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Friday, February 16

Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference

The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) is an annual regional conference hosted by a different Midwestern college or university. This conference is graduate- and undergraduate-student focused, providing a professional atmosphere for students of all levels to interact with and learn from their peers. Below are our two plenary speakers:

Dr. Jessica Hellmann – University of Minnesota, Director of the Institute on the Environment

Dr. James Tiedje – Michigan State University, Distinguished Professor and Director for The Center for Microbial Ecology

WhereKellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University 
WhenApril 6-8, 2018

Early Bird Registration (January 17 – February 17) $55
Regular Registration (February 18 – March 17) $60
MSU-Affiliate Registration (January 17 – March 17) $40

For more information:
Facebook: @meec2018
Twitter: meec2018kbs

Thursday, February 15

Campus Conversations series

The LSA Undergraduate Education Campus Climate Committee would like to invite you to second event in our Campus Conversations series. The goal of this series is to bring together students, staff, and faculty and engage in dialogue about topics that are important to us as a Michigan community.

The second conversation, “Self-Care in Troubling Times: How to Prepare and Building Resiliency” will be on Friday, February 16th from 3:30 – 5 PM in LSA 2001. We will be discussing proactive self-care, how to process stressful events and experiences, and what roles students, faculty, and staff play in these processes.

High School Outreach program

High School Outreach program: Lab-on-wheels (2/26-3/2) looking for TAs
Are you looking for a spring break activity? Let’s give high school students significant hands-on experience to change their attitude towards science. A lab-on-wheels program will allow high school freshmen to engage in gel electrophoresis experiments and to explore online gene sequences in their biology classrooms. We will run this STEM outreach efforts in all 38 biology classes of Pioneer and Huron Public High Schools during this UM spring break based on last year’s success (1/3 of students responded that they liked science more after a two-hour biotechnology hands-on experience).

Here we are inviting you to be a part of this movement as a TA. One TA will be assigned to help four to five students' performing experiments. You will change at least one student’s attitude towards science per class based on last year’s responses.

We will provide some stipend for your effort of $30 for two 85 min classes, total four classes ($60) a day from 7:50 am – 2:30 pm.

We are seeking 12-14 TA's per day. Once you are selected, there is a mandatory training session before the lab-on-wheels starts (date to be determined based on TA availability).

Application here: https://goo.gl/forms/LZE3hqqUhLErvaGB3

Tuesday, February 13

Pruitt Lab Postdoc Search - University of California - Santa Barbara


The Pruitt Lab explores the ecology of intraspecific variation, with particular focus on how the collective traits of animal societies influence their rise and fall in contrasting environments. We will be hiring multiple postdocs starting fall 2018. Initial appointments will be for a year, but can be extended up to three years. Each position will come with an annual research and discretionary fund
of eight thousand dollars. Postdoctoral positions are available in any subfield of behavioral ecology, but applicants interested in the ecology of social behavior, collective behavior, and the determinants of group success are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants may choose to work on any organism they wish, but existing laboratory infrastructure can support research on invertebrates, small terrestrial vertebrates, and fishes. Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter containing the contact information of three references, a CV, and a 1-page proposal describing their proposed research including system information and hypotheses. Please send these documents to
pruitt.lab.search@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin on March 15th but will continue to be evaluated on a rolling basis.

More information about the Pruitt Lab can be found here:

Monday, February 12

Sweetland Fellows Seminar 2019

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 2019 for participating in the Seminar.  Seminar participants will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays.

In Spring/Summer Term 2019, Junior Fellows meet with Anne Gere to develop their syllabi, and they participate in the English Department Writing Program (EDWP) orientations.  Rackham and Sweetland support each graduate student selected with a stipend up to $5,000 for the spring term, determined by each students' spring/summer funding from Rackham.

In Fall Term 2019, 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.

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To apply for a Junior Fellowship, please complete the Jr Fellow Application online by Sunday, March 11, 2018.

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:
  • 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.

The Fellows Seminar is supported by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.

