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 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/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

HHH Fan & Gray teaching course in China--PA 5880

PA 5880 Global Cities: High-Density Urban Development and Urban Planning:
The Yangtze & Pearl River Delta Regions in China
May 14-27, 2017

Prof. Fan Yingling and Dr. Sherry Gray
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Site visits: Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, & Hong Kong

China is home to the world’s largest urban population. How Chinese cities can satisfy the mobility and accessibility needs of a growing urban population is a critical question that affects every aspect of urban planning, from affordable housing provision to parking management. The Humphrey School will offer an intensive 2-week study abroad course in summer 2017 focusing on urban planning practices and emerging mobility and accessibility issues in the fast growing and wealthy regions of the Yangtze River and Pearl River delta regions. These two regions are at the center of Chinese economic development, surpassing other areas in China in terms of economic growth, productivity, and per capita income. Lectures and field experiences in the two regions will provides students unique opportunities to explore urban growth patterns, housing and infrastructure challenges, and state-of-the-art transportation planning practices in two of the most densely populated regions on earth.

Contact Sherry Gray at grayx260@umn.edu with questions.

UMN Confucius Day Sept 17

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will host a day of FREE martial arts-themed fun at its annual Confucius Institute Day festivities held on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The morning’s activity will be a martial arts demonstration. Guests can stop by Northrop Plaza between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to observe performers and learn moves of their own. The first 200 guests will receive Confucius Day T-shirts, as well as Chinese snacks and tea from event sponsor Chatime.

In the afternoon, guests are invited to a showing of “The Grandmaster” inside Northrop Auditorium’s Best Buy Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by Hong Kong native Kar-Wai Wong, depicts the life story of Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher and will delight audiences with its nonstop action.


Chevening Fellowships 2017-18

 Note from Sherry Gray: Several Humphrey Fellow alumni have received this important Fellowship.

Call for Applications, Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders

Applications for 2017/2018 scholarships open

The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowships viahttp://www.chevening.org/apply from 8 August until 8 November 2016. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 46,000 alumni.

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowship awards are open between 8 August and 8 November 2016. Applications for various Chevening Fellowships programmes open at different points during the year.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Luce Scholars Program for Professional Apprenticeships in Asia

HHH Applicants interested please contact Sherry Gray (grayx260@umn.edu) 
UMN Campus deadline: October 3, 2016

The Luce Scholars Program provides young Americans with demonstrated leadership the opportunity to spend a year in Asia as professional apprentices under the guidance of leading Asian professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens no more than twenty-nine years of age by July 1 of the year they enter the program and they must have earned at least a Bachelor's degree by that date. They may be currently enrolled students in any college at the University of Minnesota, recent graduates, or junior faculty. Those who have a major in Asian Studies or who have spent more than twelve weeks in Asia are ineligible.

Applicants must apply through the UM Graduate School Fellowship Office. Campus deadline: October 3, 2016.

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Aug 25 Minnesota Intern'l NGO Network potluck in Minnehaha Park

MINN Annual Global Potluck http://minnesotangos.org/event/minn-global-potluck

It's time for MINN's Annual Global Potluck! Join us at Minnehaha Park (Wabun A pavilion) for grilling, lawn games and networking fun!

COST: Free! MINN will provide veggie and meat grillables and we ask that you bring one of the following, based on the first letter of your last name:

A - H: a salad or side dish (even a bag of chips will do!)
I - Q: non-alcoholic beverages
R - Z: dessert

Please RSVP if you can make it - while we don't want to turn anyone away, having a headcount beforehand will help us know how much food to order.

This is a great event for families, professionals, and anyone else who wants to network with the MINN community. Invite your friends and we hope to see you there!
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