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MCEDC Summer Digest, August 7 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Digests Will Be Published Biweekly During Summer
As a reminder, the Mortenson Center's Digest will be published every other week during June & July.  We wish everyone a safe and productive summer!
Welcome to the new EDC Cohort

We are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 cohort will include 19 students, a couple of whom actually started at CU last January but who are just now starting the EDC certificate courses .  We're excited to have you join the approximately 45 others in our program.  Please keep an eye out for important Welcome Events to be shared via this newsletter in the next couple of weeks.  If you have any programmatic questions, please contact Robyn Sandekian at sandekian@colorado.edu or by phone at 303-735-6708.
Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management Course Now Open

Dr. Carlo Salvinelli will be offering  Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management  this fall. The course is scheduled on Tues/Thurs at 12:30 to 1:45 pm has on campus and distance education sections (where students "attend" class from off-campus), and is available at graduate (CVEN 5837) and undergraduate (CVEN 4837) levels.   The course will give an overview of the main principles, standards, and key stakeholders involved in humanitarian response and will analyze the different phases of disaster and crisis management. For more details, see the  course information  webpage. Current students can register now in the student portal. If you have any problems, email Robyn at  sandekian@colorado.edu
Online Course Available
USAID/OFDA Shelter And Settlements Training Course

This course introduces the basics of humanitarian community shelter and settlements (S&S) activities, including some history and trends related to the sector, best practices in assessments and programming strategy, basic shelter responses, the relationship between shelter and its context (settlements), and how to promote the recovery of affected settlements. Check out the course website.
WASH and Behavior Change

8 week course begins September 7, 2017 

This course introduces the practices of incorporating behaviour strategies into WASH program design and delivery. It helps the participants to understand when behaviour change strategies should be integrated into WASH programs, and enables the use of practical tools to guide the integration of behaviour change into WASH programs. Use this website to register your interest and get more details.   
Conferences and Workshops
Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference

October 23-25, 2017 in  Brussels, Belgium 
[Participate in research challenge by July 31, 2017]

Earn a chance to have your expenses paid to attend the the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference by participating in the G-STIC 2017 Student & Research Challenges. These are launched to encourage students, PhD students, and junior researchers worldwide to come up with original and innovative ideas on new technological solutions that hold great potential for achieving the SDGs. Check out the Youth Engagement Challenge website for more information. Submissions are due on July 31, 2017.
SPHERE Handbook Revision Workshop

September 12, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm
@ the Posner Center in  Denver, Colorado

The Sphere Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in humanitarian response. This workshop, hosted by MCEDC, will provide a forum for humanitarian practitioners and academics to provide input for the 2018 revised Sphere Handbook and standards. You can also join via web conferencing. Registration is open.
OU International WaTER Conference

The University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference will be held in Norman, OK on September 18-19, 2017. Check out the conference website for more information.
IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

October 19-22, 2017 in  San Jose, California

Now in its 7th year, GHTC is the flagship IEEE Conference focusing on innovation, deployment and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development. Check out the conference website.
WASH Futures Conference 2018

March 5-9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is pleased to announce that early bird registrations for the WASH Futures Conference 2018 are now open. Check here for conference registration.
EDC Conference Travel and Research Travel
Funds Available

Remember that the Mortenson Center now offers travel funds to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences and to students who are conducting EDC-relevant research for their MS thesis or PhD dissertation. To apply, check out the links on the MCEDC Resources website. You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
Doctoral Fellowship, Joint Centre for Disaster Research

A PhD research scholarship is available in a non-traditional sources of data (i.e. social media) for impact modelling and evaluation of disaster events. The Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) is awarding a 3-year PhD Scholarship for late 2017 - 2020. The scholarship is available to the students of all nationalities. The starting date is any time from September to December 2017.  More details . Deadline to apply is August 11, 2017.
Have you ever considered working for Coca Cola?

Many of our EDC students expect to go to work for large or small non-governmental organizations.  But private industry also plays a huge role in maintaining environmental sustainability in communities worldwide.  Check out the Coca Cola Water Replenishment Project report and consider whether employment in this type of organization might be right for you. 
Postdoctoral Fellowships with Fulbright US Scholar Program

Hundreds of  2018-2019  Fulbright Fellowships are available. Check out the opportunities in the Catalog of Awards.

Applications due: August 1, 2017
Study Abroad and Internship Opportunities
USAID Virtual Student Foreign Service

Through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. Projects include helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, and app building. These are unpaid internships and applications are due July 26, 2017.   Apply here.
Arava Institute in Israel

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 academic and internship programs! Join their community of students and researchers from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the US, and around the world by spending a semester or a year with them in southern Israel.

For more information, see details
Development in the News

Surrendering control, improving outcomes: Learning an engineering of accompaniment - Engineering for Change (written by EDC alum, Riley Mulhern)

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