EMBO Symposium “A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes” 1/26-29, 2016

Posting this notice I receive from Jon Kaye at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

Colleagues –

We have lined up a fantastic group of speakers for the upcoming EMBO Symposium on aquatic protist ecology and evolution and are seeking additional speakers and poster contributions to be selected from submitted abstracts!

Abstract submission deadline is approaching — October 22. The symposium is stimulated by the completion of the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP) and major milestones achieved by the Tara Oceans and Malaspina expeditions. The goal is to bring together the MMETSP, Tara Oceans, Malaspina, and well-established protist model systems communities. The Symposium will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from 26–29 January 2016.


Invited speakers include the following scientists whose specialties range from marine and freshwater microeukaryote ecology to studies of long-standing protist model systems such as Tetrahymena and Chlamydomonas:


The sessions are:

1. And You May Ask Yourself, “Well…How Did I Get Here?”: Biodiversity Patterns across Space and Time
2. Love–Hate Relationships: Intimate Interactions, from Trophic Interactions to Symbiosis
3. Weird and Wonderful Organelles and Symbionts—Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Beyond
4. Knock, Knock—Who’s There? Extracellular Signaling
5. Genetic Transportation: Causes and Consequences of Gene Exchange in Protists
6. Small Microbe, Big World: Microeukaryotes in Aquatic Ecosystems
7. Situation Normal, All Stressed Out
8. Evolutionary Tipping Points: How Do Protists Adapt?

The organizers will be selecting poster and additional oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. The abstract submission deadline is 22 October 2015, and the registration deadline is 3 December 2015.

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At #UCDavis 10/8: MicroRNAs and the diabetic beta cell

Dr. Anath Shaleve

Professor of Medicine

Nancy R. and Eugene C. Gwaltney Family Endowed Chair in Juvenile Diabetes Research

Director, Comprehensive Diabetes Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham

“MicroRNAs and the diabetic beta cell”

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4:10 p.m.

1022 Life Sciences

Host: Mark Huising


(If you wish an appointment with the invited speaker, please contact the host.)

Shalev_Mtg Notice.pdf

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Faculty position: Plant Evolutionary Biologist at CSUN

Dear Colleagues:

Cal State Northridge is hiring a Plant Evolutionary Biologist and I’m seeking your help to identify any qualified candidates. Ideally, we’re looking for somebody with expertise in molecular systematics, but we’ll consider anybody that works on evolutionary questions associated with plants and has a strong record.

Although Cal States don’t have the reputation of most R-1 schools, CSUN is an exception in that our President and Provost are pushing research more than most Cal States and putting their money where their mouth is. Despite having to teach slightly more than some places, I’ve found enough time and resources to do what I want here (well, at least as much time as any of us have to do what we want). I’d appreciate your forwarding this along to people that you think might be appropriate.


California State University, Northridge, seeks a Plant Evolutionary Biologist to become a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. Applicants’ research should address evolutionary questions in plant biology, with a preferable focus on molecular systematics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience. Teaching will include Evolutionary Biology, Flowering Plants, and/or an upper division course developed by the applicant. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students, aggressively seek extramural funding, demonstrate teaching excellence, and provide effective instruction to students of diverse backgrounds in a multicultural setting.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a productive research lab, preferably involving research on plants in their natural habitat and to collaborate with others in the department using molecular tools, including next-generation sequencing technologies. The Department of Biology has a fully functional Molecular Core Facility with an in-house Illumina Sequencer. Faculty in the department’s Ecology and Evolution area have a strong commitment to teaching courses in field biology and to offering students research experiences testing evolutionary ideas. We seek applicants who share this vision and have a strong interest in field research/teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Evolutionary Biology (upper division majors course) and Flowering Plants (an upper division field and laboratory course), as well as specialty upper division majors and/or graduate level course(s) in their area of expertise.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.


• Develop a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students and seek extramural research funds. • Demonstrate teaching excellence in coursework at multiple levels.
• Participate in department, college, and university service.

Application Deadline:

Screening will begin on November 1, 2015. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) summary of research experience, (4) summary of teaching philosophy and experience, including how his/her teaching reaches a diverse student body, and (5) PDFs of three publications to: Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to plantevosearch. Although electronic applications are strongly encouraged, materials may also be sent to: Plant Evolutionary Biologist Search Committee, Department of Biology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, California 91330-8303, USA. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

The full job ad can be found here: http://www.csun.edu/biosphere/PlantEvoSearch_aa1.pdf

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Today at #UCDavis; Wolbachia population biology: from natural spatial spread to possible dengue control

This should be very interesting:

CPB Fall Quarter Seminar Reminder – Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 4:10pm – 1022 Life Sciences *****

September 29: Michael Turelli

Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis
Title: “Wolbachia population biology: from natural spatial spread to possible dengue control”

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Farm to Table Academy Saturdays 10am in October at #UCDavis

Posting this email I received:


In concert with global celebrations of World Food Day on October 16th, the World Food Center’s Institute for Food & Agricultural Literacy (IFAL) will host a four-weekend academy for the general public and campus community discussing current technologies that impact the global food system from farm to table.

image003Farm to Table Flyer

A session keynote speaker will highlight each topic and will be followed by one or two additional speakers (farmers, students, industry experts) who will give real world examples of the technologies discussed.

