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Tuesday, April 15

Smith Lecture Friday April 18

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is Aradhna Tripati, UCLA.  She is speaking on Glacial Climate from Clumped Isotope Thermometry. Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 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:

This is the final Smith Lecture for Winter term 2014. The Department wishes everyone a pleasant summer, and we look forward to seeing you again on September 12 when the Fall term Smith Lecture series begins. 

Best regards, -Anne

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


A primary goal of paleoclimate research over several decades has been to establish the magnitude of temperature change in different regions since the Last Glacial Maximum (~23-19 thousand years ago).  Data on past climates have been used to study climate processes, evaluate the accuracy of model simulations, and assess climate sensitivity to greenhouse gas forcing.  During this seminar, I will present what we have been learning about glacial paleoclimate from the application of carbonate “clumped” isotope thermometry.  This proxy is based on the measurement of multiply substituted isotopic variants of molecules (isotopologues).  I will describe results from modern samples and glacial samples, including from the Western Tropical Pacific.

Symposium on Data & Computational Science April 23

Subject: Symposium on Data and Computational Science, April 23

Dear Colleagues,
The 2014 annual symposium sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Data Science and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering will bring nationally known experts to campus for a day-long session exploring data and computational science. We hope you can join us Wednesday, April 23 for what promises to be an exciting and inspiring day. 

Visit http://bit.ly/MINDS2014 for a complete agenda, and fill out this registration form if you plan to attend.

Susan Carpenter, Administrative Assistant
University of Michigan
Center for the Study of Complex Systems
321 West Hall * 1085 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
734-763-3301 p * 734-763-9267 f

Residency opportunity for outdoorsy graduate women

Good morning,
My name is Julie and I am the lead caretaker at Nichols Arboretum. We are looking to fill some vacancies for resident caretakers, and we have received a lot of very qualified applicants, mostly male. We are interested in adding some diversity to our team of caretakers, and I have been on the WISE email group for a while and thought this might be an avenue for reaching out to more women in the natural sciences. It is open to current and incoming graduate students and provides free on-site housing for the duration of the job. 

The position description can be found here under Graduate Student Caretaker Positions at Nichols Arboretum:


Thanks for taking a look and please let me know if you have questions or comments for us regarding this position!

Julie McLaughlin
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
M.S. Candidate | Conservation Ecology
(248) 219-7524

Post doc opportunity in plant evo devo-Kellogg lab

My colleague Toby Kellogg is searching for a post doc and has sake me to forward her add, see below
Post-doctoral position, evolution of plant development
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Kellogg lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has funding for a post-doc interested in the evolution of genes, genomes, and morphology in the grasses.  The project will investigate controls of inflorescence development in grasses related to maize and sorghum, and is a collaborative project with the McSteen lab at University of Missouri-Columbia. We are combining studies of genomics, molecular evolution, plant development, and gene expression to translate results from maize to other cereal crops and wild grasses.   Specifically, we are investigating the gene suppressor of sessile spikelet1, which controls spikelet pairing, a fundamental aspect of inflorescence architecture in a major clade of grasses.  The project will involve studying the molecular evolution of the protein and its genomic context, expression of the gene in the model system Setaria viridis, and construction of transgenic plants to test hypotheses of gene regulation. 

The successful candidate should have a strong background in molecular evolution, genomics, and/or evolution of development. Candidates with a Ph.D. in plant biology, with strengths in phylogenomic analysis, plant morphology, and methods of studying gene expression are strongly encouraged to apply.

More information about the Kellogg lab is at kellogglab.weebly.com and at http://www.danforthcenter.org/scientists-research/principal-investigators/elizabeth-kellogg.

