Lelemia = Hawaiian^(Scientist*Engineer)

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World Conference on Marine Biodiversity III – Qingdao – 12-16 October 2014

Please circulate the announcement below as widely as possible,
Thank you.
Please start planning for the 3rd World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, 12-16 October 2014 in Qingdao Chinahttp://wcmb2014.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1
The first deadline 31st December 2013 is for proposals to include Special sessions and Symposiahttp://wcmb2014.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70021
Abstracts may now be submitted for consideration and early registration fees paid.
There is a call for proposals to host the 4th WCMB at http://wcmb2014.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70024

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2014 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

United States Department of Transportation

2014 Summer Transportation
Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

Internship Period: June 9th – August 15th 2014

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The STIPDG is a paid internship program open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.

The Summer 2014 STIPDG application period is now OPEN.

To apply for this year’s program APPLY HERE, and continue reading for more program details.

Application Deadline: Selections may be made as applications are received, but typically do not occur until the application closes: January 17, 2014.


Group shot of 2007 Interns.


The 2014 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is for students in all majors.


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for the 2014 STIPDG Internship Program. Funded by the FHWA’s Office of Civil Rights’ On-the-Job Training Supportive Services Program, the objective of the STIPDG is to provide college/university students with hands-on experience and on-the-job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues. The STIPDG is open to all qualified applicants but is designed to provide qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation where these groups have been under-represented.

Please refer to the information below for the “2014 STIPDG Eligibility Requirements” and the “How To Apply for the 2014 STIPDG/Application Requirements“.



  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in degree-granting programs of study at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (See U.S. Department of Education’s accreditation database to verify your school and/or program of study.)
  3. Undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors for the fall of 2014. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community Colleges must have completed their first year.
  4. Law Applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2014.
  5. Applicants who are scheduled to graduate during the spring or summer semesters of 2014 are not eligible for consideration for the STIPDG unless: (1) they have been accepted for graduate school enrollment; (2) they have been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education; or (3) their acceptance is pending. In all instances, the applicant must submit with their completed application, all required documentation (with the school’s logo) reflecting their status. (There will be no exceptions.)
  6. Former STIPDG interns may apply but will not necessarily receive preferential consideration.
  7. Applicants will be evaluated based on the “completeness” of the application and the Required Documents listed below. Priority will be given to those with GPA’s of 3.0 or better (for the Major and/or Cumulative).
  8. Applicants must be available and able to participate through the duration of the 10-week program including closing ceremonies.
  9. Applicants must submit a completed application, to the webpage listed above, no later than the January 17, 2014 deadline.

The United States Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The STIPDG is open to all applicants based on the eligibility requirements that follow and based on the merit of the “Required Documents” requested under “C.”



To receive full consideration and review, applicants must complete and submit all required information and documents requested online at http://stipdg.e.twc.edu/. Refer any questions or inquiries to:

STIPDG Internship Program
The Washington Center For Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 or e-mail DOTSTIPDG@twc.edu.

“Required Information” includes:

  • 2014 STIPDG Application. FHWA Privacy Policy
  • A copy of your most recent Transcript/Grade Record/Report.
  • At least one reference letter (if possible with comments) from a department chair, professor, advisor or employer using the Reference Form included within the online application.
  • A current Resume, reflecting work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, and extra-curricular activities.
  • Applicant’s Area of Interest/Geographical Preference, also included on the site.
  • For Undergraduate Students: A typed essay, one-page, double-spaced, minimum 12-point type, on your transportation interests, describing how your participation in the 2014 STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals.
  • For Graduate Students: A writing sample representing your educational and career plans and goals (not to exceed 2 pages).
  • For Law Students: A Legal Writing Sample (not to exceed 5 pages).

Special Notes/Suggestions:

  • Applicants who fail to submit a COMPLETE Online Application by the closing date will not receive full consideration, review, or be forwarded for ultimate selection.
  • All applicants are encouraged to mark/identify as many occupations, offices, interests and geographical locations as applicable to your career goals. By marking more than one interest and geographical location, you are increasing your opportunities for placement.



