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SFI weekly newsletter (April 7, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu
 
SFI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DISCUSSIONS
1. Dorms and MUB go trayless on Earth Day Tuesday April 22
2. Alex Mayer in Fox News story
3. Slides of LEED teleconference available 
5. Brian Barkdoll (CEE) awarded $49,916 from the South Florida Water
6. Joan Chadde  awarded $4,776 from Michigan Space Grant
7. Hancock High School looking for help with cross-curricular week
8. Earthday Festival April 19th at the Calumet Theater

NEWS
1. New Data Show Strong Labor Market for Scientists and Engineers
2. Michigan’s Steelcase in Newsweek Apr 14, 2008 Issue on sustainability
3. Join the  Chill Out! Webcast April 16th

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. William T. Grant Scholars Program for promising career researchers
2. NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - Defining the Science of Sustainability
April 18 - Industry/Economy Perspective
2. Boreal Forest Fire Activity: Is a New Policy Paradigm Required?

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Student Proposals for DeVlieg Research Awards in Wildlife & Environ Studies
2. San Antonio Water System Water Conservation Fellowship
3. Post Doc in e-wastes needed at UC Davis Dept of Chem Eng & Materials Sci

NEW RESOURCES

  1. “Science as a Solution” (SAAS) report is attached

2. NASA’s James Hansen (et al.) latest climate forecast
3. Greenleaf Publishing book System Innovation for Sustainability
4. Beyond Pledges and Light Bulbs
5. Earth Portal--global distribution of greenhouse gases by satellite
6. Map of US CO2 emissions
7. Studies Confirm Certified Buildings Outperform Peers
8. Building a Sustainable House in Kerala, India

EVENTS & CONFERENCES AT Michigan Tech

1. Monday, April 14, 2008 Kristopher Nitz, Biological Sciences
2. Thursday, April 24, 2008 Colin Brooks, Research Scientist, MTRI
3. April 24-25, 2008 Global Climate Change and Sustainable Dev Conf
4. Global City talks on Nepal & Cameroon in Dillman 202, April 15th. 

EVENTS & CONFERENCES ELSEWHERE
1. 2008 Gordon Research Conference  (GRC) in Industrial Ecology
2. RFP 2nd Biennial AASHE 2008 Conference this November! 
3. Short Rotation Crops International Conference
4. 2008 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainabilty (UMACS)
5. CFP--Life Cycle Assessment VIII--'Calculating Consequences Beyond the Box'

Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Qiong (Jane) Zhang, Operation Manager, at qiong@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-3612, or Denise Heikinen, Administrative Associate, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DISCUSSIONS NEWS

1 Dorms and MUB go trayless on Earth Day Tuesday April 22
Zero Trays=Zero Waste

The Michigan Tech Dining Service will not use food trays in the residence halls or the MUB on Earth Day, April 22, as part of an effort to reduce the University’s carbon footprint from food waste. This effort will Reduce Water and Soap Use, Reduce Energy Consumption, and Reduce Food Waste.

2. Alex Mayer (GMES & Center for Water and Society) in Fox News story

Public Relations Director  Jennifer Donovan put Alex Mayer in contact with reporter Greg Koprowsk Alex for  this Fox News story on  the unsavory aspects of bottled water.  www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,345348,00.html .

3. Slides of LEED teleconference available 

Chuck Workman has contributed slides of a recent web conference about green building on campus. The slides discuss the green building initiative at Los Angeles Community Schools as a case study to determine the benefits of LEED building from perspectives of costs, education, environment and other factors. Slides from last week’s LEED teleconference—Contact Denise Heikinen or
Chuck Workman. Website:  http://www.sustainableindustries.com/webconferences

5. Brian Barkdoll (CEE) was awarded $49,916 from the South Florida Water Management District for the project “Erosion Reduction by Air Entrainment, Phase I”.

6. Joan Chadde (CEE), "Bringing Engineering to Rural, Low Income and Native Americans," $4,776. The grant is sponsored by  the Michigan Space Grant
Consortium to foster awareness of, education in and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan.

7. Hancock High School looking for help with cross-curricular week

HHS is conducting an "environmental sustainability" week and asks for  Enterprise teams (or other groups) to display (or just discuss) their work. The days of the  event is 22-25 April, with the best day for groups to visit being Wednesday 23 April. Contact  Mr. Gary Binoniemi  (garybin@hancock.k12.mi.us)  at Hancock High School.

