The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability provides this list to announce seminars, meetings, colloquiums, lectures, brown bags, announcements of interest, and job opportunities to the Institute community. If you have items you’d like to add please submit them to Cindy.Zisner@asu.edu before 5 PM Wednesday. This digest is sent out on Friday morning. You may subscribe, unsubscribe, or change subscriber settings at http://lists.asu.edu/archives/giosasu.html under the Options where it says Join or Leave GIOSASU. You can see archives of list messages at the same address.
There will be no Digest on Friday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Other Events - On Campus
Other Events - Off Campus
News and Announcements
Sustainability Series: How Can the Humanities Save the Planet?
(Monday, November 23, 2015) Sir Jonathan Bate, Renowned Shakespearean and Eco-Critic, will present How Can the Humanities Save the Planet? From 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Ventana C room, Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Transnational Climate Governance and the Global 500
(Tuesday, December 1, 2015) Lily Hsueh, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University will present Transnational Climate Governance and the Global 500 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Free Film Screening: This Changes Everything
(Wednesday, December 2, 2015) Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; showtime 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S Mill Ave, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Actors, Institutions and Governance as Socioeconomic Drivers of and Constraints on Urban Water Systems Decision Making
(Thursday, December 3, 2015) The panel will also discuss opportunities and constraints for water sustainability under climate change and other long-term environmental risks. DCDC will explore pathways for overcoming social, political, and economic barriers to transitions. From 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Decision Center for a Desert City conference room, Brickyard Orchid House, 21 E 6th St, Ste 126, Tempe, AZ. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series Urban Gardens Talk & Tour: Finale
(Thursday, December 3, 2015) To wrap up our Urban Garden Talk & Tour series, join visionary farmers Justin Rohner, Darren Chapman, and Ken Singh as they share their varying perspectives on urban yards, gardens, and farms. From 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the Upstairs Balcony, College Avenue Commons, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
(Monday-Thursday, February 23-25, 2016) The eighth annual GreenBiz defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business now. GreenBiz 2016 brings together GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. We leverage our vast networks, insights and domain expertise to bring you the brightest thinkers and most influential leaders. You'll get an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today. This annual forum is framed by the annual State of Green Business report, the ninth annual edition of GreenBiz’s acclaimed accounting of key sustainability metrics and trends. The report, combined with the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that have become hallmarks of GreenBiz events, makes GreenBiz 2016 an unforgettable event. It will be held at the JW Marriott Camelback Resort, 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. More information and registration.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Collaborative Effects of Inherent Droplet Physics and Rational Surface Nanofabrication for Extreme Resistance Against Icing
(Friday, November 20, 2015) Dimos Poulikakos, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology will present Collaborative Effects of Inherent Droplet Physics and Rational Surface Nanofabrication for Extreme Resistance Against Icing at 1:30 p.m. in room 60, College of Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Social Insect Research Group Seminar: Transgenerational Immune Priming in Insects: From Moths to Bees
(Friday, November 20, 2015) Dalial Freitak, University of Helsinki, Finland will present Transgenerational Immune Priming in Insects: From Moths to Bees from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Evidence-Based Teaching in STEM Seminar Series: The Impact of Active Learning Activities on Different Student Populations
(Friday, November 20, 2015) Sarah Eddy, Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin will present The Impact of Active Learning Activities on Different Student Populations from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in room 104, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Chemical Engineering Seminar: Electrospun Fiber Materials: Mechanics and Membranes
(Monday, November 23, 2015) Gregory Rutledge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present Electrospun Fiber Materials: Mechanics and Membranes at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium (105B), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series: Ted Hughes: Eco-Warrior, or Eco-Worrier?
(Monday, November 23, 2015) Sir Jonathan Bate will present Ted Hughes: Eco-Warrior, or Eco-Worrier? At 6:00 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Film Screening and Discussion: Ecological Destruction in the New World
(Monday, November 30, 2015) The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), the School of Social Transformation (SST), the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC), the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, along with the generous help of the School of Sustainability at ASU offer a unique program on uniting film, history, politics, ecology, and current events. Through analysis of segments of the film Tambien la lluvia, featuring actor Gael Garcia Bernal the 16th century Conquest of the Americas and the 21st century Re-Conquest of Latin American ecologies and economies will highlight issues of ecological exploitation and the life blood of a continent, namely: water, and who owns it. From 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the Lycium Theater, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Barretts Honors College Lecture Series: Teaching for America CEO Elisa Villaneuva Beard
(Thursday, December 3, 2015) The CEO of Teach For America, Elisa Villaneuva Beard, has chosen to visit Arizona State University because of its top leaders. Arizona State University recently jumped from #11 to #4 in the country for top contributors to Teach For America. She will be speaking from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Marston Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information and RSVP.
