Add comment November 15, 2012
Add comment November 15, 2012
WHAT: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Informational Meeting
DATE: Monday, September 24, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Phillips Conference Room, 2nd Floor of Clark Administration Building (on the east side of Manzanita Lake)
SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at an accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
BENEFITS: Provides 3 years of support, $30,000 – $32,000 annual stipend, $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution, international research and professional development opportunities.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to any United States citizen, nationals or permanent resident of the United States who have adequate preparation to begin graduate study and research by Summer or Fall 2013, have completed no more than 12 months of full-time post-baccalaureate graduate-level studies as of August 1, 2012, and are interested in pursuing a masters and/or doctoral degree in the research-based fields of science and engineering.
Add comment September 21, 2012
Dr. Franco Biondi, Professor Department of Geography, was recently awarded a 3 year NSF grant (co-PI; Scotty Strachan), “Refinement of Historical Variability and the Baseline For Hydroclimatic Conditions Within the Walker Basin, Nevada/California: A Multi-Elevational Dendrochronological and Ecohydrological Approach.” He was also selected as a NOAA sponsored CIRES Visiting Fellow (http://cires.colorado.edu/collaboration/fellowships/) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His project is entitled “Using tree-ring records to quantify spatial and temporal patterns of dry and wet episodes.”
Dr. Thomas Albright, Assistant Professor Department of Geography, was recently awarded a 3 year NASA New Investigator award, (co-I; J Ewing-Taylor), “ Desert Birds in a Warming World: Characterizing thermal stress with daily Earth observation data in complex terrain.” Dr. Albright has also been awarded a grant by the Nevada NSF EPSCoR Curriculum Task Force, “Climate Solutions: Local to Global Perspectives.”
Associate Professor, Dr. Mary Peacock, Department of Biology, was recently awarded a USFWS contract, “Analyzing Movement Patterns and Population Genetic Structure of the Endangered Moapa Dace, Moapa coriacea.”
Add comment September 21, 2012
Greetings Grad Students,
A new semester is once again upon us, and the pile of papers you will need to read for your thesis/dissertation work is once again amassing. In order to help reduce the number of papers you will (likely) put off over the semester, I suggest attending and participating in the weekly Plant-Animal Interaction (PAInt) graduate reading group. This group was organized last year to connect graduate student researchers that are interested in studying and understanding ecological interactions via reading current primary literature. We try to keep the topics we discuss broad, in order to incorporate as many facets of interspecific interactions as possible. We also encourage participants to pick their own papers to read and discuss each week. Our casual meetings are held on Mondays at 5:30 pm close to campus at Pub’N'Sub (1000 Ralston Street). Discussion is accompanied by “free” (in anticipation of funding) pizza and beverages of your choice (not free). If you are interested in attending this group please email myself (Nick Pardikes: firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can add you to the email list. Hope to hear from some of you. Please pass this informoation on if you know of someone that did not receive this email.
Add comment August 29, 2012
As part of our mission, we wanted others to be aware of possible community outreach opportunities.
The Nevada Discovery Museum is looking for volunteers. They aim to inspire curiosity and creativity in children and their parents and educators through science, history, astronomy, farming and art. There will be a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, October 5th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to go over their educational philosophy (“why we do what we do”), volunteer opportunities, safety and security, emergency plans, and providing a building tour. If interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Darcy at <email@example.com> to RSVP for the volunteer orientation. For more information on the museum please visit the Nevada Discovery Museum website: http://www.nvdm.org/about/about_galleries.php.
Below is a list of potential volunteer opportunities associated with UNR’s Wildlife Society. There’s a wide range of activities to be involved in. If you are at all interested, please contact the event’s associated person to make further arrangements.
UNR Wildlife Society:
Sept 24th– With the Lahontan Audubon Society–Native seed collection in Washoe Valley (just south of Reno). It is from 9am to 12pm and lunch is provided. If any of you are seriously interested in this, please contact Anthony Bush at <firstname.lastname@example.org> ASAP because they need counts for how much food to provide.
Oct 1st– Tree planting in Heavenly along the Gondala line. Jeni Kawaratani is running this program and will have the details for anyone that is interested. Her email is <email@example.com>.
Oct 1-2– With NDOW and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU)–guzzler project in the Virginia Range (~12 miles east of town). It is not necessary to stay for both days since most of the work will be done on the 1st day, and a half day on the 2nd will finish anything off as necessary. This will be hard work, but is a great time and very rewarding. They provide lunches both days and a really great dinner the night of the first. There is a place to camp for those who want to stay for the second day, but it is not required. If anyone is seriously interested in helping, please contact Anthony Bush at <firstname.lastname@example.org> ASAP because they need counts for how much food to provide
Oct 16th– We will be helping out on the Truckee River Day doing clean up and small projects. Jade Keehn is the lead on this event and more information for those interested in this can contact her at <email@example.com>.
