Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Synthesist: October 28, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

What Is the Role of the Environment in This Year’s Minnesota Elections?

David Gillette, Special Correspondent, Twin Cities Public Television; Amy Koch, Small Business Owner and Former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader; and Mark Andrew, President, Greenmark will discuss this question as part of the Institute on the Environment's Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions series. Wednesday, October 29 from Noon - 1 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences. More information >

Interdisciplinary Commons: Information resources and strategies to support your interdisciplinary dissertation research

Working in interdisciplinary arenas presents extra challenges for identifying relevant prior research to inform the work and produce that all-important literature review. Designing a broad yet targeted search requires choosing resources with appropriate scope, creating effective ways to mine those resources, and figuring out how to manage the results. In this session, a panel of librarians specializing in interdisciplinary subjects across a wide variety of fields will share their recommendations for tools, databases, and strategies for finding good information around interdisciplinary research topics.  Ample time for Q&A with the panelists will follow in a casual atmosphere. Presented by University Libraries in partnership with the Graduate School as part of the Interdisciplinary Commons. Friday, November 7, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Nolte Center. Register >

Demystifying the Dissertation Writing Process

This workshop is specifically designed for first-year PhD students across disciplines. The workshop has three objectives: (1) to clarify the role of the dissertation in the context of the overall doctoral process; (2) to identify the general components of a dissertation; and (3) to provide perspectives on successfully completing the dissertation. Friday, November 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 5 Blegen Hall. Presented by Dr. Noro Andriamanalina, Office for Diversity in Graduate Education and Dr. Scott Slattery, Graduate Medical Education. More information/register >

LinkedIn and Twitter Can Make or Break Your Job Search

Social media plays a critical role in the way we search for jobs, position ourselves online, and make meaningful professional connections. Join Nadine Babu (B.S.B. ‘00, M.B.A. ‘11) for a webinar exploring practical tips on how to leverage LinkedIn and Twitter for career and job search purposes. Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. More information/register >

Pro Advice 101: Career Tips from the U of M Alumni Network

Alumni and students are invited to a lively networking opportunity and interactive presentation that will address some of today’s toughest professional etiquette, networking, and on-the-job questions, based on feedback from the 445,000+ strong University of Minnesota alumni community. Advice on how to negotiate salary, navigate food/beverage etiquette, avoid fatal job search mistakes, network with confidence, handle embarrassing questions, and more! Appetizers and non-alcohol beverages will be served. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Registration / Open Networking; 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. – Program. Register >

Cracks in the Wall: 25 Years After Berlin

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this symposium asks how performance can animate representational ruptures in three walled (or previously walled) sites: Berlin, Israel/Palestine, and along the US/Mexico border. November 6, 4:00 p.m., Tom and Ellie Crosby Room, Northrop Auditorium. Free and open to the public. More information >

Today: Discover INCREDIBLE INDIA on Acara's global seminar to Bangalore in May 2015

Join us for lunch and learn about an exciting study abroad opportunity to discover grand challenges and entrepreneurial solutions in India in May 2015. During the info session, on Tuesday October 28, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Mechanical Engineering 1130, we'll enjoy tasty Indian cuisine, have a panel discussion with past participants, and review the May 2015 program. All UMN upper-level undergrads and grad students are welcome to participate! RSVP to brianb@umn.edu.

Emerging Technologies: Electroencephalography

All are invited to register for the Center for Cognitive Sciences’ Emerging Technologies Workshop on electroencephalography (EEG). The day begins with discussion of how EEG works and it’s uses, and ends with a hands-on session which will illustrate how you, too, can use this neural recording technique in your research. The event is December 5, 2014 from 9-4. Free lunch provided. For more information visit cogsci.umn.edu/eeg_workshop.shtml. Register at z.umn.edu/njf by Nov. 7 (extended deadline)!

International Collaborative Research Forum: Insights and Resources

International collaborative research plays a key role in contemporary universities—from addressing global grand challenges to forming boundary-crossing research networks and partnerships. International collaboration drives innovative scholarly inquiry in many fields. The University of Minnesota will host a one-day forum on October 31, offering insights from experienced international collaborative researchers and funders. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Register >

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Learning to Hear

Cochlear implants can make a major difference in the lives of people with severe to profound hearing loss, allowing them to perceive the sensation of sound. But understanding speech with implants can be challenging. Speech-language hearing sciences PhD student Sharon Miller is researching how to improve language and speech acquisition for people with cochlear implants. Read more about Miller's dissertation research >

PhD Student in Nursing Receives American Nurses Foundation Award

PhD student Marjorie Webb, DNP, was awarded $29,000 for her research “The Relationship of Resting Cardiopulmonary Function to Maximal and Submaximal Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Older Patients with Heart Failure” from the American Nurses Foundation. The purpose of this study is to determine whether resting measurements can be used to predict outcomes for people with heart failure, assess whether symptoms are being managed well and assess whether treatments are working in older patients with heart failure. Congratulations, Marjorie!

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The Pickering Fellowship helps talented students – highly motivated and academically excellent graduating seniors or college graduates – who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. 2015 Fellows will receive financial support of up to $37,500 annually. Learn more & apply >

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award

The Graduate School has been invited to nominate one master's student and one doctoral student for the Excellence in Teaching Award, administered by the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS). The competition is open to all graduate students who have teaching appointments and who are enrolled in a member institution at the time of application. Each graduate program is invited to nominate one master's student and one doctoral student. Email the Graduate School Dean's Office, gsdean@umn.edu, for details about how to submit a nomination. Nominations are due to the Graduate School on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.


Graduate Student Experience in the Research University (GradSERU): Make your voice heard!

On October 27, 2014, all graduate students on the Twin Cities campus received an invitation to participate in the GradSERU survey. Results from this survey will be used primarily to identify areas of strengths and to reveal the challenges you have encountered so that the University can focus attention and resources to help improve the graduate education experience. GradSERU will serve as the only comprehensive survey for graduate students on the Twin Cities campus so it is important that you make your voice heard by taking the time to complete the survey!

Reminder: Student International Travel Requirements

University policy on Student Travel and Education Abroad: Health & Safety requires all students, including graduate and professional students, who travel outside the U.S. for University-purposes (travel by students that is affiliated with the University in any way), who are not working through Carlson Global InstituteLearning Abroad Center, or one of the education abroad offices on the coordinate campuses (CrookstonDuluth or Morris), to register their travel and complete all corresponding requirements through the International Travel Registry for Students. One of these requirements is obtaining approval prior to departure from the University’s International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) if traveling to countries under a CDC/US DOS travel warning.

Advising Corner

Be an Active Bystander

Have you witnessed hostile, intimidating, or threatening behavior? Bystanders have an important role to play in improving the learning and working conditions at the University. If you see something, say something. Learn more about what it means to be an active bystander, and how you can help >