8. Earthday Festival April 19th at the Calumet Theater
Concert at 7pm Featuring
Seth Bernard* Daisy May* Jen Sygit* Breathe Owl Breathe*
Chris Dorman* Darlene* Susan Fawcett* Brandon Foote* Laura
Bates *Luke Winslow-King

Get Involved! Green Counsel
5-7pm in the Calumet Theater Ballroom
Workshops*Demonstrations*Slide Shows* Seed Planting*
Handmade Goods & Refreshments by the Keweenaw Coop
Many other events—contact Denise Heikinen for full list.

 

NEWS
1. New Data Show Strong Labor Market for Scientists and Engineers

Number of people working in Science and Engineering occupations up since 2003
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111369&org=NSF&from

2. Michigan’s Steelcase in Newsweek Apr 14, 2008 Issue on sustainability
10 Fixes For the Planet Newsweek Apr 14, 2008 Issue

Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs are focusing on ways to help the environment. Some favorite ideas include Zero waste:

Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle, wants manufacturers to make most or all of their products fully recyclable, using materials designed to be recaptured rather than ending up in junkyards. It's not impossible, as companies like Shaw Carpets and office-furniture maker Steelcase are showing. Both make products with stringent C2C Certification, indicating total recyclability— and 40 other companies, tapping into the green building trend, are doing the same.

For the full article, go to: http://www.newsweek.com/id/130625?tid=relatedcl

2. Join the  Chill Out! Webcast April 16th

the National Wildlife Federation will discuss how campuses are becoming leading laboratories for climate neutrality and sustainability. Special guest is Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm– a Focus Sponsor – and sustainability pioneer in the he business world. To find more information or to register please visit www.campuschillout.org.  <http://www.focusthenation.org/chillout.php>
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - Defining the Science of Sustainability

This week, the colloquium continues the series of discussions on the Science of Sustainability from several perspectives.

April 18 - Industry/Economy Perspective
The discussion will be led by Chris Cooney, a Ph.D. student in Mechanical
Engineering, and Pete Holman, a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering, both from Michigan Tech.

The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability is held each Friday this semester
in MEEM 208 from noon-1pm. SFI IGERT students from Southern University-Baton Rouge participate via videoconferencing. For more
details about the SFI Colloquium visit
http://www.me.mtu.edu/~jwsuther/colloquium/index.html.

2. Recent Trends and Future Uncertainties in Boreal Forest Fire Activity: Is a New Policy Paradigm Required?
RSI Seminar 4:00 U113 M&M Bldg

Brian Stocks, formerly of the Canadian Forest Service, will speak on the changing fire regimes in boreal regions that result from climate change, how this affects things like carbon storage and air pollution emissions,and how policies related to wildfires should change as a result. Contact Richard Honrath if you would like to meet Brian on Monday.
(See http://www.rsi.mtu.edu/seminar_current.html#stocks for the abstract.)
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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES 

1. William T. Grant Scholars Program for promising career researchers

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early career  researchers from diverse disciplines. The award is intended to  facilitate the professional development of early career scholars who  have some demonstrated success in conducting high quality research and are seeking to further develop their skills and research program.   Studies from these Scholars contribute to theory and policy/practice for  improving the everyday settings of youth.
Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit  five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual   rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development; are  grounded in theory and sound research methods; and provide evidence for  appropriate mentoring from senior investigators. Every year, 4 to 6  William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000  distributed over a five-year period.

http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/info-url_nocat3042/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=76878&attrib_id=4398

2. NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)
New NSF Proposal to  MTU's Limited Submission Program site.

Internal deadline: April 17, 2008
Letter of Intent: May 16, 2008
Full proposal deadline: July 3, 2008

The PI must be a STEM discipline faculty member actively conducting STEM  research at the lead institution.
 
One (1) proposal per institution. New proposals only. Institutions  having an active or past GK-12 project are eligible to submit a new  proposal, but they must coordinate evaluation efforts of any projects  located on the same campus or working with the same school districts.  Proposals to continue previously funded GK-12 projects (i.e., Track 1,  Track 2, and Continuing) are no longer being accepted.
          This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to  acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for  professional and scientific careers in the 21st century. Through  interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools and with other  graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, graduate students  can improve communication, teaching, collaboration, and team building  skills while enriching STEM learning and instruction in K-12 schools.  Through this experience, graduate students can gain a deeper  understanding of their own STEM research. In addition, the GK-12 program  provides institutions of higher education with an opportunity to make a  permanent change in their graduate programs by incorporating GK-12 like  activities in the training of their STEM graduate students. Expected  outcomes include improved communication, teaching, collaboration, and  team building skills for the fellows; professional development  opportunities for K-12 teachers; enriched learning for K-12 students;  and strengthened and sustained partnerships in STEM between institutions  of higher education and local school districts. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08556/nsf08556.htm

 

