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Friday, August 15

Fishery Biology: Quantitative Position Vacancy Announcement - Tenure Track Faculty Position

The Department of Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA, is pleased to announce the availability of a 10 month tenure-track position in Quantitative Fishery Science. Details of the position are described in the attached formal vacancy announcement. A brief summary of the position is as follows:

Seeking candidates to complement existing strengths in freshwater and marine fish ecology, water quality, genetics, and aquaculture.  Instructional assignments will be in the areas of  Fish Population Dynamics, Fisheries Conservation and Management and Applied Biostatistics. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program, including direction of fisheries-related graduate student (MS level) research, and to engage in statistical consultation with MS students in the natural sciences. An earned doctorate or equivalent in Quantitative Fisheries or related discipline (e.g., Biostatistics, Statistics, Mathematical Modeling) from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.  

We would greatly appreciate it if you would forward the this position announcement to your colleagues and to individuals who you feel might be appropriate for the position.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0cJvp4zsDTKZmNRcnQyY1FrejU0eG1LTWdRRl9BaW9SNFhN/edit?usp=sharing

Many thanks for your assistance.



Dave Hankin

Professor of Fisheries Biology and Search Committee Chair

Humboldt State University 

Arcata, CA 95570

707-826-3683

Call for Abstracts: Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives

We are delighted to announce that the Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host its second annual conference, Knowledge and Models in Climate Science, on Oct. 24-26, 2014.  The conference will bring together researchers to discuss the use of models in understanding the climate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Models and computer simulations are essential not only for understanding the factors determining climate processes, but also for evaluating how changes in climate will affect ecosystems and human societies.  Recent gains in modeling precision and realism have allowed climate researchers to address both questions more confidently, yet there are many remaining sources of uncertainty. Participants in the conference will explore different approaches to modeling in order to gain a better understanding of the nature, strengths and limitations of the knowledge it produces, and build a better understanding of the means by which these uncertainties can be managed.  
In addition to 10 invited plenary speakers, the conference will include a small number of short papers and / or poster presentations.  We invite abstracts on research related to the conference theme, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, for these papers or posters.  The abstracts should be 500 words or less, in .pdf, .rtf, or .doc format, and must be submitted by August 22, 2014 to the following email address:  rotman@uwo.ca.  The abstract should indicate a preference for a poster or short talk, although we cannot guarantee that this preference will be honored.  The organizers will make the final decision regarding the form of these presentations based on the disciplinary mix of the contributors and the overall conference schedule.  Decisions regarding the abstracts will be reached by Sept. 1, 2014.  
Contingent upon the success of grant applications, there will be limited funds available to support the travel expenses of successful applicants.  Preference in awarding travel funding will be giving to graduate students and junior scholars.  
The confirmed plenary speakers for the conference include:
Gregor Betz (Karlsruher Institute for Technology)
Judith Curry (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Paul Edwards (University of Michigan)
James Fleming (Colby College)

Reto Knutti (ETH Zurich)
Rob Lempert (Pardee RAND Graduate School)
Linda Mearns (National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR))
Wendy Parker (Durham University)
Gavin Schmidt (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Eric Winsberg (The University of South Florida)
Charlotte Werndl (University of Salzburg)

Please contact the conference organizers with specific questions at rotman@uwo.ca.

Thursday, August 14

Tenure-Track Position in Organismal Biology at St. Olaf College

The Biology Department at St. Olaf College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biology with expertise in organismal biology.  The applicant's teaching and research interests should focus on the structure, function, or behavior of organisms and may address questions related to broader areas such as neuroscience, evolutionary biology, or biomedical fields. Applicants should show potential for excellence in teaching in a liberal arts setting and for developing a productive research program amenable to the inclusion of undergraduate students. Teaching assignments will include Human Anatomy and Physiology and other existing courses that could include Immunology, Animal Physiology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Animal Behavior, Neuroscience, and/or new or existing courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Postdoctoral research and teaching experience are highly desired.  Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, curriculum vitae, teaching and research plans, and names and contact information for three professional references, at least one of whom can evaluate your potential as a teacher.  Submit all materials to http://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/jobs/.  Application review begins October 3, 2014.  Specific inquiries should be directed to Dr. Steven Freedberg (freedber@stolaf.edu), Chair, Faculty Search Committee.

