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Friday, October 24

Student Org. Office Space Applications Now Available

Student Org. Office Space Applications Now Available

Student organizations can now apply for office space in the Michigan Union, Michigan League, Pierpont Commons, and Trotter Multicultural Center to have space from fall 2015 through winter 2017. Space applications are reviewed by the student-led Office Space Allocation Committee (OSAC).

Office space applications are available here: maizepages.umich.edu/form/start/36785


October 15, 2014: Office space applications will be available online
January 16, 2015: Applications are due by 5pm
March 20, 2015: Allocation decisions will be posted
March 27, 2015: Written appeals are due by 5pm
April 3, 2015: Appeals will be heard
April 20, 2015: Final allocation list will be posted

For more information visit: http://campusinvolvement.umich.edu/content/office-space-allocation-committee-osac

Thursday, October 23

ESA SEEDSNouncement

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America

The SEEDS program is gearing up for the Ecological Society of America’s Centennial Celebration – 100 years of ecological science!  Because of this once in a lifetime event, we would like our SEEDS Chapters to be at the forefront of our programming during the centennial meeting.  In this edition of SEEDSNouncements we make a call to ALL of our 90 SEEDS Chapters across the United States and share a few cool activities for your Chapter this academic year!  

SEEDS Chapters:  Chapter Grants

SEEDS Chapter Grants are available to provide support for our community and allow students to develop their ideas and turn them into reality.  Whether it’s used for promotional materials, organizing a Field Trip, workshop or a Chapter research project – the SEEDS Chapter Grants can help you get you there. 
This year we are happy to announce that we have $3000 in grants for SEEDS Chapters! We will be accepting proposals for funding between $300 and $1000. Time and funds are limited so please act now.  To be eligible, you must have submitted your SEEDS Chapter Annual Report and be an active chapter with regular meetings. All grant proposals should be submitted by the chapter President and with the signature of the Chapter faculty adviser. Proposals are due by November 30, 2014.  Priority will be given to chapters who have not received grant support from SEEDS in the past year.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Fred Abbott atseeds@esa.org or call 202-833-8773.

100th ESA Annual Meeting – Send us your IDEAS!

In 2015 the Ecological Society of America will be celebrating its centennial and we are asking our community and our SEEDS Chapters to nominate ideas for the SEEDS program to celebrate this special event.  At the centennial meeting, the SEEDS program will be celebrating 19 years since it was established and with over 600 students directly served by the program and thousands more through our Chapter network we aim to highlight our program and our students many achievements.
The SEEDS staff would like YOU to send us your suggestions for events and activities for the big ESA Centennial Celebration. To send us your suggestions please visit: ESA-SEEDS Centennial Celebration and submit your IDEAS!
Here are a few ideas from interns and staff to spark your imagination:
  • Posters highlighting individual SEEDS student’s accomplishments.
  • A timeline with our entire SEEDS program adventures – Field Trips, Leadership Meetings and ESA Annual Meetings for the past 16 years!
  • A table in the exhibit hall that students and volunteers can buy and make their own seed bombs.

SEEDS Chapters: Raise funds to attend the ESA Centennial Meeting next year!
The SEEDS program has raised funds to bring about 30 students each year to the ESA Annual Meeting.  For the BIG Centennial Celebration in Baltimore, we would like to break the record! We invite Chapters to raise funds to send students to the meeting and include them in the SEEDS programming.  Through sponsorships and fundraising opportunities like food sales, movie nights, local field trips and other fun activities, we hope to see many more of our Chapter members to celebrate the big 100!!  
For more information about costs of participating at the ESA meeting, please visit our ESA Annual Meeting Packages page.  If you have any questions, please email us at seeds@esa.org

Best wishes,

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Tuesday, October 21

MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop is Friday November 7, 2014

