C-DEBI Seeks an Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager

Just got this announcement:

C_DEBIlogo3sq.jpgC-DEBI Seeks an Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager

The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is seeking a Program Manager to join its team. C-DEBI is a multi-institutional research and education center funded by the National Science Foundation with USC as its headquarters. In addition to the science of exploring microbial life beneath the seafloor, education and diversity are priorities to the Center’s efforts to strengthen the STEM pipeline by integrating research and educational programs for diverse future generations. The full-time Program Manager will serve as Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager, helping to create, coordinate, and lead our education, outreach, and diversity efforts to serve our students, postdocs, faculty, and other participants at USC and across the nation. The Program Manager will also direct day-to-day project operations and administrative activities of C-DEBI at USC.

The ideal candidate for the position of C-DEBI Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager has:

  • 5 years of experience developing and managing educational STEM programs with multiple institutions
  • Leadership and strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience using social media for professional outreach
  • Research experience at Ph.D. level

See the USC jobs website for more information on this posting ID 1003195:


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At #UCDavis 4/15 and 4/16: Dr. Tim Clutton-Brock


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NIH seeks a Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Science

Interesting job posting to Bioinformatics.Org

The Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides leadership and support to the highly visible, dynamic, trans-NIH initiative of biomedical discovery in an era of big data. Reporting directly to the NIH Director, ADDS has multiple responsibilities including the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) and a role in the emergent Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

ADDS is seeking a Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Science, with a background working with electronic health records (EHRs), to join a team of data science specialists with significant expertise in basic research dataworking on: developing an enterprise-level solution to support a 1 million plus patient cohort for precision medicine; developing the “Commons” — a conceptual framework to support biomedical basic and clinical data in the cloud and beyond; developing and maintaining clinical data standards, policies, and sustainability; training; innovating data science; improving internal processes for data centric grant review; and communicating and subsequently sharing actions with all stakeholders, notably other federal agencies, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and international partners. Given the high visibility and priority of the PMI, the Senior Advisor will interact directly with both the ADDS and the NIH Director.

Duties include:
* Working with the PMI team on behalf of ADDS and the NIH Director to establish methods and standards for acquiring and transmitting clinical data derived from EHRs for PMI cohort research purposes.
* Advising on issues related to the use of mobile devices and mHealth apps for acquisition and management of research data and participant reported observations.
* Working with ADDS team, that have significant expertise in basic research data, to establish a synergistic exchange, such that best practices in handling unstructured research data can be translated into analogous best practices for research uses of clinical data.
* Having a trans-NIH role in communicating and fostering developments surrounding clinical data, including the development and adoption of common clinical data elements across NIH Institutes and Centers, and developing standards on behalf of the NIH as a whole, with a particular need to interface with the efforts of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
* Helping to inform policies and regulatory affairs surrounding research uses of clinical data with particular emphasis on the balance of clinical data availability versus the need to protect patient privacy.
* Advising on the development and maintenance of clinical data resources at NIH such as dbGaP, ClinVar, ClinGen and ClinicalTrials.gov.
* Supporting the ADDS team to foster of new innovations surrounding big data, notably the establishment of the Commons.
* Contributing to the design of intramural and extramural training programs that emphasize clinical data.
* Contributing to the design of extramural funding programs as part of the BD2K initiative.
* Working closely with the Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development to synergize clinical informatics developments across the NIH.

To learn more about the office of the ADDS, please visit: http://datascience.nih.gov/

Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D. or both in biomedical informatics, significant research experience in handling and analyzing clinical data, proven expertise working with and developing EHR systems, and strong interpersonal skills collaborating as part of a team. Applicants should be known and respected within their profession, as distinguished individuals of outstanding competence. The Senior Advisor for Clinical Data Sciencewill be appointed under Title 42(f) at a salary commensurate with qualifications. The work site location is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.

Applications will be accepted through May 11, 2015. To be considered for this position, you must submit your curriculum vitae, bibliography, supplemental narrative statement that addresses the required qualifications, and the full contact details of up to five references by mail to Dr. Philip Bourne, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Building 1, Room 325, Bethesda, MD 20892 OR by email to philip.bourne@nih.gov. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date.

