Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Synthesist: October 20, 2015


Graduate Education Spotlight

Tapping into University expertise to improve sustainability in industry

MnTAP provides free, in-depth feedback to companies looking to maximize their energy and water use as well as reduce waste and harmful emissions. In 2014 alone, process recommendations from MnTAP saved over 27 million gallons of water, 333,000 lbs of solid waste, and 6.0 million kWh of energy, which is enough to power over 700 Minnesota homes for one year. Learn more about how MnTAP is helping these companies build a cleaner and more sustainable Minnesota.

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Cultural Critique: The State of Things

Cultural Critique, a journal of culture, theory, and politics, published here by the University of Minnesota Press, is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with a symposium on "The State of Things" October 23-24. Special guest speakers include Jacqueline Rose, David Marriott, and Jodi Dean. For more information and a full schedule of the symposium, visit https://goo.gl/Ie9dzu.

“Killing it” in 3 Ways: Using Storytelling, Design and Acting Techniques to Improve Presentations

Are you a graduate student interested in improving your presentations, whether for a class, a professional conference or your college’s “Three Minute Thesis” competition? Are you—or will you soon be—on the job market, where you will need to communicate your research/scholarly work? If so, this workshop is for you. This interactive workshop will bring together professionals from storytelling, graphic design, and theatre to introduce you to skills that will help you communicate your research to others in a clear, compelling and effective presentation. November 10, 2015 | 3-5 p.m. | Lindahl Founders Room, Northrop | Register | Questions? Email gradoii@umn.edu

An Introduction to Team-Based Idea Generation

This workshop is a condensed version of a design process. It includes framing a problem, team-based warm-up games, team-based idea generation, idea sorting and selection, and pitching ideas. The participants work in small teams and the activities have supplementary animated slides. The workshop stresses the importance of rapid iteration, quantity of ideas, and collaboration. This workshop is intended for graduate students from all disciplines who are interested in learning how to spark the creative process and generate great ideas in team settings. Presented by Barry Kudrowitz, Ph.D., Program Director, Product Design; Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel (College of Design).  Friday, October 23, 10–11:30 a.m. | Location: 101 Walter Library Register

Come early! Are you interested in meeting graduate students from other fields and learning about their research, scholarship and creative work?  Join other graduate students for informal networking over bagels, juice and coffee prior to the workshop: 9:15 –10 a.m., 101 Walter Library

Can we save biodiversity from climate change?

Conservation biology is charged with deploying science to stem the tide of biodiversity loss. A new threat building steam, climate change, is expected to be a dominant force molding species distribution and ecosystem composition in the coming decades. Jessica Hellmann, IonE director and Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in CBS, will delve into some of the unique features of climate change that invite us to consider new conservation tools that must be evaluated scientifically as well as economically and ethically. Frontiers in the Environment, October 21, 2015, 12-1 p.m. in Northrop's Best Buy Theater

How should we "green" our most vulnerable communities?

The environmental justice movement has drawn attention to the impacts of pollution and dis-amenities such as factories on low-income and traditionally marginalized populations in urban areas. For people in these communities, the environment may seem like a liability rather than an asset. Bonnie Keeler, lead scientist of IonE's Natural Capital Project; Kate Derickson, CLA professor; and Kenya McKnight Ahad, Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board member, explore the evidence for links between urban nature and the health and well-being of urban residents and what this means for the greening of neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Frontiers in the Environment, October 28, 2015, 12-1 p.m. in IonE R380

Global Health Case Competition Information Session

The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of students to collaboratively analyze a real-world global health challenge with the goal of providing helpful strategic recommendations to move the case subject forward efficiently and effectively. Teams of four to six students present their recommendations to an expert panel of judges. If you are interested in participating in the 2016 U of M Global Health Case Competition - either as a competitor, a coach, or a judge - consider joining us for an Information Session on October 23, 2015.


New location for Graduate Student Services & Progress starting November 9

Beginning November 9, the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) team will offer its services at the One Stop Student Services center located in Bruininks Hall. Graduate and professional students and others who need to speak with GSSP staff in-person should visit the One Stop in Bruininks Hall for assistance. The GSSP office in 160 Williamson Hall will have limited service (no walk in service; available via email and phone) after Wednesday, November 4 for the move and re-open with full service in its new location on November 9. You may continue to contact GSSP at 612-625-3490 or gssp@umn.edu

First Meeting: Graduate & Professional Student Parent Support Group

  • Tuesday, November 3 | Drop-in: 12-2 p.m. | 251 Appleby Hall
  • Meet other graduate & professional student parents
  • Discuss possible topics for support group engagement and meeting frequency
  • Share tips and resources
  • Brown bag; coffee and tea served

For more information, contact Lauren at mitch938@umn.edu or Nicole at carda028@umn.edu

Employment & Funding Opportunities

Symantec Research Labs now accepting applications for 2016 fellowship

Symantec Research Labs will be offering multiple one year fellowship awards for Ph.D. students pursuing innovative research related to information security, cloud, and availability. It provides up to $20,000 that may be used to cover one year of the student's tuition fees and to reimburse research expenses incurred by the student. Symantec will also award all fellowship recipients a separate salaried internship with Symantec. The application deadline is December 4, 2015. Full details are available on the Symantec website.

Insight Data Science Fellows Program

Insight is now accepting applications for January 2016 sessions. Insight is an intensive, seven week postdoctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and a career in data science. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, and with a growing network across the country, the program enables scientists to learn the industry specific skills needed to work in the growing field of big data at leading companies. Application deadline is October 26, 2015. Learn more and apply.