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MCEDC Summer Digest, August 28 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Welcome to the 2017-18 Academic Year!

On behalf of the entire Mortenson Center team, welcome (or welcome back)!  Our team has grown since last semester, and we look forward to getting to know both our new students and our new faculty member, Dr. Carlo Salvinelli.  In mid-September we will also be welcoming a new Program Assistant, Sarah Goodroad, who will be managing many of the programs' administrative duties including assisting the EDC Student Group plan and schedule their activities. In the meantime, remember that Robyn Sandekian, our Managing Director, is here to answer any and all questions you may have about the Graduate Certificate in EDC.  You can e- mail Robyn at  sandekian@colorado.edu, call her at 303-735-6708, or drop by ECOT 532 .  Robyn will be presenting a brief introduction to the program at the end the first session of CVEN 5919 Sustainable Community Development 1 on Tuesday, August 29.
Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Center for Community, Flatirons Room (C4C N301)

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 in the Center for Community!   Please RSVP here (yes or no) by Thursday, August 31 at 5:00pm and include any food allergies in the comments section.  Please note, this event is for EDC students only. No guests.
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
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.
Congrats to MCEDC External Advisory Board Member Eleanor Allen

Eleanor Allen, Water For People CEO and Mortenson Center External Advisory Board member, was recently named a Water Environment Federation Fellow. The Fellow designation recognizes achievements, stature, and contributions to water quality. For more details, see the  press release on our  webpage. Congratulations Eleanor!
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
Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development Webcast

September 6, 2017 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Mountain Time)
Register here. 

More than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are facing famine conditions and possible starvation. It has been called the largest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades. Humanitarian assistance and international development have different objectives and time horizons, but must work together to respond to the crisis at hand while also preventing the next one from occurring. What role does international development play in building long-term resilience? What are the linkages between conflict, fragility, and severe food insecurity? How can U.S. leadership and international development programming break the cycle of instability and famine? Listen in as U.S. policy makers, technical experts, and thought leaders discuss how these crises have unfolded and what needs to be considered in the response.
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.
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.
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