A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff.

Available Post-doctoral position at NYU: Agent-based modeling of alcohol regulations


NYU - Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Post-doctoral position: Agent-based modeling of alcohol regulations

DESCRIPTION: This 12 month full-time post-doctoral position would entail working with the project PIs, James Macinko (NYU Public Health) and Maurizio Porfiri (NYU Poly/Engineering),and joining a multidisciplinary research team (including faculty and staff from public health, public policy, health economics, engineering, and law) to advance the objectives of two NIH-funded grants that explore the evolution, diffusion, and impact of public policies on alcohol-related
outcomes in the United States. The post-doc position is focused on development and application of agent-based models to understand the impact of different combinations of state health laws on a range of alcohol-related outcomes. The postdoc would work at the interface
between public health, public policy, and systems science, acting as the liaison between NYU’s public health and engineering research teams. Duties include data analysis (using our comprehensive legal databases as well as nationally-representative surveys such as the FARS, BRFSS, and the NHIS), publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on grant applications. The post-doc would also have the opportunity to gain some teaching/lecturing experience.
The position provides a full-time salary and benefits and would ideally begin September 1, 2014, but other start dates are possible.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in engineering, public policy, public health, or a related field before the position's start date. The candidate should have excellent
quantitative skills. Knowledge of agent-based modeling or related techniques is highly desired. Applications will be assessed based on their demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, strong analytic skills, and potential to become an independent academic researcher. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interests best align with those of project PIs.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a letter describing your interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with your academic accomplishments to:
James Macinko, PhD <james.macinko@nyu.edu> Associate Professor of Public Health & Health Policy, New York University, 411 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

** NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer **

Tuesday, August 12

The Vizzies NEW visualization challenge deadline Sept. 2014

Do you love animating data, creating science apps, or taking macrophotographs? In the 2014 Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, your handiwork can receive its due glory and win you cash prizes.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsmedia/scivis_2014/vizzies_call.html

Monday, August 11

Fundraising opportunities for your Organization

Interested in making some extra money for your Student Organization?

Check out the Welcome Ambassador Program!

About the program:

Thank you for your interest in working during Welcome to Michigan as a fund-raiser for your group. Sponsored or Voluntary Student Organizations that serve as Welcome Ambassadors will receive $75 for every 5 group members who work (up to 15 members or $225). If not all of your expected group members show up for their assigned shifts you may forfeit some or all of your stipend. Applying for the fundraiser does not guarantee that all of your group will be placed, depending on overall campus interest to give as many groups as possible the opportunity to raise funds.

Each Welcome Ambassador will receive a free Welcome to Michigan t-shirt to wear while they are working. The group coordinator will need to provide the group's SOAS account number when you show up to work to receive payment.

Available events

A list of available opportunities is listed below. Please check with your group members to see how many (5, 10, or 15) members can assist with the following events. Then indicate all of the events you are able to assist with, and we will schedule so that groups are assigned to at least one event on a first submitted, first assigned basis. You will be notified of your assigned event(s) by mid-August.

Applying for the fundraiser does not guarantee that all of your group will be placed, depending on overall campus interest to give as many groups as possible the opportunity to raise funds. Groups are generally selected to work based upon their availability (it is best to be flexible to work at a variety of events) and the date which we received your application below.

To express interest, please e-mail welcome@umich.edu with your group contact, group name, e-mail address, SOAS Account number and group availability. Please remember that group sizes must be 5, 10 or 15.



