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Friday, March 24

DEI Grants

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) is accepting applications for grants to support research, scholarship and change. This is an effort to engage the U-M community in innovative, evidence-based strategies that will advance diversity, equity and inclusion in academia and society and that will bear strong potential to become national exemplars.

Our grants program approach encourages applications by teams of faculty, staff, and students and/or external stakeholders, given our goal of supporting synergistic collaboration among scholars and practitioners. This year the NCID will begin by offering 10-12 grants of up to $3,000 per project for seed funding. Over the next year, NCID plans to expand the program to also include larger scholarship-to-practice grant opportunities.

Interested applicants may apply by Friday, March 31st. To learn more visit our website
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"Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference"

Here is a bit more information on the "Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference" to be held at the University of Michigan on June 5th-6th

The conference will highlight the multiple uses of digitized data in biodiversity research. 

Plenary speakers include:
Beth Brainerd, Brown University, Dori Contreras, University of California, Berkeley, Mike Donoghue, Yale University, Dan Fisher, University of Michigan, Lawrence Hudson, Natural History Museum, London, Maureen Kearney, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Peter McCartney, U. S. National Science Foundation, Stephen Smith, University of Michigan, Pam Soltis, University of Florida,Adam Summers, University of Washington, Mike Webster, Cornell University.

Three workshops will be offered.
1. Digital Data and the North American Nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility
2. Automated Species Range Map Construction through Aggregated Global Museum Records
3. Computational Macroevolution: Analysis and Visualization of Complex Evolutionary Dynamics on Phylogenies

Registration for students is $20
Registration for all others is $50

Deadline for Abstracts: April 15th
Deadline for Registration: May 15th

Thursday, March 23

RSG and SWIP Seminar Slam

RSG and SWIP Present: Seminar Slam
Come to this relaxed event for a great way to share your research and hear about the research of your fellow graduate students. Each talk is five minutes maximum, and prizes will be awarded in various categories. This is for students of all departments, and food will be provided! Please sign up to give a talk here.

Date: 3/31/17 @ 5pm - 7.30pm
Location: Conor O'Neills 

We hope to see you there!


Spatiotemporal analysis with remotely sensed solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) - A CSCAR Workshop

Wednesday, 4/19, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Earl Lewis Room Third Floor, 3rd floor East Rackham Building  915 East Washington, Central Campus
Recent innovations have made it possible to sense solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from satellites and currently at least three SIF retrievals are available: from GOSAT, GOME-2 (MetOp-A and MetOp-B), and OCO-2. In future, more targeted missions such as ESA’s Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX), which will fly in tandem with Sentinels, will provide a more comprehensive coverage. SIF is retrieved using the principle of the in-filling of Fraunhofer line depth and recent studies have demonstrated its utility in understanding spatiotemporal variations in photosynthesis, phenology, and identification of stress. Efforts are underway to exploit SIF for related aspects such as mapping the efficiency of C3 and C4 photosynthesis and retrieving canopy conductance.
This workshop will help you learn the specifics of SIF retrievals, information content, uncertainty estimates, and how you can integrate it in spatiotemporal analysis of relevant processes. If there is sufficient interest, we will also combine reflectance and SIF with a canopy radiative transfer- and a land-surface model to invert important parameters of photosynthesis.
The workshop is meant for anyone who is involved in relevant research mostly from SNRE, EEB, CLaSP, and may be public health.

Please register at teach tech or CSCAR. 

Open Education Database Scholarships

 We just updated our list with 13 new scholarships specifically for PhD students in the 2017-2018 academic year: 
Finding scholarships as a PhD student can be much more challenging than as an undergrad. With far fewer scholarship opportunities available, most PhD candidates struggle to make ends meet. As college costs continue to rise, our college planning experts at OEDB.org are looking to ease the burden of student debt, by making scholarships easily accessible for all types of students.

I figured you would want to pass these along to PhD students at UMich, as finding financial aid as a PhD student can be challenging. If you decide to share these scholarships, please let me know - we’re always interested in hearing how our resources are used.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this scholarship resource or any of our other college planning resources!


Emma Martin | Marketing
emmam@oedb.org | Open Education Database
PO Box 52755 | Houston, TX 77052
Open Education Database has been one of the most comprehensive collections of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online since 2007. We welcome learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new.

Tuesday, March 21

UMBS Course Expansion

This coming spring will mark the first of the new courses we are bringing to the Biological Station... new disciplines, new students, and new approaches to field studies.  The "no-added cost" model, in which tuition is charged during the academic year (not summer) and in which donors are stepping up to cover student room, board and station fees will, we hope, make our field station affordable to students regardless of economic constraints. 

Check out our Third Century Initiative course additions here.

Thanks to Melissa Duhaime for testing the waters with her new EEB course "Microbes in the Wild: Environmental Microbiology Lab." If you are interested in adding a few Biological Station weeks to one of your fall or winter term courses, please contact our TLTC Program Manager, Alicia Farmer (farmeral@umich.edu) for more information. We will have openings for courses running in 2018 and beyond. Alicia and our course review committee will be happy to provide feedback or advice on course proposals.

