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Tuesday, June 30

10th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife 2015 - Berlin, Germany ++ Early bird registration and abstract submission deadlines extended

Dear Colleagues,

The deadlines for early bird registration and abstract submission have been extended as follows:

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Deadline for

Friday, July 31st, 2015

If you would like to attend the “10th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife” (September 28th  -October 1st, 2015) but haven't registered yet, we recommend to register as soon as possible.

Abstract submission
Please find all important information concerning abstract submission here.

Please circulate information about the 10th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife 2015 to your colleagues, for example by forwarding this e-mail. Thank you very much.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues at the conference!

Anke Schumannon behalf of the Conference Organising and Scientific CommitteeLeibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 1710315 BerlinGermany

Phone:              +49 (0) 30 5168 127Fax:                  +49 (0) 30 5126 104 E-mail:              symposium@izw-berlin.deWebsite:           http://www.izw-berlin.de/welcome-234.html

E-mail conference newsletter 
If you have not attended this conference in the past but would like to receive our conference newsletter, please send an e-mail with your name tosymposium@izw-berlin.de.You have already attended this conference but your e-mail address has changed recently? Please send an e-mail with your name tosymposium@izw-berlin.de.

Monday, June 29

Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research


2016 Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research - Bridging the Gap Between Research and Application

See above link for more detail on post-doc fellowship guidelines and proposal process. The proposal deadline is September 11, 2015.  The fellowship is competitive - only 4-5 fellows are accepted each year.

Wednesday, June 24

Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers
respond to society's challenges by applying their knowledge in the federal policy arena.

They have monumental experiences, 

Chat with fellows to learn what a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship can do for you: June 30 at 2 p.m. ET.

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Invitation to Cranbrook's BioBlitz

We would love your help! 

The Cranbrook Education Community and the Organization for Bat Conservation are organizing a BioBlitz on Cranbrook grounds in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on August 7-8, 2015. We are currently recruiting field biologists, naturalists and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz, and would love for you to join us! We would greatly appreciate your help during the BioBlitz event. The main goal is to provide opportunities for the public to interact with scientists and discover biodiversity right here in Southeast Michigan. We will have a mix of live animal programs, discovery stations, in the field explorations that give visitors a chance to see research methods in action, and special exhibits and presenters.

A Bioblitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the Bioblitz is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and map as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. While the inventory is not exhaustive, it can nevertheless yield valuable biogeographic information. With your expert help we have the opportunity to greatly extend scientific (and public) understanding of biodiversity on Cranbrook’s unique urban landscape. Recent BioBlitzes have revealed new species of insects and bacteria in the middle of city parks! New county records and other indices of species distribution are also common.

Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year. In 1904, Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth purchased a run-down 174-acre farm in Bloomfield Hills, named it Cranbrook after the English town the Booth family hailed from, and immediately began improving the property by laying in roads, grading hillsides, creating lakes, erecting farm buildings and initiating a massive planting campaign to cover the barren rolling terrain. Today, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

We invite scientists to sample biota living in aerial, vegetation, surface, soil/sediment and aquatic habitats, creating a three-dimensional understanding of biodiversity across the suburban woodland landscape. The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participating scientists. We anticipate including members of the public in activities such as visual surveys of macro-biota, live-trapping small animals, identifying bats with ultrasonic sensors, mist-netting, light and pitfall-trapping arthropods, netting aquatic invertebrates, and the like. 

What would you suggest we do to survey your favorite/focal taxon? Will you join us and lead a small team to accomplish that? 

We also seek scientists and naturalists interested in gathering environmental and habitat information. Concurrent with the BioBlitz inventory, we will host a Biodiversity Festival, which will include public presentations about biodiversity, demonstrations of field technology, live animal programs, and exhibits ranging from global biodiversity to local nature photography. A BioBlitz is a wonderful opportunity for scientists to involve the public in hands- on field work while collaborating with other scientists and land management agencies and learning about possibilities for future research at Cranbrook.