Thursday, August 28

Assistance at Late Night with Rec Sports: Helping serve food, running small activities (7:30-11:30pm) 

Friday , August 29

Route to New Student Convocation & Ushers (6:00-8:15pm):
Welcome Ambassadors are needed to help direct students from either the Michigan Union or Bursley/Baits to Crisler Arena; distribute materials, and assist with seating students & parents. Includes pizza dinner. *Mandatory Volunteer meeting at 5:30pm
Escorts from Convocation to Artscapade!/Escapade! (7:30-10:00pm):
Welcome Ambassadors are needed to escort students from Crisler Arena to the Michigan Union & UMMA; and assist with activities either at Artscapade! or Escapade!

Saturday, August 30

Transportation Assistance for Meijer Mania (Volunteer orientation & pizza dinner 6:30-7 pm, service 8:15-11:30pm):
Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist students finding & boarding busses to Meijer.

Sunday, August 31

Party for Your Mind (4:15-7:30pm): Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist with set-up, monitor food, and facilitate activities at Shapiro Library.
Meijer Mania (8:00 pm-1:00am)
Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist with set-up, facilitate activities, and assist students onto buses back to campus. Pizza dinner provided. *Please note that you must provide your own transportation. AATA operates buses that run regularly from the Michigan Union to Meijer free to students with the MRide program. Please consider transportation time when planning to arrive by the time assigned.*
Saturday, September 6
Go North! Block Party (2:30-7:30pm) Crowd control, line management, face painting, craft & activities support, clean-up

Tuesday, September 9
Festifall (8:30-11:30am) Set up: Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist staff in setting up tables, carrying tables & chairs, helping with check-in lines at the Central Campus Diag.
Festifall (2:30-5:30pm) Take Down: Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist staff in taking down tables, chairs, guiding traffic, and helping with trash pick up post-event.

Thursday, September 11
Northfest (9:00-11:30am) Set up: Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist staff in setting up tables, carrying tables & chairs, helping with check-in lines at the North Campus Diag.
Northfest (2:30-5:30) Take Down: Welcome Ambassadors are needed to assist staff in taking down tables, chairs, guiding traffic, and helping with trash pick up post-event.

Friday, August 1

Dissertation Writing Groups Application for Fall 2014


Dissertation Writing Groups Fall 2014

In collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School, the Sweetland Center for Writing coordinates several student-led writing groups for graduate students writing their dissertations.  These interdisciplinary writing groups provide structured support in a facilitated peer-based setting to aid dissertators working through long-term projects.  Dissertation Writing Groups typically consist of four members including a group leader.  Participants must be in the writing phase of their dissertations and available to meet eight times per semester to workshop group members’ writing on a rotating basis.   Each group will determine meeting schedules and expectations. 

Those interested in becoming group leaders must provide additional information with their applications.  Group leaders attend a facilitator training workshop and mentor meetings through the term.

Applications must be emailed to me at schuyler@umich.edu by Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  
Groups will start meeting in mid-September.

Best,
Laura

Thursday, July 31

Call for Abstracts: Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives

We are delighted to announce that the Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host its second annual conference, Knowledge and Models in Climate Science, on Oct. 24-26, 2014.  The conference will bring together researchers to discuss the use of models in understanding the climate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Models and computer simulations are essential not only for understanding the factors determining climate processes, but also for evaluating how changes in climate will affect ecosystems and human societies.  Recent gains in modeling precision and realism have allowed climate researchers to more confidently address both questions, yet there are many remaining sources of uncertainty. Participants in the conference will explore different approaches to modeling in order to gain a better understanding of the nature, strengths and limitations of the knowledge it produces, and build a better understanding of the means by which these uncertainties can be managed.  
In addition to 10 invited plenary speakers, the conference will include a small number of short papers and / or poster presentations.  We invite abstracts on research related to the conference theme, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, for these papers or posters.  The abstracts should be 500 words or less, in .pdf, .rtf, or .doc format, and must be submitted by August 15, 2014 to the following email address:  rotman@uwo.ca.  The abstract should indicate a preference for a poster or short talk, although we cannot guarantee that this preference will be honored.  The organizers will make the final decision regarding the form of these presentations based on the disciplinary mix of the contributors and the overall conference schedule.  Decisions regarding the abstracts will be reached by Sept. 1, 2014.  
Contingent upon the success of grant applications, there will be limited funds available to support the travel expenses of successful applicants.  Preference in awarding travel funding will be giving to graduate students and junior scholars.  
The confirmed plenary speakers for the conference include:

