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MCEDC Digest, April 24 , 2017
Program News & Announcements

Congrats to our new MCEDC leadership team student representative, Amber Schrum.
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.
Remember to Register for Courses Before You Leave!

As we plan for our fall course enrollments and potential new course options to be announced upon the hiring of our new instructor, we'd like to make sure that all current EDC students have completed their pre-registration steps and have registered for their fall classes before heading out for the summer.  This will help us to identify times that work for students who may want to enroll in new courses that are offered in fall 2017.  

If you are completing your practicum field assignment this summer and have any trouble registering for CVEN 5939 for Fall 2017, please contact Robyn Sandekian.  Only students who intend to graduate in August 2017 should enroll in CVEN 5939 for Summer 2017.  Registering for summer means that you will be charged tuition during the summer and that your final grade for the course must be submitted by August 16, 2017.  
EDC Student Group News & Events
EDC Social This Week

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5 pm
2922 Baseline Rd

Join your friends for appetizers and camaraderie. Questions? Ask  Amber Schrum
Other Local Events
Video Conference with Emily Woods

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3 - 4:15 pm
ECCR 108

Emily Woods from Sanivation will be video conferencing in from Kenya.  RSVP on a first come first serve basis to  Karl Linden o r use Zoom to join .
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
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. 
REHABEND 2018 Congress: Call for Abstracts

Join the REHABEND 2018 Congress in Caceres, Sain on May 15-18, 2018.  Submit abstracts by May 30, 2017. Guidelines
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.
Black Fox Philanthropy is Hiring!

Black Fox Philanthropy is hiring a part-time research associate. Tasks will include conducting online research with great accuracy, speed and breadth for nonprofit clients; working with Chief Strategist and Director, Vanessa Pierce, to find prospective funding for nonprofit clients; performing research for landscape analyses; analyzing data in Microsoft Excel; producing charts and graphics for client presentations; and, interacting with clients to present findings.

Preferred qualifications include experience working in the nonprofit or social impact sector; research experience, especially regarding foundations and corporations; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work without extensive oversight, self-motivate; experience with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi or Piktochcart; and, comfortable working in a team environment.

The position is virtual and 5-10 hours/week. The candidate must be available as needed during business hours for calls with the team and clients. Paid hourly dependent on experience.  If interested, email your cover letter and resume to Vanessa Pierce .
Graduate Study Scholarships

These 10 available scholarships provide funding for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands to pursue a degree in one of three MS programs, in Urban Water and Sanitation, Water Management, or Water Science and Engineering.

Applications due: June 15, 2017 Details
Postdoctoral Fellowships with Fulbright US Scholar Program

Join the annual Fulbright Grants for Postdoctoral and Early Carrer Applicants webinar on May 10 at 12 pm. Or explore the hundreds of grant opportunities in the Catalog of Awards.

Applications due: August 1, 2017
Development in the News
Stay up to date on development and world news

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People - Institute for New Economic Thinking Blog

- the Guardian

- Atlantic Council

- The Guardian Nigeria

International Financing

- the Globalist


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