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SFI weekly newsletter (March 21, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Recent SFI Proposal Awards
2. Michigan Tech Renovates Alternative Energy Research Building in Hancock
3. Michigan Tech Poplar Research Ranked World-class
4. World Water Day Events Monday at Tech on Monday, March 24 REGISTER TODAY
5. Tech-Talks Research: "Transportation" March 24

NEWS

1. Reducing Carbon Emissions Could Help -- Not Harm -- US Economy
2. Nominations Sought for Graduate Student Recognition Awards
3. Corporate Sponsorship for a Wind Farm      New York Times     Mar 18, 2008
4. Bill Gates testifies before Congress about STEM
5. Michigan ranks 47th in per capita spending on natural resource conservation

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - March 28, 2008

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. ERDC BAA - Environmental Risk Assessment (EL-5)
2. ERDC BAA - Endangered Species (EL-24)
3. ERDC BAA - Innovative Technologies for Treating Hazardous Waste and Contaminated Surface and Ground Waters (EL-3)

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Energy and Environment Project Coordinator Triangle J Council of Governments

NEW RESOURCES
1. Human Footprint Sunday, April 13 at 9p.m.  ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel.

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Webcast: Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory - What Does It Take? April 9, 2008  |  1:30 pm ET  |  Online
2. Earth Hour 2008         29 March 2008 at 8pm
3. CFP---AASHE 2008 “Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond” November 9-11, Raleigh, NC
4. Creating Sustainable Connections Luther College, Decorah, Iowa April 18–19
5. Attend a FREE Web Conference presented by Sustainable Industries Magazine
6. Down to Earth: Sustainable Enterprise
7. Sustainable Innovation 2008 Future Products, Technologies and Industries
8. Michigan Energy Conference - April 11-12
9. Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM 2008) Australia 12-14 November

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/) under “Press Room.”
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
1. Recent SFI Proposal Awards: Michigan Tech/Caterpillar Collaborative Project: Defining Modules for Assembly Testability John Gersenson PI

In this short project, we will work to identify feasible design improvements for a single product (one model of a Medium Wheel Loader family) that will enhance the testability of the subassemblies before and during final assembly. It is anticipated that, after this project, the work can be expanded by Michigan Tech to lead to generalizable design heuristics for creating more testable subassemblies and modules that can be applied to all products across the enterprise.

2. Michigan Tech Renovates Alternative Energy Research Building in Hancock
"This building demonstrates Michigan Tech’s commitment to alternative energy research and education at every level," Jeremy Worm, a research engineer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. The remodeled building will support various researchers from Michigan Tech’s Advanced Power Systems Research Center. Associate Professor Jeffrey Naber (MEEM) will lead development of a unique National Science Foundation-funded optically accessible combustion vessel as well as an Xcel Energy-funded project to study the process of producing electricity using a syngas-powered generator. Assistant Professor Jeffrey Allen (MEEM) will head a Department of Energy-funded project to investigate the effects of freezing temperatures on hydrogen fuels cells using an environmental chamber. Other facilities will include a wind tunnel, a vehicle chassis dynamometer, a biomass gasification facility, a vehicle hoist and an advanced internal combustion engine educational laboratory.
For more see Tech Today http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080321

3. Michigan Tech Poplar Research Ranked World-class
More than half a dozen researchers at Michigan Tech conduct poplar research, many of them in Michigan Tech’s Biotechnology Research Center and Ecosystem Science Center. Their work—and that of numerous graduate students—has earned the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science 11th place among the top 20 institutions publishing papers on poplar research worldwide.
Michigan Tech and Michigan State were the only Michigan universities in the top 20.

For more see Tech Today http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080321
Also see GLITR http://www.wwj.com/Michigan-Tech-Near-Tops-In-Poplars/1860540

4. World Water Day Events Monday at Tech
The Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society is celebrating World Water Day on Monday, March 24, with the following events.

Student Research Poster and Art Competitions (TODAY is last day to register your poster)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom A

Demonstration of Watercolor Techniques by Mary Ann Beckwith
2:30-4 p.m.
Lobby of Memorial Union Ballroom A

“Temperature in the Great Lakes,” by Assistant Professor Jay Austin, Large Lakes Observatory, Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Duluth 4 p.m.
M&M U113
Sponsored by the Remote Sensing Seminar Series

“The Great Lakes Water Wars," by Peter Annin, associate director, Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources
7 p.m.
Rozsa Center
A book signing will follow the lecture.