Gregor Betz (Karlsruher Institute for Technology)
Judith Curry (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Paul Edwards (University of Michigan)
James Fleming (Colby College)
Reto Knutti (ETH Zurich)
Rob Lempert (Pardee RAND Graduate School)
Linda Mearns (National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR))
Wendy Parker (Durham University)
Gavin Schmidt (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Eric Winsberg (The University of South Florida)
Charlotte Werndl (University of Salzburg)

Please contact the conference organizers with specific questions at rotman@uwo.ca.
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Tuesday, July 29

Center for Complexity in Business Call for Papers 2014, Downtown DC


Center for Complexity in Business - Call for Papers
Greetings!

The Center for Complexity in Business invites you to submit an abstract for consideration for the 6th Annual Complexity in Business Conference. The conference will be held in Washington DC on October 30th and 31st, 2014.  

Submissions are encouraged that apply complex systems methods to any area of management science. Areas of focus include data science, agent-based modeling, big data, network science (social network analysis), nonlinear optimization (machine learning / artificial intelligence), spatial modeling (geographic information systems), system dynamics modeling and other techniques to analyze and solve problems that arise when large numbers of entities (consumers, employees, traders, firms, etc.) interact in ways that are too complex to be understood by more traditional management research tools. Interesting submissions could be based in practically any area of modern management, including marketing, information systems, operations and logistics, finance, and organization science. For instance, specific example topics might include:

  • Computational Consumer Behavior Modeling
  • Geography and Computational Modeling
  • Diffusion of Innovation and Information
  • Network-based Organizational Learning
  • Advanced Data Mining and Agent-based Modeling
  • Leverage Points and Scenario Analysis
  • Policy Analysis using Complex Systems Methods
  • Complex Systems Analysis of Rapidly Changing Industries (e.g., News and Education)
  • Understanding the Economic and Cultural Implications of Social Media
  • Modeling of Long Term Trends and Dynamics in Consumer Systems
  • Individual-Level Modeling of Corporations and Markets
  • Knowledge Management of Streaming Big Data
  • Geolocation and the Spread of Information
  • Implications of Socio-Technical Systems for Organizations and Businesses

Preference for academic abstracts will be given to more rigorous analytical, empirical, and behavioral approaches. Presentations should be approximately 25 minutes in length.

Abstracts may be submitted only via the conference page at EasyChair. Abstracts should be no longer than 1 page. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 7th, 2013 at 23:59, Eastern-Standard Time. The conference committee will select abstracts on a competitive basis, and authors will be notified by September 14th, 2013.

Conference information is available at http://ter.ps/ccbconf2014
 Keynote speakers will be announced shortly.




Greater Question in Neuroscience (GQIN): Aesthetic Perception - Beauty and the Brain

Dear GQIN Guests,
I wanted to forward you the information for the upcoming GQIN event (details below). Please feel free to forward the message below to any contacts you believe would be interested in attending. We would also like to forward this to your departments to open the opportunity for your students to attend as well. If there is a preferred contact in your department to send this message to please let us know. Also please feel free to visit our website to review your profiles and event information at www.greaterqin.com.


Message to Forward:
Humans are attracted to beauty. Primitively, our sense of attraction guides our associations with others. Beyond this, it guides our art and its meaning in our lives. What underlies this fundamental characteristic of human experience? Is there some neurological basis for art? What drives us to produce it?