Dear Faculty Colleagues and Rackham Ph.D. Students:
Rackham and its Mentoring Committee, MORE, are sponsoring a Mentoring Plan Workshop. A mentoring plan is a two-way agreement about needs and expectations written by a faculty research mentor and a graduate student mentee. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships as the student progresses toward degree completion. The workshop will be held on Friday November 7th, 10:30-12:30 in the Rackham Assembly Hall.
The goal of the Mentoring Plan Workshop is to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor/advisor (i.e., faculty mentor). The workshop begins from the understanding that the process of working together across different levels of academic experience, as well as differences in personal backgrounds, work styles, and life experiences, is often challenging. Although some aspects of their work together may go very smoothly and easily, there may be other aspects that are uncomfortable or awkward, and could be improved. Students and faculty will have an opportunity, in the context of this workshop, to develop a Mentoring Plan for the successful completion of their graduate program.
Prior to the workshop both faculty and student participants will be asked to complete a brief pre-survey on mentoring. During the workshop, each faculty mentor-student team will create a plan that promotes the student’s academic and professional success – the Mentoring Plan. After the workshop, both may begin implementing the plan and will be sent a post-survey shortly after the workshop and will be sent a second follow-up survey 6 months following the workshop. Information about the pre- and post-workshop surveys will be sent to participants after registration.
Because this program is aimed at the faculty mentor-student working relationship, mentors and students should attend the workshop together. (If a faculty mentor has previously attended, he/she may opt to attend only the mentor-student team meeting time to develop the Mentoring Plan.) Registration is required of both the student and faculty mentor, and we are particularly interested in offering this opportunity to student-faculty pairs at the beginning of their mentoring relationship. We are encouraging Rackham students who could benefit from this workshop to participate with their faculty mentors.
Both faculty mentor and student must register here:

Workshop Schedule for November 7, 2014 in Rackham Assembly Hall  
10:30 am - 11:00 am, Welcome & Introduction
11:00 am – 11:45 am, Small Group Breakout Sessions: (Separate for Mentors and Students)
11:45 am – 12:00 pm, Reassemble for discussion of mentoring plans.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm, Time for one-on-one work on mentoring plans.  (Lunch is available.)

For more information, please contact Larry Rowley at 734-647-4566 or llrowley@umich.edu.

Larry L. Rowley, Ph.D.
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Department of Afroamerican & African Studies
University of Michigan
1566 Rackham Building,  915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1070
 (734) 647-4566 Rackham (734) 764-9398 DAAS 

Monday, October 20

Exploring Academic Careers: Both Tenure & Non-Tenure

Seeking a careers in a university setting? 
Whether you are considering the tenured or non-tenured route, Rackham has two career exploration workshops coming up that may be of interest for you. 

October 22 at 10:30 am, Assembly Hall, Rackham
Hear from Ph.D.s who work in a variety of non-tenure track academic positions such as faculty development, academic advising, and institutional research.  You will learn how the roles are defined, required skills and methods for preparing for them.  At 12 noon, following the panel you are invited to join us for lunch where you will have the opportunity to informally interact and network with the panelists.

November 4 at 1:00 pm, East Conference Room, Rackham
Rackham is hosting a unique session for those who are considering academic leadership. This is an opportunity to gain insights into the world of academic leadership through the eyes current of U-M deans and directors. The participants and panelists will work together on an “Inbox Exercise” that is used in new dean and director leadership training to gain an understanding of the nature of the roles. There will also be a facilitated discussion on the skills needed and the variety of career paths that lead to leadership positions in academic institutions.   

I invite you to join us at these sessions to gain some vicarious insights into academic roles.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.  Hope to see you there!  

Friday, October 17

TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials workshops on October 29 and November 3, 2014

CEW and TIAA-CREF have partnered to offer financial education workshops on October 29 and November 3, 2014!!

TIAA-CREF has more than 95 years of experience helping people save and invest. They are proud to share that knowledge with University of Michigan faculty and staff in the form of fun, interactive and informative workshops.

Here are three workshops that are being offered at the Ann Arbor campus in October and November 2014. You are welcome to invite a colleague who may also want to attend, however pre-registration is requested.

A. Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement (Live Webinar)
   * Learn the basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts
   * Gain perspective on when to tap into different assets
   * Discover the flexible income choices TIAA-CREF offers

1. Wednesday, October. 29, 1- 2:00 p.m., Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North 4th Floor (A boxed lunch will be provided)
2. Monday, November 3, 4-5:00 p.m., Johnson Room, College of Engineering Lurie Building (Snacks will be provided)

Click on this link to register for either session: http://www.tiaa-cref.org/public/ns/um_cew_paying_yourself_0914.html

B. Money at Work1: Foundations of Investing
    Monday, November 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 p.m. Johnson Room, College of Engineering Lurie Building
    (A boxed lunch will be provided.)

Click on this link to register:  http://www.tiaa-cref.org/public/ns/um_cew_money_work1_0914.htm

CEW is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the education and career development of women and their families.  Join us during the fall semester for these exciting special events and workshops. To register for these and other upcoming events, please visit the CEW website (www.cew.umich.edu).

