Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Synthesist: April 19, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Frontiers in the Environment Lecture Series
Lecture series information and schedule

Can we change people's minds on climate?
April 20, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, focuses her research on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional- to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She is frequently quoted by national and international media and was featured in the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. More information

How can nature and design improve our mental health?
April 27, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences

Lacy Shelby, principal urban designer with city of Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development; Jean Larson, program manager for nature-based therapeutics at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and assistant professor and faculty lead at the Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Tim Griffin, urban design director with St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, will discuss cutting-edge science and practice that explores how nature and design can foster human well-being, advance human health outcomes and develop sustainable cities. More information

Faculty Panel: Parenting in Academia
April 26, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Walter Library Rm 101

COGS is sponsoring a panel discussion with UMN faculty who are parents. What are good strategies for balancing work and family commitments? Would you tell a potential employer that you have children? Get advice from faculty on these and other questions. This panel will be helpful for grad & professional students who are currently parents, as well as students who are considering having children at some point in their career. Lunch will be provided. Register

Related: Student Parent Resources Survey

Help us learn more about what resources graduate and professional student parents need. Even if you do not currently have children, please take this 3 minute survey to help us gauge interest.


Interdisciplinary Lecture by Dr. Seth Quintus
April 27, 2016 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 375 Borlaug Hall, St. Paul Campus | Presented by AEGIS and SWC

Understanding the Long-term Dimensions of Agricultural System Change: A View from Polynesian Environmental Archaeology

Agriculture has been a fundamental activity of our species for the last 10,000 years. Throughout the world, agricultural systems have responded to a diverse set of social and environmental factors. At the same time, developments in agricultural systems have resulted in drastic environmental and social change. This talk presents a conceptual framework for understanding these human-environmental relationships based on empirical research in the Polynesian archipelago of Samoa. More Information

Biologically Motivated Symposium 
April 29, 2016 | 12:30-5:30 p.m. | Northrop Auditorium, Best Buy Theater

Fields from architecture and art to engineering and nanotechnology are increasingly looking to biology for inspiration. How do researchers from disparate backgrounds communicate effectively? How can varied disciplinary perspectives expand the questions that we ask? What are the most productive approaches to biology-based interdisciplinary collaborations? How can students structure interdisciplinary learning within a discipline-focused curriculum? Join us for a half-day symposium exploring and discussing these ideas with three pioneers in the fields of biology, art, and architecture. More information/Registration

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

The 2016-17 Center on Aging Internship
Deadline: April 29, 2016

This fully-funded student internship program, now in its fourth year, matches U of M graduate students interested in aging and/or disability services with a United Way funded agency. The dual aims of this program are to provide project support for United Way partners and experiential learning experience for students. The Center on Aging is currently accepting student applications for internships beginning fall semester, 2016. More information

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholar Program
Deadline: May 20, 2016

The OLLI Scholar Program provides exceptional students who are experts in their field of study an opportunity to teach for OLLI during one of our three sessions—fall, winter, and spring. Approved graduate student course leaders (OLLI Scholars) will receive a $1,000 stipend to prepare and present one course and must obtain the endorsement of his/her adviser. More information

Fulbright Information Sessions for Graduate and Professional Students
Deadline: The UM campus application deadline is Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Graduate School Fellowship Office is pleased to announce four Fulbright Information Sessions for students who are interested in conducting research abroad during the 2017-18 academic year. Excellent opportunities are available to over 140 countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Reserve a place at one of the four meetings


Register for a Fall 2016 Grand Challenge Course 

The University’s new Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) offers interdisciplinary, solution-oriented courses about important global issues. All classes are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors with unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Read more about what makes GCC courses unique or watch this short video, and then register for one of the Fall 2016 courses! All GCC courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

Apply for the 2016-2017 Boreas Student Advisory Team
Deadline: May 1, 2016 | Application Form

The Boreas student advisory team is a cohort of students interested in engaging more deeply with Boreas. Advisory team members advise on the strategy and growth of Boreas, develop relationships across campus, and gain opportunities to develop and practice personal leadership skills. More information