Democracy Conference 2015: By the People
(Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 2015) Arizona State University will be hosting a conference on participatory democracy, civic engagement and citizenship education. The event will be designed to share research findings, engage in provocative and meaningful discussions, learn from accomplishments and failures, and be inspired by innovative approaches, strategies, policies, tools and practices. The conference will bring together academics, students, practitioners, researchers, appointed and elected public officials, teachers, administrators, members of community organizations, and all those interested in participatory democracy, public engagement and citizenship education. The conference will combine academic presentations with practical workshops, We are interested in attracting theoretical and empirical contributions that are related to the three conference themes. Submission of abstracts is April 15, 2015. More information.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: OKED Workshop for Faculty
(Friday, January 22, 2016) Learn more about services to help advance your research. Institute and Initiative leaders will be available to help you discover collaborative research opportunities. Faculty experts will share their success stories and will help you network with colleagues from across the university. OKED representatives will be available to answer any questions you have on the research administration process. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
Desert Cities Symposium
(Friday, November 20, 2015) How do we imagine the desert and desert cities? How will desert cities of the future deal with movement, migration, mobility, and transience? What will the desert city of 2050 look like? Join Arizona State University environmental humanists as they grapple with these questions in the heart of a desert metropolis. From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Graduate Hotel, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Urban Farming Workshop Series: Healthy Cooking Workshop
(Saturday, November 21, 2015) The Center for Urban Agriculture at Mesa Community College and the Brooks Community School in South Phoenix are hosting a nearly year-long series of environmental workshops titled “Urban Farming: Healthy Foods and Healthy Living." The Healthy Cooking Workshop will be held at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the George B. Brooks Sr. Community School, 3146 E. Wier Ave, Phoenix, AZ. More information and RSVP.
34th Anniversary of the Orme Dam Victory Days Parade
(Saturday, November 21, 2015) Join Pat Mariella, Faculty Associate, Arizona State University as she is the Grand Marshall of the 34th Anniversary of the Orme Dam Victory Days Parade to be held at 10:00 a.m. from Ba Hon Nah Rd to Yuma Frank Rd in Fort McDowell, Arizona. More information about the parade and Orme Dam Victory Days.
MSC Discovery Hikes: Desert Ecology, What’s a Desert?
(Sunday, November 22, 2015) Learn about the challenges posed by our environment for everything that lives here, and the strategies used by plants and animals to adapt to our conditions. You’ll leave with new respect for the extraordinary changes our local flora and fauna have made in order to prosper here. Provided by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy this a 3-mile hike, allow 3 hours. Starts at 7:45 a.m. More information.
City of Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series: Incentives for Energy Home Improvements, Renewable Energy, Water, and More
(Thursday, December 3, 2015) The Lecture Series will present Incentives for Energy Home Improvements, Renewable Energy, Water, and More from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale. More information.
GreenBiz Webcast: Why Tackling Climate Change is Good for Business
(December 15, 2015) The United Nations conference on climate change, known as COP21, is prompting new soul-searching among global business leaders. The big question for self-reflection is not only to know if your organization is contributing enough to tackling climate change, but also: how can businesses transform an apparent constraint into a source of competitive advantage and a business opportunity? The webcast will address these issues. To be at 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information and registration.
21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference
(Thursday-Sunday, January 21-24, 2016) The Science Foundation AZ and the STEM AZ Education Collaborative are proud to partner to bring you the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference. STEM integration is critical for developing the knowledge and skills our students, businesses, and communities desire and deserve. Critical thinking, creativity, and innovation are both goals and outcomes of educational practices that promote a transdisciplinary approach to STEM education. At the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate conference participants will engage in diverse sessions to explore and enhance STEM educational practices. Sessions will not only be outstanding learning opportunities for educators, many of them will include how business, informal education, early childhood experiences, and K-16+ classrooms create a nexus of learning that result in the 21st century graduate prepared for tomorrow’s world. The conference will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N Third St, Phoenix. For more information.
