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SFI weekly newsletter (October 10, 2008)
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 A web version of this newsletter will soon be available at www.sfi.mtu.edu


SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Grain Processing Lecture: Dr. Randy Cortright, Friday 10/17/08, 10:00am, MUB-Red Metal
2. Faculty Nominations Solicited for SFI Fellow
3. Call for 2008 SFI Poster Session
4. Pimp My Poster
5. SFI Director and Deputy Director are invited guests at Chinese Sustainability Symposium
6. In the News Zhanping You (CEE)

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Assessing the carrying capacity of the Great Lakes natural environment of western Michigan

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Wood as a power source may be making comeback
2. Studies Lift Hopes for Great Lakes Wind Turbine Farms Oct 7, 2008 Washington Post
3. Polar Explorer Steger at the Rozsa Oct. 20
4. Solar energy gets huge earmark in bailout bill Oct 8, 2008 Miami Herald
5. Community Nominations for Climate Change Science and Solutions
6. WWJ Radio’s Matt Roush visits Michigan Tech
7. Detroit Got Its Bailout
8. State Authorizes $25 Million for Great Lakes Research Lab at Michigan Tech
9. Friedman urges massive push for renewable energy

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 14, 2008

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Invitation to nominate - Volvo Environment Prize 2009
2. United States DOE Office of Science: Annual Notice
3. Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (P42)  
4. Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
5. New "Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)" solicitation has been published.  
6. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 08-503
7. Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS) 07-502
8. Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation (CRIF:MU) 08-539
9. Biological Research Collections (BRC) 06-569
10. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) 08-569

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainability Manager, Northeastern U
2. Sustainability Education Coordinator, Dickinson College
3. Lead Web Application Developer, AASHE
4. Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Business, U Oregon
5. Dept Head & Prof, Land Resources & Env'l Sciences, Montana State U
6. Assistant Prof., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Furman U
7. Assistant Prof., Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College
8. Assist. Prof., Environmental/Natural Resources Policy, Utah State U
9. Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies, Naropa U
10 Sustainability Manager, Northeastern U
11. Sustainability Education Coordinator, Dickinson College
12. Lead Web Application Developer, AASHE
13. Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Business, U Oregon
14. Dept Head & Prof, Land Resources & Env'l Sciences, Montana State U
15. Assistant Prof., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Furman U
16. Assistant Prof., Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College
17. Assist. Prof., Environmental/Natural Resources Policy, Utah State U
18. Assist./Assoc. Professor, Environmental Justice, Colgate U
19. Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies, Naropa U

NEW RESOURCES
1. Home base: Monitor your home's energy use Oct 9, 2008 The Orlando Sentinel
2. SFI member Kristine Bradof measures Energy savings at Houghton home
3. Cfp: International Journal Of Sustainable Strategic Management (Ijssm)
4. Opportunity to be Featured in Making a Difference College Guide

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Call for Technical Abstracts 2009 Clean Technology Conference and Expo
2.  CFP: 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology & Management
3. International Research Institute's 2008 Member Summit! Talent 2020: Driving Innovation & Growth
4.CFP: 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE2009)  

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. Grain Processing Lecture: Dr. Randy Cortright, Friday 10/17/08, 10:00am, MUB-Red Metal 105


The 2008/2009 SFI BioEnergy Speaker Series and Michigan Tech’s Chemical Engineering Dept. are sponsoring a talk by Dr. Randy D. Cortright, Chief Technical Officer, Founder, Executive Vice President Virent Energy Systems entitled “Catalytic Conversion of Sugars to Conventional Liquid Fuels”  on Friday 10/17/08 at 10:00am, MUB-Red Metal 105

Dr. Cortright is a leading figure in the field of catalytic processing of biomass-derived feedstocks into chemicals and fuels. He is the co-inventor of Aqueous Phase Reforming, the innovative pathway to biofuels and bioproducts used by the BioForming® technology platform. Dr. Cortright’s background includes research and development, process design, start-up, and operations of large scale industrial catalytic processes at UOP LLC, a provider of petroleum and petrochemical process technologies. He received BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. After leaving UOP, Dr. Cortright earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin. In academia, he specialized in catalytic systems for the clean manufacturing of fuels and petrochemicals. Dr. Cortright currently holds seven issued patents and is the author of over 40 technical publications. The abstract is attached.

This lecture is jointly sponsored by the SFI BioEnergy Speaker Series and Michigan Tech’s Chemical Engineering Dept.

