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SFI weekly newsletter (December 1, 2008)

A weekly service of SFI

 A web version of this newsletter will soon be available at www.sfi.mtu.edu

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 1. Decorate a Tree for 2009 Christmas tree auction project at Rozsa
2. SFI’s Wood to Wheels Assists Centers for Excellence

3. A new Center for Water & Society Colloquium Course Offered for Spring 2009
4. SFI Member News

5. IGERT Graduate Requests LCA Information for Paper

 

SFI NEW FUNDING

 

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. ESD Seeks Judges for Future City Competition Jan 14th in Novi MI

2. NextEnergy’s New Boss

3 . Total Electricity Consumption Drops 3.3%

3. Four NSF Engineering Program Directors in the NSF CBET Engineering Division

SEMINARS

1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - December 9, 2008

2. Global City TONIGT Friday (December 5) from 6-8 p.m. in room 214 of Dillman Hall.

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES


1. Managing and Restoring Southwest Intermittent and Ephemeral Stream Systems on Department of Defense Lands

 

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES


1. Graduate Assistantship in Industrial Ecology and LCA in Forest Biorefinery, U of Maine

2. Research Experience for Undergraduate Fellowships 2009 U of Maine

3. Post-doc Position at Stanford, Optimization of Oil Field Development

Post-doc Position in Department of Energy Resources Engineering Stanford University

4. Yale University Office of Sustainability 

5. Sustainability Director, U Texas Arlington

6.  Faculty, Sustainability of Rural Landscapes, Michigan State U

7. Executive Director and 53 other positions, Focus the Nation

8. Business Manager, AASHE

9. Asst Prof, Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College

10. Assoc/Full Prof, Geological & Env'l Sciences, Youngstown State U

11. Instructor, Environmental Leadership Program, U Oregon

12. Asst/Assoc Prof, Renewable Energy, Illinois State U

13. Asst Prof, Fashion Design & Sustainability, The New School


NEW RESOURCES

 

1.  Economic Recovery Petition Alternative transportation Petition From Rails to Trails

2. CFP  The Journal of Industrial Ecology
3. CALL FOR POSTERS 3rd Annual Michigan Agri-Energy Conference March 30-31, 2009
4. Web site lets you make it an all-Michigan holiday feast

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 


1. CFP--4th International Innovation in Management Conf. 21-22 May 2009 Poland

2. Engineering Society of Detroit  H20 Michigan: Engineering A Solution Plymouth, MI
3. 2nd International Conference on Energy and Sustainability 2009 June 23-25 Bologna, Italy

 

4. CFP 15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conf. 5-8 July 09 The Netherlands

 

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

 

1. Decorate a Tree for 2009 Christmas tree auction project at Rozsa

Check out the Christmas trees on display at the Rozsa Center. Next year SFI should enter a tree with a sustainability theme.  Contact Denise Heikinen (dmheikin) if you would like to volunteer to coordinate an effort for next year's tree display at the Rozsa. Nominations for titles of the SFI tree submission will be open until September, 2009. Some titles for this year's trees are:

  • "We're Dreaming of a Green Christmas" submitted by B.R.I.D.G.E. High School
  • "Diversitree" by Educational Opportunity
  • "Tree-Cycled" by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Never too early to plan.

2. SFI’s Wood to Wheels Assists Centers for Excellence

SFI’s Wood to Wheels Initiative on alternative energy solutions is acknowledged for its part in attaining Michigan Tech’s selection for State of Michigan’s Centers of Energy Excellence. Dr. Dave Reed said the selection of Michigan Tech as the university partner in Centers of Energy Excellence, as well as a recently announced $1.5 million grant to a team led by mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics associate professor Jeff Naber to develop flex-fuel hybrid vehicles, validates the Wood to Wheels concept pioneered at Michigan Tech. SFI Deputy Director David R. Shonnard and leader of Wood to Wheels will contribute research to the new Centers of Excellence.

 

See Tech Today for more information--  http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/current.php


3. A new Center for Water & Society Colloquium Course Offered for Spring 2009
  “Climate Change and the Sustainability of Water Resources.”
 
