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Friday, June 24

Johns Hopkins University: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Advanced Academic Programs

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS

Location: Washington, DC

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) unit of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University seeks an academic program director to oversee its graduate level Environmental Programs. Since 1993, Johns Hopkins has provided high-quality master’s degrees to students in the Baltimore-Washington area.  With three degrees and one certificate, and with substantial parts of these curricula available online, the program enjoys a national and international reputation, with increasing numbers of online students.  The position of Academic Program Director is a full-time, twelve-month faculty and administrative position (non-tenure track) with an initial appointment of one year.

The Academic Program Director is responsible for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (this degree includes four optional concentrations; available onsite in Washington, DC or online with a residency requirement)
  • Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate (available in DC or fully online)
  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)

A newly created Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence is in its final stages of approval and will also be a responsibility for the Academic Program Director of Environmental Programs.  In addition to teaching, responsibilities include the day-to-day operation and management of academic programming, including instruction, curriculum development, academic planning and scheduling in addition to hiring and supervising full-time, part-time, limited-time, and adjunct faculty.  Full-time and part-time faculty may include one or more Associate Program Directors and one or more Program Coordinators.  The Academic Program Director serves as the primary faculty recruiter for his or her program, and works closely with AAP’s marketing and finance teams to promote the program and to manage its budget.

Major responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching three graduate courses
  • Curriculum oversight and development
  • Academic advising and administration
  • Program promotion, including outreach to prospective students and partners
  • Hiring and supervising of program faculty
  • Budgetary management and financial planning

Academic Program Directors report to discipline-based program chairs as well as to the Dean of the Krieger School through the Associate Dean for Advanced Academic Programs.

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., MBA, JD, etc.) in a discipline related to the Environmental Sciences or Environmental Policy (Environmental Chemistry, Ecology, Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Geography, or Environmental Policy).  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate significant academic experience and research in both environmental science and policy areas.  Candidates should possess experience managing online programs or at least to have taught in an online environment as well as have administrative and/or management experience (preferably in an academic setting). Ideally, the candidate should also understand and promote modern day computing practices in instructional technology, such as cloud computing and virtualization, which are a foundation of some of the programs. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; for best consideration please apply online before July 7, 2016.  Please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now for Free" button below and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for 3 professional references, and a recent salary history.

Tuesday, June 14

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship Application 2016

Applications are due July 18, 2016

Internship dates: September 6, 2016 – December 16, 2016


The Coral Restoration Foundation Internship is a rigorous program that allows participants to delve into the world of coral restoration, marine ecology, and non-profit management. Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in our Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns will learn a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting and engaging visitors, processing field data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to work closely with CRF staff members on a variety of projects related to conservation and non-profit administration. Diving takes place 1-4* times per week, with interns assisting CRF staff and volunteers with the management of CRF’s offshore coral nurseries, the out-planting of coral colonies, and the monitoring of reefs throughout the Florida Keys. Interns will also play a crucial role as the team leaders for the groups of recreational divers that participate in CRF’s dive programs throughout the year. On these programs, interns will be expected to lead divers of varying skill levels through basic nursery and out-planting tasks. Interns are also asked to present to the community on several occasions, assist at outreach events, and participate in important discussions within the foundation. Internship positions generally last four months and are full-time positions (40hrs/wk). Interns are given a moderate monthly stipend.

**Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.**

QUALIFICATIONS

• Applicant must be 18+ years of age or older.
• Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program having completed at least two years of study at an accredited college or university, be in enrolled in a graduate program, or be a recent graduate from a college or university.
• Applicant should have at least 30 logged dives.
• Housing and reliable vehicular transportation must be provided by the intern. Applicants should keep in mind the cost of living in the Florida Keys can be between $800.00-$1200.00 monthly. Rent will be less expensive if intern teams share living spaces.
• All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern. This means: BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, weights, and gloves.
• Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time (8 hours a day for several days in a row).
• Preference will be given to students who have studied or are studying marine science, specifically coral reefs.
• Preference will be given to those with Advanced Open Water dive certification and higher, those with boat diving experience, and those with ocean diving experience.
• Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, proof of DAN insurance, and proof of CPR/First Aid training.