2. Faculty Nominations Solicited for SFI Fellow
The Sustainable Futures Institute is currently soliciting nominations for SFI Fellow recognition. Any SFI member is eligible for nomination. The following criteria will be used for selection:
1. Sustained research funding and student advising/mentoring in areas related to sustainability.
2. Long-term support for SFI education, research, and outreach programs.
3. Outstanding and highly visible efforts in the development of sustainability concepts, methods, and tools.
Applications for SFI Fellow (essentially a brief summary of qualifications) may be directed to David Shonnard at drshonna@mtu.edu by November 1.

3. Call for 2008 SFI Poster Session
Sustainable Futures Institute invites you to submit a poster for a celebration of campus-wide sustainability activities. The poster session will be held on Friday, November 7, 2008 in Rozsa Center lobby from 4:30-6:30pm. Poster setup will begin at 4:00pm. The first half of the poster session will be open to the Michigan Tech community.
We encourage all students, faculty, and others currently engaged in sustainability-related projects to participate in this forum to share current research ideas, progress, and successes related to Sustainability. Poster presenters are cordially invited to attend the SFI banquet following the poster session. A prize for the people’s choice of the best poster will be presented at the banquet.  To register, please email Melanie Xuna Yang (xunayang@mtu.edu) with a 100 word abstract by October 15. The abstract will be reviewed for its connection to the theme of sustainability.
4. Pimp My Poster

With the SFI Poster Session coming up, it is a good time to mention a poster-making site that IGERT student Thomas Eaton first sent to the newsletter. A slide show of Colin Purrington’s tips for jazzing up scientific posters is featured in The Scientist.com Volume 22, issue 10, page 22. The article includes  tips to jazz up a poster with a simple (cheap!) audio component, why/how props next to the poster can be helpful. The article is attached with this newsletter, but to see the slideshow and other related articles you will need to register (free). http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/10/1/22/100/
Other helpful sites from Thomas Eaton:
•This is a HIGHLY detailed description of creating posters prepared for Biology students at Swarthmore that includes sample posters, a PowerPoint template, and good advice. http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm and
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA100308481033.aspx  (this is a scaled-down version)

• For a step-by-step guide to developing a poster, and includes some good tips for working with PowerPoint (see section 2 – design your poster) as well as a link to some award-winning student posters (click on “view posters”).
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~schne006/tutorials/poster_design/

•A good link from the engineering school at Penn State includes poster tips.
http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/posters.html

•Use the links along the left to jump to specific aspects of poster design. http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/

5. SFI Director and Deputy Director are invited guests at Chinese Sustainability Symposium
Professors John W. Sutherland and David R. Shonnard attended the opening ceremony for the "111" Sustainable Manufacturing Research Project in Hefei China on Friday, Sept. 26. The "111 Program" considers 100 research areas, 100 collaborative platforms, and brings 1000 world experts to Chinese universities. Shonnard, Sutherland, and four other foreign experts will serve as advisors to the prestigious government-funded project. While in Hefei, Sutherland and Shonnard also attended the 2nd Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium as honored guests. Professor Sutherland gave a keynote presentation entitled "Sustainable Development: Challenges for the Manufacturing Enterprise."

6. In the News Zhanping You (CEE)
SFI member and Assistant Professor Zhanping You (CEE), Ala R. Abbas (University of Akron) and Linbing Wang (Virginia Tech) edited a book, Pavements and Materials: Characterization, Modeling and Simulation, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 182, ISBN10 #0784409862 and ISBN13 #9780784409862, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This publication contains 16 papers concerning a variety of topics in pavement mechanics, including the characterization, modeling and simulation of asphalt mixtures, asphalt pavements and concrete mixtures. For more information, visit www.asce.org/bookstore/book.cfm?book=8841 .

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Assessing the carrying capacity of the Great Lakes natural environment of western Michigan
SFI was awarded a grant of $1 15,088 grant from the Colcom Foundation to cover costs for an 18 month project entitled “Assessing the carrying capacity of the Great Lakes natural environment of western Michigan.” The Primary Investigator on this project is Dr. William S. Breffle, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics. Co-investigators include SFI Director Dr. John W. Sutherland, Dr. Amlan Mulche jee, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Susan Amato-Henderson Associate Professor  of Cognitive & Learning Sciences. They will develop tools for assessing and determining the carrying capacity of the region of the state of Michigan that borders Lake Michigan with the long-term goal of expanding the proposed tools to address the entire Great Lakes region. In this project, researchers will elicit public perceptions of environmental issues and establish a dynamic systems model for the carrying capacity for the western region of the state of Michigan that borders Lake Michigan. It is the responsibility of policy makers to ensure that the overuse or misuse of natural resources by current generations does not have significant negative externalities affecting future generations. The model to be developed through this proposed work will serve as a valuable tool for guiding the actions of policy makers.
 
SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Wood as a power source may be making comeback

By Jay Lindsay The Associated Press Thursday, October 9, 2008; 12:31 AM
RUSSELL, Mass. -- There were 196 wood burning electricity plants in the United States as of January 2007, including 72 with 40 megawatt capacity or larger, according to the Department of Energy. At least eight wood-burning electricity plants of 40 megawatt capacity or larger have been proposed around the country, according to New Energy Finance, which provides information to investors in renewable energy markets. Wood energy projects benefit from federal subsidies that developers say are essential. New mandates in many states to increase renewable power use has led to additional incentives.

Wood, however, has far less stored energy than fossil fuels and coal, so more must be gathered, trucked and burned to produce the same power. Higher transportation costs mean wood plants must gather their fuel nearby, limiting where plants can be located. The issue of carbon neutrality is also a point of contention.

2. Studies Lift Hopes for Great Lakes Wind Turbine Farms Oct 7, 2008 Washington Post A09
Michigan State University Land Policy Institute released a study analyzing wind potential in the Great Lakes and found that 100,000 turbines off Michigan's coasts could produce 321,000 megawatts of energy. Another ongoing $1 million feasibility study gives the project a green light on geologic and wind-potential grounds. If the study continues to yield positive findings, construction of two to 10 wind turbines and a research station could start in about two years. Wisconsin, too, is exploring three offshore wind projects, with public comment periods in progress, according to the state Public Service Commission.
Michigan has not actively pursued offshore wind energy but expects it may get proposals from private firms, said John Sarver, supervisor of technical assistance in the Michigan Energy Office and chairman of the Michigan Wind Working Group. Such proposals would go primarily through the Department of Environmental Quality. The areas in Michigan most conducive to offshore turbines might be the state's northeast coast in Lake Huron and the coasts of the Upper Peninsula, because they are relatively unpopulated. But wind farms should ideally be located near the market for energy.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100602574.html?nav=rss_nation

 3. Polar Explorer Steger at the Rozsa Oct. 20
Polar explorer Will Steger will give a first-hand account of the effects of global warming at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Rozsa Center. His talk is free and open to the public. See Tech Today

4. Solar energy gets huge earmark in bailout bill Oct 8, 2008 Miami Herald
The tax credits for wind and solar were set to expire at the end of this year. The bailout package not only extended them, it enhanced the solar credit. Instead of a 30 percent credit with a cap of $2,000, the credit starting next year will cover 30 percent of however much a homeowner spends. Altogether, the bill contains $17 billion in energy-related credits, according to an analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation.

5. Community Nominations for Climate Change Science and Solutions Leadership Positions in the New Administration

The ability of the world to avoid the catastrophic effects of global climatic disruption will depend in large part on the actions of the next US President and his Administration. In order to help assist the transition team that will be selected after the election to choose the most qualified individuals to fill key leadership positions in the Administration, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), in collaboration and with the support of the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) invite the scientific and environmental community to make recommendations. These nominations will be held in confidence and not be published for the community, but will be provided to transition teams. NCSE and PCAP reserve the right to edit these nominations. www.NCSEonline.org/Community

6. WWJ Radio’s Matt Roush visits Michigan Tech
Posted: Sunday, 05 October 2008 8:12PM

See Tech Tour Day Five below for information on WWJ’s Matt Roush’s visit to the Keweenaw area and Michigan Tech. While in the area he visited with representatives of Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest and ConnecTech, Automation Alley's association for technology professionals. He also visited Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center's new home to conduct a wide variety of scientific research and Michigan Tech U's new Alternative Energy Research Building in Hancock. He also talked with Dave Reed, Michigan Tech vice president for research, about the university's $20 million Energy Center of Excellence project.   http://www.wwj.com/GLITR-page/714615

7. Detroit Got Its Bailout
Congress just under the radar: $25 billion in subsidized loans for Detroit’s bedraggled automakers. See NYT editorial Published: October 5, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/06/opinion/06mon2.html?_r=1&ei=5070&emc=eta1&oref=slogin

8. State Authorizes $25 Million for Great Lakes Research Lab at Michigan Tech
Monday, Sept. 29, Lt. Governor John Cherry, acting for Governor Jennifer Granholm, signed a capital outlay bill authorizing Michigan Tech to spend $25 million to build a Great Lakes research center along the Portage Canal on the University's campus.

