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Wednesday, November 12

Call for Nominations - 11th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium

Ecosystems within organisms: Ecology and evolution of the microbiome

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan invites nominations of outstanding scientists early in their careers to participate in an exciting international symposium about the ecological and evolutionary processes of the microbiome. The symposium events will take place from 27–29 March 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Seven early career scientists, alongside two keynote speakers, will be selected to present their work and to participate in panel discussions. We welcome nominations of early career scientists who are studying ecosystems within organisms. Potential topics include the role of the microbiome in disease processes, micro-evolution, or development, meta-community theory in host-associated communities, multi-host multi-parasite systems, and eco-immunology. The research focus can range from bacteria to metazoans and from fitness effects on host organisms or their microbiota to the downstream effects of microbiomes on ecosystems. We are interested in scientists with diverse expertise (including anthropology, medicine, veterinary medicine, oceanography, geobiology, virology, computer science, philosophy of science).

Early career scientists are considered senior graduate students (who stand to receive their Ph.D. within one year), postdoctoral researchers, and first- or second-year faculty. A colleague or advisor must provide the nomination.

The nomination consists of a brief letter of recommendation addressing the nominee’s scientific promise and ability to give a compelling talk, the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and a brief abstract of the proposed presentation (< 200 words, written by the nominee). Nominations may be sent electronically (in one file, please) to eeb-ecss-nomination@umich.edu using the nominee’s name as the subject line (last name first). More information is available at http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/ecss/.

Review of nominations will begin on December 15, 2014.

Selected participants will be contacted by January 6, 2015, and will have all expenses covered
(registration, travel and accommodation). An official announcement of the slate of speakers will be issued soon thereafter.

For more information, contact Cindy Carl at cacarl@umich.edu.

The 2015 Early Career Scientists Symposium scientific committee includes:
Tim James (chair)
Chelsea Wood
Kevin Theis
Marian Schmidt
Thomas Jenkinson
Cindy Carl

The University of Michigan EEB website is http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/

Monday, November 10

Dissertation Writing Groups - Winter 2015

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

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

Applications must be emailed to Laura Schuyler at schuyler@umich.edu by Friday, December 5, 2014.  Groups will start meeting in mid-January.

Friday, November 7

World By Charlie: Charlie Engelman’s Museum Adventure, from iPhone Cinematographer to National Geographic Explorer

Charles Engelman, Undergraduate (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major / Museum Studies Minor)
In May 2013 Charlie Engelman arrived at the historic DuPont family estate in Winterthur, Delaware to begin his summer as a horticultural intern. Exploring the grounds on his first day, he found a frog. This was a spectacular frog. Charlie didn’t know it at the time, but this frog would change everything. It would star in his first YouTube video, which blossomed into a YouTube series. More videos about honeybees and pond slime balls evolved into an honors thesis. Then came videos on birding, flesh eating beetles, squirrels, and an offer for a sponsored YouTube show. Next came deadlines, subscribers, news articles, an application, and a $50,000 grant from National Geographic Television.

Charlie is a U of M senior, passionate about integrating all of his interests into spectacularly fun projects. His story is a mash-up of science, performing arts, production, and museums. During this event, you will hear how it all happened. He’ll share his experiences with video editing, science writing, pitching YouTube shows, the world’s largest tic-tac-toe board, and how this all relates to museums. You will also get a sneak peek into his upcoming film series with National Geographic Television, and learn how to make some pretty epically creative pancakes. Please join us. It’s going to be an absolute blast.

Friday, November 14 at 12:00 pm, UM Museum of Art Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Future of Organic and Sustainable Medicine"

Drake Sadler, Chairman of Traditional Medicinals, and his wife Nioma will deliver a public lecture entitled, “The Future of Organic and Sustainable Medicine.” The talk will take place next Thursday, 11/13, at 10:00 a.m. in Forum Hall, Palmer Commons. 

In this talk, the Sadlers will walk through a case study in the sustainable sourcing of medicine. They will discuss the agricultural improvements that were necessary, the impact on cost of goods, and the community investments the company made.

The Sadlers are also delivering a lecture at 2:00 p.m. the same day, entitled, “Back to the Future: Global Healing with Plant-Based Medicines,” as well as one at 4:00 p.m. entitled, “Business as a Vehicle for Social Change.”