We hope very much that you will join us for all or part of our BioBlitz. Your participation in this festive “species marathon” will help make it a valuable study of biodiversity patterns, and will contribute immeasurably to inspiring the next generation of biologists and stewards of local habitats.

Keeping in mind that most of the people attending the BioBlitz will be families, please let me know how you and your colleagues would like to be involved. We are still looking for help Friday Aug 7th to lead night explorations (moths, spotting, etc) and Saturday Aug 8th has openings to lead explorations focused on trees, amphibians, birds, etc. You are also welcome to set up an educational display and provide an activity. 

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Rob Mies, Executive Director
Organization for Bat Conservation
@ Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave.: PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Help #SavetheBats
Garden for bats and wildlife this spring
Learn more: http://bit.ly/1FL734s

Tuesday, June 23

15th Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture

AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships
15th Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture

A New Global Science Policy Paradigm:
Toward a transformative science
for a sustainable and just world

Dr. Heide Hackmann
Executive Director, International Council for Science

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AAAS, Washington DC

Also via live broadcast: http://www.aaas.org/event/15th-annual-barnard-lecture
Tweet #Barnard15
Science has always had to demonstrate and defend its relevance to society. Today, the pressure on scientists to do so is unrelenting. Demands for scientific knowledge that makes a real difference to real peoples’ lives grow as the consequences of global environmental changes become a reality for communities across the world, and societal risk profiles become increasingly complex. The pressure is peaking, with 2015 a watershed year for world leaders and national governments to agree on and commit to action for a sustainable and equitable future.

The global scientific community is rallying to respond. Key elements of that response add up to what we now must understand and support as a new, global science policy paradigm. It urges scientists not only to integrate their efforts with those of colleagues from other disciplines and fields, but to work iteratively with decision-makers, policy shapers, practitioners and other societal stakeholders in open, networked knowledge arenas, involving collaborative learning and problem-solving. In that solutions space, there also lies a new charter for the social sciences; a call for more – and better – social scientific knowledge to inform and inspire the kind of transformative responses needed to face humanity’s greatest challenge: to simultaneously safeguard planetary resources, social equity, and human wellbeing. 

Dr. Heide Hackmann has worked as a science policymaker and researcher in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. From 2007 to February 2015, she headed the International Social Science Council (ISSC), leading the organization’s development of a new and ambitious profile of activities, including delivery of a series of World Social Science Reports and Forums. She served as Report Director for the Council’s 2013 World Social Science Report on “Changing Global Environments,” and played a leading role in driving the integration of the social, behavioral and economic sciences in the development of Future Earth, the global platform for research on sustainability launched in 2012 by the International S&T Alliance for Global Sustainability. From 2003 to 2007, she served as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hackmann read for a M.Phil in contemporary social theory at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and holds a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

The Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture provides an annual forum for an outstanding speaker to address current environmental issues. The lectureship is endowed by the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton to honor Mr. Barnard, who had been counsel to the firm, for his contributions to environmental and public health law and in recognition of his many years of service as a member of the selection committee for the fellowships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program makes every effort to comply with federal, state and local government ethics rules when hosting events. Please make sure that your participation is consistent with applicable ethics rules.

Monday, June 22

Reminder: 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize: Deadline August 1st

Stockholm in the second week of December is a special place. The city is alive with excitement as it welcomes and celebrates the new Nobel Laureates at the annual Nobel Prize ceremony.
If you are a recent PhD graduate you could be here too, and receive a rather special
prize yourself.
Four winners will be selected for this international award. They will have their essays
published in the journal Science and share a total of 60,000 USD in prize money. The
winners will be awarded in Stockholm, in December, and take part in a unique week
of events including meeting leading scientists in their fields.

