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Thursday, January 19

Water Community

University of Michigan Water Center

Dear U-M Water Community,

We invite your participation and presentations at the annual Water@Michigan Forum on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The day will begin with informal networking and registration at 8:00 and formal presentations at 9:00 am. We will adjourn the formal program at 1:30 after lunch.
Please consider submitting a proposal for a 5-minute lightning talk addressing the theme, Invisible Threats, although presentations on all water-related topics are welcome.
"Invisible Threats" encompass the multitude of critical and emerging water issues hidden from the public eye until an emergency situation occurs. Examples could include water infrastructure, toxicants, persistent organic pollutants, or groundwater depletion.
Presentations are encouraged from all U-M departments and disciplines, including people who presented last year who have a new idea or project to share. Talks may focus on the natural or physical sciences, human behavior, or technological solutions for an invisible water threat, as well as approaches to prevent these issues from emerging in the first place.
Please register for the event or submit a short proposal for a talk through the link below.
The Water@Michigan 2017 forum highlights diverse water-focused research on campus, connects researchers from a broad range of campus units with each other and regional water practitioners, and fosters discussions to help spark future projects. Additional invitees include government, non-profits, foundations and the private sector, with the goal of fostering new connections within and beyond the University water community.
We look forward to your participation.
Thank you,
Jennifer Read
Director, U-M Water Center

Registration is open for the 2017 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference, which will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference
Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illini Union
When: March 18-19, 2017
Visit MEEC2017.wordpress.com for instructions on how to register and submit an abstract for either a presentation or poster
Early Bird Registration (January 9 – January 27) $55
Regular Registration (January 28 – February 24) $60
The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) is an annual regional conference hosted by a different Midwestern college or university each year. 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. Jack Gilbert,
Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology, Argonne National Laboratory
Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Dr. Corrie Moreau,
Department of Science and Education, Field Museum of Natural History
Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
For more information:
Twitter: meec2017

Evolution blog

Starting January 2017, the journal Evolution will include a new “Digests” section, which will contain short (~500 word) news articles about selected original research included in the journal. These digests will be published online and linked to their corresponding original research articles. Their purpose is two-fold:
  1. To improve accessibility of research published in Evolution to evolutionary biologists outside of the original article’s subfield of specialization.
  2. To provide added value by i) placing the research in a broader context than described in the original paper, ii) adding figures or diagrams illustrating the methods or findings, and/or iii) offering new insights on other implications/applications of the research or avenues of further study.
The journal is currently accepting digest submissions from students, researchers, and professionals. Peer review of submissions goes through authors of the original manuscript and an editorial staff member. If you are interested in contributing a digest to the next issue of Evolution, please select an article from the list of accepted articles, review the writing instructions, and follow the submission instructions by the due date listed. If you have any questions, please contact the editors. Digests will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further updates and news, please subscribe to the Evolution Digests Google Group.

Termite course

Dear Colleagues,
Termite Course 2017, ENY 4221 / ENY 6248
June 19-23 2017.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA.
This summer, the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department is offering a unique week-long workshop on termite biology on June 19-23 2017.

This course provides a wide perspective on termite biology (evolution, diversity, ecology, behavior, symbiosis, distribution, morphology, control, collection techniques).  This session includes field collection trips and classes.

The course will take place at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, and is organized by Dr. ThomasChouvenc, Rudolf Scheffrahn, Nan-Yao Su and William Kern.

We highly encourage students and other academic to participate to this workshop, as it provides in-depth insight to many aspects of termite biology, within the general framework of the study of social insects

Thomas Chouvenc.

Thomas Chouvenc, PhD.
Ft Lauderdale Research and Education Center
University of Florida
3205 College Ave
33314 Davie FL, USA.

Museum Studies Graduate certificate

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Graduate Students:
·       Are you interested in learning about museums from a perspective that integrates theory with practice?
·      Would you like to work in a museum one day?
·      Or do you study museums and related institutions, heritage, or related topics as part of your scholarship?

The Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program may be for you 
Come learn more about our program at an informal “meet and greet” with MSP faculty.

