment to safeguarding children's health can now pursue certification to North America's first and only third-party environmental toy standard. ISSE's Center for Clean Products (led by Catherine Wilt) were key participants in the development of the standard. Read the news release. Cat Wilt was interviewed on WBIR-TV about her work with the toxic toy standards.
01/2012—On January 19, 2012, six ASCE students from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) attended the Integrated Approach to Sustainability Workshop held by ASCE in Nashville, TN. ISSE and UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provided financial support for the trip. Read the students' report on the Workshop.
12/2011—The following presentations were made by Ungtae Kim at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dec 5-10, 2011, in San Francisco, CA: T.W. Kim, J.Y Yoo, U. Kim, and J.H. Ahn. Uncertainty Analysis of Bivariate Drought Frequency Curve Using Copula-Based Random Generation; T.W. Kim, P. Yoon, H.H. Kwon, and U. Kim. Non-stationarity, Extreme Rainfall, and Frequency Analysis in South Korea; D. Jayasekera, J. Kaluarachchi, and U. Kim. Modeling the Hydrology and Water Allocation Under Climate Change in Rural River Basins: A Case Study From Nam Ngum River Basin, Laos.
12/2011—The following presentation was made by Ungtae Kim at the SERDP Annual Meeting, Nov 29-Dec 1, 2011 in Washington D.C: P. Jardine, C. Hansel-Wankel, J. Parker, R. Gentry, K. Scheckel, U. Kim, Y. Tang, M. Stewart, and L. Le. "Assessing the Potential Consequences of Subsurface Bioremediation: Fe-oxide Bioreductive Processes and the Propensity for Secondary Mineral Precipitation, Media Structural Breakdown, and Contaminant—Colloid Co-Transport." The following poster was also presented at the meeting: P.M. Jardine, C.M. Hansel, J.C. Parker, R.W. Gentry, K.G. Scheckel, and R.J. Simeone. Assessing the potential consequences of subsurface bioremediation:— Fe-oxide bioreductive processes and the propensity for contaminant-colloid co-transport and media structural breakdown.
12/2011—Tim Ezzell (Director, ISSE's Community Partnership Center [CPC]) presented findings from CPC's recent rural development research before the staff of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC on December 1, 2011. On December 2, this year's Appalachian Teaching Project students presented their research before the leadership of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC. This year's UT class researched Appalachian energy futures and developed sustainable energy strategies for three Appalachian communities. Bruce Tonn and Tim Ezzell were in DC with this year's class.
11/2011—The Inaugural Watershed Symposium at the University of Tennessee was held on Monday, November 14 at the University Center. The purpose of the symposium was to promote newly proposed undergraduate and graduate watershed minors to be made available to students in Fall of 2012, and to share current watershed-related research interests among researches and students at UT. The symposium was organized by a grassroots group of 37 faculty members with watershed interests coming from five colleges of the University (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Science, Engineering, and Law). The work of several ISSE researchers was represented including Tim Gangaware, Bruce Tschantz, and Larry McKay. Chris Cox served as the moderator of a Panel Discussion entitled "Future of Watershed Research and Education at UT." Among the topics discussed by the panel were the proposed undergraduate and graduate watershed minors, watershed-related career opportunities for students in various majors, opportunities for interdisciplinary watershed research, and the content and format of the symposium in future years. Larry McKay participated as a panelist and gave a platform presentation entitled "Interdisciplinary research on waterborne pathogens and fecal indicators."
11/2011—ISSE Senior Fellow Milton Russell presented a paper, "Energy Technology and the Challenge of a Low-Carbon Transition," at the EU-US Summit on Science, Technology and Sustainable Economic Growth in Brussels, Belgium on September 29. Read it here (a PDF file).
10/2011—Eric Ogle with ISSE's Community Partnership Center (CPC) presented and facilitated sessions at the Rural Telecommunications Congress annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, Oct. 18-19, 2011. The conference was attended by federal and state technology leaders involved with broadband and telecommunications infrastructure, applications, and policy development. Eric's presentation was titled "Best Practices in Collaborative Engagement," which discussed the complexities involved with broadband availability, adoption and utilization, and highlighted the top ways that universities can help communities gain benefits from the adoption of broadband applications, and also discussed how mobile applications like the CPC-developed Knoxville Beck Tour can help support local businesses and organizations while increasing the technical capacity of communities. Also, Eric moderated a panel, "Applications Driven by Convergence," which featured discussion from Mark Johnson of U.S. UCAN, Jean-Jacques Thiebault of Strategic Scout, Paris, France, and Kyle Hollifield of Bristol Virginia Utilities. Key points included using broadband to sustain a competitive local economy, enabling opportunities for enhanced digital literacy and lifelong learning, and facilitating meaningful participation with both for-profit and non-profit sector anchor institutions.
10/2011—The Tennessee Solar Energy Association (TSEA) participated in the Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Fair sponsored by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee on October 28, 2011.
10/2011—Tennessee Solar Energy Association's 2011 Solar Tour, held Oct. 22 in Knoxville, filled a KAT bus for a tour of installed solar sites preceded by an hour talk on energy conservation and installing solar for your home. Stefan Partin is developing an economic model for solar installations that can be an income stream for electric power distributors in Tennessee. The plan is to hold a workshop at the November 16th meeting of TenneSEIA members. The workshop would introduce Stefan's model to the distributors. If the distributors agree with the model, it may ease the path for solar legislation that would be lobbied by TenneSEIA and others. Responding to a call from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, TSEA provided his office with information on community solar opportunities for a city in Oregon that would demonstrate the dispatachability of distributed neighborhood solar energy.
09/2011—Rachel Chen (Director, ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism) was a keynote speaker, invited by the U.S. Travel Association to speak on "Promoting Sustainable Business and Tourism: Conservation, Innovation, and Sustainability" at the U.S.-China Tourism Commissioners/Directors Leadership Summit, Hawaii, Sept 26, 2011.