Send resume and three references to:

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Human Resources
RE: Postdoc/Kellogg lab
975 North Warson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

Or by email to: careers@danforthcenter.org with “Postdoc/Kellogg Lab” in the subject line.
Verónica S. Di Stilio, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Washington
506 Hitchcock Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

(206) 616-5567 off
(206) 685-4755 lab
FAX (206) 685-1728

Symposium on Data and Computational Science, April 23

Dear Colleagues,
The 2014 annual symposium sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Data Science and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering will bring nationally known experts to campus for a day-long session exploring data and computational science. We hope you can join us Wednesday, April 23 for what promises to be an exciting and inspiring day. 
Visit http://bit.ly/MINDS2014 for a complete agenda, and fill out this registration form if you plan to attend.
9:20 a.m.Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer, Barclays Bank; Chairman, Oasis500; Chairman & CTO, ChoozOn Corp. (Blue Kangaroo)
10:20 a.m.Michael W. Mahoney, ICSI and UC Berkeley, "Randomized matrix algorithms and large-scale scientific data analysis"
12:30 p.m.Thomas Hacker, Purdue University, "The NEEShub: A Scalable and Reliable Cyberinfrastructure for the Earthquake Engineering Community"
1:30 p.m.Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, "The Web Changes Everything
2:50 p.m.Sandra Cannon, data management expert, “Research support and data management challenges: Is there such thing as too much data?"

Crisis in South Sudan Discussion THIS FRIDAY 1-3pm! Hutchins Hall!

Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student 
Engagement in International Conflict:

The Michigan Students for South Sudan is hosting a panel discussion, "Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student Engagement in International Conflict" on Friday April 18, 2014 from 1-3pm at 100 Hutchins Hall in the Law School.  

See you all there! 

Ms. Olubisi Ajetunmobi

B.S. Global Environment and Health

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2015 

Forests Asia, 5-6 May 2014, Jakarta

Dear Sir/Madam, 

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a number of partners, including Daemeter, are organizing an event entitled Forests Asia Summit 2014: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in Southeast Asia. It will be held on 5-6 day May 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Forests Asia Summit 2014 will be a two-day conference that aims to provide a platform for bilateral and multilateral exchanges of more than 1,000 business executives, civil society and development experts in the pursuit of new green-growth pathways. Ministers with forestry, the environment and natural resources portfolios from most Southeast Asian countries have confirmed their attendance as speakers. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has indicated his desire to give the opening keynote address. Designed to open dialogues with business players in land use sectors in Asia, speakers also the private sector include Franky Widjaja, CEO of Golden Agri Resources, Sunny Verghese, CEO of Olam International Ltd., Mark Burrows, Global Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. For a full list of speakers, please see http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia/program/speakers/. 

Themes for the Summit include Investing in landscapes for green returns and Governance and legal frameworks to promote sustainable landscapes. With sessions discussing improving performance in the oil palm sector and innovative approaches to financing for green returns, we hope Forests Asia could be an arena to learn from each other and provide balanced views on the private sector and the role it plays in responsible and equitable management of natural resources. You can see the complete agenda at http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia/program/agenda/

We hope you will join us in the event, and please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Kind regards, 
Leony Aurora 
Sustainability Communications Manager 
Daemeter Consulting 

Friday, April 11

seeking tutors in the Ann Arbor area

Hi Cindy,

I found your name on the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology​  Department website and I'm hoping you can help me. I am a Program Coordinator with a private tutoring company called Cardinal Scholars, and we are looking to hire University of Michigan students who are extremely academically successful and strong role models, to tutor students in grades K-12 in the Ann Arbor area. We aim to recruit students who are well-rounded academically, involved in the community, and who love to teach.

Do you have an email group or listserv for the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology​  students students? I've included a brief job description below. I would appreciate it if you forward this widely to any students who may be interested in applying, or point me in the direction to someone else who can help me.

Thank you very much for your time!


Join our platform! 

Cardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring service that gives exceptional tutors affiliated with top universities the chance to be matched with elementary, middle, and high school students in need of additional academic support. We are seeking tutors in the Ann Arbor area who meet the following criteria:
Are fantastic teachers and have experience teaching others.
Are academically curious and intelligent.
Attend or have graduated from University of Michigan as either an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student.

By creating a profile you have the opportunity to be matched with a client if your services are requested! It doesn't take long to apply, create a profile and be part of our community.

The benefits of working with us include:
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Get to know great families from the community who will really appreciate your help.

Coming on board as a tutor is not a guarantee of immediate tutoring work, but offers the opportunity to be considered for an assignment once we receive a tutoring request in your area for in person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring.