Join us for our next GQIN colloquium, Beauty and the Brain, as we explore this deep subject. Please RSVP atnsci-greater-questions@umich.edu. For more information on the event and the guest faculty please visit www.greaterqin.com.

Date: Wednesday July 30th 2014
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Place: 4129 USB


Post-Docs for Andean-Amazon Project

July 29, 2014 – The CW Dick and SA Smith labs (EEB Department, University of Michigan) are seeking to fill two post-doctoral positions as part of an NSF funded “Geogenomics” project. The goal of the project is to use phylogenetic data from Andean and Amazon plant groups to test hypotheses pertaining (especially) to the uplift history of the Andean region. A computationally-oriented post-doc will primarily analyze published data within an open source tree-of-life framework; an empirically-focused post-doc will perform de novophylogenetic analyses of select Andean-Amazon plant groups using genomic and transcriptomic tools. There are possibilities for South American field work and interdisciplinary collaborations with geologists, ecological modelers, and paleontologists. If interested please send a statement of interest and CV to cwdick@umich.edu.

http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/cwdick-lab/2014/07/29/post-doc-opps/

Monday, July 28

ESA SEEDSNouncement: July 2014

 

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America

Greetings SEEDS Family!

We are just around the corner for the 99th ESA Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA from August 10-15, 2014.  We are expecting over 4,000 attendees to this year's meeting and that is including 39 outstanding SEEDS program students!  We are also ecxited to bring the Southwest students a very cool opportunity this fall with a SEEDS Regional Field Trip to the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program in Phoenix, AZ!  Always stay up to date with the SEEDS program by following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Just Announced: SEEDS Regional Field Trip this Fall!


The SEEDS program is happy to announce a fall Field Trip for SEEDS Chapter students in the Colorado Plateau region.   If you are from a SEEDS Chapter in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah – You might be eligible to attend!
From November 6-9, 2014 this field trip will take students to explore the beautiful and sunny Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program.  The CAP-LTER is run by Arizona State University and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.  The site advances research and education on urban ecology and urban socio-ecological systems, with a lot of focus on sustainability.  The field trip will focus on water usage (the site averages seven inches of rainfall a year!) and sustainability practices.  
Once the semester starts, check in with your SEEDS Chapter faculty advisor for more information on this unique opportunity! Priority will be given to freshman and sophomores.  This trip is possible thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


 99th ESA ANNUAL MEETING


The 99th ESA Annual Meeting will take place from August 10th-15th, 2014 in beautiful Sacramento, California.  If any Chapter advisers or students plan to attend this year's meeting please be sure you join us for to these SEEDS events:
  • SEEDS Chapter Workshop: Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 11:30AM - 1:15PM at the Sacramento Convention Center, Room 304/305. Bring your lunch and join us to hear the amazing stories of our SEEDS chapters.
  • Diversity Luncheon: Seeing Ecology in Unconventional Places: Thursday, August 14, 2014: 11:30AM-1:15PM at Magnolia, Sheraton Hotel *Ticketed Event* $30





Best wishes,
ESA-SEEDS Staff

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
      
www.esa.org/seeds

Tuesday, July 15

Southern Teachers Agency | Biology Teaching Opportunities

Biology Teaching Opportunities

Summer upon us and schools are still in need of great science teachers. Each year, STA helps hundreds of teachers and coaches find positions at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania. Please consider forwarding this information to students or graduates you know who are interested in teaching science. 

Southern Teachers Agency currently has 10 biology and life science vacancy listings, and a total of 35 science teaching opportunities, from PreK-12 schools for the 2014-15 academic year.  These jobs range from elementary-grade science through high school AP Biology. 

Certification is not required by private schools for many science teaching jobs.

Click here to view current science teaching jobs

Requirements: 

Candidates do not have to be in a teacher-preparation program or major in education to be considered for faculty positions at outstanding independent schools. While a degree in science education is desirable, most middle and upper grade teachers are hired based on their subject knowledge and their gifts for working with young people. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Application process: 

Click here to Apply to be an STA Candidate.  You’ll be asked to submit a resume and cover letter along with the STA application.


