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MCEDC Digest - February 26 , 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. 
System-Based Engineering Approaches to Sustainability & Global Challenges 
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 at 12-1pm
SEEL 303 (Lab building, south end of SEEC)

Join U. of South Florida PhD candidate Christy Prouty as she presents how she applies System Dynamics modeling and systems based approaches to international development projects . She will discuss how she used SD to identify strategies that improved the adoption and sustainability of a wastewater-based resource recovery (RR) system that led to a paradigm shift away from a traditional approach to wastewater treatment towards the productive recovery of water, energy and nutrients in Belize. Learn More
Design for Autonomy and Fairness of New Technology Users In the Global South 
Thur., March 1, 2018 at 11am-Noon
ATLAS Hackery (Atlas building, room 208)

Join Senior UX Researcher at Google, Nithya Sambasivan, PhD as she presents her work on (i) design and evaluation of a cost transparency tool to help new mobile Internet users; (ii) design to tackle abuse and safety vectors for woman in Internet technologies; (iii) design and deployment of an information broadcasting system for urban sex workers in India. She will show how large problems can be practically addressed through a combination of design, policy and algorithms. Read more.
Measuring and Incentivizing Impact in Development Engineering and Global Health 
Mon. March 5, 2018, Noon-1pm, SEEL 303 (Lab Building at SEEC)

In many countries, service providers are often utilities providing access to clean water, safe sanitation, and affordable energy. However, in many developing countries there remains a significant gap between the intent of service providers and the impacts measured over time. A combination of technologies may help address these information asymmetries and enable improved decisions and response. Join Evan Thomas, PhD, PE, MPH as he discusses an emergent area of teaching and research - Development Engineering. Read more.
Development Breakfast Discussion 
Fri. March 2, 2018, 9am
Le Peep, 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

This week we will be discussing: Power Dynamics in Development. Contact Caleb Cord with questions.
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! 
Peace Corps Week Events

Mon. Feb. 26, 5:30-6:30pm, UMC 245
Application workshop for any students interested in serving after graduation. Pizza provided. 

Thur. March 1, 7:00-9:00pm, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. Boulder
Peace Corps Day will be celebrated with  story-telling event where returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the CO community will share stories and celebrate the communities, families and friends they met during their service. 
Coding Workshops

The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship holds multiple workshops throughout the semester and the materials are available online after they are held. (Already available: Intro to R, Data visualization in R, Statistics in R, and Text analysis in R).

Also see their upcoming workshops on their website (T-tests and ANOVA, Social network analysis, Introduction to text mining, and Designing Surveys).
Converting Your Academic CV to an Industry Resume
Wed., March 7, 2018 at 2:30-3:30pm
University Club 106 

In this workshop, Career Services will explain the changes in formatting, order, content and description that you should be considering when creating an industry resume from your academic CV. There will also be an exercise to identify some of the key skills you'll bring to your next job. RSVP Now
Webinars, Workshops & Online Courses
Improving water and energy service delivery with IoT solutions
Tues., Feb. 27, 2018 at 9am

A gap remains between the quality of service that water and energy providers intend to deliver and actual impact over time. "Internet of Things" sensors that measure and report on service delivery may enable improved services. This webinar explores the findings from a longitudinal cohort study of sensors on handpumps in Rwanda, and data from programs in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and  Somali regions.  Register for free.
MOOC: The essentials of financial management
Feb. 26 - March 23, 2018

How can you improve financial management and accountability for your program or organization? Join this MOOC to explore the building blocks of effective financial management. It is specially designed for non-finance staff and is an introduction to the Financial Management for Development Professionals certification program. Register for free.
Applications Open for ComSciCon 2018
Applications Close Thurs., March 1, 2018

ComSciCon 2018 is the sixth annual communicating science workshop to be held June 14-16 in Boston, MA and CU Boulder is a sponsor of the event.  A total of 50 graduate students will be selected to attend. Submit an application and learn more about the workshop programs and participants.
Free Online Course: Environmental Justice
Starts March 12, 2018, runs for 5 weeks

Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environmental management. Learn from UEA's Global Environmental Justice Group. Register for free.
Employment Opportunities
Millennium Challenge Corporation Interns
Application due: March 15, 2018

Student Volunteer Intern Summer 2018 - Dept. of Policy Evaluation

Student Volunteer Intern Summer 2018 - Dept. of Compact Operations
Effective Philanthropy Lab Positions

Collaborate with researchers at Stanford to support the building of tools and knowledge products that can have a transformative impact on the way high net-worth philanthropists direct their resources for social good. Looking for candidates with an interest in conducting applied research and a commitment to improving the practice of philanthropy. Learn More.
Research & Program Manager
Full-time position based in Nairobi, responsible for execution of multiple Aquaya programs. Learn More.

Program Associate - Uganda

Full-time position based in Western Uganda, will manage Aquaya's Monitoring for Safe WAter program activities in Uganda. Learn More.
Funding Opportunities
EEF Spring 2018 Major Proposals
Applications close Thur., March 1, 2018, 11:59pm

The The Engineering Excellence Fund (EEF) places the interests and investment power of the engineering student experiences at CU Boulder in the hands of current engineering students. The EEF Committee serves as a funding agency for a variety of projects in the College including senior projects, lab upgrades, building renovations, class development, CU engineering teams, and engineering projects for society. Proposed amounts with no dollar cap are awarded once yearly.  More information and  to apply.
National Geographic Chasing Genius Competition
Applications close March 5, 2018

Submit a one-minute video describing your idea, the problem it addresses and the solution it provides. You could potentially win $25,000 to turn an innovative idea into reality. Videos are evaluated on innovation, creativity, viability and inspiration. Learn more or you can get advice from a CU student who was a finalist last year.
Graduate School Student Travel Grant
Applications open March 14-15, 2018

The application cycle for travel occurring April 1 - Aug. 31, 2018 will be opening soon! This partial funding is available for graduate students to present research findings at meetings or conferences outside Colorado. $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences. Learn More
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.
The Cost of the World's Biggest Infrastructure Projects
The Cost of the World's Biggest Infrastructure Projects
While the US gets a D+ in infrastructure, does China have too much of a good thing?
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