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MCEDC Summer Digest, August 21 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD

All new and continuing EDC students, plus the program faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a start-of-the-semester welcome dinner.   This dinner will be held on campus or at a nearby restaurant. Stay tuned for full details! 
Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management Course

Spaces are still available in Dr. Carlo Salvinelli 's course on Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management this fall. The course is scheduled on Tues/Thurs at 12:30 to 1:45 pm has on campus and distance education sections (where students "attend" class from off-campus), and is available at graduate (CVEN 5837) and undergraduate (CVEN 4837) levels.  The course will give an overview of the main principles, standards, and key stakeholders involved in humanitarian response and will analyze the different phases of disaster and crisis management. For more details, see the  course information  webpage. Current students can register now in the student portal. If you have any problems, email Robyn at  sandekian@colorado.edu
Welcome to the new EDC Cohort

We are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 cohort will include 19 students, a couple of whom actually started at CU last January but who are just now starting the EDC certificate courses .  We're excited to have you join the approximately 45 others in our program.  Please keep an eye out for important Welcome Events to be shared via this newsletter in the next couple of weeks.  If you have any programmatic questions, please contact Robyn Sandekian at sandekian@colorado.edu or by phone at 303-735-6708.
EDC Program Students Eligible for Devex Career Accounts

Current students enrolled in the graduate certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities are eligible for free career accounts on Devex, "The media platform for the global development community" according to their website, Devex.com.  If you are interested in activating your membership, funded by the Mortenson Center, please email Robyn Sandekian at sandekian@colorado.edu and she will send you the customized link.  This site provides access to development jobs and news that will help you get the most out of your graduate education as a potential future development engineer.
Online Course Available
WASH and Behavior Change

8 week course begins September 7, 2017 

This course introduces the practices of incorporating behaviour strategies into WASH program design and delivery. It helps the participants to understand when behaviour change strategies should be integrated into WASH programs, and enables the use of practical tools to guide the integration of behaviour change into WASH programs. Use this website to register your interest and get more details.   
Conferences and Workshops
MSF "Footsteps of a Fieldworker" Tour

Sunday, September 10, 2017
4:00 pm to 5:00pm @ the Boulder Courthouse on Pearl Street Mall

You are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for the "Footsteps of a Fieldworker" tour in Boulder, CO. The tour is designed for medical and non-medical professionals interested in working with MSF in the field. Come learn how MSF staff work to provide aid to refugees around the world. Find out who they need, and register for this tour.

Presented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Forced From Home is a free, interactive, outdoor exhibition and guided tour designed to enhance visitors' understanding of the desperate plight of the more than 65 million displaced people worldwide. With an experienced MSF aid worker as their guide, visitors navigate an outdoor installation designed to convey some of the challenges faced by individuals forced to flee from Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan, and Syria.

SPHERE Handbook Revision Workshop

September 12, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm
@ the Posner Center in  Denver, Colorado

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 is open.
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.
Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver

October 5-15, 2017

The Solar Decathlon is coming back to Denver and is seeking volunteers to help. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Check out the Solar Decathlon website for more information.
IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

October 19-22, 2017 in  San Jose, California

Now in its 7th year, GHTC is the flagship IEEE Conference focusing on innovation, deployment and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development. Check out the conference website.
WASH Futures Conference 2018

March 5-9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is pleased to announce that early bird registrations for the WASH Futures Conference 2018 are now open. Check here for conference registration.
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
Union of Concerned Scientists Accepting Proposals

The Union of Concerned Scientists Science Network is excited to announce a new grant program for science advocates: The Science for Public Good Fund. Science Network members can apply to the Fund for financial support of up to $1000, to be used for advocacy actions or related events to defend the role of science in public policy, with an emphasis on understanding and addressing local impacts. Applicants must be active UCS Science Network members (or must be willing to become members) at time of application. Read more on the UCS Science Network website.
NSF Grad Research Fellowship Applications for 2018 Now Open
Due October 24, 2017

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Check here for full program details.
WASH Technical Adviser for Save the Children in Nigeria

The WASH Advisor is based in Borno and is the lead technical adviser in medium to large scale emergencies. The advisor, with limited support, leads on sectoral assessment, programme design and provides technical advice to ensure quality programs. The advisor develops the sector strategy of the master budget. The advisor leads in technical coordination and supports fundraising, recruitment and procurement. The advisor plays a technical leadership role within the response team, ensuring WASH programs are of high quality and meet recognized standards. The advisor supports colleagues and works to ensure that broader sector coordination mechanisms are functioning effectively. The advisor mentors and builds the capacity of Save the Children and partners' staff.  See the job description.
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