MCEDC Digest - Sept. 03 , 2018
Program News & Announcements
A. Davis, A. Javernick-Will & S. Cook Published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Allie Davis, Amy Javernick-Will and Sherri Cook are recently published in
Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology with a paper titled "A comparison of interviews, focus groups, and photovoice to identify sanitation priorities and increase success of community-based sanitation systems". 

In attempting to address water and sanitation project priorities ". . .sanitation implementers often rely on a single method for priority assessment without understanding its effectiveness. . . . ."  This paper compares three qualitative priority identification methods: interviews, focus groups and photo voice, and uses them to identify community and sanitation priorities in twenty communities in India. They found that their results were in contrast with current practice and support the use of interviews and the inclusion of community members in identifying priorities.  Read the paper and learn more.
Happy Labor Day

University at Colorado Boulder is Closed Mon., Sept 3, 2018.
Local Events
Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang Lecture
Fri. Sept. 7, 2018, 7pm
Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (BESC 185)

The lecture is titled, "Building Bridges to Prosperity: From Master's Thesis to a Career". Avery Bang is an EDC Alumna and the president and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, a Colorado nonprofit that builds pedestrian bridges in rural areas around the world. Her lecture is part of Engineers in Action's annual Bridge Builder Conference, running Sept. 7-9, on the CU Boulder Campus. Learn more.
2018 Climate & Health Research Summit
Tue. Oct. 16, 2018, 8am-5pm
Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) Room C120

The University of Colorado Boulder and CU Anschutz are partnering to bring together researchers, public health practitioners, students, and other stakeholders to learn more about the intersection of climate and health, and move this conversation forward. This year's summit will include cutting-edge research talks and a public lecture by Dr. Jeff Shaman, Director of Climate and Health Program, Columbia University. There will also be a poster session, panel discussion and more. Register Now. See more events happening during Research & Innovation Week Oct. 15-19, 2018
Job Opportunities
Two Positions at The Langdon Group

The Langdon Group is seeking a Public Involvement/Conflict Resolution Associate (Pocatello, ID) & Project Coordinator (Boise, ID). The Landon Group is a conflict resolution and public involvement firm whose work centers on collaborative processes and strategic communications in public lands, transportation, water/waste water, infrastructure issues and more. Learn more and apply.
Conferences & Workshops
World Bank Youth Summit
Fri. Oct. 5, 2018 - Application and Competition Submission Deadline
Mon.-Tue., Dec. 3-4, 2018 - Summit
World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

The World Bank Youth Summit is an annual event that engages youth, ages 18-35, globally on the most pressing topics facing their generation. This year's summit topic is: Unleashing the Power of Human Capital. There is no admission fee to the event and not all applications are accepted. Please inform any youth, particularly those in developing countries, you think may be good candidates. Participant Application. Submit a proposal.
Thur. Oct. 11, 2018
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

Impact.Engineered is a forum for recognizing and amplifying the role of engineers in solving global challenges. This is the second annual event to meet and learn from social entrepreneurs, engineers, makers, designers, and industry leaders, and to share insights and get inspired. MCEDC Director Evan Thomas will be a featured speaker at the event. Special pricing ends Mon. Sept. 3. Learn more.
International Young Water Professionals Conference Call For Submissions
Mon. Oct.15, 2018 - Submission Deadline
June 23-27, 2019 - Conference

The International Young Water Professionals Conference is an opportunity to highlight how young water professionals, age 35 and below, are making an impact. Scientific Abstracts, Technical Vocational Abstracts and Workshops submissions are welcome. This is the only international event fully dedicated to young water professionals. How to submit.
Engineering Sustainability 2019 Call For Papers
Wed. Oct. 31, 2018 - Abstracts Due
April 7- 9, 2019 - Conference

Engineering Sustainability 2019: A Climate For Change is accepting submissions of 200-word abstracts on topic areas including: regenerative built environment; one water in the urban environment; sustainable mobility; circular economy; engineering sustainability learning and engagement, or a topic of your choosing. Apply.
Podcasts & Resources
Two New Podcast Series From USAID Learning Lab
Listen Anytime

Leaders in Learning is a seven-part series that draws on interviews conducted with thought leaders in the international development sector. Topics include the role of evidence and data in organizational learning, the relationship between organizational culture and learning, and more.

From the Inside Out: Achieving Better Development Outcomes through Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting is a five-part series designed to empower USAID partners with evidence, tips and tools to collaborate, learn and adapt in their day-to-day work.
E4C Solutions Library Launched

The Engineering For Change Solutions Library is a living database of products and servicces that are accessible and appropriate for those living in poverty and resource constraint. Research Fellows contribute to the Library and the technical and market performance information is normalized across all products, enabling side-by-side comparison and analysis. Explore an example in the library, MomConnect, a South African National Department of Health initiative. 
In the News
SWS Research Brief: Understanding Factors & Actors to Achieve Sustainable Drinking Water Systems in Kitui County, Kenya

This brief presents findings from a water audit undertaken in Kitui county. One key finding is that, despite the water audit showing significant challenges with functionality of water sources, actors are still focused on building new WASH infrastructure. 
Access To Improved Cookstoves In Panama Will Require New Research In Indigenous Communities

Engineering For Change Fellow Carolina Rojas discusses how social and cultural needs of indigenous populations must be factored into cookstove solution development in Panama. Read the blog.  
Finding Safe Water for Remote Parts of Kenya

Nathan Wangusi, Principal Project Investigator, IBM Research-Africa, has a team that is a part of the Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (RAPID) in Africa. They are working to address the needs and challenges of the approximately three million Kenyans living in the remote northern regions without access to safe water. SweetSense is helping with this effort.  Read the article
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