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Friday, February 17

PhD position with Jeff Houlahan, UNB Saint John

Ph. D. position with Jeff Houlahan’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences/The Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB Saint John).
The Houlahan lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in fundamental questions in population and/or community ecology to begin in the fall of 2017 (although later start dates could be negotiated).  We are happy to hear from students with a wide range of interests -  some examples of topics include (i) the relationship between diversity and stability, (ii) the relative importance of density dependent effects on population dynamics, and (iii) the stability of competitive hierarchies in nature but we are less concerned about the question than the approach.  The approach would involve developing theoretical and/or statistical models that would then be tested on new data (see Houlahan et al. 2017 in Oikos) to assess the predictive ability of those models and how predictive ability changes over time and space.  The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills, and more particularly, be somebody who is comfortable analyzing data and modeling in something like R or Python.  Students will have an opportunity to improve their analytical and modeling skills, become better grounded in basic ecology theory, and improve writing, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities.  We are interested in ecology, environmental science, computer science and/or mathematics students.  Funding of at least $21,000/year is guaranteed for 4 years and comes from TA’ships, RA’ships and scholarships.
The University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive university with campuses in Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with approximately 10,000 students.  The Houlahan lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences and The Canadian Rivers Institute at the Saint John campus.  This is a vibrant department with a focus on aquatic and marine biology and more than 50 graduate students.  Saint John is a small (pop – 68,000) attractive, coastal city in southern New Brunswick.
If you are interested in the position drop me a note at jeffhoul@unb.ca  and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 2017.

Thursday, February 16

Forum on the Executive Order Travel Ban

Rackham Graduate School

Forum on the Executive Order Travel Ban

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin Avenue
Friday, February 17, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Sponsors: Graduate Rackham International (GRIN), Rackham Student Government, Rackham Students of Color (SCOR), Engineering Office of Graduate Education, Rackham Graduate School
Conveners: Nitin Garg, Co-President, GRIN; Asya Harrison, Vice-President, SCOR; Mina Jafari; Naomi Wilson, Vice President, Rackham Student Government
Administrators and faculty will talk about the recent Executive Order and its implications for students and scholars, share information and recommendations, and answer questions. Follow this link if you would like to submit a question anonymously.
Welcome: Steve Ceccio, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Panelists:
     Paul Courant, Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs;
         Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Information
     Judith Pennywell, Director, International Center
     Margo Schlanger, Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law
     Donica Varner, Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
     Cynthia Wilbanks, Vice President for Government Relations & Special Advisor to the President

Biology GSI Application Now Open (for Summer & Fall 2017)

The Program in Biology GSI application is now open!

The application allows graduate students to apply for teaching positions in BIOLOGY, MCDB, and EEB courses for Fall 2017.

Additional information can be found on the Program in Biology website.

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.



Expanded Complexity and Data Analytics Summer Courses

June 5-23, 2017
Expanded Complexity and Data Analytics Summer Courses
Early Registration Deadline March 15

The NECSI Summer School offers three intensive week-long courses on complexity science, modeling and networks, and data analytics. The new expanded format is modular with second and third weeks building on material covered in previous weeks, but none are a prerequisite for the others. You may register for any of the weeks. If desired, arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.

The new third week on data analytics will cover how to handle large datasets using academy- and industry-standard toolboxes, how to integrate data into the construction of models and analysis relevant to research and industry applications, and a variety of visualization techniques.

The courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals and others who would like to gain an understanding of complexity science and data analytics for their respective fields, new research directions, or industry applications.

The schedule for the summer school is as follows:
  • Week 1: June 5-9 CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems
  • Lab 1: June 11 CX102: Computer Programming for Complex Systems
  • Week 2: June 12-16 CX202: Building Models and Mapping Networks
  • Lab 2: June 18 CX103: Setting up for Data Analytics
  • Week 3: June 19-23 CX203: From Data to Insight Using Data Analytics

Register before March 15 for an early registration discount. For more information, go to:

http://necsi.edu/education/school.html

New England Complex Systems Institute
210 Broadway Suite 101
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711
necsi.edu

REMINDER - GSCAs available for fall 2017

UMMZ:
For 
​Fall 
2017, six Graduate Student Curatorial Assistantships (GSCAs) in the Museum of Zoology will be available to PhD graduate students with candidate status. These are excellent opportunities to learn about curatorial activities associated with research collections.
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Attached please find descriptions of the positions and contact information.