09/2011—Catherine Wilt (with ISSE's Center for Clean Products) was appointed by the Chancellor to serve on UT's Committee for the Campus Environment.
09/2011—Rachel JC Chen (Director, Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism) recently graduated from the HERS Denver Summer Institute, held July 24-August 7 at the University of Denver. Offering HERS Institutes annually since 1976, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is the premier residential professional development program dedicated to advancing women leaders in higher education administration. The seventy-two participants selected for this year's Denver Summer Institute represented 62 institutions from 26 states across the US and 6 other countries. They included a president, vice presidents, associate vice presidents, as well as faculty, deans, directors and chairs of academic and administrative departments. Chen's participation in the HERS Denver Summer Institute was sponsored by the Chancellor's and Provost's Offices. She was selected by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek to represent UT Knoxville.
Dr. Chen has also accepted Chancellor Cheek's appointment to serve as a member of the Commission for Women. The UT Commission for Women (CFW) is a body appointed by the Chancellor to advise on planning, implementation, and evaluation of University programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of women on the Knoxville Campus.
08/2011—The Tennessee Solar Energy Association (TSEA, housed at ISSE) had a significant presence at the Solar Solutions Conference this past week. The conference, sponsored by TVA and the University's Tennessee Solar Institute, had 600 people attending the two day meeting. There were 50 exhibitors as well as 45 speakers participating. TSEA provided a seminar called Solar 101, which was given by TSEA's technical Director, Stephen Levy. It was over an hour and a half presentation on the basic aspects of solar energy, both solar thermal systems as well as solar photovoltaic systems. Stefan Partin and Stephanie Magoon (TSEA interns) manned the exhibit booth, handing out over 80 brochures on the organization and answering questions from the attendees. According to the two organizations running the meeting, there will be a follow-up meeting early next year with an announcement to follow. Stephanie Magoon was with TSEA for the summer as an intern and has left for Nepal for her next semester. She will return to East Tennessee State University in the spring to complete her education. TSEA is looking for a replacement intern to serve the organization in handling the website, membership activities, and office correspondence. Anyone interested, please send a resume to Stefan@tnsolarenergy.org.
08/2011—Rachel Chen, Director of ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism, was honored by a listing in Who's Who in America. She was also an awarded participant of HERS, Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). Dr. Chen was selected by Chancellor Jimmy Cheek of the University of Tennessee to participate in the 2011 Denver Summer Institute of HERS. In addition, Dr. Chen received a grant from the TN Department of Tourist Development to conduct a project titled "Tennessee Green Certification Program: An Industry Study."
07/2011—The article, Hidden Dangers and Public Safety at Low-head Dams, authored by Bruce Tschantz (with ISSE's TN Water Resources Research Center) and recently published in the ASDSO Journal of Dam Safety, has been reprinted in the Spring 2011 Currents Newsletter of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (EWRI/ASCE). The article was also reprinted this Spring by American Whitewater for online viewing. The entire article can be also be viewed at the ASDSO website.
06/11—ISSE Researcher Phil Jardine gave an invited presentation to the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science, National Academy of Sciences on June 16, 2011, titled "Impact of Scale-Dependent Coupled Processes on of Contaminant Fate and Transport in Subsurface Environments."
06/11—The Tennessee Solar Energy Association (TSEA) participated in the meeting of TREEDC on June 24, 2011 in Franklin. TSEA was asked to address the issue of the status of solar technology and its future here. TSEA has been asked by the Tennessee Solar Institute to co-host an introductory solar informational talk on solar photovoltaic energy for the home and small business as part of the 2011 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference sponsored by TVA and the Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) scheduled for August 9 and 10th at the Grand Ole Opryland Hotel. The meeting is free but you must register. TSEA will also have an exhibitor booth at the meeting. TSEA will be holding its annual membership meeting on August 8th at the Grand Ole Opryland Hotel along with two workshops on solar actions that would lead to increased manufacturing and jobs in the state. In addition, Jim Hackworth and Stephen Levy visited Mayor James Talley at his Ducktown office to discuss the idea of community solar and its advantages to the Ducktown community and its impact on tourism.
06/11—The Knox County Water Quality Forum Fundraiser was held in June 2011 at Preservation Pub on Market Square. It was sponsored in part by ISSE, which is part of the Water Quality Forum. Celebrity bartenders included coordinators of the Rainy Day Brush Off program. Tips collected during the fundraiser went towards the program, which brings together local artists to decorate rain barrels that are auctioned off to the community.
05/11—Shesh Koirala made the following presentation: S. R. Koirala and R. W. Gentry. Hydrologic Response to Climate Change in the Clinch River Watershed. ASCE-EWRI 2011, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, May 22-26, 2011, Palm Springs, California.
05/11—Eric Ogle, with ISSE's Community Partnership Center, presented at the 2011 Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, Texas, on April 27. The session topic was "Universities' Role in Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption." Eric presented four of the top ways that universities can help communities gain an economic benefit from the adoption of various broadband applications, and then discussed how mobile broadband applications like Knoxville's Beck Tour can help support local businesses and organizations while increasing the technical capacity of communities.
04/11—Stephen Levy with the Tennessee Solar Energy Association (TSA) presented a talk on the opportunities in solar energy to a class of AMTEC students at Roane State Community College this past Friday. The TSEA is helping organic farmer, Jerry Baird, prepare an application for a REAP grant along with a Pathway lending loan for the construction of both a solar thermal and a solar electrical system for powering his organic farm. The solar thermal system will provided heated water to his drip irrigation system at night with the objective of increasing plant growth and prolonging the growing season. The solar electric system will be providing the energy to operate his well pumps for irrigating his planted fields. Jerry has signed a bequest to the University of Tennessee for his property with the desire to provide a living laboratory for organic farming initiatives and it will be called the Jerry Baird Organic Horticulture Research and Education Endowment. The UT legal clinic is helping with a review of the Department of Agriculture REAP grant program as it can apply to Mr. Baird's application.
