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MCEDC Digest, Nov. 27 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Engineers Without Borders USA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Dr. Bernard Amadei created Engineers Without Borders USA with one chapter with about ten students and fifteen years later it has grown to more than 16,000 active members across the country and with 400 water, energy and infrastructure projects in 46 countries. Read the article in 5280.
EDC Student Group News & Events
EDC Seminar: Allie Davis
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 2-3pm
ECAD 150 - Clark Conference Room

Do you know how to create efficient and professional-looking presentations for your classes, research and projects? Come join Allie Davis (EDC & Civil Systems PhD student) to learn some techniques with PowerPoint templates, creating engaging visuals, and giving great presentations. Bring a laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint installed to follow along, or just show up.
Development Breakfast Discussion
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 9am
Le Peep, 2525 Arapahoe Ave

This week we will be discussing: Gender and Development. Contact Caleb Cord with questions. 
Campus & Local Events
Negotiating Transboundary Risks on the Nile River
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11 am

Join Kevin Wheeler at the Hydrology & Water Resources Seminar as he discusses the tense hydro-politics and future management of the Nile River following the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 20 km upstream of the Ethiopian-Sudanese border on the Blue Nile. This dam promises substantial benefits, but also poses non-trivial risks and evokes fears deeply embedded in historical tensions and cultural identities. To minimize risks to the downstream countries as international law dictates, technical coordination will be required to fill and manage the reservoir. Wheeler's work focuses on flexible scenario modeling and multi-objective algorithms to determine potential long-term agreements accounting for climate change. 
Learning from Decision-making on Drought, Floods, and other Hazards: Lessons from Climate Adaptation
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 3pm

Join Lisa Dilling at the ENVS Colloquium Series as she presents her recent research on climate adaptation decision-making, including work on drought and hazards, and new directions on flood decision making and the cultural theory of risk. 
3 Minute Thesis
December 1, 2017 - Registration Deadline
Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC

The CU Graduate School invites doctoral students from all disciplines to compete in the first annual 3MT competition. Consolidate your ideas and explain your research discoveries. Win $1500! More info.
Optimization Under Uncertainty in Power Systems
Tues, Dec 5, 2017 at 11am

Join Kyri Baker for an ECEE department seminar on power system optimization taking into account uncertainties from renewable energy sources. Baker will present optimization techniques embedded in a smart grid that allow the incorporation of look-ahead forecasts of load, weather and renewable availability, determining optimal decisions under uncertain conditions. For more information
Future of Energy Challenge
Submissions accepted Nov 5 - Dec 5, 2017

Interact with experts in the renewable energy field during Net Impact's Future of Energy Challenge, a competition to design early stage concepts that tackle challenges in renewable energy. Top teams will refine their ideas in a live webinar with Shell's Long Range Research team, and winners will attend Shell's Powering Progress together conference in San Francisco this April. For more information and to submit.
Webinars & Online Courses
Get Started Guide: Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network
November 28, 2017, 5:30pm -  Presented by the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network -  Register for FREE !

CLEAN & NGSS  December 4, 2017, 4:30pm -  Presented by the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network -  Register for FREE!
Arctic Utility Distribution Course
Spring 2018

This course available online via the University of Alaska Anchorage will cover holistic aspects of designing and implementing water and wastewater utilities in Cold Regions. The course will use the ASCE Cold Regions Utilities Monograph and materials in development for this text's revision, covering topics including planning, geotechnical, piping, and treatment. Cost is approximated to be $1850. For more details
Employment & Funding Opportunities
Program Associate
Washington, DC, with travel

LINC is a small business dedicated to strengthening local organizations and systems for increased international development effectiveness and sustainability. The Associate will provide coordination, backstopping, technical assistance, research, analysis and operational support for LINC's technical team. Complete details.
Hiring Postdoc Researchers
Denver, CO

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is currently hiring over 60 postdoctoral researcher positions in various fields.  Check out their job postings!
Traveling for Conference Presentations or Research?
Conferences 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.

Research:  If you are conducting graduate research in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Latin America, apply for the Boren Scholarship to travel in the 2018-2019 academic year. Email steven.rose@colorado.edu for details. Application closes in late Jan.
Development in the News

Will the global food system sink the SDGs? - Devex

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined - NPR

Could innovations in male contraception be the future of family planning? - Devex

Humanitarian Aid

Climate Change and COP23

Don't wait for peace to fight climate change - Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Potential private sector role in climate adaptation - Devex
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