October 3rd Improving Regional Food Systems and Community Nutrition

October 10th Developing Crops for a Sustainable Food Supply

October 17th Livestock and Sustainable Agricultural Practices

October 24th Agricultural Innovations

The sessions are FREE; register on Eventbrite for the dates you would like to attend (attendance of all four sessions is highly encouraged): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-to-table-academy-tickets-18439560221.

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Danforth Center Junior Faculty position in Plant Biology

Colleagues- The Danforth Center is conducting a junior faculty search. Please share the attached ad with any promising junior scientists you know.

Danforth Center Faculty Position

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an independent, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to improving the human condition through plant science. The Danforth Center addresses global challenges by facilitating fundamental discovery and enabling translation into entrepreneurial and humanitarian solutions. Currently home to 20 independent labs and with a new wing opening in 2016, the Danforth Center is seeking new faculty at the Assistant and Associate ranks. Candidates are sought who are using creative approaches in any area of science that can be applied to plants. The Center has made significant recent investments to expand and strengthen genome-scale approaches, computational and quantitative biology, robotics, phenotyping and synthetic biology platforms. Candidates for Assistant Member positions must have postdoctoral experience and a record of excellence in research; candidates for Associate Member should have several years of productive, independent faculty-level experience. All candidates should be integrative and collaborative, and interested in contributing to the Center’s mission. Candidates should also possess the ability to raise external grant funds, and exhibit excellent leadership and communication skills. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Members of the Center constitute the faculty, and typically have adjunct appointments at partner universities. Salary structures follow a typical academic model. More information about the Center is available at www.danforthcenter.org.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, three relevant publications and names and addresses of three references online at FacultySearch

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer




Ivan Baxter

Research Computational Biologist

USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit

Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center






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Center for Population Biology Fall 2015 Seminar Series

Please find attached the Fall Quarter 2015 CPB Tuesday Seminar Schedule.

Seminars will be held as usual, 4:10pm in 1022 Life Sciences.

Please note that the series starts just prior to the actual first day of Fall Quarter ’15 instruction. So the first seminar is this coming Tuesday, September 22nd with Alisa Sedghifar’s PhD Exit Seminar.

CPB Seminar Series FALL 2015.pdf

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10/19 in #DavisCA: 1st Quarterly Food and Agriculture Roundtable

For those in or near Davis, CA

Block the date – this will be awesome

October 19, 2015

1:00 to 3:00pm

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Jonathan Eisen

1st Quarterly Food and Agriculture Roundtable

Discussion of Microbes in Food and Agriculture
including a discussion of glyphosate and microbiomes

Eisen Roundtable Flyer .pdf

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Free workshop at #UCDavis: “Microbial genomics and transcriptomics hands-on”, Sep 24-25

Was informed of this by Titus Brown, one of the instructors.  Info copied from here.

Microbial genomics and transcriptomics hands-on, Sep 24-25

Who: Ben Johnson (Michigan State University); Tracy Teal (Data Carpentry); C. Titus Brown (UC Davis).

Host: C. Titus Brown

When: Sep 24 and 25, 2015

Times: 9am-3pm on both days

Where: TBD (UC Davis campus).

Cost: there is no fee.

This workshop is open to everyone, including graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and community members. We have extra space for UC Davis VetMed affiliates; contact the host if you are an SVM affiliate.

> Register here <


This two-day hands-on workshop will introduce biologists to microbial genomics and transcriptomics. The primary focus will be on genome assembly and annotation, and subsequent transcriptome analysis, of bacteria.

We will be analyzing a stock data set, and we will be using the Amazon cloud.

Topics overview

  • Logging into the Amazon Cloud
  • Short read quality and trimming
  • Genome assembly (with SPAdes or MEGAHIT)
  • Genome annotation (with Prokka)
  • RNAseq analysis
  • Differential expression analysis

Computer requirements

Attendees will need to bring a computer with a Web browser, an Internet connection, and an ssh client; Windows users should install MobaXterm before the workshop.

LICENSE: This documentation and all textual/graphic site content is licensed under the Creative Commons – 0 License (CC0)fork @ github. Presentations (PPT/PDF) and PDFs are the property of their respective owners and are under the terms indicated within the presentation.

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Temporary lecturer postion for “Introduction to Evolution” at @UCDavis


Introduction to Evolution

(EVE 100)

WINTER 2016 (January 4-March 19, 2016)

Responsibilities: A 60% position teaching EVE 100 – Introduction to Evolution (4 units). Lecture–3 hours, Discussion–1 hour. The course subject provides a general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms. Estimated enrollment: 200

Requirements: Ph.D. and demonstrated effective teaching in the subject course or equivalent course.

Salary: Commensurate upon qualifications.

Please submit letter of application, including summary of qualifications, CV, two letters of recommendation, any applicable teaching evaluation summaries, and a statement of contributions to diversity via the link below link which contains additional information about the position.



This position may be covered by a collective bargaining unit.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.


Winter 2016 EVE 100 Lecturer Ad.pdf

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