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Thandiwe Mweetwa

UA Student Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer

June 28, 2016

Half a world away, in her native Zambia, UA graduate student and lion biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa is helping preserve the country’s population of big cats. In a nod to her work, the National Geographic Society selected her to be part of its 2016 class of Emerging Explorers, a program that recognizes gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery  and global problem solving. 

Paloma Beamer and Karletta Chief in Window Rock, Navajo Nation capital.

When Community Calls

June 28, 2016

When questions began pouring in after the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado in November 2015, Karletta Chief was there to find answers. A member of the Navajo Nation and UA an extension specialist, Chief was awarded more than $1 million to collect samples from the Animas River, which was flooded with more than three million gallons of toxic waste. Chief and her team will monitor the long-term effects on the Navajo farming families that depend on the river for irrigation. 

Institute of the Environment Booth at COP21

From Tucson to Paris for Global Well-being

June 28, 2016

Last winter, University of Arizona faculty, researchers, and students joined delegates from around the world at a high-stakes climate change conference in Paris. As countries worked to make meaningful reductions in worldwide carbon emissions, the UA delegation shared expertise, research, and hope.

Headshot of Tommy Jones in a Suit (photo courtesy of Jack Alexander Jr.)

In Tribal Communities, Climate Resilience Begins with Choice

June 28, 2016

For Carson-Haury Fellow Tommy Jones, developing renewable energy on Native lands is more than an abstract goal. It’s fundamental to changing the lives of some 15 percent of Native Americans who live without access to basic utilities such as water and electricity—and it’s deeply personal.

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When Art and Science Flow Together

June 28, 2016

Now in its fourth year, the University of Arizona’s Arts, Environment & Humanities Network attracts individuals from across the University and community who share two key things: a concern for the environment and a creative approach to understanding the world.