Mortenson Center Digest - Jan. 21 , 2019
Program News



2019 Required Conflicts of Interest Annual Reporting Due

Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA) are due and are used to disclose any activities that my have the potential to lead to conflicts of interest for the University. Failure to submit a DEPA can put the individual researcher his/her/their projects, the department and the University at risk for sanctions. Research Associates, Research Assistants and non-employee graduate students currently involved in the design, conduct or reporting of any research, or are involved in a CU employee affiliated company/entity must submit a DEPA. There are many other categories of people who are required to submit a DEPA so visit the CU Research and Innovation website to see if you are one of them. You can easily submit this document by logging into MyCUinfo and in the right hand column, scroll down and click DEPA.
CU Events
CIRES Competition
Fri. Jan 25, 2019 - Application Deadline
Washington, DC - Workshop Location

CU's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CIRES) is sending four CU Boulder students to Washington, DC to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop. Send a one-page statement explaining the importance of the workshop to your career development, and a one-page resume to ami.nacu-chmidt@colorado.edu
More information.
2018 Arthur J. Boase Lectures
Both lectures given by Prof. Daniel Armanios, Carnegie Mellon University Engineering and Public Policy. 

Infrastructure Systems as Institutional Relics: Insights from the U.S. Bridge System
Fri. Feb. 8, 2019 10:00-11am
Koelbel S110

Infrastructure can shape societies, but so too can societies shape infrastructure. To better understand this process, infrastructure systems are re-conceptualized as "institutional relics". Through two studies on the U.S. bridge system, learn what factors are more likely to generate institutional relics, as well as the difficulties that arise in repairing or decommissioning such systems. 

Sustainable Development for All? Distinguishing Electricity Access from Use through a Mixed Methods Study of Electricity Consumption Patterns Amongst Women in India. 
Fri. Feb 8, 2019, 1:00-2pm
SEEC S228

Few have empirically tested the link between energy access (SDG 7) and gender equality (SDG 5). This study highlights local power dynamics as an important boundary condition on realizing energy access for all. 
Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition
Sat. Feb. 9, 2019, 8:30am-2pm
Wolf Law Building

The interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition gives graduate students in certain disciplines the opportunity to tackle real-world ethics problems. This year features a tech company grappling with ethical obligations related to its products and services that serve national security interests. Come to the competition where each team presents its recommendations to panels of judges. More information.
Job & Funding Opportunities
Engineering For Change Fellowship 
Mon. Feb. 25, 2019 - Application Deadline
Early May, 2019 - Mid-September 2019 - Fellowship Duration

Engineering For Change (E4C) provides training opportunities for engineering students engaged in global development through internships and fellowships. This fellowship is designed for engineering students and/or early career engineers specialized in global development. It will be 15-20 hours per week. Mortenson Center student Anna Libey was a Water Fellow in 2018.   Learn more and apply.
Community Impact & Micro Grants
Fri. Jan. 25, 2019 - Deadline to Apply

Community Impact Grants help seed or extend community-engaged work, providing up to $5,000 for program materials, supplies, equipment, travel expenses, student pay or supplemental staff pay necessary to the project.

Micro Grants support travel, programs, events, stipends and materials up to $2,000. These grants can be used for conference travel expenses to present outreach and engagement work, or professional development connected to engaged scholarship

Global Water Strategy Associate
Sun. Jan. 27, 2019 - Deadline to Apply
Full-time - Denver, CO

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is hiring a Global Water Strategy Associate to support the development and implementation of the Global Water Markets (GWM) and Resilient Water Supply (RWS) strategies, which are a part of TNC's Global Water Program. 
News
Uber for Poop in Senegal 

Hiring a truck driver to remove waste in Dakar, Senegal is too expensive for many residents. But a new system put in place allows people to text a call center, which runs an auction that allows drivers to compete for desludging requests. Read the article. 


DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge

The Department of Energy (DOE) is leading the Water Security Grand Challenge to advance technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe secure and affordable water. Read about the challenge and the cooperation agreement with Chevron Technology. 
Report on Forests and Their Impact on Water Resources

International climate debates should pay more attention to the links between forests and water, because carbon-centered forest strategies will have important consequences for water resources. More than 50 scientists from 20 countries contributed to this assessment of the climate-forest-water-people system. Read the report titled: Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities.

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