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SFI weekly newsletter (August 18, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. New NSF Collaborative Research: Industry & University Cooperative Research Program on Assembly Research Design and Manufacturing

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Campuses going Green, Greener, Greenest
2. MSU plant protein discovery may mean better biofuels
3. Octillion, Oakland University in solar power research deal
4. "Are 4-Day Workweeks the Future?"

SEMINARS
1. Integrated Water Resources Management for the Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico
2. Hydrologic Modeling and Flood Frequency Analysis of the Sonora River Watershed in Sonora, Northwest Mexico

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Lawrence Fellowship sponsored by DOE and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


NEW RESOURCES

1. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Volume: 1, Number: 4 Aug 2008
2. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) Issue 30 available

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. International Policy Leaders Dialogue--Energy Efficiency: Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction
2. Fourth International Conference On Women's Issues In Transportation: CFP
3. BURN-UP Woody Biomass Harvesting Workshops
4. AASHE 2008 - Working Together for Sustainability: On Campus and
Beyond

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/). Please send announcements of your publications, presentations, honors, and names of awarded proposals. Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Denise Heikinen, Communications Coordinator, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. New NSF Collaborative Research on Industry & University Cooperative Research Program on Assembly Research Design and Manufacturing

John Sutherland (MEEM), Jamie Camelio (MEEM), and John Gershenson (MEEM) have been awarded a $10,00 grant from NSF's Collaborative Research: Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC) on Assembly Research. The grant will enable participants to plan travel to various industries to recruit  for the center  and explain the goal, mission and technology transfer potential of the I/UCRC on Assembly  Design and Manufacturing.

2.  Michigan Tech’s new High Tech Rider Board cited in this week's issue of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Bulletin. http://www.aashe.org/publications/bulletin.php

NEWS
1. Campuses Going Green, Greener, Greenest
Newsweek’s August 18th issue describes how many universities are finding new ways to live and learn in an effort to be environmentally friendly.
<http://www.newsweek.com/id/154357>
 
2. MSU plant protein discovery may mean better biofuels
Scientists at Michigan State University have identified a new protein necessary for chloroplast development. The discovery could ultimately lead to plant varieties tailored specifically for biofuel production. Chloroplasts, which are specialized compartments in plant cells, convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen -- "fuel" for the plant -- during photosynthesis. The newly discovered protein, trigalactosyldiacylglycerol 4, or TGD4, offers insight into how the process works. "Nobody knew how this mechanism worked before we described this protein," said Christoph Benning, MSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. "This protein directly affects photosynthesis and how plants create biomass (stems, leaves and stalks) and oils." More. http://www.wwj.com/MSU-Plant-Protein-Discovery-May-Mean-Better-Biofue/2787096

3. Octillion, Oakland University in solar power research deal
Auburn Hills-based Octillion Corp. Monday announced a sponsored research agreement with Oakland University to further the development of Octillion's NanoPower Window technology. In addition to working to advance the company’s solar photovoltaic technology -- in which chemicals are added to clear windows so that they produce electricity -- scientists and collaborating researchers will explore additional nanotechnology applications that may be derived from their efforts. Octillion president and CEO Nicholas Cucinelli announced the agreement at the 2008 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Conference at Oakland University. More. http://www.wwj.com/Octillion--Oakland-U-In-Solar-Power-Research-Deal/2807482

4. "Are 4-Day Workweeks the Future?"

Insidehighered.com reports that a growing number of universities are going to  4 day schedules to save energy. Among those listed are Brevard Community College in Florida, which  says it saved almost $268,000 on energy costs this summer — while seeing online enrollments rise 24.5 percent. According to Brevard, it has consumed almost 1.7 million fewer kilowatt-hours this year than last, and it spent $474,000 less than was budgeted for energy costs. The benefits, however, do not stop at the college’s bottom line. It reported a 50 percent reduction in the number of sick hours used by its employees and noted a 44 percent reduction in annual staff turnover, when comparing this fiscal year to last. Also Brevard’s job applicant pool grew by 51 percent in six months. Delta College, a two-year institution in University Center, Mich., also adopted the four-day workweek this summer, as did Northwest Florida State College, in Niceville, Fla., Northwest Florida State College, in Niceville, Fla., and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.,
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/08/19/fourday
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SEMINARS
1. Integrated Water Resources Management for the Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico
Monday, August 25, 2008
Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, MS Environmental Engineering
Alex Mayer, Advisor
DOW 875                                                                               9:30 am

2. Hydrologic Modeling and Flood Frequency Analysis of the Sonora River Watershed in Sonora, Northwest Mexico
Maureen Habarth, MS Environmental Engineering Monday, August 25, 2008
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
DOW 875                                                                               1:00 pm

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES  

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 & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Lawrence Fellowship sponsored by DOE and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Amount: $8,092 per month for two to four fellowships for three year term.
Deadline Nov 03, 2008

 

The purpose of this prestigious postdoctoral fellowship program is to pursue cutting-edge science and stimulate cross-fertilization of ideas. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements.