​Herbarium:
UMH – University of Michigan Herbarium (http://herbarium.lsa.umich.edu/) One GSCA position will be available for the fall 2017 semester at the Research Museum Center (3600 Varsity Drive) to work on a curatorial project in collaboration with curators and herbarium staff. The GSCA will also assist in a variety of museum related activities, including databasing, specimen digitization, georeferencing, and tracking down of type specimens. This is a good opportunity to gain experience in museum research, and we have several interesting available projects. No prior herbarium experience required.
Contact: Director Chris Dick (cwdick@umich.edu)

Wednesday, February 15

Healthy Urban Waters

Dear Supporters of the Great Lakes,

I’m sending our regular notice of events to a broader audience than usual because it includes events that may be of interest throughout the Great Lakes.  We would be delighted if you would forward this email (or the relevant portions) to others who may be interested.  If you don’t regularly receive event emails from me and would like to, please let me know.

Erie Hack: Innovate Around the Lake is an international, tech-driven water innovation competition and accelerator program taking place Feb-April 2017 in the major metropolitan areas around Lake Erie that will create publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive economic vitality. Winners of the competition will share in more than $100,000 in prizes, including cash and entrepreneurial acceleration services.  Coders, designers, engineers and water experts are needed to generate creative solutions to the biggest challenges of the Lake Erie Basin.  The project is seeking team participants, sponsors, data contributors, and mentors to provide expertise and context for the hacking teams.  For more information on the ErieHack challenge statements and events, and to sign up to participate, see eriehack.io.  To sign up to attend the February 23rd Detroit kickoff (5-8 p.m. at TechTown Detroit), please RSVP

Water@Wayne Seminar - Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. at Wayne State University Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.  A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.  Talk title:  "Global change, hydrology, and freshwater biodiversity," with Dr. Jason Knouft, St. Louis University. His research focuses on the impacts of human activities on freshwater resources and the distribution and diversity of aquatic species.  This seminar will focus on various studies integrating field-based research with hydrologic, water temperature, and landcover models as well as global climate model data to predict the responses of freshwater systems to human activities, particularly land use change and climate change. Results suggest that hydrologic characteristics of freshwater systems are regulated by complex physical systems and the response of biodiversity to alterations of these systems varies spatially, temporally, and among taxonomic groups.

Ballast Technology Exhibit – You are invited to the opening of a new exhibit at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, February 24, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  The exhibit, about the history and current developments in the design of ballast systems for Great Lakes ships is produced by the Ram Laboratory at Wayne State University, with content provided by Jeffrey Ram (Wayne State) and Matthew Daley (Grand Valley State); design by Esther Rhee (Wayne State graduate) with mentoring by Siobhan Gregory (Wayne State); and videography by Joe Aloisio (Wayne State graduate).  The exhibit is sponsored by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  News about the event:  http://verifyballast.med.wayne.edu/news.php?id=22178; Video "trailer" about the exhibit:  https://youtu.be/79zJJ7_3oDc;  RSVP if planning to attend:  http://verifyballast.med.wayne.edu/nmglballastexhibit.php
The Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes is seeking volunteers for its annual Michigan legislator Lead Education Day, March 8th, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PleaseRSVP early to allow MIALSH to plan meetings with lawmakers.  No experience is required.

Thanks!


Lara Treemore Spears, Program Coordinator
Healthy Urban Waters
Wayne State University
2157 Engineering
5050 Anthony Wayne Dr.
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Cell:  734-223-1224
treemorespears@wayne.edu

Tuesday, February 14

Mark Siddall talk

Mark Siddall is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History and was a Michigan Fellow in Biology in the late 90's.


Please note the lecture is now in the Rackham Amphitheater,4pm

Monday, February 13

Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences


Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences
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Monday seminar

Please join us Monday, February 20 at 4pm in 1200 Chemistry for a job talk by Dr. Gabriel Arellano: "Dominance patterns of woody plants in the Madidi region (Bolivian Amazon and Andes)"

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STPP Certificate

Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPPGraduate Certificate Program at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy
Application DeadlineWednesday, February 15, 2017

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Why complete a graduate certificate 
in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP)?

Are you interested in the current politics of science and technology? Are you frustrated by policy gridlock over research funding for the Zika virus? Do you wonder how scientists and governments will navigate the ethical challenges of CRISPR/Cas9 technology? Are you interested in an alternative science or engineering career outside the lab? The STPP Program will provide you with tools to think through these questions and prepare you for a career that engages with science and technology policy.

