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SFI weekly newsletter (August 25, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. “ADVANCE: Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Award: Changing the Face of Michigan Tech.”

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Michigan Tech Selected to Participate in EcoCAR Competition
2 The Michigan Tech Launches Ride Share Program cited in AASHE Bulletin
3. Glenn Mroz to speak at Lake Superior Binational Forum, Fri Sept. 5, at Franklin Square
4. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
5. Federal R&D funding for science and engineering in academia fell 1.6 percent from fiscal 2006-2007.

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 2, 2008
2. Concrete Pavement Sustainability Webinar, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Tues, Sept 9, in DOW 875

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

1.  Solar Energy Initiative by the NSF Divisions of Chemistry, Materials Research, and Mathematical Sciences

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Director, Center for Sustainable Environments Northern Arizona University

2. Temple University, Philadelphia:Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Tenure Track Position in Environmental Sustainability
3. Wege and Kresge sponsor post-doc and faculty senior sabbatical fellowships
4. Student research and internships available from American Public Power Association
5. MSU seeks faculty member in Environmental Policy.

NEW RESOURCES
EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. The AASHE 2008 Conference & Sustainable Solutions Expo November 9-11th -- Raleigh, NC
2. 2008 Energy and Sustainability Expo
3. Greenbuild 2008
4. Sustainable Cities and Communities Conference in Geneva 30 September – 01 Oct 2008
5. Carbon Markets in Europe and America: Today’s Structures, Tomorrow’s Possibilities
6.  National Council For Science And The Environment--9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World


The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/) under “Press Room.” In an effort to increase recognition and enhance SFI’s image, we want to include more publicity about SFI  member achievements. Please send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, 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

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SFI NEW FUNDING

1. “ADVANCE: Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Award: Changing the Face of Michigan Tech.”

SFI was awarded an NSF grant for “ADVANCE: Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Award: Changing the Face of Michigan Tech.” The award is under the direction of Provost Lesley M. Lovett-Doust with Co-PIs Chris Anderson (Institutional Diversity), Assistant Provost Donna J. Michalek (MEEM), Dean Margaret R. Gale (SFRES), and Department Head William W. Predebon (MEEM). The award is for $499,496 and is effective September 1, 2008, expiring August 31, 2011.

NEWS

1. Michigan Tech Selected to Participate in EcoCAR Competition

The U.S. DoE, GM and Natural Resources Canada has announced the 17 teams selected to participate in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a collegiate vehicle engineering competition set to begin in the Fall of 2008. EcoCAR will challenge university engineering students across North America to reengineer a Saturn VUE to achieve improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while retaining the vehicle’s performance and consumer appeal. Participating schools include Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (FL), Georgia Tech, Howard University (DC), Michigan Technological University, Mississippi State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN), Texas Tech University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.
From AASHE Bulletin http://www.ecocarchallenge.org/
2. The Michigan Tech Launches Ride Share Program cited in AASHE Bulletin
Michigan Technological University’s new Online Rideboard was mentioned in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Bulletin. The new electronic ride-share program allows students, faculty, and staff to access an interactive map and find a ride or rider leaving Michigan Tech. See also: Michigan Tech Rideboard http://irhc.students.mtu.edu/orb/
3. Glenn Mroz to speak at Lake Superior Binational Forum on Friday, Sept. 5, at Franklin Square
On Sept. 5, Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Portage Room at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn, 820 Shelden Avenue in Houghton, Glenn Mroz will speak about sustainable initiatives at Michigan Tech.  The free Lake Superior Binational Forum is entitled “Getting to Zero: From Remediating the Torch Lake Area of Concern to Preventing Pollution with Safe Lawn Care Practices” and is open to the public for comment. No reservations are required; public comments about any topic related to Lake Superior are welcomed starting at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The meeting will also be available as a live video webcast watchable on the U.S. EPA web site. (On-line participants will be able to link to the video of the live broadcast at http://epa.gov/greatlakes/live http://epa.gov/greatlakes/live. Users will require a broadband connection and Windows Media Player or Microsoft Silverlight to view the video webcast. To view a sample video visit the following site: http://vbrick.net/home/onlinetraining/player.htm http://vbrick.net/home/onlinetraining/player.htm)
Other speakers include representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local Public Advisory Council Chairman Dave Juruki. The advisory council has been working with state and federal officials on the remedial action plan (RAP) for several years. Also on the agenda is a presentation about pollution prevention by Steve Pinscupy of the Safer Pest Control Project. Pinscupy will show how to have healthier municipal, commercial, or residential lawns without using toxic chemicals. Several other members of Michigan Tech, Houghton and Hancock city management, and the media will also be in attendance.
A second chance for public input is scheduled in the same room at the Franklin Square Inn on Saturday, September 6, at 11:30 a.m. to Noon. The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a multi-stakeholder group of U.S. and Canadian citizens working together to protect and restore Lake Superior. The U.S. office is headquartered at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office. The Canadian office is located at EcoSuperior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and funded by Environment Canada. For more information contact the U.S. Binational Forum Coordinator at (715) 682-1222; or visit the Binational Forum's web site at www.superiorforum.info <http://www.superiorforum.info> .
3. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc has released the August issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. This month's issue features an editorial by Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Syracuse University, articles on "Core Competencies for Sustainability Professionals" and "Sustainable Transportation Initiatives," and a profile of Butte College's sustainability efforts. http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/sus/1/4

