Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Synthesist: March 3, 2015


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Bryan StevensonGuy Stanton Ford Lecture: Bryan Stevenson on "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference"

Bryan Stevenson – attorney, human rights activist, leader in the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S., Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy – will speak at this year's Guy Stanton Ford Lecture. Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. His electrifying TED talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over one million times. April 7, 2015 | 2 p.m. | Northrop Auditorium | Cost: Free; open to the public. More information >

Interdisciplinary Commons: Dialogue with the Dean

Have you experienced opportunities or events that have contributed in positive ways to your progress as an interdisciplinary graduate student? Or, have you experienced a barrier or challenge to your interdisciplinary graduate education, or to your interdisciplinary research or scholarship? Maybe you have thought about ways to enhance interdisciplinary graduate education and are keen to share these? Whatever your experience or ideas, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Henning Schroeder would like to hear from you! Graduate students are cordially invited to share their interdisciplinary experiences and ideas with him over lunch. The first half hour will be devoted to a networking lunch among graduate students, followed by an hour-long conversation with Henning Schroeder. Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Location: 140 Nolte Center. Space is limited and registration is required.

Boreas Leadership Program Special Guest: Conversation with the Executive Director of Hmong American Farmer's Association

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is doing great work in Minnesota with one of the state’s more recent immigrant groups, including community organizing and capacity building with Hmong Americans. At this booya, we’ll get the chance to learn with the founder of HAFA, Pakou Hang. From her childhood spent picking cucumbers for a pickle company and working farmers markets, to degrees from Yale and the UMN, to years of community organizing experience, Pakou brings a wealth of perspectives that we’re excited to hear at this week’s booya. Thursday, March 5 | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Institute on the Environment Commons. Join us for a conversation about culture, food, leadership, and community impact.

Is Drawing Down Aquifers Really So Bad?

Groundwater is a crucial resource in Minnesota and around the world. You might drink groundwater every day — close to 70 percent of Minnesotans do. And you’re probably eating groundwater as well — groundwater supplies about 40 percent of irrigated agriculture worldwide. But what’s the right way to manage this resource? Kate Brauman, lead scientist for IonE’s Global Water Initiative; Steve Polasky, project lead for the IonE’s Natural Capital Project and IonE resident fellow; Sherry Enzler, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources general counsel; and Perry M. Jones, U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist, will discuss the implications — good and bad — of using, and sometimes using up, the water beneath our feet. March 4, Noon - 1 p.m., Institute on the Environment. Free and open to the public; no registration required. More information >

Graduate & Professional Education SpotlightAlexa Weingarden

Alexa Weingarden: Exploring How Gut Microbes Affect Our Health

Most of us don't think about the myriad microorganisms living in harmony in our guts – until something upsets this delicate balance, causing bacteria to grow out of control and make us sick. Doctoral Dissertation Fellow Alexa Weingarden is passionate about understanding and fighting these microorganisms. Learn more about her research >rganisms living in harmony in our guts – until something upsets this delicate balance, causing bacteria to grow out of control and make us sick. Doctoral Dissertation Fellow Alexa Weingarden is passionate about understanding and fighting these microorganisms. Learn more about her research >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education Announces Fellowship Opportunities for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

ed-gov-hatThe Fiscal Year 2015 competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) was announced in the Federal Register on February 27, 2015. The due date for submitting applications is April 28, 2015. A pre-application webinar is scheduled for March 11, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Washington, DC time. Register for the FY 2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad webinar by Monday, March 9th.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Funding Opportunities for Graduate & Professional Students

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites graduate and professional student proposals to fund research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health and that seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement. Proposals are due 5pm, April 17, 2015. Learn more >

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Positions at BloodCenter of Wisconsin

BloodCenter of Wisconsin, an internationally recognized leader in vascular biology, thrombosis and hemostasis, immunobiology, transfusion medicine and stem cell/hematopoiesis research, is seeking outstanding candidates to fill NIH-funded Postdoctoral Training Grant positions at its Blood Research Institute (BRI). The BRI provides state-of-the-art facilities, and offers an excellent environment for scientific interaction and interdisciplinary collaboration. View Current Opportunities or email Portlynne Joseph at postdoc@bcw.edu for more information.

Applications for the Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship Program due March 11

The 2015-2016 Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, allows Fellows to access and utilize integrated, child and family-level administrative data. More information >

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Career Networking EventCareer Networking Event for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Researchers and Alumni

Meet representatives from industry, business, government and non-profits – up to 80 companies and organizations are expected to attend. Friday, March 27, 2015 | 9:00 -11:30 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center. More information >

New Data Repository for U of M

The U Libraries has recently launched the Data Repository for U of M (DRUM). It is both a place to discover U of M data to use in your own research and an archive to deposit data associated with a grant, project, thesis or dissertation. Learn more about how we can help you find, manage, preserve, and share data.

Advising Corner

Tips for Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants

The Academic Civility Work Group has developed guides for understanding expectations, roles and responsibilities for RAs, Research Faculty, TAs and Instructors: Tips for RAs and Research Faculty and Tips for TAs and Instructors.

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Tips and Advice on Securing Funds for your Interdisciplinary Research

  • Are you having trouble securing funds for your brilliant interdisciplinary research?
  • Do you feel stuck while writing that grant proposal?
  • Are you so overwhelmed that you don't even know where to start looking for funding opportunities?

Check out this recap from the February 6th Interdisciplinary Commons for tips on funding interdisciplinary research >

Global Operations

Are you conducting research abroad? Do you employ staff overseas? Are you or do you know someone who is struggling with questions about international tax, legal, or other issues? Global Operations can help! Global Operations is a service available to University faculty and staff undertaking research, projects, or programs abroad to assess issues, provide advice, and reduce internal infrastructure barriers. Global Operations has worked on more than 45 cases involving 25 different countries with over 20 PIs from over 18 colleges and departments across campus! Check out the Global Operations website for more information.