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SFI weekly newsletter (January 28, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu
 

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. MTU Highlighted among Universities Who Officially Signed On to Science Debate 2008
2. Granholm Calls for More Alternative Energy Development in State of the State Address
3. Tech Graduate Student Awarded Second Mondialogo Award
4. Science Foundation Office of Inspector General to present at MTU, Tuesday, February 12, 2008  
5. Wanted: Guest Writers for Buildings & Grounds for The Chronicle of Higher Education
6. Paper Recycling Monday, February 4 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Dow sixth floor loading dock

NEWS
1. U of M to develop of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with DOE grant
2. Grad student seeks Post Doc opportunity at MTU

SEMINARS
1. Water quality interventions for the prevention of diarrhoeal diseases in developing countries Monday, February 4, 3 p.m. 642 Dow
2. LimnoTech Watershed Modeling Seminar Series Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Dow 875
3. Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) Monday, February 11, 2008

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. 2008 Summer  Internship Program (June 16 – August 22, 2008)
2. Applications Requested for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program

NEW RESOURCES
1. Michigan Renewable Energy Program to Build Database of Great Lakes Renewable Energy Information
2.  Michigan Wireless Source Joins New e-waste Recycling Initiative

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Northern Options: ReBuild Upper Michigan February 20th  8:00AM – 5:00PM at UPCO
2. ASHRAE Seminars on Sustainability: SOS for the Environment     March 11
3. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to hold 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference March 15
4. UMACS Conference 2008: Creating Sustainable Connections April 18-19, 2008

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 NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. MTU Highlighted among Universities Who Officially Signed On to Science Debate 2008


Michigan Tech is listed among the universities who have officially signed on to Science Debate 2008, the national effort to convene U.S. presidential candidates for a debate on science-related issues ranging from climate change and national security to innovation and education. Other universities specifically selected with MTU are Columbia, NYU, University of Washington, Arizona State, University of Minnesota, The Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the Aspen Institute. On Monday, the Council on Competitiveness joined The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in becoming an official cosponsor of Science Debate 2008.
For a list of organization, government, business, and academic leaders go to: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=7 . For a selected list of individual signers go to:  https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/335/support.asp

2. Granholm Calls for More Alternative Energy Development in State of the State Address

Governor Jennifer Granholm's State of the State Address Tuesday night offered several proposals to boost the alternative energy industry in Michigan. She said the state's "winds, water, woods and workforce" can combine to make Michigan "the alternative energy capital of the Midwest." Granholm called for the state Legislature to pass a "renewable portfolio standard," mandating that 10 percent of Michigan's energy must come from renewable sources by 2015, and 25 percent by 2025. She also backed producing 25 percent of transportation fuel from renewable sources by 2025. A white paper presented with the address said the state will use targeted recruitment tools to aggressively recruit high-growth alternative energy business globally. She also proposed four "Centers of Excellence" where bio-energy companies and university faculty will team to research, develop, and commercialize new products from biomass and waste materials. MTU will be engaged in two of these centers due to alternative fuel research and as a result of participation in a recent Michigan delegation to Sweden in which SFI Deputy Director David Shonnard (Chem Eng) and MTU Vice President for Research David Reed accompanied Governor Granholm to attract Swedish companies to Michigan. The State of the State address is attached with this newsletter.

3. Tech Graduate Student Awarded Second Mondialogo Award

For the second time, Sustainable Futures IGERT graduate student Helen Muga has received the prestigious Mondialogo Award, sponsored by Daimler and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognizes innovative sustainable development. Muga, along with three students from Papua New Guinea University of Technology, was honored with the competition’s continuation award for a sustainable wastewater treatment project at the awards ceremony, held Dec. 10 in Mumbai, India. Over 809 teams competed, with 3,200 participants from 89 countries, but only 31 were selected to receive funding. The Mondialogo’s Continuation Award acknowledges a link between Muga’s original 2005 team of Sustainable Futures Institute students and their partnering universities who were able to see their sustainable construction materials project to fruition with the awarded seed funding. Water storage tanks for harvesting rainwater in rural Philippine communities were implemented by Dan Nover, who was based at Partido State University as part of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International Program in Environmental Engineering.

The project addresses two of UN's eight Millennium Development Goals. The first is “to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.” The other goal, “to ensure environmental sustainability,” aims to “reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water” by 2015. Muga was sole presenter for her project. She had only seven minutes to pitch her project to an audience including Daimler employees and UNESCO officials. “It’s a very select group of schools within the United States and globally,” said Professor James Mihelcic (CEE). “To be a winner two times is quite an accomplishment.” Mihelcic and Assistant Professor Amlan Mukherjee are Muga's coadvisors. See Tech Topics article by Karina Jousma from January 25 for complete story.  Also see the attached photo of  Helen accepting the 2008 Mondialogo Award from Hans d'Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning  UNESCO.

4. Science Foundation Office of Inspector General to present at MTU on Tuesday, February 12, 2008  from 10:00 - 11:30 am  Fisher 138.