Tuesday January 24, 2017
4-5:30 PM
Museum of Art Multipurpose Room (Rm. 125)

(Applications due Feb 24, 2017, for information visit
or email ummsp@umich.edu

Carla M. Sinopoli
Director, Museum Studies Program
Curator of Asian Archaeology and Ethnology, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Professor, Department of Anthropology

Mailing address:                                       Museum Studies office:

1109 Geddes Ave                                     Museum Studies Program
University of Michigan                               University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA                 525 South State Street
                                                               Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354 USA

Phone: +1 734 764-0484                           Phone: +1 734 763-0748 or 936-6678
Fax:     +1 734 763-7783                           Fax:     +1 734 786-0054

                                               email: sinopoli@umich.edu

Wednesday, January 18

Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Graduate Certificate Program Open House


You are invited to the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Graduate Certificate Program Open House on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in 4701 Haven Hall.  See the flyer pasted and attached below.  Thank you.

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Best regards,

Desa Blount
Administrative Coordinator/Project Coordinator
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)
College of Literature, Science, and The Arts (LSA)
University of Michigan
4700 Haven Hall
505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
phone:   734-764-5513
fax:         734-763-0543
email:    desab@umich.edu

Monday, January 16

Short Term Post-doc position


Applications send to: zuzmun@natur.cuni.cz

Saturday, January 14

Understanding Implicit Bias: The Largest Roadblock for the Global STEM Workforce February 22, 2017

Understanding Implicit Bias: The Largest Roadblock for the Global STEM Workforce
February 22, 2017
Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor, Lurie Engineering Center
Session A: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Session B: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

*Registration is required Here is the link
*Dinner is provided

With an emphasis on the professional development of graduate students and post-docs in STEM- related disciplines. “Understanding Implicit Bias: The Largest Roadblock for the Global STEM Workforce” is a workshop that serves to provide cultural competency and implicit bias training in developing the next generation of STEM professionals in the global workforce. Attendees will:
• Learn how the unconscious mind works through the use demonstrations of perceptual and cognitive illusions
• Discover how this applies to the perception of others and translates to social judgements through research evidence
• Gain useful techniques on how to mitigate implicit bias when presented
This workshop will be facilitated by Calvin K. Lai, PhD from the Department of Psychology and Project Implicit at Harvard University. His research seeks to reconcile our values with our action by finding the most effective strategies for addressing implicit biases. He does this by studying the unconscious mind through: discovering malleability of implicit association, identifying stability of implicit associations over time, and illustrating the relationship between implicit associations and behavior.

Have a great weekend!  

Kim Elliott 
University of Michigan, College of Engineering
Director of  Graduate Education

Friday, January 13

This winter, ELI and SLC, the Science Learning Center, offer undergraduates and international GSIs in LSA science fields a unique opportunity: co-mentoring. What is co-mentoring? Both the GSI and the undergraduate mentor one another, getting together weekly during the Winter term. 

GSIs in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Math, and Statistics
  • practice real-world English language,
  • explore teaching and learning with a student
  • learn about undergraduate culture, and 
  • explore their co-mentor's cultural context  
Undergraduate peer tutors and study group facilitators in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology
  • gain intercultural competence, 
  • explore teaching and learning with a GSI
  • improve their knowledge of a STEM content-area, and 
  • gain insight into the experience of being a graduate student in a STEM field. 
Plus, co-mentors develop fast friendships.

Apply now! Applications due Friday January 20

To apply, click here.

How to Give an Academic Talk

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“How to Give an Academic Talk” presented by Paul Edwards
Friday, January 27, 2pm
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

This workshop will cover all aspects of preparing and delivering academic presentations, from PowerPoint best practices to timing, rehearsing, and vocal techniques.  It will be especially useful for students planning conference presentations or job talks.

Paul N. Edwards is Professor of Information and History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010) and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996).  Prof. Edwards has delivered well over 100 invited talks around the world, as well as innumerable conference presentations and course lectures.

