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Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award (Deadline: Mar 8)

Applications are now being accepted for the Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award, recognizing outstanding use of the library’s collections and experts in the production of an exemplary research paper or project.

All currently registered undergrads are eligible. Winners must agree to contribute materials to a Tisch display and to submit their entry to the Tufts institutional repository. Projects/papers completed between January 2012 and March 8, 2013 (the deadline) are eligible. 

One $500 first prize and one $250 second prize will be awarded in each of three categories

·    Projects/papers completed for the first year writing program (ENG 1-4 or any course taken to fulfill the college writing requirement)

·    Projects/papers completed for 001-99 level courses

·    Projects/papers completed for 100-200 level courses

For more information

View the award information site (http://www.library.tufts.edu/tisch/award/info.html)

View last year’s winners (http://www.library.tufts.edu/tisch/award/winners.html)

Email the committee (tischlibraryawards@elist.tufts.edu)

Tufts Energy Competition 2013 (Deadline: Feb 1st)

Do you have a great energy idea? perhaps even a final project related to energy? Win up to $3,000 to jump-start your energy idea! Apply to the Tufts Energy Competition! 

Working on an innovative project on energy or sustainability that can be leveraged into a winning proposal? The Tufts Energy Competition is looking for your ideas! This competition is a celebration of innovative student-driven solutions to energy challenges. The goal of the Tufts Energy Competition is to support students implementing projects that explore solutions to key energy issues. The winning team will receive up to $3000 to implement their project, and the runner-up will receive $2000.

Every Tufts student is eligible to apply, including engineering students, undergraduates, Tufts medical students, international studies students, and more. The application is due February 1 and can be found onhttp://www.tuftsenergyconference2013.com/energy-competition/.

Need some inspiration? Previous finalists and winners include:

  • A Split Junction Solar Concentrator for More Efficient Electricity Generation
  • Giving Students the Chance to Choose Their Energy
  • Efficient Hygiene Initiatives: Bringing Ecological Sanitation to Thottiypatti
  • Solar Powered Uninterruptible Power Systems
  • Ocean-Based Algae Energy
  • Wind Turbines and Solar Cookers in Zimbabwe
  • High Voltage Lithium Ion Battery Management System

The 2013 Energy Competition hopes to continue this success with your great ideas!

For more information on the 2013 Tufts Energy Competition please visit: http://www.tuftsenergyconference2013.com/energy-competition/

For any further questions or comments on the 2013 Tufts Energy Competition please email tuftsenergycompetition2013@gmail.com or nolan.katherine@gmail.com

Welcome back for the spring!

The campus is filling up with people and the calendar is, not surprisingly, filling up with events. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for sustainability-goings-on around Tufts (including Off-Campus events that you may find of interest) and don’t forget to keep checking the Tufts Environmental Calendar, which is limited to events organized by Tufts students or staff that are related to sustainability.

Event reminders are also broadcast over our Facebook and Twitter accounts, usually on the day of the event themselves.

Stay tuned and stay involved!

2013 Cambridge Science Festival (April 12-21) is still accepting proposals

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing Cambridge as an internationally recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun for everyone!

The call for proposals is still open for the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival!  Join the 10-day festival April 12-21, 2013 to celebrate the great science, technology, engineering, art, and math happening all throughout the Cambridge and Boston area.

We are looking for fun interactive workshops, talks, exhibits, performances, games, and great ideas only you can think up.  Some larger events to participate in include:

  • Science Carnival -  Show off performances, building workshops, or cool activities in a carnival of the sciences
  • A Robot Zoo – Present robotics projects as part of National Robotics Week
  • Science of Sports – Why does a curveball curve, anyway?
  • Rocket Day – Have a blast demonstrating astronomy-related research and engineering projects on National Astronomy Day (Saturday, April 20)
  • Science of Food – Cook up the biology, chemistry, physics, and materials behind the food we eat every day!

Participant online entry form

Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 – 21, 2013

 

2013 Cambridge Science Festival (April 12-21) is a 10-day celebration of the STEM in our lives run by the MIT Museum

TSC holds Fall Sustainability Roundtable

TSC's Fall Roundtable drew members from the CSC working groups and various sustainability-related organizations around campus

Tufts Sustainability Collective, the active umbrella organization for environmental groups on campus, has been very busy the past two weeks! The student-run group hosted two successful events, a Sustainability Roundtable and a Sustainability Dinner at Dewick. Both of these events have become staples each semester, so if you missed them this time around, look for their reappearance in the spring!

This fall’s Sustainability Roundtable featured the Campus Sustainability Council‘s three working groups for Energy and Emissions, Waste, and Water. Each group presented their goals for the university and their progress since convening earlier this year, pursuing a dialog with members of the Tufts community, from students to the head of Facilities.

Energy and Emissions team-members noted the achievement of meeting the standards set by Kyoto protocol by 2012 and mechanisms for decreasing the university’s carbon footprint, such as increased efficiency and switching fuels to natural gas or to distributors with renewable sources. In order to reduce energy consumption as the community continues to grow, however, a university-wide effort is called for, and the educational aspect of this goal is where the Office of Sustainability comes in!

The Waste working group focused on reducing outputs to the landfills during new construction projects and building rehabilitation. They mentioned many waste-reduction goals and plans to collaborate with Tufts Facilities in particular to “use less, reuse and recycle more” before anything is dumped in the trash.

The Water team had great news to present, including some concrete actions already in motion on the Tufts campus! Projects so far have included water reuse systems for machinery in laboratories and elsewhere, reducing the water coming in by hundreds of thousands of gallons already, and the recent construction of a university rain garden near the lower campus dorms. Rain gardens are both visually appealing and ecologically sound, ensuring rainwater is infiltrated into the soil, cleaned naturally, and returned to the groundwater rather than sent with pollutants down the storm drains. The Water working group also discussed plans to enter the EPA’s RainWorks Challenge, a national infrastructure design competition, and to look into porous pavement and gray water systems.

Read more about what was discussed at the roundtable in Tufts Daily’s news article.

-written by Anne Elise Stratton

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