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SFI weekly newsletter (October 13, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI


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

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Call for Posters for Fall SFI annual Banquet and Poster Session—Deadline extended
2.  Effects of Global Warming in the Arctic at MTU Rosza Center 7:30 pm, Mon. Oct. 20
2. Nominations Spring 2009 Doctoral Finishing Fellowships due TODAY!
3. SFI’s Sutherland and Shonnard attend Symposium on Sustainable Manufacturing in China
4. Registration Open: Second Annual D80 Conference Nov. 8
5. Dr. Iris PrettyPaint to visit campus on Thursday- Saturday, October 23-25

 SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Paterson is awarded NSF grant for Washington D.C. Service Learning Summit
2. DOE Gives Fuel-Cell Materials Research Center $1.2 Million

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Michigan's Renewable Energy WIND Workshop at Michigan Tech on December 3.
2. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Establishes Community Garden
3. Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland, Wis., to convert to a biomass gasification system.

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 21, 2008

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Lafayette College (PA) seeks two-year postdoc fellowship in Environmental Studies
2. Sustainability auditor needed for a New York city-based Sustainability Solutions
3. 60 Postdoctoral fellowships at NASA.
1. Environmental Fellow, Harvard U
2. Senior Lecturer, Environmental Science, Princeton U
3. Asst Prof, Environmental Policy Analysis, Dartmouth College
4. Asst Prof, Geography & Environmental Studies, U Hawaii Hilo
5. Adjunct Assist Prof, Environmental Science, Johnson County CC

NEW RESOURCES
1. List of Sustainability Course Inventories
2. List of Publications on Campus Climate Action

EVENTS & CONFERENCES
1. The Longest Summer Tour-Effect of Global Warming
2.  2008 Campus Sustainability Day & Streaming Webcast
3. 2008 Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference – October 27-28, 2008
4.  A special announcement from the organizers of the Lean and Green Summit

 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. SFI Call for Posters for Fall SFI annual Banquet and Poster Session—Deadline extended to October 22nd
SFI invites all members (students, faculty, staff, community) currently engaged in sustainability-related  projects to participate in its Annual Poster Session so they can share current research  ideas, progress, and successes related to Sustainability. A $100 prize will be provided to the People’s Choice winner and all presenters are also invited to the banquet immediately following the Poster Session on November 7th. The public presentation of the Poster Session runs from 4:30 to 5:30, with an SFI reception at 6:30.

To register, please email Melanie Xuna Yang (xunayang@mtu.edu) with a 100 word abstract by October 15. The poster session will be held on Friday, November 7, 2008 in Rozsa Center lobby from 4:30-6:30pm. See sfi.mtu.edu for more information.

2.  Effects of Global Warming in the Arctic at MTU Rosza Center 7:30 pm, Mon. 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.

Steger's The Longest Summer Tour is inspiring audiences across the Upper Midwest to lead the transition to a clean energy economy. He brings eyewitness footage of the effects of global warming in polar regions, information from scientists and climate experts, and solutions from
young climate-policy activists on the forefront of an international movement to solve the climate crisis. The tour is a partnership with the Will Steger Foundation, the US EPA Great Lakes National Program office and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Steger, a polar explorer for more than 45 years, is best known for  crossing Antarctica and reaching the North Pole via dogsled. He is the  recipient of lifetime achievement awards from National Geographic and The Explorer's Club. The Longest Summer Tour highlights the great resources and efforts under way throughout the Upper Midwest to slow climate change. It offers a cross-generational perspective of the strategies and policies already in  place at regional, state and local levels to to support a transition to a more sustainable future.

3. Nominations Spring 2009 Doctoral Finishing Fellowships due TODAY!

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for Spring 2009 Doctoral Finishing Fellowships. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships per semester with support ranging from $2,000 to full support (stipend plus tuition).

Students must have submitted a Petition to Enter Full-Time Research Only Mode ( available at www.gradschool.mtu.edu/trackforms/ResearchOnlyMode.pdf ) for the spring semester. Nominations may be submitted to the Graduate School by the PhD candidate or their advisor. There is no limit on the number of students a program may nominate.

