13 airports, 13 days, 3 countries in Africa to study the role and impact of a global initiative to bring climate information to bear on climate challenges in developing countries. The interdisciplinary University of Arizona team (Andrea Gerlak of the Udall Center and School of Geography & Development, and Zack Guido and Chris Knudson of the Institute of the Environment) was commissioned by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as part of a larger effort to review the first seven years of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) by assessing the progress and lessons learned from GFCS programming and offering recommendations for future implementation.
Adonis, of Taos Pueblo and a Native Nations Institute Graduate Research Assistant, was one of four Fulbright recipients representing the United States. The first-ever Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development (ELSCD) program, held June 2 - 10, 2017, was hosted by the Emerging Leaders Dialogue, Fulbright Canada and Institute for the Study of International Development.
Christopher Scott, Robert Varady, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, and America Lutz-Ley of the Udall Center attended the XVI World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association, held in Cancún, Mexico, from May 29 to June 3, 2017. Together with research and practitioner collaborators from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, they co-organized the special session “Water security and global change adaptation: bridging science and policy”, held on Wednesday, May 31.
Four generations of the Udalls gathered in Tucson over Memorial Day weekend. Chris Scott welcomed them to the Udall Center, and provided an overview of our work in Native Nations governance, environmental policy, and expanding domestic and international engagement. As part of their visit to Tucson, the Udalls also visited the University of Arizona Libraries (Special Collections of Morris and Stuart Udall’s official files and memorabilia) and the Udall Foundation.
The Udall Center hosted a Strategic Visioning Retreat for all staff members on May 24, 2017. This retreat was a chance to pause and reflect on where the center wants to go – potential new directions, strengthening teamwork within the Center, thematic choices, new engagements, and above all, re-envisioning our mission and relevance.
Colleagues gathered this past week at a reception in the UA Union Gallery to honor Robert Varady, Research Professor of Environmental Policy at the Udall Center.
The event, hosted by Senior Vice President for Research, Discovery & Innovation, Kimberly Espy, recognized Varady’s recent tenure as interim director of the Udall Center from January 2016 to March 2017 and for his long-standing service to the university.
The Udall Center Fellows Program, entering its 28th year, announces the selection of four UA faculty members as 2017-18 Fellows. This year’s Fellows come from three colleges: Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the College of Science, and the James E. Rogers College of Law
Two University of Arizona units—the Udall Center’s Native Nations Institute and Climate Assessment for the Southwest, which is housed at the Institute of the Environment—convened a policy forum on Indigenous cultural uses of water April 11- 13, 2017. Twenty-five tribal leaders and staff, Indigenous graduate students, and university faculty exchanged ideas for one and a half days to identify processes that Indigenous communities have used to strategically advance their water priorities via governance, policy, and programmatic actions.
The Honorable Fran Ulmer of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair will be speaking on April 17, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, at the Student Union Ventana Room. The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute on Science for Global Policy, the University of Arizona College of Engineering, and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute of the Environment and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, invites applications for 3-4 two-year research appointments in the recently established postdoctoral cluster hire, Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS): Forecasting Future Operating Environments.