Want to receive email updates?

Friday, April 29

Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan--CRLT Workshops in May

Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan: Registration Open for May Workshop Series

As an instructor at U-M, how can you contribute to a campus climate where all students feel valued and fully supported as members of our academic community? This is the key question behind the upcoming Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan workshop series, which will be held for the first time this May. 
U-M instructors in all disciplines are invited to register for one or more of these workshops focused on concrete strategies for inclusive teaching, through classroom practices, course design, and both formal and informal interactions with students.  Held during the first three weeks of May, and led by staff and faculty from CRLT, IGR, and LSA, this series of workshops will include opportunities to:
This is just a sampling of topics featured in the series, which is free to U-M faculty and GSIs. Detailed information for all sessions and registration links are available here
The May events will kick off with the new CRLT Players sketch A Thousand Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns, which explores student experiences of climate challenges include racism and Islamophobia and sparks dialogue about ways instructors can supportively engage with students who have encountered biased treatment or microaggressions in academic settings.  Anyone who registers for two or more events in the series is also invited to join a closing luncheon where participants can reflect together on what they have learned and think further about ways to apply those lessons in their teaching as well as share them with colleagues.
Please join us!

2016 SEEDS Spring Newsletter

The SEEDS program of the Ecological Society of America 
Empowering the next generation of ecologist!
2016 SEEDS Spring Newsletter
Greetings SEEDS Friends,

Happy Spring! We have been very busy in 2016 and there are many more trips and opportunities to come.  We hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather, we sure did, for our 2016 SEEDS Leadership Meeting in Otto, NC this month! The ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is coming up and applications are still open for SEEDS Alumni and Undergraduates.  We have partnered up again with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program to host 50 students this year and we need a lot of mentors to sign up for them! Also, in a few weeks we are hosting a SEEDS National Field Trip to the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. This and more in this edition of the SEEDS Newsletter and... SEEDS IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!!!
2016 ESA Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Applications are OPEN for SEEDS Travel Awards to the ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

The SEEDS Program offers travel awards for Undergraduate Students (fully funded) and 
SEEDS Graduate Alumni ($800). Travel awards help expenses to attend the ESA Meeting including air travel, meals, lodging, and registration. Travel awards are funded through support of the National Science Foundation and ESA member donations.
Are you an ESA Member who has attended other ESA Annual Meetings?  Are you attending the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale?  If you answered YES to both these and would like to know more about becoming a SEEDS Mentor, please visit out Mentor Sign-Up page for more information.  Help us guide our students through this amazing event! SEEDS Chapter advisers are welcome to sign up.

Sponsor your student to Fort Lauderdale!

If you are in the position to support one or more underrepresented undergraduate students to participate in the 2016 th ESA Annual Meeting and would like for him/her to be included in all of the amazing SEEDS program activities, including a meeting mentor! Send us an email to seeds@esa.org or visit our Annual Meeting Packages page for more information.
2016 SEEDS Leadership Meeting

This past month the SEEDS program hosted its 11th Leadership Meeting themed: Diversity for Healthy Forests: The connection between forestry science and society. We sponsored 19 students from all over the US to join us in Otto, North Carolina for a weekend full of science and leadership skills! With funding from the USDS Forest Service and our hosts at the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab we were able to learn about forestry and hydrology sciences in an amazing location. We had workshops about science communication and policy, hosted a career panel and was honored by the participation of ESA President, Dr. Monica Turner! Stay tuned for the Forestry toolkit that we prepared for the meeting and the education activities that our students developed during the meeting.  To check out all the amazing images from the meeting follow us on Facebook!
SEEDS Chapter Grants - updates! 

Congratulations to these SEEDS Chapters who received a SEEDS Chapter Grant! Our Chapter Grants are available every fall - visit our SEEDS Chapter Grants page.  Funding for this part of the program comes from donations of ESA members and friends, to help SEEDS continue its mission to increase diversity within ecology please donateFor information on how to start a SEEDS Chapter at your institution, please visit our Start a Chapter page!

North Carolina State University SEEDS Chapter

 The North Carolina State University SEEDS chapter will host a vermicompostiing workshop in June with world renowned vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman. SEEDS @ NCSU has built victory gardens throughout the year, empowering people in the local community to grow their own food. The students also constructed a little free library that is now featured at NCSU's student-led SOUL Garden.

Univeristy of California, Davis SEEDS Chapter 

The Davis chapter is collecting and identifying native bees to make a reference collection for scientists and create a long-term data set. So far, we've collected about 600 bees and identified about 250 to genus level. We've collected at two University of California Natural Reserves, and visited both vernal pool wildflowers at Jepson Prairie and post-fire wildflowers at Stebbins Cold Canyon.