Thursday, November 6

AWIS Mentoring Coffee Hour

Enjoy bagels and coffee during our November peer mentoring event!
When: Thursday Nov. 13th 
Where: West Conference Rm (4th Floor Rackham)
Time: 11:30 to 12:30 pm

Past group discussions have covered the following topics:

1. advice on how to find an appropriate mentor
2. advice to those whose mentors are not providing expected support
3. advice to those seeking a non-traditional career in science
4. advice on seeking work/life balance.

Hope to see you there!

Complex Systems - Seminar with Bryan Daniels

"Finding the right level of abstraction in heterogeneous collective systems"

Bryan Daniels
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12:00 noon
411 West Hall


Wednesday, November 5

Services for Students with Disabilities

In recognition of National ADHD Awareness Week
Thursday, November 06, 2014, 12:00 to 1:30 P.M.
Rackham Graduate School, Auditorium, 915 East Washington St.
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This event is free and open to students, staff, faculty and the community

A Concert-Style Journey into the Heart of the ADHD Experience

Jerry Mills is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, storyteller and live-wired
educator.  He will shake you up, get you involved, make you laugh and leave you changed.

Jerry Mills is an adult with ADHD who travels worldwide sharing what the Chicago Tribune calls
"...an intensely personal look at the challenges and choices we all face."  Since his diagnosis, he has shared his personal and unique concert-style presentation with hundreds of professionals and community members from all walks of life: from Liverpool to London, Singapore to Hong Kong, Sydney to Melbourne and all across North America. (www.jerrymills.com)

Blending humor, authenticity, and original songwriting with his poignant personal stories, heartwarming insights, and visual media, Jerry is always a hit. He has produced several audio recordings including Urgent Reply, The Real You, and his newest release, Lifeline.

Come to gain and share insights about how to meet the challenges of ADHD. Questions, answers and refreshments follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Geraldine Markel, PhD, at geri@managingyourmind.com

Sponsored by: The University of Michigan: Office of Services for Students with Disabilities;
Rackham Graduate School; School of Information; Neuropsychology Section, Department of Psychiatry;
Office of Student Services and Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Dentistry;
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS); The Methylphenidate and ADHD Study;
 University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy;
Washtenaw County CHADD Group (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD);
The Kadden Family

This presentation is part of the National ADHD Awareness Week 2014.
National Sponsors: ADDA, CHADD, ACO, & ADDitude Magazine

Tuesday, October 28

Biology Faculty Opening

Faculty, Biology Professor

Description: Full-time, tenure-track rank open. The main responsibility is teaching undergraduates. Other responsibilities include conducting research with students, mentoring, advising, recruiting, committee service, and additional duties as assigned. The biology department has traditional, environmental, and secondary education biology degree options and intentionally uses active learning to engage students.
Qualifications: A doctoral degree in biology or related field with preference toward ecology or environmental biology. Commitment to teaching and service in the context of a Christian liberal arts college is essential. A creative approach to innovation and program development highly desired.
Rank/Salary: Negotiable.
Beginning Date: August 2015.
To Apply: Candidates are requested to submit the following: 1) letter of application; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts (unofficial accepted for initial review); 4) a list of 3-5 references that can be contacted; 5) a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy; 6) a plan of future research; and 7) other pertinent materials. Send application material (email preferred) to:
emilyo@tabor.edu or by mail to Tabor College, Emily Olson, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Biology Professor Search Committee, 400 S. Jefferson, Hillsboro, KS 67063.
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.
Tabor College is a Christian liberal arts institution with a mission to prepare people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and his kingdom. The successful candidate must be in agreement with the mission of Tabor College.
Women and Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tabor College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Tabor College is permitted, and reserves the right, to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended).

Monday, October 27

SEM Workshop at Kellogg Biological Station Nov. 15th

Hi All,

Dr. Jim Grace will be leading a workshop on Structural Equation Modeling at KBS on Saturday Nov 15th from 9am to 4pm. The workshop is designed for graduate students and postdocs in ecology who wish to apply these techniques to their own research. The course will have a conceptual focus, but will also include an overview of R-based analytical tools.

Dr. Grace will also be giving a seminar on Friday morning, with a reception that evening. Anyone who wishes to attend the Friday events as well as the Saturday workshop can reserve housing at KBS for $20. Lunch will be provided for workshop attendees.

Please register by Nov. 8th, space is limited to 40 participants.