04/11—Bruce Tschantz, Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Associate with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, has the lead article in the current issue of the ASDSO Journal of Dam Safety. The article, Hidden Dangers and Public Safety at Low-head Dams, summarizes Dr. Tschantz's continuing national study of accidents at these structures, which often include old abandoned mill dams. He presents the complex hydraulics below this class of dams, often called "drowning machines," to show how they create a public water hazard; discusses structural and non-structural measures to reduce drownings; and examines a drowning case study to illustrate the overpowering forces and factors acting on drowning victims. Interested kayakers, canoers, rafters, and other river users are referred to article details in the Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 8-17, of the Journal. He recently presented a summary of his low-head dam research to the 2011 Virginia Lakes & Watershed Association conference in Richmond.
04/11—Roy Arthur, Research Associate with ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, represented the University at a workshop on Developing Effective Regional Integrated Watershed Education Programs during the Georgia Water Resources Conference at the University of Georgia on April 11, 2011. Roy was on a panel to discuss UT's involvement in developing educational watershed programs for local governments.
03/11—The Knoxville News Sentinel ran an article on March 29, 2011 titled "Tennessee officials discuss economic sense of sustainability." It is based on the panel discussion among public sector leaders featured as part of the Week of Sustainable Business and Tourism Leadership held March 29-April 1, 2011 and co-hosted by ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism and the UT Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).
03/11—ISSE Researchers Sheila Webster and Rex Short served as hosts for the National Environmental Conference held March 17 and 18, 2011 in Knoxville and sponsored by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE). The conference theme was "Evolving Training Needs of a Sustainable Environmental and Energy Future." ISSE Director Randy Gentry welcomed approximately 75 environmental trainers from across the country to Knoxville. ISSE's Jonathan Overly made a presentation on "Trends in Alternate Fuels and Implications for Training."
03/11—Tim Ezzell (Director of ISSE's Community Partnership Center) is coauthor of a paper, Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle next month. The paper's other authors are Dr. Dayton Lambert (Agricultural Economics) and Dr. Tom Bell (Geography). The paper is based on Dr. Ezzell's current research project with the Appalachian Regional Commission.
02/11—ISSE Researcher Jack Parker made a presentation to East Tennessee Geological Society on "Cost Optimization of DNAPL Site Remediation Considering Prediction Uncertainty," on February 14 at Pellissippi State Community College.
02/11—The Knoxville News Sentinel ran an article on February 3, "Beck Tour app spotlights city's past: New software offers information on cultural sites," featuring Eric Ogle, with ISSE's Community Partnership Center.
02/11—Eric Ogle (with ISSE's Community Partnership Center) was interviewed by Whitney Holmes (UT Media Relations) and a short video on his Beck Tour project was produced. The video was featured by the UT Chancellor in a January 25 Tennessee Today article about UT's 50th Anniversary of African-American Achievement Kickoff Event. In addition, the February 1st edition of Tennessee Today has an article, UT Team Develops iPhone App to Drive Tourism in Downtown Knoxville, which includes the video. On February 2, Robin Wilhoit of WBIR-TV featured Eric as a "Newsmaker" on her Wednesday afternoon television show.
01/11—ISSE Researcher Larry McKay was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read the story in Tennessee Today.
12/10—Shesh Koirala, an ISSE Researcher, made the presentation "Hydrologic Response to Climate Change in the Clinch River Watershed Using SWAT" at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2010 Fall Meeting, which was held on 13-17 December 2010 at The Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA.
12/10—Tim Ezzell, Director of ISSE's Community Partnership Center, was named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
12/10—Eric Ogle (with ISSE's Community Partnership Center) was in Snowbird, Utah, from Dec 10-12 as a guest of the Dallas Morning News to help develop a mobile strategy for the regional newspaper. A total of 30 people were in attendance, including the CEO and top-level managers and editors of the newspaper, as well as an eclectic mix of people from around the country who have expertise in telling stories on mobile platforms. Through the gathering, nine solid ideas were developed of varying scope and complexity, of which three ideas were chosen to develop immediately. Two of those originated from Eric's team: a mobile application that would be the foundation of a long-term strategy to help restore the morning ritual of turning to local news media and a Super Bowl app, inspired by the Knoxville Beck Tour app, that would increase awareness of planned events and activities by incorporating social media on a location-enabled map for people who will be in Dallas in February for the week-long festivities leading up to the Super Bowl.
11/10—Eric Ogle, with ISSE's Community Partnership Center (CPC), presented and facilitated four sessions at the Rural Telecommunications Congress annual conference in Mesa, Arizona, on November 10-12, 2010. The conference was attended by over 150 federal and state technology leaders involved with telecom infrastructure, applications, and policy development. Eric's presentation was titled "Best Practices in Collaborative Engagement," which discussed the complexities involved with developing capacity through broadband and applications. Key points included using technology to sustain a globally competitive local economy, cultivating an informed populace active in its own governance, enabling opportunities for enhanced education and lifelong learning, and facilitating active participation of the non-profit sector, including local health care, social services, community groups, and institutions.
11/10—Rachel JC Chen (Director, ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism) was nominated (by the UT's Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and by ISSE Director Randy Gentry), recommended (by the UT Commission for Women), and selected (by Chancellor Jimmy Cheek) to attend the 2011 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institutional Leadership program. She will participate in the 2-week Institute this coming summer.
11/10—Tim Ezzell and Eric Ogle (both with ISSE's Community Partnership Center) performed site visits at four Northern Appalachian communities November 14-18, 2010 as part of the qualitative assessment portion of their Appalachian Regional Commission project: "Evaluation of Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties." Tim and Eric met with community and business leaders of four counties: Pendleton County, WV; Calhoun County, WV; Morgan County, OH; and Green County, PA. They identified emerging strategies to promote sustainable economic growth and noted obstacles and barriers to local development. Their findings will be incorporated into a final project report, to be delivered to the ARC in the Spring of 2011.