Applicants are encouraged to submit all “Required Information” as soon as possible as selections may be identified on an on-going basis. All application packages will be reviewed, scored, and evaluated based on the merit and completeness of the “Required Criteria”:

  1. The 2014 STIPDG Application — ( http://stipdg.e.twc.edu/ ); fully address the information requested;
  2. Copy of Your Transcript/Grade Record/Report — submit your most recent reflecting your Cumulative GPA. Priority will be given to Applicants with GPA’s of 3.0 or better.
  3. One Reference — print the form contained within the online application, have it completed by a department chair, professor, advisor, or employer to include comments, if possible and submit it with your application;.
  4. Your Resume — submit one reflecting work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, and extra-curricular activities; preferable supporting the type of transportation experience you are seeking;
  5. A Writing SampleUndergraduate Students: submit a typed essay, one-page, double-spaced, minimum 12-point type, on your transportation interests, describing how your participation in the 2014 STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals; Graduate Students: submit a writing sample (not to exceed 2 pages) representing your educational and career plans and goals, and Law Students: submit a legal writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages).

A STIPDG Panel will rate and evaluate all application packages based on a rating system.



The FHWA’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) is responsible for selecting anywhere from 80 to 100 students, including Law, Graduate, and Undergraduate rising juniors and seniors from across the country to participate in the 2014 STIPDG. Applicants’ submitting COMPLETED applications will be reviewed and rated immediately upon receipt. The FHWA’s Office of Human Resources will work with the U.S. DOT sponsoring Offices to select the final number of assignments and participants based on the availability of funding for the program, and to include a wide variety of Transportation-related disciplines. Primarily, students selected to participate in the 2014 STIPDG will be assigned to a Mentor and project based on their areas of interest and/or majors. Where one-to-one matches cannot be made, applicants may be offered assignments “not directly related” to their majors. The FHWA’s Office of Human Resources will notify all students of their status in writing via e-mail confirmations no later than May 1, 2014. Students selected for participation will have 5-business days to reply to the offer e-mails, before the offers may be made to other qualified applicants.



Now in its 24th year, the 2014 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups is a critical component of the U.S. DOT/FHWA’s student recruitment efforts. The STIPDG is committed to ensuring a quality experience in transportation. The program is unique because of the many program benefits and features that are listed below.


  • 2014 STIPDG Stipends: Since the STIPDG experience is a special training opportunity and not a Federal job, participants do not receive annual or sick leave or other Federal Government benefits during their 10 weeks. As mentioned above, students are not Federal employees and become employees of the Contractor selected to manage the daily activities. Law and Graduate Participants will receive a total stipend not-to exceed $5000, and Undergraduate participants will receive a total stipend not- to-exceed $4000, for their 10 weeks. The bi-weekly stipends are subject to taxation in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and are distributed via the payroll account of the Contractor selected to manage the daily activities of the 2014 STIPDG. The Contractor also will be responsible for forwarding a W-4 and I-9 to all STIPDG 2014 participants for that tax year.
  • 2014 STIPDG Housing: During the program, participants will reside in housing procured by the Contractor. The Contractor is responsible for coordinating and paying for all housing for STIPDG 2014 participants. The Contractor, not the student, is responsible for all 2014 STIPDG housing arrangements. The Contractor verifies with the FHWA that the housing is decent, safe, FEMA-approved, and ADA-compliant and accessible. Housing will be in close proximity to the worksites for approved assignments and can include placement in the Washington, D.C. area or throughout the United States. The program only provides funding for shared housing for participants accepting assignments more than 50 miles (one way) away from their permanent residences. Actual housing accommodations will vary by location and can include college/university quarters. Housing accommodations can and typically do require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Participants may opt not to accept the shared housing, but will not be reimbursed by the Contractor, U.S. DOT, FHWA, or other participating program office, for housing obtained independently, and without the advanced written approval of the Contractor and Office of Human Resources. Housing is provided solely for 2014 STIPDG participants and cannot be used for non-participants. Participants who fail to honor the STIPDG 2014 housing requirements will forfeit all remaining stipends and other related benefits and will be immediately removed from the program.
  • 2014 STIPDG Transportation and Related Travel: Through the Contractor, the STIPDG 2014 Program pays for all travel and transportation expenses associated with relocations for participants whose permanent residence is more than 50 miles (one way) away from their assignment location. The Contractor, not the student, will be responsible for procuring and securing, all primary transportation and travel related to the participants’ assignments. This specifically includes travel expenses to and from the participants’ homes to their assigned summer assignment locations and back, travel associated with approved conferences, workshops, and field trips specific to the assignments, and travel associated with closeout activities in Washington, D.C. Again, this only applies when the assignment is more than 50 miles (one-way) from the participants’ residence.
  • A Special Note Regarding College Credit: Colleges/Universities with students selected for the 2014 STIPDG are encouraged to grant three (3) academic college credits to the interns upon the completion of the program. However, the college or university officials at each institution are the authority on final decisions. Students should discuss arrangements with their institutions, prior to starting the program.

