/*SFI weekly newsletter (September 15, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu*/
*SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS*
1. SFI Welcome Lunch for new faculty and researchers at Michigan Tech
2. Nation's First Peace Corps Master's International in Mechanical Engineering
3. SFI Member Roshan D’ouza in the news
4. Michigan Tech's recent ADVANCE grant in the news
5. SFI Clean Energy projects cited in Ann Arbor Business Review and MLive
6. Michigan Tech renews membership in AASHE
7. African Student Organization announce Parade of Nations After Party!
8. Thinking about a local sustainable society in the Keweenaw
*SFI NEW FUNDING*
1. New SFI project Julia King
1. Michigan lawmakers approve sweeping energy plan
2 . Federal Aid to Big 3 Automakers Seems Likely
3. Business, Academic and Scientific Groups Call on Next President to Invest in Basic Research and Make U.S. a World Leader in New Energy Technologies
4. Challenging Conventional Wisdom on STEM Supply
5. Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Science Issues
7. Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo Valley CC To Install Wind Turbines
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 23, 2008
2. “Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem“
3. "Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons? The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"
4. “Institutional Context for Water Use Decisions and Policy Innovations in Michigan”
5. “Generalized Smart Markets for Water Resources”
6. Michigan Tech Research Institute Staff poster session, Friday, October 3
FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
*JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES*
1. Postgraduate Research Participation at the National Exposure Research Lab
2. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
3. Sustainability Coordinator, Yeshiva U
4. Senior Sustainability Manager, Higher Education, ARAMARK
5. Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
6. Visiting Faculty, Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF
7. Professorship, Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF
8. Assistant Professor, Geography & Environment, U Toronto
9. Assist./Assoc. Professor, Environmental Studies, Emory U
10. Campus Climate Initiative Organizer, Connecticut, Clean Water Fund
1. Call For Authors: SAGE Green Series
2. New Book on the Linguistic Basis of Sustainability Education
3 CFP: Journal for Sustainable Leadership
*EVENTS & CONFERENCES *
1. Sustainable Innovation 08 Future Products, Technologies and Industries
2. Call for Papers--Enviroenergy 2009 National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India
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*SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS*
*1. SFI Welcome Lunch for new hires at Michigan Tech*
About 20 of the 55 new faculty hires at Michigan Tech were greeted at Tuesday’s Sustainable Futures Welcome Lunch in the MUB. There, Director John Sutherland introduced them to a variety of opportunities to participate in SFI activities. These new faculty offer a wide range of research expertise and interests that can provide productive exchanges and influx of new ideas to SFI.
*2. Michigan Tech Offers Nation's First Peace Corps Master's International Mechanical Engineering Program*
The US Peace Corps has approved the establishment of a Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) program in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, the first and only one of its kind in the nation. It brings to six the number of PCMI programs at Tech, the most offered by any university in the country. See Tech Today http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080919&id=6258&nav=1#1
*3. SFI Member Roshan D’ouza in the news*
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reported on Roshan D'Souza's SFI project entitled "Graphic Hardware Accelerated Real-time Machinability Analysis of Free-form Surfaces." This is a 3 year NSF project for $256,445. See Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News "From Xbox to T-cells Michigan Tech researchers borrow video game technology to model human biology." 09/16/2008
D'Souza, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics, was also recently selected
to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 2008 Computers and Information in Engineering Young Engineer Award, which recognizes engineers under the age of 35 who are making outstanding contributions to applications of computers in engineering.
See Tech Today http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080919&id=6258&nav=1#1
*4. Michigan Tech's recent ADVANCE grant in the news*
Michigan Tech's recent NSF ADVANCE grant to increase campus diversity is featured in WWJ's Great Lakes IT Report: www.wwj.com/NSF-Grant-To-Boost-Faculty-Diversity-At-Michigan-T/2977786
*5. SFI Clean Energy projects cited in Ann Arbor Business Review and MLive
*SFI energy research is featured in the Ann Arbor Business Review and on MLive in the article "'Clean Energy Getting a More Critical Appraisal," by Nathan Bomey.
*6. Michigan Tech renews membership in AASHE*
Michigan Tech Provost Lesley Lovett-Doust announced that the University again renewed its Membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), for 2008-2009. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education – from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE partner members. AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. The association also provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators and directors. Currently, AASHE is developing a resource (http://www.aashe.org/index.php) of Recycling websites at colleges and universities.
AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c)(3). Membership in AASHE covers every individual at an institution. All students, faculty, and staff of Michigan Tech can access members only resources of AASHE. The AASHE Bulletin offers valuable information about events, calls for papers, news, and job announcements with a sustainability perspective. You can create a password at http://www.aashe.org/members/memberlogin.php
*7. Michigan Tech Haitian and African Student Organization announce Parade of Nations After Party!*
The Michigan Tech Haitian and African-Caribbean students announce that the recent fundraiser for victims of the hurricanes that ravaged much of Haiti has so far raised $1,268.97. They thank all who helped out. Tomorrow the African/Caribbean student’s organization is organizing a party following Parade of Nations and 50% of the benefits will be donated to the Haitian flood victims. Come enjoy great music and participate in making a difference in someone's life in Haiti at the same time!
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 12:00am
Location: MUB Alumni Lounge
Event Attire: Red and White
Entrance Fee: $3.00, with 50% of all proceedings going to Haiti to Aid Relief efforts following a series of hurricanes that hit the country and left ~1 million people homeless.
“This was a first and wonderful experience to each of us. A special thank to the Houghton community
for their involvement.”
*8. Thinking about a local sustainable society in the Keweenaw *
About 20 members of the Keweenaw Sustainability Project, composed of concerned citizens working to create a community that understands the need to reduce waste and develop sustainable systems of production and energy efficiency, held its second annual retreat at the Marsin Nature Retreat Center near Oskar recently. Among the speakers were Michael Moore (HU) and Vern Simula. Melissa Davis, coordinator of New Power Tour Inc. spoke about her efforts to introduce the community to low-impact energy production, and Rick Loduha, Finlandia University associate professor of art and product and interior design, spoke the Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center, which is intended to create various sustainable systems, and put information about the best science in common terms. See the full Daily Mining Gazette article at:
*SFI NEW FUNDING
1. New SFI project*
Julia King (Chem Eng) has been awarded a 4-year $370,738 grant from the Boeing Company entitled "Investigation into the enhancement of Thermoplastic Polymers with Conducive Nano Materials."
1. Michigan lawmakers approve sweeping energy plan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan that requires more electricity to come from renewable sources, raises residential rates, restricts competition among power companies and aims to make homes and businesses more energy-efficient. The result: Residential electric bills will go up by 8 percent to 20 percent over five years - but not by as much if the Legislature had done nothing, according to backers who said Michigan now is assured of reliable, cleaner power and not needing to build as many coal-fired plants.
House Energy and Technology Chairman Frank Accavitti said the three-bill package will be "a wash" for customers if they take advantage of new energy-efficiency programs. They might get rebates to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs and efficient appliances. Home energy audits could be re-instituted. "They'll be paying more per kilowatt hour, but we're going to help them use less of those kilowatt hours," the Eastpointe Democrat said. Opponents were skeptical. "This will result in massive rate hikes at a time we can least afford it," said Sen. Wayne Kuipers, a Holland Republican. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm will sign the legislation, which she predicted will spark investment in alternative energy, create jobs and diversify Michigan's economy. The package also requires utilities to pay a fair price to farmers and others who have windmills that produce surplus power. Detnews.com
*2 . Federal Aid to Big 3 Automakers Seems Likely *
/The New York Times/ (David M. Herszenhorn Sep 18, 2008) reported that support seemed to be growing quickly on Capitol Hill for $25 billion in loan guarantees to assist the ailing auto industry. Both presidential candidates, Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, have voiced support for the loan guarantees — an unsurprising stance given the critical importance of the main auto-producing states, Michigan and Ohio, to the electoral map this fall.
*3. Business, Academic and Scientific Groups Call on Next President to Invest in Basic Research and Make U.S. a World Leader in New Energy Technologies*
On September 17th, The Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC), a broad-based coalition of organizations representing scientists, engineers and mathematicians in universities, industry and national laboratories committed to supporting and advancing scientific research programs, sent a petition to both presidential campaigns to support investment in basic research to produce the technological advances and train the next generation of scientists and technicians that will meet the long-term energy challenge.
*4. Challenging Conventional Wisdom on STEM Supply*
The Sept. 17th issue of Inside Higher Ed reports on a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in which Michael S. Teitelbaum, a demographer at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, challenged the idea — much embraced in academe, business and government — that there aren’t enough skilled experts being produced in science and technology. See InsideHigherEd http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/09/17/pcast
*5. Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Science Issues*
On Sep 16, 2008, the New York Times, (A1 by William J. Broad) published responses by both presidential candidates to a series of questions about science policy put to them by Science Debate 2008. The full answers are at www.sciencedebate2008.com. Their answers cover questions about Innovation, Climate Change, Energy, Education, National Security, Genetics Research, Stem Cells, Space, and Scientific Integrity.
*7. Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo Valley CC To Install Wind Turbines*
Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have partnered to install a Wind Energy Center on the KVCC campus. The Wind Energy Center, which will include multiple wind turbines, will serve as a model wind turbine site and provide educational opportunities to KVCC students. KVCC plans to develop installation and maintenance certification programs for technicians and WMU will focus on product design and manufacturing programs for undergraduate students.