Course Leaders: Alex Mayer (asmayer), Tom Pypker (tgpypker), and Kathy Halvorsen (kehalvor) http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/pdf/Spring2009_CWS_coloq_announce.pdf

 

5. SFI Member News

SFI member Dana Johnson (SBE) presented a refereed paper co-authored by Associate Dean of Engineering Leonard Bohmann, Associate Professor Kris Mattila (CEE),
Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (Computer Science) and Professor John Sutherland, "A First Course in Service Systems Engineering," at Decision Science Institute
Annual Conference in Baltimore Nov. 23. At the same conference, Johnson gave a presentation, "Sustaining Corn Ethanol As a Viable Fuel," on Nov. 24 and served as the
session chair for "Transportation Issues and Challenges."
6. IGERT Graduate Requests LCA Information for Paper

TJ Eatmon is leading a group of Juniors next semester in developing a paper

policy recommendation for Allegheny College that would encompass paper purchasing, usage, and disposal.  He'd like to take a life-cycle style approach in examining the flow of paper and was wondering if any of you may have come across relevant literature that might be  useful for a project like this. 

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. ESD Seeks Judges for Future City Competition--Jan 14th in Novi MI

This year’s theme is “Creating a Self-Sufficient System Within the Home Which Conserves, Recycles and Reuses All Existing Water Sources.”

On Jan 14th, more than 1,200 students from around the State of Michigan will meet at Rock Financial in Novi to compete in the 14th Annual Michigan Regional Future City Competition sponsored by The Engineering Society of Detroit. ESD is currently looking for judges to help judge the entries on the day of the competition, and no engineering experience is necessary. Being a judge involves attending the competition and undergoing a short training at 7:30 a.m. The actual judging takes place from 9 until 11 a.m. At that time, the schools display their model cities and three representatives from each team give a five-to-seven minute presentation to a panel of judges. For more information see http://www.wwj.com/pages/3427703.php?

2. NextEnergy’s New  Boss
Within a relatively few years, Keith Cooley believes that Michigan could see hundreds of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy technologies. And Cooley is in a place to help make that happen -- he's the new CEO of NextEnergy, the state's renewable energy industry accelerator. In interviews with WWJ Newsradio 950 and GLITR Tuesday, Cooley said Michigan has particular advantages during a national tipping point of transformation away from a petroleum-based economy. Cooley said he's also expecting to spend more time in Washington, D.C. than his predecessor, NextEnergy's initial CEO, Jim Croce. That's mostly because he's expecting an Obama administration to be friendlier to renewables, and this coming Congress to be greener as well.

 http://www.wwj.com/NextEnergy-Boss-Sees-Sharp-Job-Growth-In-Renewable/3419964

 

2 . Total Electricity Consumption Drops 3.3%

An unexpected drop in U.S. electricity consumption has utility companies wondering whether this could reflect a permanent shift in consumption.  Sales growth of 1% to 2% annually in the U.S.has been typical. American Electric Power, which owns utilities operating in 11 states, saw total electricity consumption drop 3.3% in the same period from the prior year. Among residential customers, the drop was 7.2%.   DTE has also seen electric use drop during the past months and it may be as much as 2% by the end of the year.

 

3. 4 NSF Engineering Program Directors in the NSF CBET Engineering Division
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), within the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), announces a nationwide search for an engineering professional to fill the following four positions:

Formal consideration of applications will begin after the closing date.

(1) Program Director: Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems

 (2) Program Director: Energy for Sustainability

 (3) Program Director: Catalysis and Biocatalysis

 (4) Program Director: Fluid Dynamics

Details at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/cbet0901/cbet0901.jsp

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SEMINARS

1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - December 9, 2008

Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a discussion about the "Science of Sustainability." The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20.

All are invited. Input and ideas are always welcome!

 

2. Global City TONIGT Friday (December 5) from 6-8 p.m. in room 214 of Dillman Hall.

At this meeting, we'll view excerpts from and discuss "Long Night's Journey into Day," a 2000 documentary about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The film won the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and is described in detail at http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=CN0056.

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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. Managing and Restoring Southwest Intermittent and Ephemeral Stream Systems on Department of Defense Lands

$150,000 Amount Note Deadline Jan 08, 2009 (non federal) and  Mar 12, 2009 (federal)
US DoD and  Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

The objective is to develop the science to support managing and restoring intermittent and ephemeral (dry wash) stream systems on DoD installations in the southwestern United States. Of particular interest are the effects of altered hydrology, non-native invasive species, and projected climate change on these systems and their potential impacts on threatened, endangered, and at-risk species (TER-S). Research proposals are sought that improve our scientific understanding of the variation and ecological significance of intermittent and ephemeral stream systems within the major biotic regions of the Southwest or develop the knowledge and tools that provide insight into potential alterations in the interactions between non-native invasive species and hydrology caused by climate change. As a result, research needs include but are not limited to the following:

