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November 28, 2022
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The Dirt: Afrofuturism – Out of This World

The University of Arizona’s Black Faculty Speaker Series for 2022–2023 centers on the theme Afrofuturism – a way of thinking that is expansive, interdisciplinary, and revolutionary, inherently defying simple classification. 
Afrofuturism’s practitioners blend imagination, research, experimentation, and Black ancestral knowledge into ideologies transcending modern living and fueling new possibilities for a more socially just and environmentally sustainable planet.
The lectures aim to create a campus culture in which Black thought, experience, and creativity are visible and vital. Each visiting speaker provides a unique voice and perspective. Read more and register for the upcoming lectures, beginning with Silas Munro’s discussion of Future Forces of History on Tuesday, November 29.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

November 29

Water and Agriculture in Chile and Arizona 
Learn about projects to advance sustainable water resources and agriculture management from specialists in Chile and Arizona

11:00AM – 1:00PM     Online. Register here!

November 30

Native Voices in STEM
Hear from Dr. Kato Dee (Diné) talking about “An Indigenous Hydrogeochemists Career Trajectory through Academia and Industry!"

12:00PM – 1:20PM     Online.
Find More Events

Environment in the News

Lead author and graduate student Tyler Meng standing with radar equipment on the Sourdough rock glacier in Alaska in August 2021. (Stefano Nerozzi)

Mapping rock glaciers to understand their future on Earth and Mars

By Mikayla Mace Kelley | University Communications | Wednesday, November 16
University of Arizona researchers developed a new method for analyzing rock glaciers, which could help scientists better understand these "hidden giants" on Earth and Mars. Learn more>>

More Stories

Sounds of change: International project explores soundscapes in Madera Canyon

Sloped yards in the desert offer garden design opportunities

Water restrictions coming to Tucson “sooner rather than later”
Nonprofit gets $1 million to help conserve southern Arizona's landscapes

The Colorado River Compact turns 100 years old. Is it still working?

Jim Heffelfinger awarded for conservation efforts
Find More News


Environmental Justice and Health Equity Meeting

The Udall Center and the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact are thrilled to invite you to an exclusive, in-person-only event on the UArizona campus on Thursday, December 8. Join U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Rachel Levine, and her team for keynote remarks and a presentation on the Department of Health and Human Service’s new Environmental Justice Index. See details below. This is an in-person-only event and SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED so please register as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Register for Upcoming Confluence Conference

Please join the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions for an event this December 6 that features an array of Colorado River experts speaking about critical topics along 'America's Nile.' In addition to discussing current conditions and future options, we will celebrate the publication of the Colorado River Compact centennial volume, Cornerstone at the Confluence: Navigating the Colorado River Compact's Next Century

Water Resources Research Center Photo Contest 2022

Calling all photographers! Enter your Arizona water photos in the WRRC 2022 Photo Contest. The theme this year is Water Now! Living with Less. Drought and shortage are on everyone’s minds, but so are monsoon rains and desert oases. As in the past photos must be taken in Arizona and must feature water (present or absent). Learn more and submit your pics here!


AIRES Environmental Education Coordinator

This position coordinates two environmental communication and leadership development programs, one for undergraduate and one for graduate students, and supports overall environmental education integration across our team and the broader campus. This position includes taking students on overnight and day trips to special places in the region, lots of direct interaction and support with students, and also organizational and administrative work. Join our team!

Campus Sustainability Fund Annual Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund Preliminary Annual Grant Applications are open until January 15, 2023. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability on campus. Annual Grants will award between $5,000–$100,000. All applicants must attend a virtual office hour meeting with the committee prior to submitting their Preliminary Application. Begin your application today!

Indigenous-Centered Mini Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund with the support of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program has two Indigenous-Centered Mini Grant opportunities. Each Mini Grant is $5,000 and is reserved for funding Indigenous-focused projects that are oriented toward environmental and/or social sustainability. Proposals must be led by an Indigenous campus community member or, preferably, that they are led by someone that is part of an Indigenous-centered group, center, club, or organization on campus. The proposals should support an Indigenous-centered program, project, group, club, center, or initiative on campus. Click here for details. For any questions, please email the fund coordinator.

Paid International Development Internships Available

The Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program is now recruiting multiple student interns (undergraduate and graduate) for international development internships starting in the second half of Spring 2023! Students will intern at iDE Global and there are many projects you can apply to, including Multi-Country Analysis of MSRI Data, Storytelling for Resilience, Adapting MSRI to Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains, and more. Students will be paid $18/hour. View the internships here!

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available

Please apply here for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for the NSF-DISES Net Zero Urban Water Research Coordination Network. The position is based at the University of Arizona and will work with the other institutions in the network including UCLA, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of New Mexico. The primary focus will be centered around interdisciplinary Net Zero Urban Water activities. The desirable candidate will be interact with academic, industry, and community partners from a variety of backgrounds across environmental science, planning, hydrology, and engineering.

Research Scientist Position Now Open

AIRES International Programs and the Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development network are seeking a scientist to engage in international resilience research with your networks. The position is part of a growing team that will collaborate with diverse faculty and researchers on critical, challenging, and cross-cutting topics in development. The position is posted at two levels, Research Scientist III and Research Scientist IV.

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Did you know...?
In 1931, the state of Arizona chose the Cactus Wren as its state bird because of its native status and its unique song! Learn about the Cactus Wren!

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We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.  
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