July 1, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Student team goes green globally
An intercollegiate team from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Purdue University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently won the Expo Village 2017 competition to bring their urban agriculture project to Expo 2017 – known stateside as the World's Fair – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Related article: Student groups across campus recognized for achievements in sustainability

What's New at UW?

New MOOCs to focus on environmental and community themes
Beginning in 2015, UW–Madison will offer six Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on topics ranging from Shakespeare's dramas and the digital humanities, to understanding Aldo Leopold's land ethic, to the relationship between climate change and public health.
Lake Mendota mapmaker shows depth of her appreciation
Caroline Rose, a cartography and geographic information systems student, paid tribute to Lake Mendota with a three-dimensional, magnetic map of Lake Mendota, which is located in the renovated Hoofers space at Memorial Union.
Global health students create a healthier world
The UW–Madison global health certificate program engages students in disciplines across campus, including engineering, education, journalism and nutritional science, and prepares them to help solve large-scale health problems.

Featured Events

Saturday Science at Discovery
July 5, 2014 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Explore past events and geological changes that impacted our planet and learn more about present conditions that may impact Earth's future at the upcoming Saturday Science, Time Machine Earth: Dinosaurs, Fossils & the Future.
Peace, Grassroots Empowerment and Sustainable Development
July 7, 2014  | 5 p.m. | Union South
Sponsored by the UW–Madison Global Health Institute, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, MD, general secretary of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, will share his experiences as a community health expert in Sri Lanka. 

Food For Thought

Environmentalists struggle to make climate change politically relevant
Even as scientists warn about the mounting dangers of climate change, the political operatives are confronting the same problem that has plagued the movement to curb carbon dioxide emissions for decades: How can they make the dangers of global warming real for voters?
A memoir about what happens when you get rid of all your stuff
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – aka The Minimalists – are a pair of best friends who grew up poor in Dayton, Ohio, and were working in unfulfilling six-figure corporate careers at age 30, when they shed most of their belongings and started a popular blog about embracing simplicity.

Jobs & Opportunities


Student Health 101 Campus Correspondent – Madison, WI
Student Health 101 is seeking a campus correspondent to empower students to live healthier lives. Responsibilities include video interviewing students about health and wellness topics, introducing a monthly segment and letting others know about it, and highlighting students who are flourishing. 
Community Conservation, Inc. Intern – Gays Mills, WI
Community Conservation, Inc. is seeking an intern to develop its website, Potential projects include creating a social network for other community conservation projects, utilizing crowdfunding capabilities to support projects and creating a web portal to facilitate internal communication.


Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association Seed Analyst – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association is seeking a seed analyst/technologist to evaluate seed purity, planting, germination, isolation/counting of seed mixtures, herbicide tolerance and more. 


University of Oregon Faculty Research Assistant Data Analyst – Eugene, OR
The University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment is seeking a grant-contingent, non-tenure track faculty research assistant who can serve as a quantitative data analyst and cartographer on a variety of natural resource social science and economics projects. Preferred start date is August 1. 
Gannett Fleming, Inc. Environmental Compliance Specialist – Madison, WI
Gannett Fleming, Inc. is seeking an experienced professional for its Madison office to manage environmental compliance for a variety of facilities nationwide. An understanding of federal, state and local regulatory requirements including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and more is required.


Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Max Tech & Beyond Design Competition
The University of California Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory is requesting proposals for the Max Tech & Beyond Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment. Proposal deadline is July 7.
Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities funding opportunity
The EPA is seeking applications that take a systems view to investigate how drought (seasonal and prolonged) exacerbated by climate change may impact surface and groundwater quality and availability. Application deadline is August 5. 


July 3, 2014
Troy Gardens Prairie Restoration Night
6:30-8 p.m.
Troy Drive, Madison
July 4, 2014
Science is Fun
8:15-9:15 p.m.
Memorial Union
July 5, 2014
Madison Butterfly Count
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
Entry fee is $3
July 9, 2014
Created Equal Film Series: Slavery By Another Name
6:30-9 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
July 9, 2014
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
7 p.m.
425 Henry Mall
July 10, 2014
Yahara Lakes 101
7:30-9 p.m.
East Gilman Street, Madison
Registration is $10
July 11, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12 p.m.
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