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October 24, 2022
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The Dirt: Learning From Drought



Drought has been a consistent challenge in the Southwest United States and is expected to continue to increase in intensity and duration. The prolonged dry periods threaten ecosystem stability, agriculture production, and human health.

Scientists have come together to discover collectively what can be learned from the lack of rainfall that plagues the Desert Southwest, and other areas worldwide. The Southwest Drought Learning Network (DLN) provides a succinct way to communicate, document, and learn from these complex drought experiences, and hopefully respond more effectively in the future.

The DLN was created by several agencies in response to the 2018 Colorado Plateau drought, which highlighted the need for greater coordination and documentation about these extreme events. The network creates a space for climate change researchers and resource managers to meet, share knowledge and lessons learned, and collaboratively develop adaptation strategies. 
 
For researchers at the University of Arizona Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and participants at all levels of government and community, the DLN allows resource managers at all levels of government and society to learn from one another about recommended actions in response to a variety of drought impacts. 

Upcoming Events

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

Monday,
October 24

Environmental Science Colloquium
Hear Dr. Mary Belle Ayala from the Water Resources Research Center Post-Doctoral Fellow lecture on  From Managed Aquifer Recharge in Mexico to the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment.

3:00–4:00PM     Marley 230

Tuesday, October 25

Automation and Robotics Demonstration
Weed control and thinning demonstrations will be provided by several companies. More info>>

7:00-11:30AM     6425 W 8th St., Yuma

Wednesday, October 26

Indige-FEWSS Native Voices in STEM
Join the presentation by Dr. Melissa Clutter about Groundwater to Snow Science: My Research and Teaching Path to Becoming a "Jack(lyn)- Of-All-Trades." 

12:00–1:00PM     Join via zoom!
Find More Events

Environment in the News

Poison dart frogs are found in wet tropical forests throughout Central and South America. They are known to exhibit a wide array of bright colors beginning from birth. These vibrant warning colors allude to a deadly toxin found inside their skin. Individuals of some species carry enough toxin to kill – in theory – up to 10 adult people. (Da Vinci Science Center)

Bright colors in the animal kingdom: Why some use them to impress and others to intimidate


By Kylianne Chadwick, NASA Space Grant Science Writing Intern | University Communications | October 18
Why do some animals have bright colors to impress mates while others use them to ward off predators? It depends on their ancestors, new research reveals. Species that use bright colors as a sexual signal had ancestors that were active during the day, whereas species that use them as warning signals had ancestors that were active at night. Learn more>>

More Stories

Solar panels and crops can coexist, but more study needed on how and where

Tucson focuses on heat resiliency


Why mystery surrounds what may be Earth’s oldest tree

U.S. cities launch equity-based resilience programs in face of growing heat
Arizona Illustrated 907 - Las Azaleas, Robert McDonald, Story of a Startup, Agaves

Titanium dioxide coating could keep roads and bike paths cooler

Oceans are warming faster than ever. Here’s what could come next.

What does Forest Restoration in the US Southwest look like in the age of Climate Change?
Find More News

Announcements

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.

Opportunities 

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.

BioMed Scholarship Award

Have an idea for a startup that will improve health outcomes? Apply for the FORGE BioMed Scholarship & Residency! You will learn to process to make an idea into a venture and receive up to a year's tuition. Employment opportunities are also available. Apply by October 28.

Campus Sustainability Fund Annual Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund is pleased to announce that their Preliminary Annual Grant Application will open November 14, 2022 and close 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. Learn more and begin your application today!

Indigenous-Centered Mini-Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is excited to share that with the support of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program, the CSF now 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. Learn more here. To apply, please send both a 1-page summary of your proposal idea and a completed Budget Template to the CSF Coordinator.

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Consider mentoring a postdoc! In 2021, the University of Arizona joined a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in all fields at the University of Arizona, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. Learn more >>

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Did you know...?
Arizona's Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. Read more>>

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Land Acknowledgement
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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