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 23, 2008*
Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a presentation and discussion of the paper, "Political Feasibility, Environmental Sustainability, and Economic Efficiency Analysis of Conventional and Advanced Biofuels Technologies in the U.S.", by M. Brodeur-Campbell et al. (2008). Michael Brodeur-Campbell (PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering) will be presenting this paper at the Global Conference for Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Engineering: Sustainability and Remanufacturing
VI in Busan, Korea at the end of September.
The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20pm. Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing. All are welcome!
*2. “Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem“ Friday, September 26, 2008*
John Austin, Executive Director, The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) Dow 642 3:00-4:00 pm
*3. "Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons? The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"*
Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action
M&M U113 Wednesday, October 1, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm
*4. “Institutional Context for Water Use Decisions and Policy Innovations in Michigan”*
Pat Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU
Saichon Seedang, post-doc, MSU Institute of Water Research
Dow 610 Wednesday, October 1, 2008 3:00-4:00 pm
*5. “Generalized Smart Markets for Water Resources”*
John F. Raffensperger, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dow 642 Thursday, Oct 2 3:00-4:00 pm
*6. Michigan Tech Research Institute Staff poster session, Friday, October 3*
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) staff will be traveling to Houghton to conduct a poster session on *Friday, October 3, 2008, at the Dow Atrium (6th floor campus entrance)*. MTRI scientists and engineers will be available from 9:00 to 4:00 PM to discuss current projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. Please stop by to view our current activities, and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships. Refreshments will be served.
The staff at MTRI, located in Ann Arbor, is looking forward to its third annual visit to Michigan Tech since joining the University in October 2006. MTRI focuses on education, research, and development of technology to sense and understand natural and manmade environments. Please contact Lisa Phillips (email@example.com) or visit the MTRI website (http://www.mtri.org) for additional information.
*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.
*JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES*
*1. Postgraduate Research Participation at the National Exposure Research Laboratory*
sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) & Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
This renewable, one-year award is available to researchers working in the physical sciences, environmental sciences, life sciences, engineering, and related scientific disciplines. It provides funding for research opportunities in environmental areas a the National Exposure Research Laboratory (Athens, Georgia, or Cincinnati, Ohio).
Eligibility Applicants must have completed a bachelor's or graduate degree within the last three years; others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
*2. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies*
The Environmental Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland invites applications for its first full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2009, contingent upon adequate state funding support. A Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or in a related interdisciplinary field such as sustainability is required, and candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in hand or expected when the appointment begins. Proficiency in another discipline and a demonstrated ability to attract and retain students from underrepresented groups are desirable. For further information visit http://www.smcm.edu/environmentalstudies/index.html or e-mail Dr. Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.
*3. Sustainability Coordinator, Yeshiva U*
Yeshiva University (NY) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, coordinate, administer programs and recommend policies within the area of sustainability at the University. Working for the University’s Office of Energy Management and Sustainability and closely with its Energy Task Force, the selected candidate will evaluate campus operations and processes and recommend new plans and policies; provide support to existing initiatives; manage the development and implementation of our sustainability action plan; provide training/guidance to the University community; and support student environmental activities. A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or Ecology is preferred along with a minimum of 2 – 3 years of experience working toward LEED AP status. For more information, contact email@example.com.
*4. Senior Sustainability Manager, Higher Education, ARAMARK*
ARAMARK seeks a Senior Sustainability Manager in the Higher Education sector. Reporting to the Senior Director of Sustainability, the Senior Sustainability Manager will research, coordinate and identify environmental stewardship best practices, aligned with the Higher Education Green Thread principles for both dining and facility operations. S/he will also develop operational implementation guidelines to ensure ease of implementation and integrate educational training, marketing and measurement systems. A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, food & nutrition, or another related field is required. A Master's degree is preferred.
*5. Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College*
The Oberlin College (OH) Environmental Studies Program seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty at the minimum rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2009. The candidate will address environmental issues in compelling and original ways from a humanities perspective. Experiences that demonstrate teaching and scholarly excellence and multidisciplinary perspectives are prized. Requirements include a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree. Applications are due October 23, 2008. Late applications may be considered until position is filled.
*6. Visiting Faculty, Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF*
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry seeks to hire a temporary, full-time, non-tenure track Professors of Environmental Studies. The selected candidate will teach one section of Land Use Law and should have a graduate degree in law, public policy, politics, or a related field. Review of applications will begin October 5, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.
*7. Professorship, Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF*
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry seeks to hire a temporary, full-time, non-tenure track Environmental Science Professor for the William J. Donlon Visiting Professorship in environmental communication, decision-making, and governance. The selected candidate will teach one undergraduate and one graduate course and will meet with students during office hours. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Communication, Sociology, Politics, Public Policy, Human Geography, Planning, or a related field and substantial university teaching experience are required. Review of applications will begin September 21, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled.