To submit research proposals through the Sustainable Futures Institute, add “SFI” to the DEPT/CENTER/INSTITUTE(S) column for identifying the PI’s and co-PI’s. The transmittal sheet must then be signed by the SFI Director, John Sutherland, on page 3. (If John Sutherland is unavailable for signing transmittal sheets, Qiong (Jane) Zhang can also sign for SFI). Submitting proposals under SFI provides wider publicity and  recognition for your research as well as a 10% return on your incentive account.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Student Funding Opportunities
 
Student Proposals for DeVlieg Research Awards in Wildlife and Environmental Studies

On behalf of The DeVlieg Foundation I am encouraging both undergraduates and graduate students to submit proposals for “DeVlieg Research Awards in Wildlife and Environmental Studies.”  These proposals should be related to wildlife or environmental research that will be conducted either in the summer of 2008, or begin in the fall of 2008 and conducted in the 2008-2009 school year. The grants will be administered by Michigan Tech and could be as much as $5000.

Requirements:  Proposals should be related to wildlife or environmental research, roughly two pages describing the scope of work and have a general budget. Proposals should be submitted no later than April 18, 2008. Students need to be an American citizen to qualify.

Submit to: Lynn Artman, Administrator of Foundation Relations,
Michigan Technological University, ATDC Building, Suite 200.

If there are students in your area with proposals or potential projects, please refer the students to me at 7-3484 or laartman@mtu.edu. I will be happy to work with these students on their proposals. As always, proposals to private foundations should be submitted through the office of Foundation Relations with a transmittal form and the proper signatures. I will also help with the transmittal process. Please contact me with any questions.

2. San Antonio Water System Water Conservation Fellowship

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has an exciting fellowship opportunity for collegestudents interested in water conservation and water resources planning. Recipients of the fellowship will receive a $2,500 stipend and a paid internship with the SAWS Water Conservation Department. The SAWS Water Conservation Fellowship application packet, which contains detailed information, can be found on the Alliance for Water Efficiency news page
[http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/newsApr022008.htm].

3. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of California, Davis is looking for a post doc to work with Prof Julie M. Schoenung on e-waste issues. Specifically, this individual should have a background in life cycle assessment and other environmental/toxicological burden models/methodologies. This person does not have to be familiar with electronics or recycling per se, but have an interest in developing better analytical methods for comparing the environmental burden of materials/products. The work is analytical, not experimental.  Contact Julie M. Schoenung, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of California, Davis
2017 Kemper Hall
Davis, CA 95616 USA
TEL:    530-752-5840  FAX:    530-752-9554
jmschoenung@ucdavis.edu
http://www.chms.ucdavis.edu/research/web/schoenung/
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NEW RESOURCES

  1. “Science as a Solution” (SAAS) report is attached

The Association of American Universities has released “Science as a Solution” (SAAS), a report outlining a science and research agenda for the next president. The report offers ideas on research support, science education, the nature of university-government partnerships and on the role of science in developing policy in the White House. The SAAS PDF report is attached to this newsletter.

2. NASA’s James Hansen (et al.) latest climate forecast
See Focus the Nation (www.focusthenation.org) for a report on NASA’s James Hansen (et al.) latest climate forecast as well as news of upcoming events.

3. Greenleaf Publishing book System Innovation for Sustainability
See Greenleaf Publishing (http://tinyurl.com/5ss6q3) to view TOC of System Innovation for Sustainability 1--Perspectives on Radical Changes to Sustainable Consumption and Production
Edited by Arnold Tukker, Martin Charter, Carlo Vezzoli, Eivind Stø and Maj Munch Andersen. You can also order an exam copy and download a chapter.

4. Beyond Pledges and Light Bulbs

Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley article in Inside Higher Ed discusses the leadership role higher education institutions need to take in advancing sustainability research and solutions. He argues that research universities have an obligation and an opportunity to use their resources to educate green collar workers and create ground-breaking climate change solutions. Penley believes that universities should focus less on installing greener goods and creating climate change awareness, and focus more on preparing students for the up and coming green economy, advancing green research, and inputting new technologies into the free market. Once this research enters the marketplace, he says, it can create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve health and living conditions worldwide, and stimulate the economy.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2008/03/28/penley

5. Earth Portal News Letter (eoe@eoearth.org) <http://www.earthportal.org/>
 
Visualizing the global distribution of greenhouse gases using satellite measurements.
In Environment In Focus <http://www.earthportal.org/?page_id=70>
Dr. Michael Buchwitz discusses visualizing the global distribution of
greenhouse gases using satellite measurements. Other articles discuss landscape ecology, emissions from developed versus developing nations,  and Bwindi Uganda Impenetrable National Park.<http://www.earthportal.org/forum/>