To apply: please compile and email the following documents in a single PDF to Ashley Hill, Intern Coordinator, at ashley@coralrestoration.org.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume and/or CV (including contact information for three references)
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation can be from listed references and sent separately)

Wednesday, June 8

Volunteer opportunity with Michigan Sea Grant

This year, Michigan Sea Grant has have received funding for a youth educational river snorkeling program for summer 2016. They will be partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council and the Ann Arbor/Ypsi YMCA for a day-long program that is designed to get middle-school aged kids out to the Huron River to learn about water quality and to go snorkeling and get in touch with some of the life in the river. Part of the program involves the kids being able to talk to experts in the field to learn more about watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, stream morphology, and identify some of the critters they find. We will also be dipping for benthic macroinvertebrates and seining for minnows.

Sea Grant is looking for EEB faculty, staff, or students with backgrounds in aquatic ecology or biology that may be interested in serving as volunteer experts. The first programs will be held on Wednesday June 22nd and Wednesday June 29th from 10-3, with the possibility of 4-6 more days between July and August. Volunteers can sign up for just one day or as many as they want to.

Contact 
Jack Cotrone, Program Assistant
Michigan Sea Grant, University of Michigan
jacotron@umich.edu 

Monday, June 6

Postdoctoral Opportunity with the Marine
Biology Research Division at SIO

Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee

Academic Division: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Academic Department/Research Unit: Marine Biology Research Division
Disciplinary Specialty of Research: parasitology, physiology, behavior, fish, birds, ecology, estuaries

Description: The position will involve taking on a 1.5 year project in the Hechinger Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The project is part of a larger, international project. Collaborators include Dr. Øyvind Øverli (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Dr. Kelly Weinersmith (Rice University). The overall project weds parasitology, ecology, behavior, neurobiology, and omics. This post-doc will examine the
impacts on estuarine birds by Euhaplorchis californiensis, a trematode parasite. The parasite uses birds as final hosts, but effects there are countered to unknown extent by the parasites modifying the behavior of the birds’ prey, the California killifish, making them easier to catch.

The current plan is for the post-doc to be lead a laboratory study using controlled exposures of final hosts (birds, rodents) to document the parasite impacts on those hosts. Impacts will be measured at least by growth rates and, likely, metabolic rates (respirometry). The post-doc may also be involved with other aspects of the project, including a field experiment using fish in enclosures to quantify how fish infection changes bird predation rates and success.

Salary/Stipend Information: NIH standard & based on years of postdoc experience

Qualifications and preferred academic background: Candidates should possess some or all of these attributes (some of which, including parasitological skills, can be learned on the job):

1. Ability to handle, maintain, and dissect birds and rodents.
2. Ability to do respirometry on air breathing vertebrates.
3. Ability to dissect fish, birds, and rodents, and quantify parasite abundance and body size.
4. Have good communication, organizational, collaborative skills.
5. Have solid analytical skills. At least a working knowledge of general and generalized linear models. Dynamical modelling skills are a plus, but not required.
6. Proven writing/publication skills as indicated by published papers.
7. Experience or ability to deal with live, wild estuarine birds.

Appointment Length/Period: Appointment will start as early as 1 August 2016 and continue for 1.5 years.

Application procedure: Send an email with subject header “POST-DOC APPLICATION”, with an attachment of a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Dr. Hechinger at rhechinger@ucsd.edu.

Application Closing Date: 24 Jun 2016

Friday, June 3

June 2016 Fulbright Info Sessions


U.S. Student Program

 

Application DeadlineSept. 7 at noon


June Information Sessions:

 

“How to Design a Winning Fulbright Project”

Tuesday, June 7 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
and
Thursday, June 9 | 11am -12pm
Webinar*

“How to Craft Successful Fulbright Statements”

Tuesday, June 21 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
and
Thursday, June 23 | 11am -12pm
Webinar*

“Getting Started with your Application”

Tuesday, June 28 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.

*Laptops are encouraged and welcomed*
A link for each webinar will be made available closer to the event date on the U-M Fulbright Resources CTools site under the GCalendar tab. For details on how to join the CTools site, or more information on the Fulbright program, please visit our webpage.

