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MCEDC Digest, April 3 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Congratulations!

Congratulations to EDC student Shaye Palagi for earning a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. James Harper and Eric Peterson earned honorable mentions in the competition.  Shaye was one of 2,000 fellowship recipients nationwide this year and joins a growing growing list of EDC students and alumni who have earned these prestigious awards.  Read more about Shaye's work on her blog.
Research Travel Grants Available! Apply NOW!

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 18 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 18 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.
Seeking Self- Nominations for the 2017-18 Student Leadership Team Representative!

The Mortenson Center's leadership team includes a student representative whose role is to act as a conduit of information for program students to/from the leadership group.  This individual attends weekly staff meetings, quarterly meetings of the Center's External Advisory Board, and and will be active in programming development and implementation. Students who are interested in holding this role for the 2017 - 2018 academic year should write a brief statement of interest that will be shared on the ballot.  If you would like to be considered for this role, please submit your name and brief bio via this form by 11:59pm on April 15, 2017. Voting will take place the week of April 18-22, 2017.  For more information about this role, contact Nick Valcourt (2015-16 rep and 2016-17 co-rep) or Allie Davis (2016-17 co-rep).
EDC is Hiring an Instructor!

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 began April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 
EDC Student Group News & Events
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. Read Yi's bio.
Development Breakfast Discussion

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am
LePeep's at 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

Every other week we meet up for breakfast to discuss a relevant topic in development. This week's topic will be Cultural Preservation. As always, breakfast is covered by the Mortenson Center. Contact  Katie Chambers or  Michael Reinisch if you have any questions.
Other Local Events
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 discussing this topic. 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 
2017 Conference on World Affairs at CU

April 10-14, 2017

This year's conference incorporates a new variety of session formats, performances, and interactive features that will focus on the themes of Why Food Matters: A Taste of Things to Come; Space Exploration; and Democracy Now. See the week's Program and Schedule or use the CWA App with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information.
March for Science - Denver Teach-in

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Civic Center Park, 10 am - 2 pm

The Teach-in is a gathering of scientists, educators, and leaders from a variety of disciplines to discuss their work, effective science communication strategies, and training in public advocacy. There will be a designated seating area.  Space will be limited, so please register ASAP.
Innovators Dinner: An Evening with MIT D-Lab Founder, Amy Smith

Friday, May 5, 2017
Posner Center, 6:00 - 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, 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! 
Webinars and Continuing Education
Free Recommended Courses Starting Soon
Or explore Coursera for many more course offerings and specializations
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 is based on many years of USAID/OFDA experience in the sector, so case studies are based on real-life situations. Click here for more information.  
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 will apply to host a side event (discussion) on An Integrated Approach to the SDGs and is seeking EDC students who would like to help develop and run this event.  Please contact Robyn by email ( sandekian@colorado.edu) 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
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
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
Paid Water and Development Internship

Water 2017 is a one-year initiative of Advocates for Development Assistance aiming to elevate and mainstream global water security across US foreign policy. Water 2017 is hiring a full-time, paid intern (preferably senior undergrad or grad student) to assist with projects that support their advocacy, communications, and research efforts. The intern will support the CEO and Deputy Director. 

Start date: late April or early May, End date: June 30, 2017. Based in DC.  Job Posting
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