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Update: Jan 15 Travel & Tropical Health One Health Success Stories

Please Join Us!
One Health Initiative defines the One Health concept as a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

Hosted by:
Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Moderator: Tricia Todd,
Assistant Director, Health Careers Center

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:00pm Global Health Update and Presentations
(light dinner provided)
8:00pm Global Health Pathway Faculty and
Resident Meeting

Twin Cities Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Global Health Update
Dr. Sheiphali Ghandi
Internal Medicine Resident , PGY2

Panelist Presentations
Dr. Dominic Travis
Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Amy Kircher
Director, National Center for
Food Protection and Defense

Dr. Sarah Cusick
Assistant Professor, Global Pediatrics

Dr. Claudia Munoz-Zanzi
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology,
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health,
School of Public Health

Rotary Fellowships

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.

What are Rotary Peace Fellowships?
We offer master's degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15­-24 months and require a practical internship of 2-3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master's fellowships from these institutions. You can't be a Rotarian to participate.Here's a link to more information.

PDIB Scandinavia - course on Sustainability & CSR (Denmark & Sweden)

June 9 - 20, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark

Apply by January 10 for the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program showcasing sustainability and CSR practices in Denmark and Sweden.

Why Scandinavia?
Scandinavian countries have demonstrated the strongest and most balanced macro economic, environmental, and societal performances in the world.

What Will I Gain From The Program?

Access to world-leading corporations - such as Carlsberg, Coloplast, IKEA, Maersk, and Novozymes - practitioners, and academics.
Exposure to contemporary research on sustainability in a Scandinavian context.
Who Should Participate?
Higher education faculty from U.S. institutions and private-sector, government, and NGO professionals interested or engaged in sustainability efforts in their organizations.

Program Dates: June 9 - 20, 2014
Program Fee: $4,000
Priority Application Deadline: January 10, 2014

Fellowships Available
There are a limited number of CIBER fellowships of $1,000-2000 available to support faculty from U.S. education institutions. You can apply for a fellowship within the online application form. Apply by the priority deadline of Friday, January 10, 2014.

Led by Robert Strand, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Sustainability and Director of the Nordic Centre for Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School.

CIBER Co-Sponsors as of November 2013: Indiana University, Florida International University, University of Florida, University of Memphis

Univ of Ibn Zohr faculty from Morocco visiting Feb 6 (tourism & planning, rural tourism development)

Please SAVE-THE-DATE to meet colleagues from Morocco!
WHEN: Thursday, February 6th from 4:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Minnesota Commons Room in the St. Paul Student Center

You are invited to attend a reception to meet Aziz SAIR and Hassan ABOUTAYEB. SAIR is a professor in planning and tourism management for the school of business and management at the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir. Hassan ABOUTAYEB is president of the rural tourism development network in the Souss Massa Draa region.

This is an opportunity to learn about UM Extension's and the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture collaboration with the University of Ibn Zohr and the rural tourism network.

Please RSVP to Tiffany Ralston at ralstont(at)

New internationalized course on the Mississippi & other rivers for this Spring

from Christopher Johnstone, CEHD: Attached is a flyer for "Mississippi Local, Global: Community-based Approaches to Living with Rivers, Sustainably" PsTL 4216. This course is open to all students who are interested - undergrads and grads. PsTL 4216-Solving Complex Problems-Spring 14-6.pdf

HHH Prof. Levison offering PA 5920 Public Communication course, Spring 2014 (seats open for registration)

PUBLIC COMMUNICATION - A Skills Course - PA 5920, Section 005

Professor Deborah Levison
Spring 2014 2 credits
Class: Wednesdays 4-5:15 in Blegin 260.

Labs: Up to five Sundays 3-5 p.m. OR Mondays 8-10 a.m., (room numbers TBA), for videotaping / web conferencing. REQUIRED. Fewer with small class.

This is a real class, with work required outside of class. Becoming a good presenter takes preparation and practice, practice, practice. You'll practice an "elevator speech" for trying to get a job and a "pitch" to a funder, among other things.

