The students chosen as 2020 Sustainability Scholars will receive a $500 scholarshipÂ each semester, based on successful work with their assigned mentor. Students are required to:
- Engage in 8-10 hours per week of research with their assigned mentor.
- Attend the 2020 Sustainability Scholars orientation during the fall semester.
- Begin meeting with their mentor mid-fall semester through the end of the spring semester.
- Create an approved research work plan in collaboration with an assigned faculty mentor by the conclusion of the fall term.
- Enroll in the 2-credit hour 2020 Sustainability Scholars course for the spring semester.
- Present the findings of their research during the Spring Sustainability Symposium on April 7th, 2017.
Faculty Mentor: Carissa Carman
|Description: Natural Dyeing is a historical craft technique used in textiles throughout history and throughout the world. Museums maintain close controls on exposure to light and humidity to control preservations of objects from garments, carpets, basketry and embroidered accessories amongst other. Color Fastness in Fine Arts is an exciting and important discovery that enables ideas of disappearance and illusion. Maintaining a studio for students and in one’s own studio propels the inquiry for how to explore how well different fabrics hold color over time, and understanding what conditions and experiments can be used to do so. The selected undergraduate researcher will harvest plants propagated at Hilltop gardens and throughout Monroe county to use for natural dye sampling on various fabrics. The fabric tests can also be a combination of plants, thus generating new colors that have altered mordant processes and PH shifting. Dye swatches and recipes will be catalogued for their color and exposed to numerous conditions to test their color shift over time. This research will include hands on work with plant materials and natural dyeing in a fully equip dye lab. The supportive research is an investigation that will greatly benefit and be of interest to the School of Art and Design and for its programs in Fashion and in Textiles, as it relates to wearable cloth, weaving and soft sculpture. Results will also contribute to the exploration of natural dye propagation at Hilltop Gardens and their colorful possibilities.|
Research: Estimating Energy Loss in the Water Distribution System at IUB
Mentor: Kan Shao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health
Mentor: Dr. Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Mentor: Dr. Paul Staten, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences
Mentor: Brian Forist, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Stuides
|Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the most profound challenges facing us today., Our project seeks to address this challenge in a local, interdisciplinary, and collaborative manner that embodies the principles set forth in the goals of IUOS’s 2020 Vision and IU’s Bicentennial Priorities. Our proposal is designed to facilitate IU’s transition towards clean and renewable energy production through academic research by creating GHG-sequestering algae bioreactors at IUB’s Central Heating Plant (CHP). The process is relatively simple: columns of water seeded with algae are used to sequester the GHG carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from the CHP. The pumped-in CO2 is taken up by the algae during photosynthesis to create more algal cells, thus sequestering carbon (C) and creating algal biomass that can be harvested and converted to biofuel for use at the CHP as a sustainable fuel source or as an organic bio-fertilizer on campus, community agricultural fields, orchards, and gardens.|
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Mentor:David Stringer, Associate Professor, Second Language Studies
|The world is currently witnessing a mass extinction of indigenous languages and biological species, with particularly dramatic effects in tropical ecosystems. As the same geographical areas tend to be hotspots for both language diversity and biodiversity, many current conservation projects attempt to integrate these ideas in the concept of biocultural diversity, such that support for endangered cultures is tied to the conservation of ecosystems. The selected student will contrast and compare a number of such projects, either led by NGOs or by indigenous communities, in order to identify common factors involved in the success or failure of the projects. The project sourcebook by Maffi & Woodley (2010), which identifies and describes but does not analyze over 40 such projects, will be a springboard for the analysis. This project will apply systems thinking in an attempt to identify appropriate places to intervene in complex social systems, so as to inform future work in sustaining biocultural diversity.|
Mentor: Dr. Jim Capshew, Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
|The IU Bloomington campus is where we work, where many of us live, and we are all fortunate to spend time on a campus that is nationally recognized for its natural beauty. But, what do we know about the origins of the campus landscape and how does that inform future decisions about the campus? Brina will be involved in an ongoing research project to document the biological, environmental, and human history of the IU Bloomington campus, from 1883 to the present. The goal of the project is to strengthen sense of place in the IU community, a key feature of sustainability. Among the major analytic themes are: biological inventory of land purchases and changing uses; the origins and extensions of the “woodland campus” idea; changing perceptions of the campus design; and the intertwined roles of greenscape and architecture. Among other sources, the student will be using valuable collections in the IU Archives.|
Research: Exploring the Potential for Geothermal Heat Pump Systems on the IU Campuses
Mentors: Kevin Ellett, Research Scientist, Indiana Geological Survey, Shawn Naylor, Director, Center for Geospatial Data Analysis, Indiana Geological Survey
Institutions of higher education are proving to be world leaders in the sustainability movement, including the implementation of geothermal heat pump technology to achieve dramatic reductions in energy use and the carbon footprint of buildings. In Indiana, Ball State University has recently completed the world’s largest district geothermal heating and cooling system with this shift towards renewable energy expected to cut the university’s carbon footprint in half while saving $2 million a year in operating costs. The principal challenge with geothermal technology is the higher initial capital expense (CAPEX) requirement, thus geothermal may be a smart solution for IU if it is economically competitive with other options such as solar or wind-based renewable energy. This project will explore the suitability of implementing geothermal technology at IU by building off our recent research suggesting that enhanced geological characterization during the system design phase can lead to significant CAPEX cost savings. The project will involve creating a three-dimensional model of the geology underlying IU’s Bloomington campus and analyzing samples from the Indiana Geological Survey’s extensive rock core library to develop a database of critical geothermal parameters. Results will be incorporated into a broader geothermal feasibility analysis for IU with a targeted publication date of summer 2017.
