Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Synthesist: November 3, 2015


Graduate Education Spotlight

2015 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

The University of Minnesota Distinguished Master's Thesis Award has been awarded to Alexandra Draper for her thesis Pelvic Limb Movement Disorders in Horses. She received her M.S. degree in veterinary medicine in July 2013 under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Valberg. In addition to receiving a $500 honorarium from the Graduate School, Draper will compete for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS). Congratulations, Alexandra!

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Research Interviewing Methods Workshop

The next Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (ASIGG) event will take place on Monday, November 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Mercy Learning Lab (D325, Mayo Building). This event will focus on research interviewing methods and feature Dr. Rosalie Kane from the School of Public Health, a renowned gerontologist who has conducted numerous large qualitative and mixed methods studies. This event is strongly recommended for students who are participating in the evidence project, but everyone is welcome. Please register in advance so we can order enough pizza! Please email coa@umn.edu for more information about the ASIGG or to get involved.

Global Health Day is November 19

Global Health Day is November 19 at 11 a.m. in the Mayo Auditorium. The keynote video address, Health Without Boundaries: Global Health and Inter-professional Education, will be delivered by Dr. Julio Frenk, noted leader in global public health, followed by a panel discussion, Global Health Poster Session, and networking reception. Learn more

Can hybrid cooperation make Arctic offshore drilling safer?

The rapid pace of Arctic melting has made the region’s massive oil and gas resources increasingly accessible. Hari Osofsky, IonE resident fellow, faculty director of the Energy Transition Lab and professor in the Law School, will examine examples of hybrid cooperation as a critical tool for addressing regulatory and governance challenges in the expanding Arctic frontier. Instances of transnational, national and subnational levels of cooperation will illuminate possible pathways forward in "Can hybrid cooperation make Arctic offshore drilling safer?" Join us for a public talk on November 4, 2015 from 12-1 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. More information

When does conservation mean killing?

Invasive species are a global issue with direct impacts on biodiversity. Protecting biodiversity through conservation can be an inexact science and a dirty proposition in a race against time — a high stakes contest to save species, protect populations and preserve biodiversity. Julia Ponder, executive director of the Raptor Center and assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will explore ethical questions such as, When is it right to kill one species to protect another? and, Who picks the winners and losers? in "When does conservation mean killing?" Join us for a public talk on November 11, 2015 from 12-1 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. More information

Employment & Funding Opportunities

U of M Thesis Research Travel Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 for domestic research and up to $5,000 for international research available to Ph.D. students who have completed a minimum of one academic year of graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Travel must be completed by December 31, 2016. Deadline: Noon, December 8, 2015 (There is only one application deadline for 2015-16). More information

The College Affordability Guide: How to Pay for Grad School

This website provides information on affordable colleges and universities throughout the United States. The "How to Pay for Grad School" section includes information about the many ways to finance a graduate degree.

Renewable Development Fund RFP

Institute on the Environment is accepting proposals for Renewable Development Fund grants for research related to the generation of renewable electricity in Minnesota. Submit letter of intent by Monday, November 23, 2015, 5 p.m. Download the RFP