MCEDC Digest, February 12, 2016
Program News & Announcements
EDC Breakfast and Discussion

Friday, February 19
9:00 am
Dot's Diner On the Hill
1333 Broadway

Join in with friends and new faces for an informal breakfast and discussion at Dot's Diner. This week's topic is "Our Role in Development." Although many of us have a desire to work in the field of development, most of us are not a part of the communities where we wish to work. Yet we hear over and over again that success in development requires local knowledge, getting to know a community, longevity, etc. So what is our role in development work? Should we just go home? Is there development to do in the US, in our native communities? How do we avoid the white-savior complex? How do we avoid the pitfalls of development and actually manage to do good? Below are a couple of great articles to start with on thinking about this topic.  

" Stop Trying to Save the World" - Michael Hobbes,  The New Republic

" To Hell with Good Intentions" - Ivan Illich
Colorado WASH Symposium

March 1-2, 2016
CU SEEC Building 
4001 Discovery Drive
Register  here

The 4th annual  WASH Symposium is coming up! This event, organized by CU students, brings international experts in WASH as well as Colorado-based NGOs working in WASH for two days of debate, information, and critical thinking on important WASH topics. This year's speakers include Darren Saywell, Senior Director of WASH for Plan International USA; Dr. Jenna Davis, environmental engineering professor at Stanford; Christine Moe of Rollins School of Public Health at Emory; and Mimi Jenkins, Professional Research Engineer at UC Davis. This is a FREE event and you are welcome to drop in as you are able! 

Volunteers are also needed to help with key tasks! By volunteering you will have a chance to work side by side with other students interested in WASH, and may also have more access to the speakers from USAID, Tetra Tech, World Vision, Del Agua, Power of Hope Kibera, PSI, Freshwater Project International, and Nuevas Esperanzas.  Plus, volunteers will be invited to an after party at Sanitas Brewing Company on the second night of the event. Please contact Kyle Thompson if you are interested in volunteering. There are several opportunity types available.
EDC Spring Speaker Series Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 8
5:00 pm -6:30 pm
DLC Collaboratory   (DLC 1B70)
Avery Bang, Bridges to Prosperity and Joel Hartter, CU Boulder

Tuesday, April 12 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
DLC Collaboratory   (DLC 1B70)
Other Events
Framing Harm In a Time of Climate Change: Climate, Development, and the Environment

Friday, February 12 (TODAY!)
3:00 pm
Hellems 251

In this talk Ken Shockley will provide a framework for integrating an appropriate concept of harm into the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) and, in so doing, provide an opening for the unification of climate ethics, development ethics, and environmental ethics. WIM is a policy initiative designed to provide some means in international climate policy of addressing the now inevitable losses and damages that result from climate change.
Free Design Thinking Workshop

Thursday, February 18
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fleming 33

Design for America invites you to attend a free Design Thinking Workshop. This workshop will be led by a DFA National representative, Rob Calvey, and will focus on solving a problem identified by one of their community partners - creating assistive technologies to enhance processes for disabled employees.The event is open to anyone  Please RSVP  here
T9Hacks Women's Hackathon

Saturday/Sunday, February 20-21
ATLAS Institute
Black Box Experimental Studio

T9Hacks is a 24-hour women's hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder's ATLAS Institute that brings together college students for two days of creativity, building, and hacking. The goal is to increase participation of women in hackathons and to create an opportunity for students to explore new technologies, solve problems, and create something amazing with a team. In the US, women occupy only 26% of IT positions and represent 18% of engineering majors in universities and we want to help raise those numbers! Click here for more information. 
Humanitarian Response Webinar

Tuesday, February 23
7:00 am - 8:30 am

ALNAP will host the first of four webinars in a series focusing on humanitarian coordination. The webinar will specifically address the challenge of coordinating across a humanitarian response, including national/sub-national coordination, inter-sectoral coordination and coordinating cross-cutting issues. We will hear from three panellists. Jessica Saulle from Save the Children will draw on her experiences with cash coordination in a number of responses to address the question of where cash 'fits' in the humanitarian coordination structure. Alexander Tyler from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will share his experiences of inter-sectoral coordination in Jordan. Click here for more information and to register. 
Understanding Behavior Change to Ensure Success Webinar

Thursday, February 25
9:00 am
Register here

Development engineering focuses on the design, delivery and adoption of technology-based solutions. Often behavior change is an essential element of new products or services being successful. Neglecting to consider behavior change early in the design process has led to the failure of many social innovations. However, changing behavior is difficult and many traditional approaches have been found to be ineffective.
This webinar will introduce evidence-based behavior change methods and explore how this technique can help ensure success. See website for more information. 
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice

Tuesday, March 1
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Eaton Humanities 150

Join in for an interesting talk on climate change and indigenous peoples. Speak include Sarah A Krakoff: Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, Heather Lazrus: Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Kyle Whyte: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University.
68th Annual Conference on World Affairs

April 4-8
CU Campus

The Conference on World Affairs is a conference on "everything conceivable" with speakers from all over the world. The participants for this years events have now been announced and include a World Bank economist, founders and directors of many international NGOs, climate experts, writers, performers, and experts on many important issues. All events are free and open to the public, and students have priority. 
Employment Opportunities
Research Assistant with Ecosystem Marketplace

Location: Washington DC
Deadline: February 24

Ecosystem Marketplace is seeking a full-time research assistant for March through August 2016.Ecosystem Marketplace is a leading source of information and analysis on environmental markets and payments for ecosystem services, publishing newsletters, breaking news, original feature articles and major reports about market-based approaches to conserving ecosystem services. Click here for more information. 
EAWAG Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally-networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). It conducts research to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.Highly qualified individuals are invited to apply for a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research in any field in the area of aquatic science and technology. See  flyer for more information. 
SPOUTS of Water Fellow

SPOUTS of Water is a social enterprise that seeks to create a financially sustainable ceramic water filter factory in Uganda, providing clean water to the 10 million Ugandans currently lacking this basic human necessity. SPOUTS is currently looking for a responsible individual to join their team as a Field Operations Fellow to establish and maintain sustainable distribution networks for SPOUTS filters. See flyer  for more information. 
Other Opportunities
International Women's Health and Human Rights Online Course

Price:  Free
Start Date: January 26

This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. It  considers economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.You will notice the course has already started, however it is not too late to register
Engineering Excellence Fund Grant Opportunity

Mini Proposal Deadline: February 17
Mini Presentation Deadline: February 20

The Engineering Excellence Fund seeks to fund projects that promote excellence and innovation in engineering education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The EEF supports both graduate and undergraduate education. See flyer or visit website for more information and to apply. 
AAAS Workshop Student Competition

Deadline: February 19

The CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research is hosting a competition to send two CU Boulder students to Washington, DC to attend the  AAAS "Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering" workshop. The competition is open to any full-time CU Boulder graduate student or well-qualified graduating senior in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences; Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Medical and health sciences and Social and behavioral sciences.See website for more information. 
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