Archive for November, 2014


scholarships are $1000 each for botanically-related student research located at least in part in northern CA.

Newly revised application materials, including a revised letter of recommendation form, are now available on our website at http://www.norcalbotanists.org/scholarships.htm — students must use the current version of the application materials.

Please spread the word and encourage your students and those of other instructors you might know to apply! Deadline is March 31, 3015.
Thanks! looking forward to some great applications.

Northern California Botanists Scholarship Committee

Cornell University LSAMP REU

Cornell LSAMP REU: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/diversity/summer/lsamp.cfm

Overview

CU LSAMP REU is a summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP REU was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally

 

Scholar Expectations

  • Intellectual Curiosity— demonstrating a genuine interest in expanding academic knowledge in one’s field of study as well as keeping abreast of current scholarship .
  • Self-motivation & Communication— exhibiting the ability to work independently, initiate, inquire and contribute to the research project.
  • Responsibility— honoring time commitments and research obligations. Being accountable and reliable for one’s contribution of the research project.
  • Research Ethics— it is crucial that participants familiarize themselves with the ethical conventions in their fields and act accordingly. Participants must commit themselves to this process in an ethical and moral manner.

 

Benefits

CU LSAMP REU offers participants:

  • Approximately 10 weeks of research (June 1- August 8)
  • A research stipend of $4,000
  • A round-trip travel stipend up to $300 for students living outside of Ithaca, NY
  • A double room in a residential hall
  • A campus bus pass or a campus parking pass
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computer/study lounges, etc.

 

Further, CU LSAMP REU participants have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a meaningful research agenda and conduct research with a faculty research mentor
  • Present a scientific research talk
  • Design a research poster and discuss their poster presentation of their research at a symposium on campus
  • Submit a written report at the end of the summer research activity that may lead to a publication
  • Participate in GRE prep and academic development seminars

 

The program application will be available December 5, 2014 through February 15, 2015

 

Interested students are highly encouraged to view the Frequently Asked Questions to gain more insight about the program.

 

 

Sara Xayarath Hernández

Director – Diversity Programs in Engineering

 

Cornell University

College of Engineering

146 Olin Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

 

email:    sh267@cornell.edu

office:   607.255.0979

fax:        607.255.2834

 

Website: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/diversity

 

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“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?” –Katherine Graham

 

Subject: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

The Fulbright Program is now offering an additional application cycle for a select number of 2015-2016 postdoctoral awards, with the later deadline of January 15, 2015.

<http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-postdoctoral-scholar-awards>Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted PhDs to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations. In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.

To learn more about these awards for early career scholars visit our website or the 2015-2016 <http://catalog.cies.org/searchResults.aspx?ca=7&op=1>Catalog of Awards.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit <http://tracking1.naylorcampaigns.com:80/track?type=click&eas=1&msid=&auid=&mailingid=547216&messageid=547216&databaseid=547216&serial=16815880&emailid=pvanderwater@iie.org&userid=12629&targetid=&fl=&extra=MultivariateId=&&&2084&&&http://tracking1.naylorcampaigns.com:80/track?type=click&eas=1&msid=&auid=&mailingid=547077&messageid=547077&databaseid=547077&serial=16815423&emailid=jgrosh@iie.org&userid=86382&targetid=&fl=&extra=MultivariateId=&&&2117&&&http://eca.state.gov/fulbright>eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Title: Assistant Professor – Global Change Ecology

Location: Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit
additional materials by 15 December 2014.  The position will open until a
viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This position is a 12-month tenure-accruing appointment available in the
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The appointment will be
40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 60% research
(Florida Agricultural Experiment Station).  The successful candidate will
develop an internationally recognized teaching and research program that
addresses global change impacts on wildlife and biodiversity.  Duties will
include: (1) teaching an innovative, state-of-the-art undergraduate course
that provides a foundation in the concepts and tools of global change
ecology and its effects on behavior, ecology and population dynamics of
wildlife; (2) teaching a graduate course that integrates quantitative,
theoretical, and field approaches to address wildlife management and
conservation in a global change context;  and (3) developing and supporting
a rigorous, internationally recognized research program focusing on how
large-scale, natural and anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate,
sea-level rise, biological invasions, diseases, fire regimes, pollution,
land-use transformation, human population growth and sociopolitical factors)
affect wildlife diversity in Florida, the Southeastern US, and abroad.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to
instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses,
advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in
curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching
program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work,
publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and
engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and
advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS
Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Position
assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the department.
Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be
supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and
Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position
description.

Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in
wildlife biology, ecological or biological sciences, or related natural
resources discipline; evidence of scholarship and depth of knowledge in
global change ecology; experience and willingness working with resource
agencies and stakeholders; and commitment to teach and inspire undergraduate
and graduate students while promoting a diverse educational and professional
work environment.  Postdoctoral experience is desirable.  Candidates should
have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal
relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must also
have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global
involvement, and accountability.

Background Information:
The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant,
and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and
professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.
UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida
Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida
Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College
of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant
program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic
departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located
throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by
RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service
offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of
Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in
IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500
people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel
located in Gainesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation’s
largest agricultural and natural resources research and education
organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans:
the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for
Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the
Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment
Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also
engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

The programs of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
emphasize biological and human dimensions of wildlife ecology and
conservation in local to international arenas.  Department faculty may be
affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies, Center for African
Studies, and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  Also
housed with the Department is the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife
Research Unit, whose principal focus is on wetlands wildlife and ecosystem
restoration and conservation. The nearby 3,600-hectare Ordway-Swisher
Biological Station, managed by the UF Department of Wildlife Conservation
and Ecology, provides an outdoor laboratory for teaching and a site for
long-term field research, and has been designated to serve as a National
Science Foundation NEON core site.

Several units on or nearby the University of Florida campus complement the
teaching and research programs of the Department, including The Florida
Climate Institute, an interdisciplinary center hosted at UF and comprising 7
Florida universities; Biotechnologies for Ecological, Evolutionary, and
Conservation Sciences; the Tropical Conservation and Development Program in
the Center for Latin American Studies; Center for Natural Resources; Center
for Wetlands; Center for Biological Conservation; Pre-eminence initiatives
in Bioinformatics and Biodiversity; Florida Museum of Natural History;
Northeast Regional Data Center; National Ecology Laboratory (Sirenia) of
USGS; Florida Field Station (Gainesville) of the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research
Laboratory; Southeastern Forest Experiment Station unit of the U.S. Forest
Service; The Nature Conservancy; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the
Wildlife Research Laboratory of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission; and others.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern
temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers,
backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove
fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine
flatwoods, and rangeland.  Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of
Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and
estuaries.  Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an
archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades,
or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.  As a
gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, Florida provides convenient
access to tropical environments, and diverse expertise on campus.

Employment Conditions:
This position is available 1 July 2015, and will be filled as soon
thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available; specific start date is
negotiable.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience,
and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Nominations:
Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and
address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
P.O. Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430

Telephone:              (352) 846-0552
Facsimile:              (352) 392-6984
Electronic Mail:        docg@ufl.edu

Application Information:

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/58734 and submit:
o Application
o Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and
qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
o Curriculum vitae
o Statement of research and teaching/mentoring philosophies (4-page limit
total – attach as ‘Other Document’)
o Names and contact information for at least 3 references

Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree should be sent
to:

Please refer to Requisition # 0906992
Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
P.O. Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430

Telephone:              (352) 846-0552
Facsimile:              (352) 392-6984
Electronic Mail:        docg@ufl.edu

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the
hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official”
if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an
education institution outside of the United States are required to be
evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be
found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection
process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s
‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with
disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Good Morning Folks,

I’m pleased to release the following funding announcement for four privately funded GA’s within SOEST and CNS, beginning next academic year (2 start in 2015, 2 start in 2016).  Applications are due by January 15th, and students from Hawaii, who are entering MS programs in Botany, Geology and Geophysics, Oceanography, and Marine Biology are eligible to apply, if they meet the attached criteria.

Please distribute widely to your networks, post on your announcement boards, and share with other partners in the state you think may be able to connect to prospective local graduate students.

The Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation has generously offered to provide recipients with full stipends, along with a generous funding allocation for travel, professional development, student fees, books, etc.
SOEST_CNS_Hauoli Mau Loa_Graduate Assistantship Announcement_2014

Cool Read.

