Indige-FEWSS Features

Thesis Thursday KXCI Podcast Features Indige-FEWSS Trainees

Local independent radio station KXCI hosts a regular podcast “Thesis Thursdays” to highlight the “young brilliant students at the University of Arizona.” Indige-FEWSS Trainees are now sharing their research into food-energy-water (FEW) security, environmental justice, and Indigenous food, energy, and water sovereignty. 

Jaclyn Rybin, March 1, 2022

William Borkan, January 31, 2022

Arisbeth Ibarra-Nieblas, December 21, 2021

Marquel Begay, November 11, 2021

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IndigeFEWSS Trainees at AISES National Conference 2021

IndigeFEWSS Trainees take a selfie at the AISES event

Dr. Karletta Chief attended the Nation AISES Conference in Phoenix, Arizona with several Trainees and Undergraduate AISES members. Trainees share the positive impact of participating. 

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Nikki Tulley attends NASA Landsat 9 Launch

IndigeFEWSS Trainee Nikki Tulley with Secretary Haaland

Nikki Tulley, Indige-FEWSS Trainee, and Ph.D. candidate met Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior, at the NASA Landsat 9 launch on September 27, 2021. The Landsat imaging project is a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to improve Earth observation capabilities and make scientific data freely available to the public.

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Celebrating Success: Manuelito Chief defends master's thesis

Manuelito Chief, left, and Professor Kelly Simmons-Potter, right

Congratulations to Manuelito Chief (Diné) on graduating with a Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Professor Kelly Simmons-Potter advised Manuelito in her lab at the Tucson Electric Power Test Yard.  Both Manuelito and Professor Simmons-Potter conducted outreach with Navajo students and technicians to deploy the IndigeFEWSS solar nanofiltration (SNF) unit. 

Manuelito participated in graduate celebrations and an interview with Dr. Karletta Chief in May 2021. Watch the interview and learn about Manuelito's research in our Feature article. 

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William Borkan's Internship Experience at the Navajo EPA Superfund

William Borkan at Window Rock, Arizona

William Borkan is currently an Indige-FEWSS trainee and is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Environmental Science. William is currently serving at the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during his Summer 2021 Internship – this is his story.  


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Off-grid Summer Immersion Experience of an Indige-FEWSS Trainee on the Navajo Nation

Alex Trahan planting tomatoes in Shiprock, NM

Alexandra “Alex” Trahan is currently an Indige-FEWSS trainee and is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Environmental Science. Alex is currently interning with Sixth World Solutions and immersed on the Navajo Nation this summer living without access to running water or easy access to food – this is her story. 

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Trainee Sarah Abney serves at The Peoples Water Board Coalition and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization in Detroit, MI.

Sign for free lead-in-drinking-water education in Detroit, MI

Sarah Abney is currently an Indige-FEWSStrainee and is a second year Doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Sarah had the opportunity to intern with The Peoples Water Board Coalition and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization in Detroit, Michigan this summer –this is her story.

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Building Bridges: Diné College and UArizona support students in STEAM

In partnership with Diné College, the University of Arizona established the “Advancing Postsecondary Attainment and Research in STEAM for Tribal Students” program in fall 2021. The program "Bridge to STEAM” works to provide Native American undergraduate students with a clear and culturally responsive pathway for transfer to UArizona. Indige-FEWSS Trainees participate in establishing the program’s bridge to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics) as mentors to Diné College undergraduates.

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Award Winning Video on COVID-19 Impact in Navajo Communities as related to Food, Energy, & Water Challenges


We are excited to announce our video won TWO awards at the NSF 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: Facilitator's Choice and Public Choice!

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Congratulations to Our 2021 Graduates!

Graduates, Trainees and Faculty celebrating

Indige-FEWSS extends our best wishes and congratulations to our 2021 graduates, Manuelito Chief (MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering), Adrianna Nicolay (MS in Water, Society, and Policy) and Rebekah Waller (PhD in Biosystems Engineering). 

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Dr. Karletta Chief Receives Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award

Indige-FEWSS wants to extend our best wishes and congratulations to our 2021 graduates, Manuelito Chief (MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering), Adrianna Nicolay (MS in Water, Society, and Policy) and Rebekah Waller (PhD in Biosystems Engineering). 