10/10—ISSE Director Randall Gentry spoke on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the UT Science Forum about the pressures on the earth's water resources. Read the story in UT's Tennessee Today.
10/10—Rachel JC Chen (Director, ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism) was invited by Knox Heritage to give a speech at the 2010 East Tennessee Preservation Conference held on Oct. 8 - 9 in Rugby. The title of her speech was: "Make Heritage Tourism Come Alive: From Sustainable Partnerships to Quality Cultural Tour Package."
10/10—ISSE Research Director Jie Zhuang was guest editor of a recently published special issue of the journal Environmental Management. The published articles were invited from the presentations at the 2008 annual conference of the China-US Joint Research Center, which was sponsored by U.S. National Science Foundation.
10/10—Jie Zhuang (ISSE Research Director) made a plenary presentation titled "Colloid Transport and Mobilization under Transient Unsaturated Flow Conditions" at the 2010 annual conference of the China-US Joint Research Center, which was held in Beijing, Sept. 22-24, 2010.
10/10—Eric Ogle, with ISSE's Community Partnership Center (CPC), has led the development of a mobile tourism application to encourage asset-based economic and community development in Knoxville. The CPC partnered with community organizations in Knoxville to create content for a walking tour to promote African-American heritage and cultural tourism in Knoxville. The Beck Tour app is a free iPhone app that presents a walking tour featuring 13 historically and culturally significant sites in and around downtown Knoxville, TN. While at or near each your site, the app enables users to read brief narratives about the site's importance and view photos of notable people and events related to a particular site. Adding to the uniqueness of this app, tour participants can view 4-6 minute videos about the historic and cultural significance at 10 of the sites. Read the story online at prMac.
10/10—Mary English and Roy Arthur are the authors of a 138-page report, Statewide Water Resources Planning: A Nine State Study, prepared for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. The report covers Tennessee and eight other states (FL, GA, NC, PA, SC, TX, VA, and WV).
10/10—ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism, directed by Rachel Chen, recently received a gift donation from Ruby Falls to support sustainability efforts identified by the center. Read the story in UT Today.
09/10—ISSE is hosting/housing a new center--the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism. The vision of the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism (CSBT) is to be the leader in the field of sustainable business and tourism research and outreach in the southeastern region of the United State and a nationally and globally recognized leader in the field. CSBT is directed by Dr. Rachel Chen.
09/10—Rachel Chen, director of ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism (CSBT), will be guest editor for special issues of the following journals: a special issue of Sustainability with the theme "Sustainable Branding and Marketing" (deadline for manuscript submission: June 15, 2011) and a special issue of the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services with the theme "Sustainable Consumer Services" (deadline for manuscript submission: June 30, 2011). For more information, visit CSBT's web page.
09/10—Eric Ogle, program coordinator for ISSE's Community Partnership Center, is on the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, a 13-year old national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of technology adoption in rural areas for economic and social development. Eric recently completed the process of establishing the RTC as nonprofit corporation in the State of Tennessee, with its headquarters at ISSE. Eric is now working with others in the organization to apply to the IRS for 501c3 designation.
08/10—ISSE Research Director Jie Zhuang made a presentation titled "A Non-Steady State Simulation of Root Water Uptake" at the International Workshop on Water-Saving Modern Agriculture in an Oasis of Arid Region. The conference was held in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China, on August 8-10, 2010.
08/10—GLORIAD's Director, Greg Cole, was recently in India in connection with the commissioning of the GLORIAD-Taj expansion, a 1 Gbps link connecting the GLORIAD network with India's NKN. While there, Greg gave a presentation titled "New Vistas in Global Cooperation for Science and Education: India to connect to the GLORIAD network." His lecture was featured in the July issue of the newsletter of the Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai.
08/10—The director of ISSE's Community Partnership Center, Tim Ezzell, was named an Honorary Research Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
08/10—Mary English, an ISSE senior fellow, has been appointed to a National Research Council study committee on uranium mining in Virginia.
08/10—An article featuring the work of ISSE Senior Fellow Mary English and other social scientists will be published in the August 13 edition of Science Magazine. "Nuclear Waste: Knowledge Waste?" will appear in the Policy Forum section of the magazine in which it discusses the societal challenges of disposing high-level nuclear wastes and possible policy efforts.
07/10—Tennessee Today, UT's online news and information magazine, has posted a video titled "UT-based Fiber Optic Network Expands Global Reach." The video discusses GLORIAD (Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development) and its mission through an interview with GLORIAD Director Greg Cole.
06/10—ISSE researcher, Ungtae Kim was co-author (with A. Al-Juaidy and J. J. Kaluarachchi) of a presentation titled "Decision Analysis to Minimize Agricultural Groundwater Demand and Salt Water Intrusion Using Treated Wastewater" delivered at the 7th IAHS International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ10), June 13-18, Zurich, Switzerland.
06/10—Executive Director of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, ISSE's Jonathan Overly, was quoted in the June 21 issue of Blount Today in an article about propane lawnmowers. Read "Powered by propane."
06/10—Greg Cole, Director of ISSE's Center for International Networking Initiatives/GLORIAD, participated in SingAREN Fest 2010 on June 28, 2010 in Singapore. This event brings together members from academia, research organizations, industries, and overseas counterparts within the research and education network community. This year's theme of Global Network Connectivity-Making the Difference highlighted Ipv6, Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX), Future Internet Testbed, and the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD), and also included a hands-on demonstration. He delivered a presentation titled "Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) Federated Model of Community-focused Cyberinfrastructure."
