professional development

10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference Accepting Abstracts

Thursday, May 26, 2016

There is still one week left to submit an abstract to the 10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference, which will be held October 28-30, 2016 at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center.  The Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is an interdisciplinary climate conference run by graduate students, for graduate students, with the goal of assembling a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality research focused on past, present, and future climate change and its impacts. 

We encourage students at all stages of their graduate career to apply and we seek abstracts on climate research from a variety of disciplines from the physical, natural, and social sciences and humanities, including: anthropology, atmospheric sciences, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, economics, engineering, ethics, geography, law, oceanography, public policy, and resource management. 

We highly encourage abstracts from students with traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

The abstract submission period opened on April 11 and closes June 1. Lodging and meals are covered for all participants. Limited travel funding is also available. Please see our website for more information and for submitting abstracts: www.graduateclimateconference.com

 

 

Register Today for the AIBS Interdisciplinary and Team Science Professional Development Program

Event date(s): Monday, January 14, 2019 to Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005


Dear Colleague,

Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an inter-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.”

There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams.

Team science is increasingly common in 21st century biological, life, and environmental sciences. Collaboration is no longer limited to sharing ideas with the biologist in the lab next door. The questions confronting science often require teams that may include a mix of computer and information scientists, physical and social scientists, mathematicians, ethicists, policy and management experts, as well as community stakeholders and citizen scientists. Adding to this complexity, teams span programs within organizations, cross organization boundaries to form institutional consortia, and often include international partners.

This intensive, two-day, interactive, professional development course was developed by scientists and experts on collaboration and teamwork to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to become productive and effective members of scientific teams.

Nothing teaches collaboration like practicing collaboration. This is not a course that asks you to learn in isolation. It is a microcosm of scientific collaboration, with extensive hands-on learning as part of a scientific team, with scientific case studies and examples.

Who should attend?

  • Research program/lab directors
  • Scientists and faculty engaged in collaborative projects
  • Researchers and faculty working at the interface of different fields or scientific approaches
  • Graduate students and post-docs looking to augment research planning and communication skills
  • Groups interested in planning successful research proposals and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Academic, government, and industry scientists

This course is designed for anyone involved in collaborative scientific endeavors. Team leaders will find the course especially helpful. Because participants will work on “real-world” team science concerns, we encourage multiple members of a team to attend together.

Participants will develop and hone the skills needed to: 

  • Explain interdisciplinary team science and characteristics of effective scientific teams
  • Describe how teams work
  • Recognize competencies and characteristics of effective team leadership
  • Create effective teams and team culture
  • Develop a shared vision, mission, plan, and key performance indicators for a scientific team
  • Identify and assess the right mix of competencies and people needed for a scientific team
  • Use team tools and processes such as quality improvement cycle and knowledge mapping
  • Improve team communication and trust

Dates: January 14-15, 2019

Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, and breakfast and lunch during the program. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options.
  

$495/person      Full registration for individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS Member Society/Organization. Join AIBS now to save $55 on your registration.
$440/person Discounted registration for AIBS Members and individuals nominated by AIBS Member Societies and Organizations. 
Group discount Organizations that register four (4) or more participants are eligible to save $30 per participant. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org for details. 
We'll come to you  If you would like us to bring the course to your institution, we are happy to come to you. We are able to offer a substantial discount per person from the DC workshop rate. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org or 202-340-4281 for more information. 

Register now: https://www.aibs.org/events/team_science_event.html

Missouri Transect Annual Meeting - Student & Postdoc Professional Development Event

Event date(s): Thursday, October 4, 2018
Location: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


The Missouri Transect Annual Statewide Meeting is held once a year to celebrate the accomplishments of the Missouri Transect researchers and students and promote ongoing and new collaborations.  Researchers will showcase their research and education projects that are enhancing Missouri’s research and development infrastructure, capacity, and competitiveness.

Students and Postdocs will have a Professional Development event on the evening of October 4 at the UMKC Student Union.

 

The Annual Meeting website is live and full of important information, such as hotelregistration, and abstract submission

 

Register for the Annual Meeting by September 21 using the online registration form.

 

The Missouri Transect Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Missouri Transect researchers from across Missouri and to learn about research and education projects that are enhancing Missouri’s research and development infrastructure, capacity, and competitiveness.  There will be a strong focus at this Annual Meeting on sustainability and future funding beyond the close of the EPSCoR program.

 

Graduate and undergraduate students who attend will be able to present posters on their research.  More information on abstract and poster guidelines and the submission page can be found at this link.

 

Key Info:

Meeting Date: October 5

Meeting Location: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Meeting Websitehttps://goo.gl/YsE35r

 

Key Deadlines:

Deadline to register: September 21

Deadline to make a hotel reservation: September 4

Deadline to submit abstract: September 15

 

Please contact Emily Haghighi, haghighie [at] missouri [dot] edu with any questions about the meeting.  You can contact the MU Conference Office, muconf9 [at] missouri [dot] edu, with questions about the registration page or issues with website functionality.

Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS

Event date(s): Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Location: Washington, DC


Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an inter-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a "team sport."

There is a real and present need to better prepare scientists for success in this new collaborative environment. The American Institute of Biological Sciences is responding to this call with a new program for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in scientific teams.

Team science is increasingly common in 21st century biological, life, and environmental sciences. Collaboration is no longer limited to sharing ideas with the biologist in the lab next door. The questions confronting science often require teams that may include a mix of computer and information scientists, physical and social scientists, mathematicians, ethicists, policy and management experts, as well as community stakeholders and citizen scientists. Adding to this complexity, teams span programs within organizations, cross organization boundaries to form institutional consortia, and often include international partners.

