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Event: Rock and Roll – Research and Preparation for Seismic Events in the Pacific Northwest (03/16/16)

Seattle AWIS and ACS Puget Sound Section are Co-presenting:Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Logo
Rock and Roll: Research and Preparation for Seismic Events in the Pacific Northwest
Wednesday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m.

Wave, Shake, Response… Come join us to learn more about the research of seismic activity and emergency preparation for earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Our panelists will discuss current research on earthquakes and volcanic activity, the development of an early warning system (ShakeMaps), and hazard-specific preparedness and response steps.

Our distinguished panelists are:
Jody Miller – Deputy Director, King County Office of Emergency Management
Sandi Doughton – Author of Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
Renate Hartog, Ph.D – Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
Catherine Petroff, Ph.D. – Hydraulic Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers; and UW Affiliate Asst. Professor

Event Schedule:
6:00 pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30 pm – Introductions and Program
7:45 pm – Networking and Dessert

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
*Please enter through Thomas Building

AWIS meetings are FREE, and ALL are welcome –members, non-members, women and men!
Pre-registration is not required for this event.
For more information, visit our websites: Seattle AWIS Website. ACS Puget Sound Website.

Funding/Research/Internship/Study Abroad Opportunity: DAAD Research Internships and Study Abroad Scholarships (Application Deadline: 01/15/16)

DAAD LogoThe DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship program for study, research and internships in Germany.  The DAAD offers a wide variety of funding opportunities for students including summer research internships for students in the sciences.  Please share the following information with your students and colleagues.

DAAD RISE: Research Internships in Science and Engineering

  • Competitive summer internship program for students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering
  • Students work with research groups at universities and top research institutions
  • Length of program is 2-3 months during summer term
  • Working Language is English
  • Scholars receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses
  • Over 300 students are awarded annually

Important Dates:

                November 19thInformation Session at 11:30am in MGH 171
December 4thInformation Session at 12pm in MGH 171
January 15, 2016 – Application Deadline

Please find more information at the DAAD Rise at the website. Please encourage interested students to attend the information session and schedule an advising appointment with Global Opportunities.

Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator – Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River

Cahaba Environmental Center LogoEnvironmental Educator
Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River
Montevallo, Alabama
Website: http://www.cahabaec.org/

About the Cahaba Environmental Center
The Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC) is a new environmental education organization managed by McDowell Environmental Center. The CEC is located on the property of Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba, outside of Montevallo in Bibb and Shelby Counties. The site is a breathtaking tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserving a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama’s river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The Cahaba River provides habitat for an impressive diversity of aquatic species, is one of Birmingham’s drinking water sources, and has become a hot spot for recreational activities. Because of our unique location, we front over 4 miles of the river to canoe and explore.

The Cahaba Environmental Center is in its first year of providing environmental education programming! In our residential environmental education program, school groups spend 3-5 days exploring the natural and cultural history of Alabama. Our curriculum is based in place, student-centered, hands-on, and follows inquiry-based and holistic approaches. Currently our programs are aligned to Alabama standards for grades 4-8, but we will be expanding our curriculum to include high school standards in 2016. In addition to our residential environmental education program, the Cahaba Environmental Center also hosts a field science school for university and college professors to teach and participate in field research with their students. We also offer a young women’s backpacking and leadership program called Sole Sisters.

For more information on our programs, please check out our website at www.cahabaec.org

Summary of Position
A CEC environmental educator facilitates a variety of cultural history, environmental science, and community building activities with learners of varied ages, learning styles, and abilities. Our curriculum covers ecological concepts, watershed sciences, Native American cultures, geologic processes, coal mining, and evening programs such as campfires, night hikes, and town hall debates. An educator leads one field group of 10-13 students throughout a school’s entire visit. This provides a chance for the educator to develop meaningful relationships with their students and tailor their lessons to best meet the interests and needs of the group. During Spring 2016, our second season, there are plenty of opportunities for staff to take on personal projects to expand their experiences in trail building, creating teaching materials, meeting with teachers, and a variety of other skills. Educators may also have opportunities to work with the field science school and Sole Sisters programs. All positions are seasonal at this time.