06/10—Greg Cole, Director of ISSE's Center for International Networking Initiatives/GLORIAD, participated in the US-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation held on June 24-25, 2010 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He delivered a presentation titled "The Cross Cutting Impact of Advanced Broadband Telecommunications on Science and Technology Cooperation between the United States and India." For additional information, see the OSTP White House blog about the event.
06/10—A summary (PDF) of ISSE's China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) topical workshop on "Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources," held January 6-7, 2010 in Shenyang, China, appeared in the March 16, 2010 edition of EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union 91(11): 103 (doi:10.1029/2010EO110004).
06/10—ISSE Research Director Jie (Joe) Zhuang gave a presentation of the paper, Organic Matter Preservation due to Pore-Scale Interactions between Organic Matter and Water in Soil Microaggregates (Jie Zhuang, John McCarthy, and Edmund Perfect) at the Goldschmidt 2010 Conference "Earth, Energy and the Environment" held June 13-18 in Knoxville, TN.
06/10—Bruce Tschantz, with ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, is a member of the on-going Governor's TDEC Advisory Board for reviewing the December 2008 TVA Kingston Steam Plant Ash Spill Accident. The Advisory Board's report to TDEC, Lessons Learned from the TVA Kingston Dredge Cell Containment Facility Failure: TDEC Advisory Board Recommendations for Safe Performance (L. Bentley, S. Jacoby, G. Pugh, S. Qualls, K. Shell, & B. Tschantz), dated November 24, 2009, was released by TDEC December 2009. Dr. Tschantz will be presenting a peer-reviewed paper based on the Advisory Board's report, Lessons Learned from the TDEC Advisory Board in regard to the TVA Kingston Dredge Cell Containment Facility Failure (S. Jacoby, S. Koeninger, and B. Tschantz) at the ASDSO National Dam Safety Conference, Sept. 19-23, 2010, Seattle, WA. He will also be giving a presentation on a peer-reviewed paper, Wanted! More Dam Engineers (S. McCubbin-Cain and Bruce A. Tschantz) at the American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) 2010 ASEE Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, June 20-23, 2010.
05/10—Shesh Koirala presented the following paper at the ASCE-EWRI World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010, held in Providence, Rhode Island, from May 16-20, 2010: "Hurst Analysis of Hydrologic and Water Quality Signals" (S. R. Koirala and R. W. Gentry).
05/10—Eric Ogle, with ISSE's Community Partnership Center, presented and moderated a panel discussion on April 27, 2010, at the annual Broadband Properties Summit in Dallas, Texas. Approximately 650 government, education, land development, and technology industry leaders were in attendance during the 3-day event. Eric's session was titled "Sustaining Rural Broadband," which highlighted emerging models of rural broadband networks, and applied traditional environmental sustainability principles to the discussion of sustaining rural network ecosystems. The panel included executives from a national private sector provider (Adesta), and leaders from sustainable rural projects in Western North Carolina (BalsamWest Fiber Net), and Southwest Georgia (South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority).
05/10—WATE-TV's Kristen Farley sits down with UT Knoxville Professor and ISSE Water Resources Program Leader Larry McKay about a recent study that found viruses and bacteria in East Tennessee drinking water. Watch the interview and read the story.
04/10—ISSE Researchers Jean Peretz and Bruce Tonn were quoted in UT's Daily Beacon on April 20, 2010 in an article titled "Research suggests state energy inefficient."
04/10—Catherine Wilt (with ISSE's Center for Clean Products) spoke at two conferences in Tennessee in April. On April 14, she served as an invited speaker at the Tennessee Green Business Summit, held at David Lipscomb University. She participated in a session entitled "Green Credentials, Certifications and Standards." On April 29, she spoke at the Tennessee Solid and Hazardous Waste Conference, presenting on planning pharmaceutical waste collection projects in conjunction with K-12 schools.
04/10—In his 2009 report, the UT Chancellor references the ISSE's China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change. Read the report.
01/10—Convened by the China-US Joint Research Center as a follow-up to its 2009 annual conference, a topical China-US workshop on "Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources" was held on Jan. 6-7, 2010 in Shenyang, China. Jack Parker co-chaired the workshop and made a presentation on "Models, Uncertainty and Cost Optimization of Water Management Decisions. Jie (Joe) Zhuang helped organize the workshop and made a presentation titled "Transport of Colloid-Associated Contaminants in Porous Media." At the workshop, a China-US Joint Laboratory of Soil and Water was proposed and seven UT faculty members were invited to be research faculty of the joint laboratory, which will focus on collaborative soil and water research and student exchanges in next three years.
12/09—Shesh Koirala made the following presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, December 14-18, 2009, San Francisco, CA: S. R. Koirala and R. W. Gentry, "Using Wavelets to Evaluate Persistence of High Frequency Hydrologic and Hydrochemistry Signals" (H51I-0908).
12/09—ISSE's Jack Parker gave the following presentations at the DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) meeting in Washington, DC on Dec 2-4: "Practical Cost-Optimization of Characterization and Remediation Decisions at DNAPL Sites with Consideration of Prediction Uncertainty" (Jack Parker, Peter Kitanidis, Michael Cardiff, Ungtae Kim, Xiaoyi Liu, Dave Becker, and Aleisa Bloom); and "Estimating DNAPL Source Depletion Time Model Formulation, Calibration and Uncertainty" (Jack Parker, Ungtae Kim, Mark Widdowson, Peter Kitanidis, Frank Chapelle, Carmen Lebron, Xiaoyi Liu, and Michael Cardiff).
12/09—Catherine Wilt (Policy Director for ISSE's Center for Clean Products) was quoted in a December 1, 2009 Knoxvillebiz.com article "Shopping online gets greener." The article also has a link to ISSE's TNSWEP (Tennessee Solid Waste Education Project) web page, Green Holiday Tips.
