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News and Announcements
Spring 2016 MSUS Culminating Experience Presentation
(Friday, April 29, 2016) Jessica Hus, Aryn Musgrave, and Wayne Warrington will make their group culminating experience presentation from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Free Film Screening: Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom: Water Sustainability in Arizona
(Friday, April 29, 2016) Join us for a free film screening by students from the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism, created under the direction of Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation). From 9:00-10:30 a.m. in room 102, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
MA Defense: Danielle Chipman
(Tuesday, May 3, 2016) Danielle Chipman will defender her MA thesis Fisheries in the News: How the Media Sets the Agenda for Seafood Sustainability in the United States. Faculty, students, and the general public are invited. From 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
School of Sustainability Spring 2016 Convocation
(Thursday, May 12, 2016) The spring 2016 graduation ceremony for the School of Sustainability will be held at Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Emerge 2016: The Future of Sport 2040
(Friday, April 29, 2016) A festival of athletic, artistic and scientific visitations from the future featuring theatre, improvisation, interactive experiences, design prototypes, and multimedia performances! Explore and take part in an interactive and hands-on event that dares to challenge preconceptions of what sport is and should be — Emerge 2016: The Future of Sport 2040. Join the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and its partners from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Arizona State University’s premier sport venue, Wells Fargo Arena, 600 E Veterans Way, Tempe , AZ 85281. More information and registration.
The Road to Brown Film Screening and Discussion
(Friday, April 29, 2016) The Center for the Study of Race & Democracy (CSRD) and The Philosophy and Film Series present the Created Equal Film Series. Join us for a screening of The Road to Brown followed by a discussion moderated by James Wermers, CSRD Affiliated Faculty. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. in room 134, Agribusiness Center, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus. More information.
Biodesign Center of Applied Structural Discovery Seminar: Salud Digna: A Disruptive Model for Creating Accessibility to Disease Prevention
(Tuesday, May 3, 2016) Juan Carlos Ordoñez, Salud Digna por Todos will present Salud Digna: A Disruptive Model for Creating Accessibility to Disease Prevention from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Frank Rhodes Lecture with Dr. Howard Gardner: Beyond Wit and Grit
(Tuesday, May 3, 2016) Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education will present Beyond Wit and Grit from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room 221 (Arizona Ballroom), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
ASU Project 11161 - Tempe Campus Malls Hardscape Study
(Wednesday, May 4, 2016) This is an opportunity to participate in an open dialogue session for the Tempe Campus Mall Hardscape Study. This effort will gather historical information, implementation processes, current use(s), functions, and other pertinent data about perceptions and uses of the malls. The data will be used to formulate a long-range master plan for the renovation and redevelopment of the campus malls. Since the conversion from streets to pedestrian malls in the 1960’s, they have experienced considerable use and traffic from an ever increasing student population. The result of this has been a gradual, but steady deterioration of the concrete surfaces. What exists today is a “patchwork” of concrete repairs, minimal routine maintenance, tripping hazards, well-intentioned but difficult to reproduce or maintain applications and a wide array of repair materials and colors. This study will develop a unified design strategy that the University will implement in a phased program over a period of ten years or so. There will be three sessions, 12:00-2:00 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; and 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Design North, room 64. Please RSVP to Norman.Yatabe@asu.edu or Pedro.Chavarriaga@asu.edu.
Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics
(Tuesday-Thursday, May 24-26, 2016) The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations with discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies. To be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe, Arizona. Abstracts due January 31, 2016. More information.
Phenomenology and Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in the Lived-World of Persons, Communities, and the Natural Work
(Thursday-Monday, May 26-30, 2016) Our theme, “Phenomenology and Sustainability,” announces a broad area of concern related to the well-being of persons, communities, the natural world and their interrelationship. “Phenomenology and Sustainability” seeks to question the suppositions underlying scientific and humanistic projects and unreflective practices that might thwart sustainable relationships or impede their full realization. In addition, it welcomes the articulation across a broad range of contexts of guiding principles and practices or illustrative concrete applications that might enhance the development of such relationships. To be held at Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus. More information.
i.d.e.a. Museum Exhibit: Underwater FantaSea
(Friday, February 12-Sunday, May 29, 2016) The i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ collaborated with researchers from Arizona State University's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes to develop the Underwater FantaSea exhibit. Celebrate the oceans by diving into our exhibit that features artwork by artists who bring together a mix of fascinating sea life and imaginative beauty to take you on a fanciful journey under the sea. You'll meet amazing creatures, explore the depths of the underwater world and discover your own connection to the ocean. Underwater FantaSea will provide an opportunity to learn about the importance of oceans, how they impact you impact you, as an individual, and how you can do your part to keep them healthy--even if you live hundreds of miles from them. More information.