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Funding Opportunity: Uni­ver­si­ties Space Research Asso­ci­a­tion (USRA) Schol­ar­ship Awards (Deadline: 07/31/15)

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) LogoAppli­ca­tions for the 2015 Uni­ver­si­ties Space Research Asso­ci­a­tion (USRA) Schol­ar­ship Awards are now being accepted!

Infor­ma­tion and the online appli­ca­tion form are avail­able at http://www.usra.edu/about/outreach/scholarship

Appli­ca­tions accepted up until July 31, 2015.

These are awards given to under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have demon­strated a career inter­est in sci­ence or engi­neer­ing with an empha­sis on space research or space sci­ence edu­ca­tion. Three Schol­ar­ship Awards have been estab­lished to honor indi­vid­u­als who have made spe­cific con­tri­bu­tions to sci­ence and the US Space Pro­gram.  A fourth Schol­ar­ship Award, recently re-named in mem­ory of USRA Pres­i­dent Fred­er­ick A. Taran­tino, broadly sup­ports under­grad­u­ate sci­ence and engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion. Stu­dents will be matched to the schol­ar­ship award most appro­pri­ate for their area of study.

Up to four Schol­ar­ship Awards are avail­able in amounts of $2000 annu­ally.  Awards are made to under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who will be juniors or seniors in the Fall.  Awards are for one year only, but recip­i­ents may re-apply for a sec­ond year.  All schol­ar­ship awards will be paid directly to the recipients.

Job Opportunity: Science Writer, Sea Level Portal and Exoplanet Exploration Program – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Logo

Posted Date 4/15/15
Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena


Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

JPL’s Office of Communications is currently seeking a Science Writer to support NASA’s Sea Level Change and Exoplanet Exploration web portals.  Both projects are being developed with the goal of providing scientists and the general public with “one-stop” resources of current information and data about sea level change science and the search for new worlds and life beyond Earth.

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Job Opportunity: Staff Scientist (Oceans) – Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity LogoStaff Scientist — Oceans
Full Time
Position locations: San Francisco, California, or Anchorage, Alaska

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Staff Scientist for its Oceans program. The aim of the position is to advocate for the protection of marine life from threats including climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, offshore oil development, and overfishing. This position will also support our Arctic and Alaska conservation work on land and at sea. Science forms the basis of our advocacy work and is integral to our legal strategies, policy advocacy and public education.
The staff scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for our administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, and grassroots and media outreach.  The staff scientist’s work will focus on improving the management of endangered sealife, marine habitats and Alaska wildlife. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Lead scientific and advocacy efforts to protect marine species.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments and reports on policy and management proposals (the position will require extensive scientific and policy writing and periodic public testimony).
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage the public, scientists, and opinion leaders on marine issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Build scientific and conservation coalitions and partnerships on ocean conservation initiatives.

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Job Opportunity: Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology) – Mount St. Helens Institute (Deadline: 04/31/15)

Mount St Helens Institute LogoMOUNT ST. HELENS INSTITUTE
Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology)

Position Announcement: Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology Focus)
Compensation: $14/hour; housing provided
Term of Employment: June 15, 2015 – December 28, 2015 (NTE 1120 hours)
Closing Date: April 31, 2015

The Mount St. Helens Institute Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology) supports our hands-on science education programs including day and overnight programs for youth and adults. Under the direction of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Science Education Director and the Science and Learning Center Manager, the Seasonal Science Educator will act as an education leader and as general education and outreach support staff. This exciting position has the opportunity to support and develop an amazing educational resource at Mount St. Helens. Term of employment has some flexibility. This is a full-time temporary position that will require weekend and overnight work.


  • Implement and staff overnight youth educational programs (Volcano Outdoor School and 2 Volcano Camps)
  • Act as MSHI lead for High School Field Study Program, both the week-long summer field camp and the school year program.
    o Co-develop research projects and ecology focused curriculum
    o Provide with logistical coordination
    o Attend programs as instructor and coordinator
    o Conduct in classroom lessons
    o Support student data management
  • Review and develop curriculum, with special emphasis on geology activities
  • Instruct youth on field trips (2-hour programs)
  • Host overnight visiting groups
  • Attend outreach events
  • Assist with program and Science and Learning Center development
  • Assist with facility maintenance and cleaning
  • Work closely with and assist in supervising program interns
  • Oversee some Field Seminar programs
  • Conduct guided hikes and interpretive programs
  • Complete other tasks as directed by supervisor

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