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SFI weekly newsletter (November 10, 2008) Late Edition
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. Fourth Annual SFI Poster Session and Banquet
2. Second annual D80 Conference
3.EWB Popcorn and Policy presents Energy in America this Thursday, Nov 13th
4. Exploring bioenergy crop potential
5. Barry Solomon speaks on "Alternative Products, Methods and Strategies to DDT"

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. New Issue of 'Sustainability: The Journal of Record'

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Delta College wind tech program to train wind turbine technicians
2 . Western Michigan University launches new sustainability Web site
 3. MSU Land Policy Institute Launches ’Ask the Expert’ Online Forums

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - November 11, 2008TOMORROW!

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. NIH    Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Program Manager, Sustainability, Lone Star College System
2. Faculty, Environment-Human Interactions, Emerson College
3. Assist Prof, Environmental Policy, Dartmouth College
4. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Northern Arizona U
5. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

NEW RESOURCES
1. New Issue of 'Sustainability: The Journal of Record'

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. 9th National Conf. of Science, Policy and the Environment: December 8-10, 2008 Washington, DC

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

1. Fourth Annual SFI Poster Session and Banquet

Two Campus-wide weekend sustainability activities took place over the weekend.
On Friday, November 7th, a record crowd turned out to view posters on exhibit at the Fourth Annual Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) Poster Session.  The posters illustrated diverse sustainability projects ranging from research into  renewable fuels, sustainable cement and asphalt production methods, several water issues as well as  sustainable office furniture,  and sustainable construction practices. The Peoples Choice Award this year went to "Black is the New Green" designed by the Terra Preta Working Group of the Professional Communications Enterprise to promote the use of biochar as a soil amendment. Members of this group are Michelle Rombach, Lydia Patch, Zachary Vahakangas, Angela Hoffman, and Niki Vanbelle. The group’s advisor is Michael Moore (HU).  The winner of this award received a $100 prize from the Graduate Student Council. All the posters can be viewed online at the SFI website along with photos from the banquet http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/news/nov2008/sfi/index.html.

The annual SFI banquet consisting of local foods followed the poster show. Twenty-seven graduate students were inducted into the Scholars of SFI. In addition, Neil Hutzler was inducted as a Fellow of SFI in appreciation for his 30 years of sustainability work. Dr. Hutzler also spoke about one of SFI’s latest projects, an NSF “Family Engineering for Parents and Elementary-Aged Children,” an NSF project he and Joan Chadde were instrumental in securing. The new program is intended to introduce children to the possibilities open in engineering careers. Chris Wojick closed out the evening by describing developments of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) program, a carbon auditing project that has now ready to become a reality. Michigan Tech has approved the formation of a  new Green Campus Enterprise that is charged with carrying out the recommendations of the AQIP team.      

For slides of the event see  http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/news/nov2008/sfi/index.html

2. Second annual D80 Conference
On Saturday, November 8th, Michigan Tech’s D80 Center: Design for Prosperity held its Second Annual Conference at Michigan Tech's Memorial Union. The D80 Center is dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable 80 percent of humanity in meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation, waste disposal, energy, income and education. The programs that comprise D80 provide many education, research and service opportunities for students interested in gaining valuable professional experience while making a difference in the lives of others today.

The Center’s Director, Assistant Professor Kurt Paterson, opened the conference  with a discussion of the world population versus purchasing power.  Keynote speakers included Assistant Professor David Watkins, and Graduate Student Lauren Fry speaking about "Environmental Sustainability in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Research." For pictures and more information go to http://www.doe.mtu.edu/news/2008/d80/d80-2008.html

3.EWB Popcorn and Policy presents Energy in America this Thursday, Nov 13th

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will discuss the topic of Energy in America at its next Popcorn and Policy community forum on Thursday, Nov 13th, at 7:30 in MEEM 112.  EWB hopes to continue the momentum about energy that began to unfold during the past election, especially before the economy took over as the main focus. Popcorn and Policy is split into two sections – the first half is dedicated to a panel of experts, who introduce their work and their positions and the second half is a question and answer session in which audience members and panelists begin a substantive discussion we hope will carry on within our community long after the event is over. Our panelists:
•         Wayne Pennington, Department Chair and Professor of Geophysical Engineering
•         Mark Roberts, Professor of Mineral, Energy, and Natural Resource Economics
•         Scott Miers, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
•         Nicholas Johnson, Masters Candidate in Environmental Policy
For more information, please contact Joe Dammel (jadammel@mtu.edu) or Kaye La Fond (kmlafond@mtu.edu).
4. Exploring bioenergy crop potential
Robert Froese’s Michigan Tech graduate student looks for profitability in biomass
The story, here:
http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/502473.html?nav=5006

5. Barry Solomon speaks on "Alternative Products, Methods and Strategies to DDT"

Professor Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) was invited to speak on "Alternative Products, Methods and Strategies to DDT for Disease Vector Control: Toward a Cost-Benefit Analysis" at the Stakeholders' Meeting to Review the Interim Report for the Establishment of a Global Partnership to Develop Alternatives to DDT, held in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 3-5. The meeting was sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, which is the secretariat for implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. Delta College wind tech program to  train students to be wind turbine technicians
Posted by Jeff Kart | The Bay City Times October 23, 2008 07:41AM

Delta College in Bay County's Frankenlust Township hopes to help fill a growing number of job openings in the wind industry through a technician training program now under development.

