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MCEDC Digest, Sept. 4 , 2017
Program News & Announcements
Remember: Complete Your Survey

By Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 11:59pm

As part of our ongoing program assessment and improvement efforts, please complete the survey by using the link that you were sent by Dr. Amy Javernick-Will.  We are soliciting feedback from both incoming and continuing students (via separate surveys).  Students who complete the survey are eligible for a raffle to win a gift card.  Responses will be anonymized before analysis and survey results will be presented in late September. 
EDC Student Group Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
UMC 425

Join the EDC student group for their first meeting of the year to discuss plans for the coming semester and some basic housekeeping. The EDC student group meeting aims to provide academic support, professional development, and social support to EDC graduate students.

Remember: EDC Kickoff Dinner

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

EDC Program Students Eligible for Devex Career Accounts

Current students enrolled in the EDC graduate certificate are eligible for free career accounts on Devex. 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. If you are interested in activating your membership, funded by the Mortenson Center, please email Robyn Sandekian at sandekian@colorado.edu for the customized link.  
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)

More than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are facing famine conditions and possible starvation, 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. 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.  Register  here.  
Adobe & Compressed Earth Block Construction Workshop

September 9-10, 2017 
Golden, Colorado

If you're a hands-on learner and want to gain valuable knowledge about adobe and CEB construction, come and learn in our two day hands-workshop in September. We have conducted dozens of workshops on earthen construction in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Mexico, Africa, Central and South America, New Zealand, and Haiti. And now we come to you near Golden, Colorado. For more information, check out their workshops page.
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 the tour
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 Presentation  Travel Grants

The Mortenson Center now offers small travel grants to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences. To apply, check out the links on the MCEDC Resources website. You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities. Due to limited funding available, only students who are presenting EDC-relevant work can be funded by the Mortenson Center.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
NSF Grad Research Fellowship Applications for 2018 Now Open
Due October 24, 2017

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (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.
Development in the News

Facebook Ditched The Red Cross For Hurricane Harvey Relief
- Buzzfeed News




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