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/when-a-scientist-picks-up-a-camera-an-interview-with-andrew-snyder

PhD Position in “Transdisciplinary Approaches to Global Mountain Environment and Livelihood Sustainability” at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Mountains are globally ubiquitous, locally unique social-ecological systems (SES) that provide ecosystems services to over half of the world’s population.  Mountain SES provide a disproportionate measure of the world’s ecosystem services yet are exposed to disasters, degradation, extreme events and climate change. Regardless of their location, there are fundamental system characteristics that emerge from mountain dynamics that we must understand to address mountain vulnerability and resilience in the face of mounting global environmental change.  This NSF-funded project is using participatory modeling frameworks to understand system dynamics across scales and to explore alternative future trajectories in the different contexts of mountain systems.  We are also employing and evaluating transdisciplinary approaches to link science with policy and practice in mountains around the world. The prospective student could pursue various avenues of research related to the broad goals of the project.

Qualifications: Candidates with experience and/or interest in two of the following areas are encouraged to apply for this position: geographic information systems; coupled social-ecological systems modeling; transdisciplinary science; sustainability science; approaches that draw on multiple knowledge systems; ecosystem services; collaborative conservation.  Experience living or working in mountains, and a passion for sustaining mountain environments and cultures, are also beneficial qualities.  Candidates with a Master’s degree or significant experience are preferred.  The prospective student should be highly motivated, able to work with a diverse, international team (e.g. researchers at various levels; different types of stakeholders); mature, and organized; a good writer and communicator; able to multi-task; willing to assist with project-related activities that include workshops, digital media, and educational activities.  The student will be part of the <http://ecology.colostate.edu/>Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence at <http://www.colostate.edu/>Colorado State University and will also collaborate with colleagues in Oregon, Florida and around the world.

Application Process: To apply for this position, please email a PDF that includes (1) a cover letter explaining interest and relevant experience; (2) a CV or resume that includes the name/email/phone number of three professional references and (3) a copy of university transcripts (unofficial is okay) to:  <mailto:Julia.Klein@colostate.edu>Julia.Klein@colostate.edu.  We will begin to review applications on December 15.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

REMINDER: Special Webinar Invitation from the Ecological Society of America ‐ Open to the Public

Making the Connections Between Human Rights and Ecology
November 25, 2014
12:00‐1:00pm EST

This webinar is designed to help participants consider the connections between ecology and human rights. It will provide an overview of the international human rights foundational documents, consider what a human rights-based approach to ecology might look like, provide examples of ecologists connecting their work to human rights, and help participants consider how they might apply their own expertise to human rights. This is offered in collaboration with the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition and the Ecological Society of America.

Register at this website:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/515734934

Webinar Leaders:
Jessica Wyndham is Associate Director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she coordinates the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Her main area of focus is on engaging scientists in efforts to conceptualize and implement the right to the benefits of scientific progress. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University where she teaches a graduate course on internal displacement. She has worked extensively throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, including for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement.

Clifford Duke is the Director of the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Office of Science Programs, which promotes the continued development of ecological science and its integration into decision-making and education. At ESA, he leads a wide range of projects, including outreach efforts for engagement of the U.S. scientific community in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); Sustaining Biological Infrastructure, an annual short course on strategic financial planning for project directors; and support for ESA’s Vegetation Classification Panel. Dr. Duke has been a member of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition since its inception and currently co-chairs the Coalition’s Service to the STEM Community Working Group.

Title: Conservation Past and Present: Apply ‘Tradtional Resource Management’ Philosophies to Contemporary Conservation PRactices on Kauai
Presenter: Kawika Winter, Ph.D., Director of Limahuli Garden & Preserve

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMN

@ Common Ground Kauai (North Shore Kilauea)
4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754
Contact person: Kawika winter
Phone: 808-826-1668
Email: kwinter@ntbg.org

Flyer:
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Nov 21, 6:30P – 8P LIV Hawaii Gathering with Moana Meyer

There are many wonderful people throughout the world who needlessly suffer the ravages of degenerative disease, obesity, lack of energy and financial difficulties.  Liv’s mission is to empower everyone to “Liv Life Well” by providing families products and information that rapidly improve and maintain excellent health and energy, attractive appearance, sustained mental acuity and financial prosperity.

Nov 22, 2P – 4P

Mutual Publishing Keiki Book Signing:

Uncle’s Magic Thrownet by Todd Yamashita
Alphabet Hukilau by Vera Arita and Mariko Merritt

Where:
Native Books Hawaii · 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1000 · Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 · USA