The syllabus is available via the Course Guide.

Children's HeartLink internship opening

Children's HeartLink is looking for an intern to help with researching, analyzing and summarizing a preliminary draft of the 3rd Global Report on Pediatric Cardiac Care. The report will focus t on the burden of pediatric cardiac disease, as well as the access and availability of pediatric cardiac services and the health systems that support these services in the developing world.

This internship will give an opportunity for creativity, academic growth, and exposure to current trends and issues in global health and global health capacity building. If you have strong research and writing skills and have interest in global health and international development please contact to Bistra Zheleva at bistra(at) and Erin Murley erin(at)

Internship dates and schedule
January-April 2014
Approximately 10-15 hours a week but work schedule is flexible.

This is an unpaid internship but a stipend of $200 would be available upon completion.

Summer 2014: Israel & Palestine Internship with George Mason University

We would like to invite your students to participate in our Summer 2014 Israel and Palestine internship Program. Over 9 weeks, students participate in a 1 weeks seminar on Arab-Israeli relations and spend two months interning for an organization in either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

Summer 2014 will be the 8th straight year of the program, led by Dr. Yehuda Lukacs.

The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Sociology/Anthropology, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine.

Students can view more about the program by visiting the link below:

Application deadline: March 7, 2014

If you would like to request additional information about the program, please don't hesitate to ask.

Gregory Seiler
Program Officer
International Internships
Center for Global Education
Phone: 703.993.2641
Fax: 703.993.2153

Community-based Participatory Research class open spring term at UMN

I am writing from the U of M's Program in Health Disparities Research. A course entitled, "Community-based Participatory Research" will be offered to University graduate students and community members this spring. More details can be found below.

Kristin A. Eide, MPH
Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations
Program in Health Disparities Research
University of Minnesota
Phone: 612-626-8497
Email: keide(at)

Join us for an introductory course about Community-­based Participatory Research (CBPR). The course is intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. We will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; and CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems. This is not a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to various research designs and methodologies. This course focuses on the approach and will not cover topics such as survey design, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.

Some content will be delivered online. Independent readings, online learning and reflections will be expected between sessions. The class will meet for 2 hours weekly in a discussion-based, and interactive activity, format. We will be visited by CBPR practitioners and visit an important community partner. Students will complete a final individual or group project of their choosing.

As a model of participatory approach, course content will be responsive to needs and interests of students, within the broad categories of topics aligned with course objectives.

Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Spring 2014
Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
Presented by:

Cathy Jordan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Children, Youth and Family Consortium

Susan Gust
Community Activist
Research Partner

For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota should register for this course through their program via the OneStop class registration system. Students who have not been admitted to a graduate level program are considered Non‐degree seeking students. If you are in this category and are interested in earning graduate credit you must submit a "Registration Request for Graduate Credit" form. Please contact Maureen Andrew for a permission number. When the registration form has been completed and a permission number has been obtained the form should be faxed to the School of Public Health Student Services Center at 612-624-4498 or delivered to D305 Mayo Memorial Building.

For class participants NOT seeking Academic Credit (community members, faculty, and staff): Community members may register for the course for $50 and earn a certificate for continuing education documentation (no community member will be turned away for inability to pay). Please submit a 1-2 paragraph response to the following questions: What is your prior experience with research as a participant or researcher? Why do you wish to take this course and how will it benefit you or your organization? Please email your response to You will then be notified how to register and pay.

For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Current graduate students will be charged the same rate of tuition as required by their program. Non‐admitted students will be charged $1658 ($829 per credit) plus fees.

For students NOT seeking academic credit (e.g. community members): A fee of $50 will be charged.

This course is offered by the School of Public Health in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3), which is funded by the National Cancer Institute as a Community Networks Program Center for Reducing Cancer Disparities through outreach, research, and training under Award Number U54CA153603. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Register for HSK Chinese proficiency exam

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is a standardized, international Chinese proficiency exam for non-native speakers. It is the only standardized exam of Chinese language proficiency recognized by the Chinese government and state universities.

