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ISSE develops policies, technologies, and educational programs that respond to pressing environmental and security issues. ISSE’s centers, programs, and initiatives cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and address issues of environmental sustainability.

ISSE’s specialized centers, programs, and initiatives address the many issues that relate to sustainability. ISSE houses Tennessee Water Resource Research Center, East Tennessee Clean Fuels, Methane Center, International Research Coordination Network to Create Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems (FEWSUS), and the Appalachian Leadership Institute. Sponsored by federal and state agencies as well as local organizations and companies, they conduct research and provide education and outreach for water, energy, and economic sustainability.

Dr. Jin designated as John D. Tickle Professor

ISSE Director Mingzhou Jin is the latest TCE faculty member to achieve the designation of John D. Tickle Professor, bestowed in honor of his exemplary scholarly research and publication record, teaching, and service record. The appointment begins August 1, with a potential renewal at five years and continued designation. Jin is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the director of the Institute for a Secure & Sustainable Environment.


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Timber rattlesnake on a nature reserve on Rumbling Bald in North Carolina. Photo: E. Larson

Armsworth, UTK win NSF Grant to address species conservation in era of climate change

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Southern California, and Virginia Tech has received a National Science Foundation grant to help conservation practitioners rethink biodiversity protection approaches for the new era of climate change.

"Much that we do as a society to protect species is ultimately tied to fixed geographies," said Paul Armsworth, an ecologist and ISSE affiliate at UTK. "We protect special places on the landscape in nature reserves or ask state agencies to lead on protecting species found within their borders. That, however, is a very static understanding of biodiversity. We are going to need much more flexible and dynamic approaches if we are to continue to protect species as climate change accelerates."

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2021 ISSE Annual Magazine is online

ISSE 2021 magazine