There are thousands of 300-foot-tall wind turbines going up across the United States, but not enough people trained to maintain them, said Steve Rosin, chair of Delta's Technical, Trades & Manufacturing Division.

Michigan has one commercial wind farm near Elkton, another going up near Ubly, and the potential for hundreds more turbines to meet a new state

http://blog.mlive.com/bctimes/2008/10/delta_college_wind_tech_progra.html

2 . Western Michigan University launches new Web site dedicated to sustainability efforts
by Paula M. Davis | Kalamazoo Gazette
Western Michigan University has launched a "sustainability" Web site that chronicles the university's various efforts to protect the environment. A research project studying composting food waste, WMU's "green" practices for buildings and events related to sustainable practices can all be found on the site.
http://www.mlive.com/kzgazette/news/index.ssf/2008/10/western_michigan_university_la.html

 3. MSU Land Policy Institute Launches ’Ask the Expert’ Online Forums
The Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University has launched some online “Ask the Expert” forums to help Michigan communities and residents understand issues having to do with renewable energy sources, urban development, ecotourism, and others.
There are nine moderated discussion forums covering a range of topics, including economic growth, natural resources, energy, and social issues. Academics from MSU and other Michigan universities and other experts outside of academia are available to readers through the forums.
In addition to participating in online discussions, forum visitors also can search for experts by name or area of knowledge and communicate directly with them about issues affecting their communities and regions. There also will be a Frequently Asked Questions feature that will allow readers to look up information discussed in the forums.
For more information, visit the MSU Land Policy Institute. http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - November 11, 2008TOMORROW!


Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a presentation and discussion of the paper, "Methodologies for Social Life Cycle Assessment," by Andreas Jorgensen et al. It is published in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (2008).

For more details about the Colloquium, and for a copy of the paper, visit:

http://www.me.mtu.edu/~jwsuther/colloquium/

For access to readings, the username is "reader" and the password is "want2read."

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!
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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. NIH    Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) (R01) Michigan Tech Research Limited Submission Program (Posted: November 3, 2008)
Internal deadline: December 4, 2008 (Only one application per school)
 Letter of intent: January 5, 2009 Application deadline: February 3, 2009
Purpose.  The Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) is intended to support the research and research career development of outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH.  This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, or basic research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders, paving the way for a cure.  Each year the BRAINS program will focus on a specific area of research and research career development need.  In this inaugural year the focus of the BRAINS program is neurodevelopment.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/rfa-mh-09-100.html


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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Program Manager, Sustainability, Lone Star College System

The Lone Star College System (TX) seeks a part-time Program Manager of Sustainability. Responsibilities include developing a college-wide sustainability program focused on employee and student education of waste-management, recycling, and environmental impact; developing and implementing new programs to positively impact environmental sustainability; and creating a community-wide culture of sustainability. Qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Practices, or a related field. The position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175346956

2. Faculty, Environment-Human Interactions, Emerson College
The School of Communication at Emerson College (MA) seeks to fill one tenure-track and one full-time faculty position in Environmental Science. The College seeks broadly trained educators and scientists with strengths in the area of environment-human interactions. The successful candidates will complement existing faculty strengths in ecology and climate change. Potential areas of teaching and research include human health, genetics, land use, energy, technology, and environmental science. Candidates must have research experience and completed a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific field. College-level teaching experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000581558-01&pg=s&cc=

3. Assist Prof, Environmental Policy, Dartmouth College
The Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College (NH) is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of environmental policy analysis. The ideal candidate will integrate knowledge of the political, legal, social and/or economic aspects of policy formulation and evaluation, including the use and critical analysis of quantitative methods and models. In addition, candidates should be conversant in environmental science and its role in decision making. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focus on energy, common pool resources, or the conservation and management of biological resources. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in environmental studies, public policy, political science, economics, or a related field. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after December 10, 2008. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000577167-01&pg=s&cc=

4. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Northern Arizona U
The Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University is seeking a full-time, non-tenure-track Lecturer in Environmental Science, with an appointment beginning in August 2009. Minimum qualifications for the position are a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences or a related field and one year of demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level. The application deadline is December 1, 2008http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000580463-01&pg=s&cc=

5. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
The Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for an ongoing pool of qualified temporary instructors. Outstanding candidates with experience teaching in any specialty within environmental studies (including courses in General Ecology, Developmental Studies, Tropical Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Political Economy of the Environment) are encouraged to apply. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or an Master's degree with expertise in Environmental Studies or a related field. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175346980
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NEW RESOURCES

1. New Issue of 'Sustainability: The Journal of Record'
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has released the latest issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The fifth issue contains and interview with Dedee DeLongpre, the University of Florida Director of the Office of Sustainability, profiles Michigan State University's sustainability program, and features articles such as, "In the Green: Green IT 101," "Covergence: Innovators in Sustainability, AASHE honors four top leaders in the field," and "Research and Solutions: Think Systemically, Act Cooperatively: The Key to Reaching a Tipping Point for the Sustainability Movement in Higher Education."

http://www.liebertonline.com/
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. National Council for Science and the Environment's  9th National Conference of Science, Policy and the Environment: December 8-10, 2008 Washington, DC
Keynote speaker: NYT columnist and author Thomas Friedman
The theme is biodiversity in a rapidly changing world. The NCSE conference will bring together some 1000 scientists, conservationists and policymakers to develop a strategy to guide a new US Administration and others working to conserve biodiversity around the world.  It will develop an approach for biodiversity management and conservation in a 21st century context, including
http://www.ncseonline.org/conference/biodiversity/






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