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Xi Sigma Pi Tour de Labs, Tuesday November 7th 3-4:30pm, Anderson 207


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October 27, 2017 · 12:48 pm

Paid Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Undergraduates

Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

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Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Washington to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science (DEOHS). Student researchers will be eligible for up to 2 years of funding, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

·       The application (including instructions and eligibility information) can be found online here: https:/

·       Learn more about our SURE-EH on our website:

·       Application deadline:  Sunday, November 5, 2017

We are currently look for two (2) students to work on the following research projects:

Project # 1: Evaluation of weather communication approaches as part of a heat alert system for agricultural supervisors.

We have an opening for an undergraduate student to assist on a research project focused on the prevention of adverse heat related illness in agricultural workers.

This project will test the relative benefits of different weather forecast formats, comparing decisions made with and without uncertainty and other parameters.  The student will work in collaboration with the research team, PI, and collaborators in UW Psychology to: help design a study, enroll participants in computerized experiments, analyze data, and – with collaborators at Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet weather station program – assist in incorporating the findings from this work into a heat alert system for agricultural supervisors.

Note: Experiments and analysis would likely occur during academic year ’17-18, and activities that translate findings into the practice would likely occur during ’18-19.

Desired qualifications: Undergraduate at junior level with completed coursework, and/or interest in psychology, meteorology, and/or public health.  Planned or completed introductory coursework in bio/statistics. Experience using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word and conducting literature searches.

Project # 2: Measuring chemical markers in air and dust to improve understanding of people’s exposure to diesel exhaust.

We have an opening for an undergraduate student to assist with research projects intended to improve our understanding of people’s exposure to diesel exhaust.  We will be measuring chemical markers of diesel exhaust in air and dust samples and by biomonitoring individuals within communities that have varying levels of traffic-related air pollution. The student would work in our lab under supervision of a research scientist to help develop and/or improve our analytical methods and analyze samples collected by collaborators in California.  The overall goals of the project are: 1) to compare exposures in communities that are heavily impacted with lesser impacted communities, 2) compare levels in child-parent pairs to understand exposure patterns across age groups, 3) examine the robustness of measuring air/dust samples compared with biomonitoring, and 4) evaluate the effectiveness of California’s diesel regulations.

Desired qualifications: Undergraduate at junior level with completed course work in chemistry.  Interest in public health research.

Questions? Please contact

SURE EH_Fall Position Announcement_101717.pdf

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UW Geography colloquium

 Dr. Flower is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department at Western Washington University. She uses dendrochronology, GIS, and quantitative methods to study the role of climatic variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances in shaping forest ecosystem dynamics. 


Fires and Insect Outbreaks:

What Can Tree Rings Tell Us About Synergy Between Forest Disturbances?

The assumption that insect outbreaks increase the risk of subsequent wildfires is a commonly invoked narrative and is often used in justifications for more intensive forest management practices. However, little is actually known about the potential synergisms between these natural disturbances. Assessing inter-disturbance synergism is challenging due to the short length of historical records and the confounding influences of land use practices, such as fire exclusion and logging, and climatic changes on natural disturbance dynamics. To explore the long-term validity of this assumption, I used dendrochronological methods to reconstruct multiple centuries of disturbance events and assessed the relationship between disturbances, climate, and  changes in land-use practices.

You may sign up here if you would like a 1:1 meeting, or to join the brown bag lunch or dinner.

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Call for Proposals, Oct. 27th – Scholars’ Studio – Disrupt Theme

Scholars’ Studio Call for Proposals: 5 Reasons to Present Your Research This Fall 
The theme for fall quarter is Disrupt.
All graduate students across tri-campus can submit a proposal by Friday, October 27
Event is Thursday, November 16, Research Commons, UW Seattle
Send questions to

1. Demonstrate your expertise in a concise manner without jargon
2. Practice public speaking and visual presentation skills
3. Receive inter-disciplinary feedback to strengthen your work
4. Adaptable for a future job talk or elevator speech in industry
5. Can be included on your CV or resume

The theme this quarter is Disrupt. Do you research disruptions? What do you disrupt? Need proposal ideas? Chemical pathways, atmospheric systems, oppressions, behaviors, cancer progressions, norms, historical narratives, pollutants, design, aesthetics, expectations, sequences, business as usual, political process, weather, patterns, toxins, media, power structures, binaries, borders.

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and Core Programs in the Graduate School, Scholars’ Studio is a quarterly event featuring up to 10 short presentations (5 minutes each) by UW graduate students and postdocs. Each quarter we invite proposals for talks on a theme, in order to encourage the cross-disciplinary sharing of research.  The event is fast paced and fun.  It includes a Q&A with presenters, and a reception. Presenters receive feedback on their presentations through feedback forms distributed to audience members. Scholars’ Studio is an excellent opportunity for grad students looking to make connections and build presentation skills.

Proposal Submission Form:

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Tenure Track Position – LSU Renewable Natural Resources – Assistant / Associate Professor – Forest Ecophysiologist and Climate

D. Allen Rutherford

Associate Dean, LSU College of Agriculture

Director and Bryant A. Bateman Distinguished Professor of Renewable Natural Resources

Interim Department Head, Experimental Statistics

227 School of Renewable Natural Resources

Louisiana State University and LSU Agricultural Center

Phone: 225-578-4187

Cell Phone: 225-954-0995

LSU Forest Ecophysiologist Position Announcement.pdf

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Arid Lands Resource Sciences Ph.D. Program

We are seeking highly motivated students possessing a Master’s degree to apply for admission to the Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS) Graduate Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program at the University of Arizona. First-year graduate research assistantships are also available.

This doctoral program provides a unique opportunity to study the complex problems affecting arid lands and their inhabitants, focusing on sustainability amidst global change. ALRS integrates physical, biological, social, and economic sciences to offer an individualized, highly customizable interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for careers in both academic and non-academic settings. We welcome students proceeding directly through graduate work as well as non-traditional students who bring knowledge of real-world applications to their graduate studies.

First year graduate assistantships are designed to allow students to interact with faculty having common research interests. Establishment of working relationships with these experts will enable students to create the foundation for securing research assistantships in subsequent years.

First-year graduate assistantships include:

· a half-time stipend

· 100% tuition waiver and

· student health insurance.

Applications are being sought for the 2018/2019 academic year. For more information please visit our website at alrsgidp ). inquiries about the curriculum may be addressed to Dr. Istvan Molnar (imolnar).

Thanks very much for sharing this information with your MA/MS students. Please feel free to use the attached flyer for departmental information boards or websites, or forward it to those students you think might be interested in our program. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Istvan Molnar, Ph.D.

Program Chair, ALRS GIDP,

Professor and Associate Director

Natural Products Center

School of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of Arizona

250 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85706

Tel: +1 520 621 9932

Fax: +1 520 621 8378

Email: imolnar

2017 ALRS Recruitment Ad.pdf

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