Interested? Please go here to apply: http://www.cardinalscholars.com/apply.php
To learn more about our company, visit: http://www.cardinalscholars.com
Read about Student Success in Ann Arbor: http://www.cardinalscholars.com/tutoring-reviews/Ann-Arbor/

Rachael Midlam
Program Coordinator

Thursday, April 10

CSCS Seminar Talk April 15

Center for the Study of Complex Systems
Seminar Series
Tuesday,  April 15, 2014

NOTE:  4448 East Hall
 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Qiong Yang 
Assistant Professor, Biophysics, University of Michigan

From molecules to development: revealing simple rules of biological clocks

Organisms from cyanobacteria through vertebrates make use of biochemical and genetic oscillators to drive repetitive processes like cell cycle progression and vertebrate somitogenesis. Despite the complexity and diversity of these oscillators, their core design is thought to be shared.
Notably, most of them contain a core positive-plus-negative feedback
architecture. Here we use the early embryonic mitotic cycles in *Xenopus* as a motivating example and discuss how the positive feedback functions as a bistable switch and the negative feedback as a time-delayed, digital switch (Yang and Ferrell, Nat Cell Biol, 2013; Ferrell, Tsai, and Yang, Cell,
2011). I will next discuss our ongoing and future research projects on
essential biological clocks in early embryos. We employ mathematical
modeling, microfluidic techniques, and optical imaging for a quantitative
understanding of self-organizing behaviors of single cells and single
molecules during early embryo development.

Tropical Field Course Opportunities in Costa Rica

Dear Friends of DANTA:

Pleased find below advertising for our 2014 field courses in tropical biology and conservation. We have also attached a flyer. Full details about the courses and application procedures can be found on our website at www.DANTA.INFO.

We would be most grateful if you could send the text below to potential applicants so that as many students as possible get to hear about our exciting training programs.
Thank you,
Kimberly Dingess
We are pleased to announce our 2014 field courses in Primate Behavior and Conservation. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

All courses are held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon, this area is renowned for high animal and plant diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). It is also home to nearly 4,000 plant species. All students participating in our programs will have opportunity to be involved in applied conservation (i.e., sea turtle monitoring and reforestation) and community service. Every course includes a 2 night/3 day homestay. During the homestay, students will be involved in the daily activities of the host family with the purpose being to gain a greater understanding of Costa Rican culture. The homestays additionally provide support for the local communities and lead to greater community inclusion in our conservation efforts.

The courses include a 4 day field trip which includes a visit to a chocolate plantation and 2 night stay in Drake Bay with a snorkeling tour of Cano Island, one of Costa Rica’s premier dive spots. Here there is a good chance we will see white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales. On the return trip from the island, we will explore the Terraba Sierpe Mangroves, which are accessible only by boat and consists of over 100,000 acres of the largest mangrove forest in Central America. The final day of the field trip we will visit the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about their community and traditional lifeways. The field trip is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.
Primate Behavior and Conservation (June 15 – July 10)
Course Coordinator: Kimberly Dingess, Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington; Guest Lecturer: Dr. Janette Wallis ,Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment, University of Oklahoma and Vice President of Conservation for the International Primatological Society.
Conservation and Sustainability (July 12 – July 24)
Course Coordinator: Kimberly Dingess, Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
Sea Turtle Conservation Intern and Volunteer Positions(on going)

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info or emailconservation@danta.info.

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Kimberly A. Dingess
DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics
304 12th Avenue W
Huntington, WV 25701

Tuesday, April 8

Women & Economic Security Conference, May 14-16, 2014

Ending Women's Poverty is a Collaborative Effort!
Women and Economic Security Conference
May 14-16, 2014, University of Michigan, Ann ArborNo cost for U-M faculty, staff and students
Please join us May 14-16, 2014 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for this 3-day conference focusing on potential practice and policy changes enabling women in poverty to seek economic security and mobility and reduce the barriers to good jobs. This event is one of the Michigan Meetings, a series of annual interdisciplinary meetings on topics of national and international significance sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School. 
This conference will bring together academics from across the country, including Ruth Milkman, Valerie Polakow, and Barbara Gault; activists such as Saru Jayaraman of ROC United, Kim Bobo of Interfaith Worker Justice, Cindy Estrada of the UAW, Danielle Atkinson of Mothering JusticeGilda Jacobs of Michigan League for Public Policy, and Ann Ladky of Women Employed.
 This multi-sector conference will:
  • focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face 
  • have national researchers and practitioners join U-M faculty in discussions
  • bring multiple perspectives to this complex concern 
  • seek policy recommendations as the expected outcome  
Some participants from U-M will include: Deans, Janet Weiss, Rackham Graduate School, Laura Lein,School of Social Work and Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Professors, Peggy Kahn, U-M Flint, Sandra Danziger, Schools of Social Work and Public Policy; and School of Social Work faculty Luke Shaefer and Trina Shanks, as well as Marian Krzyzowski of theInstitute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy.
Sheryl WuDunn of Half the Sky Movement will give the keynote address on the evening of May 14, bringing the global perspective of opportunities for women. The keynote is free and open to the public.
Current students, U-M faculty or staff may attend at NO CHARGE.  Use coupon code: WES UM 
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/CEWEconSecConf
Please forward this announcement to those outside the University who may also have an interest in ending women’s poverty.