See Tech Today for 9/30/2008
9. Friedman urges massive push for renewable energy
The bestselling author of The World Is Flat and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke this month in Ypsilanti to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 at a meeting of the Washtenaw Economic Club sponsored by the University Research Corridor. The event also featured a renewable energy business exhibition by several companies involved in the nascent industry. Friedman said he'd do in Michigan what President George W. Bush did when he was governor of Texas -- insist on heavy development of wind power. "I'd have the highest renewable power standard in the country," he said. "I'd tell my utilities they had to be generating 30 percent of their power from renewable power by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050. They would all scream and moan, but all those innovators I've met here today would have a domestic market. Think it won't work? Go visit Denmark, "where most power comes from wind, and where the unemployment rate is 1.6 percent because renewable energy is a major employer. Friedman spent his speech going through the arguments in his new book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution -- And How It Can Renew America.
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 14, 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. Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing.
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. Invitation to nominate - Volvo Environment Prize 2009
The nomination process for the Volvo Environment Prize 2009 is now open. The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists and engineers as well as other individual and organisations to submit nominations for the Volvo Environment Prize.  The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field". Priority is given to an individual or to a group of named individuals, rather than to institutions.

Until 2008 the prize has been awarded to 34 people. The laureates include many well-know names, of which three are Nobel Prize Winners.  The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually at a ceremony in Göteborg, Sweden, and consists of a prize sum amounting SEK 1.5 million (approximately US $220,000).
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/getRec?id=82275 

2. United States DOE Office of Science: Annual Notice
Submission of Renewal and Supplemental Applications for Office of Science Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Amount unspecified--no maximum or minimum, and no cost sharing
DeadlineDec 31, 2008
The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving renewal and supplemental grant and cooperative agreement applications for support of work in the following program areas:
•Basic Energy Sciences
•High Energy Physics
•Nuclear Physics
•Advanced Scientific Computing Research
•Fusion Energy Sciences
•Biological and Environmental Research
•Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=103072

3. Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (P42)  
Amount—
This FOA will utilize the NIH P42 multi-project grant mechanism. A new applicant may request a budget for direct costs of up to $1.8 million for the first year. Applicants submitting renewal (competing continuation) applications may request up to a 10 percent increase above the budget level (direct cost) of the last year of their continuation project (noncompetitive renewal). For all applicants, budgets submitted in subsequent years may not exceed an escalation of three percent on recurring direct costs. Cost sharing is not required.
Deadline Apr 15, 2009
Deadline Note letter of intent (not required) by March 16, 2009

Abstracts NIEHS is announcing the continuation of the Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program (referred to as the Superfund Basic Research Program [SBRP]). SBRP grants will support coordinated, multiproject, interdisciplinary research programs to address the mandates legislated under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. These mandates include the development of
(1) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment;
(2) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of hazardous substances;
(3) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances;
(4) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances. The objective for the SBRP is to develop a holistic research agenda for the protection of human health. This is accomplished by the establishment of interdisciplinary programs that link and integrate biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeologic, and ecologic components within the context of unique scientific themes developed by the applicant.

http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=116123

4. Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division
Deadline Feb 15, 2009 and Oct 01, 2009
Deadline Note Full proposal windows are September 1 to October 1, and January 15 to Feb 15.

Abstracts The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences. It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.
Bookmark Url http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=59682
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353

5. New "Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)" solicitation has been published.  

Some highlights of the changes since last year's solicitation are:

* Letter of Intent is no longer required or accepted
* Preliminary and full proposal deadlines were revised:

Preliminary Proposal deadlines: Type I: December 8, 2008 Type II: December 9, 2008
Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): May 20, 2009

The description of the theme "Designing, Building, and Understanding Virtual Organizations" has been revised.

Other changes are available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08604
If you have any questions, you can reach us at cdi@nsf.gov or
703-292-8080.

