Sunday, August 28, 2016

HHH Zhao speaks at ADB workshop in Manila

Humphrey School Prof. Jerry Zhao participated in the Technical Workshop on Infrastructure Finance, held at the headquarter of Asia Development Bank, August 18-19. As a resource expert, he presented his analysis of China’s infrastructure finance and its future needs.

Prof. Zhao also visited De La Salle University, a private university in Philippines. His visit was hosted by Prof. Anthony Shun Fung Chiu, who is an internationally renown scholar in urban sustainability and who has also played a leading role at United Nations Environment Program. Prof. Zhao met with Prof. Chiu’s research team, and held discussions with Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Prof. Raymond Girard R. Tan, about opportunities of future collaboration with the Humphrey School.

Pictured here: Prof. Chiu to the left, Prof. Zhao in the middle, and Prof. Tan to the right, at Prof. Tan’s office.

HHH students--space available in Crisis Simulation PubH 6290

Graduate students interested in joining the International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation class (PA 5824) please note that there is limited space. You can also register for PubH 6290 for the same simulation.

Information about the simulation course can be found here

Volunteers welcome too--sign up 

Please contact Sherry Gray with questions

Princeton-in-Africa Fellowship applications open--deadline Oct 30

Note from Sherry:  We've had two MDP students participate in this wonderful program--please see me for contacts.

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Since our launch in 1999, we have had nearly 500 Fellows in 36 countries. This year, 49 recent college graduates (from 30 colleges and universities) are working with 31 organizations in 15 African countries.

Service for a Year
Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. Our program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S. Our Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and so much more.
PiAf Application for 2017-18 Fellowships is Now Available

The deadline for this year’s application is Sunday, October 30th @ 11:59PM EDT. The online application will no longer be available after the deadline.

We recommend you order official transcripts and request a letter of recommendation as soon as possible to ensure they are received before the deadline. Please note that your recommender should submit their letter using our LOR form Please provide this link directly to your recommender.

Sept 1 Cuba: Minnesota NGO & Nonprofit Partnerships

A New Era In Cuba: Minnesota NGO and Nonprofit Partnerships

MINN Education Committee is excited to be hosting a community forum moderated by Rep. Keith Ellison to discuss the work that Minnesota NGOs and nonprofits are doing in partnership with Cuban communities.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 1st from 6:00-7:30 at the Minneapolis Watershed Management Organization Learning Center (2522 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis). The panelists include leaders from organizations like Witness for Peace, Global Volunteers, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the University of Minnesota. There will time for Q & A after the panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
If you have questions, please contact

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 |
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