Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PA 8461 Global & US Perspective on Health & Mortality

There is plenty of space available in PA 8461 Global & US Perspectives on Health & Mortality. This is a 3 credit course offered this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45 pm. Here is the link to the ClassInfo page The course is not offered in the spring semester and will probably not be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year.

No previous background in health or demography needed.

This course fulfills concentration requirements in Social Policy, Advanced Policy Analysis, Global Policy, and the university wide graduate minor in population studies.

Course Description
The health of populations in developing and developed countries is very different. When crafting policies that aim to improve population health, it is crucial to know how to measure health and how to think about the health needs of the specific population in question. This course will provide an overview to the factors driving health, mortality, and aging across different populations. In addition, students will learn the best sources of data and measures to use to describe the health status of a population. Furthermore, students will be able to assess policy options that address the health of their population.

At the end of the course, students will know answers to questions such as:
What are the major causes of death in developed vs. developing nations?
Why is life expectancy at birth often used to describe the health of a population?
Will we continue to live longer or is there a limit to increases in life expectancy? And what are the implications of longer and healthier lives for the viability of social security and other public policies?
Will women always live longer than men?Grading

Student option, no audit.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Audrey M. Dorélien
Assistant Professor ~ Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Faculty Member ~ Minnesota Population Center

234 Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Nordic culture classes offered at Norway House

Norway House partners offer a wide variety of classes and opportunities to discover the Nordic culture. Learn more about time-honored traditions like baking krumkake, jewelry-making, language classes and more. Classes are offered to all ages - preschool to seniors. Something for everyone!

Also Ingebretsens
Class schedule + registration
Classes offered at Norway House and other locations
*Norway House members receive a 10% discount on all classes

Mindekirken - The Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church
Classes offered at Mindekirken across the parking lot from Norway House
Tuesday Open House
Mindekirken's Norwegian Language and Culture Program

Concordia Language Villages
Classes located at Norway House and other locations
Barnehage + Norge Rundt

Vita Veritas at Norway House - COMING SOON!
Write your family story - Vita Veritas is back by popular demand in Fall 2016!

Norway House
913 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants Program 2017-18
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Fellowships of up to $23,000 for study or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden are intended to support an academic year-long stay. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for shorter research visits. More information

Aug 30 UMN Council of International Students Meet & Greet

Additional Welcome Week Activities for New Graduate and Professional Students
August 30, 2016

Council of International Students (CIGS) Meet and Greet: CIGS will host a meet-and-greet for new international graduate students Tuesday, August 30, 12-1 p.m., on Northrop Plaza. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow international graduate students from CIGS and Graduate School and ISSS staff.

Learn about exciting upcoming events, getting involved with CIGS, and being engaged in the broader University community.

Food is on us!

Sept 8 MINN Tour @ Global Minnesota

Talk and Tour at Global Minnesota

Join MINN for a Talk and Tour of Global Minnesota to get an in-depth look at the organization in a small group setting. The agenda includes an overview of the organization by Tim Odegard, Program Director and a private tour of their office.

From the 2nd grader to the CEO, Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world. Through a unique lineup of programs offered from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota, Global Minnesota takes relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics, and provides the space and opportunity for Minnesotans to engage and discuss. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Global Minnesota is unparalleled in the ability to deliver programs that allow Minnesotans to connect and participate in the international sphere, and for Minnesota to extend its influence around the globe.

MINN Members can RSVP now to save their spot. Not a member? Sign up now!

There will be a networking opportunity following the Talk and Tour at Bar Luchador starting at 7 pm. The Bar Luchador event is open to all who would like to network with the MINN community and Global Minnesota staff!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

HHH Profs. Cao & Ramawami on China's carbon footprint

"A novel analysis of consumption-based carbon footprints in China: Unpacking the effects of urban settlement and rural-to-urban migration" published in Global Environmental Change ( in July 2016
Chen Zhang ; Xinyu Cao ; Anu Ramaswami 

Urbanization in developing countries greatly contributes to growing carbon emissions. Although studies have documented the urbanization effect, the science of consumption-based footprint assessments has yet to unpack various effects during the process of urbanization. Based on household expenditure data, this study innovatively proposes a methodology to conceptually and statistically deconstruct the observed urbanization effects on carbon footprint into selection effects and migration effects, which consist of human settlement effects and purposeful changes of migration (such as income and residential location). Applying propensity score matching and regression on the 2010 China Family Panel Study, we find that the apparent carbon-footprint difference between rural residents and migrants is about 1.5 t CO2e per capita. The migration effects account for about 2/3 of the apparent difference and the remaining 1/3 is due to selection effects. Urban settlement effects and the purposeful changes account for 73% and 27% of the migration effects, respectively. Transport sector is the key driver of carbon-footprint growth: it accounts for 60% of the migration effects. We conclude that travel behavior of rural migrants, currently in scarcity in the literature, merits further investigation, and policies should emphasize transit-oriented land use and transportation to achieve low-carbon urbanization.

ISSS supports the UofM international population

Over the next few weeks, more than 300 new freshmen, 400 undergraduate transfers, 800 graduate and professional international students, and 300 non-degree students from more than 130 countries will arrive and settle in for the academic year. Hundreds more scholars and researchers from around the world will arrive throughout the fall semester.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports international students and scholars by providing orientations and a variety of services and programs. More information about these resources can be found in the New Student Section and other areas of the ISSS website.
Barbara Kappler
Assistant Dean
International Student and Scholar Services

Meredith McQuaid
Associate Vice President and Dean
for International Programs
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