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MCEDC Digest, April 17 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Vote for your Student Representative!

Current EDC students should have received a link via email to "please vote for your EDC representative" at around 4:15am today.  If you believe that you are an EDC certificate student but did not receive a link, please email Robyn at sandekian@colorado.edu.  Voting for the EDC leadership team representative is open until 11:59pm on Friday, 4/21/2017.

Planning on Taking MS Thesis Credits in Fall 2017?

If you are an EDC student who plans to enroll in MS thesis credit hours starting next fall, please contact Robyn Sandekian.  The actual course enrollment is completed by  Ken LaFon after he receives your signed course agreement form, signed by your research advisor.
EDC Student Group News & Events
Development Breakfast Discussion

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 am
LePeep's at 2525 Arapahoe Ave

This week's topic will be Security Considerations in Development Projects. As always, breakfast is covered by the Mortenson Center. Contact Michael Reinisch for this week's background material.
EDC Seminar with Dr. Bella Mody

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3 pm
UMC 384

Join our conversation with Dr. Bella Mody, Professor Emerita and former deCastro Chair in Global Media at CU Boulder, on working towards engineers without disciplinary borders. Dr. Mody will discuss her experience working on a NASA project with India's space agency to bring about rural change through direct broadcast satellites in villages without schools. 
Other Local Events
March for Science Denver

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Civic Center Park

CU faculty member, Lupita Montoya, will be one of the featured speakers at the March for Science Denver. She will be representing the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). SACNAS has partnered with March for Science to ensure that the voices of diverse scientists and the vision for achieving #truediversity in STEM are included in this national discourse on science.
Evening for Haiti

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6 - 11 pm
Wellshire Inn, 3333 S Colorado Blvd, Denver

Join the Colorado Haiti Project at their annual gala in support of the Petit Trou de Nippes community's recovery after Hurricane Matthew. Tickets are $100 and a table sponsorship is $1,000.
Guests can RSVP at the CHP website, send a check to 908 Main St, STE 245, Louisville, CO 80027 with number of tickets and guest information, or call the office at (303)938-5021
Innovators Dinner: An Evening with MIT D-Lab Founder, Amy Smith

Friday, May 5, 2017
Posner Center, 6 - 8:30 pm

Join the Innovators Dinner to learn about the power of simple design and innovations in international development with Amy Smith, the Founder of MIT D-Lab. Smith was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow (known as the "Genius Grants"), and was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential for her work promoting local innovation and technology creation. The evening will include a social hour, dinner and a formal program featuring a keynote address by Amy Smith.
General Public $90, Tenant/Member Staff $75   Register Now! 
Mark Your Calendar!
Sphere Handbook Revision Consultation: Minimum Humanitarian Standards for Shelter, Settlement, and Non-Food Items

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4 - 6 pm
Posner Center, Hosted by MCEDC

The Sphere Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in humanitarian response. This workshop, hosted by MCEDC, will provide a forum for humanitarian practitioners and academics to provide input for the 2018 revised Sphere Handbook and standards. You can also join via web conferencing.  Registration
Webinars and Courses
Empowering Citizens through Technology to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9 am

As of 2014, there was an estsimated 270,000 metric tons of plastic in our oceans. Before we begin cleaning our oceans, we need to cut the pollution off. TestingOurWaters.net empowers citizen scientists to track and prevent marine plastic pollution by designing and distributing DIY trawls. This webinar will introduce the project and share various designs and techniques.  Register
How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

The project-based nature of development work combined with the need for specific skills means organizations frequently seek outside short-term experience. The flexibility and diversity of a consultant's life is very appealing, but giving up a steady paycheck can be daunting. Four experienced independent consultants will give their discuss the pros and cons of consulting, what personality traits lend well to this work, and tips for success. 

