Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Funding Opportunity of the Week: Creating Cultures for Ethical STEM

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This week's funding opportunity comes from the National Science Foundation and is titled, "Creating Cultures for Ethical STEM. Proposals for this program are due on February 22, 2019. Click here for a link to more information.

From NSF's Website:

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?'  Factors one might consider include:  honor codes,  professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements,  curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research,  institutions that  serve  under-represented groups,  institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels,  institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.  Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.
CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill students with this knowledge. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure responsible research conduct.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Maintenance Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

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Nature published an interesting article about the significance of leaking natural gas equipment in the emission of methane, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases. The leaks from natural gas production are about 60% higher than estimated and are worth about $2 billion. Check out the story here.

The focus of the study was on the leaks from the production of natural gas. Thus, producers could make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gases by improving maintenance and finding ways to stop leaks.

There are all kinds of simple ways to reduce greenhouse gases, and maintenance of equipment and pipelines is one of them. As fracking and other forms of natural gas production has increased around the world, the infrastructure associated with gas production has increased. The extent of the infrastructure makes maintenance a challenge.

It is important to note that the study did not assess natural gas distribution in cities. Maintenance of natural gas lines is always a challenge and many believe that the loss of natural gas through leakage in urban areas is also very high.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chimney Rock National Monument

Today I continue my series on all 129 U.S. National Monuments. This is in follow up to my series that featured open access photos of all of the U.S. National Parks. In the coming years, I will highlight open access images all of the U.S. National Monuments in alphabetical order.

Today's featured monument is Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado. This is not one of the monuments that was under review for delisting as per executive order by the president. Following the photos is a list of U.S. National Monuments previously featured on this blog.

Chimney Rock was designated a National Monument in 2012 due to its historic significance.

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Previous On the Brink posts on the U.S. National Monuments:

Admiralty Island National Monument
African Burial Ground National Monument
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Agua Fria National Monument
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Aniakchak National Monument
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Basin and Range National Monument
Bears Ears National Monument
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Browns Canyon National Monument
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
California Coastal National Monument
Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Monday, June 18, 2018

Funding Opportunity of the Week: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

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This week's funding opportunity is the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. The fund provides travel to the southern hemisphere to produce artistic endeavors, particularly those that help to interpret the work being done by scientists in the region. Click here for more information. From NSF's Website:  

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.
U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the projects undertaken by the artists and writers.
The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region.  Resulting  projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S.
The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica.
The program also does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature. See Section IX (Other NSF Programs).
Potential proposers are encouraged to contact the Program Officer prior to submitting a proposal.   Note: if the Polar Program determines, prior to the panel review, that the logistic needs for a project cannot be met in the upcoming field season, the proposal will be Returned Without Review.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions Now Available

This week I received hard copies of my recent book (edited with Sandra Garren), The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability:  Case Studies and Practical Solutions. It is always exciting to get the final product of something you've worked on for a long time. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and is 871 pages in length.

Organizing a comprehensive book on sustainability with a global outlook can be challenging. However, we took a traditional approach in the first three parts and focused on the three E's of sustainability:  environment, equity, and economy. We followed the first three sections with a fourth that provides more holistic look at regional and local examples.

We asked the authors of the chapters to organize their work in a distinct way. Each was asked to conduct a review of a particular issue, say brownfield redevelopment, and then provide a case study example that would illustrate the issue. We also asked each author to provide not only a bibliography but also a further readings section that would guide readers into more in-depth knowledge on the topic.

We designed this book for anyone interested in practical sustainability solutions. Thus, it is a solid book for anyone seeking a review of the state of the practice of sustainability around the world. While we couldn't cover all topics and all regions, we think the 44 chapters in this book provides one of the most comprehensive assessments of international sustainability initiatives ever compiled.

To view the Table of Contents, click here.