November 4, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Add sustainability to your spring schedule
With spring enrollment starting next week, learn how sustainability can enhance nearly any degree program.

Do you want to:
  • fulfill a breadth requirement?
  • diversify your resumé?
  • join a community of learners?

What's New at UW?

Be an engaged citizen: Vote today!
The ballot includes races for governor, attorney general and secretary of state and, in Dane County, a referendum to increase the minimum wage. Polls are open until 8 p.m. No ID is required for this election.

Need a ride? Union Cab is offering free taxi rides to and from the polls.
New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals
UW–Madison scientists have reported a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says "green chemistry" expert Shannon Stahl.
New campus master plan to focus on landscapes
Work is beginning on an updated campus master plan, a massive once-a-decade undertaking. The 2015 plan will emphasize landscape architecture and usable outdoor spaces and will include long-range transportation, landscape and stormwater management master plans.

Featured Events

The Anthropocene Slam
November 8-10 | DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
In the spirit of a poetry slam, this event invites young scholars and artists to "pitch" objects that could belong to an Anthropocene cabinet of curiosities. Presenters will have ten minutes to explain why their object stands as a representative of this epoch in human and natural history. The event includes a keynote lecture by Elizabeth Kolbert.
November 14, 2014 | 5-7 p.m. | Memorial Union
Formerly known as Environment on Tap, EcoTalks is a presentation series that invites speakers to discuss topics related to the environment. Pizza and beverages are served at the event. RSVP by November 7.

Food For Thought

UW Health to stop selling sugary drinks
UW Health plans to stop selling sugar-sweetened beverages by the end of the year, becoming one of the fist health care organizations in Wisconsin to eliminate sugary drinks as a way to encourage patients, employees and visitors to consumer healthier alternatives.
Let the body rest, for the sake of the brain
According to a recent study, a third of people living in first-world countries must wake up two hours before their internal clocks tell them to. But rising before the body wants to affects not only morale and energy, but brain function as well.

Jobs & Opportunities


UW–Madison MOOCs social media assistant – Madison, WI
UW–Madison's Educational Innovation is hiring a student social media assistant to help promote MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and edit promotional and informative content related to MOOCs. Application deadline is December 1.
100-Hour Challenge – Madison, WI
The 100-hour challenge is the university's signature entrepreneurial contest for undergraduate students. Open to all majors, students are invited to come up with a new product idea in 100 hours using materials found at SWAP. The contest starts November 13. 
F.H. King job opportunities – Madison, WI
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture is hiring a garden director to manage all aspects of garden care including planning, planting, irrigation, harvesting, etc. The student organization is also seeking a finance director to oversee the payroll and purchasing activities of the organization. Application deadline is November 10.


North Carolina Sea Grant coastal economist – Raleigh, NC
The North Carolina Sea Grant is seeking a coastal economist to conduct applied analyses of major coastal and marine economic sectors in North Carolina, foster regional partnerships and conduct economic impact analyses of ecosystem services. Application deadline is December 1.
McGill University Office of Sustainability manager – Montreal, Quebec
The McGill University Office of Sustainability is hiring a manager to develop and implement programming and initiatives to create a culture of sustainability at the university and establish McGill as a leader in sustainability in higher education. Application deadline is November 15.


Global Health Institute request for proposals
The UW–Madison Global Health Institute is seeking proposals for several funding opportunities. Faculty are invited to apply for Seed Grants and Visiting Scholar Awards. The organization will also offer student research awards to graduate students and travel awards to faculty and staff.
Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program
The Office of University Relations is accepting applications to the Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program. This program is open to UW–Madison faculty and staff and supports efforts to take outreach programming to communities outside of Dane County.


November 4, 2014
Careers in clean energy policies and economics
6:30-8 p.m.
Room 1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
November 5, 2014
Maptime Madison
6-8 p.m.
Madison Central Library
November 6, 2014
Beyond adaptive management: Better frameworks for science in environmental decisions
12:30 p.m.
8411 Social Science
November 6, 2014
Student Housing Fair
3-6 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
November 6, 2014
Panel: Agriculture, research and intellectual property
4 p.m.
1420 Microbial Sciences
November 6, 2014
Weston Roundtable: The emerging politics of energy system sustainability
4:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
November 6, 2014
Lecture: The U.S. green energy transformation
5 p.m.
Pyle Center
November 8, 2014
Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction
7 p.m.
DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building 
November 10, 2014
Current and future perspectives on wildlife health
5:30 p.m.
Red Gym
November 10-11, 2014
Diversity Forum 2014
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 10: Memorial Union
Nov. 11: Pyle Center
November 18, 2014
Badger Bioneers 2014: Disruption
8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Varsity Hall
Register through Nov. 11
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