July 31 deadline: Applicants sought for Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development workshop

URL:  http://www.enge.vt.edu/workshops

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Approximately 40 faculty members and future faculty (including IGERT fellows!) are sought as participants for a 2-day workshop on developing and sustaining interdisciplinary graduate programs.  Registration, lodging and meals will be covered by an NSF grant; participants need only pay their travel to and from the venue.

At this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to develop an idea for an interdisciplinary graduate program by considering learning outcomes, faculty team members, administrative challenges, program growth and sustainability, and funding opportunities. Workshop sessions are designed to be highly interactive, encouraging discussion and networking.

Full announcement and call for participants:  http://www.enge.vt.edu/workshops

Participant application:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333023798928

Direct questions to mborrego@vt.edu

Harvard post-doctoral position in fungal biology & biomechanics


Fungal Network Architectures


We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to partner with us in research on the biology and physics of fungal networks. The fellowship is funded by the Human Frontiers in Science Program. Experiments aim to understand how fluid flows within indeterminate, modular organisms enable foraging. Fungi can easily reach several square meters in size. Despite lacking a central coordination center (a brain), individuals are able to reshape their morphology in response to local cues, including food sources. How are local signals integrated across a network, and coordinated to mount a global response? Applicants must be genuinely fascinated by basic research. Brenner is an applied mathematician and the Pringle laboratory focuses on the evolution and ecology of fungi. We are housed at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, a vibrant intellectual community near myriad cultural resources.  The fellow will work collaboratively with Professors Brenner and Pringle, and physicist and post-doctoral fellow Karen Alim, to grow fungi, manipulate networks using drugs and physical stimuli, and implement a range of image-processing and analysis tools. A collaboration with Mark Fricker (Plant Biology, Oxford University) will start this Fall. This position requires an independent, organized, and motivated individual with demonstrated skills and experience in experimental techniques. Biologists interested in quantitative approaches to biological problems are strongly encouraged to apply. Above all, we are looking for someone who is personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.

Information about the Brenner group can be found at http://www.seas.harvard.edu/brenner/Home.html. Information about the Pringle laboratory can be found at http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/pringle/.

Informal inquiries can be directed to either Michael Brenner (brenner@seas.harvard.edu) or Anne Pringle (pringle@oeb.harvard.edu).

Formal applications should be made to the administration, by emailing Nikki Hughes (nhughes@fasmail.harvard.edu). Please send a letter describing your research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, non-smoking workplace.

Essay Contest: Communicating the Importance of Interdisciplinary Research

2012 Iota Delta Rho Award for Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year

Iota Delta Rho, an interdisciplinary honor society at VT, would like to encourage all students to participate in this year’s essay contest!  Open to all Virginia Tech students at any degree level.

A prize will be awarded to the best essay answering the following question:

Choose a public audience (not a university-based one).  How would you explain to them the value of interdisciplinary research?

Examples of possible audiences include, but are not limited to, an elementary school class, a church group, members of Congress, etc.  Please make the chosen audience explicit at the beginning of your essay, and keep this audience in mind throughout your essay.  You can think of this essay as a speech, for example.  Your examples do not have to be limited to your own research area.  Be creative!

Applicants are required to submit the following items electronically to Carol Johnson (cjohns49@vt.edu) by midnight on Sunday, April 1:

  1. One-page cover page including the essay title, applicant name, program/college/degree level, and a short biography.
  2. 500 word essay answering the IDR-related question above.

VT Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society now accepting membership applications

Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Organization and Honor Society, will accept applications for membership starting January 31, 2012. IDR has many levels of membership, including a membership for those who only wish to participate at the organization level. Information on different membership levels, the Honor Society Application Packages, and a FAQ sheet can be found at www.idrsociety.org. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

Shane D. Ross receives an NSF CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation’s Dynamical Systems Program has selected MultiSTEPS team member Dr. Shane Ross’s work for funding by the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  His award-winning work is titled “CAREER: Integrating Geometric, Probabilistic, and Topological Methods for Phase Space Transport in Dynamical Systems“.  See the Engineering Science & Mechanics News Article for more information.  Congratulations Dr. Ross!

Raffaella De Vita receives an NSF CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems has selected MultiSTEPS team member Dr. Raffaella De Vita’s work for funding by the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  Her award-winning work is titled “CAREER: Advancing Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders through Discoveries in Elasticity and Viscoelasticity of Uterosacral and Cardinal Ligaments“.  See the Engineering Science & Mechanics News Article for more information.  Congratulations Dr. De Vita!