4. Federal R&D funding for science and engineering in academia fell 1.6 percent from fiscal 2006-2007.

 

Federal funding of academic science and engineering research and development (R&D) failed to outpace inflation for the second year in a row, according to recently released fiscal year (FY) 2007 data from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

The data from NSF's Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges showed an increase in federally funded expenditures of 1.1 percent in current dollars to $30.4 billion, but after adjusting for inflation, the number signified a 1.6 percent decline from FY 2006 R&D expenditures. This decline follows a 0.2 percent decline between FY 2005 and FY 2006. A two-year decline in federal funding in constant dollars is unprecedented for this 35 year data series.

 

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=112105&govDel=USNSF_51

 

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SEMINARS

1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 2, 2008

The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20 pm (ET) beginning September 2, 2008.Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing. All are invited. Input and ideas are always welcome! SFI Colloquium Organizers are John Sutherland, Jill Jensen, and Meredith Ballard. Hope to see you there!

2. Concrete Pavement Sustainability Webinar, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Tues, September 9, in DOW 875

The Michigan Technological University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure would like to invite you to participate in a Webinar on Concrete Pavement Sustainability being hosted by the American Concrete Pavement Association.  The Webinar will be broadcast in DOW 875 on Tuesday, September 9th from 2-3:30 PM.  Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available but requires advanced notification (an exam will follow the session).  Please let Beth Hoy (Elizabeth@mtu.edu) know if you would like to take the exam for credit.  The UTC will cover the $25.00 per person fee on your behalf.  Please email Beth Hoy by Friday, September 5th if you plan to view the presentation and if you wish to participate in the exam for PDH credit.

The webnar is designed for those who want to know more about the sustainability of concrete pavements, including an explanation of what sustainability is, what sustainability means in terms of cement and concrete, and how concrete pavements can contribute to sustainable development.   Course instructor Leif Wathne, P.E., also provides an overview of the various sustainability-related features and benefits of concrete pavements, as well as "must have" information that every agency, contractor, designer, and other stakeholder in surface-transportation construction should know.

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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.

1. Solar Energy Initiative by the NSF Divisions of Chemistry, Materials Research, and Mathematical Sciences
Amount: $5,000,000  for up to 10 awards. Typical award size is expected to be approximately $500,000 per year and may vary depending on the scope of the proposal.
Deadline for Preprosoal December 16, 2008 Full Proposal Deadline March 09, 2009
The purpose of the CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative is to support interdisciplinary efforts by groups of researchers to address the scientific challenges of highly efficient harvesting, conversion, and storage of solar energy. Groups must include three or more co-Principal Investigators; one must have demonstrated high expertise in chemistry, a second in materials research, and a third in mathematical sciences. The goal here is to create a new modality of linking the mathematical with the chemical and materials sciences to develop transformative paradigms in an area of much activity but largely incremental advances. Successful proposals will offer potentially transformative projects and new concepts based on the integrated expertise and synergy from the three disciplinary communities.
This project is very well aligned with the multidisciplinary research of the Sustainable Futures Institute.  If you are interested in responding with a team of investigators, please consider submitting the proposal through the SFI to realize the enhanced overhead return benefits to your incentive accounts.  SFI can also help in addressing educational and broader impacts aspects of the proposal. Contact David Shonnard (drshonna@mtu.edu or Jane Zhang (qiong@mtu.edu) for more details.  see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08598/nsf08598.htm
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Director, Center for Sustainable Environments Northern Arizona University