Gloria D. Thomas, Director, CEW

Our thanks to TIAA-CREF, our Premier Anniversary Sponsor, for its generous support of all of CEW's 50thAnniversary events. We also thank Event Contributing Sponsors, Morgan Stanley and the Ford Motor Company Fund, and for support of the Michigan Partners Project (MPP), The Ford Foundation. The Sheryl WuDunn lecture is fully supported by the Christobel Kotelawela Weerasinghe Fund of the Center for the Education of Women

Now Open: Application for L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

Dear Colleague:

The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in the STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 

The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post‐doctoral researchers. We are looking for role models for the next generation and hope to help encourage girls to pursue careers in science.
Applications are available now at https://lorealfwis.aaas.org/login/indexA.cfm and are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.

More information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e‐mail me at mconeim@us.loreal.com

Thank you for considering this fellowship opportunity and for your help in advancing the role of women in science.


Myriam Coneim

The Center for Educational Outreach Future U Program

Hello everyone!

    I hope that all of you have been doing well this semester. I am reaching out to you all on behalf of the Center for Educational Outreach. I have been working with CEO since my freshman year, and have loved working with youth and showing them how amazing college can be, and that it is attainable for all of them. I work closely with a program they have called Future U. This program is designed for middle school students, grades 6th-8th. They come up each year while in middle school, about 3 times per semester, and participate in workshops put on by different departments in many schools at the university. We have workshops with the Engineering school, School of Education, School of Natural Resources, LSA (Mathematics Dept., African American Studies), School of Business, and a few others. Students or faculty run these workshops and teach the students about their field, showing them what they do, how they do it, and how the students themselves can do it as well. 
     I have loved this program since I started working at CEO, however I was disappointed that the students never get a look into the sciences like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc. My supervisor Michael Turner hasn't been able to make a connection within science departments, for whatever reasons. Making and keeping reliable connections with the departments is crucial, since we are continuously in contact with them about the visits. Being a Biology major, I feel like this one field that should not be left out when informing younger students about future career options. I have told Michael that I will try and reach out to faculty that I know, and see whether or not they can help me in forming some kind of science workshop to give to the students. 
     My thoughts immediately went to giving the students the opportunity to look at a variety of labs. I also thought that having students or professors come speak about their research and the importance of the sciences would also be great. So, I am reaching out to you all to see whether you, or someone you know would be interested in doing a workshop for middle school students. The workshops occur on Saturdays from 9-11 am. The students also come up for a weekend during the summer, and we like to have workshops planned then as well. 
     If any of you are interested, please let me know. Pass my invitation along to any other faculty that you think would be great at this as well. Michael Turner and I will be meeting with people who are interested, and we would talk about the specifics and workshop material that would be presented. This program helps so many young students to become excited about college, as well as help them start thinking about the future. Sorry for the long email, I wanted to make sure I mentioned everything. Thanks for your time, I'm sure I'll see many of you around campus! 

Have a great day!

