December 9, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

New MOOCs cover sustainability themes
A new round of UW–Madison massive open online courses (MOOCs) will begin in 2015, supported by the Educational Innovation initiative. The MOOCs touch several elements of sustainability, including energy, climate change, and public health.

The first course, "The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation," is taught by Paul Robbins, Janet Silbernagel, and Tim Van Deelen and launches on January 26, 2015. Sign-up is now open through Coursera.

Register here for a campus study and discussion group for this MOOC.

What's New at UW?

Chancellor Blank weighs in on a stronger civic sector
Capitalism has created tremendous wealth and opportunity, but markets alone can't solve social problems, says Rebecca Blank. She makes the case that strong institutions can improve markets and protect social goods.
Deadline approaches for SIRE Awards
The Office of Sustainability would like to remind UW–Madison researchers the deadline to apply for a SIRE Award is December 15. SIRE Awards support sustainability research and education on campus.
Office of Sustainability seeking interns
The Office of Sustainability is seeking undergraduates from any background with a passion for sustainability. Intern positions are open for summer 2015 with limited options to start in spring. Applications are due January 14, 2015.

Featured Events

Sustainability Roundtable: Career paths and sector trends
December 9, 2014 | 3 p.m. | 5120 Grainger Hall
UW–Madison's Tom Eggert will moderate a discussion about sustainability careers. Representatives from organizations including Madison Environmental Group, the City of Fitchburg and American Family Insurance will talk about changes and opportunities in the field of sustainability.
UW–Madison Glass Holiday Sale
December 12-14, 2014 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | UW–Madison Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances Street
Looking for a special gift? Something one-of-a-kind? Support local art and artists at the UW–Madison Glass Holiday Sale. 

Food For Thought

Humans are becoming city-dwelling "metro sapiens"
According to UW–Madison public health researcher Jason Vargo in an interview with Smithsonian magazine, humans can no longer live solely rural lifestyles. To live sustainably, we need to embrace our urban tendencies.
8 tips to manage stress during finals week
As finals week stress sets in, take a minute to breathe and consider these tips for a smarter, healthier and more successful end to the semester. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Wisconsin Department of Transportation summer internships – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has summer internships available in information technology and engineering. The department also has education and occupational internships in areas including real estate, communication, environment, policy and more. Application deadline is February 22, 2015.
Center for Media and Democracy research intern – Madison, WI
The Center for Media and Democracy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student interested in politics to assist with the development of its online SourceWatch resource, which documents the central personalities, organizations and groups in the political and corporate worlds. Application deadline is December 19.


WISCIENCE faculty associate for research mentor and mentee training – Madison, WI
WISCIENCE, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, is seeking a faculty associate for research mentor and mentee training to direct programming for undergraduate research experiences in science. Application deadline is December 16.


Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education
The Office of Sustainability is accepting proposals for its Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Awards. Application deadline is December 15.
  • SIRE-RI proposals should address reducing waste of material, economic and/or human resources on the UW–Madison campus.
  • SIRE-ED proposals should fit the framework of the Sustainability Certificate and/or address sustainability-related teaching or learning tools.
Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
Teams of one to four students are invited to submit an original concept, which may include innovations related to energy production, storage, efficiency or sustainability. All submissions are due March 23, 2015.
Global Health Institute request for proposals
The UW–Madison Global Health Institute has several open funding opportunities to support innovative research in global health. Faculty are invited to apply for Seed Grants and Visiting Scholar Awards. Also available are student research awards for graduate students and travel awards for faculty and staff. Application deadline is January 12, 2015.
Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from UW-Madison faculty, staff and students for new outreach, translational and community-based research and public engagement projects or new dimensions to existing activities that reinforce our public mission and help advance the Wisconsin Idea. Applications due to deans' offices by noon on January 26, 2015.


December 9, 2014
Agricultural development and food security
4:30 p.m.
1120 Biochemistry
December 9, 2014
Internet of Things Lab open house
5-7 p.m.
Discovery Building
December 10, 2014
Slow Food Cafe
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Crossing
Last cafe of the semester!
December 10, 2014
Free meditation class
12-1 p.m.
Union South, TITU
December 11, 2014
Ferguson: The movement marches on
6-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Union
December 11, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Management of cows in a global dairy system
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
December 14-16, 2014
Study Hall at The Sett
Until 3 a.m.
The Sett, Union South
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