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Profile on Mark Clytus: Indige-FEWSS Trainee

Mark Clytus, Indige-FEWSS Trainee

Mark Clytus is a first-generation Ph.D. student in American Indian Studies with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management and Policy/ Indigenous STEM Education at the University of Arizona. He has been a Trainee with IndigeFEWSS since the start of the program in 2018 and contributes to education and community engagement initiatives.

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William Borkan Places Second in EnViSion 2021

William Borkan competed in the 2021 Virtual Earth Week EnVision contest and placed 2nd among all graduate student participants for his presentation on Comparing Uranium Transport Through Two Different Porous Media. Borkan is an Indige-FEWSS trainee and Master's student in the School of Environmental Sciences.

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Communicating for Societal Impact Workshop Series

Communicating for Societal Impact Workshop Indige-FEWSS Trainees Speakers

The Communicating for Societal Impact Workshop series was held virtually from March 22nd to March 25th. The eight training sessions provided additional resources for Sloan Scholars,  Indige-FEWSS Trainees, and Diné College Bridge to STEAM Scholars to build skills in effective communication and community-engaged research. 

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For the Diné Community, By the Diné Community

Indige FEWSS Sixth World SNF train

March 1, 2021

A partnership between IndigeFEWSS and Sixth-World Solutions (SWS) has received a $100,000 grant from the Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) entitled “Indigenous resilience: Co-designing and deploying off-grid household solar nanofiltration water systems for remote Navajo communities.”

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Profile on Karletta Chief, Lead PI for Indige-FEWSS

Dr. Chief shaking man's hand

Jan. 11, 2021

Dr. Karletta Chief is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her work focuses on how Indigenous communities will be affected by climate change and how to improve hydrological models to identify and mitigate risks.

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Bill Edwards, In Memoriam

Bill Edwards with SNF device

Jan. 8, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Bill Edward’s passing on January 3, 2021. Bill was an Indige-FEWSS board member and longtime supporter. Bill inspired us with his enthusiasm and dedication, and we will hold his laughter in our hearts.

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Indige-FEWSS partners with the Navajo Nation in COVID-19 response

group of people holding produce

Dec. 3, 2020

The relationships developed through the Indige-FEWSS partnership with Diné College and Navajo communities has allowed UArizona faculty and students to provide expert advice, technology and donations to support Navajo resiliece during the pandemic.

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Karletta Chief Receives AGU Ambassador Award and Conferred Fellowship

Karletta Chief in San Juan River

Dec. 7, 2020

Karletta Chief, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the University of Arizona Department of Environmental Science and Principal Investigator for the NSF-NRT “Indige-FEWSS” program, is one of 36 American Geophysical Union honorees this year, receiving the AGU Ambassador Award and a conferred fellowship.

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Dr. Vicky Karanikola named Early Career Scholar

Karanikola Drinking water for solar nanofiltration system in the Navajo Nation

May 21, 2020

Dr. Vasiliki "Vicky" Karanikola, IES Faculty Partner and Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, was named Early Career Scholar Awardee by the UArizona Office of the Provost. 

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NSF Indige-FEWSS presents Native Voices in STEM Seminar Series

IndigeFewss Graduate

Feb. 3, 2020

The NSF "Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty" National Research Traineeship partners with the University of Arizona Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership to present the Native Voices in STEM seminar series.

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Indige-FEWSS Spring Break Immersion in Navajo Country

Indige Fewss Students Spring Break Immersion in Navajo Country

March 25, 2019

The NSF-funded Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) project, supported by IES, undertook a cultural immersion trip to Navajo Nation from March 4th-8th. The trip was an opportunity to learn from government agencies, tribal colleges and community members about the food, energy and water issues facing Navajo Nation.

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UA Food-Energy-Water Research Teams With AZ Navajo College

UA-CEAC Off Grid Greenhouse

Dec. 21, 2018

Titled Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty (Indigi-FEWSS), the goal of this project is to educate and engage students, with an emphasis on recruitment of first-generation and minority students seeking opportunities, to make a difference in developing communities.

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