Please contact staff at iifellowships-fulbright@umich.edu with questions.
Fulbright Program Advisors are available for advising by appointment. These appointments may be in-person, via phone or Google Chat.

Advising appointments for Academic applicants

Advising appointments for ETA or Arts applicants

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC)

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC) is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students in basic research programs to complement their graduate studies with specialized courses in translational research.

You can find information at our website:http://www.michr.umich.edu/education/predoctoral/trec

Feel free to contact Donna Shewach (dshewach@umich.edu) or Shannon Marshall (marshsm@med.umich.edu) if you have any questions.

The deadline to apply for fall entry into the program is July 22nd.

Thursday, June 2

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to participate in a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded study of the influence of natural oil and gas seeps on the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. The position will include fieldwork in the Gulf of Mexico, laboratory analyses of field samples, analysis of metagenomic datasets and synthesis with environmental data sets.

Applicants should have a PhD in marine ecological sciences and/or microbial bioinformatics and have a strong foundation in biological oceanography, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Applicants with experience in microbial ecology and a strong bioinformatics background are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be willing and capable of participating in oceanographic cruises.

Fieldwork will begin in July 2016 and applicants must be able to participate at that time.

Appointment will be for 1-year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

This position will be based at the Lamont campus in Rockland County, NY, near New York City.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled. If necessary, please contact Ajit Subramaniam (ajit@ldeo.columbia.edu), or Andrew Juhl (andyjuhl@ldeo.columbia.edu) for more information about the project.

Please visit our online application site at:
https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62849
for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, a statement of past research experience and future interests and contact information for three references.

Columbia University benefits provided with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --
Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.

Thursday, May 26

APHIS Job Openings

I wanted to inform you of 2 job openings with USDA-APHIS in Miami, FL.  Please feel free to post, distribute and forward this email.  Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.
Links to job announcements:



Regards,
Andrea

Andrea Beam, DVM MS
Agriculturist
USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T-CPHST Miami Lab
13601 Old Cutler Road, Bldg 63
Miami, FL 33158

Office: (305) 278-4888
Mobile: (786) 514-0039

Monday, May 23

House/petsitter needed for Jun 10 - 17, 2016

Hi All,

Gina Baucom is looking for a dog/house sitter for June 10th-27th willing to stay overnights at their house in Dexter. They have a needy lab (2 yrs old) named Chris that loves to play fetch, a hermit crab, a fish and tarantula that need caring after. Own transportation is a must since they live in Dexter township (right across from the Hudson Mills Metropark). Compensation for your time and effort offered!

Contact rsbaucom@umich.edu

Thursday, May 19

PD Soros: Graduate School Fellowship for New Americans

Dear Dean Martin,

We just launched the application for the 2017 Class of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, and I am reaching out because we would like to encourage top students from the University of Michigan to apply. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1, 2016 deadline. Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.

We are looking for individuals who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.

For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web information session or to apply, go to: www.pdsoros.org.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Warmest Regards,
Craig Harwood

Craig Harwood
Director
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
twitter: @PDSoros
facebook: /PDSoros
instagram: @PDSoros

Monday, May 16

Job Posting - Interim Intro Biology Coordinator

Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges
Biology Laboratory Coordinator

The Keck Science Department, which houses the biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics faculty for Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges (three of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges), seeks to fill the position of Biology Laboratory Coordinator, to begin immediately. The Coordinator will oversee the set-up and preparation of the laboratory curriculum for the department’s Introductory Biology laboratories, will manage and train undergraduate teaching assistants, will work collaboratively with faculty teaching in the laboratories, and will teach two laboratory sections per semester. This is a one-year, full time position with the possibility of renewal based on performance and departmental needs. A Master’s degree in Biology or related
interdisciplinary field is required.

Please apply online at https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/staff/staff_openings.php. Upload a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on May 12, 2016, and the position will remain open until filled. For questions please contact Jennifer Armstrong at
jarmstrong@kecksci.claremont.edu.

The Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges is an equal opportunity employer.