More information can be found at www.mtcws.mtu.edu

5. Tech-Talks Research: "Transportation" March 24

The next Tech-Talks Research session will focus on transportation and will take place on Monday, March 24, 4-5 p.m. in the Wadsworth Cafe Annex. There will be a cash bar, with the first pop, wine or beer on the house, and munchies will also be provided.

This is the second Tech-Talks Research session focusing on this area of research, which in Michigan immediately brings to mind automobiles but also encompasses topics from infrastructure to pollution. At the conclusion of the first session on Jan. 23, a number of lively conversations were under way, and groups had begun to discuss collaborations and possible research thrusts for future strategic faculty hiring initiatives, following on this year’s sustainability focus. Those present decided to schedule a follow-up meeting to continue the conversation and to include those who were out of town for the first session. Information about the first Tech-Talks Research session on transportation, as well as all the sessions held to date, can be found on Blackboard, https://courses.mtu.edu , after logging in using your MTU userid and ISO password.

All colleagues who are interested are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are interested in giving a short presentation at this session, please send your two PowerPoint slides to Donna J. Michalek, donna@mtu.edu , by Sunday, March 23.

The Tech-Talks Research series is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


NEWS
1. Reducing Carbon Emissions Could Help -- Not Harm -- US Economy
 

ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2008) — A national policy to cut carbon emissions by as much as 40 percent over the next 20 years could still result in increased economic growth, according to an interactive website that reviews 25 of the leading economic models used to predict the economic impacts of reducing emissions. Among the key optimistic assumptions are that renewable energy technologies will be available at stable or increasing prices; that higher fossil fuel prices will stimulate energy-saving technological change; that reducing U.S. carbon emissions will reduce economic damages from climate change and air pollution; and that the United States will incorporate international trading of emission permits into its national policy. The website is called "See for Yourself--How Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Will Affect the American Economy." http://www.climate.yale.edu/seeforyourself/calculator.php

2. Nominations Sought for Graduate Student Recognition Awards
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is seeking nominations for their annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards. Submissions should be emailed to ebmccart@mtu.edu no later than March 28.

To nominate a student, submit a description no more than two pages long of how the nominee has excelled. Nominees must have been enrolled in graduate school during the 2007-08 school year. Self-nominations will not be accepted, but all others are welcome. Advisors are highly encouraged to nominate their students for either of these awards: Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar or  Exceptional Graduate Student Leader. Contact Emily McCarthy
 
3. Corporate Sponsorship for a Wind Farm      New York Times     Mar 18, 2008
John Deere Wind Energy is building an eight-turbine, 10-megawatt wind farm in Panhandle, Texas,  that is scheduled to open in May. The access to upfront money could also herald a new era for small wind farms, said Elizabeth Salerno, manager of policy analysis for the American Wind Energy Association. Ted G. Rose, vice president for business development for Renewable Choice Energy, which arranged the deal between Deere and Steelcase, envisions naming rights catching on for all sizes of farms.

4. Bill Gates testifies before Congress about STEM
The lone witness before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology was Bill Gates, of Microsoft. Gates urged Congress to fully fund the America COMPETES Act and increase basic research funding by 10 percent each year over the next seven years, and to make it easier for foreign-born students to obtain H-1B visas. Most members of the committee praised Gates’ work and echoed his concerns, but soon enough he found himself face to face with the committee’s resident contrarian, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). The representative pointedly challenged Gates’ assertions, referring to a Business Week article contesting the notion that America faces a shortage of science and engineering graduates. Gates said the Urban Institute study referenced in the article used a flawed methodology, but Rohrabacher had already left him in the dust, using the rest of his allotted five minutes to argue against favoring top-tier foreign workers over B or C students from the U.S., question why Congress should help engineering graduates rather than members of the military and refer to his work defending the rights of Kosovo. Inside Higher Ed. March 13

5. Michigan ranks 47th in per capita spending on natural resource conservation
New MSU study puts value on 'green infrastructure' The Land Policy Institute at MSU last week released its final report on green infrastructure in Michigan. The comprehensive report, summarizing the results of three recently completed studies related to natural resource valuation, natural resource impact analysis and natural resource conservation funding, shows the significant value of water resources and green infrastructure assets, the tax benefits to local government due to those assets, the significant economic impact of parks, and that Michigan ranks 47th in the nation (ugh!) in per capita spending on natural resource conservation. From GLITR

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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - March 28, 2008


Next Friday's SFI Colloquium will be a presentation titled "Harnessing Nanotechnologies to Meet Critical Sustainable Development Challenges," by Julio L. Rivera, a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability is held each Friday this semester in MEEM 208 from noon-1pm. Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing.