For further details please contact Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director for Data Science at philip.bourne@nih.gov

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

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At #UCDavis 4/15 Hanspeter Naegeli: Nucleotide excision repair: Chromatin connections

Special Seminar

Dr. Hanspeter Naegeli
(Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich)

"Nucleotide excision repair: Chromatin connections"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

11:00 am

1022 Life Sciences

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At #UCDavis 4/23 3PM Steve Quake on “Single Cell Genomics”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

3:00PM – 4:00PM

1005 GBSF

The David L. Weaver Endowed Lectures in Biophysics and Computational Biology present:

Professor Stephen Quake

Lee Otterson Professor,

Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“Single Cell Genomics”

An exciting emerging area revolves around the use of microfluidic tools for single-cell genomic analysis. We have been using microfluidic devices for both gene expression analysis and for genome sequencing from single cells. In the case of gene expression analysis, it has become routine to analyze hundreds of genes per cell on hundreds to thousands of single cells per experiment. This has led to many new insights into the heterogeneity of cell populations in human tissues, especially in the areas of cancer and stem cell biology. These devices make it possible to perform “reverse tissue engineering” by dissecting complex tissues into their component cell populations, and they are also used to analyze rare cells such as circulating tumor cells or minor populations within a tissue. We have also used single-cell genome sequencing to analyze the genetic properties of microbes that cannot be grown in culture – the largest component of biological diversity on the planet – as well as to study the recombination potential of humans by characterizing the diversity of novel genomes found in the sperm of an individual. We expect that single cell genome sequencing will become a valuable tool in understanding genetic diversity in many different contexts.

Dr. Quake studied physics (BS 1991) and mathematics (MS 1991) at Stanford University, after which he earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University (1994) as a Marshall Scholar. He then returned to Stanford University, where he spent two years as a postdoc in Steven Chu’s group.He joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology in 1996, where he was ultimately appointed the Thomas and Doris Everhart Professor of Applied Physics and Physics. At Caltech, Quake received “Career” and “First” awards from the NSF and NIH and was named a Packard Fellow.These awards supported a research program that began with single molecule biophysics and soon expanded to include the inventions of single molecule sequencing and microfluidic large scale integration, and their applications to biology and human health. He moved back to Stanford University in 2005, where he is now the Lee Otterson Professor and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Quake is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the American Physical Society.

Reception to follow

Please call (530) 754-9648 or see http://genomecenter.ucdavis.edu for further information and http://www.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/endowments/dr.-david-weaver for information on previous lectures

The lecture is free and open to the community. The series honors the memory of David L. Weaver, a distinguished biophysicist and professor at Tufts University for whom the endowment was established in 2006. Its objective is to bring prominent scientists to UC Davis whose original research has been widely recognized as having a major impact in the fields of Biophysics and Computational Biology.

Weaver Annoucement_Quake.doc

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“Faking It” Symposium at #UCBerkeley 4/10-11

The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society announces our annual Graduate Student Organized Symposium

Faking It: Counterfeits, Copies, and Uncertain Truths in Science, Technology, and Medicine

Friday – Saturday
10 Apr – 11 Apr 2015

470 Stephens Hall

We invite colleagues to join us for a two day symposium at the University of California, Berkeley on “faking it”–here construed broadly as fudging, imitating, juking, playing the trickster, pretending, feigning, re-creating, manipulating, falsifying. Our aim is to bring together a wide variety of scholars whose work, in some way, touches upon this issue. We invite colleagues to consider any aspect of the practices, epistemologies, ontologies, and politics of faking, copying, counterfeiting, or quackery. We seek to amplify and incubate a growing attention to the theory and practice of fake truths on Berkeley’s campus and beyond.

