Noteworthy: What's Up at IonE

 

Big Boost for Energy Innovation

Renewable jet fuel, more affordable solar and improved household energy conservation are among the renewable energy innovations getting a boost from the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment’s most recent round of funding. All together, 20 projects will receive $4.1 million in large grant, early career grant and seed grant funding.

Worth Watching | Photo By Josh Kohanek

Wish you could talk to environmental superstars Majora Carter, Hans Rosling and Sylvia Earle? Next best: let them talk to you! Excerpts and full-length video for the trio’s Momentum 2011 presentations are now online. Enjoy the show, then share with a friend. Watch for information on Momentum 2012 lineup soon!

NorthStar Opportunity

IonE's NorthStar Initiative helps industries, governments and individuals move beyond marginal greening to systemic change through collaborative research. NorthStar is now welcoming new participants to help define research initiatives and benefit from their results.

Arctic Symposium

Now you see it, now you don’t: Fun for magic shows—for ecosystems, not so much. The Changing Arctic: International Cooperation and Development half-day symposium Oct. 27 will explore present and future challenges and opportunities facing one of Earth’s most vulnerable places.

Freshwater Wonder - Slide Show

Trickling from springs, flowing through canyons, filling broad lake basins, freshwater is the lifeblood of our planet. Momentum photo contest winner LANA GRAMLICH found special delight in the Colorado River as it carves a tight curve around Horseshoe Bend near Page, Ariz.

Acara Summer Institute

Four international student teams that participated in the Acara Challenge competition were chosen to move their winning sustainable development business ideas toward commercialization at the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India.

All About Algae

They’re alive, they’re green, they pack power—and they’ll be the talk of the town Oct. 24–27 when hundreds of algae growers, equipment manufacturers, investors and more gather in Minneapolis for the fifth annual Algae Biomass Summit. An anticipated 600+ participants will share insights and forge new connections aimed at tapping the promise of algae as a fuel source.

3 Million Traits

A new database of plant traits will help scientists around the world understand how climate change affects ecosystems. IonE resident fellows Peter Reich and Jeannine Cavender-Bares are members of the international collaborative that developed the database, which includes 3 million traits for 69,000 of the world's roughly 300,000 plant species.

Box Office

IonE’s “Water for Mulobere” video has scored multiple honors for videographer and producer Beth M. Anderson. The documentary on an Engineers Without Borders water project in Africa was named Best in Show in EWB’s annual film contest, and was selected for screening at the Awareness, Big Water and Landlocked film festivals.

Geothermal Takes a Twist | Photo By Josh Kohanek

We can store CO2 underground. We can draw heat up to turn turbines. Why not do both at the same time? With Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment funding, Martin Saar and Jimmy Randolph showed it could be done. Now they’re planning to form a start-up around their innovative approach to producing renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gases.

Boreas Leadership Program

IonE’s new Boreas Leadership Program will help U of M grad students, professional students and postdocs sharpen their skills in three key areas: communications and media; cross-sector, integrative leadership; and systems dynamics.

Kudos | Photo by Patrick O'Leary

Congratulations to Ione resident fellow Tom Johnson, named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union … to Michelle Linhoff, new associate director of IonE’s NorthStar Initiative … to John Sheehan, new science director for IonE’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment …. To IonE resident fellow Peter Reich, named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Case for Excellence

Momentum magazine was one of two gold award winners among 36 entries in the 2011 special interest magazines competition of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The magazine also won an Excellence Award from the University and College Designers Association.

 


COLLEGE KEY: CBS, College of Biological Sciences; CEHD, College of Education and Human Development; CFANS, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; CSE, College of Science and Engineering