Livingstone College SEEDS Chapter 

The Chapter students, under the advisory of Dr. Sashi Sabaratnam, have been working hard this spring getting ready for their campus garden to promote teaching of gardening / growing crops, to Livingstone students and community members. Students visited the farm to prepare the soil and plant culinary 'herbs' like rosemary, basil, thyme etc. on raised beds that existed from last year's planting. The project also attracted local church members, veterans, USDA personal and local farm owners to the farm. This small project brought together the 'local brains in horticulture, environmental science, and conservation' together. 

Dillard University SEEDS Chapter 

The Dillard University SEEDS chapter participants are re-vitalizing the campus greenhouse by growing and collecting data on numerous bee pollinated and local plants while collaborating with schools and community outreach programs to disseminate knowledge. Plants with a rich tradition of culinary and medicinal uses have been established and will continue to be monitored. Seventy-four percent (20 out of 27) of the plants attempted to grow are 
successfully established. Future research directives should include enhancing educational outreach with the community and schools and the creation of raised beds on campus to successfully transfer plants from the greenhouse to an outdoor environment so that they can be used by faculty, staff, and students.
SEEDS Program | Ecological Society of America | 202.833.8773 | seeds@esa.org
STAY CONNECTED:
Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Wednesday, April 27

BMC Ecology image competition - open to all ecologists!


To the University of Michigan Ecology Department,
                     
The annual BMC Ecology image competition is accepting submissions through May 29, and I just wanted to reach out again and encourage students and ecologists in your department to submit their images! We have an expert panel of judges that will award a $400 grand prize.

The competition is very popular, encourages creativity and highlights the research of ecologists worldwide.

Attached is a flyer with the details if you would like to post or distribute it within your department, or check this link for further information: http://bmcecol.biomedcentral.com/imagecomp2016-page

The competition closes May 29, and provides an opportunity to win cash prizes, be featured in the journal, and possibly receive international media attention – past competitions have been picked up by Scientific AmericanIBT TimesBBC and The Guardian.

Please let me know if you have any questions – this is a very fun event and I look forward to receiving submissions from Michigan ecologists!

Join RELATE's Communication Fundamentals Workshop

Do you want to more effectively communicate your research?

This summer, Rackham Graduate School and the RELATE team invite you to participate in the RELATE communication training workshop for STEM researchers. If you are interested in improving your communication skills and engaging in scientific communication to lay-audiences, then the RELATE workshop is for you! Here are details of what you will gain during the 6 week Communication Fundamentals Workshop:
  • Learn effective communication techniques in order to talk with lay-audiences about your research
  • Build a polished elevator pitch and a short lay-audience style talk on an area of interest in your field
  • Make a video of your talk that you can share as part of a professional portfolio (on social media, LinkedIn, etc.) 
If you are a graduate student with a defined research project and are interested in participating in RELATE, please attend one of our required information sessions:
Required Information Sessions (and registration links):
4-5 pm on Tuesday, May 10 in the Rackham Amphitheatre 
To Register:  https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wsreg.php?ws_id=361
10-11 am on Wednesday, May 11 in Lurie Engineering Center: 
To Register:  https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wsreg.php?ws_id=362

The information sessions will cover more details regarding the RELATE Communication Fundamentals Workshop itself and the application process. The Communication Fundamentals Workshop will be followed in late summer by the Advanced Oral Communication Workshop. Further details about this will also be provided at the information sessions. If you have any questions about the workshop or the information sessions, please e-mail us at RELATE.coordinators@umich.edu. We hope to see you on May 10th or 11th!
 
More about RELATE:
RELATE is a science communication training and public engagement organization that facilitates conversations between researchers and local communities. During our practice-based workshops, graduate students and early career researchers develop lay-audience communication skills and create an original portfolio of digital media and oral presentations. Workshop participants then put their communication skills into action and engage with Southeastern Michigan communities both online and through our public engagement events. You can also visit us at www.learntoRELATE.org!

Tuesday, April 19

Call for Applications: Engaged Pedagogy Initiative F16

I'm pleased to share the call for applications for the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI).  The Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) offers this training to graduate students who are interested in developing community-based learning (CBL) pedagogies. By the end of this intensive semester-long program, EPI Fellows develop a CBL course of their own design and are primed to serve as GSIs for related programs and courses.  EPI "alums" also qualify to serve as consultants to faculty designing CBL courses. We encourage applications from across campus and from both doctoral and masters-level students.  Additional information about the EPI and the CBL Consultants Program can be found in the embedded live links and in the attached flier.  This year the EPI will only be offered in the fall term and the deadline is May 18, 5:00pm. Graduate students can apply here.   