Each nomination must be accompanied by an application, available at www.gradschool.mtu.edu/forms/FF_Nomination.pdf. More details on the Finishing Fellowships and evaluation criteria for applications can be found at www.gradschool.mtu.edu/financial/ff.html . Please return applications to Debra Charlesworth ( ddc@mtu.edu ) in the Graduate School by 4 p.m. on Oct. 17.

 4. SFI’s Sutherland and Shonnard attend Symposium on Sustainable Manufacturing in China

Professors John W. Sutherland (MEEM/SFI) and David R. Shonnard (Chemical Engineering/SFI), along with four other foreign experts, will serve as advisors to the "111" International Collaborative Research Project. This prestigious, government-funded project sends 100 world experts to Chinese universities and considers 100 research areas and 100 collaborative platforms.

Sutherland and Shonnard attended the opening ceremony for the research project and the Symposium on Sustainable Manufacturing in Hefei, China, on Sept. 26. While in Hefei, they also attended the Second Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium as honored guests, and Sutherland gave a keynote presentation there, "Sustainable Development: Challenges for the Manufacturing Enterprise."

 5. Registration Open: Second Annual D80 Conference Nov. 8

 Michigan Tech's Second Annual D80 Conference is approaching. The conference highlights research, service and educational work done by students, faculty and staff focused on prosperity for the poorest 80 percent of the world's population. The conference, open to anyone interested in this type of work, will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fisher Hall. Conference registration is now open at www.d80.mtu.edu , and it's free. If you want to attend, register by Oct. 10.

 If you intend to present your work (research, service or education presentations are acceptable), choose "yes" on the registration page where it asks whether you want to present, and then complete the subsequent presentation registration page. Only the project leader (lead author) needs to register the presentation. Preference will be given to student speakers. For more information, contact Professor Kurt Paterson, director of the D80 Center, at paterson@mtu.edu .

 5. Dr. Iris PrettyPaint to visit campus on Thursday- Saturday, October 23-25
Dr. Iris PrettyPaint will be visiting campus as part of our Michigan Tech/KCP Visiting Scholars Program.  Her full 3 day schedule and her resume is attached.

 On Friday, October 24 WISE and the Institutional Diversity Office would like to invite you to an Informal Discussion with Dr. PrettyPaint focusing on Managing Academic, Cultural and Family Responsibilities.  I am confident that you will gain new insights and enjoy meeting and talking with Iris.  Her background in social work, human services, mental health, professional faculty development, indigenous research practices, and other related areas will enrich the conversation.

In order to plan for breakfast, RSVP to Carol Argentati(caargent@mtu.edu).  Also please, invite colleagues and students who might be interested in talking with Dr. PrettyPaint.

INFORMAL DISCUSSION WITH DR. IRIS PRETTYPAINT

8:00-9:30 am  Friday, October 24 Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union Bldg. RSVP for breakfast to Carol Argentati (caargent@mtu.edu)

 Dr. PrettyPaint will also be a featured speaker at a noon Teaching at Tech and at the Native American Speakers Forum, as well as facilitator for a Student Affairs workshop.You are invited to participate in these activities as well.

 SFI NEW FUNDING

1. Paterson is awarded NSF grant for Washington D.C. Service Learning Summit

 SFI member Kurtis Paterson (CEE) has received $66,806 from NSF for a 15-month project, "A Summit on Measuring the Impacts of Project-Based Service Learning on Engineering Education to be held Feb. 19-20, 2009, in Washington, DC."

 2. DOE Gives Fuel-Cell Materials Research Center $1.2 Million

 SFI's Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials has just been awarded $1.23 million in continuing funding from the Department of Energy, bringing its total DOE support since 2004 to nearly $3 million to focus on using better materials to build better fuel cells. This funding continues the work of researchers representing several departments, including Bahne Cornilsen, Tony Rogers, Julia King, Joe Holles, Jason Keith, Jeff Allen, Ryan Gilbert, Stephen Hackney, and Han Bing Wang. Mike Mullins, Director of the Center, is working on new, more heat-tolerant materials to replace the polymer electrolyte membrane. The work is being conducted in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University.

 "The last five years have been pretty exciting," Mullins said. "We hope that our work will lead to further economic development in Michigan and energy independence for the United States. "We've made every effort to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money," he added, "and I think we've succeeded."