-Celina Soto  

Friday, April 4

Researcher: Informatics and Data Science

Job Announcement

Researcher: Informatics and Data Science

A big opportunity for a dynamic science professional with a passion for people and nature. You will be a core part of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, providing strategic research and research support, knowledge management, data science, and informatics to the Luc Hoffmann Institute and its work-streams, projects and working groups. Help WWF build a sustainable future by working closely with the Luc Hoffmann Institute Director and the Global Science Communications Lead to produce the evidence base for the Luc Hoffmann Institute communication stream.
Mission of the Department:

The Luc Hoffmann Institute seeks to be the premier global institute focusing science capacity on the world’s most important conservation problems, and magnifying science impact through strategic alignment and communication. Our products will be known for their conservation relevance, rapid delivery, independent scientific rigor, and broad communication. We connect the research needs of the largest conservation organization in the world (WWF), and the research talent of academics and thought leaders from around the world. We use collaborative structures to bring interdisciplinary teams together, and we resource those teams so that they can deliver solutions, tools, and knowledge to the conservation community at a pace relevant for decisions. For more information on the Luc Hoffmann Institute, please visit http://luchoffmanninstitute.org/
Location/Contract Details:

WWF office in Gland, Switzerland. This is an open-ended employment contract. 

Main responsibilities:
Research, review, synthesize, and monitor the state of the science surrounding a wide range of topics related to the research needs of WWF priority programs and proposed and on-going Luc Hoffmann Institute projects.
Work closely with the Luc Hoffmann Institute Global Science Communications Lead, and the Luc Hoffmann Institute Director, to produce the evidence base for the Luc Hoffmann Institute communication stream, consisting of regular, evidence-based narrative / blog format pieces, with strong graphic exploration of Luc Hoffmann Institute project research and related work.
Write high-quality Luc Hoffmann Institute Science Briefs, Notes and Presentation as requested by the Luc Hoffmann Institute Director and Work-stream Leads.
Establish, enhance, and support data- and knowledge-management practices and policies within the Luc Hoffmann Institute.
Work with Luc Hoffmann Institute and Luc Hoffmann Institute projects to establish, support and enhance their processes for data retrieval, translation, migration, curation, and storage.
Provide informatics and knowledge management support for the Luc Hoffmann Institute and Luc Hoffmann Institute projects.
Organize and manage third-party solutions to quantitative problem-sets.
Engage corporate, academic, think-tank and NGO partners in collaborative computational work in the service of our work-streams
Organize remote and in-person trainings for Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows on a range of topics (e.g. data-science, informatics, open data practices, knowledge management).
What you need:

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
Advanced Degree and significant quantitative experience in one of the following disciplines: conservation, environmental science, environmental economics, social science, or international development OR 5 years of work experience in data-science, informatics or statistics related to one or more of the disciplines above.
Demonstrated experience with heterogeneous data organization and distributed, complex computing environments.
Deep understanding of the role of data, information, and knowledge in the Science to Policy Interface.
Experience in data-rich communications.
Capacity to work rapidly and accurately under pressure and to quickly define and adhere to priorities.
Required Skills and Competencies
Ability and enthusiasm in providing fast and accurate information and in implementing short term but demanding tasks.
Ability to synthesize information from a variety of electronic and written sources and produce clear analysis under time constraints.
Familiarity with multiple approaches to data curation, information management and data science.
Excellent written and visual / graphic communication skills.
Strong quantitative background, including significant experience with either Python or R
Discretion, reliability, flexibility, accuracy.
Ability to work in multicultural environment.
Capacity to work independently in an intense team environment and have good people skills.
Excellent organisational and people skills.
Fluency in English, other languages an advantage.
A good sense of humour.
Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging
Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.
How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on Linkedin. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter. Please make sure they are saved together as one file.

Deadline for applications: 21st April 2014 @4pm CET

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

Postdoc position on Biodiversity modelling

The working group of Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese invites applications for a

*Postdoctoral Researcher on "Intercomparisons of biodiversity models"*

Ref. #B20b

The project contributes to the EU COST Action "Harmonizing Global Biodiversity Modelling - HarmBio (http://harmbio.uom.gr/)". This action aims for the harmonization of current models and datasets of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity to improve the reliability of future projections of biodiversity change. This
cross-community initiative aims to accelerate the development of transparent and scientifically robust biodiversity models, through validation, calibration and inter-comparison of models and data.

*Your tasks*:
- Facilitating systematic inter-comparisons and benchmarking of biodiversity models. Model comparisons will involve comparing outputs of different models among models as well as with biodiversity data.
- Facilitating the development of standards for model-model and model-data comparisons
- Leading conceptual and original scientific publications as well as preparing grant proposals
- Facilitating exchange and collaborations with other members of the COST Action
- Organizing and leading international workshops

*Your profile*:
- PhD in ecology, biodiversity modelling, statistics, or a related field
- Solid background in biodiversity modelling, advanced statistics and macroecology
- Very strong publication record
- Experience and interest in working within an international collaborative research group
- Very good organizational and excellent written and oral communication skills

For more information see the attachment or get in contact with Prof. Dr. K. Böhning-Gaese (email: katrin.boehninggaese@senckenberg.de).