Categories for submission include: Cell & Molecular Biology; Genomics & Proteomics; Ecology & Environment; and Translational Medicine. Full descriptions are available on the prize web site.
The 2015 Prize is now open for application and the
deadline for submissions is August 1, 2015.
"The last couple of days have
been exhilarating. It has been an
experience of a lifetime. Stockholm
is a wonderful city and the Award
winning ceremony exceeds my
wildest dreams." 

– Dan Dominissini, 2014 Prize Winner
Hear what the 2014 winners had to say
about the prize.
 KAW Science SLL 

Thursday, June 18

Registration Now Open for Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that registration for the 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event is now open.

This national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.

The 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.

Participants will be prepared for their meeting with a lawmaker through an interactive training webinar. Individuals participating in this event will receive training on how to improve their communication skills and tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official.

The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Participation is free, but registration will close on 12 July 2015. For more information and to register, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

Sponsored by

Postdoc Positions Available at IEG, Unversity of Oklahoma

The Institute for Environmental Genomics and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA is looking for postdoctoral fellows to work on a few ongoing projects.  We are seeking candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics. Additional experience in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics is desirable.

Wednesday, June 17

Blog on Dead Birds

Cracking the Collections (the blog of the SPNHC Emerging Professionals) is looking for guest blog posts by emerging AND established professionals in natural history collections! If you are working on a collection-based project, doing field work, getting a degree that involves museum work, or want to write about a collections topic that interests you, go to the link below to submit a proposal. Posts are published on the 10th of each month, and we want to keep them coming!

Friday, June 12

Rackham/RSG Tigers vs. White Sox Baseball Game

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 7:00pm
Buses will leave from Rackham at 5:15pm
Join Rackham and your Rackham Student Government for a trip to see the Detroit Tigers play the Chicago White Sox on Friday, June 26 at Comerica Park!
We have reserved 125 tickets for the game. The cost is just $25 per person for a ticket in Upper Reserved (Section 343). See http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/seating_chart.jsp for seating location.
An additional $7 will be charged for a seat on a round trip bus ride to Comerica Park - $32 total. The buses will leave from Rackham at 5:15pm and will return to Ann Arbor after the fireworks following the game (approximately 11:00pm).
Each student may purchase up to 4 tickets to the game (your guests do NOT have to be affiliated with U-M).
Tickets will be sold out of the office of Graduate Student Success (Suite 1530, Rackham Building) on a first-come first-serve basis on the following dates and times:
  • Tuesday, May 19 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 20 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Payment can be made via credit card, check or money order (no cash will be accepted). Because there is assigned seating in the venue, if you are interested in sitting near other groups of graduate students, you should plan to purchase tickets at the same time.
Please note: No refunds can be accommodated once you have purchased your tickets. If you have any questions about this event, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu.
  • The buses will begin boarding at 5:00 pm and will leave at 5:15 pm from Fletcher Street on the east side of the Rackham Building (915 E. Washington). The game starts at 7:05 pm.
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase at Comerica Park and the prices range from $5-$10 per item.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the bus and Rackham/RSG representatives hold the right to deny return bus boarding to any student who is outwardly intoxicated, obnoxious and/or profane after the game.
  • All ticket sales and bus rides are FINAL. If you purchase a ticket and/or a bus ride and discover that you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to sell your ticket and spot on the bus).
  • If you miss the bus, you will be responsible for your own transportation, and will not receive a refund.
This event is sponsored by Rackham Graduate School and Rackham Student Government (RSG).