Green Building Lecture Series: Green Schools
(Thursday, May 5, 2016) Laurel Kruke and Auriane Koster, sustainability managers for Pierce Energy Planning will present Green Schools from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale. More information.
Educator Workshop: Aquatic Communities: Macroinvertebrates, Fish and Their Environment
(Saturday, May 7, 2016) The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Project Wet are teaming up to offer an exciting new educator workshop. Join us as we explore the aquatic communities found along the Verde River. We will study key aspects of the habitat, such as water quality and macroinvertebrates, while also learning about invasive and native species. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at fly-fishing and apply their understanding of the ecosystem. More information and registration.
International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology: ISSST 2016
(Sunday-Wednesday, May 15-18, 2016) ISSST is a conference that serves as an interactive platform allowing scientists, artists, engineers and humanists to exchange and create sustainability ideas and solutions. Dr. Gary Dirks, Director of ASU LightWorks, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Dirks works on projects that will develop biofuel compatible diesel and jet fuel production, create more sustainable plastics, find ways to mimic antibodies for better and less expensive cures, and use the chemical process of photosynthesis to generate clean energy. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix. More information.
Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics
(Tuesday-Thursday, May 24-26, 2016) The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations with discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies. To be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe. More information.
Sustainability and Textiles
(Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, 2016) Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles is a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. This year an optional fifth day has been added to close the loop on the conference in a mindful way, as well as add a full day of site visits to relevant industry locations. Designed for industry professionals as well as academics wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry. This interdisciplinary program is important for designers, technologists, educators, and those involved in creation or production, as well as those seeking greater business and professional knowledge. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. More information and registration.
VERGE Hawaii: Asian Pacific Clean Energy Summit
(Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016) The Hawaii State Energy Office has partnered with the GreenBiz Group to launch VERGE Hawaii — Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit. VERGE Hawaii will explore innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure and sets the stage for immediate actions and plans needed to deliver on Hawaii’s ambitious goal of 100% renewably powered energy by 2045. Further, this VERGE event will serve as a platform for Hawaii’s energy leaders and stakeholders to engage, learn and contribute. More information.
2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science
(Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25, 2016) This 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary event designed to engage a broad community of researchers - academics, industry experts, open data activists, government agency workers, and think tank analysts – dedicated to advancing social science knowledge through computational methods. This event affords the opportunity to meet and discuss works in which social systems and dynamics are investigated in a quantitative way through large datasets that are either mined from various sources (e.g. social media, communication systems) or created via controlled experiments or computational modeling. Hosted by the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. More information.
KDD2016: 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: KDD Workshop on Data Science for Food, Energy, and Water
(Sunday, August 14, 2016) Recognizing the need for orchestrated efforts to address the many interrelated data scientific challenges for the security of Food, Energy and Water, the goal of this workshop will be three-fold: 1. To introduce the emerging area of “data science for food, water and energy (DS-FEW)” to the KDD community; 2. To invite scientists and practitioners in the FEW domains to the KDD community, and interest them in leveraging our technology and expertise; 3. To innovate new technology, leveraging existing KDD technology where appropriate, to address the challenges we face in FEW, by bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience and enticing them to synergize. This workshop is part of the entire conference which occurs from August 13-17. Call for papers submission deadline is May 27, 2016 and the notification date will be June 13, 2016. For more information.
Building a whole robot — and a whole engineer
This morning, man and machine will find themselves both tested. The challenge for the robotic car? Make your way — on your own, of course — from University Drive about 250 yards to the steps of Old Main, avoiding students, skateboards, bicycles and the fountain. The challenge for the students? Build a robotic car that can do all that. It’s the final step in a course offered for the first time this semester at Arizona State University. Read more.
