Fall 2016 Newsletter

Greetings to All!

As another fall season emerges and the holidays are on the horizon, it’s our great pleasure to reach out to you all with an update on what’s been happening at Sustainable Horizons Institute and to thank all our volunteers for their dedication, time, and giving spirits.

As you will see below, we have been busy with the Sustainable Research Pathway program started last year and returning this year with the addition of two new Department of Energy laboratories.  SHI is delighted to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory in this program aimed at developing research collaborations with faculty and students from underrepresented and under-privileged backgrounds.

mal_larisse_cropI had a great visit at Google, Inc. this summer and gave a talk sponsored by the Black Googler Network.  We had a very engaging discussion about diversity and inclusion and ways that everyone could work together to create welcoming science and technology environments for all.

We moved our offices into the Iowa State University Research Park!  Come and check out our new digs.

We are pleased to announce a Broader Engagement (BE) program at the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2017 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE17) conference (SIAM CSE17 BE).  The goals are:

  • bring new students, faculty, and professionals to the conference,
  • engage them in conference activities and the CSE community,
  • provide special programming to enhance their experience, as well as
  • impact their career trajectory

Broader Engagement participants are recruited from groups underrepresented, such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, first generation scholars, and people from under-privileged backgrounds.  We are delighted to have students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)+Art) program lead a workshop on multidisciplinary research across STEM and Art and how it relates to diversity and inclusion.  It should be a very exciting and engaging program.

elephant-in-the-room-1OK, let’s talk about the newly arrived elephant in the room.  There is a lot of uncertainty about the funding picture for science.  In these challenging times, your support is vital to our ability to continue this critical work.

To support the various activities at CSE17, we are launching a fundraising campaign and ask for your support.  Through our programming, we train the future workforce…we change trajectories…we change lives….

Your support makes it possible.

f6c80ab160322f773985ceb168794bd7I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

~ Maya Angelou ~

With warm regards,

Mary Ann

President and Founder, Sustainable Horizons Institute


Broader Engagement at SIAM CSE17 

We are pleased to announce that due to the success of CSE15 BE program, SHI has been asked to organize another Broader Engagement program at the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2017 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE17) conference.

Read more here….BE at SIAM CSE17

First Sustainable Research Pathways Summer Research a Success

The goal of the Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) program, a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and SHI, is to connect computing sciences faculty and students from underrepresented groups (minorities, women, smaller colleges & universities) with staff at Berkeley Lab for research collaborations.

Read more here….SRP Summer Research a Success

Sustainable Research Pathways Expanded to include LLNL and Sandia

After its first successful year, the SRP program has been expanded adding Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory to the program that originated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  With three labs, there is even great opportunity for faculty and staff to collaborate on exciting research projects while engaging students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Read more here….SRP Expanded

Sustainable Horizons Moves to Iowa State University Research Park

Sustainable Horizons Institute has moved its office into the Iowa State University Research Park. Located adjacent to the campus, the Research Park provides easy access to the university.  Through a variety of business development programs the Research Park also encourages collaborations with faculty, staff, students, and other new businesses.