Tuesday, February 6

Assistant Professor: Plant microbiome - Texas A&M

Assistant Professor: Plant microbiome

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of the plant microbiome. We seek a creative individual to develop a high impact externally funded research program that focuses on the plant microbiome and plant-microbe interactions, especially related to the interactive effects of the plant microbiome on root development, plant function and signaling, and the concomitant effects of the plant on the plant microbiome. Development of novel approaches to understand and monitor the roles of the plant microbiome in collaboration with plant biologists, physiologists and breeders to enhance water stress tolerance and pathogen resistance while increasing yield is preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses in Plant Pathology and Bioenvironmental Sciences, respectively. Good citizenship includes service on departmental, university, and national committees. Work with a diverse group of students and colleagues and contribute to the diversity efforts of the university. Demonstrate a commitment to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity. Encourage a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual.

The position is located in an outstanding Department within a highly collaborative college and university. The Department has a dynamic graduate program in plant pathology and plant-microbe interactions, and the largest undergraduate program in the nation focused on Bioenvironmental Sciences. The department will be moving into a new building dedicated to plant pathology and microbiology in 2019.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related discipline is required. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other faculty both on- and off-campus. Excellent oral and written communication skills and evidence of scholarly publications are essential.

Application Process: Applicant should prepare a letter of application reflecting research and teaching interests and qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a copy of complete transcripts, and the contact information for three references. All applications must be loaded into Greatjobs (http://greatjobs.tamu.edu). 

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. For any questions, please contact either Dr. Won-Bo Shim, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 2132 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2132. (Tel 979-458-2190) (wbshim@tamu.edu) or Dr. Leland (Sandy) Pierson (Tel 979-845-8288) (lspierson@tamu.edu).

Postdoctoral position in Plant Evolutionary Genetics/Ecology, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

Postdoctoral position in Plant Evolutionary Genetics/Ecology

Jill Anderson’s lab in the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia is currently searching
for a highly-motivated postdoctoral associate to collaborate on an NSF-funded study of the
evolutionary consequences of climate change for natural plant populations. Our lab studies the
extent to which climate change imposes novel selection and disrupts long-standing patterns of local
adaptation, using the subalpine mustard, Boechera stricta, as our focal species. Our field, growth
chamber, and greenhouse studies also examine whether increased temporal variability under climate
change will favor phenotypic plasticity. You can find additional information about research in the
Anderson lab here: http://andersonlab.genetics.uga.edu

The position is for one year, renewable for up to two additional years contingent upon performance.
The anticipated start date is flexible, and could be as early as April 2018. The successful candidate
will contribute to ongoing experiments, develop research on the genetic basis of climatic adaptation,
and evaluate whether gene flow could facilitate adaptive response to climate change. This position
includes a combination of fieldwork at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Gothic,
Colorado), field collection trips throughout the western U.S., and laboratory work at the University
of Georgia (Athens, GA). The postdoctoral scholar will analyze existing datasets, write and publish
peer-reviewed manuscripts, and present results in seminars at UGA and scientific conferences. The
postdoc will also have opportunities to develop additional research programs related to the overall
objectives of the project and to gain experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology/genetics (or a related field) from an
accredited university. Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following: (a)
experience in quantitative genetics and statistical modeling, (b) experience generating and analyzing
next generation sequence data, (c) successful publication record, including first-authored
publications, (d) experience mentoring students and technicians, and (e) laboratory and database
management skills. We value diversity in background and perspective, and we seek to promote
safety in the lab and field.

TO APPLY: Please submit a single PDF that includes (1) a cover letter describing
past research experience and qualifications for this position, (2) a current CV, and
(3) contact information for 3 references, as well as separate PDFs of up to 3
manuscripts (published, in review, or in preparation), to posting number S00409P
here: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/17524. Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Feel free to email Dr.
Anderson (jta24@uga.edu) with questions.

Fate of the Earth Symposium Research Poster Contest and Call for Abstracts

The Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University would like to invite your students to take part in our annual Fate of the Earth Symposium Research Poster Contest. Each year, ESPP brings in world-class speakers to discuss the most pressing environmental science and policy issues and we encourage all level of students – undergraduate to doctoral – to take part in that conversation and share their research in the form of a poster. All posters relating to environmental science and policy are welcome and displayed as an integral part of our symposium. In addition, if the authors wish to attend in person and meet with judges, the posters are eligible for cash prizes up to $500. 
The symposium, scheduled for Saturday March 24 on the campus of MSU, is free and open to the public. Please consider circulating the attached Call for Abstracts to any students and faculty who may be interested in attending and participating with a poster. 
Call for Abstracts 

Angst...Let's talk about anxiety - Film Screening

A film that explores anxiety; its causes, effects and what we can do about it. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening.

