29 Oct

January ’19 Conference Opportunity: Women in Mathematics and Public Policy

The application is open for the Women in Mathematics and Public Policy Conference until November 19th. The application is open to graduate students and researchers working in STEM and Policy.
The conference will take place from January 22-25 2019 in Los Angeles.

This year’s conference “designed to bring together women in mathematics, science, engineering, and policy to work on pressing research topics in the fields of cybersecurity and climate change.”

The conference will include on-site group projects such as:
Cybersecurity projects: differential privacy, modeling risk triage, mobile digital forensics.
Climate change projects: changing weather extremes, statistical downscaling of climate projections, decadal ocean predictions, and LA groundwater contamination.

Keynote lectures will be given by Lucy Jones (Caltech) and Kristin Lauter (Microsoft Research).

For CoE students, a funding opportunity could be the CoE Professional Co-Curricular Experience Funding Grant. https://studentaffairs.engin.umich.edu/graduate-student-co-curricular-experiences-funding/

For Rackham students, there is the Rackham Professional Development Grant.

Rackham Professional Development Grants

22 Oct

Speaker Event tonight (10/22): Reid Detchon, Senior Advisor for Climate Solutions at the United Nations Foundation

Climate Blue and UM’s chapter of the United Nations Association will be co-hosting Mr. Reid Detchon, Senior Advisor for Climate Solutions at the United Nations Foundation as he speaks for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Day.

All are welcome to attend the event, which will take place on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00pm at the Ford School of Public Policy’s Annenberg Auditorium (Rm. 1110).

17 Oct

October Science Cafe: Citizen Science tonight (10/17)

The UM Museum of Natural History’s monthly Science Cafe provides opportunities for researchers and the public to discuss scientific topics in a casual setting. This month’s topic is citizen science and how it can benefit research and policy. The event information is here:


The event is at Conor O’Neill’s and hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30. Museum members can reserve seats, otherwise the seating is first-come, first-served.

04 Oct

Introduction to Science Policy Event

Introduction to Science Policy
Thursday, Oct. 11 | 12 – 1 PM | Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center
GradSWE and MESWN are inviting students to attend Introduction to Science Policy panel featuring Dr. Joy Rohde (associate professor of Ford school of public policy at UM), Kristina Ko (Senior Director of Federal Relations for Research), and Rachel Kirpes (PhD candidate at the department of Chemistry at University of Michigan). the panel will be focused on introducing science and public policy, its impact on graduate student’s daily life, research, and funding, career paths in science and public policy and introducing more resources. Questions are highly welcome. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required.

Contact: Maryam Akram at akramrym@umich.edu

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/238202283709321/

02 Oct

[SHORT DEADLINE] MI seeking volunteers for rewriting K-12 social studies standards – Apply by Wednesday 10/3 at NOON

The state of Michigan is seeking volunteers to help in rewriting the K-12 Social Studies standards. The current standards diminish several important historical events including the civil rights movement and delete mentions of climate change altogether. The state Department of Education is looking for about 100 volunteers to help review public comments and revise the proposed standards accordingly, but they have proposed an extremely tight turnaround: The call went out yesterday (10/1) and applications are due TOMORROW (10/3) by noon. They are looking in part for researchers and education experts, which includes many of us in the MUSE network.

Here is an article about these proposed changes and positions sought:


And the application form is here: https://fs28.formsite.com/pf98Hd/form13/index.html

02 Oct

5th annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance

5th annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance
Center for Environmental Politics
University of Washington, Seattle
May 15-17, 2019

On May 15-17, 2019, UW’s Center for Environmental Politics will organize the
5th annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop for doctoral students working in the area of environmental politics and governance (EPG). This follows on the highly successful workshop that the Center hosted in previous years:

The EPG Grad workshop provides a venue for doctoral students to present their
work, receive feedback, and network with others working on similar issues. We
will invite select faculty from the University of Washington to serve as
resource persons.



Why the workshop? Understanding the governance and political aspects of
environmental issues is critical for addressing the gamut of environmental
challenges. The politics of governance perhaps has become an even more critical
factor in the changed political milieu. The multi-disciplinary nature of EPG
research often makes it hard to share ideas, concepts, and research methods
across relevant disciplines. We hope the annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop
will help overcome these barriers and provide a multi-disciplinary venue for
doctoral students to become active participants in the community of EPG



There are no workshop fees and the Center will pay for local expenses, namely
each participant’s food and shared hotel lodging (with two participants per
room) for three nights, May 15, 16, and 17.

Participants are responsible for travel expenses.


Application Logistics:

This workshop will be most useful for doctoral students who have made
substantial progress in their graduate studies: that is, they are able to
present a fully developed paper. Applicants need to submit:

– an abstract (about 800 – 1,000 words) of a paper to be emailed to Hanjie Wang

– a letter of support from their graduate advisor to be emailed to Hanjie Wang

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019.



-February 15-27, 2019: Center faculty evaluate the proposals.

-March 1, 2019: Participants are formally invited.

-May 5, 2019: Participants email their papers to Hanjie Wang

-Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Participants arrive; a plenary session in the
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall,
Welcome dinner.

-Thursday, May 16, 2019: Full day Workshop in the Petersen Room (Allen Library,
University of Washington, Seattle) followed by dinner

-Friday, May 17, 2019: Full day Workshop in the Petersen Room (Allen Library,
University of Washington, Seattle) followed by dinner

-Saturday, May 18, 2019: Departure.

The Center for Environmental Politics is excited to organize this unique event
focused on furthering graduate training and education. Should you have any
questions, feel free to email Aseem Prakash; aseem@uw.edu.

02 Oct

Two Guides for Remote Sensing Tools for Social Scientists

The NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) just released a useful guide to tools that facilitate the use of remote sensing data in social science research. It comes with a couple of thematic examples that are useful illustrations of the sorts of things you can do. Pretty useful!