All inquiries should be sent to semworkshop2014@gmail.com


Friday, October 24

Student Org. Office Space Applications Now Available

Student Org. Office Space Applications Now Available

Student organizations can now apply for office space in the Michigan Union, Michigan League, Pierpont Commons, and Trotter Multicultural Center to have space from fall 2015 through winter 2017. Space applications are reviewed by the student-led Office Space Allocation Committee (OSAC).

Office space applications are available here: maizepages.umich.edu/form/start/36785


October 15, 2014: Office space applications will be available online
January 16, 2015: Applications are due by 5pm
March 20, 2015: Allocation decisions will be posted
March 27, 2015: Written appeals are due by 5pm
April 3, 2015: Appeals will be heard
April 20, 2015: Final allocation list will be posted

For more information visit: http://campusinvolvement.umich.edu/content/office-space-allocation-committee-osac

Thursday, October 23

ESA SEEDSNouncement

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America

The SEEDS program is gearing up for the Ecological Society of America’s Centennial Celebration – 100 years of ecological science!  Because of this once in a lifetime event, we would like our SEEDS Chapters to be at the forefront of our programming during the centennial meeting.  In this edition of SEEDSNouncements we make a call to ALL of our 90 SEEDS Chapters across the United States and share a few cool activities for your Chapter this academic year!  

SEEDS Chapters:  Chapter Grants

SEEDS Chapter Grants are available to provide support for our community and allow students to develop their ideas and turn them into reality.  Whether it’s used for promotional materials, organizing a Field Trip, workshop or a Chapter research project – the SEEDS Chapter Grants can help you get you there. 
This year we are happy to announce that we have $3000 in grants for SEEDS Chapters! We will be accepting proposals for funding between $300 and $1000. Time and funds are limited so please act now.  To be eligible, you must have submitted your SEEDS Chapter Annual Report and be an active chapter with regular meetings. All grant proposals should be submitted by the chapter President and with the signature of the Chapter faculty adviser. Proposals are due by November 30, 2014.  Priority will be given to chapters who have not received grant support from SEEDS in the past year.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Fred Abbott atseeds@esa.org or call 202-833-8773.

100th ESA Annual Meeting – Send us your IDEAS!

In 2015 the Ecological Society of America will be celebrating its centennial and we are asking our community and our SEEDS Chapters to nominate ideas for the SEEDS program to celebrate this special event.  At the centennial meeting, the SEEDS program will be celebrating 19 years since it was established and with over 600 students directly served by the program and thousands more through our Chapter network we aim to highlight our program and our students many achievements.
The SEEDS staff would like YOU to send us your suggestions for events and activities for the big ESA Centennial Celebration. To send us your suggestions please visit: ESA-SEEDS Centennial Celebration and submit your IDEAS!
Here are a few ideas from interns and staff to spark your imagination:
  • Posters highlighting individual SEEDS student’s accomplishments.
  • A timeline with our entire SEEDS program adventures – Field Trips, Leadership Meetings and ESA Annual Meetings for the past 16 years!
  • A table in the exhibit hall that students and volunteers can buy and make their own seed bombs.

SEEDS Chapters: Raise funds to attend the ESA Centennial Meeting next year!
The SEEDS program has raised funds to bring about 30 students each year to the ESA Annual Meeting.  For the BIG Centennial Celebration in Baltimore, we would like to break the record! We invite Chapters to raise funds to send students to the meeting and include them in the SEEDS programming.  Through sponsorships and fundraising opportunities like food sales, movie nights, local field trips and other fun activities, we hope to see many more of our Chapter members to celebrate the big 100!!  
For more information about costs of participating at the ESA meeting, please visit our ESA Annual Meeting Packages page.  If you have any questions, please email us at seeds@esa.org

