Bill Edwards, In MemoriamIt is with profound sadness that we share the news of Bill Edward’s passing on January 3, 2021. Bill was an Indige-FEWSS board member and longtime supporter. Bill inspired us with his enthusiasm and dedication, and we will hold his laughter in our hearts.
Karletta Chief Honored by American Geophysical UnionKarletta Chief, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the University of Arizona Department of Environmental Science and Principal Investigator for the NSF-NRT “Indige-FEWSS” program, is one of 36 American Geophysical Union honorees this year, receiving the AGU Ambassador Award and a conferred fellowship.
Indige-FEWSS partners with the Navajo Nation in COVID-19 responseThe relationships developed through the Indige-FEWSS partnership with Diné College and Navajo communities has allowed UArizona faculty and students to provide expert advice, technology and donations to support Navajo resiliece during the pandemic.
Dr. Vicky Karanikola named Early Career Scholar
Dr. Vasiliki "Vicky" Karanikola, IES Faculty Partner and Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, was named Early Career Scholar Awardee by the UArizona Office of the Provost.
Congratulations! Dr. Aletheia Ida, Dr. Erin Ratcliff
Congratulations to IES Faculty Partners, Drs. Aletheia Ida and Erin Ratcliff on your promotion and tenure!
A message from IES Interim Director, Neal Armstrong, PhD
Welcome to the Institute for Energy Solutions (IES) at the University of Arizona!
IES is at the forefront of innovation in energy-related research. Through cross-disciplinary programs, training and outreach activities, we develop solutions to emerging problems pertinent to Arizona, the Southwest U.S. and similar global areas. We leverage the depth of expertise among our University affiliates to address challenges in energy and its relation to society, water, climate and the economy. Within UA, IES facilitates collaboration between faculty, students, and other research centers. We also engage with stakeholders from local and regional industries, public utilities, government agencies, and other universities to tackle big questions and meet critical problems head-on. This site offers information on the many exciting programs recently developed at UA that have been initiated or supported by IES:
- SBAR (Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions), a USDA-NIFA sponsored research activity, focuses on co-producing biofuels and bioproducts using minimal water and nutrients from guayule and guar.
- Indige-FEWSS (Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty) brings intercultural awareness and multidisciplinary skills to their high priority research in sustainable food, energy, and water systems. Indige-FEWSS is a National Research Traineeship (NRT) sponsored by the National Science Foundation, paving the way for diversity in the STEM workforce.
- Solar Forecast 2, a Department of Energy funded program comprised of eight teams, is working to create reliable weather-based forecasting models to improve the efficiency of solar power utilization in power plant operations.
These are but a few of the new activities at IES. We will continually update our sites to celebrate our new programs, educate on energy and sustainability, and provide opportunities for the outside community to connect with us and with UA.
Neal Armstrong, PhD
IES Interim Director