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MCEDC Digest - May 28 , 2018
Summer Newsletter Publication Frequency

Between now and August 6, 2018, the Mortenson Center's Digest will be published every other week.  We wish everyone a safe and productive summer.
Congrats Grads!
May 10, 2018 

(Left to Right) EDC Grads Amber Schrum, MS (Aug) and Mark Schroeder, MS; Kyle Thompson, PhD; Rachel Kennedy, MS

MCEDC 2.0 Executive Summary

As you may know, the Mortenson Center conducted a year-long assessment of our programs this past year. We are pleased to present you with the Executive Summary of the findings and recommendations.  If you  want to read the entire 12-page report, email a request to Robyn Sandekian ( sandekian@colorado.edu) and she will share it with you.  Thanks to everyone who provided input during the process. We are excited to continue to improve our program and ensure that our graduates meet the needs of the development engineering sector for years to come.

STI Forum 2018 Side Event
Tue., June 5, 1:15-2:30pm at the UN in New York City

MCEDC is a co-organizer of a side event at t he third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018). The session, Resilient Water and Energy Systems: Fed by Local Knowledge and Led by Local Stakeholders, will include a panel discussion about how local and indigenous knowledge is key to understanding how systems operate, what actions can be taken to strengthen them, and how to engage stakeholders actively in solutions.  EDC student Kimmy Pugel will represent both the Mortenson Center and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. 
Sustainability Education Panel During Boulder StartupWeek

On May 16, 2018, Professor Karl Linden joined an impressive panel of sustainability thought leaders to discuss professional options for careers in sustainability, how to implement sustainable practices in a new business, and what the CU Boulder Campus is doing to create and maintain a sustainable campus. 

Karl was joined by Dr. Paul Lander, Professor of Geography and faculty in the Masters of the Environment program; David Sanders Payne, an Instructor in the Center for Education on Social Responsibility; Oxana Trotsenko, the Innovation and Sustainability Coordinator with the City and County of Denver; and Heidi VanGenderen, Chief Sustainability Officer at CU Boulder. All panelists agreed that ultimately, change comes down to people and behavior. The panelists highlighted what a great school CU Boulder is for the variety of avenues available to pursue an education in sustainability, including the Mortenson Center.
Looking for summer courses at CU Boulder?
Summer Session A
CVEN/EVEN 4834/5834 Environmental Impact Assessment
June 4 - July 6, 2018 with Paola Almeida Guerra, Visiting Associate Professor - ESPOL

This course will cover impact analysis of engineering projects considering the cause-effect relationship between project activities and the affected environmental components. International environmental laws will also be covered for context in proper judgement to evaluate environmental impacts in developing economies. The course will propose development methods for Environmental Management Plans to establish mitigation measures for environmental impacts.
Webinars & Online Courses
Behavior Change Global Series: Part 2
Tue. May 30,2018, 9am MT

This session will outline how to conduct formative research to understand determinants, motives and barriers for the development of hygiene behavior change. Register.
Paid Internship With PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a graduate-level intern to assist the Director of State and Regional Affairs. This position is full or part-time between June and Sept. 2018, and is located in Seattle (preferred) or Richland WA. M.S. students apply here and learn more. Ph.D. students apply here and learn more.  
Jobs with Watson Institute at Lynn University

Watson is led by a team of strong-hearted individuals who aim to shape the future of higher education while supporting some of the world's most promising next generation leaders and entrepreneurs. Watson is hiring positions in both Boulder, CO and South Florida. Check out the details on their careers page.
Job Search Help
6 tips to overcome your imposter syndrome
At some point in our careers, we all battle with that little voice in our head that tells us we aren't good enough. It can hold us back from networking with confidence, expressing ideas, applying for jobs or going for promotions. Some estimates suggest that imposter syndrome affects 70% of people. While it affects men and women, research suggests women are more likely to see it impact career growth.

In the global development sector we often need to confront new challenges and uncertainty: posting to a new country, last-minute changes in scope of work, or responding to a crisis where the situation changes day to day. Read Devex's 6 tips on overcoming these negative thoughts so you can concentrate on your job search and career goals.
Funding Opportunities & Calls
Forum on Scenarios for Climate & Societal Futures - Call for Session Proposals
University of Denver
Deadline: Fri. June, 15, 2018

Researchers are using a variety of approaches to characterize future societal and environmental conditions including the SDGs. The Scenarios Forum will bring together diverse communities to share their experiences, progress and plans. Research and workshop session proposals on relevant topics are now being accepted here. The conference is March 11-13, 2019.
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
Sustainability Without Borders

Boulder-based nonprofit, Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP) is a neutral partner working on environmental projects in the Middle East. Bernard Amadei, outgoing co-director of the Mortenson Center and a SIPP board member says the organization is, "pro-solution and so we can find common ground around the projects."  Read the article in Boulder Weekly
Making Research Relevant for Decision Makers

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Western Water Assessment released a new  science guide for researchers hoping for impact. Read article.
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