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September 19, 2022
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The Dirt: Welcome, Liverman Scholars!

The University of Arizona Liverman Scholars Program for undergraduate students welcomes its second cohort of 14 exceptional cross-disciplinary Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year! The program is named in honor of Regents' Professor Emerita Diana Liverman and draws inspiration from the Carson Scholars Program for graduate students. 
Liverman has made innumerable contributions to interdisciplinary environmental work at UArizona, including founding the Carson Scholars Program, which supports training the next generation of environmental researchers in the art of public communication. 
The Liverman Scholars Program continues this training in environmental storytelling with a focus on creating communication pieces for community partners. This year’s partners include Project Roots, a non-profit focused on educating communities about growing their own food to support houseless groups and those with food insecurities through local community gardens and mobile kitchen services, and the Borderlands Restoration Network, a Patagonia non-profit growing a restorative economy by rebuilding healthy ecosystems, restoring habitat for plants and wildlife, and reconnecting border communities to the land through shared learning. Through Scholars’ experiential work with these valued community partners, they also deepen their connection to place by spending time in and learning from the distinctive biocultural regions of southern Arizona.
The Liverman Scholars program is interdisciplinary by design, giving Scholars the opportunity to learn from the expertise of their peers. This year’s cohort includes disciplines such as Biosystems Engineering, Graphic Design, Cyber Operations, and Environmental Science.
Program Director Kevin Bonine and the program Faculty Mentors Ellen McMahon (Arts) and Kaustubh Thirumalai (Geosciences) provide instructional vision and guidance. Additionally, Scholars benefit from the near-peer mentorship of Carson Alumni Mentors Diana Githu, Jessie Pearl, Susan Washko, and Rachel Zollinger and of two Liverman preceptors, Mira Devi Kaibara and Kelly Rushford. Ariane Solwell is the Program Coordinator and PhD student Sergio Castro (Education) is the Program Assistant.
Read the Scholars’ full bios and learn more about the Liverman Scholars Program for undergraduate students. The program is supported by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

Upcoming Events

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

September 19 

Environmental Science Colloquium
Hear from experts around the world. This week we'll hear about Human-Landscape Interactions in Changing Urban Environments. More info>>

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

September 20

Building Societal Impact Skills
Join others involved in collaborative research and build skills in community engagement and connecting research to use. More info>>

1:00-4:00PM     In person in ENR2 S107

September 22

Water Resources Research Center Webinar
Arizona Project WET teaches about the groundwater system – come learn about their Groundwater Videos in the Making. More info>>

12:00PM     Online – Register here!
Find More Events

Environment in the News

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins speaks during the unveiling of the display, on the south side of the Student Union Memorial Center, on Friday, Sept. 9. (Chris Richards/University of Arizona)

UArizona unveils interactive display to highlight clean energy partnership

By Mikayla Mace Kelley, University Communications | September 9, 2022
The interactive display, designed and built by Creative Machines, demonstrates how clean energy is generated by Tucson Electric Power's wind and solar farms and how it flows to the University of Arizona main campus. Read more >>

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Co-locating solar, crops, livestock in agrivoltaic projects

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Come Rain or Shine: Megadrought and Aridity
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.


Campus Sustainability Fund

The Mini Grant Preliminary Application is open through October 2! Mini Grants will award between $250 and $5,000. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability on campus. Learn more and apply!

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.

Indigenous Correspondents Program

Planet Forward and UArizona have partnered to launch Ilíiaitchik: Indigenous Correspondents Program (ICP). The goal of the ICP is to empower the next generation of Indigenous scholars to share environmental stories and resilient solutions of relevance around the world. Students with an interest in environmental science and knowledge generation, resilient solutions, and effective storytelling are encouraged to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort.

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.

RII Equipment Enhancement Fund

These grants are designed to add or augment research capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators in shared facilities or approved university core facilities. The proposed equipment should be located in an approved UArizona Core Facility or in a shared, accessible space and should have multiple committed users from at least two departments and preferably, from at least two different colleges. Investigators may request in the range of approximately $50,000 to $150,000 in equipment. Proposals are due by September 28.

Southwest Adaptation Forum Accepting Applications

The Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF) is a gathering of climate adaptation leaders, researchers, and practitioners across the Southwest U.S. to exchange best practices around efforts that are advancing climate adaptation and resilience in the region. Attendees can learn about the work of others as well as sharing their own work through presentations, workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities. Join us for SWAF 2022 in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 10-12 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center! Learn more and apply.

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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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