New partnership drives international sustainability education
Arizona State University is developing a long-term partnership with Beijing Normal University through a joint education program. This program between ASU and BNU allows the universities to drive their shared vision of sustainability through education. Read more.
Partnership to increase educational success of Native Hawaiians
Leaders from Kamehameha Schools (KS) and Arizona State University (ASU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 11 to cooperate and advance education and sustainability. Read more.
'Vehicle of Resistance'
Kenny Dyer-Redner is somewhere in the wilds of Nevada’s Indian country, and he’s spinning his wheels. No, he’s not taking a break from his studies at Arizona State University. Dyer-Redner is on a two-wheeled mission. The American Indian Studies student is speaking about indigenous history as part of his master’s thesis and touring 15 Indian reservations in 34 days on a bike. He’s hoping to inspire youth and other community members to make their own history. Read more.
International innovation through partnership with Beijing Normal University
Strengthening Arizona State University’s commitment to innovation, ASU and Beijing Normal University have agreed to establish the Joint International Research Laboratory of Disaster Risk and Sustainability Sciences. Read more.
Clean tech and innovation: Solar Impulse's view from 10,000 feet (from GreenBiz.com)
Over the past weekend, Joel Makower had the opportunity to have a midair conversation with Bertrand Piccard who, at the time, was on the home stretch of a solo flight across the Pacific in a plane powered entirely by 17,248 solar cells. At the time they spoke on Saturday morning, the 58-year-old Piccard, scion of a long line of Swiss scientific explorers, had been at the controls of the Solar Impulse 2 for more than two days straight and was about 350 miles off the coast of California, headed toward a landing at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., on Saturday night, puttering along at under 40 miles per hour. Read more.
ASU struts its sustainability stuff on Earth Day
You could argue that every day is Earth Day at Arizona State University — an institute that set up the first sustainability school in the nation, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. So Earth Day — when the world officially comes together to honor the planet — feels extra special to ASU students, faculty and staff. Especially those students who live in the Sustainability House at Barrett, the Honors College. Read more.
TNC's plan to teach companies how copying nature cuts risk (from GreenBiz.com)
Unless you pay attention to ecological science, you might not know that restoring a wetland is a better financial bet for protecting your coastal corporate property against storm surges than building a wall. Or maybe you wouldn’t know that reducing ozone and nitrogen dioxide emissions from heavy manufacturing areas can be achieved by planting a peri-urban forest in the vicinity. Read more.
Dumbing it down — or inviting the world in?
When the editor of Scientific American — the oldest publication in the United States at 170 years — goes to work, she hears complaints from scientists that their work is being “dumbed down.” “We’re not ‘dumbing it down,’” said Mariette DiChristina, editor-in-chief of Scientific American for the past six years and the first female editor in the publication’s history. “We’re inviting them in. I think one problem science has is it’s not inviting.” Read more.
Inside agriculture's sustainability inflection point (from GreenBiz.com)
Agriculture is at an inflection point, to borrow a phrase from the technology industry (and math) when it realized the world was changing direction. With responsibility for a third of global warming and needing to feed 9 billion people by mid-century, agriculture is feeling the heat — and opportunities — to change. Read more.
Building a foundation for a better world
Substandard housing affects almost 2 billion people worldwide. Wood, often the American building material of choice for housing, isn’t always a global resource in developing nations and can be fraught with environmental and durability issues. That's why Arizona State University professor Barzin Mobasher is developing fiber- and textile-reinforced concrete that is strong in compression like traditional concrete but has the added capability to be strong in tension as well as flexible — a material more suitable for a wider range of infrastructure projects. Read more.
How Energizer is taking on the holy grail of e-waste (from GreenBiz.com)
Batteries are pretty great at being terrible for the environment. Each year, Americans throw away more than 3 billion of them, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All of this adds up to around 180,000 tons of batteries, of which more than 86,000 tons are single-use alkaline batteries. Read more.