UPCH Field School of Life Sciences 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to introduce the UPCH Field School of Life Sciences 2015! This program  allows international students to study and acquire research and field experience through one of 6 wonderful short-term Summer courses in Peru. These courses have been developed by the most recognized professors from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the most prestigious Peruvian university dedicated to the biomedical sciences, with a longstanding history of successful alumni who have excelled in their fields.

Course coordinators and instructors will make extensive use of the “natural classroom”. Each course will employ a variety of strategies and teaching tools in the field, enriching and facilitating the educational learning experience of participants.

The courses involve hands on field instruction, and students are typically required to complete a small field project. Class sizes are small and enrollment in each course is limited. This provides students the opportunity of having high-level interactions with the course professors and researchers.

Courses are intensive and span from 2 weeks to one month in length. With all courses held in English (except for the Medical Spanish and Community Medicine Service Learning in Peru course which requires a B2 Spanish level), Spanish language is suggested but not required.

Our 6 courses for 2015 are:
Ecology & Conservation of Marine Mammals of the Humboldt Upwelling Ecosystem. 
August 3-13, 2015

Medical Spanish and Community Medicine Service Learning in Peru.
June 29-July 24, 2015.
Natural History of the Peruvian Tropical Coastal Marine System.
July 20-August 8, 2015.
Multidisciplinary Research on Medicinal Plants in Peru.
August 3-21, 2015.
Biology Conservation Techniques of Parrots and Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon.
January 19-February 6, 2015
June 29-July 17, 2015
Global Health, Public Health and Medical Spanish.
June 22-July 17, 2015.
Registration is now open! 

Registrations made before December 10, 2014, will receive an APPLICATON FEE WAIVER  (USD$150)
Please find more information visiting our website:
and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upchfieldschool

We would appreciate it enormously if you could pass on this information to colleagues and students who may be interested, and of course hope you join us in this exciting and fulfilling experience!!

Claudia Castillo Cantelli
UPCH Field School of Life Sciences
Av. Armendáriz 445
Miraflores, Lima 18, PERU
Phone: +51 1 6269400

Monday, October 13

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Information Session

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Information Session 

Come to an information session to learn about USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships that send students to apply their expertise in developing countries.  The presentation will be conducted by one of the program's USAID representatives.

Who Should Attend:
  • All graduate students interested in opportunities to do development focused research overseas -- any discipline is welcome!
  • Current NSF Graduate Research Fellows
  • Interested advisors and faculty.
When:  Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where:  Rackham Building, Common Room, Lower Level

Pizza will be served!  Please register so that we can confirm numbers.

Smith Lecture Friday October 17 at 3:00pm

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is Jung-Fu Lin, University of Texas.  He is speaking on Geophysical and Geochemical Consequences of the Spin Transitions of Iron in Earth’s Deep Mantle.  Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, in Room 1528 C.C. Little Building.  A reception is held following the lecture in 2540 C.C. Little. The events are free and open to the public.  A full schedule for the term may be found on our website:

Best regards, -Anne

Anne Hudon
Academic Student Services
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan


Based on a pyrolitic compositional model, the lower mantle is mainly made of ferropericlase, brigmanite (aluminous silicate perovskite), and calcium perovskite. Silicate perovskite transforms into silicate post-perovskite structure just above the core-mantle region, the D" layer. The existence of iron in the lower-mantle minerals can affect a broad spectrum of the minerals’ physical and chemical properties. In this presentation, I will address recent results and current understanding on the pressure-induced electronic spin-pairing transitions of iron and their associated effects on physical properties of host phases in lower-mantle minerals. The spin crossover of Fe2+ in ferropericlase occurs over a wide pressure-temperature range extending from the middle part to the lower part of the lower mantle. Furthermore, a high-spin to low-spin transition of Fe3+ in the octahedral site of perovskite occurs at pressures of 15-50 GPa. In post-perovskite the octahedral-site Fe3+ remains in the low-spin state at the pressure conditions of the lowermost mantle. These changes in the spin and valence states of iron as a function of pressure and temperature have been reported to affect physical, chemical, rheological, transport properties of the lower-mantle minerals. These effects of the spin transition can thus significantly consequences our understanding of the geophsyics and geochemistry of the deep Earth. I will present and evaluate the consequences of the transitions in terms of their implications to deep-Earth seismology, geochemistry, and geodynamics.

