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Friday, March 27

SEEDSNouncement: March 2015

 
SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America
Greetings SEEDS Friends,
Spring has started or is just around the corner for most of you! This month we have some great news and event updates for you. The SEEDS program just hosted a Regional Field Trip for our California Bay Area Chapters and we are still recruiting students for our SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduates Research (SPUR) Fellowship.  There are some cool things coming for our students this year – The SEEDS Leadership Meeting, the 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, and Field Trips to Florida and Oregon! 
If you want to be close to all the SEEDS action – follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


SEEDS Regional Field Trip – Bay Area, CA


The SEEDS program just hosted its fourth Regional Field Trip! 16 students from all four SEEDS Chapters (Stanford University, San Jose State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of California Davis) in the San Francisco Bay Area joined us for an unforgettable weekend in the hills of Los Altos, CA.   With the help of the Stanford SEEDS Chapter, our participants had the opportunity to visit and interact with scientist, educators and graduate students at Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and other cool spots along the way!

A big thank you to Cindy Wilber (SEEDS Faculty Advisor), Mattias Lanas (SEEDS Alum), and Daniel Santillano (ESA member) for all your help and hard work during this event.


Great News! Munson Foundation awards SEEDS $11,000 for Regional Field Trips

SEEDS just received a grant from the Edith & Curtis Munson Foundation to organize Regional Field Trips in Florida in two years! As with previous regional fieldtrips, we anticipate drawing in mostly freshmen and sophomore students from our Florida-based SEEDS chapters.
If you are interested in hosting a SEEDS Regional Field Trip in your area – please contact us at seeds@esa.org for more information.


SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship
Applications are being accepted until opportunities are filled through April 3, 2015
The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and our fellows are encouraged to be outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest.  SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist.  No prior research experience is needed!

Sponsor a Student to the ESA Annual Meeting
In addition to the limited SEEDS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to the ESA Annual Meeting, we would like to invite faculty, institutions and SEEDS chapters to sponsor underrepresented students to the 100th ESA Annual Meetingin Baltimore, MD in August.  We strongly encourage you to seek support from your university/college to provide travel funds for an outstanding student.   This is a great opportunity for students to interact with the world’s largest network of professional ecologists and diversity mentoring program in the field.  We will welcome your students to all SEEDS events, orientations as well as selecting an ESA member to mentor them throughout the week.  
We offer two package options to suit your budget needs:
  • Full package:  includes all travel arrangements including airfare, housing, ground transportation to/from airport to hotel, a meal stipend and four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, ESA meeting registration and one year ESA student membership: $1500
  • Mini-package:  includes meal stipend, four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, ESA meeting registration and one year ESA student membership:  $500
To discuss these and other options, please contact us at seeds@esa.org



Best wishes,
ESA-SEEDS Staff
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Register & Submit Abstracts: EVOLUTION THEMED, April Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption meeting

Now accepting registrations and student submissions for ISC15:

Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption 2015: The Evolution Edition!
April 17-18, 2015
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan
Organizers: Stephanie Preston, Joshua Ackerman

By April 5th: Register to attend and/or submit student data blitz abstracts by emailing ISC15Meeting@umich.edu. Attendance costs $30 if you do not register in advance.

PUBLIC EVENING LECTURE, APRIL 17(free to the public)
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Claremont Graduate University, author of Flow) - "Curiosity and enjoyment as moderating factors in socio-cultural evolution"

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS, APRIL 18(requires registration)
Jeffry Simpson (Univ. of Minnesota) - "The effect of early life experiences on risk-taking and impulse control in adulthood"
Kristina Durante (UT San Antonio) - "Evolutionary influences on consumer behavior and finance"
Lucia Jacobs (UC Berkeley) - "How olfaction and cognition shaped the evolution of the vertebrate brain"
Martin Daly (Univ. of Missouri) - "Economic inequality and lethal violence"
Daniel Kruger (Univ. of Michigan) - "Consumption is sexy: Consumer behavior understood through evolutionary life history theory"
Josh Ackerman (Univ. of Michigan) - "How the threat of infectious disease influences consumption"
Special Meeting Theme: Evolutionary Perspectives on Consumption. Sponsored by the University of Michigan's Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP).

For more information email ISC15meeting@umich.edu.

See you there!

Best,
Josh Ackerman & Stephanie Preston


Society Overview: Our drive to consume--our desire for food, clothing, smart phones, and megahomes--evolved from our ancestors' drive to survive. But the psychological and neural processes that originally evolved to guide mammals toward resources that are necessary but scarce may mislead us in modern conditions of material abundance. Phenomena such as obesity, financial bubbles, hoarding, and shopping sprees suggest a mismatch between our instinct to consume and our current environment. The overlapping biological and psychological bases for these consumption-related phenomena suggest the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, ISC meetings include presentations from leading researchers across fields with ample discussion time to promote communication and collaboration.

