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September 6, 2022
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The Dirt: Congratulations, Carson Scholars!

Congratulations, 2022-23 Carson Scholars!

The UArizona Carson Scholars Program welcomes the new cohort of 12 graduate student Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year! The program was founded in 2011 by Dr. Diana Liverman to support the training of the next generation of environmental researchers in the art of public communication. Every year a high-caliber, interdisciplinary cohort of researchers is selected via a competitive application process. The 2022-23 Scholars’ research spans from the endangered Sonoran pronghorn to the role of microorganisms in soil health, to the use of augmented reality to help people connect to nature.

The program also is joined by a new Faculty Mentor this year, Professor Hea-Ream Lee! Professor Lee is a lecturer in the English department with a strong background in science writing and is a 2019 Carson Scholar herself. Under the guidance of the two faculty mentors, Dr. Kevin Bonine and Professor Hea-Ream Lee, the cohort participates in a series of workshops focused on conveying the value of their research and communicating science to a variety of audiences. In the spring of 2023, the Carson Scholars will host public presentations of their work. Come hear exciting research stories and celebrate these Scholars!
Please join us in welcoming the members of our eleventh Carson cohort: Skylar Benedict, Rebecca Bland, Godsgift Chukwuonye, Anthony Dant, Alison Elder, Hannah Friedrich, Miguel Grageda Garcia, Samantha King, Chosen Obih, Kelly Smith, Maria Touceda-Suárez, and Kira Zeider. Read the Scholars’ full bios, and learn more about the Carson Scholars Program. 

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, September 7

ENVS Colloquium featuring Dr. Marc Benedetti, who studies chemistry at Université Paris Diderot. The Environmental Science department invites experts from around the world to speak on a variety of topics. More info>>

3:00-4:00PM     In-person at Marley 230

Friday, September 9

Uarizona EcoRestore Seed Library Workshop
Are you interested in starting a native or agricultural seed library at your school, library or home? Speakers will describe how to initiate a seed library and challenges faced. More info>>

9:00AM     Online via Zoom
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Environment in the News

Erin Ratcliff, a University of Arizona associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering and chemistry and biochemistry, will lead the Center for Soft PhotoElectroChemical Systems. (Emily Dieckman/College of Engineering)

$11M Energy Frontier Research Center to advance molecular-level solar science

By Emily Dieckman, College of Engineering | August 29, 2022
Chemical and environmental engineering professor Erin Ratcliff will lead national collaboration to create solar fuels and storage technologies that are more durable and sustainable, but less expensive. Creating and storing solar power is increasingly important as the United States moves toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Read more>>

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New director takes helm of University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension

Inherit the Dust: The Colorado River is running out of water.
States dependent on Colorado River wonder if desalination could help the water supply

What to do about Sonoran Desert toads emerging from hibernation

Monitoring Genetic Mutations Will Be Important for Florida Panther Management

Agrivoltaics – A Promising Synergy for Energy Autonomy
Find More News


AIRES and Outdoor Rec Climbing Trip

Do you want to explore Mt. Lemmon and spend the day (and night) outside with others? Are you interested in trying rock climbing or improving your skills? AIRES is partnering with UArizona Outdoor Rec to bring you this adventure expedition on September 30-October 1, a day of climbing and an evening of camping on Mt. Lemmon (no experience necessary!). It is free to all ten participants: all gear, instruction, and food are included! But, there are only ten spots! Fill out this survey by September 20 to enter the trip raffle. Participants will be randomly selected and notified by September 23. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.

Challenge Grant Applications Now Open

The Challenge Grant program is a new program focused on high-risk, high-reward research opportunities to foster new collaborations in solving our most pressing challenges. Applicants must propose transformational research instead of incremental advances. Awardees will receive up to $50,000 over the course of the project period. Proposed projects must address a local, regional, or national grand challenge. Apply by September 28.

RII Equipment Enhancement Fund

​​These grants add or augment research capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators in shared facilities or approved university core facilities. Investigators may request $50,000 to $150,000 in equipment. Proposals are due by September 28.


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.

IRes Community Impact Award Call for Proposals

The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) within AIRES at UArizona is pleased to announce its Fall 2022 Community Impact Award call for proposals, seeking to support the resilience of Indigenous communities through Indigenized research frameworks and a commitment to sustained community engagement. Four awards at $25,000 will be given to faculty projects, and six awards at $5,000 will be given to graduate student projects. Apply by September 21.

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