Kudos to the Udall Center’s Interim Director, Andrea Gerlak, and her colleagues in the School of Geography, Development and Environment, Greg Barron-Gafford (a 2020-21 Udall Center Fellow) and Moses Thompson, who were all featured in UA News for their recently awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant in support of agrivoltaic research, part of a new multi-institutional $10M USDA grant ($1.725 million scope at UArizona) called 'Sustainably Colocating Agricultural and Photovoltaic Electricity Systems' (SCAPES). Greg is the UArizona physical science lead for the project, Andrea is the deputy director of the project's social science research, and Moses will be heading up the education component.
The Udall Center proudly participated in a week-long series of events marking the opening of the new UArizona Center for Outreach and Collaboration in Washington, DC. The Native Nations Institute’s Executive Director, Joan Timeche, led a panel on the best practices for engaging Native American communities titled Building Relationships with Native Nations: Native Know How. A second event featuring the Udall Center, titled Fulfilling NEPA’s Vision through 21st Century Data Science, was led by Professor Laura Lopez-Hoffman, who holds a joint appointment with Udall Center and with the School of Natural Resources and Environment.
On August 31, 2021, the Udall Center was honored to host Tom Udall, a recently retired U.S. Senator (NM) and newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand. Via a series of meeting sessions, the objective was to brief Sen. Udall, a Tucson native, on the Udall Center work in Indian Country through the Center’s 20-year-old Native Nations Institute (NNI) and its longstanding efforts on environmental policy.
Join the Arizona Institutes for Resilience for the fourth episode of the Water Solutions for Our Warmer World series, Drought in the Colorado River Basin, co-hosted by the UArizona Udall Center and WRRC! The public webinar will run from 4 to 5:30 pm PT on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and will explore how a decades-long drought is impacting water management decisions and anticipated discussions of new management guidelines for Lakes Powell and Mead. Panelists include:
Chairwoman Gloria Gray, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors
Chairwoman Amelia Flores, Colorado River Indian Tribal Council
Terry Goddard, Central Arizona Project Board
Taylor Hawes, The Nature Conservancy
Paul Bruchez, Colorado River Basin Roundtable and Interbasin Compact Committee
A new article coauthored by Robert Varady (Research Professor, Udall Center), Andrea Gerlak (Interim Director and Professor, Udall Center/School of Geography, Development and Environment), and Stephen Mumme (Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University) titled ‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations featured as the lead article in the July 1st issue of The Conversation, a nonprofit, independent news organization dedicated to sharing expert knowledge for the public good.
On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, University of Arizona President, Dr. Robert C. Robbins met with leadership from the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (Udall Center) and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) to sign a renewed cooperative agreement between the University of Arizona and the Udall Foundation.
A team of Udall Center’s collaborators recently implemented a green infrastructure project at a middle school in Nogales, Sonora. This middle school is located in a low income neighborhood that experiences intense flooding and soil erosion. Green infrastructure is likely to mitigate these impacts that disproportionately affect low income neighborhoods in Nogales, which constitutes an environmental justice issue.
The Udall Center welcomes its 32nd cohort of fellows supported by the Udall Center Fellows Program, which provides the recipients’ department with a stipend to cover their teaching responsibilities. This allows the awardees to focus on propelling their policy-related research forward. For more information about the Udall Center Fellows Program, please visit http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/udall-fellows-program.
Adriana Zuniga-Teran, assistant research scientist in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the Udall Center, has been awarded funds to conduct an impact assessment on the Corralitos Landfill in Doña Ana County, NM, approximately 35 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.