At #UCDavis 1/22 Dr. Debra G.B. Leonard on “”Leaning In and Moving Up”

UC Davis Women in Medicine and Health Sciences

WIMHS, in Partnership with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Debra G.B. Leonard, MD, PhD Professor and Chair

“Leaning In and Moving Up”

January 22, 2015

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

(Broadway Café box-lunch provided)

FSSB Building, Room 2030 4800 2nd Avenue, Sacramento

Register Online: /courses/secure/Courses.cfm?Status=10

Dr. Debra G.B. Leonard served as Chief Diversity Officer at Weill-Cornell Medical School. Dr. Leonard will discuss her experience with best practices and challenges in diversifying faculty from her perspective while at WCU.

Debra G. B. Leonard, MD, PhD Professor and Chair Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine University of Vermont Medical Center

WIMHS: WIMHSFacebook: Davis-Women–in-Medicine-and_Science/218743748158322


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Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation hiring a Program Officer for the Marine Microbiology Initative

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is hiring a Program Officer for their Marine Microbiology Initative (see attachment). I love the Marine Microbiology Initiative and this could be a very interesting job. See for more info.

MMI Program Officer job description.pdf

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Post-doc w/ me, Jessica Green, Jay Stachowicz, and Jenna Lang on seagrass microbiomes

Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Jessica Green at the University of Oregon Green ( is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants should have a PhD in a biological, computational, mathematical, or statistical field with extensive training using theory and/or modeling to understand the ecology and evolution of complex biological communities, and strong writing skills. Experience developing and applying quantitative phylogenetic ecological methods is highly desirable, but not explicitly required for candidates who have otherwise demonstrated strong quantitative skills.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the Seagrass Microbiome Project ( in collaboration among Jonathan Eisen, Jay Stachowicz, and Jenna Lang ( at the University of California, Davis. The Seagrass Microbiome Project aims to integrate the long interest in seagrass ecology and ecosystem science with more recent work on microbiomes to produce a deeper, more mechanistic understanding of the ecology and evolution of seagrasses and the ecosystems on which they depend. Our studies of the community of microorganisms that live in and on seagrasses – the seagrass “microbiome” – will contribute to a broader understanding of host-microbe systems biology, and will benefit from ongoing University of Oregon research programs including the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology ( and the Biology and Built Environment Center (

The position is available for 1 year with the possibility for renewal depending on performance. The start date is flexible. Please email questions regarding the position to Jessica Green (jlgreen).

To apply

A complete application will consist of the following materials:

(1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests

(2) CV (including publications)

(3) names and contact information for three references

Submit materials to ie2jobs. Subject: Posting 14431

To ensure consideration, please submit applications by November 1, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled.

Women and minorities encouraged to apply. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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Postdoc on HGT & genome evolution – Jeff Palmer & Claude dePamphilis


An NSF-funded

postdoctoral position is available to work on a collaborative project between the labs of Dr. Jeff Palmer (Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington) and Dr. Claude dePamphilis (Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park). This project is a follow-up to papers on the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes of the basal angiosperm Amborella that were led by our labs and published in the Dec. 20, 2013 issue of Science. The project focuses on evolutionary gene transfer, including transfer of mitochondrial and plastid sequences to the nucleus of Amborella, and the extensive horizontal transfer of foreign mitochondrial sequences to the mitochondrion of Amborella.


is a strictly bioinformatic/comparative genomic project involving extensive analysis of genome-scale sequence data. A Ph.D. in computational biology, evolutionary genetics, or a related field is required, and proficiency in computer programming is expected. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of prior publication in genome-scale data analysis, including bioinformatic pipeline construction, phylogenomics, and/or genome evolution. This position is funded for two years, with continued appointment dependent upon availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.

To apply,

please submit, as a single unified PDF, a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three professional references to jpalmer) or Claude dePamphilis (cwd3).

Indiana University

is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All

qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Postdoc on HGT & genome evolution in plants – Jeff Palmer & Claude dePamphilis.docx

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Skin microbiota biogeography

Over at Nothing In Biology Makes Sense! I wrote about a recent paper that analyzed the biogeography of skin microbiota. If you’re interested in your body as a conglomerate of unique ecosystems and want to know more – go check out “What’s lurking on your glabella“.

Oh et al. (2014) showed that individual microbial species showed different patterns across body sites and individuals.


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Dec 4 at #UCDavis: Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (L.A.S.E.R.)

Got this by email:

Please join us for the UC Davis Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous where four speakers will present on their interdisciplinary work in the sciences and in the arts.

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Registration Open for Data Rights & Data Wrongs workshop, 12/10 at #UCDavis

Data Rights & Data Wrongs

A workshop organized by
Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS)

University of California, Davis

Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis


Full Agenda:

Keynote talks:
Dr. Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair, iSchool, UCLA
John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks

Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, professional and personal ethics, and institutional directives to share their research data and make it available for reuse. There is, however, a great deal of heterogeneity across the research enterprise with respect to what is meant by ‘data’ and ‘data sharing,’ why data sharing is deemed important, and what data management strategies are considered most effective. Moreover, data are often difficult and costly to produce and share. Therefore, many scholars view these as a significant product of their intellectual labor for which they should receive some sort of credit towards tenure and promotion, authorial recognition through citation, or financial compensation. While balancing all of these considerations is desirable to promote increased access to data, it is difficult to guarantee that the concerns of all research stakeholders will be met given (1) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data given widespread access to new information technologies, (2) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite/not-always property, and (3) the ethical considerations and legal restrictions implicated in the sharing and reuse of data related to sensitive topics such as personal health information, national security, and vulnerable populations. This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate for their goals.

11_07 Data Rights flyer.pdf

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Wanted: Program Directors in the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

Got this by email:
Dear Colleagues,

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF), announces a nationwide search for mathematical sciences professionals to fill Program Director positions. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin on November 18, 2014 and will continue until selections are made.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Agency’s overall mission. To discharge this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

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At #UCDavis today: Semi-Conductor Sequencing on the Ion Torrent Platform – 12:30 Vet Med 3B room 1105

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11/3 at #UCDavis: Dr. Sarah Mathew “The Evolution of Large Scale Cooperation in Humans: Insights from Turkana Warfare”

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium Series
Mondays at 4:10 pm in 273 SS&H

November 3rd:
The Evolution of Large Scale Cooperation in Humans: Insights from Turkana Warfare

Dr. Sarah Mathew
School for Human Evolution & Social Change
Arizona State University

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