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Friday, August 18

Postdoc position @ iDiv (Leipzig, Germany): Community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems

Postdoctoral Associate (Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems; CAFE)-German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

As part of an ongoing initiative within iDiv, we are searching for a postdoctoral associate to participate in a cutting-edge research program at the interface between processes that maintain biodiversity and influence its variation (e.g., community assembly, environmental gradients) and the influence of biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems (e.g., biomass, multifunctionality).  Rather than treating biodiversity as either a dependent variable (as in environment-diversity relationships), or an independent variable (as in biodiversity-ecosystem function experiments), we are interested in developing a more realistic, but necessarily more complex, framework for studying the interplay between community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems across scales (which we call the CAFE perspective; see e.g., Leibold, Chase and Ernest. 2017. Ecology 98: 909-919).

The postdoctoral associate will build upon tools and techniques being used at iDiv and within sDiv, the synthesis center of iDiv, including, but not limited to, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and novel applications of the Price Equation.  Data to address these questions will come from a number of platforms affiliated with iDiv, including the Jena Experiment, the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF), NutNet, and others; the successful candidate is also welcome to bring any other data sources to bear that could be used to address these questions.

The position will be directly supervised by Jonathan Chase (iDiv/MLU), but will work closely with Stan Harpole (iDiv/UFZ), Harald Auge (UFZ), and Christiane Roscher (iDiv/UFZ), and several others.  The incumbent will be encouraged to develop further collaborations both within and outside of the iDiv consortium and to participate in working groups related to the overall research program as part of sDiv.  Participation in teaching at the PhD level and other career advancing opportunities are also available.

The position will be coordinated through Martin Luther University (Halle- Wittenberg), but based at the iDiv center in Leipzig.  Compensation is per the German 13 TV-L pay grade, which is more than enough to have a comfortable living arrangement in Leipzig.  The working language at iDiv is English, and knowledge of the German language is not necessary (assistance is available for moving, setting up bank accounts, etc). However, German lessons are available at the center, which can be useful for navigating day-to-day life.

For any questions, or to indicate an interest in applying, please contact Jon Chase (jonathan.chase@idiv.de).  Official applications should be sent until September 15, 2017 to bettina.zschille@idiv.de and addressed to Prof. Jonathan Chase, Professor of Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv with reference file number 4-7645/17-D. Applications should be in single pdf file consisting of (1) a 2-3 page motivation letter including background experiences, interest in this position, and any idea for moving the field forward; (2) a CV; (3) the names and contact information of 2-3 individuals who could serve as a reference.  The successful candidate will also be required to provide original certificates before official employment can commence.

The official job ad can be seen here:

Jonathan Chase
Professor and Head of Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Email: jonathan.chase@idiv.de

Department of Computer Science
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

iDiv is a research centre of the DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Monday, August 14

Science Writing Opportunity for Graduate Students

Looking to practice scientific or technical writing? Want to talk about your research with the public? MiSciWriters, a graduate student run organization, is looking for writers! This is a great opportunity for outreach and to increase science communication skills.

Whether you want to write about your research (which is a good chance to work on a presentation or to get the creative juices flowing for a grant application) or about any other scientific interest, please find your way to our website! In the 'For Members' tab, you can find a form to pitch an idea for an article - if it's about science, we'll take it! You'll get to work with a team of editors in a constructive environment to get your work out around the busy grad-life schedule. 

If you have any questions, please email MiSciWriters (misciwriters.leaders@umich.edu) or contact the communications director, Sarah (skearns@umich.edu).

Call for Applicants: J.F. Crow Institute Early-Career Scientist Seminars

The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution at UW-Madison is looking for evolutionary biology graduate students and postdocs to visit Madison and present in our Evolution Seminar Series. I am attaching an announcement with more information. Would you please share this opportunity with members of your department who may be interested? 

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have. There is more information on the Crow Institute website (http://www.evolution.wisc.edu/node/30).

Thank you,
Megan Frayer

Megan Frayer
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Genetics Department
Payseur Lab

Monday, August 7

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed on-line: https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar, may apply.

Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $8,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year:

·         March 1
·         July 1
·         November 1

For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/

Send questions to npphelp@usra.edu.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Friday, August 4

Faculty position - Northern Kentucky University

Working Title    Assistant Professor in Microbiology
Department       Biological Sciences
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position starting Fall 2018. We welcome applications from candidates with a non-clinical research program in microbiology. We are especially interested in applicants with expertise in microbial ecology, ecological genomics, metagenomics, or bioinformatics. Appointees will teach undergraduate courses, contribute to advising and mentoring, and run a research program involving undergraduate students.