This intensive, two-day, interactive, professional development course was designed by scientists and experts on collaboration and teamwork to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to become productive and effective members of scientific teams. From its first offering the course has evolved to include a greater focus on team planning and teamwork, and less time allocated to university administration of interdisciplinary teams. Participants in our most recent course had this to say about the program:

  • "I absolutely want to recommend this workshop to anyone who cares about teamwork in science! Actually, part of it should be incorporated into the orientation workshop for first year grad students! And new faculty members! Yes, mandatory!"
  • Most useful to me in this workshop was the "applied content to science, directly translatable to day-to-day activities."
  • "I will recommend the workshop to my friends. It was helpful, well organized...engaging, and [had a] great speaker."
  • "It was helpful and practical!"
  • "I learned a tremendous amount about both being part of the team and organizing a team."
  • "It's an awesome workshop!"

Nothing teaches collaboration like practicing collaboration. This is not a course that asks you to learn in isolation. It is a microcosm of scientific collaboration, with extensive hands-on learning as part of a scientific team, with scientific case studies and examples.

Who should attend?

  • Research program/lab directors
  • Scientists and faculty engaged in collaborative projects
  • Researchers and faculty working at the interface of different fields or scientific approaches
  • Graduate students and post-docs looking to augment research planning and communication skills
  • Groups interested in planning successful research proposals and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Academic, government, and industry scientists

This course is designed for anyone involved in collaborative scientific endeavors. Team leaders will find the course especially helpful. Because participants will work on "real-world" team science concerns, we encourage multiple members of a team to attend together. We can also customize the course and bring it to your university, department, lab, or research team. This course provides the right foundation from which your team can successfully accomplish your goals.

Participants will develop and hone the skills needed to:

  • Explain interdisciplinary team science and characteristics of effective scientific teams
  • Describe how teams work
  • Recognize competencies and characteristics of effective team leadership
  • Create effective teams and team culture
  • Develop a shared vision, mission, plan, and key performance indicators for a scientific team
  • Identify and assess the right mix of competencies and people needed for a scientific team
  • Use team tools and processes such as quality improvement cycle and knowledge mapping
  • Improve team communication and trust through

A course outline is available online.

About the Instructor

Kathy Joyce has worked to develop teams for more than twenty-five years. For the past twenty years, she has consulted with teams in the public, private, non-profit, and university sectors, focusing largely on science, health, and biomedicine. Early in her career, she directed training for teamwork and leadership development for a pilot project involving 1,600 personnel for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She was trained in team leadership and facilitation by Florida Power & Light, the first U.S. company to win the prestigious Deming Prize, a global quality award.

Participants receive
  • Certificate of completion
  • Resource packet that includes materials for future reference and use

 

Dates: November 7-8, 2017.

Location: AIBS, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, and breakfast and lunch during the program. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options.

$495 Full registration for individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS Member Society/Organization. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Join AIBS now to save $55 on your registration.
$440 Discounted registration for AIBS Members and individuals nominated by AIBS Member Societies and Organizations. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
Group discount Organizations that register four (4) or more participants are eligible to save $30 per participant. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org for details.
We'll come to you If you would like us to bring the course to your institution, we are happy to come to you. We are able to offer a substantial discount per person from the DC workshop rate. Please contact Robert Gropp at rgropp [at] aibs [dot] org or 202-628-1500 x250 for more information.

Register

IMPORTANT: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Individuals will be billed for the balance prior to the workshop. Do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from AIBS that the course is confirmed.

 

Plant Imaging Consortium Annual Meeting

Event date(s): Monday, June 5, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO


Plant Imaging Consortium/LemnaTec Internship - Summer 2017

Event date(s): Friday, May 5, 2017
Location: Research Triangle Park


Summary

The Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC), a program funded by the NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2 program, and LemnaTec have joined forces and are offering a unique summer internship opportunity for a graduate student affiliated with one of the PIC partner institutions in Arkansas or Missouri to gain experience in the exciting field of plant high throughput phenotyping. The selected candidate will work with LemnaTec Corporation in North America to produce high quality documents that facilitate external and internal customer product familiarity and ease of equipment use.

Functional Competencies

The selected candidate will:

  • Assist with the creation of user manuals, maintenance manuals, parts and schematics manuals, troubleshooting guides, installation guides and other information products as necessary. 
  • Interview and work closely with engineers and other technical personnel and use knowledge of plant phenotyping hardware and software systems to ensure accuracy and completeness of information. 
  • Research and draw relevant information from vendor documentation, engineering specifications, and existing product documentation, as appropriate. 
  • Effectively use appropriate authoring techniques, tools, standards, and processes to create documentation deliverables. 
  • Assist in creation of graphics in conjunction with design concepts and templates. 
  • Work independently as well as part of a technical communication team. 
  • Report the progress of assigned tasks against defined schedules.

Internship Start Date

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Duration of the internship

6 weeks

Location

LemnaTec North America (Research Triangle Park) and visit(s) to multiple locations across the US

This internship includes a competitive stipend ($4,000), housing allowance (~$3,000), and travel support ($6,000) provided by PIC and LemnaTec.

Interested candidates must submit a CV and a letter of recommendation to alorence [at] astate [dot] edu">alorence [at] astate [dot] edu and todd [dot] dezwaan [at] lemnatec [dot] com">todd [dot] dezwaan [at] lemnatec [dot] com by May 5, 2017.