 

The fellows may participate in experimental and/or theoretical work at LLNL. They will have access to LLNL's extensive computing facilities, specialized laboratory facilities, and field equipment. The fellows will most likely conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment. A senior staff scientist will serve as a mentor to each of the fellows. The fellows' primary residence will be in the mentor's organization.

 

The expectations are that the fellows will publish their research results in refereed journals, give seminars at LLNL, answer invitations to give scientific talks, and attend major conferences.

 

Research areas may include all branches of physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, material science, engineering, environmental science, atmospheric science, geology, energy, lasers, and biology. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must either be in the process of completing their Ph.D. (within one year and employment may not start until Ph.D. requirements have been verified), or have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of being hired as a Lawrence Fellow.

 

Although U.S. citizenship is not required for application, candidates should be well versed on their current visa status (if any), and be prepared to provide this information should they be selected as a potential fellow. more..   URL: http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/113466

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NEW RESOURCES
1. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Volume: 1, Number: 4 Aug 2008
Click on the links http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/sus/1/4 to view the abstract for each article.

2. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) Issue 30 available

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) Issue 30 is a special themed issue on "Sustainable Enterprise: A Conversation about the Future": highlights from proceedings of a conference held in October 2007 at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. A limited number of individual copies of are available for purchase at the price of GBP25.00/USD50.00/EUR35.00. Postage worldwide is gratis. Buy JCC 30 at http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/greenleaf/journaldetail.kmod?productid=2770&keycontentid=7

Sustainable enterprise calls for more than the current rules of engagement (for corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility) by calling on all enterprises in whatever sector and however constituted to operate within environmentally sustainable limits, to lower their ecological footprint, to enhance social equity, and to develop a sense of futurity.

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES &/or Calls for Papers
1. International Policy Leaders Dialogue--Energy Efficiency: Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction

Thursday, September 25th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Rm. 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building

The Alliance to Save Energy has assembled a stellar group of leaders from around the world to provide their perspectives and share their work to implement energy efficiency as a means of achieving carbon reductions while insuring adequate supplies of energy and a sound world economy. Though their methods and motivations may differ, each of the keynote speakers has excelled at implementing energy efficiency as the quickest, cleanest, and cheapest energy resource available.

There is no charge for this important and timely event, but space is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. So, register today! For more information and a list of speakers go to http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/events1/international

 

2. Fourth International Conference On Women's Issues In Transportation: CFP

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences is sponsoring the Fourth International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation on October 27-30, 2009, in Irvine, California.  The conference is designed to enhance the understanding of gender differences in access, mobility, safety, and personal security needs, and to provide more and better information and insight to help inform decision making on transportation services and programs to support the safety and mobility of women travelers.  The Conference Planning Committee invites abstracts for papers that address one or more of the five main themes of the conference, which are safety, travel behavior and planning, changing demographics, crime and personal security, and
extreme events.  Completed abstract submission forms are due by November 15, 2008.  http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=9406

3. BURN-UP Woody Biomass Harvesting Workshops
BURN-UP (Biomass Utilization and Restoration Network) will present two woody biomass demonstration harvest workshops in the Upper Peninsula in September to inform loggers, foresters, and landowners about the operational aspects of harvesting woody biomass and the ecological constraints that should be applied. Speakers will be from Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), US Forest Service (USFS), Natural Resources, Conservation Service (NRCS), Michigan Technological University (MTU), Forest Land Group, Nelson Forest Products and Big Creek Forestry. The primary target audience is loggers and natural resource professionals. Continuing education credits may be available for SAF and Sustainable Forest Initiative members.

Workshop locations: Western Alger County, Trenary, Wed., September 17th, and Eastern Alger County, Shingleton, Thurs., September 18th.  Detailed directions will be provided upon registration

Registration: This workshop is free of charge and includes lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call Renee Leow at (906)226-2461 ext 129 or email renee.leow@mi.nacdnet.net to register or visit www.upwoodybiomass.org for more information. This project was funded by a grant from the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, US Forest Service BURN-UP 780 Commerce Drive, Suite C, Marquette, Michigan 49855 (906-226-2461) ext 101
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008, near Trenary
Thursday, September 18th, 2008, near Shingleton
http://www.michiganforest.com/index.php?pid=81

http://www.sfiprogram.org/index.cfm

4. AASHE 2008 - Working Together for Sustainability: On Campus and
Beyond, will be held on November 9-11, 2008 at the new LEED-registered
Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina!
www.aashe.org/conf2008/




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