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Wednesday, April 26

Armory Lovins Talk

The Energy Institute is very pleased to announce that Amory Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute will be giving a campus talk on Friday, April 28th. Rocky Mountain Institute is solely focused on transforming global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.  Lovins is the author of 31 books and almost 600 papers, and the recipient of 12 honorary doctorates and numerous awards.  He was named by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people.  Please join us for this very special guest!!!  Please note that this event is NOT on Michigan time, pizza will be served at noon and the talk starts at 12:15 PM.  

Who:    Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

What:  “Astonishing Automotive Futures:  Disruptive Designs, Analyses, and Strategies”
Highly evolved measure-by-measure supply curves are a splendid technique for analyzing modest automotive efficiency gains, but understate savings and overstate costs at very high efficiency. Several designs, including (by permission) an unpublished one from RMI’s OEM work, confirm that traditional analyses—such as those used in the Mid-Term Review–make the efficiency design space look less than half as big as it actually is. Recent developments in platform fitness, electrification, and new business models heighten the urgency of competitive pressures to transform automotive strategies, cultures, and practices.   

When:  Friday, April 28, 2017Free Pizza at 12:00, Talk 12:15-1:15

Where:  Bob and Betty Beyster Building Room 1670, 2260 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (map attached).  Public parking is nearby for the Walgreen Drama Auditorium (1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 for the GPS).  Signage will be present to direct you to the building and room.    

Link to Add to Your Calendar Is Available Here

Susan Fancy
Manager, Programs and Development
University of Michigan Energy Institute
Phoenix Memorial Laboratory
2301 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Syrian student support

Please be aware of the support for Syrian students -- both undergraduates and graduates:


We, here in housing are prepared to assist students from Syria or others potentially effected by the travel ban. We are prepared to:

Ensure space is available in housing and can work with them on a payment plan if needed. A dining option can be provided;

Waive the requirement for enrollment if a student wasn't planning to take classes and;

Provide employment opportunities for the summer if they have a desire or need to work.

Their first point of contact should be Jeff Micale in the HIO office. His staff will assist with the housing process and will connect those needing employment to various staff in housing who have student positions available. Jeff is cced on this e-mail and is ready assist. 

Marilyn Tyus <matyus@umich.edu>

Summer sublease

I want to reach out to this listserv in regards to getting a summer sublease for 3 students from May until the end of July. The Harris Lab is hosting students during this time frame and we're still on the hunt for a suitable space. 

Preferences include:

3 bedroom 
1-2 bathrooms
located in Ann Arbor and walking distance to Central Campus.

If you know a place that would be a good fit, please reach out to me at tifcarey@umich.edu

Monday, April 24

Rick Prum @ Nicola's Books

Hi all,

Rick Prum sent along this news (below) about a talk he will be giving at Nicola's Books in May for his new book "The Evolution of Beauty." Rick received his PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan in 1989 and is now a Professor in EEB at Yale and the Bird Curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History (http://prumlab.yale.edu/). He has made tremendous contributions to ornithology and evolutionary biology.


"I am writing to let you know that I have a book coming out, and that I will be coming to Ann Arbor to do a book talk!
The book is called The Evolution of Beauty, and it is being published by Doubleday on May 9th
It's about sexual selection and sexual conflict in birds and people. 
My book talk in Ann Arbor will be on May 18th, and it will be sponsored by Nicola's Books and 
18 May- Nicola's Books & Ann Arbor Public Library, Ann Arbor MI

I would be very grateful if you could forward this info to any of your local bird networks, or anyone you know that is into animals, evolution, or sex!

Thursday, April 20


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is proud to announce the launch of a LSA Blog: LearnSpeakAct

LearnSpeakAct is a collaborative space for U-M faculty and graduate students to interpret, historicize, explain, and discuss our current moment. Using the tools of Liberal Arts scholarship, this blog asks members of the U-M community to analyze tensions that divide our campus, nation, and world. Drawing on the expertise of scholars working in a range of fields, the blog mobilizes an intellectual community committed to the creation of more diverse and inclusive learning environments in ways that reflect our commitment to academic freedom and the democratic exchange of knowledge. The inaugural set of posts is available now; more will be added over spring and summer, and once the Fall 2017 semester begins. 
You can let the Editorial Board know if you are interested in contributing via the blog’s “Get Involved” section, or if have any questions via “Contact”.


LSA Today  |  LSA Magazine

Tuesday, April 18

EarthDay SNRE

Watch4Earth A Film Screening of I Do Mind Dying TODAY!Tuesday, April 18, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Join us for a screening of the Detroit-based documentary, I Do Mind Dying in 1040 Dana.
Come early for a reception at 6:30pm for delicious food and a chance to chat with filmmaker Kate Levy!

The screening will be shown from 7:30-8:30pm followed by a Q&A with Kate Levy.

Production of 
I Do Mind Dying began in early 2014, when Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department, under Emergency Management, announced plans to cut off water to thousands of late-payers. Between 2013-2015, nearly 100,000 homes, many belonging to low income, elderly, long-term Detroiters, were disconnected from service.

