Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Synthesist: November 11, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Helping Children Connect to the Natural World

These days, kids spend more time staring at a computer monitor or playing with electronic games than they do interacting with nature. Cathy Jordan will address questions such as: What effect does this have on children's well-being and, ultimately, the well-being of our planet? What are the benefits of connecting children to nature? What can urban planners, landscape architects, educators and parents do to foster engagement between children and the natural world? Nov. 12, noon - 1pm., Institute on the Environment, St. Paul and online via UMConnect. Learn more >

Triage Without Borders: A talk by Peter Redfield

The humanitarian variant of triage acts in the name of saving lives rather than other interests, e.g., furthering social cohesion, economic efficiency or waging war. Using the example of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) this talk explores the tensions of trying to extend this medical logic to a global scale. November 20, 2014, at 3:00pm, 125 Nolte Center. More info >

Interdisciplinary Commons: Strategic Mentoring for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student

Part of being successful in graduate school is forming mentoring relationships with faculty and staff who can contribute to a student's academic and professional development.  Developing a strong network of support is even more crucial for students with an interdisciplinary focus. Friday, November 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Location: 140 Nolte Center. About the ID Commons | Details > | Register >

Interdisciplinary Commons: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Differentiate yourself as a great leader of interdisciplinary teams and/or organizations. In this workshop we’ll discuss why emotional intelligence (EQ) is so important, explore how it impacts our success, and discuss a few simple but powerful practices we can adopt to enhance our own influence and impact in teams of all types. Friday, December 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Location: 125 Nolte Center (Nolte Library).  About the ID Commons | Details > | Register >

Co-Lab Launches the Operational Excellence Contest

Co-Lab, a collaborative student group on campus for students from all disciplines, in partnership with Minnesota Student Association is announcing the Operational Excellence (OPEX) contest. OPEX is a campus-wide contest encouraging students to contribute to the University of Minnesota’s ongoing sustainability efforts by coming up with ingenious ideas that will help the university be more efficient and cut expenses. All students are encouraged to post their ideas on EchoSpot, or simply provide feedback and vote for their favorite idea. Postings are open until Jan 26th, when finalists will be named. Then the best ideas will be showcased Feb. 18, 2014, and the winner will be awarded $1,500. More info >

The Minnesota Social Impact Center Launch

Institute on the Environment's Acara program is pleased to announce our partnership and collaboration with the newly-formed Minnesota Social Impact Center (MSIC). As Acara develops a steady stream of young people intent on creating social and environmental change, they, along with many others, need a place to work, gather, learn and create community. The MSIC is intended to help to fill that gap in Minnesota. This launch event is a celebration to advance social entrepreneurship and innovation in Minnesota. Come to learn, engage, and network with change-makers from all sectors: business, government, nonprofits, education, technology, and philanthropy. Wednesday, November 12, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Kagin Commons at Macalester College in St. Paul. Tickets and founding memberships: http://socialimpact.mn.

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Renowned Research

UMD Chemistry Student Mike Fealey and UM Anthropology Student Michele Stillinger receive Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards

Graduate School Updates

Panel Presentation and Information Session on Interdisciplinary Graduate Groups

Faculty and graduate students interested in forming and funding a new Interdisciplinary Graduate Group are cordially invited to attend a panel presentation and information session: Tuesday, November 25, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., 101 Walter Library (light refreshments will be provided). A call for funding proposals will be circulated in early December. Visit the IDGG website for more information.

Funding/Employment Opportunities

The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Symantec is accepting applications for its 2015 Fellowship Program. The SRL Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec. Details >


Graduate Student Bill of Rights

The Council of Graduate Students invites the greater university community to provide feedback on its draft copy of the document. Because issues addressed in this bill of rights are pertinent to the tenure of graduate students with GRD designation at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, COGS finds it important to gain input from the university community directly. Please review the draft of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights, and send the council any comments, concerns, or suggestions by November 24.

Emerging Leaders in Science in Society

Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) recruits graduate students to convene local and national stakeholders around complex challenges like sustainability and mental health. Their goal is to build an interdisciplinary community of emerging leaders who understand the needs of society and collaborate across boundaries to help address them. Right now, They're looking to add more universities to the ELISS community! Want the University of Minnesota to be considered? Sign up online and tell them why.

Research Opportunity for Health Sciences Students

Doctoral or professional health sciences students (PhD, DDS, DNP, MD, PharmD) with an interest in research are encourage to apply for the Summer Advanced Research Program. The program from the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Center for Health Equity (CHE) provides a weekly stipend, a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly research seminars, and a final presentation of research. Learn more or apply by Feb. 6, 2015: z.umn.edu/arp2015.

Advising Corner

Missing in Academics: How to Handle Student Absences & Academic Leaves

Over the course of their professional and graduate studies, students may face academic and personal challenges. Some issues may be handled without interruption to the student's studies. Other matters require time off. This best practices tool is designed to help advisers navigate the uncertainties related to absences and academic leaves.

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

National Science Board Report: STEM Education and Workforce Data

The National Science Board (NSB) has released an interactive, online resource featuring new and updated data and graphics about STEM education and workforce in the U.S., providing facts on topics such as student proficiency, college degrees in STEM fields, and jobs in science-related occupations. View the report >