Monday, February 16, 2015

Synthesist: February 17, 2015


Graduate & Professional Education SpotlightMajory Silisyene

Majory Silisyene: Empowering Local Communities in Tanzania to Alleviate Forest Loss

In Loliondo, Tanzania, people's livelihoods depend heavily on livestock and wood. Majory Silisyene, PhD candidate in Natural Resources, Science and Management and 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow, is studying how to raise awareness among local communities in the region about forest use and degradation, and empower them to make decisions that contribute to sustainable resource use. Learn more about Silisyene's research >

Advising Corner

Managing Collaborative Publications: Sharing Recognition and Credit

Publishing research is an important component of higher education. Students, faculty, and researchers frequently work together to produce work for publication in a scholarly journal or other location. This guide to clarifying expectations will help prevent common problems >

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Career Week 2015Career Week for Graduate & Professional Students: March 9-12, 2015

The 2015 Graduate & Professional Student Career Week will feature workshops designed to help graduate and professional students prepare for today’s job market. Workshops will emphasize skills needed for both academic and non-academic job searches, such as how to plan and prepare for the job search process, how to present your skills to potential employers, and how to make a great first impression during an interview. Register today 

Interdisciplinary Commons: Telling Your Story

Let’s be honest, we all loved stories as kids, and we pretty much still do. Bookstore racks aren’t filled with science tomes or policy briefings; they’re filled with novels. Storytelling is an important leadership skill if you’re interested in science, policy and making an impact. This workshop will help you better understand stories and help you get better at telling your own. You’ll be able to answer the questions: Why do you do what you do? Why does your work/research matter? You’ll even gain a few ideas about where you can practice telling your story and grow your leadership by doing so. Facilitated by Kate Knuth, Boreas Leadership Program Director. Friday, February 27, 1 - 3 p.m. | Location: 140 Nolte Center. Register for this session>

Lunch with Your Librarian – Don't Have One? Get One Here!

Register for working consultations with subject-specific experts from the University Libraries. Get advice on interdisciplinary information sources; U Libraries search tools; data sources and data management; tools for organizing your PDFs and your bibliography; finding grants; places to get published; managing your copyright; and more. (Consultations can also be arranged for a later date by request). Lunch is provided. Friday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Location: 140 Nolte Center. Register for this session >

Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship: From Framing to Fruition

In what venues should you publish your interdisciplinary research?  Do you need to write differently for different audiences?  How will reviewers evaluate your work?  How will potential employers view it?  How might your career aspirations affect your choice of publication venue?  This panel presentation and discussion will give participants an opportunity to probe these and other aspects of the publication process. This session is intended for graduate students who are in the early, mid or late stages of their degree programs and who plan careers in academic or non-academic settings. Friday, February 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m. | Location: 125 Nolte Center. Register for this session >

Free Workshops from the U Libraries

The University Libraries have free workshops for you on topics such as Data Management, Creating Posters, Mendeley, Zotero and more. Register today!  

The Power of Apology

In spite of all best efforts in health care to promote safety and quality, unanticipated adverse outcomes happen. In the past a “deny and defend” stance created adversarial relationships between and among providers, patients and their loved ones.  Transparency and apology have been shown to mitigate patients’ and families’ emotional and litigious responses to medical error.  The manner in which patients, families and providers handle responses to unanticipated adverse outcomes is influenced by the power of sincere apology. Thursday April 23, 2015 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Weaver-Densford Hall, 4th Floor | FREE. RSVP to

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

How Can Art and Story Heal the Disconnect Between Modern Humans and the Environment?

Frontiers in the Environment - Big QuestionsThe conveniences of technology can be a barrier to experiencing our interdependence with natural systems. We no longer fetch water from a stream—it comes through our tap as an industrial commodity. Jonee Kulman Brigham, an IonE resident fellow, architect and artist, will use examples of art-led environmental education projects to address questions such as: Why should we care about experiencing our connection with the natural environment? Is spending time in nature enough to heal the divide? Can technology and human-engineered infrastructure be used as a bridge to nature to make our everyday lives feel integrated within larger Earth systems? Feb.18, Noon - 1 p.m., Institute on the Environment. Free and open to the public; no registration required. More info >

Humphrey Food Policy Collaborative Speaker Series

Join the Humphrey Food Policy Collaborative in welcoming Dr. Ben Miller, Food Inspection Program and Rapid Response Team Manager for the MN Department of Agriculture as he shares his experiences ensuring the integrity of our food supply and dealing with foodborne illness outbreaks. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 24th from noon - 1pm in the Freeman Commons on the 2nd floor of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. There is no cost to attend this event, and registration is preferred but not required. For more information, please contact Marta Monti (

Spring Research Day - Call for PapersCenter for Cognitive Sciences Spring Research Day: Call for Papers

Open to all graduate students! Center for Cognitive Sciences is seeking submissions for short oral presentations for its annual Spring Research Day, to be held April 16. This is a venue for presenting new, exciting and cutting-edge work in cognitive science-related fields and an opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your work in a low-pressure setting. More information >

Addressing Wicked Problems in Health Care: Mastering Sense Making Skills

Addressing wicked problems in health care demands uncommon skills. These skills can be learned. This workshop will provide health care leaders with specific groundbreaking sensemaking processes drawn from 40 years of research and adapted by US intelligence gathering agencies. The adaptations designed by Sagis’ Albert Linderman, PhD bring individuals’ tacit, innovative thinking to the surface, making latent mental models explicit, allowing for quick alignment and the creation of an environment from which creativity and innovation emerges. The workshop will provide learning opportunities for the mastery of sense making leadership skills. June 11 2015 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center. Register >

Natural Resource Association of Graduate Students 2015 Research Symposium

Submissions of abstracts for contributed oral presentations and poster presentations are invited for the 3rd Annual Natural Resources Association of Graduate Students (NRAGS) Research Symposium, which will take place on April 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Cargill 105 on the St. Paul Campus. Submissions are open to all UMN graduate students and may address any research topic under the natural resources umbrella. Submissions should be made here:, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015. Questions may be addressed to


Homebuyer Assistance Opportunity

Would you like to buy a home in the University District of Minneapolis but are on a limited income? The City of Lakes Community Land Trust will offer information sessions about finding assistance to buy a home in the University District of Minneapolis (zip codes 55454, 55414, 55455) for households with incomes at 80% or less of metro median information: 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 | Weaver Densford Hall. For more information about the City of Lakes Community Land Trust, and other orientation sessions in Minneapolis, visit This event is co-sponsored by the University District Alliance. Register >

Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) Newsletter

ODGE announces a new, online newsletter, "The Kaleidescope."

Funding/Employment Opportunities

2015 Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) Scholarship: Request for Applications

The 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. Deadline is April 1, 2015; see or email Dr. Joe Gaugler for more information.

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 2015-16. 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 no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. More info >