UGEC Viewpoints: The evolution of neighborhood planning since the early 20th century
For over a century, urban planners and visionaries have developed planned neighborhoods as remedies for problems caused by unregulated urbanization. Today, neighborhood planning has broadened its traditional focus on place-making and quality of life to incorporate many key ideas that are grouped under the rubric of sustainable development. Developing sustainable neighborhoods can be regarded as an important step towards solving some of the major global environmental change issues. Read more.
Solar Impulse Update
As the Solar Impulse winters in Hawaii, new batteries with improved cooling are being built in Switzerland. Those will be installed in preparation to resume the Round-the-World solar-powered flight, currently planned for April, with Phoenix as the first stop. In the meantime, Bertrand Piccard prepares for the COP21 conference in Paris December 7-8, 2015 where he will give one of the Keynote presentations with US Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz. Solar Impulse details on the http://solarimpulse.com website, and COP21/Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 at http://www.cop21paris.org.
ASU's white laser technology one of year's top breakthroughs
The invention of the world’s first white laser, which could revolutionize communications, lighting and displays, is being recognized as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year by Popular Science magazine. Arizona State University electrical engineering professor Cun-Zheng Ning worked on the problem for 10 years until he and his team of graduate students cracked it. Read more.
Autodesk helps D.C. stave off stormwater pollution (from GreenBiz.com)
Cities across the globe historically have viewed stormwater as a public nuisance that causes damaging floods and spreads pollution. This view stands to only worsen in the new age of rising sea levels and increasingly severe and frequent extreme weather events. Read more.
Real-life “CSI”: ASU's interdisciplinary forensics program equips students to make a difference in a variety of careers
A bottle of Turnbull's scotch whisky sits next to an overturned bottle of pills on an end table. Next to the table, a man is seated in an armchair, a pillow covering his face. The scene is straight out of an episode of "CSI" — that is, until forensics professor Kimberly Kobojek lifts the pillow from the man’s face to reveal that it’s not a man at all, but a Styrofoam dummy head. The liquor and pills are props, too. Read more.
Walmart sustainability at 10: The birth of a notion (from GreenBiz.com; part 1 of 2)
On Oct. 23, 2005, Lee Scott, at the time CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., spoke from the auditorium of the company’s Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., the first time a company speech had been livecast to every one of the company’s stores, clubs and distribution centers. Read more.
ASU brings comic-book technology to life: From exoskeletons to high-power comms, the university's super-brains are finding ways to improve people's lives
From Wayne Enterprises to Stark Industries, the comic-book world is all about science and technology that wows. Bionic limbs. Flying suits of armor. Indestructible metals. Flying robot swarms. Communications devices that work across the globe and into space, under any kind of conditions. Read more.
Walmart sustainability at 10: The birth of a notion (from GreenBiz.com; part 2 of 2)
This morning (11/17/15), at a Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting held in its Home Office auditorium in Bentonville, Ark., Walmart is unveiling the latest results in its decade-long journey to address its environmental and social challenges, and to be seen as a sustainability leader. Read more.
Forged in the hearts of stars: ASU researchers to study what elements are created by exploding stars
Apart from hydrogen, as many have heard from the Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson "Cosmos" series, every ingredient in the human body is made from elements forged by stars. The calcium in our bones, the oxygen we breathe, the iron in our blood — all were forged in the element factories of stars. Even the carbon in our apple pie. Read more.
Urban Infrastructure Anatomy Spring 2016 course to study water-resilient infrastructure design
In Spring 2016 ASU's Urban Infrastructure Anatomy course (CEE507, PUP553, SOS547) will as a class-wide project develop strategies for improving the resilience of Arizona roadways to climate change-driven precipitation and flooding. In addition to lectures on infrastructure sustainability and resilience, we will engage with infrastructure managers to assess the vulnerability of and design solutions for transportation infrastructure to water. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams and will have a unique opportunity to develop a publicly visible report and presentation with policy and technical recommendations. For information on past projects see http://urbansustainability.lab.asu.edu/projects.php. Enroll soon!
Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands Study Abroad
Come to Aruba to study Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands! Learn about sustainability and energy in a highly-constrained island setting. The course includes many site visits and interactive sessions on clean energy including visits to the Solar PV training lab, Vader Piet Wind Farm, waste to energy plant, Smart-Community, WEB power plant and water desalination, utility-scale solar PV, green energy hotels, Balashi brewery and soft drinks, snorkeling for coral and oceanfront sustainability. Full details. There will be a general study abroad info session, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. (Polytechnic campus). Sign up for information sessions. Interested students can contact Dr. Nathan Johnson by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for phone (480-727-5271) at anytime with questions.
