Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Synthesist: February 9, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

11th Annual Carlson School of Management MBA Charity Auction Benefitting Can Do Canines

Join Carlson full-time, part-time and executive graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff and our corporate and community partners for the 11th annual charity auction. The night will feature silent and live auctions, guest speaker, wine toss, food and drink. Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 7–11 p.m. | DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. Tickets cost $50 and all proceeds benefit Can Do Canines. For tickets and more information please visit http://carlson.preclickbid.com/

Frontiers in the Environment Workshop Series

Frontiers in the Environment is held at noon Wednesdays in R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Each hour-long session includes a lively 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A and a networking reception. Check the listings for details and live stream links. Talks are free and open to the public.

Can the past inform how plants will respond to future climate change?
February 17, 2016

Joy K. Ward, Dean’s Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, will explore how modern experimentation and ancient plant collections can teach us how plants will respond to the ever-increasing human impacts on natural and managed ecosystems across contemporary and geologic time scales.

How can humans emulate nature and recycle everything?
February 24, 2016

Lawrence Wackett, IonE fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the College of Biological Sciences, will focus on a few examples of successful large-scale waste recycling initiatives and suggest possible solutions to big waste problems that must be solved to make human society sustainable in the long term.

Networking & Branding Yourself: Tips for Graduate Students

This event will feature Daniel Pesut, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and Susan Ziel, BSN, MPH, JD from the School of Nursing. Featuring 3-minute presentations from Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group members on their research. Tuesday, February 16, 5-6:30 p.m. Pizza will be served. Location: Mayo D199. Register

Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in Good Enough Times

Sidonie Smith, Director of the Michigan Institute for the Humanities and former President of the Modern Language Association, offers Manifesto for the Humanities as a reflective contribution to the current academic conversation over the place of the humanities in the 21st century. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. February 12, 2016 | 2:30 p.m., Ellie & Tom Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop. See http://z.umn.edu/manifesto for details.

Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education

Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education (TCSWEDU) brings together entrepreneurs, educators, developers, and designers to collaboratively launch startups that solve education’s most pressing problems. The goal is pitch-to-prototype in one weekend! Cost is $60; students may use promo code “TCSWEDUStudent” for 50% off. Seven full catered meals included with registration. Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016; event starts at 5:30 pm. Location: Vidku HQ, 251 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Register and read more at http://www.tcswedu.co

Workshops from the Center for Educational Innovation

English Pronunciation for Academics: What does it mean to speak English fluently? What does it really mean to speak English fluently? In this research-based workshop, you will learn how strategic phrasing and pausing can help you be better understood in an academic environment; that is, by your students and your colleagues. You will have the opportunity to practice and get feedback from pronunciation experts/teaching consultants. Monday, February 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Walter 101. More information

Teaching Assistant Workshop: Efficient Grading Strategies: Grading exams and problem sets can quickly consume your life, but it doesn't have to! In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to effectively use rubrics and answer keys to save time and be more consistent in their grading. Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Appleby 11 OR Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Appleby 319. Learn more

Graduate Education Spotlight

Jennifer Pelletier: Researching a collaborative, policy-driven approach to preventing obesity

The pressure is on to create nationwide policy changes and practices that will lower the obesity rate, reduce the related fiscal stress on the U.S. healthcare system, and—most importantly—boost the general wellbeing of the American population.

At the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, doctoral student Jennifer Pelletier is researching how multiple organizations are working together to combat obesity in the U.S. Learn more about Jennifer's research

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

AEGIS Interdisciplinary Funding Opportunities

The Anthropological, Ecological, and Geological Interdisciplinary Sciences graduate group (AEGIS) is pleased to announce a number of graduate student funding opportunities that will enable graduate students at the University of Minnesota to attend conferences to present their interdisciplinary research, engage in K-12 community outreach, and gain post-secondary teaching and curriculum development experience through the development of short courses. For application materials or questions, please contact Michele at: stil0005@umn.edu

Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the UMN College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the academic year 2016-17. The Badzin Fellowship will pay a stipend of $18,000, the cost of tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees. All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically at chgs@umn.edu, no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016. More information (PDF)

2016-2017 Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Scholarship Announcement

The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support University of Minnesota doctoral students interested in proposing or performing mixed methods research. The MMIGG Dissertation Proposal Scholarship includes a $1,000 award to support a doctoral dissertation proposal. The Mixed Methods Research Scholarship includes a $1,000 award to facilitate the completion of a mixed methods research study. MMIGG scholarships are open to any student currently enrolled in a Ph.D., MD, EdD, JD, PharmD, or similar doctoral level program at the University of Minnesota.  For more details on formatting and submission guidelines, please see http://bit.ly/1QnsZF2. The deadline for submission is April 8, 2016.