Inclusive Teaching @ Michigan Opportunities in May


As we close out the Winter 2016 semester I want to call your attention to the suite of Inclusive Teaching offerings via CRLT, the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) and the LSA Inclusive Pedagogies Committee. My office has been consulting with all three groups in relation to the College's draft Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan. One of the top five things we have heard from faculty and GSIs is the need for more opportunities for professional development around inclusive pedagogies and evidence-based practices. Here's your chance! Sessions are filling up. RSVP soon. 

Warm Regards,
Angela

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching <crlt@umich.edu>
Date: Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Subject: Inclusive Teaching at Michigan workshop series
To: adillard@umich.edu



View in your browser

Please join us for a series of workshops on Inclusive Teaching during the first three weeks of May

U-M Diag full of diverse students walking

Faculty and GSIs across campus are invited to join CRLT for a series of workshops focused on building skills in inclusive teaching. The series will launch with a CRLT Players performance of A Thousand Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns, a new theatre piece focused on climate challenges faced by U-M students. We will also be joined by The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) and the LSA Inclusive Pedagogies group in highlighting concrete pedagogical practices that faculty can adopt to deliberately cultivate a teaching-learning environment where all students are treated fairly, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued, challenged, and supported in succeeding in the field of study.
Sessions are free and open to U-M instructors in any field. Anyone who registers for 2 or more sessions is invited to join us at a catered closing luncheon reflecting upon the series. Please RSVP.

Thursday, April 14

Upcoming Complexity Courses and Conferences

Upcoming Complexity Courses and Conferences

Here is a look ahead at some of the courses and conferences on complex systems science being held around the world.

Mini-Certificate in Real World Risk Management

NECSI co-faculty Nassim Taleb's Real World Risk Institute is offering a certification program in risk management. This intense two or five day program will take place in New York City from June 6 to 10, offering lessons in risk taking including the concept of antifragility. For more information and registration, go to: http://realworldrisk.com/our_mini-certificate_in_detail

5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications

This workshop is hosted by a collaboration of Italian and international institutions and universities. It will be held in Milan, Italy, from November 30 to December 2, and cover a variety of theoretical and applied complex network topics. The organizers have put out a call for participation with a submission deadline of September 5. For more information, go to:http://www.complexnetworks.org/

Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference 2016

The University of Calgary is hosting this international interdisciplinary forum in Banff, Canada, from May 16 to 19. This meeting will focus on experimental approaches at the intersection of physics, engineering, neuroscience, chemistry, and biology. Online registration is now open, with an early registration discount deadline of April 15. For details, go to:https://ucalgary.ca/ecc2016/

New Master of Complex Systems Program

The University of Sydney recently announced a new postgraduate program in Complex Systems, starting in the first semester of 2017. Master of Complex Systems (MCXS) is a two-year quantitatively-oriented course with five specializations: Engineering, Biosecurity, Ecology, Transport, and Research Methods. They are also offering a one year Graduate Diploma in Complex Systems (GradDipCXS). For for more details on MCXS, go to http://sydney.edu.au/courses/master-of-complex-systems and see http://sydney.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-complex-systems for GradDipCXS.

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

Wednesday, April 13

SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ottawa National Forest Invasive Plant Crew

The Ottawa National Forest is seeking one more person for our 2016 invasive plant crew, based in Ironwood, Michigan.  GS-4, $13.84 per hour.    
Apply online through USAJobs between April 13 and 19, 2016.
See the attached flyer for more information. 
Come help us maintain natural plant communities in the beautiful northwoods!

Forest Service Shield
Ian Shackleford
Botanist
Forest Service
Ottawa National Forest



Monday, April 11

[MICDE] U-M students invited to apply for MICDE fellowships

Greetings,

The deadline for University of Michigan students to apply for Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year has been extended to April 22, 2016. These $4,000 fellowships are available to students in both the Ph.D in Scientific Computing and the Graduate Certificate Progam in Computational Discovery and Engineering, or graduate students not yet enrolled but planning to do so. Those falling in the last category may simultaneously submit program and fellowship applications.
Fellows will receive a $4,000 research fund that can be used to attend a conference, to buy a computer, or for any other advisor-approved activity that enhances the Fellow’s graduate experience. We also ask that Fellows present a poster at the MICDE Symposium in Spring 2017.
Interested students should download and complete the application form, have it signed by their advisor, and submit it with a one-page resume to MICDE-apps@umich.edu. The due date for applications has been extended to April 22, 2016.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women and minorities.