6. Map of US CO2 emissions

The precise sources of carbon dioxide have now been mapped, with 100 times more detail than was previously available, by Vulcan project researchers at Purdue University. The video is only about 41/2 minutes.
http://tinyurl.com/5rrpwc

7. Studies Confirm Certified Buildings Outperform Peers in Energy Savings and Sale, Rental, and Occupancy Rates

Two recently released studies, one by the New Buildings Institute and one by CoStar Group, have validated what USGBC members have been saying all along: third-party-certified buildings outperform their conventional counterparts across a wide variety of metrics. » Read More http://www.usgbc.org/

8. Building a Sustainable House in Kerala, India
Merle Kindred’s paper in which she describes the process of building a sustainable house in India using indigenous knowledge and appropriate technology is available from Denise Heikinen. The paper contains a link to pictures of the building process.
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES AT Michigan Tech

1. Monday, April 14, 2008
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Kristopher Nitz, Biological Sciences
“Environmental factors related to adfluvial migration by coaster brook trout in the Salmon Trout River in Northern Michigan”
ROTC Blue Room                                                                  2:00 pm
 
2. Thursday, April 24, 2008
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Colin Brooks, Research Scientist, MTRI
“The connection between land use / land cover and water quality in the agricultural Upper Tiffin River watershed of southeastern Michigan”
EERC 100                                                                               3:00 pm
 
3. April 24-25, 2008
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Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development Conference
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at
DoubleTree Hotel
Milwaukee, WI
http://www.gccsdi.uwm.edu

4. Global City talks on Nepal & Cameroon in Dillman 202, April 15th. 

"Nepali's Culture, traditions and Environment" by Bharat Pokharel Ph.D. Candidate of the SFRES

"An Outsider’s Perspective of Cameroon" by Lauren Fry, Ph.D. Candidate, CEE and Former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.
For an abstract of both talks please email Fredline ILORME (filorme@mtu.edu) or Elise Herren (edherren@mtu.edu)

EVENTS & CONFERENCES ELSEWHERE
1. 2008 Gordon Research Conference  (GRC) in Industrial Ecology Transforming the Use of Energy,  Materials, Water, and Wastes.

Colby-Sawyer  College in New London, New Hampshire,  August 17-22, 2008.
GRCs, are among the most prestigious research conferences in science and technology. <www.grc.org/about.aspx>. 
<www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2008&program=industeco>.

For more information about Industrial Ecology: <www.is4ie.org>
Application deadline: July 27, 2008, limited to 120 attendees.
Send poster abstracts to Reid Lifset, <reid.lifset@yale.edu>
<www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2008&program=industeco>

2. RFP 2nd Biennial AASHE 2008 Conference this November! 
November 9-11, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Keynote speakers--Lester Brown, Peter Senge, Van Jones and Vandana Shiva.

AASHE is now accepting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2008.   All proposal abstracts except posters are due by May 1 and may be submitted in three categories:  Education & Research, Operations, and Administration & Finance.  Poster submissions are due by September 1.  Please click here to see the Call for Proposals. Those who register on or before June 16 will receive a discount! conference@aashe.org.

If any Michigan Tech Faculty or student is considering attending &/or presenting, please contact Denise dmheikin@mtu.edu and Jennifer Donavan.

3. Short Rotation Crops International Conference: Biofuels, Bioenergy, And Bioproducts From Sustainable Agricultural And Forest Crops
August 18-22, 2008 Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
http://www.cinram.umn.edu/srwc/index.html

4. 2008 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainabilty (UMACS)
conference, hosted by Luther College is  April 18-19th.
Complete  conference schedule is available on the UMACS web site at
http://www.umacs.org/Conference/UMACS_2008.htm.  The

5. CFP--Life Cycle Assessment VIII--'Calculating Consequences Beyond the Box'
30 September - 2 October 2008, Seattle

Abstracts for the LCA and LCM tracks are due 15 May.

Amy Zettlemoyer of Wal-Mart will be keynoting our conference this year, talking about the use of LCA in their sustainability program.  The meeting web site can be found here: http://lcacenter.org/LCA8/index.html

Students are encourage to submit an abstract. We will be offering the first test for LCA professional certification, and that should help them find jobs even quicker. A number of Special Sessions are in the planning process: Local government use of LCA, Open Source LCA Software, Future Developments of LCA in ISO, Ecosystem Services, Industry-Focused Impact Assessment, Rebound Effects, Assuring LCA Quality, and Social LCA.

http://lcacenter.org/LCA8/LCA8-announcement.pdf

 

 

To save on energy--Please shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also keep windows and doors closed. If you know of lights left on regularly, ask me for some "Turn it off" stickers sponsored by the ESC .

 




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