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MCEDC Digest - February 5 , 2018
Program News & Announcements
Showcase Your Research

The Mortenson Center wants to feature EDC students' research on our website. Please send sarah.goodroad@colorado.edu an on-site photo of you and your project and a one-to-two line description of your research. Thank you!
Do you need to complete a Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA)?

Research Assistants (all levels) and non-employee graduate students must report if currently involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of any research or if involved in a CU employee-affiliated company/entity. Complete the report by logging into myCUinfo.  A 2018 DEPA is required to be on file regardless of whether or not a conflict exists. Deadline:  March 31, 2018
Development Breakfast Discussion
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 at 9am
Clark Conference Room, ECAD 150

Join us for bagels, coffee and fruit! This week we will be discussing Market-based Approaches and the Private Sector's Role in Development. Contact  Caleb Cord with questions. 
Events & Webinars
Global Seminar: Sustainable Potable Water Supply Systems (Santiago, Chile) - Info Session
Tues., Feb. 6, 2018 at 4-4:30pm
ECCR 105

Earn three credits in Chile this summer studying the application of rural water supply systems. Travel to local communities and learn directly from the community members who run them. Learn more at this informational meeting with Director Karl Linden. 
Private Governance Approaches to Climate Policy
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018 at 3-4pm
SEEC S228

Join Jonathan Gilligan (Vanderbilt University) as he discusses pragmatic responses to government inaction from his new book (co-authored with Michael Vandenbergh) Beyond Politics: the private response to climate change.
Environmental & Water Resources Networking Event
Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018 at 9:30-2:30 pm
Gallogly DLC Collaboratory

Come practice networking, meet new contacts, learn about the companies in your sector and potentially get a job or internship! Companies in attendance: AECOM, Black & Veatch, Carollo, CDPHE, Corona Environmental Consultants, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Kennedy/Jenks, Merrick & Company, Muller Engineering, SGM, Terracon, Tetra Tech, and Rocky Mountain Young Professionals.
Technology Career Fair
Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018 at 11 am - 4 pm
UMC Ballroom

Companies attending that may be of interest: Jacobs, MiTek USA Inc., NIST, NREL, or check out Handshake for the full list of companies. You just need your BuffOne card to enter.
Integrating  socio-environmental assessment tools with decision science to improve energy systems analysis
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 at 9-10am
SEEC N124

Join Dr. Emily Grubert (UC Berkeley) as she discusses how civil infrastructure systems contribute to environmental degradation and social inequity. She looks to improve life cycle assessment as a decision support tool through two major projects: water requirements for the US energy system, and multicriteria prioritization in Australian communities to test decision robustness given societal preferences. Learn more.
Neil Brenner: Is the World Urban?
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 at 3:30-4:30pm
Guggenheim Geography, 205

Neil Brennaer argues that the geographies of urbanization can no longer be conceptualized exclusively with reference to cities and metropolitan regions, but today encompass diverse patterns and pathways of socio-spatial and ecological transformation across the planetary socio-spatial landscape. Learn more.
International Development Presentation: Ian Walker
Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 11:45am-1:00pm - Lunch will be served
IBS 155B

Ian Walker is a Lead Economist in the Jobs Group at the World Bank. His recent publications focu on social protection systems and on the supply and demand for skills. He has also worked on country strategies, private sector development, infrastructure, value chains and  household and firm surveys for impact evaluation and other purposes. Read more.
Employment Opportunities
Literature Review To Support WHO positions - Paid Opportunity
Karl Linden is  looking for someone to assist in a literature review to support WHO decisions on what log reduction values to assign to drinking water technologies. Work for hourly pay now  through April.
Calls & Conferences
Registration is OPEN
Tues. & Wed., March 6-7, 2018
SEEC C120

Remember registration for the student-organized WASH Symposium is totally free! Register online sooner rather than later as space in some networking events runs out quickly. 
EWB-CU Student Chapter Seeks Speakers

The Engineers Without Borders student group is seeking speakers for the following topics:
          • History of aid projects
          • Other chapters successes & failures
          • Funding of development 
          • How to measure impact
          • How to assess project feasibility
          • Different fields of development work that are not WASH (structural, refugee movement, shelters/settlements, etc.)
          • Development gap
          • Q&A about careers in development
Qualified students and faculty should contact francesco.vassalli@colorado.edu if interested. 
Water Youth Network  Call for Posters
Thur. Feb 15, 2018 - Submission deadline

The Water Youth Network is taking an active part in the 8th World Water Forum, in creating space for high skilled youth (under 35) to take part in the global decision making process achieving the SDGs related to water. WYN will have a booth where young people can present their research and practical contributions to the SDGs. Read more and apply.
Traveling for Conference Presentations?
If you are presenting EDC-relevant work at a conference, a pply on the  MCEDC Resources website  for small travel grants. On the website  you can also find links to other department, college, and campus funding opportunities.
News Briefing
Global democracy is in decline
According to the latest "Freedom in the World" report published earlier this month by Freedom House. The 2018 report finds that "democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades," with 71 countries suffering "net declines in political rights and civil liberties," while only 35 registered gains. The report also pointed to a retreat by the US in 2017 from its "historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy," according to Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. 
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