For further information about the 2014 STIPDG, Contact:

Program Coordinator,
Crystal Taylor, (202) 366-2907

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NERC-funded PhD studentships in Peatland Biogeochemistry

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jaime Toney <Jaime.Toney@glasgow.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Greetings All,

BECS (Biomarkers for Environmental and Climate Science) at the University of Glasgow, Scotland is pleased to announce the following two NERC-funded PhD studentship in compound-specific and position-specific carbon stable-isotope techniques applied to understanding the role of microbial methane oxidation in methane release from peatlands.



Each project integrates the latest organic geochemistry, isotopic, environmental genomics, and microbial culturing approaches to understanding the role of methane oxidation in peatlands. Students who meet the NERC eligibility guidelines are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Dr. Jaime L. Toney (jaime.toney@glasgow.ac.uk) or Dr. Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay (caroline.gauchotte-lindsay@glasgow.ac.uk) for further details.

For more information on the NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Program, please visit the website at: http://www.iapetus.ac.uk


Jaime L. Toney

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National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program- due Jan 5.


Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to apply.


2014 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program Call for Applications!

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.

For the online application and more information about the 2014 program, see www.natgeoed.org/gtf. The application deadline is January 5, 2014.


2013 Program Highlights
Selected educators traveled aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer in June, July, or August 2013 to Norway, Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, or the Canadian High Arctic. While aboard, Fellows shared the importance of geo-literacy with fellow travelers, developed activities to bring back to their classrooms, and had the adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2013 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C. on April 25-28th with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-trip workshop sponsored by Google, National Geographic, and Lindblad Expeditions.


Susan M. Cox

Conservation Education Coordinator

US Forest Service, Northeastern Area

271 Mast Rd

Durham, NH 03824


603-244-0819 (cell)


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Graduate student opportunities in analytical, environmental and exploration geochemistry (Canada)

Dear Colleagues,

The Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET) is an NSERC-funded industrial-stream Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program devoted to geochemistry. We are seeking highly motivated MSc and PhD applicants demonstrating strong research potential and academic excellence to join our dynamic and rapidly growing network.

Current research project openings include:


  • Cr isotopes as a paleo-proxy and tracer of environmental processes
  • Ca and Mg isotopes in Paleozoic brines from the Michigan Basin
  • Assessing the effects of land use change on the mobility of contaminants using isotopic techniques for novel groups of organic and inorganic contaminants
  • Oxide formation and instrumental mass bias in MC-ICP-MS
  • Chemical and isotopic characterization of fossilized bones by LA-ICPMS for applications in provenance studies

View all projects & details: http://www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca/apply/current-opportunities-3/

Projects will be based at one of our partner universities (University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi). Application deadlines for September 2014 are approaching (January 15-March 1) so prospective students should start the process as soon as possible. MAGNET is open to Canadian and international applicants. Salary and travel stipends are available for up to 2 years for MSc trainees, and up to 4 years for PhD trainees. Graduate students who have already commenced their program are not eligible to apply for MAGNET funding.