The next  5 proposals have been added to the Michigan Tech Research Limited Submission Program site. The month, titles, and deadlines follow:

DECEMBER 2008
6. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 08-503
•Posted: October 7, 2008
•Internal deadline: December 11, 2008
•Limit on number of proposals
•PI limit: None specified
•Number per organization: Three (3) as described. Both of the following conditions must be met or proposal(s) will be returned without review:
oAn organization may submit or be included as a partner or subawardee in no more than three proposals.
oIf an organization submits or is included as a partner or subawardee in three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development.
•Proposal deadline: January 22, 2009
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08503/nsf08503.txt

7. Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS) 07-502
•Posted: October 7, 2008
•Internal deadline: December 18, 2008
•Limit on number of proposals
•PI limit: None specified
•Number per organization: Identical proposals may not be submitted to both the SCREMS and MRI solicitations. If possible, within the context of institutional limit requirements of the MRI program, equipment proposals from mathematics and/or statistics groups should be submitted as MRI proposals by the MRI proposal deadline.
•Proposal deadline: January 22, 2009
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07502/nsf07502.htm
MAY 2009
8. Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation (CRIF:MU) 08-539
•Posted: October 7, 2008
•Internal deadline: May 12, 2009
•Limit on number of proposals
•PI limit: The PI must be the chemistry department chair person or equivalent.
•Number per organization: Two (2) per institution. If two are submitted, at least one must involve cyberinfrastructure.
•Letter of Intent deadline: June 22, 2009
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08539/nsf08539.htm

JUNE 2009
9. Biological Research Collections (BRC) 06-569
•Posted: October 7, 2008
•Internal deadline: June 11, 2009
•Limit on number of proposals
•PI limit: None specified
•Number per organization: In any single round of the BRC competition, only one (1) proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization.Organizations that house multiple collections, submitting proposals from more than one collection, should engage in internal planning activities in order to prioritize the needs of the several collections such that the organization does not submit a multiplicity of proposals to any one BRC competition.
•Proposal deadline: July 24, 2009
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06569/nsf06569.htm

JULY 2009
10. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) 08-569
•Posted: October 7, 2008
•Internal deadline: July 22, 2009
•Limit on number of proposals
•PI limit: None specified
•Number per organization: An institution that awards baccalaureate degrees is allowed to submit only one (1) Type 1 proposal, or to be part of only one (1) consortium submitting a type 1 proposal. There are no restrictions on the number of Type 2 proposals that an individual or organization may submit.
•Letter of Intent deadline: August 18, 2009
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & FELLOWSHIP & POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES

1. L'Oréal USA Women in Science fellows

October 1 -- L'Oréal is accepting applications for grants to be awarded to five outstanding female postdoctoral researchers in science, math, engineering, or computer sciences. A jury of nine scientists, chaired by NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone, will select the 2009 L'Oréal USA Women in Science fellows. Applications are due by Oct. 31, 2008.
L'Oréal is now accepting applications for its 2009 Fellowships for Women in Science.  The fellowship program awards grants -- from $40,000 to $60,000 -- to five female researchers each year who are pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, or computer sciences.  The selection is based on proposed research projects and eligibility according to stringent criteria.

Now in its sixth year, the L’ORÉAL USA Fellowships for Women in Science program has awarded 25 fellowships to women scientists in the United States.  A jury of nine scientists, led by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, selects the fellows.  This fellowship is open to women postdoctoral researchers who are either American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Applications for the 2009 fellowships must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2008.  For information on eligibility, submission requirements, and procedures, visit http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.  

http://www.lorealusa.com/_en/_us/index.aspx?direct1=00008&direct2=00008/00001

2. Postdoc Environmental Management Participation at the U.S. Army Environmental Center  
Sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Amount --unspecified. The number of awards varies. This award is for one year and is renewable.
Deadline Continuous. Activity LocationUnited States

Abstracts This award provides opportunities to participate in environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related issues.
Eligibility Applicants must have completed doctoral degree within the last three years.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=19405
URL for more info  http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/USARMY/gi-pdEMP.htm

3. Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research

Amount--stipends of up to $40,000 or more if necessary. And up to $500 for related supplies.
Deadline Feb 01, 2009Activity Location Massachusetts

The fellowship program is to support advanced research and study by persons, either scholars or administrators, to forestry defined in its broadest sense as the human use of forested environments. The research can encompass a wide array of forestry-related subjects from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration or law. The program can make available to qualified individuals a wide range of opportunities for research in the several divisions of the university; this is its unique and greatest virtue.

Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in public service, in academia, or in the private sector. For those in academic careers, preference is ordinarily given to holders of doctoral degrees, but others whose projects show promise of important contributions to forestry, broadly defined, will be considered in terms of the likelihood that study and research at Harvard will help fulfill this promise.
URL for more info http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/education/bullard.html

4. Postgraduate Research Participation at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Amount unspecified. The stipend is based on the recipient's research area and degree.
Deadline  Continuous. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.
Activity LocationMaryland

Abstracts Offered on a continual basis, this program provides qualified researchers in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, physical sciences, and related scientific disciplines with opportunities to participate in research and development supportive of military missions. Research will be conducted at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
Eligibility Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree within the last three years.
Bookmark Url http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=26679
URL for more info http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/USARMY/gi-pdECBC.htm

5. National Academies Policy Fellowship Call for Applications

Christine Mirzayan Science And Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C. — 2009 Sessions

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies — consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.
 
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009 sessions. The program will comprise two 12-week sessions: Winter: January 12-April 3, 2009 (application materials are due November 1st)  and Fall: September 9- November 25, 2009.
 
The programs are designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last 5 years are eligible to apply. Candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor/adviser fill out a reference form. Both forms are available on the Web.
The deadline for receipt of application material is November 1 for the winter program and June 1 for the fall program. Candidates may apply to both sessions concurrently.

Additional details about the program and a link to join the mailing list are available on the Web site at  http://national-academies.org/policyfellows . Questions should be directed to: policyfellows@nas.edu.
 
Dr. Mary Durfee in Social Sciences and Dr. Deb Charlesworth and Jodi Lehman in the Graduate School are available to help students prepare fellowship applications in general.

NOTE: The ME-EM Director of Graduate Studies will award $150 to applicants of either of the next two Fellowships. The Graduate School also has an incentive
program for application submissions.


6. Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships for innovation in Applied
Physical, Biological, and Engineering Sciences

Deadline 31 October 2008
For US citizens or permanent residents applying to or enrolled in a PhD program. Research is supported in a variety of areas including engineering and quantitative biology and biotechnology.

Option 1: $31,000/9 month with full tuition renewable up to 5 years
(plus $5,000/yr for dependent child care).
Option 2: $36,000/ 9 month with full tuition renewable up to 2 years
(plus $5,000/yr for dependent child care). $3,500/yr stipend supplement
for remaining three years requiring other Fellowship source.

See www.hertzfoundation.org

7. DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Deadline January 12, 2009.

For students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. Fellows also participate in research at a DoE laboratory. $32,400 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, workstation purchase assistance, yearly conferences, $1000 yearly academic allowance, renewable up to 4 years. See Dr. Craig R. Friedrich, Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for additional information with examples of past awardees. See www.krellinst.org/csgf

8. See the AASHE bulletin web site for information about the following available jobs http://www.aashe.org/publications/bulletin.php
Sustainability Manager, Northeastern U
A Bachelor's degree is required as is three to five years of experience in project management, budgeting, planning and/or policy development. The position is open until filled.
Sustainability Education Coordinator, Dickinson College
Dickinson College (PA) Minimum qualifications for the position are a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. The position is open until filled.
Lead Web Application Developer, AASHE
AASHE invites applications for a Lead Web Application Developer position. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2008.
 Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Business, U Oregon
The University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business is seeking a qualified candidate to focus on integrating research and experiential education in the areas of building and executing sustainable business strategies. The review process for applications will begin on November 1, 2008.
Dept Head & Prof, Land Resources & Env'l Sciences, Montana State U
Screening will begin November 14, 2008 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
Assistant Prof., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Furman U
Applications are due December 15, 2008.
Assistant Prof., Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College
The application deadline is October 15, 2008.
Assist. Prof., Environmental/Natural Resources Policy, Utah State U
Assist./Assoc. Professor, Environmental Justice, Colgate U
Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies, Naropa U

A Master's degree in Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resources, or a related area is required.

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NEW RESOURCES
1. Home base: Monitor your home's energy use Oct 9, 2008 The Orlando Sentinel By Martha Phifer

Oct. 9, 2008 (McClatchy-Tribune News Service delivered by Newstex) -- The average household spends more than $1,900 per year on energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
You can save some of that money using the Power Monitor from the Black & Decker (NYSE:BDK) Energy Saver Series. The tool monitors the rate electricity is consumed and transmits the information to a handheld display monitor inside your home. It calculates in real time how much electricity is used and displays the cost in dollars and cents. An appliance-mode feature isolates the cost of individual appliances or electronic devices as they are turned on so that you can keep track of how much you can save by limiting the use of certain devices. The tool can help you save as much as 20 percent of your electric bill a month.
Cost: $99.99
Details: EnergySaverSeries.com starting in mid-October.

