Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Synthesist: March 11, 2014

Leadership Resilience: Wisdom that Supports Meaningful Change: The Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership in collaboration and partnership with Wisdom Out will offer a one day leadership development program on April 10 from 8am-4pm. Register >

Understanding Rankism, Lecture by Robert Fuller: Robert Fuller is an international authority and thought leader on the topic of rankism – abusive, discriminatory or exploitive behavior towards people who have less power due to their lower rank in a particular hierarchy. Fuller is credited with coining the term “rankism” and fostering the “dignity” movement, which aims to overcome rank-based abuse. March 27, 7pm at Cowles Auditorium. Contact Teddie Potter for more information.

Design of Medical Devices Conference: The world's largest medical device conference will take place on April 7-10 at The Commons Hotel & McNamara Alumni Center, and will consist of four-days of workshops, symposiums, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions. Visit http://www.dmd.umn.edu/ for more information.

Take a Photo: Win $$ and Pizza! Submit up to 3 images illustrating how you use the Libraries — any time, any place, anywhere. Enter by April 11 to win prizes and have your work featured in an exhibit. Learn more at z.umn.edu/flash.

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Graduate School Updates

Save the Date: The Graduate Revels will take place at Northrop Auditorium on April 8. This event will feature a variety of graduate students indeed reveling in this marvelously renovated venue on campus, including activities on stage, the Doctoral Dissertation Showcase, a photo contest and more.

Looking for Inspiration from Students: Does your current path reflect some early inspiration from a poet, scientist, novelist, political leader or someone else whose work you read as a young person? Would you like to share a brief reading by that person with an audience at the Graduate Revels? If so, please send your name and a copy of that reading to gsdean@umn.edu to be considered for participation in a featured event. Deadline:  Monday, March 31.  

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Daniel Zielinski

Introduced into Midwest waters as a game fish in the 1880s, the common carp is one of the most damaging aquatic invasive species in our lakes – both ecologically and economically. Daniel Zielinski, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2013, is combining his background in civil engineering with biological science to develop sustainable, safe and effective ways to keep Minnesota waters free of the harmful fish. Read Daniel's story > 

Trends, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

CGS Announces Launch of GradSense: New Web Tool Helps Students Better Plan Their Financial Futures: With student debt at historically high levels, students have a limited number of resources for assessing the investment they will be making in an advanced degree. To fill this knowledge gap, CGS collaborated with leading financial services provider TIAA-CREF to design and develop GradSense, which features a Debt to Salary calculator, among other tools. Learn more >

Funding Opportunities

Australia to US Fellowship Applications: The Association offers Fellowships of up to $40,000 to Australian researchers wishing to undertake advanced research (graduate or postgraduate) in the U.S. Application deadline is April 15. More information >

10th Annual Minnesota Cup Launches March 24th: The largest statewide new venture competition in the United States will begin taking submissions March 24th. State residents have until May 9th to submit entries to compete for $300,000 in prize money. The Minnesota Cup competition is free — and provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs, inventors or small business owners working on innovative new business concepts, or for those who have already started a business but are generating less than $1 million in yearly revenue, to help move to the next phase. More information >

2014-2015 Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) Scholarship: 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 March 15; email Dr. Joe Gaugler for more information.

Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows with active fellowships are eligible to apply for a single short-term or long-term research visit to Europe. Visit the NSF website for more information.


Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowships - Call for Reviewers: U.S. Student Programs is looking for National Screening Committee members for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship Program. The are especially interested in faculty in the environmental and natural sciences. Contact Walter Jackson for more information.