Test results may be used to:
• determine eligibility for scholarship and study abroad opportunities
• boost resumes and qualify for certain positions
• be exempt from certain courses or earn credit at some universities

Explanations of exam levels and exam content can be found on our website.
For questions regarding the HSK online exam, please contact Dr. Qijie Li at qli(at) or 612-624-1963.

The oral examination component, the Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK), will also be offered on March 16, 2014. The HSKK exam is independent of the HSK and requires additional registration and fees.

Exam registration must be completed through the Hanban website by Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Jan 31 Chinese New Year Celebration, Grand Opening of UMN China 100 Exhibit

You're invited to celebrate the Year of the Horse with the China Center!
Please R.S.V.P. by January 17 online or by calling the China Center at 612-624-1002

Grand Opening of China 100 Historic Exhibit
Chinese New Year Celebration

Friday, January 31, 2014, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Great Room (Map)

As part of the China 100 celebration, the China Center will host a Chinese New Year reception, which will feature the grand opening of the China 100 historic exhibit. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Please complete the following form and press the "Submit" button when finished.

Jan 15 Global Health Update

Please Join Us! One Health Success Stories

Hosted by: Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:00pm Global Health Update and Presentations
(light dinner provided)
8:00pm Global Health Pathway Faculty and
Resident Meeting

Twin Cities Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Global Health Update
Dr. Sheiphali Ghandi
Internal Medicine Resident , PGY2

Panelist Presentations
Dr. Dominic Travis
Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine,
College of Veterinary Medicine, U of M

Dr. Robert Jones
Assistant Professor , Division of Pediatric Dentistry,
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences,
School of Dentistry, U of M

School of Nursing, U of M

Global Pediatrics and Public Health, U of M

Pedals for the Planet

Two U of M groups seek to learn more about sustainable agriculture, encourage young farmers, and teach kids about farming--all from the seat of a bicycle.

Population growth, land use, weather extremes, and an aging farming base. These challenges have sent groups of motivated, informed, and physically fit students and grads from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) on the road and into the field. Using pedal power and pedagogy, they've set out on long-distance bike trips to inspire the next generation to become farmers and discover creative ways to feed a hungry planet.

While up-and-coming farmers are already cultivating a healthier future, there aren't enough of them to fill the widening gap. Enter a pair of unrelated two-wheeled projects with a single goal: get more young people to pursue sustainable farming. Both rides worked to generate interest in healthy food and how and where it's grown by sharing their experiences with K-12 schools.

Siri Simons, '12 B.S., led a trip up the Mississippi River for Fresh Forks, a project that told the stories of young farmers along the route who are restoring community gardens, establishing organic farms, and raising grass-fed livestock. Her interest in these issues was sparked during her time at the U, where scholarships allowed her to participate in outreach and study-abroad programs while she majored in environmental sciences, policy, and management.

"From New Orleans to Lake Itasca, people are engaged in sustainable agriculture. Their stories should be shared more widely," she says.

A team of CFANS graduate students in applied plant sciences biked across Minnesota through an "adventure learning project" called Grown to Run. Led by Bryan Runck, '14 M.S., and Mikey Kantar, '13 Ph.D., cyclists talked to local farmers who are using technology, biodiversity, organic farming, and other creative methods to transform their practices.

Both Runck and Kantar have classroom experience that they translated into lessons for kids during in-person visits as well as for those who followed the daily progress of the team online. And both agreed that scholarships and fellowships helped them find time to develop meaningful K-12 outreach. "We help kids connect to agriculture with the message that sustainability is about their communities. It's local," Runck says.
Both teams chronicled their experiences using social media, blogs, and videos, and are developing curriculum for teachers. And both hope to find ways to continue to inform and inspire. "If you tell the stories in ways kids can relate to, they really get excited about food and farming," says Kantar.