For more details about the Colloquium visit http://www.me.mtu.edu/~jwsuther/colloquium/index.html.
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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. ERDC BAA - Environmental Risk Assessment (EL-5)
Sponsor United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Environmental Laboratory (EL)
Deadline Continuous.
The Environmental Laboratory announces research opportunities involving environmental risk assessment. Current research on the fate and effects of environmental contaminants occurs under the general paradigm of environmental risk assessment. Specific studies fall into one or more of the following areas--Hazard Identification; Effects Assessment; Exposure Assessment; Risk Characterization, Management, Communication, and Analysis; Technology Transfer.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=28449


2. ERDC BAA - Endangered Species (EL-24)
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Environmental Laboratory (EL)    
Deadline        Continuous
The Environmental Laboratory announces research opportunities involving endangered species. This effort involves studies of endangered and threatened species on Department of Defense and other Federal agency lands. Tasks would include site-specific surveys, habitat analysis, and development of management plans for species of concern. Individualstudies would involve literature searches and synthesis of information, field investigations, data analysis, coordination with federal and state agencies and conservation organizations, and preparation of endangered species survey reports and management guidelines. Management recommendations will be specific to the region of study. Species of concern will vary, depending on requests from civil works projects and military installations.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=28486   http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/contract/other.asp

3. ERDC BAA - Innovative Technologies for Treating Hazardous Waste and Contaminated Surface and Ground Waters (EL-3)
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Environmental Laboratory (EL)
 Deadline  Continuous.
The Environmental Laboratory is continuing to conduct research, develop technologies and apply strategies to treat complex organic and metal-contaminated hazardous liquids, off-gases, soils sludges, sediments, and residuals from past disposal practices. Research is divided into two major categories, technologies for treating contaminated soils and sediments, and innovative technologies for treating contaminated surface and ground waters. Areas of research include
- physical and chemical technologies to minimize or reduce the quantity and toxicity of hazardous waste;
- biological processes and methods to detoxify or destroy hazardous waste constituents;
- techniques for in situ treatment of ground-water aquifers;
- laboratory design criteria for and field implementation of piloting equipment for promising technologies; (5) computer-based techniques to assess operational performance of various treatment processes or systems; and
- improved analytical chemistry techniques and methodology to assess treatment technologies.

http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=28446      http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/contract/other.asp
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Energy and Environment Project Coordinator Triangle J Council of Governments

The Project Coordinator will work with local and regional partners to promote strategies for reducing petroleum use, air pollution, and vehicle miles traveled. The work will include outreach to potential partners, coalition facilitation, event planning, grant writing and reporting, and budget development and tracking, and staff management. For more information on some of the programs for which the Project Coordinator is responsible, visit www.trianglecleancities.org and www.tjcog.dst.nc.us/regplan/transdemand.shtml.
An advanced degree in public administration, planning, environmental studies/science or related field and five years relevant experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in public administration, planning, environmental studies, or related field and ten years relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Salary: $45,386 with 5% increase after 6-month probationary period.   www.tjcog.org

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NEW RESOURCES

1. Human Footprint Sunday, April 13 at 9p.m.  ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel.  
For more info visit http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/human-footprint/.  
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Upcoming Webcast: Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory - What Does It Take?

April 9, 2008  |  1:30 pm ET  |  Online

This helpful Webcast will explain the general principles of conducting a Green House Gas (GHG) inventory, while providing examples from two contrasting campuses that have used different methods. You'll engage with experts from Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) and the Association of the Advancement of Higher Education (AASHE), and hear stories from the University of California, Berkley and Unity College on how they conducted their GHG inventories. It has been excellent to see the ways in which American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) institutions and partner organizations have been supporting the initiative through activities like this webcast. Please consider taking part in this event and/or passing it on to key staff. Register Here: http://www.nacubo.org/x10065.xml

2. Earth Hour 2008         29 March 2008 at 8pm
Earth Hour is on 29 March 2008 at 8pm. So far, Sydney, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Manila, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toronto all turning off their lights for an hour in the name of fighting global warming. Sign up for Earth Hour  by visiting http://www.earthhour.org/sign-up and join the movement.

