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MCEDC Digest - February 12 , 2018
Program News & Announcements
EDC Seminar Series in Full Swing!
We have a great lineup of speakers for our seminar series this month. Check the MCEDC website for the most up-to-date information about speakers, dates, locations, and topics. 
Assessment of Composting Latrines in Panama: Use, perception & pathogen reduction 
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018 at 12-1pm
SEEL 303 (Lab building of SEEC)

Join James Mihelcic (University of South Florida) as he presents the results of a long-term study of urine diverting composting toilets in Western Panama. The talk will assess the relationship between pathogen destruction and temperature, pH, desiccation and user operation. Mihelcic will also discuss the use of recently constructed composting latrines and how demographics play a role in user perception of resource recovery. Learn More
Data, Dollars and DALYs: How sensors and data can improve technology's impacts
Thurs., Feb. 15, 2018 at 12-1pm
ATLS 208 (ATLAS Hackery)

Join Daniel Wilson (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) as he presents four case studies of how sensors and big data analytics can be used to derive insights, and drive higher impacts and economic sustainability from technological interventions in the developing world. Case studies include the adoption of improved cook stoves and water pumping infrastructure maintenance. Learn More
Do you have questions about how to arrange practicum travel?

If you missed last week's practicum travel meeting, don't forget to send your availability for the next meeting (repeat of first) using tihs When2Meet Poll. Or, if you attended the meeting, but still have questions, please contact Robyn Sandekian (sandekian@colorado.edu) to schedule a personal meeting to discuss details.
EDC Social This Week
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018 at 5pm
The Attic, 949 Walnut St.

This is a great opportunity to connect with EDC students and hang out in a more relaxed environment! EDC will buy appetizers and drinks are on you! Email Emily Moore with any questions. 
Events & Webinars
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.
Webinar: Cash transfers for crisis response
Tues., Feb. 13, 2018, 7am or register to receive a recording

Can cash transfers offer the outsize benefits they've been touted to deliver? And if so, how can organizations integrate cash transfers in their work? Join a panel of experts to discuss best practices for using humanitarian cash transfers and to explore what works - and what doesn't - when it comes to this new form of aid. Register now for FREE
Webinar: Handpump Functionality Monitoring - Getting it right can help ensure sustainability
Wed. Feb. 14, 2018, 7-8am

In March 2016, the WaSH Policy Research Digest #3 was published discussing a requirement to collect detailed functionality data to allow analysis of systematic problems; to use standard definitions and methods; and to establish robust systems that provide rapid repairs and minimize downtime. This seminar will update participants on the extensive work on this topic since 2016. Panelists include Richard Carter, consultant; Vinny Casey, WaterAid; Alan MacDonald, BGS; Engineer Robert Kirya Mutibwa, Ugandan Ministry of Water; and Liz Jordan, USAID. Register for FREE
Sociopolitical Organization of Moche Irrigation Systems on Peru's North Coast
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 at 7pm
Paleontology Hall, CU Museum of Natural History

Join Michele Koons, the curator of archaeology at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as she discusses the construction sequence, management and maintenance of Moche's advanced irrigation systems distilled from colonial-era Spanish documents. Koons will also explore the irrigation systems' relationship to the politics and power of the Moche culture. Learn More
USA SDG6 Satellite Event
Feb. 26, 2018 at 4:30-7:30pm
Reynolds Meeting Room, 3595 Table Mesa Dr.

In preparation for the World Water Forum (WWF) in Brazil, Water Youth Network wants young people to influence the agenda of the technical and political dialogues. An interactive exercise will be used to determine the official US youth statement to be showcased during the WWF in March. RSVP Now!

Kimmy Pugel, one of your fellow EDC students, will be one of the presenters at this event! 
Calls & Conferences
Water Youth Network  Call for Posters
Thurs., Feb. 15, 2018 - Submission deadline

The Water Youth Network is taking an active part in the 8th World Water Forum by 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.
Registration is OPEN
Tues. & Wed., March 6-7, 2018

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. 
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
Introducing #GlobalDevWomen: Stories and advice to support women at work

This week Devex launched Women Working in Development, a series of anonymous accounts of women's experiences of adversity at work - from salary disparity to sexual harassment - and advice on how the development community can "walk the talk." One global professional shares her unsuccessful pursuit to achieve wage equality and Devex's Kate Warren discusses how the USAID biodata form may be contributing to the gender pay gap.
New US DFI expected to get strong White House support
Bipartisan lawmakers are expected to introduce a bill calling for the creation of a new development finance institution as soon as next week. Sources with knowledge of the latest proposal version describe "a very, very full-throated effort to provide this country with the most timely and effective way to engage in development finance that people can image."  Read more
CU Boulder report: Upgrading buildings can save money and lives in disasters - Denver Business Journal
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