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MCEDC Digest - April 16 , 2018
Program Announcements
Dr. Javernick-Will Receives 
Daniel W. Halpin Award

Dr. Amy Javernick-Will, Mortenson Center Associate Director for Graduate Education and Research, received the 2018 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction. This prestigious award is given by ASCE for outstanding scholarship in disaster recovery and for enhancing the global quality of life through socially sustainable infrastructure. The award celebrates her contributions to advancing construction engineering through scholarship, mentoring and a commitment to diversity. She accepted the award this month and gave a presentation during the Construction Research Congress in New Orleans.
Special WASH Seminar
Tue. April 17, 2018 at 5-6pm (Reception to follow)

Bruce Gordon, the Coordinator of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting a special seminar titled, "A global perspective on water, sanitation and health: Deep-rooted challenges and emerging issues." The presentation will review global status on water and sanitation, review efforts made by countries to address the challenge, and discuss WHO's strategy for prioritizing and tackling these issues. Read more.
Last Development Breakfast Discussion of the Year
Fri., April 20, 2018 at 9am
Le Peep, 2525 Arapahoe Ave

This week we will be reflecting on the 2017-18 academic year. As always, breakfast is covered by the Mortenson Center. Contact Caleb Cord with questions. Carpool to Humanitarian Engineering Symposium will leave from breakfast, see below.
On-Campus Events
Support Mark Schroeder, EDC Student
Tues., April 17, 2018 at 8:30am

Join Mark Schroeder for his MS Thesis Defense, "Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes Occurrence in Relation to Oil and Gas Development in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado." Full Details
Humanitarian Engineering Symposium
Fri., April 20, 2018 at 10am - 4pm
Metro State University, Aerospace Building Gallery

NOW FREE! Breakfast and lunch are provided. If you are interested in carpooling, contact Chris Frishcosy.
Learn about the latest projects and ideas in humanitarian engineering happening in different universities. Featuring presentations by various groups, organizations and Colorado universities. James Harper, Bernard Amadei, and Robyn Sandekian will be presenting! Tentative Schedule
TEDxCU: Game Changer
Sat. April 21, 6-9pm
Glenn Miller Ballroom

TedxCU will feature nine speakers who will share their stories about what makes them an agent of change. Speakers include Allie Nunes, the Education Abroad Program Manager at CU Boulder. She served two years in the Peace Corps and been involved with gender development initiatives and environmental sustainability projects. Get tickets.
LGBTQI & Disasters
Kevin Blanchard along with Lesley Gray of the Centre for Disaster Research recently launched a new Google Group focused on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) groups within disaster situations. LGBTQI groups are often some of the most marginalised in society during and after a disaster, particularly in those contries that have little in the way of legal protections in day-to-day life. This group has been developed to promote discussion, collaboration and idea sharing. Join here.
Webinars & Online Courses
Webinar: Intermittent Water Supply
Wed, April 11, 2018 at 7-8am online

In Dec. 2017, the Water Institute's WaSH Policy Research Digest examined the issue of intermittent water supply and the risks associated with it, and outlined the successful measures that utilities have put in place to ensure continuous supply. Register now for this webinar, a live-streamed panel discussion of their findings. You can also submit a question in advance for the panel.  
MOOC: Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition & Sustainability
Mon. April 16 - Sun. Jun 17, 2018

This course covers the role of agricultural and food systems in the goal of feeding our growing world population a healthy diet. The lecturers will discuss the history of agricultural development, the intersection of food and agriculture systems with the SDGs tech advances and more.  
STEPS Symposium
Sat. April 28, 2018, 8:30am-1pm at Regis University in Denver

The goal of the inaugural half-day conference STEPS (Solution to End Poverty Sustainably) is to bridge academic learning and community action by bringing together students, scholars, and NGOs working on innovative actions to end global poverty. FREE -RSVP
Funding Opportunities
Fulbright Student Awards Applications Now Open
Tue. Oct. 9, 5pm ET - Deadline

Current CU students who wish to apply for a Fulbright should contact Deborah Viles. CU Students should apply through the campus Fulbright program. Learn more about the award and  on the Fulbright website.
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
USAID chief unveils major organizational shakeup
USAID Administrator Mark Green has proposed a major restructuring of the U.S. Agency for International Development, including changes to humanitarian assistance, technological innovation, and how the agency manages its budget and policy. +Read more
More female surge staff can reduce sexual assault in disaster response
Currently, the majority of surge staff are male. A greater number of female surge staff means women's voices are better heard and would make a real difference to the incidents of sexual abuse on the ground. +Read more
What do recruiters really want? Hiring Trends Report
In March, Devex released their annual guide to development hiring trends. The report draws from the perspectives of 100+ global development recruiters and analyzes their hiring predictions for 2018. Download the guide to figure out your next career move using their insights on what skill sets are most in-demand, what regions they struggle to hire in, and which degrees they find most useful.

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