D'Addario introduces the world's first instrument string recycling program
A million pounds. That's two and a half Statues of Liberty. It's also just about how many pounds of instrument strings the world uses in one year. But what happens to all those strings after they've sung their songs? Until now, they've ended up in the dump. So D'Addario is hoping to send them to a better place. Namely, they're hoping you'll send them into their new string recycling program, Playback. Read more.
EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards 2016
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Application deadline is May 20, 2016. More information.
April is Water Awareness Month
April is Water Awareness Month, and there are lots of exciting events, tips and resources to help you start saving water! Each day is about a special topic–from finding leaks to landscaping to harvesting rainwater. Check out their website for tons of more information and tips!
Sources of Water Education Classes Throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area
There are many classes available across the valley, taught by professionals, that are free to all residents having to do with landscape and water efficiency/conservation workshops during the spring and fall seasons. Below are links to the cities’ programs.
US Bureau of Reclamation launching two nationwide “crowd-sourcing” competitions
The US Bureau of Reclamation in collaboration with other Federal and State agencies, will launch two nationwide prize "crowd-sourcing" competitions each with a $20,000 prize purse that seek better solutions to: 1. Detect Internal Erosion in Earthen Dams, Canals, and Levees and 2. Pass Juvenile Fish Migrating Downstream Over or Around Tall Dams. Competition time frames are March 31, 2016-May 10, 2016. For more information.
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Program
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. The application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Click here to view a list of information/materials required for the application.
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, University of Illinois-Chicago
Water and energy have long been thought of, and addressed as, two separate issues. With the advent of systems thinking, life cycle assessment, and other interdisciplinary analysis strategies, this deep connection between water and energy has been widely acknowledged only recently. The 6th annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Nexus program will: explore the relationship between energy and water through systems approach, with an eye towards environmental and agricultural impacts; explore the use of water, especially in energy extraction (fracking) and generation; and highlight the role of the grid in energy issues, emphasizing three specific areas: smart grid, storage for the grid, and the distribution of energy. Across all topics, participants will examine where the United States is to date, potential paths moving forward, and obstacles and opportunities for each path. Situated on one of the largest bodies of freshwater on Earth and playing host to a large and complex grid system, Chicago will be the focal point of discussions of the nexus. The program will occur from August 4-17, 2016 in Chicago. Application deadline is July 1, 2016. More information.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
February 2016 drought summary is online.
April Southwest Climate Outlook
The April 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: April 2016 – An Exceptional El Niño - (For All the “Wrong” Reasons?)
Accounting Assistant Sr., Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
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 21675BR.
Faculty Associate, School of Sustainability, Online
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
Lecturer, Sustainability, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
Application deadline May 9, 2016. More information.
NSF REU Experience for Undergraduates with the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Summer 2016
Application deadline April 29, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Transitions and Implementation) in Urban Resilience to Weather-Related Extreme Events
Application deadline May 31, 2016. More information.
Student, Research and Design Aide, Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness
Application deadline April 29, 2016. To review and apply please go to https://students.asu.edu/employment/search, click on "Search On-Campus Jobs" and enter the requisition 21974BR.
Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, South Bend, Indiana
Application deadline April 30, 2016. More information.
Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Tech
Application deadline April 30, 2016. More information.
Science and Policy Fellowship, Clean Wisconsin, Madison
Application deadline May 1, 2016. More information.
Associate Director of Sustainability, University of California
Application deadline May 7, 2016. More information.
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, University of Cincinnati
Application deadline May 8, 2016. More information.
Resource Ecologist, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, River Forest, IL
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
Extension Education, Water Resources, Michigan State University
Application deadline June 1, 2016. More information.
Scholar-In-Residence, Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering Design, McGill University
Application deadline June 15, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Researchers, Abrupt Change in Ecological Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline June 15, 2016. More information.
Science and Policy Internships, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Various locations, USA
Application deadline July 15, 2016. More information.
Sr. GIS Web Manager, The Trust for Public Land, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Scientific Web Developer/Designer, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California-Santa Barbara
Job #20160165 more information.
Health and Environmental Investigator IV, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Department of Public Health, Seattle and King County, Washington
Assistant Director, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stream Microbial Ecology, Loyola University