Thursday February 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Angell Hall Auditorium B

This event is sponsored by the following LSA departments:
Community Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL), English Language Institute, Global Scholars Program, Language Resource Center, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, LSA Honors Program, LSA Student Government, Michigan Community Scholars Program, Michigan Research Community, Science Learning Center, WISE Residence Program

Monday, February 5

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) panel

Are you a mentee in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences?  Learn more about the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) at a February 8 event featuring Melissa McDaniels, PhD, of Michigan State University.

Dr. McDaniels will lead a panel discussion about the NRMN (https://nrmnet.net/), a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide trainees with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. NRMN’s program models emphasize the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The goal of the NRMN is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.

Dr. McDaniels is Co-Director of the NRMN Master Facilitator Initiative, an Affiliate with the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research at the University of Wisconsin, and Assistant Dean at the Graduate School and Postdoc Office at Michigan State University.

Panelists include:
·         Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, FCCP, Associate Dean for Research and John Gideon Searle Professor of Clinical and Translational Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy; Professor of Psychiatry; and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science & the Arts.
·         Peter Hitchcock, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Department of Cell and Developmental Biology; Associate Dean, Rackham Graduate School
·         Jadranka Stojanovska MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Cardiothoracic MR Service, Cardiothoracic Radiology, Michigan Medicine.
·         Larry Charleston IV, MD, MSc., FAHS, Headache Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

This event is recommended for early career researchers and investigators. It takes place February 8 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Rackham Graduate School Assembly Hall.  Light breakfast will be provided.

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) University of Michigan
1600 Huron Parkway (street)
2800 Plymouth Rd. (mail)
Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Join the MICHR Education community!  Like us on facebook: https://facebook.com/michreducation 

MICHR Education events and workshops: http://michr-education.eventbrite.com

CITE IT: Please help us continue our support for clinical and translational research by citing our grant numbers in relevant publications: UL1TR002240. 

Friday, February 2

Weiser Center Summer funding opportunities

Summer Funding Opportunities
Deadline February 15
Apply Now through the II Fellowships and Grants Portal

2018 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference

The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) is an annual regional conference hosted by a different Midwestern college or university. This conference is graduate- and undergraduate-student focused, providing a professional atmosphere for students of all levels to interact with and learn from their peers. Below are our two plenary speakers:

Dr. Jessica Hellmann – University of Minnesota, Director of the Institute on the Environment

Dr. James Tiedje – Michigan State University, Distinguished Professor and Director for The Center for Microbial Ecology

WhereKellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University 
WhenApril 6-8, 2018

Early Bird Registration (January 17 – February 17) $55
Regular Registration (February 18 – March 17) $60
MSU-Affiliate Registration (January 17 – March 17) $40

For more information:
Facebook: @meec2018
Twitter: meec2018kbs

Wednesday, January 31

Michigan Law School's Problem Solving Initiative classes

Interested in tackling real-world problems? Interested in working with other students and faculty to find solutions? You'll have the opportunity to work with a small team of graduate and professional students from across the University in an interdisciplinary class to gain experience doing just that. Consider taking an interdisciplinary problem solving course at the Law School!
Upcoming PSI Class Topics
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • New Music Industry Business Models
  • The Opioid Crisis
  • Social Media and Radicalization
  • Access to Justice
  • "Fake News" 
  • Cultural Preservation and Economic Development in India
  • Concussions
  • Gun Violence 
  • Robots and the Workplace 

Fall 2018 online registration begins February 23

Please see problemsolving.law.umich.edu
for more information about the Problem Solving Initiative
The Problem Solving Initiative is a platform for the development of creative solutions to some of the world's most difficult challenges in business and society. Interdisciplinary problem solving courses give Michigan's graduate and professional students a framework for analyzing and solving complex problems and guiding organizations through innovation and change. 
Questions? problemsolving@umich.edu