04/09—Jack Geibig (director of ISSE's Center for Clean Products) gave a presentation at the American Institute of Architects national convention in San Francisco on April 30. The educational seminar was titled "Use of Life Cycle Inventory Data in Materials Selection: A Case study of the Natural Stone Industry."
04/09—ISSE's Center for Clean Products has been asked to lead the development of a national green product standard for toys through the Ecologo program. The multi-stakeholder effort will include Walmart, Target, and FAO Schwartz to name a few key participants. Cat Wilt will lead the effort.
04/09—ISSE students and staff won top honors at the P3 Award Competition during the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Sustainable Design Expo held in Washington, D.C., on April 18-19, 2009. Their winning entry was "The New Norris House: A sustainable Home for the 21st Century." ISSE's Tim Ezzell, a historian and planner, and Tricia Stuth, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, served as faculty mentors on the project. Catherine Wilt, policy director for ISSE's Center for Clean Products, advised the project on green building materials and other sustainable design elements. Read UT's press release.
04/09—The Chancellor's Honors Banquet recognizes students, faculty, staff, and friends of UT for their extraordinary achievements. At the 2009 ceremony, held April 6, Catherine Wilt (with ISSE's Center for Clean Products) was recognized for Extraordinary Community Service in 2009.
04/09—ISSE students and staff are in Washington, DC to compete for a $75,000 grant at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Sustainable Design Expo, April 18-20. Their entry is "The New Norris House: A Sustainable Home for the 21st Century." In conjunction with the expo, EPA hosts the annual P3 Award Competition for college students. The ISSE group was among 40 other teams that, last spring, won Phase I $10,000 grant awards from P3 to develop their design projects for the expo this weekend.
04/09—The New Norris House project has taken the Top Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement prize in this year's EUReCA competition at UT/ ISSE's Community Partnership Center led the redesign effort.
03/2009—Bill Fulkerson, ISSE Senior Fellow, gave a talk at the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University on Monday, March 16 at 4:00PM. His topic was "A Framework for Managing Climate Change."
03/2009—ISSE Director Randall Gentry is quoted in a March 13, 2009 BusinessGreen.com story, "Californian groups clash over geothermal water use".
03/2009—ISSE co-sponsored a mini-conference on environmental journalism on Friday, March 27, 2009. The day-long conference addressed many of the difficulties journalists face when covering the environmental beat. See the Writing Green Environmental Journalism Conference web site for additional information.
03/2009—Catherine Wilt, with ISSE's Center for Clean Products, was named by Waste & Recycling News to a list of "25 Influential Women in Environmental Management" who have worked to eliminate gender barriers in their field. The article was published on March 30, 2009.
02/2009—Catherine Wilt, with ISSE's Center for Clean Products, was keynote speaker at the 20th Annual TN Recycling Coalition conference in Franklin, TN on Feb.5. Her topic was "The Green Building Movement: Opportunities for the Tennessee Recycling Industry."
01/2009—Roy Arthur, who works with ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, was recently recognized by the USEPA, Region 4, Water Protection Division for the outstanding work that he has done in the Beaver Creek Watershed community. Read more about the award here.
01/2009—ISSE researcher Bruce Tonn is quoted in an article in the The Earth Times, "More Americans Focusing on Personal Energy Use to Save Money in Current Economic Downturn." A White Paper titled "Barriers to Reducing Energy Consumption at Home and on the Road," co-authored by Tonn and ISSE researcher Jean Peretz, is also mentioned in the article.
01/2009—The Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Business TN Magazine quotes Randy Gentry, Director of ISSE and ISSE's Southeastern Water Resources Institute, in their story, Water Down Theory: Georgia continues its push for a sip of Tennessee.
12/2008—Where in the World is Smokey, a part of UT's Ready for the World initiative, features ISSE staff during a recent trip to Beijing in Researchers take Smokey to the Great Wall of China.
12/2008—ISSE Director, Randy Gentry, was interviewed by radio station WKNO-FM in Memphis for a December 2 story titled, "The Memphis-Mississippi Water Fight Resumes."
10/2008—Dr. Randy Gentry was invited to become an Honorary Scientist of the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources.
10/2008—ISSE Senior Fellow Milton Russell spoke Wednesday October 29, 2008 at 2 pm at the Resources for the Future conference, Energy Policy Challenges: Is the Past Prologue?, on the topic "The Elusive Search for Consensus." The other featured speakers during the day were Phil Sharp, President of RFF and former Congressman; Prof. Bill Hogan of Harvard, primary developer of the National Energy System Model during the Ford Administration; Robert Fri, former Deputy Administrator of EPA and Deputy Administrator of the forerunner of DOE, ERDA; and John Deutch of MIT, former Director of the CIA, Deputy Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Energy. The conference was web cast. (The meeting agenda is also available on this web site.)
08/2008—ISSE's Center for Clean Products (CCP) is pleased to announce that they have been selected to manage the process of creating the next generation of environmental performance standards for greener electronics. The research grant, in the form of a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency, will allow CCP to build upon the work developed through the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT is a multi-stakeholder consensus decision-making process, which resulted in the development of IEEE 1680, a Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. The Center for Clean Products will manage the public process to develop environmental standards for up to four additional electronics product categories, beginning with imaging equipment and televisions. This announcement is meant to update interested parties on the status of the process to create additional EPEAT/IEEE environmental performance standards. The EPA grant was officially approved on Monday, August 25, 2008. UT anticipates that it will take approximately one month to set up the project infrastructure. This includes establishing subcontracts with other project team members, outreach to other likely funders of the first two product categories, and preparing for the formation of standards workgroups. If you signed up to participate in a workgroup at either the imaging equipment or television scoping meetings hosted by EPA in early 2008 or through contact with EPA, then we will be in contact with you to follow up by the end of September. If you are newly interested in participating in a workgroup for either standard, please email your contact information to Catherine Wilt at email@example.com. Thank you for your patience! We are looking forward to working with all of you to build additional standards for greener electronics.
