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REMINDER – The East-West Center Arts Program presents

Music of the Himalayas

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:00–9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
EWC Imin Center – Jefferson Hall

The Himalayamountain range, home of Mt. Everest and the birthplace of the Buddha, is rich with history, art, and culture. These concerts will highlight the diverse musical traditions of the region, including both the folkmusic of Nepal and classical ragas.Acclaimed local and visiting artists will enchant audiences with the Nepali folk sarangi, classical sarangi, tabla drums,madal drums, bansuri flute, voice, and tanpura.

Tickets:
$20 general
$10 youth (17 & under), college students
$15 seniors (60+),military, EWC/UH faculty & staff

http://ewcarts.bpt.me
1-800-838-3006 (24/7, toll-free)
At the door, one hour before showtime

Generous support provided by Aston Hotels & Resorts, the Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA), and Himalayan Kitchen.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Richard H. Cox, Barbara B. Smith, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

http://arts.EastWestCenter.org

 

Performance Announcement

Performance Announcement

 

Music of the Himalayas

A concert of classical and folk music of Nepal

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:00–9:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

 

Hawaii Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall

East-West Center

 

 

 

The Himalaya mountain range, home of Mt. Everest and the birthplace of the Buddha, is rich with history, art, and culture. These concerts will highlight the diverse musical traditions of the region, including both the folk music of Nepal and classical ragas. Acclaimed local and visiting artists will enchant audiences with the Nepali folk sarangi, classical sarangi, tabla drums, madal drums, bansuri flute, voice, and tanpura.

 

Featuring:

 

Parashuram Bhandari – sarangi (bowed lute)

Ram Kumar Singh – bansuri (bamboo flute)

Abhijit Banerjee – tabla (drums)

Anna Stirr – voice, madal (drums)

Babette Ackin – tanpura (plucked lute)

 

 

 

Tickets:

$20 general

$10 youth (17 & under), college students

$15 seniors (60+), military, EWC/UH faculty & staff

 

http://ewcarts.bpt.me | 1-800-838-3006 (24/7, toll-free) At the door, one hour before showtime

 

 

Generous support provided by Aston Hotels & Resorts and the Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA)

 

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Richard H. Cox, Barbara B. Smith, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

 

For further information: 944-7177

http://arts.EastWestCenter.org

 

FYI

Educators—It’s April and Earth Day is around the corner. Join us for the momentous launch of the inaugural Climate Education Week April 18th-25th! Earth Day Network has released a free toolkit to assist educators in instructing the basics and importance of climate change. www.climateeducationweek.org

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteers beginning April 20, 2015 for up to 8 months to join the 10th Crazy Ant Strike Team (CAST X) Expedition to Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge to work towards eradicating an infestation of the Yellow Crazy Ant (YCA), Anoplolepis gracilipes, on Johnston Island.

Johnston Atoll is located in the central Pacific Ocean, over 700 nautical miles west-southwest of Honolulu, and is uninhabited except for the four volunteers and one crew leader. The refuge is managed for 14 species of breeding seabirds and 5 species of wintering shorebirds in addition to its diverse coral reef and marine organism assemblages, including the
threatened Green Sea Turtle. The atoll’s four small islands constitute the only non-rat-infested land area in approximately 750,000 square miles of ocean, making it critical seabird nesting habitat. Volunteers will have the rare opportunity to live in this remote setting surrounded by abundant birds and sea life.

Applicants must be willing and able to work 48 hours per week. Must be physically fit and able to walk 10 miles a day over variable terrain, lift and carry 70 lbs, ride a bicycle, swim, and be able to perform repetitive stooping and bending motions. Must be able to perform all duties in various weather conditions including high heat and humidity, strong winds, and rain. Must be able to work well independently as well as closely in a small group, be easy-going with a good sense of humor, and flexible to changing conditions. All CAST members must follow all pesticide and safety protocols. Qualified applicants must possess a valid passport that will not expire before March 2016. Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license is preferred.

Prior experience in the following is preferred: camping, invasive species control, shorebird and seabird identification and monitoring, entomological surveying, familiarity with GIS tools and software, data management, pesticide application, being awesome.

Please see the posting on Texas A&M for the full position description and how to apply:
http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/10th-crazy-ant-strike-team-volunteer-johnston-atoll-honolulu-hi/

The `Ilima SACNAS Chapter at UH is hosting the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, April 17-19, 2015.  The free public event will feature award-winning keynote speakers, a career opportunities workshop, a research symposium, and an awards ceremony bbq reception.

All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to submit an abstract to present their research in any science, technology, engineering, or math discipline.  Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 3, 2015.

Registration is free (thanks to our sponsors) and open to the public.  Registration closes on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Meeting Website: http://www.sacnashawaii.org/regionalmeeting/

Contact sacnas@hawaii.edu or `Ilima Chapter President Austin.Shelton@hawaii.edu for any questions or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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Organization: State University of New York College of Environmental Science
and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYSDEC)

Salary: A per diem allowance and housing will be provided.