·         characterize the ecological, spatial, and temporal variation of southwestern intermittent and ephemeral stream systems that occur on DoD installations and ranges in the Southwest

·          identify how hydrologic regimes may have been altered by various mechanisms in contemporary times and the impacts these alterations have caused on southwestern intermittent and ephemeral stream systems

·          improve our understanding of the interactions between contemporary hydrologic regimes and non-native invasive species on the composition, structure, and function of native southwestern intermittent and ephemeral stream systems.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/116677

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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

 

1. Graduate Assistantship in Industrial Ecology and LCA in Forest Biorefinery, University of Maine

Research Assistantship is available at the School of Forest Resources of the University of Maine. This interdisciplinary research investigates the economic, social and environmental impacts of harnessing the forest resources as a source of bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, bio-plastics, and bio-materials. This research involves close collaboration with forest resource based industries, government agencies, and the other departments at the University of Maine. Further information regarding research interests or topics can be accessed at

 http://www.forest.umaine.edu/facstaff/facstaff_pages/halog/index.html

 

2. Research Experience for Undergraduate Fellowships 2009 University of Maine

There are Summer Research Fellowships available for undergraduates who are interested to pursue research in industrial ecology and life cycle sustainability assessment related projects in forest bio-refinery and bioproducts production. The program will run from June 8-August 14, 2009. Program details are available at  http://www.forestbioproducts.umaine.edu/reu.php and at  http://www.forest.umaine.edu/facstaff/facstaff_pages/halog/index.html

 

3. Post-doc Position at Stanford, Optimization of Oil Field Development

Post-doc Position in Department of Energy Resources Engineering Stanford University

Optimization of Oil Field Development

We seek a post-doc for research focusing on the development and application of new algorithms for oil field optimization. The project will target the development of procedures for optimizing the location and type of new wells, determining the optimal well pattern, optimizing the drilling sequence, and accounting for geological and engineering uncertainty. Current  approaches under study by our group include the use of evolutionary algorithms (e.g., genetic algorithms, particle swarm optimization) coupled to large-scale reservoir flow simulators. Applicants for this position should have research experience in simulation-based  optimization and/or oil reservoir simulation.

 

The project is funded by the Italian energy company ENI. The work will entail both algorithm development and application of the algorithms to field problems defined by ENI. Some travel to Milan will be required, but the significant majority of the work will be conducted at Stanford. The  funding will start in early 2009 and is anticipated to last for two years.

http://pangea.stanford.edu/ERE/index.php

 

4. Yale University Office of Sustainability 

Yale University’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the availability of a Sustainability Fellow position for the Spring of 2009. The Sustainability Fellow position is designed to provide hands-on experience for a recent college graduate with an interest in campus sustainability. The selected candidate will be offered a unique opportunity to work in an innovative, internationally recognized campus sustainability program with hands on, project based tasks.

The primary responsibility of the fellow will be the facilitation of Yale’s annual “Spring Salvage,” the student move-out collection and donation program held during the month of May. The fellow will also have the opportunity to support Office of Sustainability staff by providing assistance on several smaller projects as needed.

This position is paid and will provide the ambitious candidate with the opportunity to develop skills which will enable him/her to be an effective sustainability leader.

Date of Fellowship: January 15 – June 30, 2009 Hours per/wk: 40 hrs.

 

http://www.yale.edu/sustainability/jobOpportunities.htm

 

5. Sustainability Director, U Texas Arlington

http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/pnjobsvw.WBX?job_nbr=08-11-21-01-0345


 6 Faculty, Sustainability of Rural Landscapes, Michigan State U

http://polarjobs.blogspot.com/2008/11/two-faculty-positions-in-sustainability.html


7. Executive Director and 53 other positions, Focus the Nation

http://www.focusthenation.org/opportunities

8. Business Manager, AASHE

http://www.aashe.org/highlights/Business_Manager.php

9. Asst Prof, Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College

http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000584125-01&pg=s&cc=

 

10. Assoc/Full Prof, Geological & Env'l Sciences, Youngstown State U

http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175350625

11. Instructor, Environmental Leadership Program, U Oregon

http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000583356-01&pg=s&cc=

12. Asst/Assoc Prof, Renewable Energy, Illinois State U

http://www.cop.ilstu.edu/eo/facVac.taf?_function=detail&facDept_uid1=33&pos=1470

13. Asst Prof, Fashion Design & Sustainability, The New School

http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175350097

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NEW RESOURCES

1.  Economic Recovery Petition Alternative transportation Petition From Rails to Trails
 

Please sign our petition to President-elect Obama and key congressional leaders, encouraging them to fund these important bicycle and pedestrian projects:
  