Best regards,


Ken Powell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering
MICDE Associate Director for Education

Krishna Garikipati, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics
MICDE Associate Director for Research

Thursday, April 7

SCOR Weekly Newsletter

scor.JPG
Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Let SCOR Take Care of You!
While we can’t promise that Rihanna/Drake type of love, on Friday, April 8th SCOR wants to “Take Care of You” with an evening of Self-Care at Munger. The following week we have two co-sponsored events so we also hope to see you at the recording of the Another Round Podcast on Thursday, April 14th and the Screening and Dinner/Discussion of the film “Same Difference” on Friday, April 15th. Finally, we will close out April with our 3rd Annual End of the Year Bar Crawl (more information below). In addition, as we transition from one year to the next we look forward to introducing you to members of our new SCOR e-Board, and we hope that you as members will embrace and support them as well. Hope to see you on Friday and Don’t forget to share these many events with your friends, departments, and social networks!

Thanks for Subscribing and Please Share the Newsletter and Flyers with Your Social Networks.
And Remember To Send your Accomplishments to

FROM THE DESK OF THE E-BOARD:



SCOR 2015-16: A Year In Transition
Greetings SCOR members!
I know many of you already know the news, but I remain honored to announce that I will be the President of SCOR for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year!
It has been such a privilege to work alongside current SCOR President Channing Mathews and our amazing Executive Board this year, and I look forward to working with both new and familiar faces in next year’s Board. I am also humbled by the trust each of you have placed in me to help carry on SCOR's tradition of important and impactful work. SCOR is a critical space for self-expression, community building, and activism, and next year we hope to continue to foster such a space for all graduate students at U of M.
This year, SCOR sought to provide social and social justice events to the student body, engage in thoughtful community outreach, and create networking opportunities for graduate students and alums of U of M. We’ve done our best to reach these goals through a litany of creative and thought-provoking events, while still managing to be entertaining and relevant to our diverse student body. For next year, I can’t wait to reach out to the student body and work with the incoming E-Board to generate ideas on keeping this momentum going and fueling the fires of excitement we started this year.
Lastly, I’ve been asked a number of times what made me decide to pursue this position. As those of you who attended the latest SCOR Gala already know, it began at last year’s SCOR symposium. Before U of M, I was almost always the only person of color in my professional settings. While I was constantly frustrated by this lack of diversity, I had trouble figuring out how I could make any substantive change. It was not until I attended SCOR’s 25th Annual Diversity and Social Justice Symposium and saw the Rackham building packed full of scholars of color and allies that I realized how progress could be made.
The first step in making change is showing up. Activism is an incredibly exhausting and frustrating experience, especially when you are expected to carry out this work on top of your classes, teaching, research, and (dare I say it) self-care. Still, in choosing to show up and do the work despite your exhaustion and full schedule, you are showing people like my past self – people who may not know where to begin – that it all starts by making your presence known. SCOR is here. SCOR is dedicated. SCOR will carry on its mission for ourselves, for those who inspired us, and for those who will be inspired by us. So please remember to show up and engage in some much needed Self-Care at the SCOR Takes Care of You Event this Friday, April 8th from 5:30-8:30pm in Munger Graduate Residences.

Until next time!
Michael Medina
2015-16 SCOR Treasurer, 2016-17 SCOR President

Better late than never! If you want to craft a submission for the newsletter, please email scorcommunications@gmail.com
April Self Care (2).jpg
SCOR EVENTS   
    • Please enter Munger from the front door using your M Card (non resident grad students have access this way).
    • Come enjoy a chance to spend time with your SCOR fam and engage with 'self care stations' including yoga, mindfulness meditation, crafting, henna and more! We will also facilitate open mic storytelling, and performance (spoken word, song, dance, etc) - so if you are interested in that please RSVP using the link!
    • Light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends and do you - no one is required to participate in every component offered in this event. We look forward to seeing you!
    • If you plan to take part in yoga, feel free to bring a yoga mat and make sure you dress accordingly.
    • Continuing our end of year tradition, we hope that you can join SCOR for the 3rd annual End of the Year Bar Crawl. During this event we will make our way from downtown Ann Arbor to central/south campus while stopping at a variety of bars and restaurants. Light Refreshments will be provided and water will be available in abundance, so mark your calendars and prepare your body for this exciting event.
    • Follow social media and the website for more information and an event flyer


INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER:
Below are the upcoming events and opportunities around Ann Arbor that you might be interested in for April. If an event interests you, just click on the link for more information!

Upcoming Conferences and Co-Sponsored Events
From the e-Board
Messages from Michigan:
Other events & opportunities on campus:
Prospective Events & opportunities in Ann Arbor:

Thanks Again for Reading and Hope You Join us For Some Much Needed Self-Care on Friday, 5:30pm, at Munger!