The electrons of ferrous and ferric iron ions that occupy some of the lattice sites in mantle minerals become slightly polarized in the presence of the Earth’s magnetic field. Using recent deep-Earth geophysics and geochemistry results, a model of the polarized electron spin density within the Earth has been developed to examine possible long-range spin-spin interactions between these spin-polarized geoelectrons and the spin-polarized electrons in recent particle physics experiments. Such information might eventually help reconcile seismic observations and mineral physics data with geochemical models.

Friday, October 10

lecture by Jay Kelley

You are invited to attend a talk given by distinguished paleoanthropologistDr. Jay Kelley*:

"Variation in dental development and life history in Pan"

Where: West Hall, Room 411
When: Monday, October 13 at 3 pm

*Dr. Kelley is well known for his systematic work on Eurasian and African Miocene hominoids, as well as for reconstructing the life history patterns of these fossil taxa using modern hominoid patterns of dental development.  In this talk he will discuss his recent collaborative work with Gary Schwartz and Tanya Smith investigating first molar emergence in relation to life history in West and East African chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes verus and P. t. schweinfurthii.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Kelley during his visit, please contact Laura MacLatchy (maclatch@umich.edu)

NECSI Winter School 2015: Early Registration Open

Please forward this notice to your department email list for students, postdocs, and faculty.  If this request should be directed to someone else in your department, please let us know.  Thank you.

January 5-16, 2015
NECSI Winter School
Early Registration Open
January 5-9: Complex Physical, Biological & Social Systems
January 11: Computer Programming and Complex Systems
January 12-16: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA


These courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of complex systems for application to research in their respective fields, or as a basis for pursuing complex systems research.

The winter school offers two intensive week-long courses. The courses consist of lectures, discussions, and supervised group projects. Though the second week builds on material covered in the previous week, one is not a prerequisite for the other. You may register for either or both weeks. If desired, arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.

See course descriptions below or online at:


WEEK ONE CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Dates: January 5-9, 2015

This course offers an introduction to the essential concepts of complex systems and related mathematical methods and simulation strategies with application to physical, biological and social systems. The course will particularly focus on the use of multiscale representations as a unifying approach to complex systems concepts, methods and applications.

Concepts to be discussed include: emergence, complexity, networks, self-organization, pattern formation, evolution, adaptation, fractals, chaos, cooperation, competition, attractors, interdependence, scaling, dynamic response, information, and function.

Methods to be discussed include: statistical methods, cellular automata, agent-based modeling, pattern recognition, system representation and informatics.


LAB CX102: Computer Programming and Complex

Systems Date: January 11, 2015

This course introduces computer programming in the Python language for those with little or no computer programming experience. It is designed as a precursor to CX202.

The course will present programming concepts and hands-on exercises. Topics to be covered include: data structures, algorithms, variables and assignments, numerical and logical operations, lists and dictionaries, user-defined functions, flow control, loops, and visualization.


WEEK TWO CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Dates: January 12-16, 2015

This course provides (a) an introduction to building models of complex systems (physical, biological, social and engineered), and (b) the study of networks, including topologies and dynamics of real world networks.

The course will cover the basic construction and analysis of models including identifying what is to be modeled, constructing a mathematical representation, analysis
tools and implementing and simulating the model in a computer program. Particular attention will be paid to choosing the right level of detail for the model, testing its robustness, and discussing which questions a given model can or cannot answer.

The study of networks will introduce the use of network topologies and the characterization of networks describing complex systems, including such concepts as small worlds, degree distribution, diameter, clustering coefficient, modules, and motifs. Different types of network topologies and network behaviors that model aspects of real complex systems will be described including: modular, sparse, random, scale-free, influence, transport, transformation, and structure.

NOTE: Students without a background in programming are strongly recommended to attend CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems in conjunction with CX202.


Comments from previous students:

Excellent course...useful thematic overview... applications in diverse contexts were exciting. Particularly appreciated the group project - excellent experiential pedagogy.

The course was an eye-opening framework to analyze my work through a different lens.

Presentations were extremely useful for me in understanding how to begin modeling complex systems and assessing them. Helped me understand a lot of things I have been doing so far without clearly understanding the principles.

This class very much stretched my mind to apply the ideas of complexity to the world... I believe I learned more on a grander scale... will help enrich my vocabulary and the way of thinking in the world with respect to complexity.

Excellent class. I hope to take a more active role in the community.

This course contained more insight than any other 'complexity' themed course that I have taken.

For more information and registration, visit: http://necsi.edu/education/school.html

New England Complex Systems Institute
New England Complex Systems Institute
210 Broadway Suite 101
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711

Climate Models Conference - Deadline to Register Oct 10 - Free Registration for Grads

Hi all, 

Could you please share this with graduate students and faculty members in your area? 