Best wishes,

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Tuesday, October 21

MORE Mentoring Plan Workshop is Friday November 7, 2014

Dear Faculty Colleagues and Rackham Ph.D. Students:
Rackham and its Mentoring Committee, MORE, are sponsoring a Mentoring Plan Workshop. A mentoring plan is a two-way agreement about needs and expectations written by a faculty research mentor and a graduate student mentee. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships as the student progresses toward degree completion. The workshop will be held on Friday November 7th, 10:30-12:30 in the Rackham Assembly Hall.
The goal of the Mentoring Plan Workshop is to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor/advisor (i.e., faculty mentor). The workshop begins from the understanding that the process of working together across different levels of academic experience, as well as differences in personal backgrounds, work styles, and life experiences, is often challenging. Although some aspects of their work together may go very smoothly and easily, there may be other aspects that are uncomfortable or awkward, and could be improved. Students and faculty will have an opportunity, in the context of this workshop, to develop a Mentoring Plan for the successful completion of their graduate program.
Prior to the workshop both faculty and student participants will be asked to complete a brief pre-survey on mentoring. During the workshop, each faculty mentor-student team will create a plan that promotes the student’s academic and professional success – the Mentoring Plan. After the workshop, both may begin implementing the plan and will be sent a post-survey shortly after the workshop and will be sent a second follow-up survey 6 months following the workshop. Information about the pre- and post-workshop surveys will be sent to participants after registration.
Because this program is aimed at the faculty mentor-student working relationship, mentors and students should attend the workshop together. (If a faculty mentor has previously attended, he/she may opt to attend only the mentor-student team meeting time to develop the Mentoring Plan.) Registration is required of both the student and faculty mentor, and we are particularly interested in offering this opportunity to student-faculty pairs at the beginning of their mentoring relationship. We are encouraging Rackham students who could benefit from this workshop to participate with their faculty mentors.
Both faculty mentor and student must register here:

Workshop Schedule for November 7, 2014 in Rackham Assembly Hall  
10:30 am - 11:00 am, Welcome & Introduction
11:00 am – 11:45 am, Small Group Breakout Sessions: (Separate for Mentors and Students)
11:45 am – 12:00 pm, Reassemble for discussion of mentoring plans.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm, Time for one-on-one work on mentoring plans.  (Lunch is available.)

For more information, please contact Larry Rowley at 734-647-4566 or llrowley@umich.edu.

Larry L. Rowley, Ph.D.
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Department of Afroamerican & African Studies
University of Michigan
1566 Rackham Building,  915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1070
 (734) 647-4566 Rackham (734) 764-9398 DAAS 

Monday, October 20

Exploring Academic Careers: Both Tenure & Non-Tenure

Seeking a careers in a university setting? 
Whether you are considering the tenured or non-tenured route, Rackham has two career exploration workshops coming up that may be of interest for you. 

October 22 at 10:30 am, Assembly Hall, Rackham
Hear from Ph.D.s who work in a variety of non-tenure track academic positions such as faculty development, academic advising, and institutional research.  You will learn how the roles are defined, required skills and methods for preparing for them.  At 12 noon, following the panel you are invited to join us for lunch where you will have the opportunity to informally interact and network with the panelists.

November 4 at 1:00 pm, East Conference Room, Rackham
Rackham is hosting a unique session for those who are considering academic leadership. This is an opportunity to gain insights into the world of academic leadership through the eyes current of U-M deans and directors. The participants and panelists will work together on an “Inbox Exercise” that is used in new dean and director leadership training to gain an understanding of the nature of the roles. There will also be a facilitated discussion on the skills needed and the variety of career paths that lead to leadership positions in academic institutions.   

I invite you to join us at these sessions to gain some vicarious insights into academic roles.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.  Hope to see you there!  

Friday, October 17

TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials workshops on October 29 and November 3, 2014

CEW and TIAA-CREF have partnered to offer financial education workshops on October 29 and November 3, 2014!!

TIAA-CREF has more than 95 years of experience helping people save and invest. They are proud to share that knowledge with University of Michigan faculty and staff in the form of fun, interactive and informative workshops.

Here are three workshops that are being offered at the Ann Arbor campus in October and November 2014. You are welcome to invite a colleague who may also want to attend, however pre-registration is requested.

A. Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement (Live Webinar)
   * Learn the basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts
   * Gain perspective on when to tap into different assets
   * Discover the flexible income choices TIAA-CREF offers

1. Wednesday, October. 29, 1- 2:00 p.m., Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North 4th Floor (A boxed lunch will be provided)
2. Monday, November 3, 4-5:00 p.m., Johnson Room, College of Engineering Lurie Building (Snacks will be provided)

Click on this link to register for either session: http://www.tiaa-cref.org/public/ns/um_cew_paying_yourself_0914.html

B. Money at Work1: Foundations of Investing
    Monday, November 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 p.m. Johnson Room, College of Engineering Lurie Building
    (A boxed lunch will be provided.)

Click on this link to register:  http://www.tiaa-cref.org/public/ns/um_cew_money_work1_0914.htm

CEW is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the education and career development of women and their families.  Join us during the fall semester for these exciting special events and workshops. To register for these and other upcoming events, please visit the CEW website (www.cew.umich.edu).