PD course Kling

All -- This Fall 2017 I will again be teaching the Professional Development course for graduate students; a description of the course is given below and the syllabus is attached.  The course meets twice a week, Monday from 2-4 pm and Wednesdayfrom 9-10 am.  Enrollment is limited to 10 students, and admission preference will be given to EEB Ph.D. students in their second year or above.  To register, please email me (gwk@umich.edu) a very brief description of your standing in EEB and your interest in the course, and include your student ID number so that our staff can register you or put you on the wait list.

If you have any questions please let me know,


COURSE Abstract.  Success in all professional endeavors requires clear, effective, and persuasive communication in both written and verbal forms.  This course helps students identify key components of writing and speaking in terms of proper grammar, syntax, and organization, and focuses on the application of these components in academic and specifically in science communication.  The course is designed to be practical for graduate students at the stage of developing research ideas and writing proposals or papers and presenting seminars, and begins the term with a brief review of methods to read and synthesize the science literature effectively in support of novel research questions or hypotheses.  For the next several weeks students will develop their proposals or papers as we discuss topics of structure, argumentation, audience, and tone (different for a proposal than for a published paper).  Editing and peer-review both in and out of class will be used to build skills in recognizing logical, convincing writing.  The remainder of the course (~2/5th ) will focus on verbal communication of science in three formats:  (1) formal seminars or conference presentations, where students will present a formal talk to the class at the end of the semester, (2) informal small group discussions such as job interviews, stakeholder meetings, or oral prelim exams, and (3) outreach to the public or managers such as in lectures, town hall meetings, or media broadcasts.  Students will role-play in class on both sides of the interview process in order to better understand the nuance of answering questions yet staying on message.  The course has one 1-hr lecture period and one 2-hr discussion period per week; the text for the class is Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.  Admission preference will be given to EEB Ph.D. students in their second year or above.


UM Women, Entrepreneurship and social change conference

Along with the Center for Entrepreneurship and MACS, I am excited to invite you to a groundbreaking, one of a kind conference we are hosting here on campus entitled 
Women, Entrepreneurship & Social Change on April 5th. The conference, which brings together female innovators, investors, and CEOs will showcase the largely untapped potential of women as leaders, trailblazers and enforcers of social change. This will also be a great networking opportunity for students.

Speakers include:

Miki Agrawal, Founder & CEO, THINX
Yasmine Mustafa, Founder & CEO, ROAR FOR GOOD 
Debra Cleaver, Founder & CEO, Vote.org
Kat Manalac, Partner, Y-Combinator
Lisa McLaughlin, Founder & CEO, Workit Health 
Alice Vilma, Director, Morgan Stanley
Kate Glantz, Founder & CEO, Heartful.ly

Conference details below:

When: April 5, 2017
Where: The Michigan League
Details: Breakfast and lunch provided; Booths showcasing sponsors, speakers and products from local female owned businesses

How to register:

Please register via Eventbrite. Admission is free but registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-entrepreneurship-social-change-conference-tickets-31502356396

See you there!

Tuesday, March 14

TA Biostation

Please see an opportunity below for graduate students at the Bio Station this spring/summer.



On behalf of the entire team, the RELATE directors are very proud to announce that we are partnering with the University of Michigan's Office of Academic Innovation in their Teach-Out series. We will be hosting Reach Out and RELATE: Communicating and Understanding Scientific Research on edX between May 5-7, following the March for Science. The intent behind Reach Out and RELATE is to: 1) create opportunities for *anyone and everyone* to understand why science communication is both incredibly important and fundamentally challenging, 2) open discussions about key issues in science communication, and 3) provide some basic communication training for anyone who has a STEM story to tell.

A Teach-Out is:

  • an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time
  • an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world
  • a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals
  • a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people

The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society.

Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation!
Reach Out and RELATE: Communicating and Understanding Scientific Research

Everyone - non-scientists and scientists alike - has some form of expertise, but communicating across a gap in knowledge or experience is challenging. In this Teach-Out, we address this challenge by helping participants to develop core communication skills and more effectively communicate with one another.

Participants will learn why science communication is both essential and fundamentally challenging. Experts in three broad areas of public engagement with science - Policy & Advocacy, Education & Outreach, and Science in the Media - will weigh in to share their knowledge. Anyone with a STEM story to tell will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their audience, craft a clear message, weave a compelling story, and practice giving and receiving feedback on science communications. And all participants will be able to engage in a series of discussions addressing key issues in science communication.

