Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Synthesist: October 6, 2015


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Discovery Across Disciplines: A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes

Are you a graduate student, postdoc or faculty member interested in finding ways to connect with others outside your department, college or graduate program around your scholarly and research interests? Do you want to learn more about some of the groundbreaking work being done at the University of Minnesota to solve some of the world's most challenging problems? Are you curious about the opportunities offered by the U's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes? You are invited to attend the fall 2015 Discovery Across Disciplines (DAD) showcase, an event designed to highlight University of Minnesota research, discovery and innovation. The DAD showcase will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. A complete list of exhibiting centers and institutes is available on the Discovery Across Disciplines website.

Shoud We Eat Meat?

The Frontiers in the Environment event series kicks off Wednesday, September 30 at 12 p.m. in St. Paul with "Should We Eat Meat?" Meat production and consumption have been blamed for everything from deforestation to water pollution. At the same time, carnivores have dug in their heels, promoting paleo diets and patronizing upscale charcuteries. Todd Reubold, director of IonE's communications team and Ensia; David Tilman, IonE resident fellow and professor in the College of Biological Sciences; Tracey Deutsch, professor in the College of Liberal Arts; and Katie Kasner, RD, LD, nutritionist/health coach at Boynton Health Service, will explore many big questions around the impacts of global meat production. IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, St. Paul Campus. www.environment.umn.edu/frontiers-in-the-environment/#meat

Why Do We Need Community Solar?

Solar energy is becoming competitive with natural gas for electricity production, placing the U.S. at a tipping point for solar to transform our energy landscape over the next few years. Kathryn Milun, IonE resident fellow and CLA professor at University of Minnesota Duluth, will discuss the role of community solar in the big picture of energy production, using examples from her fieldwork in Arizona and Minnesota and as founder and director of the community project, Solar Commons, in "Why do we need community solar? October 7, 12-1 p.m. | IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. http://environment.umn.edu/frontiers-in-the-environment/#solarcommunity

Global Health Day

Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health around the University of Minnesota to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. Global Health Day 2015 will take place on November 19 in the Mayo Auditorium. Submissions are now open for the Poster Session and Photo Contest.  Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/news-events/global-health-day

Employment & Funding Opportunities

2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. The award includes a stipend of $23,000, tuition, and subsidized health insurance. Find out how to apply

IonE Mini Grants RFP

IonE is now accepting proposals from interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students throughout the University of Minnesota system for Mini Grants of up to $3,000 each to spark new collaborations. Proposals are due October 4, and more information is available at http://environment.umn.edu/fellowships-grants/#minigrants

Lawrence Fellowship Program

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment. Application deadline: November 1, 2015

Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The goal of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in science, including college and university faculty, who have the responsibility to teach the next generation of scientists. Students are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Nomination deadline: November 19, 2015

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: International Student Research Fellowship for 2016-2017

The purpose of this fellowship is to support outstanding international graduate students who are ineligible for fellowship or training grant support through federal agencies, and whose research projects are in a biomedical or other discipline directly related to the life sciences. The University of Minnesota has been invited to submit 10 nominations for the 2016-17 competition.

Interested students must apply through the Graduate Fellowship Office to request University nomination. If awarded nomination, the student will be provided a link to complete the HHMI ISRF National Application in early 2016. U of M Internal Deadline: 12 p.m., October 14, 2015. More information

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger. We support students in every discipline. Fellows can receive up to $90,000 in support of their graduate education over two years. They also join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society. For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web info session or to apply, visit www.pdsoros.org