Please visit our website or contact:

Southern Teachers Agency
Charlottesville, Virginia
Tel (434) 295-9122 
www.SouthernTeachers.com

Friday, July 11

Course announcements

Dear all,

We'd like to bring the following courses available Fall 2014 to your graduate students' attention, could you please forward this announcement to them?

MATH 678 - Modular Forms

Credits: 3
Requirements & Distribution: BS
Advisory Prerequisites: MATH 575, 596, and Graduate standing.
BS: This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability: May be repeated for credit.
Instructor: Lagarias

Description:
Modular forms involve a wonderful overlap of arithmetic, algebra, analysis and geometry. This is a basic course on modular forms, expected to take an analytic viewpoint, but covering algebraic aspects. It will cover the modular group, classical modular forms, (holomorphic and non‐holomorphic) Eisenstein series, and related spectral theory for SL(2, R). This will include Hecke operators, and the connection to Dirichlet series with Euler products. There will be a discussion of the adelic viewpoint and the connection with representation theory. Applications may include theory of partitions, representations of quadratic forms, connections to elliptic curves, with and without complex multiplication. Some other possible subjects: mock theta functions, mock modular forms, weakly holomorphic Maass forms The textbooks cover more material than the course can cover. 

TEXT: Automorphic Forms and Representations by Daniel Bump A First Course in Modular Forms by F. Diamond and J. Shurman, 978‐00387‐27226‐9 

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MATH 682 - Set Theory

Credits: 3
Requirements & Distribution: BS
Advisory Prerequisites: MATH 681 or equivalent.
BS: This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability: May not be repeated for credit.
Instructor: Blass

Description:
This will be a course in combinatorial set theory, also known as infinitary combinatorics. Its central theme is that rather elementary structures on infinite sets can have surprisingly rich properties. An easily stated illustration of the sort of thing I have in mind is (a special case of)Ramsey's Theorem: If X is an infinite set and if every two elements of X are joined by a red or green thread, then there is an infinite subset Y of X such that all threads joining its elements are the same color. 

In the first part of the course, I'll develop several combinatorial results that essentially involve only the smallest infinite sets, the countably infinite ones. I'll also discuss the so‐called compactness phenomenon, which relates the behavior of infinite sets and large finite sets. For example, the infinite Ramsey theorem quoted above implies various finite versions, including some that cannot be proved without a detour into the infinite. 

In the second part of the course, I'll describe some of the new phenomena that occur in uncountable sets. Here is one example: If X is an uncountable, well‐ordered set and if a function f assigns to each member x of X except the first some earlier member f(x), then some single member must be f(x) for uncountably many distinct x. I'll also discuss uncountable analogs of some of the countable phenomena from the first part of the course. For example, in Ramsey's theorem quoted above, how large must X be if we want to guarantee an uncountable Y? Answer: The cardinality of the continuum is not large enough, but any larger cardinal is. If time permits, I plan to discuss properties of the "exponential" function that maps the cardinality of a set X to the cardinality of the family of all subsets of X. In addition to the easily verified (weak) monotonicity, this function has some surprisingly subtle additional properties. There will not be time in the course to treat independence results. Such results will be mentioned where appropriate but not proved. Thus, this course will be disjoint from the versions of 682 offered in some previous years. Students who have had one of these earlier versions and wish to also take this version are welcome to do so, but will have to register under a reading‐course number because 682 is not officially repeatable for credit. 

The set‐theoretic prerequisites for this course are minimal. Math 582 is more than enough. I'll briefly review the necessary material, basic cardinal and ordinal arithmetic, in class. So the only real prerequisite is the "mathematical maturity" ordinarily presupposed in graduate courses. 
Grading will be based on several homework assignments. 

TEXT: There will be no textbook. I plan to put on reserve in the library several books whose union includes most of the course material.

