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MCEDC Digest, March 20 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Research Travel Grants Available!

This year, the Mortenson Center has set aside $10,000 to support students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities to conduct research for their EDC-related MS thesis or PhD dissertation.  Students must have completed at least 15 graduate credit hours at CU Boulder, in their current degree program, to be eligible for funding.  Students in joint BS/MS programs may apply for a grant if they have completed 15 graduate credit hours after being admitted to graduate status. The application is available online. The submission deadline for summer/fall 2017 travel is April 7, 2017 at 11:59pm
Congratulations on US News and World Report Rankings!

CU Boulder's graduate program in Environmental Engineering is now ranked 9 th of 93 programs in the USA.

Civil Engineering is ranked 21 st of 141 programs. 

Practicum Videos

Practicum Final Presentations

Ever wondered what our students do while on practicum assignments? Check out  this page and watch their final presentations where they provide an overview of their work and discuss their experiences while in the field.
EDC is Hiring!

We are pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time (9 month academic year) instructor position. The instructor will participate in course development and assessment, teaching, faculty governance, and university service with a primary focus on new courses for the professional master's track. More details available on the CU Careers website. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 
EDC Student Group News & Events
EDC Social This Week

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Walnut Brewery, 1123 Walnut St

Join your friends for appetizers and camaraderie. Questions? Ask Amber Schrum.
Upcoming EDC Seminar: Yi Wei

Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:00pm 
DLC Collaboratory, 1B70

Yi has been a part of iDE's work in the WASH sector since its inception and was instrumental in growing the Cambodian flagship sanitation program to the largest improved rural sanitation program delivering improved latrines in the sector to date. She was also pivotal in replicating the market-based approach in six other countries in Asia and Africa and is now Director of the program.  For more information
Other Local Events
Eco-Social Justice on the Global Frontlines

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm
Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC


Vandana Shiva, a world renowned policy expert, author, global leader and justice activist, will speak at CU. She is trained as a nuclear and quantum physicist who has dedicated her life to cultivating "earth democracy" and has made significant contributions to intellectual property rights and biodiversity while making the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalization visible. In addition to her policy and activist work in India, Dr. Shiva advises the governments of Bhutan, Tuscany and Rome. 
For more information
Moving from Chaos to Calm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to Noon
Posner Center, 1031 33rd St, Denver 

Join heart+head consulting to increase your awareness of burnout and compassion fatigue on your quality of life and work efficacy. Identify self-care tools and mindfulness techniques to combat stress and burnout.
RSVP
Science is Culture: Understanding Power & Privilege in Community-based Research

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Public Lecture, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, CIRES Auditorium (CIRES Main 338)

Scientists often work in and with communities on research or promoting findings. Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, the Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager at the CU Boulder Environmental Center, and Heidi McCann, an Associate Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center will give a public lecture. Optional registration
 
 
Grad Student Workshop, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, CIRES Fellows Room (Eckeley S274)
 
Gabrieloff-Parish and McCann will be joined by Susan Sullivan, the Director of CIRES Education and Outreach to run the workshop. The workshop will consist of examining the scientific worldview lens and best practices for working with communities, including developing intercultural awareness, conducting research that will benefit communities, and understanding the value of local communities' "informal" knowledge. REQUIRED Registration 
Webinars and Continuing Education
USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Training Course

This course introduces the basics of humanitarian community shelter and settlements, including history and trends in the sector, best practices in assessments and programming strategy, basic shelter responses, the relationship between shelter and its context, and how to promote recovery of affected settlements. This training isbased on many years of USAID/OFDA experience in the sector, so case studies are based on real-life situations.  For more information
Professional Water Well Drilling in Africa: Incentives and Support

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am 

Drilled water wells are essential to achieving the SDGs, and their design, siting, procurement, construction, project management and supervision will be vital to their success. Join this webinar to gain practical guidance on drilling water wells and learn the six areas of engagement in UNICEF's guide with Dr. Kerstin Danert of the Rural Water Supply Network and Jose Gesti, a UNICEF WASH Specialist. 
For more information
Hiring Trends in 2017: A Devex Analysis

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:30 am 

Finding a job in global development is more competitive than ever. Trends such as localization, shifts in funding and private sector engagement are changing the employment landscape, imapcting available opportunities and experience in demand. A group of global development recruiters will speak in regards to their hiring needs, their opinion on online degrees and which regions will have the most job opportunities. 

If you register in advance and miss the live stream a copy will be emailed to you.
Sustainable Technologies in Action Courses

Sustainable Technologies in Action: Building Enduring Communities: 
12-day course with Caminos de Agua and IRRI Mexico during which students will be able to see technologies in different fields and contexts, and then critique these applications and propose improvements to the organizations and individuals involved.   For more information 
July 20 - 31, 2017 Application Due: May 31, 2017 

Biodigesters and Sustainable Community Practices: 
5-day intensive course with Sistema Biobolsa during which students will delve into the application of power generation from biodigesters in an indigenous community in the Yucatan. For more information
August 2 - 6, 2017, Application Due: May 31, 2017

Biochar and Slow-Sand Biofiltration for Potable Water: 
3-day intensive course with Dylan Terrell of Caminos de Agua and Dr. Josh Kearns of Aqueous Solutions and NC State University. Students will produce and process biochar and sand filtration media, then install a 300 L/day integrated treatment system in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.  For more information 
August 1 - 3, 2017, Application Due: May 31, 2017
Conferences and Workshops
Water for Food Global Conference 2017

This year's conference will be held April 10-12, 2017 and will focus on Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts. 

Register Now! Student Rate: $75; Faculty Rate: $250

Photography Contest: What does "water for food" look like from your perspective? Submit images that reflect "water for food" in your community to potentially win cash prizes and complimentary conference registration.  Submissions due April 3!
Grand Challenges Summit

Registration is open for the 3rd Global Grand Challenges Summit on July 18 to 20, 2017 in Washington DC. Please click http://ggcs2017.org/  for the GGCS website and to register.

OU International WaTER Conference

The University of Oklahoma WaTER Center is soliciting abstracts for posters and oral presenations for the OU International WaTER Conference to be held in Norman, OK on September 18-19, 2017.  For more information
EDC Conference Travel Funds Available

Remember that the Mortenson Center offers travel funds to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences. To apply, check out the link on the MCEDC Resources website. You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities for conference presentations.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
Save the Children Summer WASH, Pneumonia & Nutrition Internship

For the summer of 2017 (estimated June 5 to August 5) an intern will focus on the intersection of WASH with Pneumonia and Nutrition by assisting the WASH program director with several research projects and investigating non-traditional donors that could be partners for a WASH-Nutrition-Pneumonia strategy.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017  Job Posting
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