Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Synthesist: October 4, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Discovery Across Disciplines
October 13, 2016 | 12 – 2 p.m. Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Connect with people and ideas at Discovery Across Disciplines! Discovery Across Disciplines is a destination for students, researchers, faculty and industry leaders who are interested in crossing disciplinary lines to answer tough questions and advance breakthrough research. Sixty of the University of Minnesota’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes will be on-­hand to network and share their discoveries. Come explore, learn, connect and engage! For questions, contact Vicki Field (field001@umn.edu). More information.

Please RSVP by October 12.

Your Global Experience: Getting it Right
October 17, 2016 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Moos Tower Rm 2-118

Going abroad for a global health learning experience does not guarantee a successful experience for you or the host community. Success requires strategic planning and preparation. This interactive session for students as well as staff will provide tips and ideas for preparation. Hosted by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR). Learn more and register

Graduate School Seminar Series on Collaborative Leadership and Grand Challenges Research

The Graduate School Seminar Series on collaborative leadership and grand challenges research is intended to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world's most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.

Organizing Research on “Grand Challenges:” Transdisciplinary Approaches

October 25, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Walter Library, 402

Transdisciplinary research (TR) is a promising path to more effective management of complex “grand challenge” problems. We define TR as an integrated process of inquiry and action that addresses complex problems by integrating scholarly and practical knowledge across many societal sectors and levels of organization. In this seminar, we will examine and discuss the TR framework, and consider its application in practice, with a particular emphasis on the role of humanistic disciplines and democratic governance in TR. More information | Registration

Setting Up Teams for Success

November 8, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Walter Library, 402

Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to achieve results. But your actions in the first few weeks - some research suggests minutes - can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results. More information | Registration

New Universalisms: Aesthetics, Media, Politics

October 7-8, 2016 | University of Minnesota

A Graduate Student Conference at the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

Through this conference we encourage a continued discussion and critique of universalisms, including proposals towards new universalisms. We will feature talks on theoretical and historical investigations across disciplines, theories, methodologies, media, regions, and topics that address contemporary debates on the question of universalism(s) and the universal. Keynote speakers: Lauren Berlant (Univeristy of Chicago) and Tung-Hui Hu (University of Michigan). More information

Save the Date: Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Meeting

June 8-10, 2017 | University of Colorado, Denver

The University of Colorado and University of Michigan announced they will co-host the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT2) meeting in June, 2017, as a follow-up to discuss implementation of new models for graduate and postdoctoral education in the biosciences. Participation of up to 500 stakeholders from academia, the private sector, federal agencies, and private foundations will be invited. More information on session topics, logistics, and registration will be available at the conference website later this fall. For questions, contact David Engelke at david.engelke@ucdenver.edu.

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

Application deadline: December 1, 2016 | 5 p.m. EST

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. More information


Tax Withholding for International Students and Scholars

Important Notice Regarding Fellowships, Scholarships, and Other Departmental Awards and Tax Withholding for International Students and Scholars:
The University considers most grants, fellowships, scholarships and other financial awards to be taxable income, and 14% will be withheld from all new awards. For international students and scholars, this amount may be modified to comply with tax treaties between a student's or scholar's home country and the United States. More information is available on the University of Minnesota Tax Management Office's website for students at tax.umn.edu/Students_and_Parents.html


Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Lanyon, Dr. Gary Christenson, and Kyle Kroll, recipients of this year's Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Awards! COGS recognized Dr. Lanyon for his work helping graduate students apply for NSF fellowships, Dr. Christenson for his help advocating for student mental health, and Mr. Kroll for his efforts to expand postsecondary childcare grants to include grad students.  

Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Meetings 

All interested faculty and students are invited to participate in the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG). The MMIGG is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to exploring the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods. Activities include review of key concepts and issues in mixed methods, review and critique of a journal article with a mixed methods design/orientation, and discussion of individual projects and interests. Free pizza is provided! More information

Upcoming meetings

  • 10/2​6​/1​6 | Moos Tower 1-317 | 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • 11/30/16 | Moos Tower 1-317​ | 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • 12/28/16 | Weaver-Densford Hall 6-194 | 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to Joe Gaugler, PhD, Long-Term Care Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing, gaug0015@umn.edu | Ph 612-626-2485

Graduate student parent support group

Beginning October 11, the Graduate Student Parent Support Group meets every other Tuesday, in Appleby Hall, room 169. Drop in between 12-2 p.m. to chat and share resources with other grad students who have children. Lunch is provided! For more information contact Lauren Mitchell, mitch938@umn.edu.

Administrative policies under review

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) specifies when and if drones can be used on campus, identifies the physical locations where flight, if allowed, is permitted, and when use is subject to insurance restrictions. 

University State of Emergency: Human Resources Implications has been expanded to cover natural or human-caused disasters, the outbreak of pandemic illnesses, inclement weather, or other instances requiring suspension of service and/or closure of operations such as an emergency closing.

These policies are available for review and comment