Watch videos and read the blog from the Fresh Forks team.
See photos, videos, and curriculum from the Grown to Run team.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2014 Keynote Speaker Announcement: Ian Bremmer

How do heated political developments and unforeseen national security issues change markets and shape global investment? For Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, the business and economic questions flowing from stability or conflict are his work. Since Mr. Bremmer established Eurasia Group in 1998, the company has become the leading global political risk research and consulting firm, with a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Mr. Bremmer will be speaking at the Forum on Law and Business Day on March 7th.

Buy tickets for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum here!


Join us Sunday, January 26, at 3PM, at the CSPS Sokol Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota, for a lecture via Skype to hear Dr. Tomáš Sedláček discuss his international bestseller, Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street.

About the Speaker: Dr. Tomáš Sedláček has shaken the study of economics as few ever have. Named one of the "five hot minds in economics" by the Yale Economic Review, he serves on the National Economic Council in Prague, where his provocative writing has achieved bestseller status. How has he done it? By arguing a simple, almost heretical proposition: Economics is ultimately about good and evil. His book has been translated into 14 languages.

Additional information available here.

CSPS Sokol Hall
383 Michigan Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Winter 2014 - Norwegian-American Events & Happenings

The Norway House of Minneapolis has many upcoming events! Check out their website here for additional information.

Events include:

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Genealogy Open House Q & A Session
at Norway House

Have you reached a brick wall? Are there too many Ole Olsons in your family? Always wondered how to get started looking up your family history? Take this opportunity to meet and visit with a genealogist. Have your questions answered and learn about the resources available to you.

February 1-2, 2014
2014 City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

A festival of cross country skiing including ski and bike races, skijoring, snow sculptures, and luminaries made of ice.

February 28- March 6, 2014
Nordic Lights Film Festival - Twin Cities

The 2014 Nordic Lights Film Festival - Twin Cities takes place at the St. Anthony Theater, in collaboration with partner The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Spring 2014
Blue Skies | Norway House Young Professionals

Launching in 2014!
We need Generation X & Y input on how Norway House will meet the needs of the next generation of Scandinavians.

Meet up with other young Norwegian-American professionals under 40 to help design the future of Norway House and its programs.

Program Manager, Operations (FP&A)

Organization Description: The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) is an international non-profit organization that aims to advance the development of new health technologies such as drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, for the developing world. A new Japanese-led initiative, the GHIT Fund drives global health research & development (R&D) to create new, innovative tools for improving health and saving lives.

Organization & Job Location: Tokyo, Japan

Application deadline: Immediate. Seeking to fill position in February 2014. Three-month trial period.

Duties: The Program Manager will work directly with the Director of Operations. Key duties include:
• Financial planning and analysis
• Accounting work (billing, expenses, payments, bank-related)
• Liaising with accounting service vendors
• Storing and managing original contract and billing documents
• Support for account book creation and GHIT Fund account settlements
• Auditing support
• Human resources and labor work (including from recruitment to employment and support thereafter)
• Legal affairs (drafting contracts and related liaisons)
• Drafting materials in both English and Japanese
• Handling operations-related email/phone calls, filing *Being able to read and write in both Japanese and English is required Qualifications/Conditions The GHIT Fund is seeking an intelligent self-starter capable of quickly getting up to speed on the organization's work and rapidly assuming responsibility for key tasks. A passion for operational and organizational excellence required. Applicants should be detail-oriented team players, able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Other qualifications include:
• English communicative competence (document drafting, conversation)
• Preferred but not required: o Experience in accounting affairs (account settlement experience preferred) o Experience in operational and legal affairs
• Ability to quickly and proactively assume responsibility for managing projects
• Self-starter, able to work independently while remaining an actively engaged team member.
• For Japanese applicants: experience working/studying abroad a plus
• For non-Japanese applicants: experience working/studying in Japan a plus Requirements
• Bachelor's degree or higher
• Microsoft Office: o PowerPoint: Ability to create presentations from scratch o Excel: Data processing ability, including functions, statistics, and extraction level
• For non-native English speakers and Japanese applicants: TOEFL iBT score of 750 or above, or equivalent
• For non-Japanese applicants: comfort reading, writing, and conversing substantively in Japanese

How to Apply Please email cover letter, resume (ideally in both English and Japanese), and any additional materials (either in English or Japanese)

Please include "Program Manager, Operations, GHIT" in the subject line.