Edited Volume: The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption. Speakers and research from prior meetings have been published in a volume by MIT Press (edited by Preston, Kringelbach, and Knutson). Contributors consider such topics as how animal food-storing informs human consumption; the downside of evolved "fast and frugal" rules for eating; how future discounting and the draw toward immediate rewards influence food consumption, addiction, and our ability to save; overconsumption as social display; and the policy implications of consumption science. Taken together, the chapters make the case for an emerging interdisciplinary science of consumption that reflects commonalities across species, domains, and fields of inquiry.


Tuesday, March 24

Call for presentations: Earth Month/Conservation Day at the Belle Isle Aquarium






This letter is an invitation to present a 20 minute talk as part of an Earth Month "Science Saturday" Conservation Day Symposium on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium, as part of our celebration of April as Earth Month.

Featuring keynote speaker John Hartig, whose latest book is Bringing Conservation to Cities,our Conservation Day program is intended to bring together Great Lakes conservation leaders and to inform the public about our science and mission to advance environmental stewardship.

To participate, please submit a 5-sentence abstract of a 20-minute presentation by return email on the form below. Relevant topics include water conservation, watersheds, aquatic wildlife, Great Lakes ecology, fish conservation, and other conservation topics.Your talk could add to the range of submissions which include presentations on non-native species and on biodiversity of the Detroit River. Submission deadline for abstracts: Friday, March 27, 2015 (a two-day extension of a previously announced deadline)Talks will be scheduled between 11 am and 3:30 pm.

Venue:  This Conservation Day Symposium will be held in the Belle Isle Aquarium (900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit 48207) in Belle Isle State Park. The aquarium and the adjacent botanical conservatory were designed in the early 1900’s to bring the majesty of the natural world into the experience of the public and have become a magnificent space for inspiring reverence for biodiversity.  The Aquarium is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm with outstanding, unique collections that include air-breathing fish, educational displays about invasive species, conservation activities and research, and diverse exhibits of Great Lakes, South American, African, and marine species.

Please feel free to extend this invitation to interested colleagues, team members or students who might be interested in speaking or leading a discussion. 

Sincerely, 
Jeffrey Ram, Ph.D., Belle Isle Aquarium Director of Science Education
Professor, Wayne State University


Proposed presentation (for 20 minute talk):
Send in this form by return email by March 27, 2015 to jeffram@gmail.com with the subject line “Conservation Day”

[   ] I am interested in presenting in the Conservation Day Symposium
[   ] I am interested in presenting at the Aquarium but cannot attend this particular event.

Presentation Title: _____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Presenter Name: _______________________________________________________________
Coauthor names, if any: _________________________________________________________
Organization: _________________________________________________________________

Email address: ____________________________________________________________

Abstract (5 sentences, maximum; see example below):








Short Biography (5 sentences, maximum; see example below):









Event Details

No registration fee will be charged.  Entrance to the Aquarium is free.

We expect to accept most submissions; however, we reserve the right to reject a submission or suggest a poster presentation depending on the number and theme of abstracts submitted.

All are invited to visit the Aquarium whether or not presenting in this symposium.

Example Abstract

Lake sturgeon have been decimated in the Great Lakes since the days when their prolific fishery was exploited in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Studies of sturgeon spawning environments indicated that artificial reefs might yield an increase in spawning in the St. Clair River and the Detroit River.  Artificial reefs have been built in both rivers with varying results, with lake sturgeon having been observed spawning on some reefs but not on others.  Ongoing improvements in the number, size, and genetic diversity of lake sturgeon in these locations will be described.  The building of lake sturgeon spawning reefs represent a success in using the analysis of sturgeon ecological needs and creating conditions for recovery.

Example Biography (names have been fictionalized in this example)

Robert Smith is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the Great Lakes State Water Commission’s Aquatic Species Conservation Program. He has extensive experience in a wide range of issues relating to freshwater endangered species and currently leads GLSWC’s efforts to develop restoration protocols. Before joining GLSWC, Bob was part of the National Biodiversity Research Center’s Restoration Program, where he did genetic studies of rare and endangered species.  Bob earned his Master of Science in Ecology and Systematics from Bay State University and a BS in Biology from Peninsula State College.