Friday, April 29

Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan--CRLT Workshops in May

Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan: Registration Open for May Workshop Series

As an instructor at U-M, how can you contribute to a campus climate where all students feel valued and fully supported as members of our academic community? This is the key question behind the upcoming Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan workshop series, which will be held for the first time this May. 
U-M instructors in all disciplines are invited to register for one or more of these workshops focused on concrete strategies for inclusive teaching, through classroom practices, course design, and both formal and informal interactions with students.  Held during the first three weeks of May, and led by staff and faculty from CRLT, IGR, and LSA, this series of workshops will include opportunities to:
This is just a sampling of topics featured in the series, which is free to U-M faculty and GSIs. Detailed information for all sessions and registration links are available here
The May events will kick off with the new CRLT Players sketch A Thousand Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns, which explores student experiences of climate challenges include racism and Islamophobia and sparks dialogue about ways instructors can supportively engage with students who have encountered biased treatment or microaggressions in academic settings.  Anyone who registers for two or more events in the series is also invited to join a closing luncheon where participants can reflect together on what they have learned and think further about ways to apply those lessons in their teaching as well as share them with colleagues.
Please join us!

2016 SEEDS Spring Newsletter

The SEEDS program of the Ecological Society of America 
Empowering the next generation of ecologist!
2016 SEEDS Spring Newsletter
Greetings SEEDS Friends,

Happy Spring! We have been very busy in 2016 and there are many more trips and opportunities to come.  We hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather, we sure did, for our 2016 SEEDS Leadership Meeting in Otto, NC this month! The ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is coming up and applications are still open for SEEDS Alumni and Undergraduates.  We have partnered up again with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program to host 50 students this year and we need a lot of mentors to sign up for them! Also, in a few weeks we are hosting a SEEDS National Field Trip to the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. This and more in this edition of the SEEDS Newsletter and... SEEDS IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!!!
2016 ESA Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Applications are OPEN for SEEDS Travel Awards to the ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

The SEEDS Program offers travel awards for Undergraduate Students (fully funded) and 
SEEDS Graduate Alumni ($800). Travel awards help expenses to attend the ESA Meeting including air travel, meals, lodging, and registration. Travel awards are funded through support of the National Science Foundation and ESA member donations.
Are you an ESA Member who has attended other ESA Annual Meetings?  Are you attending the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale?  If you answered YES to both these and would like to know more about becoming a SEEDS Mentor, please visit out Mentor Sign-Up page for more information.  Help us guide our students through this amazing event! SEEDS Chapter advisers are welcome to sign up.

Sponsor your student to Fort Lauderdale!

If you are in the position to support one or more underrepresented undergraduate students to participate in the 2016 th ESA Annual Meeting and would like for him/her to be included in all of the amazing SEEDS program activities, including a meeting mentor! Send us an email to seeds@esa.org or visit our Annual Meeting Packages page for more information.
2016 SEEDS Leadership Meeting

This past month the SEEDS program hosted its 11th Leadership Meeting themed: Diversity for Healthy Forests: The connection between forestry science and society. We sponsored 19 students from all over the US to join us in Otto, North Carolina for a weekend full of science and leadership skills! With funding from the USDS Forest Service and our hosts at the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab we were able to learn about forestry and hydrology sciences in an amazing location. We had workshops about science communication and policy, hosted a career panel and was honored by the participation of ESA President, Dr. Monica Turner! Stay tuned for the Forestry toolkit that we prepared for the meeting and the education activities that our students developed during the meeting.  To check out all the amazing images from the meeting follow us on Facebook!
SEEDS Chapter Grants - updates! 

Congratulations to these SEEDS Chapters who received a SEEDS Chapter Grant! Our Chapter Grants are available every fall - visit our SEEDS Chapter Grants page.  Funding for this part of the program comes from donations of ESA members and friends, to help SEEDS continue its mission to increase diversity within ecology please donateFor information on how to start a SEEDS Chapter at your institution, please visit our Start a Chapter page!

North Carolina State University SEEDS Chapter

 The North Carolina State University SEEDS chapter will host a vermicompostiing workshop in June with world renowned vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman. SEEDS @ NCSU has built victory gardens throughout the year, empowering people in the local community to grow their own food. The students also constructed a little free library that is now featured at NCSU's student-led SOUL Garden.

