Global Change & Sustainability Center
News, Opportunities & Announcements
Randall Irmis Drills into the Triassic
Assistant Professor Randall Irmis, Geology and Geophysics, is part of The Colorado Plateau Coring Project, now engaged in collecting a continuous core through nearly the entire Triassic age section in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ.
Clayton and Dearing Receive Biodiversity Awards
The NSF's Dimensions of Biodiversity grants support research that "has the potential to revolutionize" practices relevant to climate change, medicine, and agriculture. GCSC faculty affiliates Denise Dearing and Dale Clayton each have been awarded grants to deepen our understanding of biodiversity.
Clayton Recieves Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award
Dale Clayton has been recognized by the University of Utah for an invention that destroys head lice without toxic chemicals.
Red Butte Creek: Educational and Natural Resource
GCSC faculty and students recognize Red Butte Creek as both an opportunity for research and training and a resource that needs to be protected. Read more about the Global Changes and Society project here, and see the Office of Sustainability article here.
Stoll receives NSF CAREER Award
How does plant canopy geometry affect the spread of airborne diseases and the dispersion of heavy particles? The National Science Foundation has recognized Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rob Stoll with a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award, which will support a new research direction into the impact of plant canopy geometry on flow dynamics.
Salt Lake Valley Spatial Air Pollution Patterns
The Salt Lake Valley will become part of HESTIA, a new GIS software tool providing parcel-based estimates of residential, commercial, and traffic fossil-fuel emissions.
Air Quality in the Salt Lake Valley
The GCSC and the Office of the VP for Research recently convened a gathering to initiate collaborations related to CO2 emissions, traffic, planning, and CO2 mitigation.
Cerling Awarded Governor's Science Medal
GCSC faculty affiliateThure Cerling is a recipient of the Governor's 2012 Medal for Science and Technology in recognition of distinguished service that has benefitted the State of Utah in science research and education.
Stable Isotopes Summer Courses
In addition to the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology course (aka “Iso-Camp”), a new companion course was introduced in 2012: Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry (aka “The SPATIAL Short Course”), focused on large datasets, spatial analysis and modeling, and scaling with isotopic data.
The Inter-university Training Program in Continental-scale Ecology (ITCE), is soliciting applications from potential postdoctoral researchers interested in the synthesis, integration, and evaluation of atmospheric carbon dioxide data as they relate to urban metabolism, emissions, ecosystem processes, and atmospheric dynamics.
innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability (iUTAH) is an interdisciplinary, statewide effort dedicated to maintaining and improving water sustainability in Utah. Funded by the NSF's EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) this five-year, $20 million competitive award will assist in building the human and research infrastructure needed to sustainably manage Utah's water resources. Opportunities are listed here.