Harvard University Plant Biology Symposium 2015 – Plants in a Changing World



Apply Now: What Now? Career Paths for Ph,D,s in Biological Sciences

Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan

What Now? Career Paths for Ph.D.s in the Biological Sciences

Rackham is sponsoring a two-day workshop for doctoral candidates in the biological sciences (non-engineering) to engage in skill and career exploration, gain insight into a variety of career paths, identify their transferable knowledge and skills and practice communicating these to others. The Application deadline is March 23. Space is limited, we recommend applying early.

About the Seminar

  • Two-day intensive workshop for career exploration
  • May 19 and 20, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Hosted by Rackham Graduate School at the Michigan League
  • The Application deadline is March 23
This event is reserved for University of Michigan Ph.D. students who achieved candidacy between 2013 and 2015.
Apply Today

An Alternative Career Event to Consider

Gaining Traction: Career Exploration for Ph.D.s in Bio Sciences

  • June 12 2015
  • 9:15am to 1:30pm
This half day session includes a three part workshop to help kick-off career exploration and engagement for students in the Biological Sciences. You may attend all or any of the sessions. Lunch will be provided. Open to all students and postdocs.Registration required.
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Wednesday, March 18

New position available for Urban Watersheds and Aquatic Sciences research program






PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Wayne State University is seeking applicants for the position of Program Associate for a
new center for research on urban watersheds. This center will be Wayne State University’s
focal point for leadership, research and education on water and aquatic resources in urban and natural systems, with goals of advancing the health of urban waters and associated research, education, policy, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

The Program Associate will:
  • coordinate a range of research and educational programs that advance the center’s mission
  • facilitate interaction of multidisciplinary teams of researchers
  • identify grant and philanthropic opportunities
  • support grant proposal efforts
  • communicate programmatic activities and goals to the public and our partners

The Program Associate position is expected to be a part-time position, but may also be supplemented to bring to full-time status, depending on applicant qualifications, at the time of hire. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of a longer appointment.

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.S., PhD or equivalent) with relevance to aquatic science and engineering. The position requires strong skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, fundraising, management, organization and collaboration.

Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally ranked research institution with state-of-the-art research facilities. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan’s
lakes, forests and recreational sites.

INQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS:

To apply, send a letter of interest by email with “Watershed Program Associate” in the subject line, indicating your preference for a part time or full time position, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Carol Miller at ab1421@wayne.edu


APPLICATION DEADLINE April 1, 2015.

Freshwater Research Funding at UMich BioStation

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is pleased to offer the Project CLEAR Fund Fellowship for summer 2015. Our field station has been located on Douglas Lake near Pellston, Michigan (in the heart of the Great Lakes) for over 100 years. Our research footprint in the Great Lakes is large!

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate or undergraduate students who will conduct  independent research on freshwater ecosystems (e.g. water quality improvement, ecosystem protection or stewardship, or freshwater sustainability); involve/engage local communities in their research/research findings; and enroll concurrently in 1 summer sessionfield class at UMBS. 

SUPPORT: This fellowship provides room, board, research fees and supplies at UMBS. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is participating with UMBS to help fellows find and engage appropriate communities.

A note about course enrollment: This fellowship does not cover tuition for the field class. However, we have separate financial aid forstudents taking classes for which you should apply.

TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 2015.

Friday, March 13

Making the Transition into Non-Academic Careers in the Life Sciences and Engineering

Making the Transition into Non-Academic Careers in the Life Sciences and Engineering; A hindsight perspective
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
West Conference Room, 4th Floor, Rackham Building


This panel will feature Ph.D.s who have successfully transitioned into non-academic careers. Panelists will share their key decisions and turning points which helped them make this transition. They will also discuss their experiences of high tech entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, R&D in an industrial environment, applications of data science, etc. This event will be moderated by one of our peers, a postdoc from the Medical School. All attendees will have an opportunity to talk one on one with the panelists after the panel discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Life Sciences Engineering Advising and Development (miLEAD) consulting group and is a Rackham professional development initiatives. The miLEAD is a is a non-profit organization founded and led by University of Michigan postdoctoral fellows. Their members are U-M postdocs and graduate students from various academic backgrounds. They provide short-term consulting services to the tech companies from southeast Michigan. For more information about miLEAD visit http://www.milead.org/home.html.

Tuesday, March 10

Career Exploration Workshops for Ph.D.s in the Biological Sciences

Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Y. pestis bacterium, image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

What Now? Career Paths for Ph.D.s in the Biological Sciences

Rackham is sponsoring a two-day workshop for doctoral candidates in the biological sciences (non-engineering) to engage in skill and career exploration, gain insight into a variety of career paths, identify their transferable knowledge and skills and practice communicating these to others. The Application deadline is March 23. Space is limited, we recommend applying early.

