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October 10, 2022
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The Dirt: 'Everything With Water'

Remembering our friend and colleague, Thomas Meixner.
At AIRES, we join the University of Arizona and Tucson communities in mourning the loss of hydrology and atmospheric sciences department head and professor Thomas Meixner.

We will remember Tom as one of the most collaborative and interdisciplinary faculty members at UArizona. "Tom has been instrumental in the evolution of our Institute over time," said AIRES Director Sharon Collinge, noting that his insights and values have shaped our environmental vision. 

Meixner studied water in arid lands, with a focus on the American Southwest, and educated the next generation of water researchers to make our world's most precious resource safer for all. 

From serving on Tucson city water advisory committees to conducting research about our Santa Cruz river, developing green infrastructure, and empowering Indigenous resilience, Tom had his hands in "almost everything to do with water," said Kathy Jacobs, Director of the AIRES Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions.

He also was a member of the UArizona School of Earth and Environmental Sciences coalition of department chairs, where he helped shape the advancement of research and educational opportunities in environmental science across UArizona.
Tom has been a beloved member of our community, with time for everyone – advisor to our Institute’s graduate students, Boy Scout troop leader to our staff’s children. His dedication to advancing science, environmental resilience, and community well-being will continue to inspire us all.

"He had a big heart," observed AIRES Founding Director Jim Buizer. "We will feel the impact of this loss for a long time."

Upcoming Events

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

October 10–12

Southwest Adaptation Forum 2022
This year's SWAF will explore topics relevant to adaptation practitioners in the Southwest, such as cultural burning, drought, and ecosystem transformation. More info>>

Monday–Wednesday     Albuquerque, NM

October 10

Environmental Science Colloquium
Hear from experts around the world! This week features Gabriele Schiro, an Environmental Science Post-Doctoral Fellow. More info>>

3:00–4:00PM     Marley 230

October 11–15

NAAEE 2022
The North American Association for Environmental Education conference will feature a panel of presenters from environmental education programs at UArizona. More info>>

Tuesday–Friday     Westin La Paloma Resort

October 12

Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network
Visit with Mr. Ntiokam Divine, whose organization has teams from 100+ countries working to educate youth about the benefits of sustainable approaches to increasing agricultural resilience.

10:00–11:00AM     ENR2 Room N595

October 13

Webinar: The Water Recycling Revolution
This Water Resources Research Center presentation reviews the history of potable reuse and lessons learned by examining the key roles of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas.

12:00–1:15PM     Online     Register here>>

October 13

Reaffirming UA's Legacy as the Premiere Desert Science Institution in the World
Don't miss Dr. Gary Nabhan’s last on-campus lecture after 40 years work in desert sciences!

3:00–4:15PM        SUMC, Kiva Room

October 14

Careers in Resilience and Development
International development experts tackle the most challenging and important topics of the day, such as poverty, food security, and climate change adaptation. More info and registration>>

10:00–11:00AM     Online

October 14

The Millenial Pivot: Globality to Planetarity
Mary Louise Pratt, a Professor of Spanish and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU will speak about “planetary” imaginations in the context of the climate crisis, as part of the Sawyer Seminar series funded by the Mellon Foundation.

3:00PM     Modern Languages 453
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Environment in the News

University of Arizona researchers go hiking, hunting for microbes. The team is conducting an experiment examining the composition of soils with the aim of finding and better understanding particular types of microorganisms called archaea.
(Joel Angel Juarez/The Republic)

The mysterious 'magic' of microbes: Tiny life forms could unlock secrets about our world

By Melina Walling, Arizona Republic | October 3, 2022
It’s a hot and sticky August morning, but that won’t stop a group of microbiologists on a quest. They’re looking for some very specific soil in the Santa Catalina Mountains, amid cactus, tarantulas and rattlesnakes. And the monsoon moisture they’d been waiting for has arrived. The overnight rain in this area between Oracle and Mt. Lemmon means the conditions will be perfect for the scientists to collect the samples they need. Read more>>

More Stories

Natural gas flaring is doing little to mitigate oil and gas methane emissions, study finds

Lawns Are Water Hogs, But Think Before You Rip Yours Out

U.S. cities launch equity-based resilience programs in face of growing heat

Study looks into the fragrances of forests stressed by drought
Researchers to engineer synthetic anaerobic bacteria to capture, convert methane

Harvesting rainwater is a win-win situation

As Salton Sea faces ecological collapse, a plan to save it with ocean water is rejected

Back to the Garden
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COVID, Climate Change, and Preparedness

Please join the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions for this full-day November 18, 2022 workshop addressing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that can be applied in managing future extreme climate-driven events. Join public health and health practitioners and climate experts in identifying strategies and solutions to inform public health, climate preparedness, and resilience.

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Ed

The Office of Sustainability is excited to be sponsoring the University of Arizona as a Host Institution for this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place on three separate dates: October 18, October 26, and November 3, 2022. The Office of Sustainability has reserved 40 passes for the campus community. Email Trevor Ledbetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability, for registration details.

Register for Research Insights in Semi-arid Ecosystems

The 18th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, 05 November 2022, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on the University of Arizona campus. The Symposium will feature invited speakers presenting recent or on-going research and a student poster competition with monetary awards. More info and registration.


Paid Internships for Students

The AIRES Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program has paid internship opportunities for students! Visit the RISE website to view the opportunities starting in Spring 2023.

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Did you know...?
Historians disagree about the origins of the name 'Arizona.' It may come from a native name, "Al Shon," the Place of Little Spring. Or, it may come from the Basque words "haritz ona," which mean “the good oak tree.” That Arizona is derived from the Spanish words for "arid zone” (zona arida) is a misconception. Read more>>

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