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Thursday, February 11

PPQ Assistant Lab Director Position Announcement

The USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science & Technology division is advertising a position announcement for an Assistant Laboratory Director at the Otis Laboratory located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The S&T Otis Laboratory is charged with carrying out scientific work critical to USDA's mission of safeguarding plant and animal resources from exotic pests and diseases, protecting ecosystems, enhancing trade through phytosanitary procedures, and managing plant pests. The staff is comprised of approximately 40 scientists, technicians and administrative and facility support personnel, that conduct research and methods development for exclusion, detection, eradication, and management of quarantine pests.

Further details and application instructions are available at the link below.

Supervisory Agriculturist (Assistant Laboratory Director)
(PPQ-Science & Technology, Otis ANG Base, MA)
All Source Number: 24PQ-APHIS-MC-2016-0479
Closing Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Full Time- Perm
1 vacancy – Otis ANG Base, MA

All Source Link:

Jennifer Nicholson, Ph.D.
Critical Issues Specialist
APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine
Science and Technology
1730 Varsity Dr., Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27606

Thursday, February 4

2016 Summer Internships at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Hello All,
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. is seeking interns for summer 2016. We are a non-profit songbird rehabilitation center conveniently located in Ann Arbor, MI. Our internships provide good on the job experience and training for students pursuing careers in the zoological and environmental fields. Please post the attached flyer and application to any job boards, bulletin boards, walls/doors, etc. where students can easily find it, or mention our internships to your students.
Thank you for your cooperation,

Bailey Hughes

Summer Internships Available

At The Bird Center of

Washtenaw County

The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. is seeking paid and unpaid 

interns (college student or recent graduate) for April/May through 

August 2016.  The Center is located in the Ann Arbor Area.  We are currently accepting 

applications. Interviews will be held as applications arrive. For an application visit 

www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org.   Previous animal experience is desired, but not necessary. 

In 2015, we admitted approximately 900 birds of approximately 65 different species.  We handle 

songbirds and provide emergency care for waterfowl and wading birds. Raptors are given 

emergency care and sent to other rehabilitators.  Interns will be supervised by staff who hold 

both Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits for rehabilitation of birds, as well as 

trained supervisors who have taken courses in rehabilitation from national organizations.   

We will pay funded interns at the minimum wage of $8.50 per hour. Funded interns work a 36.25 

hour week and have two days off.  Unfunded interns work a 20 hour week. Shifts for interns will 

be 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for one shift and 1:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the later shift.  Usually an intern 

would work one shift per day.  This is a four month commitment.  We operate seven days a week 

and answer public phone calls from opening until closing.  There is a one week probationary 


Duties of Interns:

Feeding baby songbirds of many different species.

Teaching fledglings to self feed on natural food items (this includes live mealworms).

Cleaning of bird housing and the center.

Administering medications and other treatments to injured birds.

Answering telephone calls from the public in a professional manner (we will train you).

Accepting birds from the public and obtaining the legally required information.

Entering rescue and injury information into national wildlife rehabilitation database.

Possibly going out on rescue missions.

Possibly taking birds to veterinarians.

You will learn:  bird anatomy, proper housing and diets for various species and how to feed 

them, signs of illness in birds, starvation, head injuries, etc., how to diagnose fractures, how to 

measure and administer medication, how to weigh and handle birds, how to educate the public 

about birds and ways to alleviate bad interactions between birds and the public.

Interns must be in good health, at least 18 years of age, and have a healthy immune system.  

Non-smokers are desired. This will be another exciting summer, please join us! Volunteer 

opportunities are also available for those unable to commit to an internship.

Bird Center of Washtenaw County

2016 Intern Application Form

Please complete and e-mail to birdcenter@comcast.net

Contact Information 


Permanent (Home) 


Local Address

If different from above 

Home/Cell #: 

E-mail Address 



Please include name 

of school, program of 

study and graduation 

date (if applicable) 

Relevant Courses

Completed or in 


Past Animal 


Professional and 

Personal (if applicable) 

Other Skills

IT, customer service, 

medical, etc… 

Are you worried about zoonosess?