Dr. Christian Hof
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)
Project Area B: Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate
Senckenberganlage 25
D-60325 Frankfurt am Main

phone: +49 69 7542 1804
fax: +49 69 7542 1801
email: christian.hof@senckenberg.de
web: www.bik-f.de

Thursday, April 3

Fall 2014, Urban Agriculture (NRE 501-031) Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm

Dr. MaryCarol Hunter
Should Detroit promote urban agriculture for a large part of its nearly 50 square miles of vacant land? This question will serve as the platform to explore the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of urban agriculture in 21st century cities. To balance current theory with practical application, we will read and discuss a selection of scholarly papers and organizational reports. Guest speakers, local leaders deeply involved with urban agriculture in the region, will offer their insights on practical aspects of implementation. Discussion will cover public health, ecological, land use planning, sustainability, social capital aspects of gardens of all types– private to community to commercial. This will allow us a semester-long creative consideration of whether and how urban agriculture can provide a socially acceptable and successful model for community building and wellbeing, particularly in places with deficient food systems systems.

Wednesday, April 2

Smith Lecture Friday April 4

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is  Andy Nyblade, Penn State.  He is speaking on Cenozoic Extension, Volcanism and Plateau Uplift in Eastern Africa and the African Superplume.  Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 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:

Note there is no lecture April 11; the next lecture is Friday April 18.

Best regards, -Anne

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

The African superplume is arguably the largest feature in Earth’s lower mantle and whether or not it extends into the upper mantle beneath eastern Africa, giving rise to the Cenozoic rifting, volcanism and plateau uplift found there, has long been debated.  New seismic images of mantle structure obtained from modeling AfricaArray data indicate that the superplume is indeed a whole-mantle structure.  The images come from body and surface wave tomography, receiver function stacks illuminating topography on the 410 and 660 km discontinuities, and shear wave splitting.   The seismic images are consistent with a thermal anomaly of a few hundred degrees spanning the mid-mantle connecting anomalous lower mantle structure under southern Africa with anomalous upper mantle structure under eastern Africa.

ABRCMS Conference eBulletin: Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference eBulletin: Important Dates and Deadlines
Join us for ABRCMS 2014 held at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX from Wednesday, November 12, to Saturday, November 15. This acclaimed conference provides an opportunity for students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to present their research through poster and oral presentations and expand their scientific and professional development through innovative session, as well as networking opportunities. Students also learn about graduate schools, summer research opportunities, and postdoctoral fellowships by participating in the ABRCMS exhibits program.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Sponsorship Dates
April 7, 2014Sponsorship Form Due

Exhibits Dates
April 22-24, 2014Exhibit Booth Registration Opens
Registration Conference Dates
May 1, 2014Conference Housing OpensMay 19, 2014Conference Registration OpensOctober 21, 2014Discount Conference Registration Deadline
 Abstracts and Awards
June 2, 2014Abstract Submission and Student Travel Award Site OpensSeptember 5, 2014Abstract Submission and Student Travel Award DeadlineSeptember 26, 2014Judges' Travel Subsidy Application DeadlineOctober 3, 2014: LINK Travel Award Application Deadline
October 3, 2014FASEB MARC Travel Award  Application Deadline
ABRCMS WEBSITE: http://www.abrcms.org/
Please contact us at:   abrcms@asmusa.org    or   (202) 942-9348

GSI open positions in Anthropology

Would you please share these GSI openings for fall with your graduate students?

This is the link to the job at umjobs.org  http://umjobs.org/job_detail/92131/grad_stu_instr_-_fa14_-_anthropology

These are the basics:
For "Human Evolution" the ideal candidate should be familiar with human paleontology, human anatomy, knowledge of osteology and evolutionary theory.
For "Primate Social Behavior"  the ideal candidate should be familiar with the behavior of primates and other animals

Thank you,

Monday, March 31

Public lecture by: Peter Kennedy, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Ecology Below Ground: Probing the Competitive Nature of Ectomycorrhizal Interactions

Friday, April 4 at 3:30 PM
Dana Building, Room 1040


Friday, March 28

2014 SEEDS Spring Newsletter

ESA SEEDS Spring Newsletter

Greetings SEEDS Members!

