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August 1, 2022
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The Dirt: Welcoming AIRES Director Sharon Collinge

AIRES Director Sharon Collinge
Sharon K. Collinge, a leader in global sustainability and an expert on landscape change and ecological processes, is joining the University of Arizona as director of the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies, or AIRES, beginning August 1.

Jim Buizer, founding director of AIRES, will assist with the transition and continue in his position as professor of climate adaptation and international development in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Collinge join the University of Arizona. As a forward-thinking leader in environmental and ecological science, Dr. Collinge is well positioned to help AIRES and the university tackle global challenges related to resilience and sustainability,” said Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. “I would also like to thank Jim Buizer for his critical role in laying the groundwork for AIRES to this point.”

Collinge’s goals for AIRES are to enhance the university’s local and global impact by expanding partnerships with sustainability-aligned research institutions, guide interdisciplinary collaboration between sustainability initiatives across the UArizona campus, and nurture and inspire the diverse team of AIRES researchers, outreach professionals, and students working to develop solutions for the environment and society.


Upcoming Events

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

Building Societal Impact Skills

The UArizona Office of Societal Impact will host a series of workshops for faculty, staff, and others involved in collaborative research projects who are interested in building their skills in community engagement, broadening participation, and connecting research to use. Learn more.

Register to attend any or all workshops.

Thursday, August 11

Exploring Broader and Societal Impacts of Research
1:00PM – 4:00PM
ENR2 S107

Wednesday, August 17

Community Engagement and Collaboration: Building Strong Community Partnerships Through Research
10:00AM – 1:00PM
ENR2 S107
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Attend the Southwest Adaptation Forum 2022

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) is proud to host the 2022 Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF), in collaboration with the South Central CASCUSDA Southwest Climate Hub, and Southwest Decision Resources. The 2022 SWAF will explore topics relevant to adaptation in the Southwest, such as cultural burning, drought, and ecosystem transformation. SWAF will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 10-12, 2022. There will be no fee to attend. Apply here.

Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystem Symposium

Registration is now open for the 18th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium, to be held Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8:30AM–3:30PM on the UArizona campus. The symposium will share recent research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed and the UArizona Santa Rita Experimental Range, encourage future research activities, and promote these outdoor scientific laboratories. Learn more and register.


Director, Cooperative Extension

The University of Arizona seeks a strategic and innovative leader to be the next Director of the UArizona Cooperative Extension System (CES). The CES Director is a senior executive leader who must work closely with various Directors, Academic Unit Heads, and other Leadership administrators. They must liaise with peers in other UArizona colleges, federal and state personnel, and other CES stakeholders, as well as represent the CES to elected and appointed officials. Learn more and apply.

Indigenous Correspondents Program

Planet Forward and UArizona have partnered to launch Ilíiaitchik: Indigenous Correspondents Program (ICP). The ICP empowers the next generation of Indigenous scholars to share environmental stories and resilient solutions of relevance around the world. The ICP will support 10-12 Indigenous graduate and upper-division undergraduate students from across the United States through a year-long program. Students with an interest in environmental science and knowledge generation, resilient solutions, and effective storytelling in media spaces are encouraged to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort.

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