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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

Climate Models Conference - Deadline to Register Oct 10 - Free Registration for Grads

Hi all, 

Could you please share this with graduate students and faculty members in your area? 


This is a reminder that this Friday is the deadline to register for the upcoming Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, & Scientific Perspectives conference on Oct 24-26 in London. 

The full program is now available on the website for the conference.

A new, easy online registration is now online, and registration is free (but required) for undergraduate and graduate students. 

The deadline to register is this Friday, October 10, 2014. 

I hope you can join us, 


Rob Read
Administrative Assistant 
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
Stevenson Hall, Rm. 2150E
London, ON, Canada, N6A 5B8
e. robread@uwo.ca

p. 519.661.2111 x85740

Oct. 17 UM-SFI Conference Agenda

Annual UM-SFI Meeting
Special topic in honor of Rick Riolo
The Science and Practice of Computational Modeling 
October 17th
8:30am - 5:30 pm - lunch will be provided
Please RSVP here:  http://goo.gl/YTZNoJ

This year's annual UM-SFI meeting will be held in honor of Rick Riolo. Rick, as you all know, has been a central person in CSCS for more than three decades, and much of his research has been in the area of interdisciplinary modeling.  The core faculty of CSCS thought it appropriate to organize this year's conference on a theme that's at the core of so much of Rick's research: what's a good computational model?  The conference will include panels on small models used to drive insights, models linked to data, and large, more realistic models, as well as a discussion on the philosophy of modeling. 

The current list of speakers includes Jim Wilson, Elizabeth Bruch, Robert Savit, Jim Johnson, David Strang, Ravi Bhavnani, William Rand, Ross Hammond, Carl Simon, Patrick Grim and Bob Axelrod.

UM-SFI is an annual meeting co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan and the Sante Fe Institute

Career Process Groups for Ph.D. Students Interested in Non-academic Options

Are you a Ph.D. student considering alternatives to academic career options? Are you exploring possibilities or active in your non-academic job search?  

The Career Center is excited to invite you to participate in our newly created Get Up and Go Groups, exclusively for Ph.D. students exploring or seeking non-academic options.

Take a look at our enclosed information to learn more Get Up and Go. If you are interested in joining, please email amyhoag@umich.edu.  Space is limited.

Thursday, October 9

Call for Applications: Jean Monnet Fellowship (due 12/1)

2015 Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014 by 5:00 PM

The Center for European Studies and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering students summer grants of $5,000 to work on issues of European integration, broadly defined as the contemporary and historical processes of integration visible in European society and culture. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing.

It is expected that during the spring and/or summer of 2015 the grantees, in consultation with their faculty advisor(s), will devote at least twelve weeks of full-time work to their projects. This is not a travel grant.

2015 fellows will be strongly encouraged to attend the European Studies Proseminar (EURO 600) in Winter 2015 or Winter 2016; and to contribute to selected outreach activities organized by CES at local high schools, colleges, and universities.

Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. The fellowship is limited to returning students; students in the last year of terminal degree programs are not eligible.

Applicants should submit the 2015 Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship Application (available at www.ii.umich.edu/ces) and a 2-3 page proposal describing the project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, and anticipated scholarly contribution. They should also indicate the period in which they will be conducting full-time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s advisor), a current transcript (or permission for CES to electronically access it), and current CV should accompany the proposal.

Application materials in electronic form are to be submitted by December 1, 2014 to Julie Burnett, CES Academic Services Coordinator, at ces.fellowships@umich.edu.

For further information please contact Julie Burnett at ces.fellowships@umich.edu.

Julie Claus Burnett
Academic Services Coordinator
Armenian Studies Program
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Center for European Studies
Copernicus Program in Polish Studies
Islamic Studies Program
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
University of Michigan

Friday, October 3

postdoc fellowship for collections research

This might be a great opportunity for our senior PhD students planning a postdoc involving collections-based research: 


Patricia J. Wittkopp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Office: 1059 Kraus Natural Science Building
Lab: 1061 Kraus Natural Science Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
tel: 734.763.1548 (office); 734.647.5483 (lab)

Thursday, October 2

Open Assistant Professor position in Vector Biology

Dear Department Chairs/Directors,

Please see the attached position announcement for an Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist in the area of Vector Biology at the University of California, Riverside. Encourage all whom you think are qualified to apply. Also feel free to send the advertisement around to any individual or unit you feel is appropriate. Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Alec Gerry, chair of the search committee, at alec.gerry@ucr.edu.

Thank you for your time.

CamThi Nguyen  
Assistant to Search Committee Chair

Wednesday, October 1

Upcoming Rackham Fellowship Deadlines

Lurcy Fellowship for Study in France
The Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust seeks to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and France.    Eligible students must be  US citizens or permanent residents.     The deadline is October 9, 2014.

Shapiro/Malik/Forest Awards
Full-time students in any Rackham program may apply.  Students must have completed one full term before the fellowship deadline.   Awards are intended to assist with interest charges accruing on education loans.   Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents and students may apply more than once.   The deadline is October 9, 2014.

lecture by Jay Kelley

You are invited to attend a talk given by distinguished paleoanthropologist Dr. 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)

Tuesday, September 30

Job searches at MSU

Dear Colleagues
>We are running 2 concurrent job searches this year at Michigan State
>First, we are conducting a search for an evolutionary
>developmental biologist. The ad has now been approved and posted on the
>HR website at MSU. I'm attaching a copy; the ad is also available on the
>department website at
>Second, we hope to fill a position in quantitative evolutionary biology
>or ecology. This position has not yet been assigned a job posting
>number, but the position has been approved so that will happen within the
>next few days. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the search
>committee chair (Dr Fred Dyer) next week at eebbsrch@msu.edu to get the
>posting number.
>Thanks very much.
>Kay Holekamp
>Dr. Kay E. Holekamp, PhD
>University Distinguished Professor
>Director, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior
>203 Natural Sciences
>Department of Zoology
>288 Farm Lane
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing, MI, 48824-1115
>Tel: 517-432-3691 Fax: 517-432-2789

Events for Prospective Graduate Students at School of Information

Dear Jane,
Greetings from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI)!

At UMSI, we create and share knowledge so that people will use information -- with technology -- to build a better world.   Students interested in a graduate degree can receive a Ph.D. in Information, a Master of Science in Information, or a Master of Health Informatics (a joint program with the School of Public Health).

With a 99% job placement rate, UMSI students are prepared for impactful jobs in many industries (see https://si.umich.edu/careers/si-salaries for more information).

Want to learn more or know someone who does?

Come to Connect with UMSI, informative sessions for prospective Master's and PhD students:
· Thursday, October 16 (5:30-7:45 p.m.): learn about academic programs, admissions, funding, and career development in a shorter version of our Saturday event
· Saturday, October 18 (1:30-5:00 p.m.): engage with faculty and current students and learn in-depth about academic programs, admissions, funding, and career development
Both Connect with UMSI events will be held in Palmer Commons in Ann Arbor, MI, just a short walk away from North Quad, where UMSI classes are held.  Click here for more information and to RSVP: https://www.si.umich.edu/academics/connect-umsi.  Prospective students are welcome at one or both sessions depending on availability and interest in the program.
Students interested in the Master of Health Informatics, a joint program with the School of Public Health, are invited to MHI Prospective Student DaySaturday, November 8 (1:00-5:00 p.m.and can learn more and register here: http://healthinformatics.umich.edu/events/mhi-prospective-student-day.  MHI Prospective Student Day will be held in North Quad in Ann Arbor, MI.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

Alissa Talley-Pixley
Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator
University of Michigan School of Information