Happy first day of Spring! We could not be happier that the season has changed (finally!) and that many of you are enjoying your spring break.  We are very busy with program components this semester with the 2014 SEEDS Leadership Meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado on April 9-13 (read more about this below).  We are also busy with the 2014 SEEDS National Field Trip to the Center for Limnology of the University of Wisconsin on May 8-11 and another SEEDS Regional Field Trip to Mountain Lake Biological Station run by the University of Virginia on May 22-25!   

April 22nd is EARTH DAY! Check out our segment on the SEEDS National Coordinated BioBlitz to create the event for your SEEDS Chapter! We will be sharing pictures, video and data collected from our chapters in the next edition of the SEEDS Newsletter!

To stay up to date with information on all of these cool and unique trips and opportunities, visit our website www.esa.org/seeds and follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter and now on Linkedin with the ESA SEEDS discussion group!

In this Issue:

Chapter Grant Updates
SEEDS Chapter BioBlitz
SEEDS Video Contest
2014 SEEDS Leadership Meeting
Chapter Grant Updates

Check out what some of our chapters have been up to lately!

Fort Lewis College SEEDS held a showing of “Crude: The Real Price of Oil”, a documentary that narrates the story of a lawsuit filed on behalf of tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron for the contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The documentary produced a lively discussion of related worldwide environmental issues. Plans for the next semester were proposed, including a discussion with a professional ecologist and a possible environment clean up day.

McPherson College SEEDS Chapter members participated in a research project in Puerto Rico in conjunction with AKKA SEEDS Students from the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras campus.  The project is focusing on a refuge that was recently established in Fajardo, PR, known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor.  Students from the project have submitted an abstract to present at this year's ESA Annual Meeting!

Dillard University SEEDS Chapter has begun work on an exciting opportunity - Invasive species research in the Jean Lafitte National Park located in Louisiana.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Julia Whitbeck, students have been familiarized with the park and are in the midst of doing library research in preparation for the project design.

University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon L.I.F.E SEEDS Chapter has begun work on their phenology project. The students have completed the preparations needed to begin sampling, which they have been doing on a weekly basis. The sampling includes: collecting and sorting leaves, fruits, and flowers in a laboratory setting. 

SEEDS Chapters Bioblitz:   Earth Day Event!

During the weeks surrounding Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22), we hope you will be able to join us in this year’s National Coordinated Chapter BioBlitz, and help your community celebrate its biological diversity. BioBlitz is an excellent way to engage community members, whether it is students on your campus to a larger public event, surveying the species of an area in your community is sure to surprise and thrill people with the abundance of life that exists right in their own backyard. Great possibilities exist for educational and scientific impacts when all 87 Chapters get involved!   

How do you sign up?! Visit our SEEDS BioBlitz page for more information!

SEEDS Video Contest

Are you creative? Could you use some extra spending money? If you answered yes to any of these, then start brainstorming your entry into the SEEDS Video Contest! This fun and easy project is a great way to get involved individually or with your SEEDS chapter, and get rewarded for doing so. All that is required is for you to share YOUR story about SEEDS on camera. Remember, you're the star - so share your thoughts, get creative, have some fun, and apply today!

Deadline: June 6, 2014.

Details, guidelines, and award information posted on the website: SEEDS Video Contest!

2014 SEEDS Leadership Meeting - Fort Collins, Colorado  

The SEEDS program is excited to be offering its 9th Leadership Meeting! The meeting will be hosted Dr. Jill Baron, President of the Ecological Society of America at the John Wesley Powell Center and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  The event will take place from April 9-13 and the theme of the meeting will be "Food Security, Food Justice: Sustaining Agricultural Abundance and Healthy Communities".  We will be joined by 30 students from SEEDS Chapters all across the US and Puerto Rico, who will take part in the four day event with workshops, breakout groups, field trips and lots of FUN!

For more information on this meeting and past leadership meetings, visit our SEEDS Leadership Meeting website for pictures and descriptions!  