08/2008—ISSE's Community Partnership Center (CPC) is part of a consortium of local educational and tourism-related organizations who have established a new wireless Wi-Fi network in the downtown area that will promote Knoxville's black heritage through digital storytelling. Read more about this project: "Wireless cultural tour downtown almost ready" (KnoxNews.com, Aug. 19, 2008), "Wi-Fi network holds promise for downtown merchants" (knoxvillebiz.com, Aug. 19, 2008), and "Digital stories share Knoxville history" (KnoxNews.com, August 20, 2008).
08/2008—The paper, "Temporal variation and persistence of bacteria in streams," by Shesh R. Koirala, Randall W. Gentry, Edmund Perfect, John S. Schwartz, and Gary S. Sayler, from the July-August 2008 issue of The Journal of Environmental Quality, has been selected for inclusion in the Research Highlight program by the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/ Soil Science Society of America(ASA/CSSA/SSSA). It is also featured on Science Daily.
08/2008—ISSE researcher Cat Wilt was dubbed a "green goddess" and "Environmental Friend" in the August 2008 Knoxville edition of Skirt Magazine.
07/2008—The "Clean Water Act Brief" submission on a case now before the the Supreme Court, coauthored by ISSE Senior Fellow Milton Russell and other economists, has been listed on the SSRN Top Ten Download List for both the Public Policy Centers Research Papers category and the Industrial Organization & Regulation Journals category for the last two months. Read the abstract and access to the full brief here.
07/2008—ISSE Research Leader Mary English has been reappointed for a third term as a member of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board. She also has been provisionally appointed to new study committee of the National Research Council: the Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption. Appointments to the committee will be finalized after a 20-day public comment period.
06/2008—Read the summary report on the Workshop on Bioremediation Modeling of Mixed Waste Sites, a web-based workshop held in January-February 2008.
06/2008—ISSE Director Randy Gentry is quoted in a June 10 article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press titled "Tennessee: Turning methane into power."
06/2008—The Summer 2008 issue of UT's Tennessee Alumnus Magazine has a story written by ISSE Director Randy Gentry on graduate research done by ISSE's Amanda McKenna. Read From Clouds Come Rain—and More.
05/2008—In an article on "building green," Knoxville's WATE-TV highlighted the Center for Clean Products' EPA NCER project, "Testing Sustainable Building Materials and Practices During Gulf Coast Reconstruction." Catherine Wilt (Director of Policy for CCP) was interviewed for the accompanying video. The article and video are available on WATE-TV's web site.
05/2008—ISSE Senior Fellow Milton Russell is quoted in a story appearing in Chemical & Engineering News (Vol. 86, No. 18, pp. 15-21) titled "The Forever Waste." Read the full story.
04/2008—On April 17th, ISSE's Tim Ezzell (Director, Community Partnership Center) hosted a Campus Heritage Workshop to discuss ideas and recommendations to promote historic preservation on the UT-Knoxville campus.
04/2008—On April 10-12, 2008, ISSE co-hosted a conference held at the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Knoxville titled Energy and Responsibility: A Conference on Ethics and the Environment. [Note: Conference participants may access the papers and presentations online. A user name and password is required.]
04/2008—ISSE Senior Fellow Milton Russell participated in the Vanderbilt Symposium "Uncertainty in Long-Term Planning: Nuclear Waste Management, A Case Study" held January 6-8, 2008. This symposium was held in honor of Professor Frank L. Parker as a celebration of his life and work on engineering solutions to environmental problems. Professor Parker is well-known in the UT-ORNL-DOE community for his leadership and wisdom in dealing with nuclear waste and other issues. Bill Colglazier, formerly of EERC and UT, represented the National Academy of Sciences in honoring Parker and participated as well. Russell presented the paper "Environmental Decisions for Now through the Long-Long Term," a revision of which is available here. The Symposium sponsors have a tentative agreement that the papers will be published in either a special issue or special section of Risk Analysis. Russell also presented a version of this paper on March 28 at the first of the planned monthly energy and environment lunch discussions sponsored by the Baker Center.
04/2008—On April 4, 2008, ISSE, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences co-hosted Dr. Rachel Brennan of Penn State, who presented a seminar on "Solving a Global Water Crisis in a Local Watershed: A Comprehensive Analysis of Chitin as a Multifunctional Substrate for the Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage." The seminar was from 1-3PM on the UT campus in the Auditorium (Room 300) in Buehler Hall.
02/2008—On February 25, ISSE and the Cumberland River Compact were recognized by EPA as the Center of Excellence for Watershed Management in Tennessee. This is only the second Center of Excellence to be designated in the Southeast.
02/2008—ISSE Director Randy Gentry was featured this past Friday in a WKNO (Memphis) radio report on the water dispute between Memphis and the state of Mississippi. Read the story and listen to the radio report.
02/2008—Bruce Tschantz (TNWRRC) made a presentation at the conference "Environment Virginia -2008," held at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington, Virginia, on April 1-3, 2008. The 19th annual conference was a 3-day affair focusing on air quality, water quality, and waste, but had a special first-day session (April 1) on dam safety. Dr. Tschantz spoke on the topic "Overview of Safety and Options of Low-Head Dams," which was presented in the first day's session titled, "Dam Safety - New Regulations & Information on Low-head Dams." This session focused on the general problem of low-head dams in the U.S., the hydraulic hazards presented by these dams, major safety, environmental, legal/administrative, social, economic, and management considerations and issues in removing dams, and options for remediating the problem. The coordination and web site information for the conference are: Amy DeHart, Program Coordinator, 19th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium, Lexington, VA — Virginia Military Institute, www.environmentva.org
02/2008—ISSE Director Randy Gentry was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday, February 10, 2008 in an article titled, "Mapmaker's border error raises new water war front."