Purpose of Position The Department of Biological Sciences has 22 full-time faculty members and approximately 500 undergraduate majors. NKU is a comprehensive regional university of 16,000 students located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in an area offering an outstanding quality of life. It is near a variety of natural areas and is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. The Department of Biological Sciences is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Northern Kentucky University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information on Northern Kentucky University and the department of Biological Sciences please visit http://www.nku.edu and http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/biology.html.

Primary Responsibilities Candidates should be strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and should incorporate innovative, inquiry-based, dynamic, active-learning methods into courses. Preference will be given to applicants using evidence-based instructional practices in the classroom and guidance from AAAS Vision and Change in their curricular development. Primary teaching responsibilities will include lecture and laboratory courses in Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs but may include Introductory Biology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics, or other courses that the successful candidate is interested in developing. We encourage applicants with background for and interest in developing a Bioinformatics course. The successful candidate is expected to grow a productive research program that involves undergraduate students and pursue external funding. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and provide academic and professional advising to students.

To Apply: Submit to https://jobs.nku.edu 1) a cover letter specifically addressing experience and qualifications, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy, 3) a description of current research and goals for future research 4) a current curriculum vitae, 5) transcripts, and 6) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on September 11, 2017. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

Qualifications Ph.D. in microbiology, microbial ecology or related field.

Minimum Education Ph.D

Requisition Number 2017F262

Job Open Date 07/24/2017

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

For questions contact Erin Strome, stromee1@nku.edu
Any candidate offered this position is required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Wednesday, August 2

SAVE THE DATE: Jaffe Symposium on Security and Scarcity, Oct 5-6

How does early-life adversity (or stimulation) influence later health and decision making
Do people make different life choices in resource-rich or resource-poor environments?
Did humans evolve to seek security through their relationships and environment?

If such questions intrigue youSAVE THE DATE for:
The University of Michigan's
Jaffe Symposium on Security and Scarcity
Oct 5-6 (Thu-Fri), 2017
There will be an opening reception and keynote lecture by Dr. Nathan Fox on Thursday evening, Oct 5th, to be followed by a day of short, exciting TED-style talks with ample discussion and networking time on Friday, Oct 6th. More details on the schedule and location will follow shortly.

UM students wishing to present related research on this topic in a poster session, please email jaffesymposium@umich.edu.

Faculty and students may also present related work during the linked theme semester of the Decision Consortium this fall by emailing prestos@umich.edu.

Keynote for Thursday evening, Oct 5th:
Dr. Nathan Fox, University of Maryland

Speakers for Friday, October 6th:
·      Dr. Beth Archie, University of Notre Dame
·      Dr. Chris Fraley, University of Illinois     
·      Dr. Steven Gangestad, University of New Mexico
·      Dr. Sarah E. Hill, Texas Christian University
·      Dr. Katie Hinde, Arizona State University
·      Dr. Robin Nelson, Santa Clara University
·      Dr. Mike Norton, Harvard Business School

This symposium is sponsored by a generous gift from Martin D. Jaffe, M.D. and the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP).

Stay tuned for more information!

Best Regards,
The Jaffe Symposium Committee (jaffesymposium@umich.edu)
Josh Ackermann
Jacinta Beehner
Thore Bergman
Daniel Kruger
Stephanie Preston
Brenda Volling

Join upcoming STEM Pedagogy webinars: Socioscientific augmentation and instructional models for generating an argument

These webinars may be of interest to some of you...

Cheers, Steve
Steven Lonn, PhD
Director of Enrollment Research and Data Management
University of Michigan | Office of Enrollment Management
515 East Jefferson | 2300 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1316

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Dear Steven Lonn, 

STEM Central is pleased to announce two webinars on undergraduate STEM curriculum development: The first is about Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI), presented by  Dr. Jonathon Grooms, George Washington University, and the second is regarding Socioscientific Issues (SSI), presented by Dr. Dana Zeidler, University of South Florida. Please join us! 

Webinar 1: Generate an Argument: An Instructional Model
THIS THURSDAY, Aug 3, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by Dr. Jonathon Grooms, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC. 
Read the abstract and register HERE

Socioscientific Issues as a Curriculum Emphasis: Theory, Research and Practice
Next Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by Dr. Dana Zeidler, Distinguished University Professor of Science Education, University of South Florida 
Read the abstract and register HERE

These informative webinars are part of a Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM project entitled:"Investigating the Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation Development on Student Academic Success"  This BPR, led by Bethune-Cookman University in partnership with Virginia Union University (VUU), aims to expand the scientific literacy research at Bethune-Cookman University beyond the science curriculum. The project is based on the premise that the Socioscientific Issues (SSI) framework for scientific literacy development requires students to engage in dialogue, discussion, debate and argumentation. What do you think? Join the webinars to learn more and join the conversation. 