*8. Assistant Professor, Geography & Environment, U Toronto*
The University of Toronto (ON) Department of Geography and Center for the Environment invite applications for a join tenure-stream appointment as an Assistant Professor in Geography and Environment to begin July 1, 2009. Possible areas of research expertise include energy, water, environmental policy, ethics, or governance; however, applications from all qualified individuals with environmental interests are encouraged. The appointee will be expected to contribute to teaching in the Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s programs in the Department of Geography and Centre for Environment. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geography, environment or a closely related field, an established record of high quality scholarly research and publications, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2008 and all materials must be received by November 14, 2008.
*9. Assist./Assoc. Professor, Environmental Studies, Emory U*
Emory University (GA) invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Environmental Studies to begin fall 2009. Thematic areas of particular interest to the department include, but are not limited to, sustainability, urban ecology, and water management and policy. Preference will be given to candidates who incorporate quantitative methods in their research and teaching. Applicants already holding a faculty position or with a completed Ph.D. by August 2009 in a elevant discipline such as earth and atmospheric sciences, ecology, economics, geography, public health, public policy and urban studies are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin October 31, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.
*10. Campus Climate Initiative Organizer, Connecticut, Clean Water Fund*
The Clean Water Fund will be hiring a full-time organizer to help build a campus climate initiative program for Connecticut’s colleges and universities. Organizer responsibilities include cultivating relationships with students, faculty, administrators and facilities staff to win commitments to campus-wide climate and energy goals; creating innovative education campaigns to inspire members of the campus community; developing novel programs to engage the student body on green initiatives; and organizing and facilitating meetings between multiple campuses focused on information sharing an brainstorming new programs. Qualifications include successful professional or volunteer experience organizing on-campus program; experience building successful coalitions from diverse groups, and a working knowledge of current clean energy and energy efficiency programs. Applications are due October 27, 2008.
1. Call For Authors: SAGE Green Series*
SAGE is inviting academic editorial contributors to its Green Series, a new
electronic reference series for academic and public libraries addressing
all aspects of environmental issues, including alternative energies,
sustainability, politics, agriculture, and many other subjects. We are starting the assignment process for articles for the first three titles in the series-- Green Energy
Green Politics, Green Food--with a deadline of February 2, 2009.This comprehensive project will be published in stages by SAGE eReference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital, online product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The Series Editor is Paul Robbins, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and the General Editor for the first three titles is Dustin R. Mulvaney, Ph.D.,
UC-Santa Cruz. Both editors will be reviewing each submission to the
project. Please contact Ellen Ingber, Author Manager, Golson Media
*2. New Book on the Linguistic Basis of Sustainability Education*
Chet C. Bowers has published a book entitled, "Toward a Post-Industrial Consciousness: Understanding the Linguistic Basis of Ecologically Sustainable Education Reforms." The book features chapters on "The linguistic colonization of the present by past thinkers who were unaware of environmental issues," "revitalizing the cultural commons in an era of political and ecological uncertainties," and "toward an ecologically sustainable vocabulary." The book also contains a handbook for faculty workshops on how to introduce cultural commons and ecojustice issues into their courses. Bowers' book is available on his website as a free download.
*3 CFP: Journal for Sustainable Leadership*
The Journal for Sustainable Leadership invites paper submissions for publication. The e-Journal publishes original research, case studies, and leadership studies intended for academics and practitioners interested in sustainable leadership. These articles should be timely, informative, and written in a clear, accessible style. Submissions are accepted on a continuous basis and articles will be available online as soon as they are peer reviewed and accepted, copy edited, and formatted.
*EVENTS & CONFERENCES *
*1. Sustainable Innovation 08 Future Products, Technologies and Industries*
13th International Conference
27th - 28th October 2008
MalmÃ University, MalmÃ, Sweden
Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts
Programme for Sustainable Innovation 08
Download from http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd13/index.html
For more information on Sustainable Innovation 08 please contact: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd13/index.html
*2. Call for Papers--Enviroenergy 2009 National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India *
The National Institute of Technology is organizing a three-day International Conference on Energy and Environment, in collaboration with other NITs and other premier institute/universities at Hotel Taj Chandigarh, Chandigarh INDIA on March 19-21, 2009.
Enviroenergy 2009 has been planned with the mandate of addressing the challenges in the emerging areas of energy and environment to achieve sustainable development. The Conference shall provide a useful forum to academicians, technologists, entrepreneurs and policy makers worldwide for exchange of concepts and emerging technologies in the fields of energy and environment. The Conference shall endeavor to evolve an agenda for environmental policies, identification of green technologies and their subsequent implementation for sustainable development.
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts is September 30, 2008. For details, visit our website: www.enviroenergy2009.org
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