3. CFP---AASHE 2008 “Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond” November 9-11, Raleigh, NC
Abstracts due May 1—posters due Sept 1

We are pleased to invite you to Raleigh, NC, for the 2nd biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE's biennial conference is the largest gathering of its kind in the
U.S. and Canada.

AASHE 2008 offers an exciting and unique opportunity for every sector of higher education in the United States & Canada to come together to demonstrate how colleges and universities can lead the way to a sustainable future. Whether student or administrator, faculty or staff, community member or business, your participation in this inspiring event is welcome.

Reflecting this year’s theme, “Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond,” in partnership with Sustainable North Carolina we are offering a special, two-day tradeshow: “Sustainable Solutions Expo: Green Solutions for Campuses, Businesses and Institutions.”  http://www.aashe.org/conf2008/call.php


4. Creating Sustainable Connections Luther College, Decorah, Iowa April 18–19
Join participants from other Midwest colleges in learning how to make our campuses more sustainable! This conference will appeal to students, faculty, facilities and dining staff, and anyone else interested in the future of sustainability at colleges and universities. Workshops and presentations will address issues such as green building, local foods, renewable energy, sustainability in the classroom, and more. Come make sustainable connections to bring back to your campus!
Keynote speakers include: Debra Rowe of United States Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and co-chair of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium,  John Turenne of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, and polar explorer Eric Larsen.

Details are online at www.umacs.org

5. Attend a FREE Web Conference presented by Sustainable Industries Magazine
Extra Credit: Bringing LEED to College Campuses
April 7, 2008 10 - 11 am, PDT
Presented with support from Bainbridge Graduate Institute http://www.bgiedu.org/
http://www.sustainableindustries.com/

6. Down to Earth: Sustainable Enterprise

Innovation and knowledge creation for a low-carbon sustainable enterprise economy
The 2nd Annual Conference of the Applied Research Centre in Human Security (ARCHS)

Evening Friday 31st October to lunchtime Sunday 2nd November 2008
Join us in October 2008 by sending a conversation idea of not more than 500 words on any aspect of our relation to, and use of, natural resources in the transformation towards sustainable enterprise. Ideas must be received by May 31st at DownToEarth.bes@coventry.ac.uk. Full papers from the conference will be published in a special edition of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship in 2009. http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/default.asp?ContentID=16

7. SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2008 Future Products, Technologies and Industries
Part of the Towards Sustainable Product Design series of conferences 13th International Conference  27th - 28th October 2008 Malmö University  Malmö  Sweden    Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design

Sustainable Innovation 08 will provide a platform to discuss in the future opportunities and challenges related to sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Sustainable Innovation 08 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event will be a unique learning experience, networking space and an opportunity to think or even jump 'out of the box'. Delegates will come globally from large companies, entrepreneurs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board. http://www.cfsd.org.uk/

8. Michigan Energy Conference - April 11-12

Aril 11-12, 2008 at Holiday Inn Conference Center—Big Rapids
MichiganEnergyConference@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/MEC

9. Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM 2008) Australia 12-14 November
 The Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM) is a major biennial international conference for widespread dissemination of knowledge and current advances in manufacturing, management, engineering, and technology domains. Previously held in USA (2000), Thailand (2002), India (2004) and Brazil (2006), it typically attracts over 200 featured researchers and industrialists from more than 25 countries, each time. It has been mainly patronised by mechanical and manufacturing engineers but with its industrial engineering connections, it also draws input and support from business school academic communities.
 The first call for papers received an overwhelming response. At the same time, there have been several requests for an extension of deadline for submissions. Consequently, we are pleased to inform that the deadline for abstract submission has now been extended until the end of March 2008.
http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/research/events/gcmm08


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A screensaver that shows any image on the screen doesn't save any energy at all -- you save energy only if the monitor goes dark by going into standby mode. If you turn the monitor off at the switch it will use 0 to 10 watts. (Some electronics equipment draws a small amount of energy even when it's switched off.)



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