About the Seminar

  • Two-day intensive workshop for career exploration
  • May 19 and 20, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Hosted by Rackham Graduate School at the Michigan League
  • The Application deadline is March 23
This event is reserved for University of Michigan Ph.D. students who achieved candidacy between 2013 and 2015.
Apply Today

An Alternative Career Event to Consider

Gaining Traction: Career Exploration for Ph.D.s in Bio Sciences

  • June 12 2015
  • 9:15am to 1:30pm
This half day session includes a three part workshop to help kick-off career exploration and engagement for students in the Biological Sciences. You may attend all or any of the sessions. Lunch will be provided. Open to all students and postdocs.Registration required.

Thursday, March 5

elme 2015 - Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology

ELME is a summer educational program at the Kellogg Biological Station devoted to Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology.

Research often involves addressing hypotheses with data that are non-linear, non-normal, hierarchical or otherwise complex. This year’s ELME program focuses on introducing graduate students (or advanced undergraduates) to modern statistical methods that make it possible to link theory with empirical data in ecological and evolutionary research. The program will consist of three, intensive week-long courses.

Each course features a hands-on environment; students will learn the basics in a lecture setting and while cementing their knowledge with independent and collaborative lab projects using R. An emphasis is placed on applying course concepts to students' own research and data. Weekly topics are complementary, but each course is independent, so students can take any combination of these courses. Class runs from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday and may involve evening projects, so residence is expected.

June 1-5: Maximum Likelihood Analysis in Ecology
Instructor: Dr. Colin Kremer, Yale University

June 8-12: Modern Regression for Ecologists: GLMs, GAMs, Model Selection
Instructor: Dr. Kyle Edwards, University of Hawaii

June 15-19: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics for Ecologists
Instructor: Dr. Tom Miller, Rice University

Further details available at <http://www.kbs.msu.edu/index.php/education/graduate-program/courses/elme>

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Target audience: 12-18 graduate students and exceptional undergraduates

Prerequisites: Previous experience with statistics including familiarity with generalized linear modeling (eg, ANOVA, linear regression, logistic regression) is recommended. Programming experience (any language, but particularly with the statistical programming language R) is beneficial.

Format: A mixture of lecture, and guided computer labs.

Admissions: favors, but is not limited to, students who can enroll through MSU or a participating CIC institution (Big 10 plus University of Chicago) though its Travelling Scholar Program.  Financial support to cover room and board and help defray transportation costs may be available.

To apply, email elme2015@kbs.msu.edu the following:

- your CV
- a brief statement of research interests and why you'd benefit from the course
- a brief statement of relevant educational/research experience, including related coursework
- the name of a reference who you've asked to email a letter of support
- whether you are eligible for the CIC Traveling Scholars program
- whether you need financial support

Deadline for applications: March 23, 2015

Any questions? Email elme2015@kbs.msu.edu
--
Christopher Klausmeier
Kellogg Biological Station &
Department of Plant Biology
Michigan State University
Hickory Corners MI 49060

Fulbright Program - Former grantee presentation Thursday!

The 2016-17 program will provide grants to 1,900 U.S. students for projects in over 140 countries. Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Campus deadline: September 8, 2015 at noon

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

The 2016-17 program will provide grants to approximately 1,900 U.S. students for projects in over 140 countries. Types of grants:
  • Academic grant - a self-designed program that may include coursework at a foreign university, independent field/library research, or any combination of these. 
  • Arts grant – a self-designed program to train in the creative or performing arts, usually via classes at an art or music school, training with a professional, or a combination. 
  • English Teaching Assistantship – a placement as an assistant to an English teacher at the primary, secondary, or university level. Placement is typically part-time and an additional independent project is expected.

Eligibility

To apply for this program through UM-Ann Arbor, applicants must:
  • be U-M students, alumni, or staff;
  • be U.S. citizens;
  • have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
  • demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.
  • Enrolled students are required to apply through U-M.  

Information Sessions

 Thursday, March 5 (Special Presentation by Amre Metwally, former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Turkey)
• Friday, March 13
• Wednesday, March 18


Laptops are welcome and encouraged. Sessions are held from 12pm-1pm in 1644 School of Social Work Bldg.

Advising

After attending an info session, please review the Countriessection of the Fulbright website, and see below for individual advising or contact iifellowships-fulbright@umich.edu.

Appointments:
• Academic grant advising
• Arts grant advising
• English Teaching Assistantship advising

 

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U-M Fulbright Resources: login to CTools, click "Membership," then "Joinable Sites." Search for "Fulbright Resources" and click to join.

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