A Science Comedian’s Guide to Communicating Science to the Public: Lunchtime Training Session

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Hussey Room, 2nd floor, Michigan League
Lunch will be provided.
Learn from experienced communicator and comedian, Brian Malow, on how to present your science and give a public talk to a general or lay audience. In this fast-paced workshop, you will learn how to improve your presentation skills in a variety of forums, from in-person to video. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to attend an intensive and fun training with this well-known communication specialist and comedian. You will leave with great ideas, unique insights and an improved skill-set (and a free lunch!)
Topics will include:
  • Improving verbal and non-verbal communications skills
  • Use (or over use!) of science jargon
  • Effectively employing humor (even if you think you are not funny)
  • Understanding and connecting with your audience
  • Using (and abusing) PowerPoint
  • The relative ease of creating a science communication video
  • Using social media
Brian Malow is Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed). He has performed for NSF, AAAS, JPL, NIST, ACS, AGU – and many other acronyms. Brian has made science videos for Time Magazine’s website, blogged for Scientific American, and is a contributor to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. He gives workshops and presentations to train scientists to become better speakers. He’s been featured on The Late Late Showwith Craig Ferguson, co-hosted shows on The Weather Channel, and been profiled in Nature, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Brian currently works in science communication for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.
Co-sponsored with Rackham by RELATE, a communications training and community engagement program at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, June 10

Apply to the Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC) program

Please forward this email to your students about the Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC).  TREC is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students in basic research programs to complement their graduate studies with specialized courses in translational research.

The application deadline for fall 2016 is July 31st.  You can find information at our website: http://www.michr.umich.edu/education/predoctoral/trec

Feel free to contact Donna Shewach or me if you have any questions, or if you would like for us to come speak to your students.


Shannon Marshall
Admissions & Student Services Coordinator
Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research
University of Michigan

Thursday, June 4

Upcoming career workshops: Gaining Traction: Career Exploration for Ph.D.s in the Bio Sciences

Gaining Traction: Career Exploration for Ph.D.s in the Bio Sciences
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9:15am to 1:30pm
Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League 
Pre-registration is required at https://goo.gl/eVLAsv
This half day session includes a three part workshop to help kick-off career exploration and engagement for students in the Biological Sciences. You may attend all or any of the sessions. Lunch will be provided.  Be sure to register so we have an accurate count.
9:15 am – 10:45 am
Identifying Transferable Skills: Connecting to a Broader Array of Careers

This session focuses on identifying the skills you have gained in your graduate work and their applicability to other career paths. You will be guided through a process for translating the skills you have acquired and help you consider how the skills you've cultivated while in graduate school might apply to a broader array of career opportunities.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
What’s Your Elevator Pitch? Selling Your Skills

This session focuses on learning to convey elements of your professional story and ‘brand.’ Participants will practice translating and framing their skills and experiences and career interests for a broader audience in a concise and accessible way.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch and Discussion
Career Panel: Making a Plan for Engaging in Careers

This panel will feature Ph.D.s in the bio sciences who have put their doctoral training to use in a variety of areas. Panelists will share:
  • How they made the transition to their career path.
  • Concrete recommendations on what students need to do to be successful in defining their career path.
  • Targeted advice on how to prepare for the broader job market.
Jenna Hendershot, Scientist, Cayman Chemical
Ph.D., Biochemistry
David Lorch, CTO & Co-Founder, Ocunelis, LLC
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Rich Lusk, Associate, McKinsey & Company
Ph.D., Molecular & Cell Biology, Computational & Genomic Biology
Mary O’Riordan, Director of PIBS, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Ph.D., Microbiology
Dan Rhodes, Vice President of Oncology, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Ph.D., Bioinformatics & Cancer Biology

Be sure to pre-register so we have accurate count for handouts and lunch!  Thanks. 

Wednesday, June 3

Research Fellow (PhD candidate-4 years) at University of Bergen, Norway

Research Fellow (PhD candidate - 4 years) in Molecular Biology, Deadline to apply is June 10, 2015.

Friday, May 29

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics


Note that "Areas of particular interest for this position include but are not limited to molecular evolution, population genetics, human genetics and computational biology."

