November 10, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

The future, unzipped
Like the lignin he studies, UW biochemist John Ralph is tenacious but finally beginning to reveal some of his secrets. More than a decade of work by Ralph and his colleagues has finally cracked a puzzle with big implications for biofuels.

What's New at UW?

Natural spaces define new vision for campus
Proposed designs for the new master plan include expanded natural areas, a demonstration wetland, and protected bike lanes across campus.
Moving fast to study state waters
Researchers used a real-time sampling tool to study how freshwater systems process chemicals, with hopes to inform local water policy.
Raising "little Aldo Leopolds"
Supported by a Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship, junior Sarah Krier designed programs to help young people forge a connection with the outdoors.

Featured Events

Food and Body: Envisioning Positive Relationships to What We Eat
November 12, 2015 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Campus Women's Center
Join the Campus Women's Center and F.H. King for a conversation about our relationships with food. They will discuss how sustainability and food justice inform people's thoughts around bodies and consumption.
Energy Hub Annual Conference
November 13, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. | Gordon Dining and Event Center
This year's theme of "Energy Expressway" will cover the future of transportation, energy and sustainability. The event is free for students. 

Food For Thought

An economic history of leftovers
Tracking the rise and fall of the lowly leftover charts a course from economic necessity to moral act to symbol of abundance. But even as American spending on food drops, food waste is becoming unaffordable in other ways.
The M List 2015
Social innovation can be a product, an idea, a principle, a movement or a piece of legislation – and it's happening all over Madison. The M List captures 35 innovations that emerged through collaboration.

Jobs & Opportunities


Communications/social media internMadison, WI
The Global Health Institute is looking for a communications/social media intern. Application deadline is November 20.
Morgridge Center internsMadison, WI
The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hiring interns for spring 2016 to work on social media, community development and the South Madison partnership. Application deadline is November 22.
Patagonia Eco Innovation Case Competition
This case competition challenges graduate students to redefine the relationship between business and a healthy planet though a current, real-life, sustainability issue that Patagonia faces. Registration deadline is December 15.


Field organizerMadison, WI
Base Builder LLC is hiring field organizers to mobilize citizen engagement in progressive issues. Application deadline is not listed.
Post-doctoral fellowshipWilliamstown, MA
Williams College seeks applicants for a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental studies. Application deadline is December 1.


Assistant or associate professor in limnologyBurlington, VT
The University of Vermont has an opening for a 9-month, tenure-track appointment as assistant or associate professor of limnology. Application deadline is not listed.
November 10, 2015
Wisconsin Idea Fellowship information session
7-8:30 p.m.
Red Gym
November 10, 2015
Student homelessness in Dane County
7 p.m.
Red Gym
November 11, 2015
Landless homeowners in forgotten America
4-5 p.m.
360 Science Hall
November 11, 2015
Brakes Class
6-7:30 p.m.
Bicycle Resource Center
November 11, 2015
Wednesday Nite at the Lab: U.S. policy on ag biotech
7-8:15 p.m.
UW Biotechnology Center
November 12, 2015
Yahara Lakes 101: Water quality
8-9 a.m.
The Edgewater
November 12, 2015
Weston Roundtable: Remote sensing in agriculture
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
November 12, 2015
Stability, innovation and evolution in the power sector
5:30-7 p.m.
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers
November 13, 2015
Madison Food Waste Forum
11:45 a.m.- 2 p.m.
AMFAM Training Center
November 16, 2015
Economic impacts of the EPA Clean Power Plan
3:30-4:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
November 17, 2015
Screening: Poverty, Inc.
7 p.m.
Marquee, Union South
November 18, 2015
Wisconsin Local Government Summit on Energy & Resilience
UW–Stevens Point
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