Description: We seek 2 field technicians this summer (June 1 – August 31) to
assist our moose research program in the Adirondack Park, New York. Moose
began recolonizing the Adirondack region in the early 1980s following a 100 year absence, but their status and trends are largely unknown. Researchers from SUNY ESF, the NYSDEC, and our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell University, have initiated programs to estimate the status and trends of moose in the Adirondacks and determine the factors limiting their population. This winter we implemented winter aerial surveys to estimate moose population size and distribution and deployed GPS collars
to document spatial patterns. This summer we will extend our research
program by conducting ground-based surveys to assess available moose habitat and document browsing patterns. Two field technicians will work with co-PIs Dr. Jacqueline Frair (Associate Professor) and Dr. Paul Schuette (Postdoctoral Associate) of SUNY ESF and NYSDEC biologists to implement these summer surveys.

Field Activities: Technicians will be expected to work as a team to gather
ecological data that will evaluate moose habitat availability, forage
quantity and quality, forage selection, and browsing intensity. Methods will
include vegetation sampling of woody plants typical of moose diet at
designated sites across the Adirondacks. At each site, technicians will also collect and store biological samples, including vegetation clippings and moose feces, for future laboratory analyses. Technicians will be responsible for accurate data recording in the field, sample storage, and data
entry/management.

Work Environment: This work will include extensive hiking, often over
long-distances and off-trail, with field packs that may up weigh up to 40
lbs. Navigation to field sites will require familiarity with handheld GPS units. Field work will include long days in unpredictable summer weather
conditions. Candidates for this position must be energetic, easy-going, and
capable of coping with unforeseen challenges that often arise in the field.
Rustic summer field housing will be provided in a camper trailer or cabin in
the Adirondack Park. Frequent tent camping is expected.

Qualifications:
– Undergraduate students who are in the final stages of their undergraduate
degree (3rd or 4th year) or recent university graduates with an interest in
wildlife ecology and conservation
– Familiarity with ecological research techniques and data collection procedures
– Previous vegetation sampling experience and familiarity with plant
identification preferred
– Comfortable working in remote field conditions
– Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
– Experience working, camping, or hiking in the backcountry
– Able to follow written and verbal instructions to ensure accurate and
consistent data collection
– Comfortable with computer software including Microsoft Excel
– Familiarity with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS would be useful, but is not
required

Application Details: Please send a 1-2 page letter of interest, CV, and
contact information for 3 references as one attachment to Paul Schuette by
email: pschuett@esf.edu by March 31, 2015. Please email with any questions
prior to the application deadline.

This position serves as a Biological Science Technician in Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The incumbent will be responsible for organizing, scheduling, and executing a native plant restoration project and will construct and install connectivity modifiers to capture sediment and litter, collect, produce and sow native seed, treat nonnative plants manually and with herbicides, and monitor treatment effectiveness. Practical knowledge of a wide range of ecological concepts, on-the-ground restoration skills and ability to work well with staff and a diversity of park partners is required. This will include some monitoring which will require the ability to identify documented and newly introduced species to the park and the ability to distinguish native species vs. nonnative. This position involves physically demanding work in steep and rugged terrain
and in a hot and dry climate. Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/396366700 for more details about the position and how to apply.

 

We still have space!
Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional info.
Hope to see you in Raleigh.

Spring workshop in Bioinformatics

Raleigh, North Carolina
May 18 – 22, 2015

The handling of large datasets has become intractable without some level of bioinformatic literacy. Many biologists find that there is a steep learning curve to develop the confidence required to explore their genomics datasets effectively. This bioinformatics short course includes a rich collection of hands-on instruction and lectures specifically intended to help novice users become comfortable with a range of tools currently used to analyze next-generation data. There is no prerequisite for this course other than a willingness to learn and to work hard throughout the week. All workshop exercises will be implemented via VirtualBox and focus on Illumina data.

Course participation is limited to to 25 students to ensure an intimate learning environment. Course instructors: Nic Blouin, PhD & Ian Misner PhD  Full course information/topics, contact, instructor info, and application instructions at
https://biodatatraining.wordpress.com

College Faculty and Graduate Students,

If you haven’t already signed up to attend our special seminar this Thursday, March 12, please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, March 11.  Mr. Martin Hsia from the law firm Cades Schutte will present an interesting seminar about Intellectual Property Protection.  Please see the attached file about Mr. Hsia’s seminar.

Thank you,
Carrie

 

We are please to announce the following book: Beginner’s Guide to Data Exploration and Visualisation with R. Authors: Ieno & Zuur

Book website: http://www.highstat.com/BGDEV.htm
Paperback or EBook can be order (exclusively) from: http://www.highstat.com/bookorder.htm
TOC: http://www.highstat.com/BGS/DV/TOC_Online.pdf
Price: 29 GBP
Outline:
In 2010 we published a paper in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution entitled ‘A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems’. Little did we know at the time that this paper would become one of the journal’s all-time top papers, both top downloaded and top cited papers, with 22,472 downloads between 2010 and 2014.

Based on this success we decided to extend the material in the paper into a book. It is part of our ‘Beginner’s Guide to …’ book series. We tried to write this book in such a way that the statistical knowledge level is as low as possible. A knowledge of linear regression is all that you need.

Keywords:
Outliers, normality, homogeneity, collinearity, relationships, confounding. Case studies