Sponsored by the School of Information and History Department

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Thursday, January 12

L'Oreal annual grant for women in science

L’Oreal annual grant for women in science:
Dear Doctor/ Health Professional,
We have a posting on Trialect at Trialect  soliciting applications for L'Oréal Women in Science Grants. The L’Oréal USA, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science. As the deadline is a few weeks away, please do not hesitate to refer your postdoctoral fellows or colleagues to this program.  The details can be perused at:L'Oréal USA For Women In Science

STEAM Summer @ WCC Feb 1, 2017

Hi Everyone, 

Hope your semester is off to a good start! I am writing to ask a favor:

On February 1st, my HHMI team will be co-hosting a "STEAM Summit" at Washtenaw Community College. The Summit will be a poster session-style event, in which graduate students (and possibly also undergraduates) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics will share their research projects with current WCC students. The goals of this event are to stimulate interest in STEAM research and career paths, and to share the exciting things that are going on at UM with WCC students. 

Can you help me identify 1-2 graduate students (or postdocs, or undergrads) in your disciplinary area who would be interested in participating in this event? 

The Summit is scheduled to run from 11am-1pm at Washtenaw Community college on Wednesday, February 1st. We would love to have one graduate student participant from each of the following disciplinary areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. For Mathematics, we'd like to have 2 or more representatives, if at all possible.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you know of someone who would be able to participate in this outreach event. 



Anne J. McNeil
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor of Chemistry
and Macromolecular Science and Engineering
University of Michigan

SEEDS Newslatter

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America
Empowering the next generation of ecologist!
Greetings SEEDS Friends!
Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 will bring you more success and adventures than ever before and may we share our knowledge with others. This is a busy time of year for science programs and there are some very exciting opportunities that are available for undergraduates!  

Our SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship is currently accepting applications until January 23rd.  We are also about to open the application process for the 102nd ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon! Please read more about these unique opportunities in this edition of SEEDSNouncement!   
SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SEEDS program is proud to announce that we will be accepting applications for the SPUR Fellowship.  The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports undergraduate students in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest. SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet the students interest, career objectives and growth as a scientist. For most opportunities, no prior research experiences is necessary! 

What does the SPUR Fellowship provide?
  • The fellowship is a fully funded and mentored summer research experience. 
  • Each student will conduct an independent research project at one of our partner stations - travel, housing, research expenses and stipends are provided. 
  • Sponsored to travel to two SEEDS Leadership Meetings, Spring 2017 & 2018
  • Sponsored to travel, attend and present their research at the 103rd ESA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in 2018.  
  • A $500 cash award for completing your fellowship! 
Who are our SPUR Partners? (Students can apply to 3 stations with one simple application!)

For more information please visit our SPUR Fellowship website. Please share!
SEEDS Travel Awards to the       102nd ESA Annual Meeting!

The applications will open soon for this years ESA Annual Meeting from August 6-11, 2017. This year the theme of the meeting is Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world. The annual meeting will bring over 5000 professionals from around the world to participate in scientific presentations, symposiums, workshops, field trips and trade show.  It provides an excellent venue to engage faculty and other students in communicating ideas and new knowledge with the rest of the scientific community. 
  • Undergraduate Travel Awards include a complete expenses paid opportunity including travel, registration, housing, meal stipend, a meeting mentor, and SEEDS Alumni mentor. Special consideration will be given to students who want to present a completed research project at the meeting.  To submit your research abstract, please visit: www.esa.org/portland 
  • Graduate Alumni Travel Awards are for past SEEDS students that are now in graduate school! Award recipients receive an $800 travel scholarship to use towards attending the meeting. Each SEEDS Alum will be mentoring a group of undergraduate  SEEDS  participants to navigate the annual meeting. Travel award will be given on location at the student orientation on the first day of the meeting.
Other SEEDS Opportunities... 

There are many programs looking for students for the summer of 2017.  Most applications for REU's, Fellowships and Internships are due in January and February.  We have a list on our website t
o help our students and alumni find these great experiences.  

Please visit www.esa.org/seeds/opportunities for more opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. 
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