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MATH 703 - Topics in Complex Function Theory I

Credits: 3
Requirements & Distribution: BS
Advisory Prerequisites: MATH 604 and Graduate standing.
BS: This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability: May not be repeated for credit.
Instructor: Sibony

Description:
This is an introductory course on recent developments in holomorphic dynamics in several variables. The emphasis will be on pluripotential methods (positive closed or ddc‐closed currents). For simplicity, we will first focus first on the dimension 2‐case: Rigidity results for polynomial automorphisms of $C^2$ and automorphisms of positive entropy of compact Kähler surfaces. We will then discuss the notion of entropy for meromorphic maps on compact Kähler manifolds and it's relation with dynamical degrees. Finally, we introduce the theory of super‐ potentials, which permits to develop a calculus on positive closed currents of bi‐degree (p,p). This is an essential tool for concrete equidistribution problems in holomorphic dynamics. If time permits, we will discuss some analogies with the dynamics of (singular) foliations by Riemann‐surfaces and with Nevanlinna's theory of value distribution. 

TEXT: No text required

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MATH 756 - Advanced Topics in Partial Differential Equations

Credits: 3
Requirements & Distribution: BS
Advisory Prerequisites: MATH 597 and Graduate standing.
BS: This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability: May not be repeated for credit.
Instructor: Bieri

Description:
Prerequisites: Some knowledge in partial differential equations and differential geometry. Partial differential equations (PDE) on manifolds with rich geometrical features are studied in pure mathematics to unravel the structures of their solutions and the spaces they live in. PDE describe phenomena in the real world including physics, medicine, biology or economics. They have become essential to science, technology and to modern life. In general relativity (GR) the Einstein equations describe the laws of the Universe. GR unifies space, time and gravitation. A spacetime in GR is a Lorentzian manifold where the metric solves the Einstein equations. They can be written as a system of nonlinear, second‐order, hyperbolic PDE. The unknown is the metric. Typical physical questions are formulated as initial value problems for the Einstein equations under specific conditions. The solution will lay open the geometry of the resulting spacetime. Today, the methods of geometric analysis have proven to be most effective to investigate these structures. In this course, we introduce some of these methods which are universal and can be applied to other PDE outside GR. 

This course will be taught as a mixture of lectures and seminarstyle student work. The students with guidance of the professor will explore some of the important topics in mathematical GR, and will also work through some of the latest results in research. First, we will introduce the spacetime as a solution of the Einstein equations. Then we discuss topics from linear and nonlinear wave equations on flat and on curved backgrounds. Along the way, the role of curvature in GR will be given special attention. We will study the initial value problem in GR. Finally, we will address questions in modern research on gravitational waves and their geometric‐analytic structures. These are produced during extreme events in our Universe like supernovae and when binary black holes merge. These waves are expected to be seen in experiments in the near future. This course features an outreach component. Towards the end of the semester, students will be asked to present a topic they learnt to high school students. This will be optional, and the participating students will work in groups. It is important to communicate intricate developments in mathematics and science to the public. Therefore, the students will be asked: How do you explain this topic to a broad public? What would you like to learn about it in an exhibit? And how? 

TEXT: The Cauchy Problem in General Relativity by Hans Ringstroem, 2009, Optional




Thank you,

Stephanie Carroll
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mathematics Department
University of Michigan
Phone: (734) 615-3439
Fax: (734) 763-0937

Thursday, July 10

postdoc in Comparative Genomics, Statistics, Bioinformatics

Two funded postdocs at ASU

I am currently recruiting two funded postdocs in my new lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Would you mind sending this postdoc announcement around to the graduate students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology? 


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Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, PhD
Miller Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences
Biodesign Institute

Summer School on Agent-Based Modeling at Ghent University - Sept 15-19

Summer School on Agent-Based Modeling at Ghent University, 15-19 sept.

