Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Synthesist: December 1, 2015


Conferences, Events & Workshops

Does competition promote planet-saving innovation?

Using a series of case studies from his recent book, Innovations in Sustainability: Food and Fuel, Alfred Marcus, professor and Edson Spencer Endowed Chair in Strategy and Technological Leadership, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in the Carlson School of Management, will examine the progress, obstacles, competition and evolution of sustainable innovations in such companies as Tesla, General Motors, Toyota, General Mills, Kellogg, Whole Foods and Walmart, reflecting on lessons learned and shedding light on the challenges that lie ahead. December 2, 2015 | 12-1 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380 | Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. More information

Request for Proposals: Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning

The University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement is requesting proposals for a system-wide conference on Thursday, March 31, 2016 to examine the role of community and public engagement in addressing society's greatest issues. Proposal deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015. Get details on submission guidelines, as well as more information about conference themes and presentation options at the conference web page.

Can energy use data reduce electricity costs and environmental impacts?

Alexandra Klass, IonE fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Law School; and Elizabeth Wilson, IonE fellow and professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will draw lessons from the more sophisticated legal frameworks governing health care, education and environmental emissions data that balance public policy needs for data evaluation with privacy interests. A review of the law in these fields shows that the privacy and confidentiality interests in energy consumption data may be overstated and, in any event, can be adequately addressed in most instances by aggregating the data, using historic rather than current data, or developing contracts and other agreements to ensure security where access to individualized data is needed. December 9, 2015 | 12-1 p.m. | Humphrey Forum, West Bank campus. More information

Focus on Food Policy

The 2016 Focus on Food Policy (January 11-15, 2016) will explore the interconnections of politics, culture, economics and consumer influences around food systems policy. Courses and forums will focus on the critical thinking, leadership skills and behavioral competencies needed to work effectively in the realm of food policy. The program will pair two courses, Global Food Systems: The geography, politics and trade of food and Food Governance, Policy and Regulation. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to encourage critical thinking and nurture the technical skills and behavioral competencies needed to work effectively in food policy. Available as graduate academic credit or for professional development. More Information

Leadership to Address Global Grand Challenges

Want to make a difference in the world? Want to learn how to work effectively on complex challenges where everyone is affected and no one is in charge? If so, this is the course for you…This five-day skills-based course will introduce you to integrative leadership strategies useful in addressing global grand challenges. The course takes place January 11-15, 2016, the week before spring semester starts – a great time to get an extra 1.5 credits done! Register for PVS 5998 or PA 5190. For more information, contact Dr. Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship

The L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. In the U.S., the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. More information