As the fracking debate heats up in North Carolina, many people have questions about this technology and how it could impact our state. Carolina Science Café invites you to examine those questions with Adrian Down of Duke University.
CAROLINA SCIENCE CAFÉ
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Back Bar, Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill
Snacks are provided by Sigma Xi; beverages are available for purchase. Carolina Science Café is hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. For more information, visit:
The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) along with support from a strong steering committee of regional partners will host the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference April 28-29, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. This will be a very interactive conference geared towards networking and exchange among stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region. Please join us and other practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state and federal agencies to share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences, and activities in the Carolinas.
For more information, visit www.cisa.sc.edu/ccrc.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is seeking individuals who have earned their bachelor’s degree and completed one full year of study at the master’s level in pursuit of a degree in journalism, English, communications, or a related field of study, to provide scientific communications services under a contractual agreement to the EPA.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. It is not required that their bachelor’s degree be in journalism, English, communications, or a related field of study.
The individual selected for this contract position will support the EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory’s communications team in developing a variety of internal and external communications products. This contract position involves heavy emphasis on environmental science writing for web and print products to share information about the lab’s multi-disciplinary research with the public and a wide variety of stakeholders.
This contract is expected to begin approximately February 2014. The initial contract will be for 12 months, not to exceed 1928 hours, with an option to extend the period of performance for two option periods. Each option period will be for 12 months, not to exceed 1928 hours for Option Period 1, and 1218 hours for Option Period 2.
Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET, January 9, 2014. Proposals must contain all the required information and documentation to be considered. Include reference number RFQ-RT-12-00184c on your submission. For details on how to submit an application, visit: http://www.epa.gov/oamrtpnc/q1200184c/index.htm
The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) is pleased to be hosting Greg Fishel, Chief Meteorologist, as he gives a talk on “The Changing Climate of Weather Prognostication: The Irony of Uncertainty Leader to Better Forecasts” on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at the James B. Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.
For years, computer model forecasts have been shown on TV as a single, what we call deterministic solution. These forecasts are destined to be wrong, with the only question being by how much. A different approach is sprouting roots, where the emphasis is not just on a forecast, but on the degree of uncertainty in that forecast. Greg will discuss how talking about uncertainty will help in delivering a better forecast.
The lecture is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Registration for the eighth annual conference — we’re calling it ScienceOnline Together 2014 — will open tomorrow, Thursday, November 14 at 3 p.m. EST.
Find conference details, and a link to the registration form, at together.scienceonline.com.
Duke Lemur Center - Thursday November 14th, 6:30pm
Ever wonder what illnesses lemurs get? It turns out that what ails lemurs
is often quite similar to what ails their human cousins. Join Dr. Cathy Williams,
the Duke Lemur Center’s Senior Veterinarian to learn about some of the common
medical problems seen in lemurs in captivity, and how keeping lemurs healthy
presents many of the same challenges as keeping humans healthy.
Free for members of the science writing community. Just call 919-401-7240
to reserve your spot, and mention the SCONCs.
Directions to the Duke Lemur Center: http://lemur.duke.edu/tours/directions/
Florida Sea Grant is seeking a dynamic communications professional who wants to help us tell the story of our outstanding research and extension programs. And we’ve extended our search deadline to give us the time to find the right individual!
The communications coordinator is responsible for developing education, information and marketing products that support Florida Sea Grant’s goals and objectives. This position requires a person who is self-motivated and capable of working independently as a self-starter, with high-volume production under deadline and with minimal supervision.
The coordinator will develop content and products that engage audiences and increase their knowledge of coastal and marine issues. Significant audiences include decision makers, resource managers, media, coastal residents, the scientific community, Florida visitors, and graduate and undergraduate students. The coordinator is expected to contribute to the changing needs of Florida Sea Grant in support of its educational, communications and outreach needs, and is also expected to incorporate new media products and changing technologies as appropriate. The coordinator will also work with Sea Grant-related faculty and scientists, Sea Grant specialists and agents in UF/IFAS Extension, and institutional and agency partners when managing projects and/or events. As these partners are generally based in coastal communities, the coordinator is expected to travel to field locations a substantial portion of each month. Occasional weekend work is required.
Minimum qualifications are (1) a master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience; and (2) a strong, demonstrated interest in marine sciences and/or natural resources conservation.
Full details of the position are at the Florida Sea Grant website (https://www.flseagrant.org/about/jobs/). To apply, visit jobs.ufl.edu. Search Requisition No. 0904105. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Nov. 12.