Daily Archives: April 28, 2014

Climate Change Research Assistantship, Summer, Tufts University

Synopsis:

A 75-hour summer research assistantship is available for a Tufts undergraduate student interested in contributing to a climate change adaptation plan currently being developed for a coastal community (Exeter, New Hampshire). This project, conducted in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, aims to demonstrate a process for identifying long-term planning options for coastal communities facing the uncertainty of climate change. The town is seeking assistance with making decisions about long-term infrastructure projects that take into account the uncertain impacts of climate change. For example, how do increased flooding hazards from climate change affect their decision regarding where to locate a new wastewater treatment plant? What is the economic value of the riverfront land where a popular commercial street lies?  This work will involve accounting for direct and indirect costs of flood hazards from rivers, urban drainage networks and coastal storm surge. It will also take environmental impacts, namely water quality, into account. In addition to practicing standard cost-benefit analysis methods, the student will gain some experience with modified methods that take future uncertainty into account. This work will also contribute to the dissertation research of Jory Hecht, a Ph.D. student in both the Water Diplomacy program and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Students are encouraged to use this internship as an opportunity for launching a senior project or another independent study.

Compensation and Logistics:

The compensation for this small internship based at the Medford campus of Tufts University is $10/hour ($750 total). This research is funded from part of a Tufts Institute of the Environment Ph.D. fellowship grant awarded for the 2014-15 academic year. Work schedule is flexible, but would generally be completed at a rate of 5-15 hours per week and can be distributed over a period from May through August.  There may be occasional opportunities to travel to New Hampshire and meet with other project team members as well as community stakeholders, who are a central part of this project.

Qualifications:

Students should be comfortable with quantitative analysis, Microsoft Excel® and Internet-based research. Coursework or experiences with economics (especially cost-benefit analysis, engineering economics and environmental economics), probability and statistics, hydrology and land use planning are desired. Students who are not majoring in economics but have coursework or other experiences with economic analysis are strongly encouraged to apply. Past research experiences are also a plus.

Contact Information:

If interested, please contact Jory Hecht at Jory.Hecht@tufts.edu and send a short cover letter and résumé. Promising candidates will be contacted to schedule on-campus interviews as soon as possible.

MSc and PhD Scholarship Opportunities in Abu Dhabi

Masdar Institute (MI), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is offering graduate scholarship opportunities to qualified students in the Science and Engineering field.  The scholarship includes full tuition fees, text books, laptop, accommodation, health insurance, travel expenses and a monthly allowance. Opportunities are also available for Postdocs & Research assistantships. MI is established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and currently operates in close on-going collaboration to develop research and development (R&D) capacity in the country and the region.. focused on sustainable technologies and renewable energy projects.
 
MI is located in Masdar city, close to the AD International Airport, and its campus has unique facilities, state of the art labs, students residence and is fully powered by solar panels.
 
Interested students, Engineers and Scientists who are keen to pursue their graduate education, are encouraged to submit the online application along with all supporting documents. Our Admissions office will evaluate the application and update applicants accordingly.
 
The deadline to receive applications for Fall 2014 is approaching (31st May, 2014) so it’s crucial to submit your application ASAP. We have several students from North America enrolled in MI and we are keen to welcome more qualified students who are passionate about research in the renewable energy field.
 
MI offers 9 MSc programs based on the US graduate education model:
·           MSc Electrical Power Engineering
·           MSc Engineering Systems and Management
·           MSc Computing and Information Science
·           MSc Materials Science and Engineering
·           MSc Mechanical Engineering
·           MSc Microsystems Engineering
·           MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
·           MSc Chemical Engineering
·           MSc Sustainable Critical Infrastructure
 
And a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering program.
 
Further information on Masdar Institute profile, programs and the admissions requirements is available on our website .

Volunteer at PV America Conference, June 23-25

Volunteer at PV America

Apply now to volunteer at PV America on June 23-25, 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and receive a complimentary Full Conference registration, with access to all education sessions, including the General Session and new programs like Master Speakers, Educational Posters, and QuickTalks; nearly 100 exhibitors on the Show Floor; and all networking receptions.
Volunteers at PV America have the unique and exciting opportunity to play an active role in New England’s largest education and business-to-business event, focused on the PV solar market.

Eco-Rep Update: End-of-Year Festivities!

-by Savannah Christiansen

The Eco-Reps are closing out the year in celebration of sustainability! We had a successful clothing swap at Earthfest on April 11th on the Academic Quad and many students walked away with new styles in hand. Why have a clothing swap anyway? Manufacturing new textiles can put a pretty heavy burden on the planet in terms of the amount of resources needed for manufacturing the fabric, putting it together and then shipping them to retail locations. Clothing swaps are an easy way for people to share existing clothing without using up any new resources!

We spoke with potential future students at Jumbo days on April 17th, 18th and 25th about the Eco-Rep program and the Office of Sustainability and encouraged students to keep their college move-in green with tips such as bringing reusable mugs to campus, using power strips and many more that you can check out here.

Savannah

On Sunday, April 28th the Reps enjoyed an end of the year celebration with sushi and bouncy castles on Fletcher Field. Wren Hall also got to participate in the festivities for winning Recyclemania. We hope all of our residents are ready to look out for us next year with more composting, in-dorm campaigns, eco events and more. See you then Tufts!

Sushi  EcoReps