Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Synthesist: April 14, 2015


Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

STEM-Fellows3M STEM Fellows: Combining Hands-On Training for STEM Education Grad Students with Learning in Local K-12 Classrooms

The 3M STEM Fellows program – funded by 3M since 2008 – helps local teachers implement new state science standards and allows University of Minnesota STEM Education Ph.D. students to conduct research and prepare for their future careers as teacher educators. Learn how this unique program is helping students to understand concepts through enriching learning experiences >

omoloMorrine Omolo Accepts Prestigious Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation

Morrine Omolo, a graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation. The program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue Ph.D. or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide, and grants a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to five years. She is the first-ever recipient from the U of M. Learn more about Omolo's research >

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

How do We Manage Emerging Pandemic Threats at Home and Abroad?

The Ebola crisis once again focused attention on the challenges of containing an epidemic in today’s world. Join us for a discussion on the realities on the front lines in hospital settings in Liberia and Minnesota as well as how to develop capacity to manage the convergence of human, animal and environmental health. April 15, 2015 | 12 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. More information >

Center for Cognitive Sciences: Spring Research Day

The Center for Cognitive Sciences presents Spring Research Day, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Richard Aslin, Director of the University of Rochester Center for Brain Imaging: "Neural correlates of statistical learning in adults and infants." April 16, 2015 | 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | President's Room, CMU. More information >

How Can We Better Anticipate Adverse Environmental Impacts?

Many anthropogenic actions have unanticipated consequences. This is especially true of chemical pollution resulting from products we use every day. Experts will discuss methods to assess potential risks of chemicals and how chemical structure may indicate important environmental fate processes and reaction products. April 22, 2015 | 12 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. More information >

Demystifying DebtDemystifying Debt and Design Your Own Dollar Event

Need to save money? How much do you know about debt? Learn about money saving strategies and more about how debt works on Wednesday, April 29 from 1 - 3 p.m. in Walter Library 101. Also try your hand at designing new currency. More information at z.umn.edu/demystifyingdebt.

Own Your Own Home Near Your Workplace

Want to own a home where you can walk, bike, or take transit to work? You're invited to an information session with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust on assistance with buying a home in the University District of Minneapolis for households with incomes at 80% or less of metro median. If you are just starting out in your career, with a limited household income, this could be for you. Two sessions: April 16, 2015 | 12 p.m. | Morrill Hall or April 27, 2015 | 5 p.m. | Humphrey School.

Hidden-Pictures-BannerScreening of HIDDEN PICTURES: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Join the AHC Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB) as they host a screening of "Hidden Pictures." The film explores how mental health is treated around the world and explores transformational programs to improve the mental health landscape. What is mental health care like? What happens when cultural framing of mental illness conflicts with potentially more effective treatments? Who is helping? April 23, 2015 | 6 p.m. | Mayo 3-125. Learn more and RSVP >

Academic & Professional Development Resources

ID_CommonsArticulating Your Interdisciplinary Research Interests – in Writing and Speaking, Part I

While all scholars need to be able to talk about their research in clear and compelling ways, the nature of interdisciplinary research and teaching multiplies the number of audiences a scholar needs to consider in shaping writing, presentations, and conversations. In these workshop sessions, participants will focus on the development of spoken and written interdisciplinary research statements. Each session will include interactive presentations, mock interview and scholarly networking role plays, discussion of individual job search scenarios, and attention to writing practice guidelines, coaching and feedback. Friday, April 17, 2015 | 1 - 3 p.m. | 140 Nolte Center. Register for this session>

Acara Spring Institute Workshop: "Do the Math"

Acara workshops are for students and entrepreneurs in any stage of the development of a social venture. In "Do the Math" we will work on refining your solution, creating a business model canvas, establishing financial and social value propositions, defining and measuring metrics for a social venture. April 14, 2015 | 5 - 9 p.m. | Minnesota Social Impact Center. Register for "Do the Math"

Acara Spring Institute Workshop: "Tell Me a Story"

Acara workshops are for students and entrepreneurs in any stage of the development of a social venture. "Tell Me a Story" will focus on structures for social ventures, creating compelling elevator pitches and presentations, getting started with impact investors and crowd funding. April 21, 2015 | 5 - 9 p.m. | Minnesota Social Impact Center. Register for "Tell Me a Story"

Funding/Employment Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education Announces Fellowship Opportunities for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Fiscal Year 2015 competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) was announced in the Federal Register on February 27, 2015. The due date for submitting applications is April 28, 2015.

Fulbright Information Sessions

The Graduate School Fellowship Office is pleased to announce four Fulbright Information Sessions for students who are interested in conducting research abroad during the 2016-17 academic year. Excellent opportunities are available in over 140 countries.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The U of M campus application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | 101 Walter Library | RSVP for May 6
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | 101 Walter Library | RSVP for May 13
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 101 Walter Library | RSVP for May 14
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | 101 Walter Library | RSVP for June 9

quito%20pic%20for%20main%20page_1Application Deadline Extended: Ecuador Global Health Team Programs

The application deadline has been extended for team-based global health learning opportunities in Ecuador in July and August for health science students. During the “Global Health Team Experience,” participants will learn about public health and healthcare infrastructure as well as social and cultural determinants of health through a combination of classroom-based learning and field observations. The “Global Health Team Internship” will feature field placement at field sites in rural and indigenous settings in Andean Ecuador. Scholarships are available. Learn more and apply: http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/education/ecuador