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October 27, 2011

An Update from the Office for Public Engagement: A Community-Campus Network Event

Date: November 2, 12:00-1:30 PM

Open Discussion: How do we keep from overwhelming the community with requests? How can we coordinate our work with community partners to prevent community overload?

Location: 300 Morrill Hall
(for a map, go to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MorH/)

RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Mark your calendar for future CCN Events from 12:00-1:30PM on the following dates: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2

October 26, 2011

Call for Applications: Quadrant Fellowships 2012-2013

Scholars pursuing interdisciplinary work are invited to apply for a semester-long Quadrant Fellowship at the University of Minnesota to be held in academic year 2012-2013. Quadrant is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Submission deadline for complete applications is November 17, 2011. Electronic submission is preferred. Paper submissions must be postmarked by November 17, 2011.

During their semester in residence at the IAS in Minneapolis, fellows will receive a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on rank and experience. Fellowships include medical and dental coverage. At the IAS, fellows will participate in weekly lunches and public lectures with a lively interdisciplinary community that includes University of Minnesota fellows and other Quadrant fellows. They will also be involved in at least one of Quadrant's research and publishing collaboratives: Design, Architecture, and Culture; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. Fellows will give a public lecture and will present a work-in-progress in a workshop setting with their Quadrant collaborative group or groups. In addition, they will work directly with an editor from the University of Minnesota Press to develop their manuscripts for submission.

All applications must be either postmarked or submitted online via PDF by November 17, 2011. Fellowship offers will be made in spring semester 2012, pending renewal of funding.

If you have questions, please contact the Quadrant Coordinator, Anne Carter at cart0227@umn.edu

For more information and further application details visit the Institute for Advanced Study Website

Blacks Graduate and Professional Student Association

The University of Minnesota Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) cordially invite you to our 1st Bridging the Gap Scholars' Dialogue. The BGAPSA Scholar's Dialogue will provide an opportunity for Black graduate students to present to other graduate students, faculty, and community members ongoing and completed research and analysis of topics relating to Health and the African Diaspora. The event will be held at the Urban Research and Outreach Center located on 2001 Plymouth Avenue, North Minneapolis, MN 55411. The Dialogue will take place on Tuesday November 8, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm. Refreshments prior to the dialogue form 5:00pm-5:30pm.

The discussion will take place between two very talented graduate students:

- Dotty Gondwe is a Second -year student in the Masters of Epidemiology Program. She will be presenting research from her Master's thesis "Examining Recent Changes (2004-2008) in Sexual risk Behaviors for HIV Infection among Persons Ages 15-49".

- Saundra Crump is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing. She has recently defended her dissertation on "African-American Seniors' Perspectives on Advance Care Planning". Crump will share her research finding from her completed dissertation. Saundra Crump is the first African American to defend her dissertation in the School of Nursing.

Again, BGAPSA is excited our Bridging the Gap Scholars' Dialogue. We hope that you will join us in this pivotal event. Please invite family members, friends, and colleagues. If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact Nnabuchi Akpeh at 651-278-5539 or akpeh002@umn.edu. Our organization sincerely looks forward to seeing you at the panel.

October 19, 2011

CURA Housing Forum


The CURA Housing Forum presents:
"Girls in the 'Hood: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids"

The federal Moving to Opportunity Demonstration offered families from distressed public housing in five cities vouchers to help them move to low poverty communities. The hope was that living in better neighborhoods with more resources would help these families improve their life chances. Drawing on the recent book, Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to End Ghetto Poverty, this talk will examine how this experiment affected the lives of the children who experienced it. In particular, it will focus on how neighborhood environments led to different outcomes for girls and boys.

Date and time:
October 31, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota
50 Willey Hall
225 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For further information and Sign Up visit here

Student Sustainability Symposium

The Institute on the Environment presents the first ever University of Minnesota Student Sustainability Symposium. A great opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the University to discuss their current or proposed research with other students, sustainability faculty and staff.

Located in the Vocational and Technical Education Building on the St. Paul Campus, the symposium will begin at 2:30 pm with a keynote address from Leo
Raudys, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs for Best Buy. The
student poster presentations will follow and go until 6:00 pm.

Registration is required.

For more information visit here.

October 12, 2011

Twin Cities Urban Sustainability Forum

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The Forum will highlight emerging outcomes of sustainability re-search and cutting edge trends in sustainability practice and policy. Presentations by leading national and international speakers will address:

- Connecting urban ecosystem science with social and economic sustain-ability
- Federal and state-level sustainability policy
- Overcoming disconnects between sustainability research and practice

Insightful panels and networking opportunities will inform a translational research agenda - to ensure a closer connection between re-search priorities and urban sustainability practice. The event is funded by the McKnight Foundation, National Science Foundation, U of M Center for Transportation Studies, and U of M Center for Ur-ban and Regional Affairs.

Who should attend?
Planners, water and natural resource managers, engineers, urban ecologists, and others interested in urban sustainability practice or research.
Save the Date! Nov. 2-3, 2011
Twin Cities Urban Sustainability Forum

Cost: $25 general/$10 students
Registration is required and can be found at:

For more information visit: www.tcusforum.umn.edu