Monthly Archives: February 2016

Opportunities in Germany: Research Collaboration and Beyond Webinar March 1st

Join the ACS International Center with IC Affiliates the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) as they provide information on the research landscape in Germany. Hosts will discuss opportunities for research, funding and collaboration as well as internationally focused activities of the GDCh. This webinar is intended for all audiences.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, March 1 at 12pm EST.
Please register for the webinar here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8581389560106986753

Still looking for more information? Email us at info@americanfriends-of-avh.org

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Relief International Internship

Are you looking for a dynamic opportunity to get some exposure and experience in international agriculture issues impacting farmers in vulnerable countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East?

Center for Excellence Research Intern. 15 hours per week, unpaid internship that may lead to a paid position.

Location: Washington, DC or remotely.

Application deadline February 28, 2016.

Position Summary: Relief International (RI) is currently recruiting for an intern to assist in technical research for international agriculture programs which serve some of the most vulnerable farmers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. RI specializes in integrated value chain development that considers: livelihoods development and economic advancement, disaster risk reduction, climate change, gender, land use and rights, food security and nutrition in agricultural programs.

More information.

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Wintermester Trip to New Zealand

The group enjoying the spectacular scenery at Arthur's Pass National Park in the Southern Alps of the South Island between the Canterbury Region and the West Coast.

The group enjoying the spectacular scenery at Arthur’s Pass National Park in the Southern Alps of the South Island between the Canterbury Region and the West Coast.

North Island deer farm in the Ruahine Mountains. Venison is a thriving industry in New Zealand. The deer are often raised on the same farms as sheep and beef cattle to utilize New Zealand's abundant forages. Our group visited several of these farms in different parts of the country. The primary market for venison is in Europe, but the farms we visited are looking to increase venison exports to the US and our hosts were very interested in getting the students' input on how to market their product to American millennials.

North Island deer farm in the Ruahine Mountains. Venison is a thriving industry in New Zealand. The deer are often raised on the same farms as sheep and beef cattle to utilize New Zealand’s abundant forages. Our group visited several of these farms in different parts of the country. The primary market for venison is in Europe, but the farms we visited are looking to increase venison exports to the US and our hosts were very interested in getting the students’ input on how to market their product to American millennials.

Our group meeting with Dr. Kevin Heasman, a researcher at the Cawthrone Institute's Aquaculture Research Center. Aquaculture is another growing industry in New Zealand. Dr Heasman is researching how to improve production of some species that are already farmed n New Zealand such as green shell mussels, which are popular at Chinese buffet restaurants in the US, and he is also doing the only research in the world on learning how to farm shrimp scampi. Currently scampi are harvested from very deep in the oceans and the nets are 80% filled with marine life that is not intended to be harvested and is harmed by being caught. Farming scampi would be both more efficient and better for the environment. The problem is that scampi live where there's no light, so no one knows what they eat, how they reproduce, etc. Dr. Heasman is answering those questions and may be developing an entire new industry.

Our group meeting with Dr. Kevin Heasman, a researcher at the Cawthrone Institute’s Aquaculture Research Center. Aquaculture is another growing industry in New Zealand. Dr Heasman is researching how to improve production of some species that are already farmed n New Zealand such as green shell mussels, which are popular at Chinese buffet restaurants in the US, and he is also doing the only research in the world on learning how to farm shrimp scampi. Currently scampi are harvested from very deep in the oceans and the nets are 80% filled with marine life that is not intended to be harvested and is harmed by being caught. Farming scampi would be both more efficient and better for the environment. The problem is that scampi live where there’s no light, so no one knows what they eat, how they reproduce, etc. Dr. Heasman is answering those questions and may be developing an entire new industry.

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$500 Scholarships from Volunteer Forever

Starting today, you can apply for a $500 scholarship to volunteer or intern abroad with an organization of your choice. Click here to learn more and to apply!

While you don’t have to currently be fundraising for a volunteer trip or international internship, special considerations will be given to those who have active campaigns – and winner’s funds will be distributed through your campaign page. If you still need to set up a campaign, click here to get started.

Applications are open now through March 31, and winners will be announced in mid-April.

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Ag Sector Council Seminar Feb 17 at 9am

February 17, 2016 9:30-11:00 AM EST

Join InnovATE online or in-person in Washington, D.C. for this month’s Ag Sector Council Seminar on Feb. 17, 9:30-11:00 AM EST. The seminar is “Building Linkages in Agricultural Education and Training through Systems Thinking.” The application of systems thinking to agricultural education and training (AET) is critical to sustainable agricultural development. By understanding complete AET systems and the connections within them, practitioners can account for more variables and better influence agricultural development outcomes. This approach can help any practitioner integrate AET within their work, particularly for gender, youth and workforce development.

AET systems include formal education (primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational/technical institutions) as well as nonformal education (extension and workforce development) and informal education (on-the-job training and day-to-day self-learning). The February Ag Sector Council Seminar will discuss the five AET linkages and demonstrate how they can be built into projects. These connections include those between:

  • Theory and practical instruction
  • Curriculum and workforce/industry demands
  • Educational institutions at different levels
  • Different management systems such as governmental, NGO and parochial
  • AET and extension systems

The discussion will also include examples of AET systems in practice. Presenters will showcase successful cases and how they are developed. Practitioners of all types of program will learn how to think through how their work can be bolstered by AET. AET practitioners will gain insights into other programs and the overarching role of AET in Feed the Future. Please join us for a lively discussion starting at 9:30 AM EST, and if you are in DC, for a coffee networking hour at 9 AM EST.

Register on Agrilinks: http://agrilinks.org/events/building-linkages-agricultural-education-and-training-through-systems-thinking

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Wintermester trip to Ecuador

GroupThree faculty (Matt Eick, ENSC; Renee Eaton, HNFE; and Zac Zimmer, FLL) led a group of 17 students to Ecuador over this past Wintermester. The trip focused on research and outreach efforts that engaged students in a multicultural perspective focused on the interaction of South American Culture, Environmental Issues, and Human Health, and a chance to build lifelong friendships while engaging in professional and personal development opportunities. Students experienced Ecuador’s incredible diverse ecosystems including the Galapagos Islands, high Andes Paramo, and the Amazon rainforest.

 

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Students: get digital access of the NYT for $1 a week

$1 a week Academic Rate is for students only; faculty, staff and administration may subscribe at the Faculty Rate of $5 for 12 weeks, then 50% off the normal rate.

More information here.

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