Univeristy of California, Davis SEEDS Chapter 

The Davis chapter is collecting and identifying native bees to make a reference collection for scientists and create a long-term data set. So far, we've collected about 600 bees and identified about 250 to genus level. We've collected at two University of California Natural Reserves, and visited both vernal pool wildflowers at Jepson Prairie and post-fire wildflowers at Stebbins Cold Canyon.


Livingstone College SEEDS Chapter 

The Chapter students, under the advisory of Dr. Sashi Sabaratnam, have been working hard this spring getting ready for their campus garden to promote teaching of gardening / growing crops, to Livingstone students and community members. Students visited the farm to prepare the soil and plant culinary 'herbs' like rosemary, basil, thyme etc. on raised beds that existed from last year's planting. The project also attracted local church members, veterans, USDA personal and local farm owners to the farm. This small project brought together the 'local brains in horticulture, environmental science, and conservation' together. 

Dillard University SEEDS Chapter 

The Dillard University SEEDS chapter participants are re-vitalizing the campus greenhouse by growing and collecting data on numerous bee pollinated and local plants while collaborating with schools and community outreach programs to disseminate knowledge. Plants with a rich tradition of culinary and medicinal uses have been established and will continue to be monitored. Seventy-four percent (20 out of 27) of the plants attempted to grow are 
successfully established. Future research directives should include enhancing educational outreach with the community and schools and the creation of raised beds on campus to successfully transfer plants from the greenhouse to an outdoor environment so that they can be used by faculty, staff, and students.
SEEDS Program | Ecological Society of America | 202.833.8773 | seeds@esa.org
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Wednesday, April 27

BMC Ecology image competition - open to all ecologists!


To the University of Michigan Ecology Department,
                     
The annual BMC Ecology image competition is accepting submissions through May 29, and I just wanted to reach out again and encourage students and ecologists in your department to submit their images! We have an expert panel of judges that will award a $400 grand prize.

The competition is very popular, encourages creativity and highlights the research of ecologists worldwide.

Attached is a flyer with the details if you would like to post or distribute it within your department, or check this link for further information: http://bmcecol.biomedcentral.com/imagecomp2016-page

The competition closes May 29, and provides an opportunity to win cash prizes, be featured in the journal, and possibly receive international media attention – past competitions have been picked up by Scientific AmericanIBT TimesBBC and The Guardian.

Please let me know if you have any questions – this is a very fun event and I look forward to receiving submissions from Michigan ecologists!

Join RELATE's Communication Fundamentals Workshop

Do you want to more effectively communicate your research?

This summer, Rackham Graduate School and the RELATE team invite you to participate in the RELATE communication training workshop for STEM researchers. If you are interested in improving your communication skills and engaging in scientific communication to lay-audiences, then the RELATE workshop is for you! Here are details of what you will gain during the 6 week Communication Fundamentals Workshop:
  • Learn effective communication techniques in order to talk with lay-audiences about your research
  • Build a polished elevator pitch and a short lay-audience style talk on an area of interest in your field
  • Make a video of your talk that you can share as part of a professional portfolio (on social media, LinkedIn, etc.) 
If you are a graduate student with a defined research project and are interested in participating in RELATE, please attend one of our required information sessions:
Required Information Sessions (and registration links):
4-5 pm on Tuesday, May 10 in the Rackham Amphitheatre 
To Register:  https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wsreg.php?ws_id=361
10-11 am on Wednesday, May 11 in Lurie Engineering Center: 
To Register:  https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wsreg.php?ws_id=362

The information sessions will cover more details regarding the RELATE Communication Fundamentals Workshop itself and the application process. The Communication Fundamentals Workshop will be followed in late summer by the Advanced Oral Communication Workshop. Further details about this will also be provided at the information sessions. If you have any questions about the workshop or the information sessions, please e-mail us at RELATE.coordinators@umich.edu. We hope to see you on May 10th or 11th!
 
More about RELATE:
RELATE is a science communication training and public engagement organization that facilitates conversations between researchers and local communities. During our practice-based workshops, graduate students and early career researchers develop lay-audience communication skills and create an original portfolio of digital media and oral presentations. Workshop participants then put their communication skills into action and engage with Southeastern Michigan communities both online and through our public engagement events. You can also visit us at www.learntoRELATE.org!