UPCH Field School of Life Sciences 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to introduce the UPCH Field School of Life Sciences 2015! This program  allows international students to study and acquire research and field experience through one of 6 wonderful short-term Summer courses in Peru. These courses have been developed by the most recognized professors from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the most prestigious Peruvian university dedicated to the biomedical sciences, with a longstanding history of successful alumni who have excelled in their fields.

Course coordinators and instructors will make extensive use of the “natural classroom”. Each course will employ a variety of strategies and teaching tools in the field, enriching and facilitating the educational learning experience of participants.

The courses involve hands on field instruction, and students are typically required to complete a small field project. Class sizes are small and enrollment in each course is limited. This provides students the opportunity of having high-level interactions with the course professors and researchers.

Courses are intensive and span from 2 weeks to one month in length. With all courses held in English (except for the Medical Spanish and Community Medicine Service Learning in Peru course which requires a B2 Spanish level), Spanish language is suggested but not required.

Our 6 courses for 2015 are:
Ecology & Conservation of Marine Mammals of the Humboldt Upwelling Ecosystem. 
August 3-13, 2015

Medical Spanish and Community Medicine Service Learning in Peru.
June 29-July 24, 2015.
Natural History of the Peruvian Tropical Coastal Marine System.
July 20-August 8, 2015.
Multidisciplinary Research on Medicinal Plants in Peru.
August 3-21, 2015.
Biology Conservation Techniques of Parrots and Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon.
January 19-February 6, 2015
June 29-July 17, 2015
Global Health, Public Health and Medical Spanish.
June 22-July 17, 2015.
Registration is now open! 

Registrations made before December 10, 2014, will receive an APPLICATON FEE WAIVER  (USD$150)
Please find more information visiting our website:
and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upchfieldschool

We would appreciate it enormously if you could pass on this information to colleagues and students who may be interested, and of course hope you join us in this exciting and fulfilling experience!!

Claudia Castillo Cantelli
UPCH Field School of Life Sciences
Av. Armendáriz 445
Miraflores, Lima 18, PERU
Phone: +51 1 6269400

Monday, October 13

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Information Session

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Information Session 

Come to an information session to learn about USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships that send students to apply their expertise in developing countries.  The presentation will be conducted by one of the program's USAID representatives.

Who Should Attend:
  • All graduate students interested in opportunities to do development focused research overseas -- any discipline is welcome!
  • Current NSF Graduate Research Fellows
  • Interested advisors and faculty.
When:  Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where:  Rackham Building, Common Room, Lower Level

Pizza will be served!  Please register so that we can confirm numbers.

Smith Lecture Friday October 17 at 3:00pm

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is Jung-Fu Lin, University of Texas.  He is speaking on Geophysical and Geochemical Consequences of the Spin Transitions of Iron in Earth’s Deep Mantle.  Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, in Room 1528 C.C. Little Building.  A reception is held following the lecture in 2540 C.C. Little. The events are free and open to the public.  A full schedule for the term may be found on our website:

Best regards, -Anne

Anne Hudon
Academic Student Services
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan


Based on a pyrolitic compositional model, the lower mantle is mainly made of ferropericlase, brigmanite (aluminous silicate perovskite), and calcium perovskite. Silicate perovskite transforms into silicate post-perovskite structure just above the core-mantle region, the D" layer. The existence of iron in the lower-mantle minerals can affect a broad spectrum of the minerals’ physical and chemical properties. In this presentation, I will address recent results and current understanding on the pressure-induced electronic spin-pairing transitions of iron and their associated effects on physical properties of host phases in lower-mantle minerals. The spin crossover of Fe2+ in ferropericlase occurs over a wide pressure-temperature range extending from the middle part to the lower part of the lower mantle. Furthermore, a high-spin to low-spin transition of Fe3+ in the octahedral site of perovskite occurs at pressures of 15-50 GPa. In post-perovskite the octahedral-site Fe3+ remains in the low-spin state at the pressure conditions of the lowermost mantle. These changes in the spin and valence states of iron as a function of pressure and temperature have been reported to affect physical, chemical, rheological, transport properties of the lower-mantle minerals. These effects of the spin transition can thus significantly consequences our understanding of the geophsyics and geochemistry of the deep Earth. I will present and evaluate the consequences of the transitions in terms of their implications to deep-Earth seismology, geochemistry, and geodynamics.