(Diseases transmissible from animals to humans) 

High School 



Personal Statement 

Please summarize briefly why you are interested in working and studying at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. You may 

attach a longer statement at the end of this application if desired. 

Professional References (Former supervisors, teachers, etc. Provide up to three.) 

Reference 1 Name Occupation 

Phone Number or E-mail 

Reference 2 Name Occupation 

Phone Number or E-mail 

Reference 3 Name Occupation 

Phone Number or E-mail 

Other Information 

Emergency Contact 

Health Insurance

(In case of emergency, 

does not affect hiring) 

Dates Available

The Bird Center is open 

April – late August 

Type of Internship Desired

The Bird Center offers 36.25 hr/week paid positions and 20 

hr/week unpaid positions. Course credit may be possible, 

please speak to your academic advisor. 

Person to Contact 

Relationship to Intern 

Home Phone # 

Work/Cell # 

Insurance Company Name 

Group ID (If applicable) 

Policy Number 

Date to start (mm/dd/yy) 

Date to end (mm/dd/yy) 

Conflicts (classes, etc…) 

Full time, Paid           Half time, unpaid            Either 

Additional Comments or Concerns About Work at The Bird Center 


Thank you for your interest in the Bird Center of Washtenaw County! We look forward to 

reading your application and will be in touch with you soon!

U-M CEW Winter Programs - Registration Now Open!

Check out CEW's ​winter program line-up and register now! CEW programs are open to ​ALL U-M ​students, staff, ​faculty, ​as well as the general community.​ ​To register for these and other upcoming events, please visit the CEW website​ here​​:  ​http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/programs

Positioning Yourself foa Career Change, March 7 & 21.
This two-part workshop addresses job and career transitions. Participants will explore a full trajectory from the initial "I want to make a change," through identifying potential paths, and on to the tangible pieces of applying for positions. CEW, 4-6 pm. $25 each, or $40 for the series using coupon code CAREER.
Part 1:  Thinking About Your Professional Identity (Monday, March 7, 4-6pm)
The first session will focus on examining and defining your professional trajectory. Participants will explore their goals, skills, and interests and connect the dots between knowledge, experience, and goals. We will work to identify key transferable skills to be utilized in the job search process. $25.
Part 2:  The Nuts and Bolts of Career Change (Monday, March 21, 4-6pm)
The second session will focus on marketing oneself well to potential employers. Participants will work to describe their transferable skills and previous experience using powerful and persuasive language. Specifically, we will work on cover letter and resume language and structure. $25.
34th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference, March 4. The 34th annual career conference will offer 24 professional & personal development workshops, a networking luncheon, and an exhibitors marketplace. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ruth Simmons, 18th President of Brown University,who will speak on the conference theme, "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Staff Perspective." This event is open to all U-M personnel (staff, faculty, and students) and to the general public. Fees: $85-150. Michigan League & Hill Auditorium campus.​
Bodies of Knowledge: A Talk by Dr. Debotri Dhar, the 2015-16 CEW Jean Campbell Visiting Scholar. Dr. Dhar will present key insights from her monograph Violence, Knowledge and the Female Body: Interrogating Rape Narratives; a forthcoming co-edited volume "Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands;" as well as an article on feminist theory, comparative religion, and love. Dr. Dhar's transdisciplinary research explores, though the lens of gender, the intersections between disciplines, epistemic frames, theory and praxis, in order to ask critical questions pertaining to gender, sexual violence, and education. School of Education. 12-1pm. Free.  http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/bodies-knowledge-talk-dr-debotri-dhar/20160121
Mullin Welch Lecture Series featuring Florine Mark, March 29. Florine Mark, founder of Weight Watchers Group, Inc., will be featured as part of a conversation of women entrepreneurs. Both individually and in conversation, the presenters will share their personal and professional experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons for today. There will be substantial time for audience questions, and a networking reception will follow. Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, 5pm.   http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/2016-mullin-welch-lecture/20160107
#UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age, Feb 11. In honor of Black History Month, the U-M Social Work Community Organization Learning Committee invites you to a working session about contemporary black activist leadership for transformative change through digital forums. Through workshops, lectures, and a panel discussion, a wide variety of scholars, campus and grassroots organizers will engage in diverse reflections about the role of the internet in social change efforts. Sponsored by the U-M School of Social Work. CEW co-sponsorship provided by the Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund. Rackham, 9am-5pm.​  http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/UMBlackout
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Wednesday, February 3