EPA Seeking Young Adults to Serve on National Environmental Justice Council Work Group on Climate Justice
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking young adults, ages 18 to 29, who are involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy, to participate on this "first of its kind" youth-led advisory work group to assist the National Environmental Justice Council (NEJAC) in developing advice and recommendations to assist EPA in developing best practices to address climate change concerns. EPA recognizes the key role that youth play in bringing awareness to climate change and offering solutions to transform our societies toward a low-carbon and climate resilient future. It is essential that youth have a seat at the table and help inform the hard decisions that must be made that affect so many. Thus, the formation of the NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group seeks to include young people in assisting EPA in addressing climate change concerns. More information. Applications are due November 30, 2015.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, University of Washington
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington is getting ready to recruit students for next summer. The goal of this two-year conservation immersion program is to broaden participation within conservation, and diversify what it means to be a "conservation professional." The program is looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join for an 8-week immersion course this summer. The program starts in Seattle and travels to various ExUrban (wildlands and rural) landscapes in Washington addressing urban conservation issues. Scholars don't have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic - incipient change-makers. Because the program is geared for students early in their college careers, we are only able to take freshmen and sophomores. You can learn more about the program at www.uwconservationscholars.org The application process will begin November 16, 2015 and end January 29, 2016.
Clinton Global Initiative University 2016
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the ninth annual CGI U meeting from April 1-3, 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2016 students through the University Network and other opportunities to help them turn their ideas into action. Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to design a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Early Decision and Travel Assistance application deadline: October 16, 2015. Final application deadline: December 1, 2015. All invited attendees will be notified by late December 2015. For more information and application.
2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest
Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract policy debates and obscure jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging subgenre of climate fiction, epitomized by novels like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change. The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative and the College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are proud to announce the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The contest will be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1000, with three additional finalists receiving book bundles signed by award-winning climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of the best submissions will be published in a forthcoming online anthology, and considered for publication in the journal Issues in Science and Technology. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. For more information and how to submit.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
October 2015 drought summary is online.
July Southwest Climate Outlook
The July 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: July 2015 – The Monsoon Edition
Project Manager, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative
Instructions to Apply: To review and apply go to ASU Human Resources, click on Internal or External Applicants, and in the “Requisition ID” section, type 18483BR.
Postdoctoral Research Position, Kent Law School, Kent University
Application deadline November 22, 2015. More information.
Program Coordinator Sr., Two Positions - Advocacy and CompuGirls, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Arizona State University
Application deadline November 23, 2015. More information.
Change Manager, Mekong River Commission for Sustainable Development
Application deadline November 30, 2015. More information.
Project Manager, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University
Application deadline November 30, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Power Systems Modeling and Controls, Arizona State University
Review of applications begins December 1, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Ecology of Environmental Change, Binghamton University
Application deadline December 1, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society/The Polytechnic School of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Review of applications begins December 1, 2015. More information.
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Marquette University
Application deadline December 4, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellowships, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Long-Term Ecological Research Program
Application deadline December 7, 2015. More information.
Sun Devil Dining (Aramark), Sustainability Intern (Spring 2016)
The Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability Intern will help promote our environmental efforts at public events and internal activities. Aramark's continually evolving Sustainability Pillars include: Responsible Purchasing, Efficient Operations and Waste Minimization. The position will focus on education and engagement surrounding Sun Devil Dining's environmental efforts as well as support in expanding new and existing sustainability practices. Application deadline: December 11, 2015. Hourly Rate: $8.25/hour; Hours: Approximately 16-29 hours per week; Dates: January-May 2016. See Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability page for more details: http://sundevildining.asu.edu/sustainability. Contact, Krista Hicks (Hicks-Krista@aramark.com).
Lecturers/Senior Lecturers, Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK
Application deadline December 17, 2015. More information.
SolarCorps Tribal Program Fellow, Denver, Colorado
Application deadline December 18, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Position, Gibbs Land Use and Environment Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline December 20, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Position at Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne Laboratories
Requisition number 400355. More information.
Household Hazardous Waste Technician, City of Tucson
Transportation Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Research Analyst, Smart Growth America
Outreach Associate, Transportation for America