Nov 5th– this is a fundraising event but might be a good way to network as well. We are going to do the banquet for the Fallon Chapter of the Nevada Waterfowl Association. Basically we’ll be setting up, running silent auctions, running tickets during the live auction, clean up and anything else they need. If anyone is interested, please contact Anthony Bush at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
*The Wildlife Society is working with Animal Ark to do a community service volunteer day with them. Tasks will include whatever projects they need done and/or haven’t had the man power to get done.
Afterwards there will be a tour of the facility. They have everything from cheetahs to black bears to foxes to mountain lions etc. For more information contact Anthony Bush at <email@example.com>.
* The Wildlife Society is also involved with PhD Chris Nicolai who works with USFWS waterfowl. There are opportunities to go out and get involved in duck captures and banding operations. For more information, contact Anthony Bush <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Hope you all decide to get involved! Thank you!
EECB Outreach Committee
(Angela, Sarah and Andrea)
Add comment September 29, 2011
The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.
The 2012 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm proposer’s local time on November 9, 2011. Application instructions are available online at www.nsfsi.org<http://eastasiapacificprogram.cmail1.com/t/y/l/kiiruy/l/y>. For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi<http://eastasiapacificprogram.cmail1.com/t/y/l/kiiruy/l/j> or www.nsfsi.org<http://eastasiapacificprogram.cmail1.com/t/y/l/kiiruy/l/t>.
NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.
The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,400 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.
Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.
Add comment September 22, 2011
The following requests for proposals have been posted to Philanthropy News Digest:
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Accepting Applications for Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Projects Worldwide <http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=346600002>
Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for one year are available to support wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue, and conservation education projects worldwide….
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Posted: July 25, 2011
Add comment July 25, 2011
The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year post-doctoral fellowships enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern for the United States.
Each Fellow is mentored by both an academic sponsor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist, and a conservation practitioner who helps to connect the Fellow and her/his research to practical conservation challenges.
Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending orientation and training events. These offerings provide opportunities to cultivate professional networks and to gain better understanding of applied research needs. Fellows will participate as a group in three or more of these Program-sponsored meetings, conferences, or professional development events each year.
The Program especially encourages individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with pressing policy and management applications to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program eventually will assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.
The deadline for receipt of application materials is 16 September 2011. The Program expects to select four Fellows in January 2012 for appointments to start between March and September 2012. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $50,000, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets. For detailed proposal guidelines, please visit http://www.conbio.org/smithfellows/apply/. Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Coordinator, by emailing email@example.com.
Add comment July 12, 2011
Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) Graduate Group
University of Nevada, Reno
Student positions and committees (2011-2012)
(positions become effective July 1st of each year)
EECB Student President (1): Kevin Badik
Representatives to Faculty (2): Alyson Andreason & Melvin Bonilla
Colloquium logistics committee (3): Erik Blomberg, Sarah Karam, and Nick Pardikes
Colloquium nomination committee (4): Nick Pardikes, Chris Moore, Rachel Jones, Kevin Badik
New Student Orientation Committee (2): Angela Hornsby & Erik Blomberg
Ecolunch Coordinators (2): Leo Hernandez & Josh Jahner
LISTSERV and Paper Board Maintenance (2): Sabrina Morano & Cody Schroeder
Website committee (3)- Miles Becker, Joy Newton, Chris Moore
Peer-Review Group Coordinator (1): Kevin Burls
Outreach Coordinator (2): Angela Hornsby & Andrea Glassmire
1. Establish and maintain connections with community service and science education organizations (e.g., Upward Bound, TRIO)
2. Organize two outreach activities and encourage EECB student participation
GSA representative*: Chris Moore
Add comment May 6, 2011
Our speaker this week is Dr. Liba Pejchar from Colorado State University. After receiving her B.A. from Middlebury College (go panthers!), Liba went on to pursue a doctorate from U.C. Santa Cruz where her dissertation focused on the foraging, nesting and territorial behavior of an endemic Hawaiian honeycreeper, the Akiapolaau, in old growth forest and in young plantations on the Big Island. Liba was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology where she worked with Gretchen Daily, Paul Ehrlich and Peter Vitousek on the potential use of Acacia koa forestry as a tool for conservation on private land in Hawaii. From her website:
Areas of Interest:
My current research focuses on finding “win-win” opportunities to conserve and restore biodiversity on private lands while also sustaining the livelihoods of landowners. I am very interested in restoring “tree islands” on ranchland as a means of creating new habitat and enabling dispersal corridors for native birds. I am also studying the role of native fruit-eating birds in seed dispersal and native bees in pollination, both important ecosystem services for ecological restoration and human well-being.
The title of her talk this Thursday is: Hawaiian birds and forest restoration: the emerging role of ecosystem services
Here is a link to Liba’s website: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/~liba/index.html
There will be a reception at Bibo’s immediately following colloquium.
Add comment April 5, 2011