Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MDP Team Update from Guatemala

MDP students Lillian Osborne and Maria Camila Villarraga (University of Minnesota MDP) and Melanie Aleman (Emory University MDP) participated in a summer field experience in Guatemala.  UMN's Dean Current, Research Associate and Director of the Center for Integrated Natural Resource and Agricultural Management (CINRAM), was the faculty advisor for the project. 
Maria Camila: "The experience with the communities in el Peten, Guatemala was very fructuous. It was a learning experience that allowed us to interact with the people, to be closer to them and to get acknowledgement of their needs and their thoughts. It allowed us to get involved with community-based development."

Lily: "Working with the Rainforest Alliance, the ramón committee and my MDP colleagues this summer was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot about practical efforts to strengthen the value chain for ramón seed, and the people and communities in the Petén region of Guatemala. I really enjoyed the experience and feel very pleased with the work we able to deliver, and how it will support the future work of the committee."
Photo of Lily and Maria with the Committee on Ramón seed at the future site of a new building that will house dryers for ramón seed processing. 

Mayan communities in northern Guatemala traditionally cultivated Maya Nut as a treefood
crop, a practice that is increasingly being promoted due to the food’s nutritional properties
and prospect of earning revenue for rural communities. This field experience focused on
understanding the environmental impact of Maya Nut harvest within Guatemala’s Maya
Biosphere Reserve. In partnership with Rainforest Alliance, the team studied the distribution of trees,
current harvest practices, and potential environmental impacts of future Maya Nut demand. This
work will contribute to a larger project aiming to identify and evaluate opportunities to
sustainably scale production of the Maya Nut in order to generate employment and income for
indigenous communities.

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

Graduate Research Assistant at IonE

We are managing a block grant to advance our renewable electricity research portfolio. With strong oversight from the grant PI, this position will primarily serve as the program manager for the administration of the granting program. For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter. This position will be for, at minimum, the 2017 AY – 08/29/2016 – 05/28/2017, with availability to continue into Summer and the following Academic year for the right candidate.

>click here for more info and to apply<

April S. Snyder
Unit Admin Dir | Institute on the Environment |
1954 Buford Avenue, 325N Learning & Environmental Sciences
University of Minnesota | | 612-626-1216

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!
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