 SUSTAIANABILITY NEWS

 1. Michigan's Renewable Energy WIND Workshop at Michigan Tech on December 3.

 With Michigan’s growth in wind energy dependent on community adoption of the necessary wind siting laws, Michigan Citizen Planner is offering a “What You Need to Know about Wind Energy Siting and Policy Issues” workshop at nine locations throughout Michigan during December 2008. Sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan State University, the 3½-hour workshops will provide planning and zoning officials, local leaders, concerned citizens, farmers and landowners interested in wind the tools and resources necessary to create and implement a strategic plan for wind energy development in their communities.

In response to Governor Granholm signing into law an energy package ensuring that a portion of Michigan’s future energy needs are met through renewable resources, wind power companies are prospecting for new sites in communities to locate wind turbines.

The workshop will be held from 6pm-9:30pm on Dec 3rd at Michigan Tech. Cost to attend is $45 for Farm Bureau members and Master Citizen Planners, all others pay $55. To register and learn more, download the registration form visit www.citizenplanner.msu.edu, click on "Training Info & Calendar" at the top, then go to left column.

2. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Establishes Community Garden

Students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh have established a community garden on campus. The project started in 2006, and the students broke ground on the garden in June of 2008. The UW Oshkosh Community Gardens is managed by a student organization on campus named “Community Gardens.” The purpose of the organization is to maintain and promote the campus garden while engaging students in activities that encourage self-sufficiency, sustainability and community connection. The Oshkosh Community Gardens will provide workshops in composting, irrigation, permaculture, “Sprouts for Sprouts” and Master Gardeners, as well as internships, summer school and Service-Learning opportunities. There will also be regular farmers’ markets with proceeds going to local charities. The garden is currently only open to student participation, but the University hopes to open it up to the community next year.       See also: UW Oshkosh garden homepage

 3. Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland, Wis., to convert to a biomass gasification system.

Xcel Energy plans to spend $55 million to $70 million to convert the last remaining coal-fired unit at its Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland, Wis., to a biomass gasification system.
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SEMINARS

1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 21, 2008


Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a presentation entitled, "Completing Research in the Social Sciences." This presentation will be led by students enrolled in the Public Policy program at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20. Southern University 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.
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JOBS—FELLOWSHIPS—INTERNSHIPS—STUDENT—Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

 1.  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Environmental Studies, Lafayette College
Lafayette College (PA) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Environmental Studies to begin in August of 2009. The candidate should have a teaching and research focus in the arts, humanities, or social sciences in emerging areas of environmental studies. A faculty mentor will work with the post-doctoral fellow in course development and research pursuits to help him/her develop his/her skills as a new faculty member. The fellow will teach a total of six courses over four semesters. The review of applications will begin on December 1, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175340062

2. Sustainability auditor needed for a New York city-based Sustainability Solutions

Sustainability Solutions is looking for a New York city-based sustainability auditor (consists of energy, water, waste audits and interviews on lifestyle of participants) for a leading television program on a major channel. Could be a student or recent grad who has experience with campus audits or sustainable campuses projects. Understanding of water and energy systems is important. Details:

·        Conduct ten audits of houses in NY area (the first three will be supervised).
·         November 10- 24 and periodic work for 1.5 months following.
·         Total of $3750 at 75 hours at $50 per hour.

 Please send an email to yuill@sustainabilitysolutions.ca
Director, Sustainability Solutions Group
Directeur, Groupe de solutions pour un développement durable
www.sustainabilitysolutions.ca
yuill@sustainabilitysolutions.ca
(250) 213-9029

3. 60 Postdoctoral fellowships at NASA.  Please share with graduate students.

NASA offers approximately 60 postdoctoral fellowships annually.  The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities to highly talented national and international

scientists and engineers to engage in ongoing NASA research in Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Exploration Systems, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Space Operations.

 * Approximately 60 Fellowships awarded annually

* One-year appointments, renewable up to three years

* Annual stipends start at $50,000, with supplements for certain

degree fields and high cost-of-living areas

* Annual travel budget of $8,000

* Financial assistance for relocation

* Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program

Apply at http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc. Three application deadlines each year: November 1, March 1, and July 1.

 The following job ads are from the AASHE bulletin at AASHE.org

1. Environmental Fellow, Harvard U
The Harvard University (MA) Center for the Environment seeks an Environmental Fellow to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. Environmental Fellows will to work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines. Environmental Fellows will begin work in September 2009. Applications are due January 15, 2009.

