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Education Report for November/December 2006

The AIBS Education Office provides analysis and communication for the AIBS Board, Headquarters Office, and Education Committee on issues of import to the AIBS membership and the larger scientific community. Reports are broadly disseminated by email every few months to AIBS membership leaders and contacts. Special reports are sent more frequently as needed. We have archived these reports here for your information and attention. Read about each report's contents below, then click to read the complete text.

Diversity Scholars Applications Deadline is January 15th

Undergraduate or graduate students who are conducting research and are a member of an underrepresented minority group in the biological sciences are eligible to apply for this program. Students who meet the criteria receive travel support to present their research at a scientific meeting and become part of the AIBS community. The deadline for this round of applications is January 15, 2007. For details, visit www.aibs.org/diversity/diversity_scholars_program.html.

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2007 AIBS Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

The 2007 AIBS annual meeting will be held May 14 and 15 in Washington, DC, on the theme of "Evolutionary Biology and Human Health," at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Online registration is now open (www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting). The program chair is 2007 AIBS President Douglas Futuyma, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Plenary speakers and discussion groups will approach the meeting's topic from a variety of cross-cutting themes involving science, education, and public policy. Session topics include infectious diseases, genes and genomics, and human adaptation and malfunction. The rest of the meeting's program will be rounded out by events such as a contributed poster session, a diversity lunch, and AIBS awards. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Natural Science Collections Alliance and will be followed by the meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations, May 15 and 16.

Speakers include:
- Eric Green, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
- Edward Holmes, Department of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
- Rustom Antia, Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Carlos Bustamante, Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Douglas C. Wallace,Center for Molecular & Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetics, Biological Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA
- Sarah Tishkoff, Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Martin Nowak, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Randolph Nesse, Evolution and Human Adaptation Program, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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2006 AIBS Annual Meeting Lectures Available Online

Videos, slides, and transcripts of the lectures from the 2006 AIBS Annual meeting are now available online at client.blueskybroadcast.com/AIBS/ or via the AIBS Virtual Library at www.aibs.org/virtual-library. The theme of this meeting was "Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy," and the talks include the following:

- Learning to Speak Science: How the Scientific Community Can Learn to Win Back its Political Influence in America; presented by Chris Mooney
- Framing Science: Understanding the Battle over Knowledge; presented by Matthew C. Nisbet, School of Communication, The Ohio State University
- From Science to Policy: Biodiversity Protection, Metrics, and Results; presented by Daniel Esty, Law School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
The Endangered Species Act under Attack: The Dynamic Interplay between Science and Policy; presented by Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife
- Applications of Biodiversity Research to Human Well-Being; presented by
Shahid Naeem, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
- Values and Valuation in a Rapidly Changing World; presented by Richard B. Norgaard, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley
- Valuing Ecosystem Services; presented by Stephen Polasky, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
- Defining Effective Science for Biodiversity Policy; presented by Stephen Bocking, Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University, Canada

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Call for Proposals from NCEAS

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is currently accepting applications for Working Groups, Center Fellows (sabbatical visitors), Postdoctoral Associates, and Distributed Graduate Seminars. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2007. Postdoctoral appointments offer an unusual opportunity for interdisciplinary research with the advantages of both independence and collaboration with scores of researchers in diverse fields. Postdoctoral applications are open to all areas of inquiry in ecology and allied disciplines.

NCEAS stimulates cultural shifts in collaboration, synthesis, and education and promotes the analysis and synthesis of scientific data across many ecology-related disciplines. Projects range across the core areas of ecology and into many adjacent disciplines including economics, the sociology of science, and informatics. The center's work is based on the use of existing data and information and does not support field or laboratory research.

NCEAS promotes training at all levels. Graduate students in the United States and abroad participate in distributed, web-based collaborative seminars where they learn the concepts and data-sharing tools to synthesize information across geographic areas or habitat types. The center is involved, through collaborations with the LTER Network Office, in training young scientists about the concepts of informatics and the use of data access tools. NCEAS is home to an international and interdisciplinary team of scientists committed to fostering a diverse community of ecologists. For additional information and application instructions, see www.nceas.ucsb.edu/opportunity.

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Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program: 2007 Competition

The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program is pleased to announce its 2007 competition. The program is a collaboration among Canon, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the US National Park Service. Thanks to a generous commitment by Canon, the program will be awarding eight US$80,000 scholarships to PhD students throughout the Americas to conduct research critical to conserving the national parks of the region.

Research projects in the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences are eligible, as well as projects in technology innovation in support of conservation science. Applications must be received by May 3, 2007. For information about the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program and a copy of the application guide, please visit the website www.canonscholars.org.

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