STEM Central

Thursday, July 27

Expand Your Broader Impact Skills: AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists

Dear Colleague,

Rarely has the need for effective and influential communication about science been more important than it is today.

Politicians and political interests are redefining and reinterpreting science—with great persistence and impact. The public is routinely asked to make decisions about matters informed by science. The news media is endeavoring to share increasingly complex stories about science with the public. The majority of the public still respect scientists and value science, but they often find it challenging to discern who and what is legitimate.

Simply adding to the noise will not provide individuals with the understanding they need to inform their deliberations and decisions. Scientists must become more skilled at communicating in impactful ways.

As called for by many sources, the time for business as usual has passed. There is a real and immediate need for scientists to become effective and engaged communicators.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is responding to this need by offering scientists a professional development opportunity. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on our highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The program meets the needs of everyone from graduate students to senior researchers and program administrators.

AIBS is the scientific organization that promotes the use of science to inform decision-making that advances biology for the benefit of science and society.

AIBS has a long and successful track record of engaging, informing, and influencing the public and science policy decision-makers. Our audiences include members of Congress, federal agency heads and program managers, state officials, and university administrators. In addition to working directly with these groups, we routinely engage the public through traditional and digital media.

Our staff members have used their decades of science policy and communications experience to develop training materials and resources that provide scientists with the skills needed to successfully communicate about their research with decision-makers and reporters. To date, AIBS has trained more than 1,300 scientists.

AIBS Communications Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on training program in Washington, DC.

Participants will learn:

  • How to translate scientific findings for non-technical audiences
  • How to tell a resonant story that informs decision-makers
  • How to prepare for and participate in a news interview
  • How to prepare for and engage in a meeting with a decision-maker
  • How to protect your scientific reputation
  • How to identify and define the audience you need to reach
  • What policymakers want and need to know from a scientist
  • What reporters are looking for in an interview
  • How to leverage social media
  • How the nation’s science policy is developed and implemented
Participants will have the opportunity for formal and informal discussions with science policy and communications experts working in Washington, DC. Read the course outline.

Dates: October 9–10, 2017

Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the program, and a reception on October 9th. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options. 

$440/person     AIBS Individual Members. The course is not tax deductible, but a portion of an individual AIBS membership is tax deductible. A non-refundable $100 deposit is required at the time of registration. Join or renew now.
$440/personIndividuals officially nominated to participate by an AIBS Member Society or Organization (MSO) in good standing. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
$495/personIndividuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS MSO. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.Join AIBS now to save $55.00.
Group Discount: For any group or organization that sponsors the participation of four or more individuals, the registration rate will be reduced by $30/participant in the group. Please contact jpalakovichcarr@aibs.org for details.

Register now: https://www.aibs.org/public-policy/communications_boot_camp.html

We look forward to seeing you in October!


Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director

Wednesday, July 26

Abstract & Travel Award Submission for Three Rivers Evolution Event ends 8/1

Thanks to funding from SMBE, we are now offering small (up to $200) travel awards to facilitate attendance by those with limited travel resources.

We have therefore extended the abstract submission deadline for the Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE) to midnight August 1st (EST). Please register, submit abstracts, and apply for awards here: https://sites.google.com/view/tree2017

Already registered? You may revise your information until the August 1st deadline, using the link provided on your initial registration, or use the registration link to apply for awards only by selecting ‘yes’ on the questions about having previously registered and submitted an abstract.

What is TREE?

The Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE) is a conference sponsored by SMBE and ASN that aims to bring together researchers from Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas to share and discuss research in all aspects of evolutionary biology. The research of attending members is expected to span viruses, microbes, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, and include ecology, anthropology, epidemiology, developmental biology, zoology, theoretical, applied, urban ecology, paleontology, and many other specialized research areas. Researchers of all stages, institutional affiliations, and related fields (including ecologists, anthropologists, paleontologists, and similar fields) are welcome to present. We are excited at the diversity of current registrants, which as of this writing includes 104 scientists from 33 institutions, and 71 submitted abstracts!

When and Where: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The TREE organizing committee
Sebastian Echeverri
Dr. Wynn Meyer
Melissa Plakke
Dr. Avery Russell
Dr. Martin Turcotte
Dr. Caroline Turner

Contact us at biotree2017@gmail.com