Please visit the website for further information and application instructions: http://www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca/apply/how-to-apply/

Best regards,

Diane Hanano
Program Coordinator
Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network
Tel: 778-628-1676
Fax: 604-822-6088
Email: dhanano@eos.ubc.ca
Web: www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca

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Job Listing: Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Biogeochemistry within the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania

Dear ESWN,


On behalf of the University of Tasmania we would welcome the opportunity to have the attached job advertisement made available to your readership.  For further details of the role, please contact the Academic Search and Onboarding Team.


Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

University of Tasmania


Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Biogeochemistry

Position Number 262

The University of Tasmania was founded in 1890 on the best of academic traditions that embrace excellence and commitment to free inquiry in the creation and application of knowledge.  Ranked in the top 2 percent of universities worldwide and in the top 10 research universities in Australia, the University has a strong and distinctive Tasmanian identity which underpins teaching and research that is international in scope, vision and standards. 

IMAS is a leading global institution for temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic studies and offers a dynamic and collaborative environment to undertake research in marine and Antarctic science.  The marine and Antarctic research community in Tasmania, numbers around 1000 people across the University, CSIRO and Australian Antarctic Division, one of the largest concentrations of its kind in the world.

The successful candidate will undertake world-class research in marine biogeochemistry related to the sea ice system – how it operates and how it may change with future climate perturbations.  The appointee will teach and conduct research in this highly interdisciplinary area, building on existing strengths in IMAS in climate science, oceanography, biogeochemistry, glaciology and marine ecology in collaboration with leading scientists and research organisations locally and internationally.


Applicants will have a PhD and a strong record of research, commitment to high quality teaching and effective research training, and demonstrated success in course design, development and evaluation.


The appointment will be made at either Level C or Level B in line with Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic.  It is a continuing position located at the new IMAS facility on the Hobart waterfront.  Participation in international collaborative field programs including lengthy periods of work in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic or at sea is required.


The closing date for applications is 31 January, 2014.  To register interest, please call Jandy Godfrey, Academic Search and Onboarding Manager, University of Tasmania on +61 3 6226 7879 or email jandy.godfrey@utas.edu.au.

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GeoCorps Positions Now Available for Summer 2014!

GeoCorps Positions Now Available for Summer 2014!

Interested in doing geoscience in some of America’s most beautiful public lands?

The Geological Society of America (GSA) has posted nearly 100 new GeoCorps America positions for summer 2014 on the GeoCorps website! Applications can be submitted online from now through February 18, 2014 (noon, MST). [Note: This deadline has been extended from what was previously advertised.]

Once again, GeoCorps features paid geoscience projects in some of America’s most amazing public lands, which are managed by our partner agencies—the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. This round of projects features some of the nation’s premier public lands, such as Craters of the Moon National Monument (ID), Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (UT), and the Tongass National Forest (AK). It also includes some extremely remote, wild places, like Denali National Park (AK), as well as sites closer to an urban setting, such as Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA). GeoCorps project areas cover a broad range of subjects, including geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping , GIS (Geographic Information Systems), geo-hazards, education, and interpretation. There are even positions relating to astronomy and archaeology this season.

BenefitsSean McCartney, GeoCorps, 2012-2013, California Abandoned Mine Lands Program
These temporary, paid opportunities provide on-the-ground geoscience experience and include a stipend of $2,750 (or more), free housing (or a housing allowance), and in many cases, a travel allowance.

Geoscientists of all levels are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, professionals, faculty members, teachers, and retirees. Past GeoCorps participants are eligible to apply for “Guest Scientist” positions and “GeoCorps Diversity Internships.”

Apply Now!
The GeoCorps website’s online application system is now open to receive applications, so get started on yours today! The final application deadline is February 18, 2014 (noon, MST). Apply here: www.geosociety.org/geocorps.

More Information
For more information, see the official GeoCorps website, follow the GeoCorps Facebook page, subscribe to the GeoCorps Twitter feed, or contact Matthew Dawson at mdawson@geosociety.org or 303-357-1025.