2. Kristine Bradof measures Energy savings at Houghton home
As an alternative to the above $99.00 meter, SFI member Kristine Bradof used a Kill-a-Watt meter (approximately $25.00 available at Amazon and elsewhere) to record her home energy use in Houghton. She was able to reduce electricity use over the first 7 months of this year by 42% over the 10-year average by making changes based on what she learned from compiling the results. She discovered, for instance, that this year's August and September readings were still below last year's in spite of the installation of a crawlspace dehumidifier. Stay tuned for information for her upcoming brown bag lunch/demo of her energy reduction experiment this fall on campus. Anyone wishing to see PDFs of her charts detailing the results of her experiment, please contact Denise dmheikin@mtu.edu

3. Cfp: International Journal Of Sustainable Strategic Management (Ijssm)
The International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM) is a forum for publication of refereed, cross-disciplinary work in the field. The IJSSM serves as an interface among business leaders, policy makers, economists, and management scholars. The IJSSM seeks contributions with global relevance concerned with organizational and economic sustainability. Readership includes professionals, academics, researchers and policy makers. The IJSSM publishes original and review papers, technical reports, case studies, book reviews, and research notes. Both qualitative and empirical submissions are invited. The IJSSM publishes papers on topics including but not limited to:
•Crisis management from perspectives of society, government, and the organization
•Economic theory and strategic industrial resource development
•Economic theory and strategic ecology
•Ethical and social responsibility considerations in sustainable management practice
•Resource management from a public policy perspective
•Role of information management in sustainable development
•Strategic management from the perspective of sustainability of performance
•Sustainability of competitive advantage from organizational and other perspectives
 For additional information, please contact the editor, Dr. John A. Parnell, at john.parnell@uncp.edu or access the journal homepage on-line at www.inderscience.com/ijssm.

4. Opportunity to be Featured in Making a Difference College Guide
Miriam Weinstein, the author of "Making A Difference College Guide," is seeking colleges with a strong focus on the environment and sustainability to feature in the 11th edition. Miriam requests a sliding scale fee to be featured in her book. She is on a tight deadline so a quick response is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity. Institutions interested in being featured should contact Miriam directly at mw@sageworks.net. http://www.sageworks.net/pages/downloads_n.html
5. Smart Shopping
The current issue of ShopSmart features advice on making wise purchasing decisions on everyday items.
Articles cover the best and worst brands for appliances, computers and electronics; Web sites that can save you money when shopping online; easy fixes for 21 everyday home dangers; and a recipe for a green kitchen.
Other articles include quick bedroom makeovers and a breakdown of the best scum cleaners for your tub and tile.

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CALLS & EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. Call for Technical Abstracts 2009 Clean Technology Conference and Expo

Deadline Nov. 12th.

With over 5,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors expected, the Clean Technology 2009 continues with its annual mission of delivering the world's most comprehensive community of clean technology and sustainable industry & energy solutions, from the lab to marketplace. Global sustainability requires the full portfolio of energy, water and environmental technologies deployed across all industrial sectors. Please join us in Houston Texas, Energy Capital to the world, to deliver your research, technology, product or initiative to thousands of researchers, investors, F-500 corporations from over 70 countries.
http://www.csievents.org/Cleantech2009/

2.  CFP: 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology & Management
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.March 15 - 18, 2009
The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management  announces a call For Papers - Abstracts Due October 31
Solid.Waste@widener.edu

3. International Research Institute's 2008 Member Summit! Talent 2020: Driving Innovation & Growth

October 14-16, 2008   Denver Grand Hyatt   Denver, Colorado

Link


4.CFP: 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE2009)  Beijing, China   June 11-13, 2009
two special sessions: Biomedical Imaging & Biomathematics and Biostatistics
This conference is sponsored by IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Beijing Institute  of  Technology and Wuhan University. The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE. All  the  papers  accepted  will  be included in the  IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI. For more information, please contact: submit@icbbe.org
http://www.icbbe.org/
CFP: http://www.icbbe.org/icbbe2009submission/website/icbbe2009/Home.aspx







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