Midwest initiative funds digital collection of Great Lakes environmental history

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

The environmental history of the Great Lakes Basin will be digitally documented thanks to a $75,000 grant recently awarded to the University of Michigan.

Paul Conway, a U-M associate professor of information,  received the grant through Humanities Without Walls’ Global Midwest initiative. It supports collaborative research on the region’s cultural and economic history.

The Humanities Without Walls group is based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The project aims to collect digital aspects of Great Lakes environmental history in one place. The web-based tool intends to make research and learning about the area more efficient.

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Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

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.

EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Applications will be considered from those who:

  • will be this year or are now a full-time master’s student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and
  • have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc. Note this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.

Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community. Awards are based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Professional experience
  • Relevance of one’s work to the advancement of solid waste management science
  • Potential for success

Award amounts consider the cost of tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received. Full scholarships may not be awarded to students who will be receiving full-tuition scholarships from other sources (excluding direct university assistance such as tuition remission or assistantship income) but may still be considered for partial awards.

Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to a minimum of $12,000 per year and paid monthly. Doctoral/post-doctoral scholarships are renewable each year to a maximum of three years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to a minimum of $5,000 per year and renewable each year to a maximum of two years from the initial award date. Scholarship renewal is dependent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor.

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Call For Applications: 2015 NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Research Fellowships

NWF is seeking graduate students in the U.S. to conduct and test market research and business planning and assist with content development for the new NWF EcoLeaders online community. There will be two track options for the Fellowship, Market Research and Content Development. Applications are due February 25.

The Market Research track fellows will conduct researching and testing for NWF EcoLeaders, selecting among priority market segments, including one or more of the following:  student government, journalism, business, education, fraternities and sororities, etc. Based on their findings, the Fellows will develop and test at least two suggested plans for improving our efforts and in the process of their research will recruit a minimum of 25 new EcoLeaders to the site each.

The content development track fellows will focus on developing new and supporting content for the EcoLeaders site building out resource offerings on current “Eco-Topic” pages and recognition pages and developing content for new Eco-Topic pages including Outdoor Recreation, Climate Adaptation and the Career and Leadership Center.

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Call for papers: Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability

Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability
November 6-7, 2015 @ Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina

The conference focuses on the uses, politics, art, history, and economics of water worldwide. It is open to faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, activists, and community professionals.

Examples of possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The privatization of water
  • Climate change
  • Development goals and their water implications
  • Water security and insecurity
  • The politics and economics of water reuse
  • Capacity building
  • Food, water, and the environment
  • Art and design contributions to water management
  • Financing and investment schemes
  • Historical droughts and floods
  • Climate justice, ethical, cultural and religious values
  • The role of water in post-conflict peace building
  • The impact of water policy on the poor
  • Creative solutions to water challenges
  • Water in creative practice
  • Media coverage of water issues
  • Perceptions of risk and water quality issues

Papers will be reviewed for connections to the theme and an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.
For more information on the Winthrop University Water Conference and for conference updates, visit our website at: www.winthrop.edu/cas/interdisciplinary/waterconference2015

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for individual papers or panels should be sent by March 1, 2015 to: Dr. Ginger Williams (History) @ williamsv@winthrop.edu AND Dr. Laura Dougherty (Theatre and Dance) @ doughertyl@winthrop.edu

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for posters should be sent by March 1, 2015 to: Dr. Simone Camel (Human Nutrition) @ camels@winthrop.edu AND Dr. M. Gregory Oakes (Philosophy and Religious Studies) @ oakesm@winthrop.edu

General questions can be addressed to Drs. Williams or Dougherty.

All participants will be notified on or before April 15, 2015.

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Spring 2015 Savvy Researcher Workshops

The Scholarly Commons has over 50 Savvy Researcher workshops scheduled to be taught this semester.  These are 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Intro to Data Management and Publication
  • The ORCID Identifier: The Free iD Number that Ensures You Get Credit for ALL of Your Research
  • Getting organized with Mendeley
  • The Ways of the Web: Filter Bubbles, Search Engines, and You
  • Introducing Metadata: How to Organize your Research Data and Resources
  • Create and Manage an Online Scholarly Presence
  • Database Design for the Non-Technical Researcher

There are also sessions on GIS, visual literacy, scholarly communication,  RefWorks Flow, Publishing with GitHub, and ABBYY FineReader.  The full calendar of workshops is here:  http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/4068

Can’t make it to the scheduled workshop on a topic of interest?  Any of these workshops can be scheduled specially for departments or lab groups upon request.  Use the  online form to request a session for your group:  https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6094473.

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Warning: library account phishing scam

There have been reports of a phishing email that appears to be coming from the University Library, warning of expired account which will be “closed automatically” if you do not take immediate action.  It provides a link to a “login page” to reactivate your account.  This is a scam intended to steal your University log-in information.   Please do not follow the link.

If you are curious about your library account status, you can access your patron account  by logging in to to either VuFind or in Voyager Classic.  VuFind uses a user name and password that you create; Voyager Classic uses your borrower ID (the barcode number on your ICard beginning with 2011…) and last name.  Both systems allow you to request and renew materials and check your account status.  If you have no blocks on your account, your library account is in good standing.  In your VuFind account, you can set preferences for pickup location for requested library materials.

If you do experience problems with your library account, contact the University Library’s  Central Access Services Department, by phone 217-333-8400 or email.  Institute staff with questions about their account or other library matters are encouraged to contact us.

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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2016.  This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.  PRE-PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 12, 2015.

Detailed instructions are on the ESTCP website: https://serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/ ESTCP-Solicitations/Environmental-Technologies-Solicitation.

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Environmental Restoration – Technologies to address the reduction of the Department’s current and future liabilities through cost-effective management and remediation of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water, as well as the treatment of wastewater on fixed installations.
  • Munitions Response in Underwater Environments — Technologies to address the reduction of the Department’s current liabilities due to unexploded ordnance and discarded military munitions at underwater sites.
  • Resource Conservation — Technologies to support the sustainability of installations and training and testing areas.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Technologies to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of wastes and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Call for Proposals (CFP) from Federal Organizations Outside DoD are seeking pre-proposals for environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments

WEBINAR – JANUARY 16:   ESTCP Director Dr. Anne Andrews and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on January 16, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/bjmshmowuzug&eom.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the ESTCP Support Office at partners@hgl.com or 703-736-4547.

Coming Soon!
The FY 2016 ESTCP Installation Energy Solicitation is due out on or about February 5, 2015.

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A Touch of Clay Helps Prevent Fish Disease

Read the full story from the Agricultural Research Service.

A type of clay used in cosmetics, medicine, and papermaking may be just what aquaculture farmers need to fight columnaris—a costly and deadly bacterial disease that affects freshwater finfish worldwide.

Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered that adding this clay, called “kaolin,” to water significantly improves the survival rate of channel catfish with columnaris disease, which is caused by the bacterial pathogen Flavobacterium columnare. Columnaris affects many commercially grown fish species, but few preventive methods or therapies are available to treat it, says Benjamin Beck, a fish physiologist at ARS’s Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart [Arkansas] National Aquaculture Research Center.

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NAL Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Via an e-mail from the Agricultural Research Service.

By Kim Kaplan
January 13, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

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NSF Research Coordination Networks RFP

The National Science Foundation’s is soliciting proposals for Research Coordination Networks, to support information and idea sharing among researchers.

“The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. “

Full proposals are due March 02, 2015; no letter of intent is required.  Awards of up to $500,000 over five years are possible.

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