02/2008—Tim Ezzell (ISSE's Community Partnership Center) is working to preserve UT's architectural history. These efforts are reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
01/2008—ISSE's Kim Davis was featured in a story in the South Knox-Seymour Times regarding a presentation she gave to the Knoxville Tree Board. Read the article at: http://www.skstimes.com/awareness011608.html
01/2008—ISSE's Community Partnership Center hosted a "Campus Heritage Workshop" on Monday, January 28, 2008 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. The purpose of the Workshop was to see the results of the recent inventory of UT's historic sites and discuss campus preservation ideas and issues.
01/2008—ISSE co-hosted "Sustainable Tennessee: Bridging Conversations, Showcasing Solutions: A Sustainable Tennessee Regional Opportunity Forum," on Thursday, January 24, 2008 from 11:45am-8:00pm. This one-day meeting was held in UT's University Center, and was designed to showcase a range of community-based, sustainable solutions and programs by and for businesses, non-profits, and agencies working in Eastern Tennessee. Additional information is available at www.sustainabletn.org.
12/2007—ISSE researchers Jonathan Overly ("Fuel Sell"), and Jean Peretz and Bruce Tonn ("The Public Bang for the Federal Buck") were featured in articles in the Fall 2007 issue of Scientia, a research magazine for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
12/2007—Tim Ezzell (Director of ISSE's Community Partnership Center) was featured in a December 10 Knoxville News-Sentinel story titled "Grant to help UT preserve its history: Work under way on identifying historic structures on campus."
11/2007—Jonathan Overly, ISSE researcher and Executive Director of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, wrote an article for the November 2007 issue of BioCycle magazine titled "Fleets Fuel up on Biodiesel Blends."
11/2007—ISSE Senior Fellow Bill Fulkerson made a presentation entitled "Framework for Managing Climate Change and Recommendations from Erice, 2007" at the scientific session on managing climate change at the conference Energy & Climate: Managing Climate Change and the Recommendations of the World Federation of Scientists, held at the Papal Academy of Sciences, the Vatican, on December 20, 2007.
11/2007—Tim Ezzell, (Director, Community Partnership Center), was interviewed by the Tennessean for a story that appeared in its November 24, 2007 edition titled "Campuses close in on wary neighbors; residents fear loss of historic homes."
11/2007—On November 12, Dr. Bruce Tonn spoke at the Annual Owner's Meeting for the Three Rivers Market, a community-owned natural foods grocery store in Knoxville. The title of his presentation was "Futures of Cooperative Organizations," which began at 7:00 PM at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Dr. Tonn leads ISSE's Environmental Sustainability Program Area, and is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UT. An internationally known futurist, Dr. Tonn's research focuses on environmental and energy policy, future studies, decision-making under uncertainty, and the impacts of information technology on society.
10/2007—UT Press Release: Water Act Could Fund Vital UT Research - The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), passed by the U.S. Congress in September, authorizes funding of $2 million for the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, for operation of the Southeastern Water Resources Institute (SWRI). Read the complete press release on the SWRI web page under "Recent Developments."
09/2007—Campus Conversations (which airs on UTTV) highlights some of the finest faculty members and programs available at the University of Tennessee in a 30-minute show hosted by Chancellor Loren Crabtree. ISSE Director Randy Gentry appeared on a segment recorded August 13, 2007, discussing ISSE. Tim Ezzell (Director of ISSE's Community Partnership Center) appeared on a segment recorded August 3, 2007, discussing improvements to the campus environment. From the link above, you may watch streaming video of Campus Conversations, watch it on UTTV, or subscribe to the video podcast.
09/2007—Larry McKay, ISSE Program Leader for Water Resources and a professor in UT's Earth and Planetary Sciences department, was selected as the Geological Society of America's Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for 2008. More information on Dr. McKay and his lecture topics, a schedule of talks and a lecture request form are available online at http://web.utk.edu/~hydro/Birdsall-Dreiss.html.
09/2007—On May 24, 2007 ISSE Senior Fellow William Fulkerson testified before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the United States Senate at a hearing on coal gasification, synfuels and related topics. Read his testimony here (a PDF file).
08/2007—News Release: UT Researchers Earn EPA Grant to Develop Green Building Materials List - University of Tennessee researchers will help make the fast-growing manufactured home industry more environmentally friendly thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With more than one million homes built since 2000, the industry is having a significant impact on the housing market, and the $295,970 grant will allow researchers from UT's Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) to study the materials used to construct modular and prefabricated homes. [To read full press release from UT, click here.]
05/2007—On May 31, Kimberly L. Davis (ISSE) and Robert Emmett Jones presented results of their 2006 survey of Knox County homeowners' attitudes about the protection and maintenance of the local urban forest to a special workshop for the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Commission (MPC), Knoxville City Council, and Knox County Commission. Their presentation focused on attitudes and knowledge of local residents about protection and maintenance of the local urban forest, and supplemented information presented by Mike Carberry (MPC Comprehensive Planning Manager) and Doug Bataille (Senior Director of Parks and Recreation for Knox County). The purpose of the workshop was to provide an overview of process and concepts associated with the proposed "Knoxville/Knox County Tree Conservation and Planting Plan," which includes recommendations for forest protection on ridges and along streams, planting plans with highway and public facility development, and the creation of a City-County Tree Board. On June 25, the Plan was approved unanimously by the Board of Commissioners.
05/2007—ISSE Senior Researcher Mary English is quoted on wind power and public policy in Popular Mechanics (May 17, 2007).
04/2007—Jack Geibig (Senior Research Associate, ISSE) of the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies was quoted in the April 18, 2007 edition of USA Today. The article, "Getting Gold Out of Green," discusses how mainstream corporations are embracing the green movement and finding new niches amid growing foreign competition for eco-friendly products and services. In talking about the green movement, Jack was quoted as saying, "I think we're beyond the fad point. People are buying hybrid vehicles, they're concerned about global warming, they're more engaged than ever."