For a list of SNRE Earth Week events, visit

Monday, April 17

The Museum of Vitreous Ecology,

Dear Fellows and Colleagues,

I write to invite you to come take a look at an exhibition of glass marine invertebrate models, The Museum of Vitreous Ecology, that Kerstin Barndt and I have curated in the German department. The models, part of the collections of the UM Museum of Natural History, were made in Dresden by father/son glassmakers Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka in the late nineteenth century, and came to Ann Arbor in the early twentieth. They are beautiful and mysterious objects, and the exhibition also features some of the Blaschka's drawings, along with fragments from the history of the species on display. 

The exhibition is open M-F, 9-5 through May 15 and can be found outside MLB 3110 (see attached poster).

We'll be offering a tour of the exhibition on April 26th at 4pm. If you're able to attend, please let me know so we can have enough docents on hand.

Friday, April 14

Funding Opportunity -- 2017 Summer Session in Epidemiology

It is with great pleasure that we inform you the Department of Epidemiology and the Rackham Graduate School are collaborating to provide support for doctoral students, across Rackham PhD programs, for summer courses offered by the Summer Session in Epidemiology (www.SummerEpi.org) held at the School of Public Health July 9 - 28, 2017.

The funds are specifically for current doctoral students for whom such courses would significantly contribute to their graduate education. This offer may be used to cover the costs associated with these courses when taken as non‐credit courses. This offer cannot be used for tuition for courses taken for credit.  

Please review the attached document for details as well as an application to apply for this funding. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.

We would greatly appreciate your forwarding this to your doctoral students.

Thank you.

Peter Hitchcock, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Associate Dean
Rackham School of Graduate Studies
W. K. Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Office: 734.763.8169
Lab: 734.763.8170
FAX: 734.936.7231

PDF: https://drive.google.com/a/umich.edu/file/d/0ByL8UmFvDQURTV9LNlZQWkhVSXFUa3hvdmxuc0tRVnpOQ3Fr/view?usp=sharing

Friday, April 7

Fulbright U.S. Student Program- Application Open & New Opportunities for 2018-19


U.S. Student Program (IIE)

U-M Campus Application Deadline
September 7, 2017 (12 pm EST)


The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, makes fellowships available through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to approximately 1,900 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The competition is administered on campus by the U-M International Institute.

To be eligible, applicants must:
  • be U-M students or alumni;
  • be U.S. citizens;
  • have a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the award;
  • demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.  
*Enrolled students are required to apply through U-M.

Type of grants available:  
  • English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards: Programs that place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms.

In addition to the above awards, field-specific awards are available for:          
Additional field-specific awards are available.
Meet with a U-M Fulbright Program Advisor or visit the national website country pages for more information.

Before beginning an application, applicants should:

Questions? Contact U-M Fulbright Program Advisors:
Fulbright Program Advisors are available for walk-in advising
during the Winter 2017 semester. These are first come, first served, and are based on advisor availability.

Dates/times can be viewed on the Fulbright Resources Google Site Calendar*.
*Please note that access to this page is restricted to U-M users only.
Users must log-in with their UMICH uniqname and password.

Thursday, April 6

Volunteers needed: BioBlitz at D-Town Farms

Volunteers needed: BioBlitz at D-Town Farms

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network to conduct a BioBlitz at D-Town Farm on Saturday, May 6, 2017!!

A BioBlitz is a rapid biodiversity assessment that combines taxonomic inventory, public outreach and science education.  For the past 3 years we have been visiting D-Town farms and engaging with youth on exploring the biodiversity there (2016 video).  This year we expect the participation of 80+ youth and we need your help!

Staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate. If you are interested in volunteering for the event please fill out this form ​ by Monday, April 17. Let us know if you have any questions. 

​Also, feel free to share with anyone who might be interested in participating.​

Thank you, 
BioBlitz Planning Committee

Tuesday, April 4

EMAPI 2017 International Conference

Dear all, 

The deadline for abstract submission to EMAPI 2017 International Conference has been extended to April 30.

EMAPI 2017 - International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (www.emapi2017.org) will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 4th-8th, 2017

We look forward to meeting you in Lisbon!

Best regards,
Marta Daniela Santos
Communication Office of cE3c

April 4, 2017
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EMAPI 2017: International Conference on Ecology and Management of
Alien Plant Invasions
Lisbon (Portugal), September 4-8, 2017

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until April 30.
We look forward to your participation!

EMAPI 2017 - International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions - will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, September 4th-8th, 2017, organized by cE3c - Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes .
This conference aims to become a benchmark event, by gathering a large number of scientists, managers and policy makers from around the world, who will interact and explore ways to face global and regional challenges presented by alien plant invasions, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Important deadlines
Abstract submission: extended until April 30.
Abstract decision communication: until June 2017.
Early bird registration: until May 1.
Late bird registration: until June 30.

More information is available at www.emapi2017.org .
Any doubts? Please contact emapi2017@fc.ul.pt
And don't forget to follow us on twitter, @EMAPI14 !