 The National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General will be at Michigan Tech to provide an educational opportunity that may help prevent problems that otherwise might lead to an OIG investigation. This presentation will provide an arena to discuss ethical, investigative, and audit issues in a highly interactive environment and will include results of closed cases and audits to stimulate discussion.
Session topics will include: Research Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, Other Regulatory Guidelines and Grant Administration Issues,  Human Subjects / Animal Welfare
Annual Financial Conflicts Disclosures, Mismanagement of Funds (e.g. program income, participant support, travel related issues, time & effort reporting). The presentation will be Tuesday, February 12, 2008  from 10:00 - 11:30 am  Fisher 138. This session will repeat from 2:00 - 3:30 pm  Rekhi G05/06. All faculty, students and involved staff are strongly encouraged to attend. Click here to register:
 http://www.admin.mtu.edu/research/vpr/NSF_invitation_letter.html

5. Wanted: Guest Writers for Buildings & Grounds for The Chronicle of Higher Education

On January 15th The Chronicle of Higher Education issued a call for bloggers to contribute to a new column.  With all the construction and renovation happening on campuses today, it’s a full-time job just blogging all of the news items on the wire about campus buildings, landscape, sustainability, and energy. There is almost no time for reflection about the meaning of campus grounds and buildings, the challenges and rewards of sustainability, and the preparation for an energy-scarce future.

That’s why we’re asking for your input. Starting soon, The Chronicle’s Buildings & Grounds blog will feature monthly guest writers who will post thoughts about facilities, sustainability, design and planning for all to read. Are colleges building too much, or not enough? Is there a future for biodiesel or solar power on college campuses? What’s your favorite campus building (aside from ones you designed or built)? The topics can be anything relevant that you can dream up — and that you can cover in 500 words or less.

We plan to feature one guest blogger per month, and ask that blogger to post at least one item a week. If you have ideas, if you can write, and if you are an expert in design, sustainability, or facilities, send us an e-mail for more details.
http://chronicle.com/blogs/architecture/1439/wanted-guest-writers-for-buildings-grounds

6. Paper Recycling Monday, February 4 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Dow sixth floor loading dock

Recycle your paper from home at the first-Monday-of-the-month collection February 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Dow sixth floor loading dock off the main lobby (just west of where the Dow extends over Cliff Drive). See the guidelines at <http://www.esc.mtu.edu/WhatCanIRecycleAtMTU/Default.htm>.

This recycling collection is sponsored by the MTU Environmental Sustainability Committee and Circle K in cooperation with Facilities Management's Building Operations and Grounds staff. For more information, see <http://www.esc.mtu.edu/> or contact your departmental recycling liaison or recyclinginfo-l@mtu.edu. To receive information and announcements related to environmental sustainability issues and activities at MTU and on other campuses, subscribe to greenmtu-l@mtu.edu.

NEWS
1. U of M to develop of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with DOE grant


University of Michigan & Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers will receive $2 million from DOE to explore the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. UM's Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute will coordinate efforts among several university departments, industry partners such as General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy, and PNNL.

2. Grad student seeks Post Doc opportunity at MTU

Amrita Pal, a Project Officer in the Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, wishes to interview for a Post-Doctoral research position in a suitable field working on the monitoring of trace organic contaminants in surface catchment waters. This applicant’s PhD research in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, was based on TiO2-mediated Photocatalytic Reaction Kinetics for Indoor Air Purification. The applicant’s resume is attached.
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SEMINARS

1. “Water quality interventions for the prevention of diarrhoeal diseases in developing countries” Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday, February 4, 3 p.m. 642 Dow

Tom Clasen, a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will discuss his research concerning the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of water quality interventions to prevent diarrhoeal diseases in low-income settings. Dr. Clasen, who has tested a variety of disinfection, filtration and hybrid products in field trials, will also discuss the technical and other challenges of designing, testing and implementing appropriate, affordable and sustainable water treatment products for such applications.

Dr. Clasen's visit is supported by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the D80 Center for Engineering Development for Humanity www.D80.mtu.edu
Members of global city are invited to meet with Dr. Tom Clasen on Feb 4 from 11:30 to noon.  Anyone interested can email Fredline Ilorme (filorme@mtu.edu).

2. LimnoTech Watershed Modeling Seminar Series Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Dow 875
LimnoTech Watershed Modeling Seminar Series
IV. (February 6) WARMF model introduction and implementation - Weintraub
Dow 875  8:00-10:00 am For questions, contact Maureen Habarth at mlhabart@mtu.edu

3. Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) Monday, February 11, 2008

Dr. Tyler Erickson, Research Scientist
 “Water Resource Characterization and Remote Sensing Data Analysis using Geostatistical Techniques“
Dow 642                                                             3:00 p.m.
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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES   
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JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, UNDERGRAD & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. 2008 Summer  Internship Program (June 16 – August 22, 2008)

Participate in a ten-week mentored internship program. With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that includes research vessels, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to explore the deep ocean, MBARI offers teachers and students unique opportunities to be involved in advanced research and development projects. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and educators.