The electrons of ferrous and ferric iron ions that occupy some of the lattice sites in mantle minerals become slightly polarized in the presence of the Earth’s magnetic field. Using recent deep-Earth geophysics and geochemistry results, a model of the polarized electron spin density within the Earth has been developed to examine possible long-range spin-spin interactions between these spin-polarized geoelectrons and the spin-polarized electrons in recent particle physics experiments. Such information might eventually help reconcile seismic observations and mineral physics data with geochemical models.

Friday, October 10

lecture by Jay Kelley

You are invited to attend a talk given by distinguished paleoanthropologistDr. Jay Kelley*:

"Variation in dental development and life history in Pan"

Where: West Hall, Room 411
When: Monday, October 13 at 3 pm

*Dr. Kelley is well known for his systematic work on Eurasian and African Miocene hominoids, as well as for reconstructing the life history patterns of these fossil taxa using modern hominoid patterns of dental development.  In this talk he will discuss his recent collaborative work with Gary Schwartz and Tanya Smith investigating first molar emergence in relation to life history in West and East African chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes verus and P. t. schweinfurthii.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Kelley during his visit, please contact Laura MacLatchy (maclatch@umich.edu)

NECSI Winter School 2015: Early Registration Open

Please forward this notice to your department email list for students, postdocs, and faculty.  If this request should be directed to someone else in your department, please let us know.  Thank you.

January 5-16, 2015
NECSI Winter School
Early Registration Open
January 5-9: Complex Physical, Biological & Social Systems
January 11: Computer Programming and Complex Systems
January 12-16: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA


These courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of complex systems for application to research in their respective fields, or as a basis for pursuing complex systems research.

The winter school offers two intensive week-long courses. The courses consist of lectures, discussions, and supervised group projects. Though the second week builds on material covered in the previous week, one is not a prerequisite for the other. You may register for either or both weeks. If desired, arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.

See course descriptions below or online at:


WEEK ONE CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Dates: January 5-9, 2015

This course offers an introduction to the essential concepts of complex systems and related mathematical methods and simulation strategies with application to physical, biological and social systems. The course will particularly focus on the use of multiscale representations as a unifying approach to complex systems concepts, methods and applications.

Concepts to be discussed include: emergence, complexity, networks, self-organization, pattern formation, evolution, adaptation, fractals, chaos, cooperation, competition, attractors, interdependence, scaling, dynamic response, information, and function.

Methods to be discussed include: statistical methods, cellular automata, agent-based modeling, pattern recognition, system representation and informatics.


LAB CX102: Computer Programming and Complex

Systems Date: January 11, 2015

This course introduces computer programming in the Python language for those with little or no computer programming experience. It is designed as a precursor to CX202.

The course will present programming concepts and hands-on exercises. Topics to be covered include: data structures, algorithms, variables and assignments, numerical and logical operations, lists and dictionaries, user-defined functions, flow control, loops, and visualization.


WEEK TWO CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Dates: January 12-16, 2015

This course provides (a) an introduction to building models of complex systems (physical, biological, social and engineered), and (b) the study of networks, including topologies and dynamics of real world networks.

The course will cover the basic construction and analysis of models including identifying what is to be modeled, constructing a mathematical representation, analysis
tools and implementing and simulating the model in a computer program. Particular attention will be paid to choosing the right level of detail for the model, testing its robustness, and discussing which questions a given model can or cannot answer.

The study of networks will introduce the use of network topologies and the characterization of networks describing complex systems, including such concepts as small worlds, degree distribution, diameter, clustering coefficient, modules, and motifs. Different types of network topologies and network behaviors that model aspects of real complex systems will be described including: modular, sparse, random, scale-free, influence, transport, transformation, and structure.

NOTE: Students without a background in programming are strongly recommended to attend CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems in conjunction with CX202.


Comments from previous students:

Excellent course...useful thematic overview... applications in diverse contexts were exciting. Particularly appreciated the group project - excellent experiential pedagogy.

The course was an eye-opening framework to analyze my work through a different lens.

Presentations were extremely useful for me in understanding how to begin modeling complex systems and assessing them. Helped me understand a lot of things I have been doing so far without clearly understanding the principles.

This class very much stretched my mind to apply the ideas of complexity to the world... I believe I learned more on a grander scale... will help enrich my vocabulary and the way of thinking in the world with respect to complexity.

Excellent class. I hope to take a more active role in the community.

This course contained more insight than any other 'complexity' themed course that I have taken.

For more information and registration, visit: http://necsi.edu/education/school.html

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