Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Synthesist: September 30, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help: Storms may well be natural phenomenon, but humans have an uncanny ability to exacerbate their own vulnerability to them by shortsighted engineering projects, undue faith in technology, poor decision-making processes that encourage development in the floodplain, and federal, state, and local subsidies. Lecture presented by Sandra Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska. Thursday, October 9, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Auditorium. Event details: http://environment.umn.edu/events/

From Proposal to Bookshelves: Survival Guide to Manuscript Publishing in the Humanities: How can you write a proposal that will survive the trip from the mail room to the editor’s desk? Did you ever wonder what editors look for when reading proposals? How do you know what press would be best for you? How do you find an editor who will appreciate your work? What questions should you ask about the production and marketing of your manuscript? Dr. Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisitions Editor at SUNY Press, will speak on this topic on October 6, 2014 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Nolte Library. Free; no registration required. Event details >

Free Workshops to Help You Get Organized: Attend U Libraries in-person and online workshops including "Apps to Keep Organized and Take Notes" (Thur, 10/2, 6pm to 7pm), "Managing Your Research Data" (Tues, 10/14, 2pm to 3pm) and more. See more and register at https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.

3M Seminar: Securing Intellectual Property: This 2-hour session will provide an overview of intellectual property and suggest procedures for cost-effectively securing IP assets within science and technology related businesses. Tuesday, September 30, 4-6pm, Carlson School Executive Conference Center. RSVP >

Frontiers in the Environment Seminar Series: This fall, Frontiers in the Environment will ask some BIG QUESTIONS and host solutions-focused conversations about the next wave of research and discovery. Held at noon on Wednesdays in St. Paul or online, each session includes a lively 30-minute discussion followed by Q&A and a networking reception. Talks are free and open to the public – please join us! Seminar schedule >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices 

University Leaders Issue Statement on Interdisciplinarity in Graduate Education and Research: Leaders of graduate institutions from 14 countries have agreed on a set of principles supporting interdisciplinary learning in graduate education. The statement was released at the conclusion of the Eighth Annual Global Summit on Graduate Education, “Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Education and Research,” co-hosted by CGS and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Global Summit is an annual event designed to promote international best practices in master’s and doctoral education. Read more >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

COGS Grant Announcements: The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is now accepting grant applications for Fall 2014. A variety of grants are available to fund conference travel, professional development opportunities, or intellectual and social community building events. Applicants must be COGS fee-paying graduate students in order to be eligible to apply. For guidelines and deadlines, please visit http://www.cogs.umn.edu/Grants.html or email COGS.

CIC Smithsonian  Fellowship: The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) 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 >

Institute on the Environment-DOW SISCA Challenge: Are you a grad student with an interdisciplinary project that exhibits potential for solving world challenges and involves innovative thinking and excellence in research? Dow and the University of Minnesota are sponsoring the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) to recognize and reward student innovation and research that encourage and promote sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. This competition, only open to UMN graduate and professional students, offers a $10,000 grand prize and a $2,500 runner-up prize. Deadline is Oct. 31. How to Apply > 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. The program provides three years of support for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds. Learn more >

Inter-American Foundation Fellowship Competition: IAF fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. The Inter-American Foundation expects to award up to 15 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships in 2015. Application deadline: January 20, 2015. Learn more >


Focus groups on Graduate Student Bill of Rights: Do you have an opinion of the current graduate student experience at the U of MN? Do you want a venue for expressing your expectations of how graduate students should be treated and regarded concerning their multiple roles as students, teachers and junior colleagues? The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is currently writing a Graduate Student Bill of Rights and invites you to join us for a focus group session where we will discuss what should be included in this document and edit the current working document. Focus group sessions will be held in Elliott Hall S204 on October 7 at 10-11am, October 8 at 2-3pm, & October 9 at 1-2pm. Please register at z.umn.edu/studentrights so that we know to expect you!

Register to Vote at the ULibraries: Register to vote at any campus library or online! Complete a registration form by 10/14 and we will delivered it to the MN Secretary of State's office. Pledge to vote and win an iTunes card. Visit https://www.lib.umn.edu/vote

Advising Corner

Preparing for a Difficult Conversation: You have a problem with your program, your advisor, or your advisee. Maybe you feel that another student is being favored at your expense. Perhaps you need to tell an advisee that progress to date is unacceptable. What do you do? Should you schedule a face-to-face conversation? If so, how do you prepare? How do you conduct this potentially awkward discussion? Learn how to prepare for a difficult conversation >