Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Synthesist: March 8, 2016


Graduate Education Spotlight

The M.D./Ph.D. Program: Connecting patient care and scientific discovery

Since high school, Germán Vélez Reyes has known he wanted to become a doctor. But after enrolling in a program that exposed high school students to research, Vélez discovered that he had a passion for both healthcare and laboratory research. Find out how he's preparing to both treat cancer patients and develop novel cancer treatments via the U's dual M.D./Ph.D program

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Lost Boys of Sudan Film Screening

March 10, 2016 | 5-8 p.m.

Join us for the screening of "Lost Boys of Sudan," a documentary that depicts the extraordinary journey of two Sudanese refugees from Africa to America. Prior to the film, Micaela Schuneman, Director of Refugee Services at the International Institute of Minnesota, will discuss her experiences with the resettlement of refugees in Minnesota. The film will be followed by a short Q&A session. Hosted by Global Health Student Advisory Board and SPH Film Series. Mayo Memorial Building, Rm 3-100.

Summer Public Health Institute

May 23-June 10, 2016

Whether you'd like to broaden your career options, gain new skills or simply explore topics in public health, the Public Health Institute has courses to meet your needs. You can design an educational experience that can be applied toward a degree program or professional continuing education. Most courses span one week and provide you with skills that can be used right away. For program details and registration information visit our website or contact us at phi@umn.edu or 612-626-8434.

Frontiers in the Environment Lecture Series

Frontiers in the Environment is held at noon on 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.

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.

iCOMOS: International Conference on One Medicine One Science

April 24-27, 2016 | The Commons Hotel

The Science Behind One Health, at the Interface of Humans, Animals and the Environment: iCOMOS is a global forum to (i) communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals and the environment; (ii) facilitate interdisciplinary, international collaborations embracing health, science and economics; and (iii) inform public policy development that is necessary for preserving human and animal health.The conference will feature keynote lectures and poster presentations, as well as workshops to address solution and implementation opportunities. Facilitated by the College of Continuing Education.

Call for abstracts: The conference organizing committee welcomes abstracts for a poster session featuring high-quality conceptual, qualitative, or quantitative research. Abstract submission deadline: March 15.

Call for Papers: Spring Research Day

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Thursday, April 7, 2016 | President’s Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Deadline Extended: Wednesday, March 16, 5 p.m.

Spring Research Day (SRD) is an annual all-day, university-wide symposium, sponsored by the Center for Cognitive Sciences, that showcases the work of graduate students. This year, we are inviting non-CCS student members to participate in sharing their cognitive studies alongside CCS student members. All University of Minnesota graduate students are invited to submit abstracts, with the goal of having diverse research projects from a wide range of departments and programs (previously used posters are welcome)!

Questions should be directed to Windy Torgerud, lynch174@umn.edu. Breakfast (coffee & pastries) and lunch (sandwiches) will be provided. Student presenters will be invited to attend a dinner with our keynote speaker

The Minnesota Symposium on Applied Disability Studies

The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies invites presentation proposals for its fifth annual Minnesota Symposium on Applied Disability Studies, June 10, 2016.  The central theme of this year's conference is Aging and Disability. Abstract deadline:  April 10, 2016.  See the Call for Proposals for more information.

Sustainability Symposium

U of M Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows! Does your work have a sustainability connection? If so, we invite you to apply to participate in the University of Minnesota's Sustainability Symposium to be held Friday, April 15, 2016. Abstracts are due March 21 and may be submitted in three categories: poster, lightning talk or creative work.  More information

AEGIS Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

March 23, 2016 6-7 p.m. | 1426 N. Hythe St., St. Paul, 55108 (Near St. Paul Campus) 

Texas A & M's Dr. Michael Waters will present “Archaeological and Genetic Evidence for the Late Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas.”  Refreshments preceding the talk at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and closed captioning available. See website for more information

International Researcher Series

March 9, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Moos Tower 2-118

Skills for Health Research in Low and Middle Income Countries: Household and Survey-Based Research will be the focus for the second installment of the International Researcher Series. To aid those undertaking global health research outside of clinical settings avoid pitfalls and gather high-quality data, Dr. Benjamin Capistrant from the School of Public Health will share tools and lessons learned from his field work in Malawi and India. More Information

Global Health Summer Education Opportunities

March 22, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Moos 2-690

An Info Session sponsored by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility will be held on March 22, and applications are due April 4, 2016.

  • Ecuador: Social and Cultural Determinants of Health - July 11 to 22, 2016 -  This 2-week course will provide a global health team-based learning experience in Ecuador.  Participants will learn about the public health and health care infrastructure in Ecuador, including western and indigenous health practices.
  • Ecuador: Global Health Placement - 2 & 4 week options following the course above - This program will provide a global health field placement in Ecuador. Participants will be placed in internships with community organizations that match participants’ and organizations’ interests, priorities, and goals.
  • India: Applied Research in Urban and Rural Health - July 8 to Aug 6, 2016 -  This four-week program in Bangalore will introduce students to the social determinants of health that drive individuals’ health and health care system responses in India. Students will participate in small group learning, a shadowed research experience with close mentorship, and experience exposure to health systems in rural and urban settings. More information

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) Dissertation Proposal Scholarships

Applications are invited for 2016 MMIGG Dissertation Proposal Scholarships and Mixed Methods Research Scholarships. Application deadline is April 8, 2016.

Health Policy Research Scholars

Become a Change Leader, Build a Culture of Health
Health Policy Research Scholars is a new national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program (by September 1, 2016), from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. Applications are due April 19, 2016. More information


Announcing the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Awardees for 2016-17

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the recipients of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) for next year. These 20 Ph.D. students are engaged in some of the most innovative interdisciplinary research taking place at the University. Learn more about this year's winners >

Graduate & Professional Student Parent Support Group

The Student Parent HELP Center will offer drop-in office hours for graduate and professional students with children on Friday, March 11 and Friday March 25, from 12-4 p.m. Counseling staff will be available to meet with student parents to assess needs, make referrals, listen, and assist with needed resources when possible. Contact Lauren Mitchell or Nicole Cardarella for more details, and for future office hours.