2. Senior Lecturer, Environmental Science, Princeton U
Princeton University (NJ) seeks to appoint a full-time Senior Lecturer with expertise in environmental science to a teaching position with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). The Senior Lecturer will have full -time teaching responsibilities for PEI that may involve teaching undergraduate courses in environmental sciences with laboratories; the design, implementation and teaching of the undergraduate curriculum for the Program in Environmental Studies; training and oversight of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers as Assistant Instructors; and mentoring undergraduate students on research internships and independent work. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a Natural Science discipline and demonstrated experience designing and teaching environmental science courses at the University level with emphasis on inquiry-based laboratory exercises. Applications are due November 7, 2008.

3. Asst Prof, Environmental Policy Analysis, 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. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. (or be near completion) in environmental studies, public policy, political science, economics or a related field. The review of applications will begin December 10, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

4. Asst Prof, Geography & Environmental Studies, U Hawaii Hilo
The University of Hawaii at Hilo invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies to being in August of 2009. Responsibilities will include teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of applicant specialization; contributing to development of interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Tropical Conservation Biology; engaging in scholarly research and grant writing; advising students; and participating in departmental governance. A Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Science or a closely related field at time of appointment is required. Review of applicants will begin November 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

5. Adjunct Assist Prof, Environmental Science, Johnson County CC
Johnson County Community College (KS) invites applications for an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Science. The successful candidate will instruct students in Environmental Science lectures and/or labs. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or an equivalent discipline is required, as is one year of college-level teaching experience in the area of environmental science. A Ph.D. is preferred. Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.
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NEW RESOURCES
1. List of Sustainability Course Inventories


AASHE has published a list of sustainability course inventories. The list highlights institutions that have cataloged their sustainability course offerings and links to each campus' inventory. This resource is available to AASHE members only. All members of Michigan Tech are members/

 2. List of Publications on Campus Climate Action

AASHE has published a list of publications on campus climate action. The list includes articles, reports, papers, and books. This resource is available to AASHE members only. Michigan Tech is a member.
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. The Longest Summer Tour-Effect of Global Warming


Will Steger, a polar explorer best known for crossing Antarctica and reaching the North Pole via dogsled will present an eyewitness account of the people and places at the tipping point of climate change on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Rozsa Center. His talk is free and open to the public.

 2.  2008 Campus Sustainability Day & Streaming Webcast
October 22, 2008; 2 – 3:30pm EST; Online
The Society for College and University Planning, the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, and The New York Times Knowledge Network will host a streaming live webcast for campuses to use on Campus Sustainability Day. Panelists include climate change expert Richard Moss of the World Wildlife Federation and Anthony D. Cortese of Second Nature. The New York Times science editor Andy Revkin will moderate the discussion.

http://www.campussustainability.info/

 3. 2008 Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference – October 27-28, 2008
The Sustainability Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together

Please join us for the 5th Annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference being held October 27-28, 2008 at Princeton University, and co-hosted by the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS).  The theme this year, "The Sustainability Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together", will look at the many interconnected and inter-disciplinary sustainability issues faced by our campuses today.  Areas to be explored are: Academics, Operations, Governance and Community.  Emphasis will be placed on how to engage the often disconnected members of the campus community to pursue policies and practices that result in both a smaller environmental footprint and greater awareness as a community.

Please contact us at sustain@princeton.edu with any questions.

For further details and registration please visit:
http://www.princeton.edu/sustainability/news/necsc-2008/

4.  A special announcement from the organizers of the Lean and Green Summit
SME's Lean to Green Manufacturing Event

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is holding a Lean to Green Manufacturing Event in Portland, OR October 27-29, 2008.
More and more manufacturers have realized that "green manufacturing" is critical, is not expensive and can actually help their companies save money by reducing operating costs (energy, waste and raw materials) and improving operational efficiencies. It can also give them a competitive advantage in the market by increasing sales, as consumers are demanding environmentally-friendly products at a rapid rate. Attendees at Lean to Green Manufacturing learn how to make "green" the financial savior of their company and turn sustainable into survivable!

Learn more! http://www.sme.org/cgi-bin/get-evdoc.pl?&&001792&000007&pricing&&SME&
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