Science Trivia Night at the Museum

Science Trivia Night Poster

February 11: Free Livestream of AAAS Communicating Science Seminar

Watch Livestream of Communicating Science Seminar
The Communicating Science Seminar on Thursday, February 11, 2016connects science communication and public engagement researchers, practitioners, and scientists. Panel discussions will explore engaging in policy, communication about synthetic biology, and visual communication.

Livestream of the panels will be available, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, February 11. Submit questions by tweeting@MeetAScientist with #AAASmtg.
Scientists and engineers from all fields often find that they need to discuss complicated scientific findings in a clear, concise manner with members of the public. The Leshner Leadership Institute and AAAS Communicating Science workshops are specifically designed to address the needs of scientists communicating complex or challenging concepts.

AAAS Communicating Science workshops can help scientists and engineers successfully engage in a variety of public and professional interactions, including:
  • Public presentations
  • Media interviews
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Social media
  • Other public forums

AAAS has held more than 60 workshops at universities, agencies, and conferences around North America, serving more than 2,800 scientists.

Workshops typically last 3-6 hours and are customized to the needs, skills, and interests of the participants. Through group discussions and short practice sessions, AAAS facilitators and scientist peers provide participants with feedback and concrete advice on messages, audiences, and communication skill development.
Learn more about our Communicating Science workshops, or contact us today to discuss hosting a workshop at your institution.
Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20005

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Tuesday, February 2

CTFSNet: Opportunities: Postdoc and PhD position in tropical forest ant-plant interactions

Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD studentship position available in ant-plant interactions and tropical habitat change
Successful applicants will join a project exploring the shifts that occur in a mutualistic ant-plant network when tropical rain forest is logged, fragmented, and converted to oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. The positions provide the opportunity to collaborate with two cutting-edge large-scale manipulations of tropical forests: 1. The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems project (SAFE), the world’s largest rain forest fragmentation experiment. 2. The Sabah Biodiversity Experiment (SBE), a project assessing the impacts of different diversities of tree planting on ecosystem functioning. Duties include spending extensive periods of time in the field in Malaysian Borneo. The successful applicants will join the Ant Research Group (http://antscience.com/) at the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. The laboratory group is a dynamic, multinational group studying ant ecology, evolution and biogeography, and is embedded within the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, a world-class centre for interaction network research with regular publications in Science, Nature and other leading journals.  

To apply, please send a CV, contact details for three references, and cover letter stating qualifications, previous work and motivation to Tom Fayle (tmfayle@gmail.com) by February 29th 2016. Position start date is May 1st 2016. Applicants from all countries are eligible. 

Postdoc: Biology Centre of Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
A highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher is sought to lead a team conducting field surveys for ant-inhabited trees, measuring ant and plant fitness correlates, and performing experimental manipulations of the mutualistic communities, in particular in relation to forest regeneration. They will also conduct analyses and write papers on the main project findings. There will also be opportunities to develop the project in a direction of the postdoc’s own choosing. The successful applicant will be employed on a grant held by Tom Fayle (http://www.tomfayle.com/index.htm). The position allows the successful candidate to apply for standard research grants from the main Czech grant agency (GACR) to expand the project. The appointment lasts until Dec 2018. Salary for this full time position is CZK 40,000 per month (approx. EUR 1500). Note that living costs in Czech Republic are substantially lower than in many other European countries (e.g. http://bit.ly/1NCkQKJ) and living costs in Malaysia are fully covered.