Company Welfare: Full transportation expenses; two days off per week; social insurance covered; other welfare as per GHIT Fund rules. Fund will consider covering relocation costs for applicants not already based in Tokyo.

3rd Annual PDIB Scandinavia--Sustainability and CSR Denmark and Sweden

June 9 - 20, 2014
Stockhom, Sweden & Copenhagen, Denmark

The University of Minnesota CIBER and Robert Strand of the Copenhagen Business School and the Nordic Centre for Sustainability will host the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program showcasing sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Scandinavia. Travel destinations include Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Visits for 2013 program included Carlsberg, Coloplast, Danish Fashion Institute, Ericsson, IKEA, Maersk, Novozymes and Volvo. Cultural events included city tours and a visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek.

Read more about this opportunity here.

Program Specialist for Alliance for Middle East Peace, DC

See original post here.

Seeking Program Specialist for Alliance for Middle East Peace

The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) seeks an enthusiastic, multi-talented and self-directed staff-person to assist its Executive Director, Board of Directors and members in accomplishing ALLMEP's critical mission. ALLMEP is the coalition of more than 80 non-governmental organizations that promote people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. ALLMEP raises awareness and increases resources for these essential efforts.

Since its inception in 2004, ALLMEP has established itself in Washington, successfully advocated for millions of dollars in USAID grant funding, and raised the profile of its members' projects. It has also become a presence in the region through its work with American, Israeli, and Palestinian governments, as well as with peacebuilding members and colleagues.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Specialist will be responsible for a diverse array of both administrative and substantive responsibilities. This is a role with multiple, synergistic opportunities: the incumbent must be equally competent moving from bookkeeping to Capitol Hill advocacy; from Board and member support to assisting in communications efforts. It is a unique position, offering involvement in all operations of this growing organization. The Program Specialist will provide:

Executive support, including maintenance of financial data; scheduling; travel planning; correspondence, including web-based; special projects, as assigned
Board and member support, including coordination of Board and committee meetings and minute-taking; international member needs; contact list maintenance
Technical support for ALLMEP's online outreach through social networking, expanding web site, and updating web content, as well as maintenance of ALLMEP lists and records
Public awareness and media outreach campaign support, including developing collateral marketing materials and drafting e-newsletters and alerts
Event planning, including ALLMEP's annual lobby days and related activities; public and private conferences; international meetings and events
Outreach and advocacy support for ALLMEP's legislative agenda, including developing briefing papers, testimony, speeches, public statements for organization leaders; legislative alerts and updates for members; and representing ALLMEP in appropriate contexts
Development support, including researching funding opportunities; initial draft of appeals/grants

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree; higher degree or equivalent experience preferred
3-5 years relevant experience in non-profit administration, fundraising, public relations and/or advocacy
Excellent oral and written communications and research skills
Proficient and independent computer user (including Microsoft Office and knowledge or quick learner of new technologies, such as social networking, donor management/CRM/Salesforce, sending email newsletters, and updating web sites)
Arabic or Hebrew proficiency (spoken and written); both preferred
Passion for Middle East peace and the transformative power of citizen diplomacy (preferred)

Compensation and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience, not to exceed $40,000/annum. Retirement benefits available.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to Immediate availability.

International Human Rights Internship in CVT's Public Policy Department - Washington, DC (Deadline January 15th)

Don't miss this (paid) summer internship opportunity (application deadline is January 15th at 4:00 pm) which gives the selected Humphrey student valuable experience with a vital international human rights organization and its work. CVT gains skills and work contributions from an emerging public affairs leader pursuing human rights work enrolled at the Humphrey School.

For a complete posting with application instructions go here.