http://www.mbari.org/education/internship/08interns/08announce.htm

2. Applications Requested for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program

The MTU Graduate School is soliciting applications for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program. Michigan Tech is able to submit the applications of two finalists. The foundation provides scholarships to extraordinary students with great financial need who will be continuing their education though graduate studies. They must  meet the following criteria: be a senior by December 31, 2007 or recent graduate (since Spring 2003) of Michigan Tech, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better with unmet financial need, and have a plan to begin a first graduate degree by fall 2008. Students planning on submitting an application through Michigan Tech should contact Lynn Artman, administrator of foundation relations, at 487-3484 or laartman@mtu.edu as soon as possible to be pre-qualified.Completed applications need to be received by the Office of Foundation Relations, Suite 200, ATDC Building, before 5 p.m. on March 22. Two finalists, selected by an internal panel, will be forwarded to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The foundation does not accepted applications directly from students. Students interested in submitting an application can visit
http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org/jkcf_web/content.aspx?page=Grad for more information, application requirements and a copy of the application.
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Michigan Renewable Energy Program to Build Database of Great Lakes Renewable Energy Information

Michigan Renewable Energy Program has begun working on an open source, online database of renewable energy information relevant to the Great Lakes. Check out the Wind Energy in Michigan page: http://www.greatlakeswiki.org/index.php/Wind_Energy_in_Michigan

2.  Michigan Wireless Source Joins New e-waste Recycling Initiative

Bloomfield Hills-based Wireless Source is part of a three-company consortium behind a new Web site for electronics recycling, MyBoneYard, as well as a new, secure phone recycling program. The new Web site, at www.myboneyard.com, aims to give consumers, large manufacturers and big-box retailers an alternative to traditional electronics recycling. The Wireless Source recycles cell phones, .mp3 players, computers. and will soon recycle gaming consoles and possibly TVs. The service is cost-free and features guaranteed data removal from the retired wireless handsets, while ensuring proper disposal of unusable devices. It is not only free but even pays a small amount for the electronics. For instance, an old Mac computer in working condition could fetch $29.00. Costumers fill in an online form and are sent a prepaid mailing label to send the electronic items to the company. The company assures costumers that the devices are stripped of data and recycled in a safe and secure manner. Locally, The Daily Mining Gazette ran a story on Saturday, January 19th about a Calumet woman who is also collecting old electronics as a fundraising project for the Copper Country Relay for Life (See http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=10287).

See Great Lakes IT Report for more info about MyBoneYard:  http://www.glitr.com/Article.asp?id=560620&spid=
See the January issue of National Geographic for more links to responsible recyclers: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2008-01/high-tech-trash/how-to-help.html
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  ( arranged by dates)

1. Northern Options: ReBuild Upper Michigan February 20th    8:00AM – 5:00PM at UPCO Building:  600 Lakeshore Dr.  Houghton, MI

Northern Options, a branch of the non-profit Urban Options organization in East Lansing has received a ReBuild Michigan grant from the state Energy Office to conduct free seminars on the topic of energy efficiency for commercial buildings. The presentations include: Understanding and Monitoring Utility Bills, Saving Energy through Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Practices, Getting the Most Efficiency from HVAC Equipment, Retrofitting Older Buildings and Lighting for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Applications. See flyer at www.northernoptions.org

2. ASHRAE Seminars on Sustainability: SOS for the Environment      March 11

ASHRAE Seminars on Sustainability: SOS for the Environment will be held on March 11 at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. The conference provides continuing education on sustainability and promotes sustainable design practices among building design professionals, building owners, facilities managers and construction professionals.  www.detroitashrae.org

1. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute: 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference March 15

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, located in downstate Michigan, will hold its 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference on March 15.  Home and business owners, college students, teachers, and anyone interested in renewable energy will benefit and enjoy the day. The keynote will feature Todd Parker from the Delta Institute who will talk about the Chicago Climate Exchange.  Breakout sessions include An Economic Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems; Solar Hot Water; Building an Energy Efficient Home; and an Energy State of the State Address. www.cedarcreekinstitute.org

3. UMACS Conference 2008: Creating Sustainable Connections April 18-19, 2008

The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability will hold its 2008 conference  April 18-19 at Luther College, Decorah IA. With “green” seemingly the color of the day, colleges and universities are in a unique position to transform students into future leaders that understand and care about the distinct environmental challenges that face our world.  In higher education, this transformation comes not only from the classroom, but also from the daily operation of the campus and the culture that exists within it.

This conference is designed to appeal to any and all campus constituents interested in creating a more sustainable campus: students, professors, facilities and maintenance workers, dining services staff, just to name some. We are hoping to offer workshops and presentations that provide insights and ideas for bringing sustainability to every corner of a college or university. For more information please visit http://www.umacs.org/Conference/UMACS_2008.htm

 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. Fume hoods, especially, are huge energy consumers.

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01/21/2008

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