Keynote address: Joseph Masco, University of Chicago

More information and registration (free) can be found here:

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#UCDavis Provost’s Forum- Alessandro Duranti – 4/16

Received this email about a talk by Alessandro Duranti on "How disruptive can we be? Intended and unintended effects of changing academic practices"

Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

We are delighted to announce that the next lecture in the 2014-2015 season of the Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The third lecture of the season features Alessandro Duranti, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. His research projects have focused on the role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and music performance and rehearsals. Dean Duranti will review a number of projects and initiatives at UCLA that have to some extent disrupted traditional views of collaboration in research and teaching; how to engage a non-academic audience; the separation between basic and applied research; the goals of graduate education; and the role played by alumni and donors in helping students along their career paths. In each of these areas, Dean Duranti will use examples of success and failure to assess some intended and unintended effects of experimentation. The goal of his presentation is to stimulate a productive conversation with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the UC system about the best ways to face a number of pressing challenges—including a rapidly changing job market, institutional competition from private universities, and current political realities in California.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center and will end at 4:30 p.m. There will be an hour-long reception with light refreshments directly following the end of the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details on this event please see the attached flyer, visit the Provost’s Forums website, or contact Casey Castaldi. In addition, please forward this information to any interested parties, as all events are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Duranti 4.16.15.pdf

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Ann Reid at SkeptiCal 6/6 “OMG Virus! Flu, Ebola, Measles, and When You Really Should Be Afraid”

Just got this email and thought some of the talks would be of interest. Note – I love Ann Reid – having worked with her when she was at the American Academy of Microbiology. She is simply awesome.


Dear northern California friends of NCSE,

NCSE’s executive director Ann Reid will be speaking on “OMG Virus!
Flu, Ebola, Measles, and When You Really Should Be Afraid” as part of
SkeptiCal 2015, the Northern California Science and Skepticism
Conference, held all day on June 6 at the Oakland Asian Culture
Center, 388 9th Street #290 in Oakland.

A description of her talk: “Ebola, influenza, bird flu, SARS, HIV,
West Nile, Hantavirus, measles — one could go on. Each of these
viruses has, at one time or another (or in some cases repeatedly),
been the subject of breathless front-page scare headlines. Fear, after
all, grabs our attention. And fear, when it comes to viruses, can be a
highly appropriate response. But our fears are often disproportionate
to the actual degree of risk. Furthermore, because fear is a highly
effective tool for manipulation, emphasizing — sometimes exaggerating
— risks plays a big part in public communications about viruses. So
what’s a layman to do? When is it appropriate to be afraid, and what
kinds of precautions are reasonable? Three case studies will
illustrate the complicated ways that fear can get in the way of a
clear-eyed view of how much risk a virus poses, and what a reasonable
person should do about it. First, the 1918 influenza virus killed
between 20 and 50 million people worldwide. What made it so lethal,
and are warnings that bird flu could cause a similar outbreak
justified? Second, how concerned should we be about Ebola, and what is
an appropriate response? And finally, how has fear of vaccination
superseded fear of the diseases it prevents?”

Also speaking at the conference will be plenary speakers Peggy G.
Lemaux on “Angst in the Grocery Aisle,” Natalie Batalha on “Toward
Other Earths, Other Life,” and John P. A. Ioannidis on “Reproducible
Research: True or False?” and breakout speakers Ron Hipschman on
“Science (in) Fiction,” Isil Arican on “International Skeptical
Activism,” Kenzi Amodei on “Your Inner Simulator,” and Frank Mosher on
“Workshop for Producing Skeptical Children.” Plus there’ll be
entertainment from Robert Strong the Comedy Magician.

Tickets are available now. If purchased before May 1, regular tickets
are $35.00, $25.00 for students. For further details and to purchase
tickets, visit:

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At #UCDavis “Dengue control: from spray ’em and slay ’em to rear and release” #Wolbachia

Thursday April 9 366 Briggs

“ Dengue control: from spray ‘em and slay ‘em to rear and release”.

Prof. Scott Ritchie
James Cook University in Cairns, Australia
Chief medical entomologist of Scott O’Neill’s Wolbachia-based program to control the spread of dengue (http://www.eliminatedengue.com/program ).

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At #UCDavis 4/6 Timothy Smith: Applications of next generation sequencing in animal science

“Applications of next generation sequencing in animal science”

Speaker: Timothy Smith

Research Chemist

US Meat Animal Research Center

Monday, April 6, 2015

4:10-5:00 PM

1022 Life Sciences

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