Because the practice of science encourages dialogue, requires diverse perspectives, and has no political agenda, we hope this Teach-Out is a useful step in encouraging more science conversations between individuals and their local, national, and global communities.
In this Teach-Out, you'll:
  • Understand why science communication is both important and challenging
  • Develop strategies to effectively bridge communications between public audiences and scientific researchers
  • Understand expert perspectives on different areas of public engagement with science
  • Shape a compelling, message-focused STEM narrative for a specific audience
  • Discuss important issues in science communication with others
If you're interested in participating in Reach Out and RELATE, mark May 5-7in your calendar and head over to the edX website to register. We'd love to have you join the conversation!
All the best,

The RELATE Directors, Coordinators, and Faculty Advisory Board

RELATE Directors
Connect with us!
  www.ElyseAurbach.com    www.learntoRELATE.org

Monday, March 13


The M-Sci program is looking for GSIs for the gateway science course this summer.  M-Sci is the LSA component of the M-STEM Academies, which are designed to increase the diversity and numbers of graduates in STEM disciplines at UM; we partner with a parallel program in Engineering.  M-Sci includes a pre-freshman summer “boot camp” for students admitted to UM, in which the students take several courses for credit, including the gateway science course, and then academic coaching and additional programming during their first two years of college.  

The gateway course focuses on a single theme (Great Lakes environmental issues), around which we introduce many basic concepts of science and math, e.g., in statistics, fluid dynamics, water chemistry, microbiology, ecology.  The course also includes two weeks of group research projects.  The GSI  position is 75% for two months, although the actual class time runs from June 29 through August 3, four days a week, 3.5 hours a day.

To apply, posting # 136890 is listed at http://careers.umich.edu/.  I'm also happy to meet with anyone who is interested in learning more.  


VCU Jobs

Dear Colleagues,

The VCU Department of Biology is recruiting for a tenure-track ecologist as well as five new full time instructors. I have pasted an overview of each position below, more details can be found in the attached.  Please share this announcement with potential candidates. Though I am not on the search committees, I am happy to answer any questions from prospective applicants. These positions are part of a major hiring effort to strengthen our existing core faculty, with a total of ten new faculty members expected by August 2017.

For both ads, the closing date for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is 9 April 2017

5 Instructors (www.vcujobs.com, eJob ad F53750)
  • The Department of Biology invites applications for five full-time Biology Instructor positions. Successful applicants will teach undergraduate courses distributed across our curriculum. Preference will be given to those that have expertise in 1) Ecology, 2) Human Anatomy, 3) Introductory Biology (majors and nonmajors), 4) Quantitative Biology, or 5) Cell and Molecular Biology. Prior college-level teaching experience is strongly preferred and successful instructional use of technology and hybrid/online teaching is an advantage. 

Organismal/Population Ecologist (www.vcujobs.com, eJob ad F53690)

  • The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Organismal/Population Ecologist at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates working at the organismal or population level to study significant questions of ecological relevance, and who can offer novel expertise and develop synergistic collaborations with faculty in Biology and other units at VCU. Preference will be given to candidates whose research emphasis is relevant to global change.

Rima Franklin
Associate Professor
Interim Associate Chair
VCU Department of Biology
804-828-6753 (office) / 804-828-0125 (lab)
June 5-27, 2017
Expanded Complexity and Data Analytics Summer Courses

The early registration deadline has been extended to April 1

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 5-9unJCX201: 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 April 1 for an early registration discount. For more information, go to:


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

Thursday, March 9

Please join us for a Foundational Course Initiative Seminar.  We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement to others who may be interested:

Exploring Student Reasoning to Support Better Teaching
Vicente Talanquer, Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - West Hall 340
Register here
This presentation demonstrates the use of discipline-based education research to inform curriculum development and enhance student learning in chemistry, with discussion of general implications for instructional teams engaged in evidence-based course transformation. Despite multiple calls for reform, introductory science curricula at many universities tends to be fact-based and encyclopedic, built upon a collection of isolated topics, oriented too much towards the perceived needs of specific majors, and focused too much on abstract concepts and algorithmic problem solving. Research in science education has shown that these types of curricula do not help many students to develop meaningful understandings and connections between core concepts and ideas. Our own educational research in chemistry has revealed that many college students finishing a major in the discipline still rely on intuitive assumptions and fast and frugal heuristics to build explanations and make decisions.
This presentation will summarize core findings of our research on student thinking and learning, and show how we have used these results to develop an alternative way of conceptualizing the introductory chemistry curriculum by shifting the focus from learning chemistry as a body of knowledge to understanding chemistry as a way of thinking. Our approach seeks to promote deeper conceptual understanding of a minimum core of ideas instead of superficial coverage of multiple topics; connect core ideas across the course by following well defined learning progressions; introduce students to modern ways of thinking in the discipline; and involve students in realistic problem-solving activities. This presentation will describe how the new curriculum has been implemented and evaluated, as well as the major challenges that have been faced during its implementation.
This is a brown bag seminar.
For information about additional talks in the Foundational Course Initiative Seminar Series, please click here.
Marybeth Bauer, PhD
Project Coordinator
University of Michigan