Student Opportunities

Appalachian Laboratory University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science  
Student Internship in Phenology and Macroecology 
UMCES is offering a summer research experience to study the adaptation of forest trees to climate. This NSF funded project is an ideal fit for students interested in forest ecology, climate change, and spatial analysis. To apply, please email a CV (including a list of relevant coursework) and a statement of interest to Dr. Andrew J Elmore at  Aelmore@Umces.Edu 
Deadline: April 1, 2014

Stay Connected to Seeds
For more visit http://www.esa.org/seeds

MATLAB Training Seminar at University of Michigan

Join us for a complimentary MATLAB seminar on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Room 2001 LSA Building.  Faculty, staff and students are all welcome to attend.  
Date:                                     Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LSA Building, Room 2001
Time:                                    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session:  Analyzing and Visualizing Data with MATLAB 
During this introductory seminar, we will provide an overview of MATLAB and introduce you to the powerful statistical analysis and visualization capabilities available in the MATLAB product family.  We will demonstrate how to analyze and visualize data, introduce desktop tools for editing code, and show you how to publish and share your results.
Highlights include:
• Accessing data from files, spreadsheets and databases (ODBC-compliant and JDBC-compliant)
• Performing statistical analysis, curve and surface fitting routines
• Developing algorithms and applications to automate your workflow
• Generating reports in HTML and other file formats to share your work
• Developing and sharing MATLAB applications as code, executables or software components
View complete session descriptions and register for the sessions at: www.mathworks.com/umich/lsa
Please contact me with any questions at 508-647-7516 or adamato@mathworks.com

Angelo D’Amato
Sr. Account Manager

Service: 508.647.7000
Direct: 508.647.7516

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Thursday, March 27

Press Release: May 2014 BTC Institute Forum - 3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature

Good morning! I thought this educational event might be of interest to you and your students. We may also be able to provide interview access to presenters if a university publication is interested in pursuing an article. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Many thanks, take care,
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Examine the Connection Between Consciousness and Nature at the 13th Annual International Bioethics Forum: 3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature
MADISON, WI USA (March 27, 2014) — Experts explore consciousness through the perspective of intelligence in nature at the 2014 International Bioethics Forum: 3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature. Hosted by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) and Promega Corporation, the conference will take place May 1–2, 2014, in Madison, Wisconsin. Presenters include Wade Davis (anthropologist, author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence), Dayna Baumeister (Biomimicry 3.8 Institute Co-founder), Louie Schwartzberg (cinematographer, director and producer) and Jeremy Narby (anthropologist and author). 

Many questions related to the brilliance nature so often displays and potential connections to consciousness will be explored. Presentations include:
  • Little by Little, One Travels: Far Embracing the Genius of Nature (Wade Davis)
  • The Science, Art and Meaning of Forest Wisdom (Suzanne Simard, Ph.D.)
  • The Shamanic Journey to Acquire Knowledge (Michael Harner, Ph.D. and Susan Mokelke, J.D.)
  • Life is Smarter than We Are: The Natural Intelligence Paradigm (Simon G. Powell)
  • The Planet, Politics and the Primal Truth Quest (Louis G. Herman, Ph.D.)
"Nature seems to have evolved with the ability to combine intricate, amazing complexity in ways that are astounding and that we don't understand. Is evolution random or is something else happening? Statistically, it seems unlikely it is random,” says Bill Linton, Promega CEO. “The forum provides a unique opportunity for attendees to discuss this fascinating topic with international experts on the topic in a small group setting.”

Designed for the general public, the forum is dedicated to sharing scientific information and considering related social and ethical implications.  Forum registrants also have the opportunity to join a presenter for a small group discussion over dinner on Thursday evening, May 1.

3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature will be held at the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (5445 East Cheryl Parkway) on the Promega Corporation campus in Madison (Fitchburg), Wisconsin.
In addition to the BTC Institute and Promega, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation are Platinum Sponsors of this event. 
The forum is limited to 350 participants. For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.btci.org/bioethics/default.html.

Presenter biographies and presentation abstracts are available at http://www.btci.org/bioethics/.
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About the BTC Institute

The BTC Institute is a not-for-profit organization operated exclusively for educational, scientific and cultural purposes. Learn more about its K–12 programs, scientific course offerings, and annual educational forums and symposiums at http://www.btci.org/.