NAU’s Center for Sustainable Environments addresses complex issues related to the environment of the Colorado Plateau and the Western United States, combining interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental sciences, policy, and studies with outreach and educational programs addressing the diverse needs of regional and national stakeholders.  We seek a leader to guide the Center as it
integrates these missions and builds upon NAU’s strengths as a leading interdisciplinary institution addressing critical environmental issues. For more information about the Center for Sustainable Environments, please visit the sites for its two major units,
http://home.nau.edu/envsci/ and http://home.nau.edu/environment/.

2. Temple University, Philadelphia:Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Tenure Track Position in Environmental Sustainability

Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental Sustainability beginning in August 2009.  Candidates should have interests in environmental policy, policy analysis, quantitative analysis of metropolitan environmental issues, sustainable development, natural resource management, land use policy for sustainable metropolitan development (including hazard mitigation), environmental economics, and/or resource conservation at local, regional, national, and/or international scales. A PhD in Geography, Natural Resources, Planning, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, or related field—with emphasis in environmental policy and sustainability—is required at the time of appointment. The successful applicant must have a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and is expected to show promise of significant scholarship. Her or his research and teaching should incorporate analytical approaches to urban and regional sustainability and policy issues. Teaching responsibilities will include a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses. Our department’s research and teaching programs are built around the central themes of globalization, sustainability, and social justice, supported by an emphasis on spatial analytical techniques. Department offerings include
undergraduate interdisciplinary degrees in Geography /Urban Studies and Environmental Studies, as well as a Masters in Geography and Urban Studies and a PhD in Urban Studies. The PhD program commences in Fall 2009 and the candidate will be expected to have a significant role in building its sustainability theme. For further information visit the Department on the web at www.temple.edu/gus or e-mail Dr. Mason at rmason@temple.edu.

3. Wege and Kresge sponsor post-doc and faculty senior sabbatical fellowships

Attached are details about two opportunities through the Environmental Law and Policy Center, supported by the Kresge Foundation and the Wege Foundation. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is offering a “Public Interest Science—Senior Sabbatical Fellowship” and a “Public Interest Science-- Post-Doctoral Fellowship.”  These fellowships will allow faculty and post-doc scientists at Economicology schools and other colleges and universities to apply their knowledge in a grassroots policy setting to help meet the environmental challenges facing the Great Lakes regions and the Midwest. See attached pdfs.

4. Student research and internships available from American Public Power Association
Ten $4000 Student Research Grants/Internships
One $5000 Technical Design Project (Research Grant)
Deadlines: February 15 and October 1 each year.
The American Public Power Association, an association of government owned electric utilities, is funding  student research and internships.  The projects must be electric energy related, but recent projects have been as diverse as end use efficacy, the electric generation w/ biogas, to energy, and carbon sequestration of tree planting programs.
Description: DEED student research grants/internships support students studying in energy-related disciplines, increase awareness of career opportunities in public power, and provide assistance to DEED member utility sponsors.  Each year up to ten, $4,000 student research grants and internships are awarded to students conducting research on an energy-related project.  Students must be sponsored by a DEED member utility and are required to write an abstract and final report at the completion of the project. 
For more information and an application visit APPA’s website at http://www.APPAnet.org/deed.cfm then choose DEED Funding Opportunities.
Questions: For more information, contact DEED at DEED@APPAnet.org or 202-467-2960.
5. MSU seeks faculty member in Environmental Policy.
Michigan State University seeks a faculty member in the area of environmental policy.   The appointment will be joint between the Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Department of Political Science.  Political Science will be the tenure home for the position. Ph.D. or equivalent is required at the time of appointment.  Candidates
should have strong quantitative skills and rigorous theoretical focus.International experience or demonstrated interest in international issues is an advantage.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop externally funded research.  Applications will be reviewed starting September 15, 2008, and will be accepted until the positions are filled.  Please send curriculum vitae, samples of written work, a
short statement of professional goals and at least three letters of recommendation to: ESPP/Political Science Search Committee, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, 274 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI  48824-1101.  Electronic applications should be sent to ESPP@MAIL.MSU.EDU and directed to Search Committee.  For more information on the Environmental Science and Policy Program see http://www.environment.msu.edu/