This is a reminder that this Friday is the deadline to register for the upcoming Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, & Scientific Perspectives conference on Oct 24-26 in London. 

The full program is now available on the website for the conference.

A new, easy online registration is now online, and registration is free (but required) for undergraduate and graduate students. 

The deadline to register is this Friday, October 10, 2014. 

I hope you can join us, 


Rob Read
Administrative Assistant 
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
Stevenson Hall, Rm. 2150E
London, ON, Canada, N6A 5B8
e. robread@uwo.ca

p. 519.661.2111 x85740

Oct. 17 UM-SFI Conference Agenda

Annual UM-SFI Meeting
Special topic in honor of Rick Riolo
The Science and Practice of Computational Modeling 
October 17th
8:30am - 5:30 pm - lunch will be provided
Please RSVP here:  http://goo.gl/YTZNoJ

This year's annual UM-SFI meeting will be held in honor of Rick Riolo. Rick, as you all know, has been a central person in CSCS for more than three decades, and much of his research has been in the area of interdisciplinary modeling.  The core faculty of CSCS thought it appropriate to organize this year's conference on a theme that's at the core of so much of Rick's research: what's a good computational model?  The conference will include panels on small models used to drive insights, models linked to data, and large, more realistic models, as well as a discussion on the philosophy of modeling. 

The current list of speakers includes Jim Wilson, Elizabeth Bruch, Robert Savit, Jim Johnson, David Strang, Ravi Bhavnani, William Rand, Ross Hammond, Carl Simon, Patrick Grim and Bob Axelrod.

UM-SFI is an annual meeting co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan and the Sante Fe Institute

Career Process Groups for Ph.D. Students Interested in Non-academic Options

Are you a Ph.D. student considering alternatives to academic career options? Are you exploring possibilities or active in your non-academic job search?  

The Career Center is excited to invite you to participate in our newly created Get Up and Go Groups, exclusively for Ph.D. students exploring or seeking non-academic options.

Take a look at our enclosed information to learn more Get Up and Go. If you are interested in joining, please email amyhoag@umich.edu.  Space is limited.

Thursday, October 9

Call for Applications: Jean Monnet Fellowship (due 12/1)

2015 Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014 by 5:00 PM

The Center for European Studies and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering students summer grants of $5,000 to work on issues of European integration, broadly defined as the contemporary and historical processes of integration visible in European society and culture. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

It is expected that during the spring and/or summer of 2015 the grantees, in consultation with their faculty advisor(s), will devote at least twelve weeks of full-time work to their projects. This is not a travel grant.

2015 fellows will be strongly encouraged to attend the European Studies Proseminar (EURO 600) in Winter 2015 or Winter 2016; and to contribute to selected outreach activities organized by CES at local high schools, colleges, and universities.

Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. The fellowship is limited to returning students; students in the last year of terminal degree programs are not eligible.

Applicants should submit the 2015 Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship Application (available at www.ii.umich.edu/ces) and a 2-3 page proposal describing the project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, and anticipated scholarly contribution. They should also indicate the period in which they will be conducting full-time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s advisor), a current transcript (or permission for CES to electronically access it), and current CV should accompany the proposal.

Application materials in electronic form are to be submitted by December 1, 2014 to Julie Burnett, CES Academic Services Coordinator, at ces.fellowships@umich.edu.

For further information please contact Julie Burnett at ces.fellowships@umich.edu.

Julie Claus Burnett
Academic Services Coordinator
Armenian Studies Program
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Center for European Studies
Copernicus Program in Polish Studies
Islamic Studies Program
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
University of Michigan

Friday, October 3

postdoc fellowship for collections research

This might be a great opportunity for our senior PhD students planning a postdoc involving collections-based research: 


Patricia J. Wittkopp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Office: 1059 Kraus Natural Science Building
Lab: 1061 Kraus Natural Science Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
tel: 734.763.1548 (office); 734.647.5483 (lab)

Thursday, October 2

Open Assistant Professor position in Vector Biology

Dear Department Chairs/Directors,

Please see the attached position announcement for an Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist in the area of Vector Biology at the University of California, Riverside. Encourage all whom you think are qualified to apply. Also feel free to send the advertisement around to any individual or unit you feel is appropriate. Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Alec Gerry, chair of the search committee, at alec.gerry@ucr.edu.

Thank you for your time.

CamThi Nguyen  
Assistant to Search Committee Chair