Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Synthesist: February 23, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

What do U Care About? What We Care About

The University has created benchmarks toward equity and diversity, and you are invited to join a discussion about these topics and creating positive change on campus. Featuring performances by Truartspeaks; food will be provided. Tuesday, March 8 from 5-9 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union - The Great Hall. Register

“Explain me this: Learning What Not to Say”

How do we learn to avoid "mistakes" when we learn a language? Children and second language learners sometimes make grammatically correct sentences that many people perceive as “mistakes.” For example, they say “the afraid boy” instead of “the boy who was afraid.” As we learn, we cease making these “mistakes.” Noted Princeton linguist Adele Goldberg will explain how our brains adapt to avoid these awkward constructions and the ways we learn language. Goldberg is a professor of linguistics and psychology at Princeton University. Questions? Contact Chongwon Park or visit http://www.d.umn.edu/writ/. Monday, February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m. | Kirby Rafters, UMD

Frontiers in the Environment Lecture 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.

Where does justice fit in the climate change adaptation puzzle?
March 2, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.

Beth Mercer-Taylor, coordinator of IonE's Sustainability Studies undergraduate program, and Jack DeWaard, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Minnesota Population Center graduate faculty, will examine what we know about how climate change will affect human settlement and migration patterns, the human rights implications, and the ways the global community could better integrate climate justice into mitigation and adaptation efforts.

How can infrastructure support sustainable urban living?
March 9, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.

Anu Ramaswami, IonE fellow and Charles M. Denny Chair of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will take a holistic look at our urban infrastructure sectors, including the supply of energy, water, food and transportation, and explore new ways to address the complexity of interactions of these infrastructure sectors with each other and with people and the environment.

AEGIS Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

The Anthropological, Ecological, and Geological Interdisciplinary Sciences Group (AEGIS) is pleased to welcome our first guest lecturer of the spring: Dr. David Polly, Paleontologist, Indiana University: "Functional traits, environments, and clades: at the interface of climate, ecology, and evolution”

Dr. David Polly will present on his recent research about ecometrics, which has provided new insight into how changes in the environment affect trait evolution. Using this presentation as a platform, we will look at examples of the complex relationship between morphology and environment and learn about the theoretical issues related to these topics.

Friday, February 26, 2-3 p.m., 155 Nicholson Hall, East Bank Campus, reception to follow.

How will we manage the vast resources of the Great Lakes across boundaries?

Recognizing the need for a deeper conversation, the U’s Law School and Sea Grant will host experts from the U.S. and Canada on March 24 in Duluth at the Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium. The event will zero in on how recent activities might serve as models for tackling Great Lakes trans-boundary issues like climate, mining, crude oil/energy movement, and water levels. Read more and register

Graduate Education Spotlight

Aging in the Right Place

How is quality of living for seniors impacted by urban design and community environment? Doctoral student Jessica Finlay investigates.

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute spring funding opportunities

The Graduate and Professional Research Grant Program seeks to fund student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health. Funds will be distributed through a competitive review process. The grants to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The request should seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement. For this grant cycle, HFHL plans to award a total of up to $20,000. Applicants may seek grant funds ranging from $2,000-$10,000. Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2016. More information

American Council of Learned Societies: Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the 2016 competition of the Public Fellows program. In 2016, the program will place 21 recent humanities Ph.D.s in two-year positions at partnering nonprofits and government agencies, including the American Public Media Group. Fellows will participate in the core work of these organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and career development opportunities. Application deadline: March 24, 2016