Sponsored by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, in partnership withThunderhead Alliance <http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/  and America Bikes <http://www.americabikes.org/   wise, efficient and desirable public investment. Please sign the petition now. To learn more and to sign the petition please go to     http://support.railstotrails.org/Recovery

 

2. CFP  The Journal of Industrial Ecology

CFP  The Journal of Industrial Ecology1980&site=1) invites ISIE members to submit papers for an upcoming special issue on sustainable consumption.  Following on previous special issues on industrial ecology and sustainable consumption ( vol . 9, #-1-2) and priorities for environmental product policy ( vol . 10, # 3), the new special issue will mainly focus on changes/differences in individual consumer behavior with respect to environmental impacts, tools, projects, and theoretical constructs and will build on the best papers of the March 2008 SCORE conference. The EU-funded Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE!) network is the major scientific network that analyses changes to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in relation to policy efforts such as the UN 10 Year Framework of Programs on SCP. The deadline for submissions for the special issue is 15 December 2008.  Guest editors for the special issue are Arnold Tukker (TNO), Oksana Mont (Lund University), Klaus Hubacek (Leeds University) and Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology).  Papers should be submitted via Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jie), the JIE's web-based manuscript submission and peer review system.  Please indicate that this is a submission for the "SCP" issue on the author checklist during the submission process.
 

3. CALL FOR POSTERS Third Annual Michigan Agri-Energy Conference March 30-31, 2009
Kalamazoo Radisson, Kalamazoo, Michigan
You are invited to submit proposals for research posters that will be presented at the third annual Michigan Agri-Energy Conference. Please feel free to share thisinvitation with others. Posters should address the following topics: renewable energy resources of wind, biomass, geothermal or solar; biofuels, policies for expanding the use of renewable resources; new technologies in renewable resources, or any other area of renewable energy research of particular relevance to the Michigan agri-energy community. The proposals will undergo a peer-reviewed selection process.

 http://www.michfb.com/pdfs/agenergy/Call%20For%20Posters.pdf

 

4. Web site lets you make it an all-Michigan holiday feast
Livonia-based Buy Michigan Now, a campaign designed to promote and restore Michigan’s economy, is helping families celebrate Thanksgiving, while supporting their local economy. The campaign's Web site, www.BuyMichiganNow.com, has added a downloadable Michigan Grocery Guide. The Grocery Guide features brands of foods and beverages produced by Michigan-based companies, according to campaign founder Lisa Diggs. 
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  & Calls for Papers

1. CFP--4th International Innovation in Management Conf. 21-22 May 2009 Poland

“The Cutting Edge of Business in an Epoch of Global Collaboration”  University of Poznan, Poland

 

Deadline for abstracts—January 20, 2009

 

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit papers, roundtable discussion proposals, and posters for presentations related to the conference theme of cooperating globally.

 

Brief proposals are invited, as well as full papers, for presentation in topical sessions, roundtable format panels, symposium format panels, and asynchronous online poster presentations with interactive asynchronous discussion. 

 

The 4th International Innovation in Management Conference “The Cutting Edge of Business in an Epoch of Global Collaboration” is organized by the Poznan University College of Business and Foreign Languages in cooperation with the Innovative Management Institute, the Global Management Institute, the Canadian-Polish Management Institute, the Human Resource Ambassador of the Academy of Management for Poland, the ING Bank, and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce. http://www.imconference.eu/

 

2. Engineering Society of Detroit
H20 Michigan: Engineering A Solution
Plymouth, MI
http://ww2.esd.org/EVENTS/2009/2009-04-01_WaterConf.htm

Call for Presentations Due December 10, 2008

 

3. 2nd International Conference on Energy and Sustainability 2009 June 23-25 Bologna, Italy

Organised By: Wessex Institute of Technology, UK & University of New Mexico, USA
Sponsored By: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment

View the conference website, which has full details about the conference objectives, topics and submission requirements at: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/energy2009rem3.html

 

 

4. CFP 15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conf. 5-8 July 09, The Netherlands

"Taking up the Global Challenge: Analysing the implementation of innovations and governance for Sustainable Development"

Deadline for submitting abstracts to the call for papers is January 1st, 2009.

Please visit the conference website at http://globalchallenge2009.geo.uu.nl

 

 

Go Green During the Holidays
To conserve energy, remember to shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also keep windows and doors closed.








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