Contract Position Opening at EPA

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

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NC Museum of Natural Sciences Seeking Research and Outreach Coordinator

The Genomics & Microbiology Laboratory at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is seeking a research and outreach coordinator excited about the prospect of bringing real science to the visitors in our museum.

This person will be part of a collaborative team of scientists and educators from the Museum spanning the Genomics & Microbiology Laboratory, the MicroWorld Investigate Laboratory and the Window on Veterinary Health.

The position will involve conducting original research relevant to the Genomics & Microbiology Laboratory and integrating findings and methods into the MicroWorld Investigate Laboratory. Potential research foci include, but are not limited to, reptile and amphibian research, microbial ecology and viral infections of animals in the museum.

Position appointment will last for 1 year.  Ideal start date is December 2013, but is flexible; work location (Raleigh, NC) is not flexible.

Please see full job description and instructions for application here: http://www.yourwildlife.org/2013/11/exciting-opportunity-in-the-genomicsmicrobiology-lab-at-nc-museum-of-natural-sciences/

Review of applications will begin December 2 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Please direct questions to Dr. Julie Horvath (julie.horvath@naturalsciences.org).

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SAMSI Hosting Greg Fishel Dec. 4th

Greg FishelThe 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!

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ScienceOnline Registration Opens November 14th

ScienceOnlineRegistration 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.

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Similarities Between Lemur and Human Health

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/

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Florida Sea Grant Seeking Communications Coordinator

Florida Sea GrantFlorida 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.

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American Scientist’s Pizza Lunch Speaker Series, October 30th

We hope you can join us from noon until around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, for the next installment of American Scientist’s Pizza Lunch speaker series, when we’ll focus on Bartonella bacteria.

For next week’s talk, we’re very pleased to welcome Edward Breitschwerdt as our speaker. Dr. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). He directs the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at NC State University.  He also co-directs the Vector Borne Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory and is the director of the NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory. Dr. Breitschwerdt has served as president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine and as chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents, and he was a founding member of the ACVIM Foundation. His clinical interests include infectious diseases, immunology, and nephrology.  For over 20 years, his research has emphasized vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens.  Most recently, he has contributed to cutting-edge research in the areas of animal and human bartonellosis. This year he received the Holladay Medal, the highest award bestowed on a faculty member at North Carolina State University.

Here’s an abstract of Dr. Breitschwerdt’s talk:

Bartonellosis: A One-Health Perspective on an Emerging Infectious Disease

Although the history of bartonellosis in North America spans only two decades, information related to this persistent intravascular fastidious bacterial infection is rapidly changing medical paradigms. This talk will focus on the medical importance of the genus Bartonella as an emerging cause of animal and human disease.

Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center, American Scientist’s noontime Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might want to attend.

Please note: RSVPs are required (for slice count and room setup) to dtimblin@sigmaxi.org by Monday, October 28.

Directions to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in RTP are here: http://www.sigmaxi.org/about/center/directions.shtml.

Also, don’t forget to save the date for the November pizza lunch. We hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, November 13, when Dr. Yi Lu of the University of Illinois will present a lecture on DNA nanotechnology.

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Job Openings at Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi/The Scientific Research Society, an international society that promotes excellence in research and also publishes American Scientist magazine, has two job openings based in RTP:

1) Manager of Communications
http://asi.careerhq.org/jobs/5758780/manager-of-communications

2) Manager of Membership and Chapter Services
http://asi.careerhq.org/jobs/5723418/manager-of-membership-and-chapter-services 

Those who are interested in and experienced with science communication are more likely to be considered strongly.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Seeking Director for Office of Research Communications

The Office of Research Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking a new director. Our office conveys the excitement of creativity, the rigors and risks of the quest for new knowledge, and the value and benefits of UNC research to the people of North Carolina and the world.

Please check out the job posting and forward to those you know who may be interested:
http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/32941

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The Camel Cricket Census

Red dots represent positive reports of camel crickets found in homes (N = 420). Blue dots indicate households where citizen scientists reported that camel crickets have not been observed (N = 1,299).

 

We’d appreciate your help spreading the word about our Camel Cricket Census – a citizen science project from YourWildLife.org.

 

 

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You all probably recognize these giant leggy, jumpy beasts that inhabit the dark and damp corners of our homes — they live in our midst and yet (surprisingly) have not been well studied. In our work with citizen scientists to date, we’ve come to realize that it’s an Asian species most common in our homes (see:  http://www.yourwildlife.org/2013/09/citizen-scientists-document-the-spread-of-giant-cricket-basement-to-basement/).

How widespread is the Asian species? Did it displace native species? What determines species distribution across the continent?To answer these questions and more, we’ve just launched a new website – http://crickets.yourwildlife.org/ — One easy stop where citizen scientists can upload photos (ie, contribute data), read the latest news on the project and actively participate in the writing our first scientific paper.

 

Thanks for participating and helping us spread the word!

 

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