The economics department of Ghent university is offering a workshop on "Agent-based Modelling in Economics" aimed toward professors, researchers, and grad students interested in learning to build agent-based models for economic systems.  There is just one week left for registration for this free 1-week workshop in Belgium in September. You will still have to pay for your flight and accommodations, but it's a great opportunity to share and get feedback on your current or proposed research as well as learn the nuts and bolts to get started building your own simulations

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.csi-abm.ugent.be/

Wednesday, July 9

Letters of Interest for Grant Up to $50K Due July 11

This Friday, July 11, is the final deadline to submit a letter of interest for GLISA's 2014 Great Lakes Climate Assessment Grants Competition. 

Funding awards will be in two categories: Emerging Actions awards and Sustained Assessment awards. In both categories, we seek "boundary organizations" that can bring together stakeholders from specific sectors or communities to identify and promote understanding of the vulnerabilities, anticipated impacts, and potential for adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA will support these activities by identifying and providing relevant information about the historical climate, projected futures, and adaptation to potential impacts.

Learn more about past GLISA supported projects and this year's opportunity on GLISA's website!

Assistant Professor of Ecology, Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin

Dear Colleagues,

This fall, the Department of Integrative Biology at UT Austin will be searching for an ecologist at the Assistant Professor level. The job ad is copied below and attached as a pdf.

If you know any strong candidates, we would be grateful if you encouraged them to apply.

All the best,
Christine


Assistant Professor of Ecology, Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in its Department of Integrative Biology. We seek an innovative scientist working in any area of ecology ranging from organismal (any taxa) to ecosystems. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to core teaching in ecology, who complement current research strengths within our Department, and who employ novel approaches possibly spanning levels of biological organization or transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. In addition, we are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level. A PhD is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should send a single pdf file containing the following items in order: cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and up to five reprints/preprints. The pdf application file should be named with the candidate’s lastname_firstname and emailed to ibjobsearch@austin.utexas.edu. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to ibjobsearch@austin.utexas.edu. Review of applications will begin on August 25, 2014. For more detailed information about the department, see http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/ib/. UT-Austin is an EEO/AA employer.

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Christine V. Hawkes
Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
1 University Station, C0990
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712

Email: chawkes@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-475-6479
Web: www.sbs.utexas.edu/hawkeslab/

Tuesday, July 8

Register for the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

This summer, the American Institute of Biological Sciences will help scientists around the country meet with their elected officials. Will you join us and meet with one of your lawmakers?

This is the last week to register for this important event. We need your help to make the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event a success!

Participants will meet with one of their lawmakers or his/her staff. Participants will be prepared for their meeting with a lawmaker through an interactive training webinar that will present tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official and training to improve communication skills.

The meeting with your elected official will be scheduled by AIBS and can take place at a research facility or the official’s district office.

Participation is free, but registration will close on 13 July 2014.

For more information and to register, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html.

Wednesday, June 18

Southern Teachers Agency | Biology Teaching Opportunities

Biology Teaching Jobs

Schools need great science teachers! With summer upon us, you may know graduates who are still searching for employment. Each year, STA helps hundreds of teachers and coaches find jobs at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania. Please consider forwarding this information to students or graduates you know who are interested in teaching science. 

Southern Teachers Agency currently has 12 biology and life science job listings, and a total of 62 science teaching opportunities, from PreK-12 schools for the 2014-15 academic year.  These jobs range from elementary-grade science through high school AP Biology. 

Certification is not required by private schools for many science teaching jobs.

Click here to view current science teaching jobs

Requirements: 

Candidates do not have to be in a teacher-preparation program or major in education to be considered for faculty positions at outstanding independent schools. While a degree in science education is desirable, most middle and upper grade teachers are hired based on their major—their subject knowledge—and their gifts for working with young people. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Application process: 

Click here to Apply to be an STA Candidate.  You’ll be asked to submit a resume and cover letter along with the STA application.


Please visit our website or contact:

Southern Teachers Agency
Charlottesville, Virginia
Tel (434) 295-9122 
www.SouthernTeachers.com