STPP is a unique interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that draws Masters and PhD students from across University of Michigan’s campus. Its graduates take positions in government, non-governmental organizations, private industry including consulting, and academia.  

The certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work (3 core courses and 2 electives). STPP courses are designed to teach students:
  • how science and technology are influenced by politics and policy
  • the role of science and technology in the policymaking process
  • methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis
  • the political and policy landscape of specific science and technology areas, such as biotechnology, information and communication technology, and energy policy.    

Any student currently enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate degree program, carrying a B average or better, is eligible to submit an application to the STPP Graduate Certificate Program.

Application materials:
·      Completed STPP application cover sheet (available online)
·      2-page statement that explains the student’s interest in the Program, including relevant preparation
·      Current transcript 
·      Two letters of recommendation (one can be passed on from original graduate school application, one should be specific to STPP application)
·      Rackham forms (as necessary)

For more information, see: http://fordschool.umich.edu/stpp

Coral Restoration Foundation

Good morning! 

Coral Restoration Foundation is accepting applications for the upcoming session of the Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship program. The program will run from late May 2017 to mid-August 2017. Please consider distributing this internship announcement to interested undergraduate and gradudate students. Internship description can be found HERE and dates/deadlines can be found HERE. Find the PDF announcement attached.

Students can email applications and/or questions to ashley@coralrestoration.org. Applications are due by March 1st, 2017 (flexible if necessary).


Thank you, take care!


Ashley S. Hill
Education Program Manager, Coral Restoration Foundation 
(305) 453-7030 | coralrestoration.org
5 Seagate Boulevard, Key Largo, FL 33037

Friday, February 10

Thursday, February 9

Visitor Services Internship opportunity at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

If you have students who may be interested in an internship with the Visitor Services program at Seney NWR please pass this along.

Thanks

Jennifer Wycoff
Park Ranger/Visitor Services Specialist
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Rd 
Seney, MI  49883-9509

INTRODUCTION TO AGENT BASED-MODELS USING NETLOGO

Scholarships are available for the on-site advanced courses:
- INTRODUCTION TO AGENT BASED-MODELS USING NETLOGO, 4th ed. September 18th-22nd, 2017, Barcelona (Spain). More information: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/ecology/introduction-agent-based-models-using-netlogo/
- INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK ANALYSIS IN LIFE SCIENCES, 4th ed. September 18th-22nd, 2017, Barcelona (Spain). More information: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/systems-biology/introduction-network-analysis-life-sciences/
Deadline for applications March 31sthttp://www.transmittingscience.org/funding/scholarships/
Thank you in advance
Juan Vicente Bertó-Mengual
Course coordinator
Transmitting Science
If you want to receive information about specific courses, please subscribe (http://www.transmittingscience.org/subscription.htm) selecting those topics of your interest.

Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellowship for Incoming Graduate Students

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The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan (WCED) offers Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students. These fellowships will be awarded to incoming graduate students at the University of Michigan who expect to focus their graduate work around the theme of “emerging democracies past or present.”
This focus on emerging democracies is understood broadly. For example, it might refer to the historical development of democratic (or conversely, autocratic) rule; the impact of culture, literature, institutions, or the economy on democratic governance; or the role of the public sphere and civil society on democratic transition, consolidation, or breakdown.
Fellowship awards are in the amount of $15,000 for the academic year; the number of fellowships awarded is contingent on the availability of funds. Preference is given for graduate students in doctoral programs, and students in multi-year master's or professional degree programs. The fellowships are intended to directly recruit excellent individual students—they cannot be used to supplement the pool of departmental graduate funding and subsidize other graduate candidates. Departments/schools can nominate up to five incoming graduate students for the fellowship.
We expect Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellows to participate in the various lectures and conferences of the Center, and to join the Emerging Democracies Graduate Workshop. Upon successful completion of this workshop, up to an additional $3,000 will be added to awardees’ accounts to support their research on emerging democracies.

To nominate a student, please combine the following required nomination materials into one PDF:
  1. Nomination form
  2. A copy of all application materials submitted for consideration of admission.
  3. A short letter of support from the department chair and/or faculty advisor, including information on other funding to be offered to the nominee, and a brief explanation about how this student’s work—if not obvious from the application—would inform the study of emerging democracies.
Send nominations to: wced.fellowships@umich.edu

Questions? Contact wced.fellowships@umich.edu
Friends,

Attached are two documents:
  1. A one page key messages document.
  2. A resource guide that includes the key messages, a FAQ on a range of topics related to the new administration's immigration policies as they impact our international students and scholars, a catalog of existing communications to students, staff and faculty, and a list of available resources.
The resource guide is intended for you, your key administrators, and your student life professionals as they work with our international students and scholars on these issues. 