•    A PhD degree in either entomology or plant ecology
•    Experience and enthusiasm for working in the field for extended periods of time in challenging conditions in tropical rain forest
•    Ability to lead field teams
•    Good publication record for career stage
•    Experience in ecological statistical analyses

•    Previous work on insect plant interactions
•    Experience of molecular laboratory work, specifically DNA barcoding for species identifications
•    Experience in use of methods for statistical analysis of interaction networks

PhD studentship: University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
A highly motivated postgraduate student is sought to conduct field surveys for ant-inhabited trees, measure ant and plant fitness correlates, and perform experimental manipulations of the mutualistic communities, in particular in relation to forest regeneration. There will also be opportunities to develop the project in a direction of the student’s own choosing. The student will receive a scholarship from the University of South Bohemia and employment on an ongoing grant for three years, sufficient to cover living expenses in Czech Republic.

•    A master’s degree (non-negotiable requirement for PhD study in Czech Republic)
•    Interest in the ecology of insects or plants
•    1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree in ecology or related subject (or equivalent)
•    Enthusiasm for working in the field for extended periods of time in challenging conditions in tropical rain forest
•    Ability to work independently
•    Experience in the use of ecological statistical analyses

•    Previous experience of tropical field work
•    Research experience with plant or insect ecology
•    Experience of molecular laboratory work, specifically DNA barcoding for species identifications

To learn more about CTFS - ForestGEO, visit our website (www.forestgeo.si.edu) and newsblog (ctfsnews.blogspot.com).
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Fulbright Program - February info sessions

The 2017-18 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: noon on Wed., September 7, 2016

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

The 2017-18 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.


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

 Wednesday, February 3
• Thursday, February 11
• Monday, February 22

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


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.

Fulbright Program Advisors are available for first-come, first-served advising on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30am-1:30pm (in person at 2660 School of Social Work Bldg., via phone, or by gchat).


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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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Monday, February 1

Sweetland Graduate Fellowship 2017

The Fellows Seminar offered in the winter term is designed to bring together faculty (Senior Fellows) and graduate student instructors (Junior Fellows), from multiple disciplines, who share a commitment to integrating writing in their courses.
Junior Fellows develop and share course syllabi, confer with visiting speakers, and discuss approaches to incorporating writing across the disciplines in order to prepare a First-Year Seminar that meets the First-Year Writing Requirement.

Junior Fellows receive a stipend of $1000 during Winter Term 2017 for participating in the Seminar.  Seminar participants will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays.  In Spring/Summer Term 2017, Junior Fellows meet with Anne Gere to develop their syllabi, and they participate in the English Department Writing Program orientation in August.  For this work they receive a summer stipend of $4000.
In Fall Term 2017, Junior Fellows teach one section of English 125 (a four-credit writing course on a topic related to their discipline and a teaching circle) and are supported by a .50 GSI fraction.  During this term they enroll in English 993, a series of meetings in which they discuss their teaching with other instructors.  The Fellows Seminar is supported by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.

To apply for a Junior Fellowship for the 2017 Seminar, please submit application materials as one PDF to Laura Schuyler schuyler@umich.edu by Friday, March 4, 2016.
Application materials include:
  • A letter (maximum two pages) describing your previous teaching experience and interest in teaching
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of candidacy status, number of years in program, and expected date of degree completion
  • One teaching recommendation letter from a faculty member
  • Teaching evaluation summaries (where available)
Criteria for selection:
  • Within teaching ten-term rule for Fall 2017
  • Interest in and commitment to integrating writing into courses
  • Achievement of candidacy (preferred)
  • GSI experience (teaching in a course meeting the Upper Level Writing Requirement is highly desired)
Selections will be announced via email in early April.
Contact Laura Schuyler at schuyler@umich.edu or 936-3144 with questions.