Register If you register and do not attend the livestream, a copy will be sent to you.
Introduction to Fecal Sludge Management

Free MOOC from Eawag-Sandec launches on Coursera May 1, 2017. Trailer and  Coursera page.
Conferences and Workshops
Extended Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in San Jose, CA on October 19 - 22, 2017. GHTC invites presenters to showcase innovation and progress in technology and methodology addressing the socio-cultural and socio-economic needs of vulnerable and resource-constrained communities, as well as confronting the challenges of natural or man-made disasters.
Submission Deadline: April 23, 2017 Guidelines
Call for Papers

Submit an abstract for the UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy on October 16 - 20, 2017. Abstracts should be less than 3000 characters and relate to one of the conference themes: climate resilience, WaSH and gender, drinking water safety, addressing disparities in WaSH, WaSH in non-household settings, and from evidence to action. Authors may be selected for verbal or poster presentations.
Submission Deadline: May 24, 2017 Guidelines and to Submit
UN Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World

The second annual multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)  for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 15 and 16, 2017. This year's discussions wil l focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14.

The Mortenson Center applied to host a side event (discussion) on An Integrated Approach to the SDGs and is seeking one additional EDC student who would like to help develop and run this event.  Please contact Nick Valcourt for more information. 
Grand Challenges Summit

Registration is open for the 3rd Global Grand Challenges Summit on July 18 - 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 International WaTER Conference will be held in Norman, OK on September 18-19, 2017. Check out the conference website for more information.
EDC Conference Travel and Research Travel
Funds Available

Remember that the Mortenson Center now offers travel funds to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences and to students who are conducting EDC-relevant research for their MS thesis or PhD dissertation. To apply, check out the links on the MCEDC Resources website. You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
OECD Paid WASH Internship 

Contribute to the the team working on SDGs, Water and Local Public Services within the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD from June 1 - December 31, 2017. The intern will support the Head of Unit and Policy Analysts with desk research, drafting, communication and event organization in relation to decentralized cooperation, SDGs and water governance.

Requirements: Excellent written and oral skills in English. Must be a full time student, preferably PhD or 2nd year MS, in a discipline related to the above programme of work for the whole 6-month period and enrolled in a university able to sign internship agreements with the OECD. Spanish or French skills would be a comparative advantage. Must be a citizen from an OECD member country.

Intern will receive 608.40 €/month, which cannot be accumulated with other paid jobs. All other fees and costs are not covered by the OECD.

Send a CV and cover letter by April 26, 2017 to  Delphine Clavreul.
OpenIDEO is Hiring! 

Join a team that supports a collaborative and innovative environment where diverse skills from entrepreneurship to design come together to address societal challenges.

Apply to be a Visual/User Experience Designer by participating in the Join the OpenIDEO Team Challenge. Using the OpenIDEO process to hire the next team member, shortlisted candidates will be exhibited at IDEO San Francisco.

If you have a passion for managing communities, cross-pollination and helping entrepreneurs get their ideas to the next level, apply to be OpenIDEO's Community Manager.
2017 Huawei Seeds for the Future Program 

This is a fully-funded overseas experience in ICT designed to bridge the gap between ICT instruction at universities and the practical skills required in the workplace. The program combines language and culture training, hands-on training at Huawei's headquarters in China, and the opportunity to learn from professionals in the ICT field. Program Dates: July 7-22, 2017.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2017 For more details and application
Apply for Graduate Fellowship in Community-Based Research 

CU Engage is now accepting applications for the Community-Based Research Graduate Fellowship, which is designed to enable students to build strong academic careers while working on public issues in partnership with community groups. The goal is to broaden who participates in knowledge production and its use to raise awareness or develop solutions for pressing public problems.  2016-17 Fellows work for better air quality in Denver communities

Application Deadline: April 24, 2017 For Requirements and Application
Receive up to $25K for your high-impact invention!

The E-Team Program is a competitive national grant program that provides up to $25,000 in funding for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions. Students also receive hands-on and interactive training, the opportunity to step back from the lab and think about commercial potential, and access to a national network of innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Applications Due: May 3, 2017  Guidelines and to Apply
Development in the News
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