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A study in environmental health communication

April 15 - May 19, 2018

For a research project on environmental health communication in the public and media sphere, French visiting scholar Brigitte Juanals (Aix Marseille University) accompanied by Jean-Luc Minel (Paris Nanterre University), conducted a dozen interviews with UA researchers from different fields (College of Public Health, Arizona Prevention Research Center, Environment & Policy Department, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences). 


Following-up on these interviews, a research project is in the works focused on the media  coverage of Biosphere 2. partnering with Biosphere 2, Center for Digital Society & Data Studies, School of Journalism and the UMI iGLOBES.

What can the sounds tell us about Pima County?

April 8-18, 2018

As part of the Pima County Observatory, French visiting scholars Anne Sourdril and Luc Barbaro did recordings of acoustic landscapes, ranging from peri-urban to protected natural areas. 

Here a photo by Anne of a male western bluebird taken at Rose Canyon Lake, Mount Lemmon Arizona.

Exploring the urban fringes of an arid region

March 26 – April 6, 2018


During her stay, French visiting scholar Pascale Nédélec (ENS Paris) focused on urban sprawl in the Tucson region. She explored Saddlebrooke, a master planned community on the Northern fringe of the city. 


The research will show how arbitration between social demand for upscale housing in the desert, political will to limit suburbanization and increasing pressure on water resources is necessary.


2018 Pima County Man/Environment Observatory Workshop

April 12, 2018, Marshall Building, room 531

The workshop was designed to present on-going and recent projects funded by the Pima County Observatory, as well as promote contacts between French and UA researchers and disseminate information about the possibilities of funding for UA/France collaboration available under the iGLOBES research center

Among its research programs, the Observatory funds studies about the Man/environment relationship in Southeastern Arizona, focusing especially on the changes that might occur with the possible opening of the Rosemont mine. See program and list of presenters.

Official visit of the Counselor and Attachés for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States

April 4, 2018

The UMI welcomed Dr. Minh-Hà Pham, Counselor and Pierre Michel, Attaché, for Science & Technology at the Embassy of France in the USA, and Jean Rosenbaum, Attaché for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. An informal networking meeting at the Consulate of Mexico gathered French scientists and tech entrepreneurs in the Tucson area, as well as US scientists interested in collaboration with France.

A new collaborative space

April 3, 2018

We've just finished setting up a collaborative space (Marshall Building, room 531). Come check it out! 

Exploring Mount Lemmon

March 30, 2018

With a summit elevation of 9,159 feet, Mount Lemmon is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

BIOCOSMOS - Our Sense of Place, Our Sense of Life in the Universe

February 1-2, 2018, Biosphere 2


The workshop aimed at breaking through disciplinary boundaries by bringing together a mix of astronomers, Earth scientists, ecologists, and anthropologists to discuss how our understanding of life and nature as integrated systems advances and evolves as we become able to assemble and control complex artificial ecosystems on Earth, prepare to send and use such ecosystems on the Moon and Mars, search for alien life and ecosystems on other planets and planetary bodies, and push the boundaries of our exploration of the distant universe. 


See further information.

Resilience and complexity, a Udall Center & UMI iGLOBES workshop

November 6-8, 2017, Marshall building

The Udall Center of the University of Arizona and the UMI iGLOBES held an international workshop on “Resilience and complexity: frameworks and models to capture social-ecological interactions”. The objective of the workshop was to address issues linked to the use and conception of conceptual frameworks and models in the assessment of socio-ecological processes. The workshop put a particular emphasis on the question of integrating resilience and complexity theories in those endeavors to further an understanding of local and transboundary resilience to global change. By bringing together specialists from different countries and US universities, the workshop's purpose was to build a network on those issues and strengthen the cooperation between the UMI and the Udall Center, collectively identifying opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects that enhance societal and environmental outcomes.

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