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Engaging-U: March 9, 2009


$100,000 for Food Systems Planning in Southeast Minnesota
The UM Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (http://www.regionalpartnerships.umn.edu) and the U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute (http://www.hfhl.umn.edu) are announcing a $100,000 Request for Proposals to support a University research project that utilizes novel analytical approaches to strengthen the infrastructure of regional food systems in the southeast region of the state.

RFP at https://netfiles.umn.edu/users/tegtm003/www/HFHL_SERSDP_RFP09final.doc.

Indicate interest as soon as possible by emailing Erin Meier at tegtm003@umn.edu. Exploratory meetings for potential applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 10-11:30, at the Humphrey Institute (room tbd) and Friday, April 3, 1-2:30 ( St. Paul campus location tbd).

Summer Institute for Civic Studies, Boston, MA

Tufts Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service in Boston July 13-24, 2009. The primary audience for participants is Ph.D. graduate students across disciplines for the institute itself, and a public audience for the concluding public conference on "The Obama' Administration's Civic Agenda after Six Months," Friday July 24.

Please encourage interested students to apply. The framing document is here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=710. The home page and application are here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=714 with links to the schedule and some of the constituting theoretical and practical traditions. The concluding public conference is described here http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=715


Land Use and a Changing Biosphere, Dr. Jonathon Foley

March 25, 2009, 3:30 pm
Saint Anthony Falls Lab Auditorium

People often view land use as a local environmental issue, but it is fast becoming a matter of global importance. The need to provide food, fiber, water and shelter for more than 6 billion people is driving changes to the world’s forests, farmlands, waterways and atmosphere. Such changes have enabled humans to utilize a
greater share of the planet’s resources, but they have the potential to weaken the capacity of ecosystems needed to sustain a healthy environment. In this seminar, I will describe new work that is aiming to document and understand changes to the world’s land systems, to improve our ability to balance human needs with environmental stewardship, and to foster the long-term security of landscapes across the globe.

Graduate Student Workshops

Identifying Job Options and Conducting a Search in a Tough Economy
Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: 275 Nicholson Hall
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=206

AND (repeat session)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: 230 Anderson Hall
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=207

Please choose one of the dates from above to attend. The workshop will
cover the job search process from start to offer. It will address
conducting a self-assessment, planning, knowing your options,
relationship-building and offer negotiations. There will be break-out
sessions for the academic and non-academic search.

CV/Résumé Building and Formatting for Academia and Industry
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/register.asp?id=208

This workshop is for graduate students at all stages of their programs
planning to seek faculty positions or careers in industry and private
organizations. The presentation will cover the difference between the CV
and résumé; essential components; what employers seek; and competitively
packaging your skills. The last 90 minutes of the session will be for
CV/résumé critique. Participants seeking feedback should bring their
CV/résumé to the workshop.

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