Mentors:Norman Su, Assistant Professor of Informatics, Eli Blevis, Professor of Informatics
In the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design, there is a recent trend to accept pictorial forms of knowledge building as a recognized form of contribution. The new form is called pictorial format. The definition of a pictorial (as proposed by Blevis, Hauser, and Odom) is: A pictorial is an essay in which the photographs (or pictures) are more important than the text. In a pictorial the text illustrates the photographs, rather than the photographs the text. The images in a pictorial should most commonly be the work of the authors, just as you would expect the text of a paper to be mostly the work of the authors. Pictorials as a form emerge in keeping with HCI’s increasing confluence with Design as it owes to traditional disciplines of design. The pictorials format represents an acceptance of visual forms of recording design practices and constructing design knowledge as archival (i.e. knowledge building) forms of research and scholarship. Some of the premier research venues in HCI have started to accept pictorials into the regular, competitive (acceptance rates < 25%), double-blind peer-reviewed archival technical programs. Please see http://www.dis2016.org/call-for- papers/pictorials/ for example). The goal of this project is to create and submit for review (at least one) pictorial format contribution that advances our understanding of sustainable and unsustainable behaviors, practices, and policies, particularly with some relationship to digital interactivity.
Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Kane, Professor, International Studies
Students, faculty and staff walk by the Jordan River daily as they conduct their business on campus. But, what does the Jordan River mean to the campus community, and how does our view of it shape its future? The goal of this project is to understand current campus-wide perceptions of the Jordan River and identify a preferred future condition for the river. Lindsey will use current information on the biological, chemical, structural condition of the river to engage members of the IU community in discussions about the desired future condition of the Jordan River..
Mentors: Justin Maxwell, Tom Evans
Bloomington’s campus includes thousands of trees that are a critical resource. Imagine what our campus would look like with 50% or even 15% fewer trees… The campus would be more barren, we’d lack shade in the summer and soil erosion would be an even bigger problem in the Jordan “River”. The IU campus is widely recognized as one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the Midwest making management of campus trees a critical task. Monitoring a campus with thousands of trees is not simple. Periodic storms, drought events and pest related mortality mean that the campus tree canopy undergoes considerable change from year to year. This project will continue past efforts to monitor this critical campus resource through development and maintenance of a campus tree database. The Sustainability Scholar will work to update an existing tree inventory and perform analysis to understand what parts of campus are undergoing the most change (positive or negative) and how the species distribution has changed over time.
Mentor: Dr. Dan Knudsen, Department of Geography
|In the United States, one omnibus piece of legislation, the U.S. Farm Bill, allocates government spending for a vast array of agricultural and consumer activities, including both crop support (i.e. commodity programs, crop insurance) as well as food aid (i.e., food stamps, food pantries). Today, approximately 80% of Farm Bill related spending is in the form of food aid. Crop support within the Farm Bill has traditionally focused on commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice), which are primarily used as livestock feed and/or ingredients in highly processed foods. In the U.S., rates of obesity and diet-related illnesses are highest among low-income households receiving food aid, and many scholars have argued that this is at least in part a result of the close coupling of food aid and commodity support within a single federal government department, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Indeed, historically food aid programs within the US have served to regulate the prices of commodity crops by alleviating excess supply. This conflict of interests within the USDA has led to both an unsustainable food system (in that it abets input-intensive, extensive mono-crop agriculture) and one that is unjust (the less fortunate economically are also most prone to have diet-related illnesses). The purpose of this research is to understand: 1. At the level of the nation-state how common or uncommon it is to have food aid and crop support programs within the same government entity; 2. In those nations in which crop support and food aid are handled by different government entities, is the food system more sustainable and just; and 3. What evidence exists that better sustainability and justice outcomes are related to the separation of crop support and food aid within the government. The study will focus on the 19 largest economies in the world. Results will contribute to a better understanding of the food system globally, but especially in the US.|
Mentors: Sanya Carley (SPEA) and Sean Nicholson-Crotty (SPEA)
This research project focuses on the diffusion of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) across the United States. The aspect of the project on which the sustainability scholar will take the lead is the study of PEV developments in selected U.S. cities. More specifically, the project will evaluate the following questions:
Mentor:Dr. Khalid Khan, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health,School of Public Health - IUB
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