Please note that these documents are expansions of the communications that have already been provided to the impacted students, faculty and staff.  Also, as you know, judicial challenges are pending and that we appreciate that things may change, but these resources reflect our best understanding at the moment.

Finally, you should be aware that Student Legal services is working with OGC to provide some legal immigration service for students.  It will take a couple of weeks to get this in place, and we will update you as these services become available.

Thanks for your support of our international students, scholars, and staff.

James
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James Paul Holloway
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs
Professor of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences
University of Michigan
http://www.facebook.com/james.paul.holloway (subscribers welcome)
Twitter: @hagarum  |  734-763-0395

Immigration Ban key messages

Post-Election Immigration Resource

Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Graduate Certificate Program

Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPPGraduate Certificate Program at the University of Michigan's FSPP
Application DeadlineFebruary 15, 2017

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Why complete a graduate certificate 
in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP)?

Are you interested in the current politics of science and technology? Are you frustrated by policy gridlock over research funding for the Zika virus? Do you wonder how scientists and governments will navigate the ethical challenges of CRISPR/Cas9 technology? Are you interested in an alternative science or engineering career outside the lab? The STPP Program will provide you with tools to think through these questions and prepare you for a career that engages with science and technology policy.

STPP is a unique interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that draws Masters and PhD students from across University of Michigan’s campus. Its graduates take positions in government, non-governmental organizations, private industry including consulting, and academia. 

The certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work (3 core courses and 2 electives). STPP courses are designed to teach students:
  • how science and technology are influenced by politics and policy
  • the role of science and technology in the policymaking process
  • methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis
  • the political and policy landscape of specific science and technology areas, such as biotechnology, information and communication technology, and energy policy.    

Any student currently enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate degree program, carrying a B average or better, is eligible to submit an application to the STPP Graduate Certificate Program.

Application materials:
·      Completed STPP application cover sheet (available online)
·      2-page statement that explains the student’s interest in the Program, including relevant preparation
·      Current transcript
·      Two letters of recommendation (one can be passed on from original graduate school application, one should be specific to STPP application)
·      Rackham forms (as necessary)

For more information, see: http://fordschool.umich.edu/stpp

Wednesday, February 8

SMLC Stewardship Intern Opportunity


Job opportunity at Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy 

JOB TITLE: STEWARDSHIP INTERN 
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Stewardship & Outreach Specialist 
STATUS: Temporary, Part-time (20 hrs/week) 
LOCATION: Conservancy Farm, Ypsilanti, MI DURATION: 8 - 10 weeks 
START / END DATES: early June – mid-August, flexible 
STIPEND: Based on experience & duration; up to $1.5K

BASIC PURPOSE: The Stewardship Intern assists the Stewardship & Outreach Specialist (SOS) with land stewardship projects and tasks. Specifically, s/he will help formulate an annual nature preserve monitoring protocol that meets the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and implement it for the 17 SMLC nature preserves. Additionally, s/he will assist the SOS as needed with other basic stewardship, outreach, and Conservancy Farm tasks as assigned.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByL8UmFvDQURWm1IWlg1U014aTRPdzlJRG1CNF9BN2RoYkZv

GRIN (Graduate Rackham INternational)

To our fellow Rackham Students,
GRIN (Graduate Rackham INternational) is a newly established, Rackham-sponsored, student-run organization. Our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive community at the University of Michigan and to provide international graduate students with tools to grow professionally and personally. To achieve this, we have set up a peer mentorship program, and organized various social and professional events open to all graduate students.
Events and programs from our first semester (Fall 2016) included:
  • the peer mentorship program, 
  • a post-election forum for international graduate students, 
  • wellness and sleep workshops, 
  • bi-weekly happy hours,
  • a consulting career workshop, 
  • archery and apple picking, 
  • volunteering at Food Gatherers and more.
While we try our best to create an inclusive environment and to support all international Rackham students, we seek your help in doing so.
Get involved and support us in the following ways:
We look forward to improving your experience at University of Michigan, and hope to see you at our upcoming events.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.

Best Regards,
Nitin Garg and Janis Lai,
Co-Presidents, GRIN