 

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NEW RESOURCES
1. Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education

A breaking study by NWF and Princeton Survey Research Associates International reviews trends and new developments in environmental performance and sustainability at 1068 institutions. Campus Environment 2008 recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary efforts and awards academic letter grades (A through D) for collective performance on environmental literacy, energy, water, transportation, landscaping, waste reduction and more.

With 27 percent (more than one quarter) of U.S. colleges (presidents, administrators, and facilities managers) responding, the 2008 survey is the nation's largest study to date created to gauge trends and new developments in campus sustainability. Michigan Tech is not listed among those who responded. http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/campusreportcard.cfm
http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships/?&utm_source=ClimateEDU&utm_m
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. The AASHE 2008 Conference & Sustainable Solutions Expo November 9-11th   --   Raleigh, NC
AASHE's biennial conference is the largest North American campus sustainability gathering. This year's theme is "Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond." 

For more information about the exciting sessions, presentations, keynote speakers, and activities, visit www.aashe.org/conference.

Register TODAY for early-bird rates!
 

2. On September 13 and 14 in Cedar Falls, IA, the 2008 Energy and Sustainability Expo will be held, featuring 60 workshops, 80 green exhibitors, and demonstrations of a variety of renewable and alternative energies. For more information, visit: http://www.irenew.org/expo/. Only $10 per day!


3. Greenbuild 2008
November 19 – 21, 2008; Boston, MA The U.S. Green Building Council will host its 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo - Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability. USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo is an opportunity to connect with other green building peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson, and Janine Benyus. The conference will feature over 100 educational sessions, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions. Students, universities, and professionals are invited to attend. The early registration deadline is September 8, 2008.  http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/

4. Sustainable Cities and Communities Conference in Geneva 30 September – 01 October 2008
Jointly organised by the WWF and Green Power Conferences, the conference will focus on the practical challenges and opportunities which cities and communities will face in order to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and congestion.

www.greenpowerconferences.com

5. Carbon Markets in Europe and America: Today’s Structures, Tomorrow’s Possibilities
EE Noon: Session II on Sept. 11, from noon to 1:00 pm in Washington DC
The Alliance to Save Energy invites you to participate in the second session of The EE Noon series features industry leaders sharing information and best practices in key areas of energy efficiency and climate change
This second session is entitled Carbon Markets in Europe and America: Today’s Structures, Tomorrow’s Possibilities and features David Hunter, Director of U.S. Policy at the International Emissions Trading Association, and Thomas O’Donnell, Senior Environmental Scientist at the Global Emissions Exchange.
To attend, please RSVP to Bion Bliss at bbliss@ase.org or (202) 530-2233 and then bring your lunch to the Alliance on Sept.11 at…noon! More information and remote access information is available at ase.org/eenoon.

6.  National Council For Science And The Environment--9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World
December 8-10, 2008 in Washington DC
The National Council For Science And The Environment  invites you to participate in the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World, to address the challenge the changing world poses to biodiversity (and to humanity).  The conference will provide an opportunity to look at what is happening to biodiversity in the context of radical climate disruption, human population rise, land use changes, globalization and other economic forces. We will collectively develop a 21st century biodiversity science and conservation strategy.
Registration Has Officially Opened!  Register online before October 6 to receive the early registration rate! Visit the website to register and view the conference agenda, speaker bios, and important information on travel and lodging. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC http://ncseonline.org/Conference/Biodiversity/




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