Synthesist: March 31, 2015
Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight
Quality Central – one of five winners of the Graduate School’s 2014 competition for innovative ideas for enhancing interdisciplinary graduate education – is made up of scientists offering quality assurance support to other scientists, enabling them to meet quality standards and ensure the reproducibility of their research. Learn more about how this initiative is bringing greater accountability into scientific research culture >
Congratulations to the Resilient Communities Project, winner of the 2015 MAGS/ETS Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award!
The Resilient Communities Project, an initiative of the Graduate Sustainability Education Network, received this annual award, given to a MAGS member institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level. The award is jointly sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Congratulations!
U of M Doctoral Student Earns Prestigious Military Leadership Award
Amber Manke, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education and Human Development and captain in the Minnesota Army National Guard, is one of 28 Army officers nationwide to receive General Douglas MacArthur Award. Learn more about Manke's award >
Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices
Council of Graduate Schools State Snapshots: Select Data on Graduate Education
Access fact sheets with state-specific data you can use to talk with policymakers and constituents about the scope and impact of graduate education in your state. Data are from the Council of Graduate School's annual Graduate Enrollment and Degrees Survey, the federal IPEDS database and the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators State Data Tool.
Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers
Meet the U's Best & Brightest: 2015 Doctoral Research Showcase
Eighty-five recipients of prestigious doctoral fellowships will present their work in a casual and conversational environment on Tuesday, April 7,2015 from noon to 2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Presentations will encompass a wide range of topics, including disability and living arrangements in later life, the behavioral responses of moose to climate change, the effects of green tea extract on biomarkers of breast cancer risk, the impact of same-sex marriage on LGBT health; and the design of a new telescope that sees gravity. More information >
The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change
Join us for the John E. Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium on April 8-10, 2015 at Northrop Auditorium. This symposium brings scholars from the humanities and social sciences into conversation with experts from the realm of river policy and management to explore the river as both a cultural and physical entity. Individual sessions will address numerous ways of defining the spatial and conceptual scope of the river, the ways artistic expression shapes—and is shaped by—the physical landscape, and what “resilience” and “sustainability” might mean for the river in the future.
Can Social Media Inform the Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change?
Managing complex social-ecological systems requires information on the human-environment relationship. Spencer Wood, senior scientist with the Natural Capital Project, and Brent Hecht, assistant professor in the College of Science and Engineering, will describe how data from social media sites such as Flickr can help researchers understand the feedbacks between humans and their impact on the environment. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 12-1 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room, R-380 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building. More information >
Come meet Marjorie Magidow Schalles, the talented artist of the new Commons Gallery exhibit titled “Earthart”. Marjorie was inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). The images captured by NASA photographers, developed for their aesthetic beauty rather than for scientific value, resonated with her artistic vision, bringing fresh and inspiring glimpses of our planet’s complex surface. Marjorie will talk about her work and inspirations during the reception. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 4:30-6 p.m. | R-350 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building. More information >
Citizen Science: Involving an Engaged Public in Your Research
Does your research require lots of "eyes-on" data processing? Want to know more about "citizen science"? Join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. in Cargill 105 to hear from Lucy Fortson, department of Physics and project manager for the Citizen Science Alliance. Fortson will discuss how the Zooniverse citizen science research platform can help solve your research problems. There will be time to brainstorm possibilities for your own project. This workshop is sponsored by the Zooniverse@UMN project, the Plant Pathology department and the University Libraries. More information at https://plpa.cfans.umn.edu/about-us/news-events/events/citizensci.
Sustainability Film Series: Watermark
Watermark is a feature documentary from award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. Watermark brings together diverse stories from around the globe and explores our relationship with water—immersing viewers in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted. Regular museum admission; free to U of M students, faculty and staff with ID. Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Bell Museum of Natural History. More information >
Academic & Professional Development Resources
If you merely accept a job offer without negotiating your pay, you may be leaving money on the table. In fact, many employers expect candidates to negotiate and are surprised when people don’t even ask. This session is open to everyone but is aimed at job seekers who are less experienced with salary negotiations or are uncomfortable with these negotiations. Featuring: Steve Helland, Partner at Fredrikson & Byron. Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 6-7 p.m. | 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management | FREE | Register online >
Neural Networking: Career Development Event
You are invited to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience's annual career development event for graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing careers related to teaching, research, non-profits, program administration, and entrepreneurship. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | Coffman Memorial Union, Rooms 303/304. More information >
James A. Lindner Digital Archive Summer Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to provide hands-on experience working with a one-of-a-kind digital video oral history archive, and a professional and focused experience in archival work, structured around processing and preservation of moving image archival collections, migration and digitization, cataloging and archival descriptive practices and standards. Open to any individual who is interested in working with collections of African American and/or video oral history materials and is a recent graduate of a master's program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, library science, information management, computer science, or a related program prior to the start date of the fellowship. More information >
Pew Research Center: Summer Internship in Advanced Analytics
The Pew Research Center is looking for graduate students to work with them this summer in investigating the ways that newly available "big data" sources and methodologies could contribute to our ongoing research in our key areas: politics; religion; journalism; science and technology, Hispanics; social trends; and global attitudes. Interns will work both on particular Pew Research Center projects and assist senior staff in identifying new sources of data and methods of analysis. The program is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a Doctoral or Master’s program and have completed at least one year of graduate work. Application procedure >
U of M Postdoc Position: Department of Horticultural Science
The Department of Horticultural Science is seeking a post-doctoral associate working on micropropagation systems for hybrid hazelnut. The goals of the postdoctoral associate's project will be to systematically analyze the environmental conditions necessary to make successful transfer of in vitro grown hybrid hazelnut, a promising new crop for Minnesota, to the greenhouse and field. See posting for more information >
Cataloging Internship: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library seeks a graduate student for an unpaid internship opportunity in cataloging. They will be offering one current MLS student or recent graduate an opportunity to gain experience in cataloging and a greater understanding to the multi-faceted workings of a small museum library. Summer internships are full-time, four days per week Monday-Thursday, in addition to Friday seminars. If interested, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Jillian Suarez, Assistant Librarian.