ESA SEEDS Spring Newsletter

ESA SEEDS Spring Newsletter    May 2015

Greetings SEEDS family!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015! We at the SEEDS program wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and may they be filled with a thirst for knowledge.  The academic year has come to an end and summer is finally here! Many of you are traveling to new destinations for REU’s, internships, fellowships or taking a break before starting graduate school – Wherever this summer takes you, keep it filled with science and nature…

2015 SEEDS Leadership Meeting - Pollination!

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary the 2015 SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held May 6-10 at NorthBay Adventure Camp in North East, Maryland.  Twenty three students from across the US, as well as ESA President, Dr. David Inouye, met around the theme, Pollination Science, Policy and Communication.  Students were able to discover amazing career paths around the science of pollination, and tour areas of Maryland and Washington, DC.  With the help of Dr. Sam Droege and numerous other partners from the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the US Forest Service and the University of Maryland – we explored pollination science, from data to policy, and everything that falls in-between! Students also visited ESA HQ and picked up some communications strategies from Liza Lester, ESA’s Communications Officer!  Later this year, watch for educational outreach activity ideas for a Pollination Toolkit - generated by participants!

To learn more about this trip and see some great pictures from this group – follow us on Facebook and check out the photo album.

Congratulations to the incoming 2015-2016 SEEDS Fellows! The SPUR Fellowship program, with funding from the National Science Foundation and our partners, will support four students to conduct an independent ecological investigation with the help of a mentor scientist at three field stations. As part of the Fellowship program, students participate in SEEDS Leadership Meetings and present their research at the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Florida. The SEEDS Fellowship is our program's highest honor, and we are thrilled to welcome these deserving candidates:
  • Coral Aviles, a junior from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, will be working at Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station on watersheds.  She is also very excited about developing educational outreach materials for the station.
  • Kyle Reid, a junior from the University of Illinois at Chicago will also be working at Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station.  Kyle is particularly interested in bats, but he’s eager to explore other projects.  A Chicago native himself, he is happy to be out the city for the summer.
  • Roxanne Hoorn, a freshman from Eckerd College in Florida will be conducting her research at Harvard Forest as part of their REU program.  She is very interested in ecology and loves being outdoors; she is developing a research project with ants.
  • Brandon Hoenig, a junior at Duquesne University will be spending his summer in his home state of Pennsylvania at a program from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  His research project is focused on stream ecology and riparian zones.  Brandon is also an avid birdwatcher and fisherman.

SEEDS at the 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore!
This August 9-14, the Ecological Society of America is celebrating its 100th Annual Meeting and SEEDS is ready to celebrate! This year we are bringing over fifty undergraduate students and ten SEEDS Alumni to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. That’s over 60 students – our biggest SEEDS group in history! They will get to experience the world’s largest ecology meeting and network with thousands of scientist covering every aspect of ecology.
Come and celebrate with us and meet our amazing SEEDS students at these events:
  • Thursday, August 13 - ESA Diversity Luncheon (TK5): SEEDS Awards ceremony
  • Thursday, August 13 – SEEDS Chapter Presentations
  • Visit our SEEDS booth during poster session in the Exhibit Hall!
Interested in being a mentor to one of our SEEDS students during the meeting?  Sign-up to be a SEEDS mentor TODAY! Deadline to Sign-Up is May 30, 2015.

SEEDS Ecological Field Trip – Application will OPEN next month!
We are pleased to announce that applications will soon open for 20 students from across the US to visit HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in beautiful Blue River, Oregon from October 1-4, 2015.   The Andrews Forest is a great representation of the Pacific Northwest mountainous landscape and hosts a very unique research station studying conifer forests, wildlife and stream ecology. 
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an institution within the United States. Preference will be given to freshmen, sophomores and other students that have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research or field experience. Students from underrepresented minority groups, low income and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. The SEEDS program will cover field trip expenses including travel, lodging, and meals for selected students.

We hope that all of you have a great summer!
Best wishes,


2015 SEEDS Leadership Meeting on

2015-2016 SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellows

100th ESA Annual Meeting
SEEDS Events

Student Opportunity:
 SEEDS National Field Trip

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