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TWO NEW EVOLUTION TEACHING RESOURCES
Now available In the AIBS Webstore at http://webstore.aibs.org/:
CAREER RESOURCES FROM AIBS
AIBS has revised the "Careers in Biology" information found online at http://www.aibs.org/careers/. This website includes basic information about the myriad careers available in biology, things one should do to prepare for a career in biology, and job outlook. The site also provides links to valuable resources already on the web, as well as to a table with links to the career resources of the AIBS member societies and organizations: http://www.aibs.org/education/careers/mso_career_links.html. The table indicates which organizations have their own specific career information and/or opportunities such as grants, fellowships, or internships. A shorter hard-copy version, which highlights the information available on the web, is also available for those interested in making brochures available to students. For more information, contact Susan Musante at smus...@aibs.org
AIBS DIVERSITY PROGRAMS SEEK APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS
AIBS is now accepting applications and nominations for two awards geared toward promoting the participation of underrepresented minorities in the sciences:
CALL FOR MENTORS FROM MENTORNET
The MentorNet (www.mentornet.net/) One-on-One Mentoring Programs are a chance to make a big difference in the life of a student in as little as 20 minutes a week. MentorNet seeks science and engineering professionals in industry and government, either currently active, on leave, or retired, to mentor engineering and science community college, undergraduate, and graduate students, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, who are interested in pursuing a professional future in an engineering and science field. MentorNet also seeks tenured faculty members to mentor graduate students, postdocs, and untenured faculty pursuing faculty careers.
Mentoring relationships last 8 months. Because mentors and students communicate entirely by email, they can communicate wherever and whenever they choose. MentorNet's research-based programs provide students with "real world" information, encouragement, advice, and access to networks, particularly for those students underrepresented in engineering and science fields. "My mentor always gives me the encouragement that I need," says one MentorNet student. "Sometimes those few words make a big difference to me." Since 1998, MentorNet has matched more than 20,000 protégés and mentors with strong results. We hope you will join them!
How can you volunteer to be a mentor? Join the MentorNet Community (www.mentornet.net/join) or follow the One-on-One Mentoring Programs links to create a mentor profile.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN GERMANY FOR UNDERGRADUATES
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) is seeking applicants for its Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program. The program matches students with a German PhD student during the summer break to work on a research topic in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or engineering at leading universities and research institutions across Germany. Funding and housing assistance are provided. Research topics are announced online on December 5, 2005. Applications are due February 1, 2006. For more information, please contact Michaela Gottschling at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.daad.de/RISE.
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), and Postdoctoral Associates. 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 South Africa 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.
ASM SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Scholars-in-Residence Program advances the scholarly teaching of microbiology. The ASM is one of the first disciplinary societies to recognize research in learning by establishing the ASM Scholars-in-Residence Program (ASMSiR). The initiative is an outgrowth of the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE).
This year-long residency program seeks to develop faculties' ability to conduct evidence-based research in microbiology learning. Faculty members will design an experiment using their classes to test a research hypothesis, identify existing resources regularly used to assess student learning, learn about methods of collecting and interpreting data to measure student learning according to IRB requirements for conducting research on students, and identify appropriate venues for publishing their research.
The program begins with a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Summer Workshop at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC, July 26-29, 2006. Space is limited to 16 scholars. For more information, contact Kelly Gull at email@example.com or visit www.asmcue.org/index.asp?bid=2688. Application deadline is February 1, 2006.
COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
On October 17, 2005, US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings delivered the opening remarks at the first meeting of the secretary's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Secretary Spellings had announced the commission's formation on September 19, stating, "It is time to examine how we can get the most out of our national investment in higher education. We have a responsibility to make sure our higher education system continues to meet our nation's needs for an educated and competitive workforce in the 21st century." The commission members were sworn in at this meeting and formally initiated a national dialogue aimed at addressing the state of higher education in the United States.
The new commission is charged with developing a comprehensive national strategy for postsecondary education that will meet the needs of America's diverse population and also address the economic and workforce needs of the country's future. Its 19 members include university presidents, community college presidents, corporate CEOs, policymakers, professors, and researchers. They will lead a national leadership effort aimed at ensuring that America's system of higher education remains the finest in the world and continues to meet the needs of America's diverse population by expanding opportunity, innovation, and economic growth. The secretary has asked the commission to complete their work and deliver their report by August 1, 2006. This report will contain policy recommendations and action items in four key areas: accessibility, affordability, accountability, and quality. This report will serve as a blueprint for the American higher education system in the 21st century. For more information and a list of commission members, please visit www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html.
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