Free talk on RVA urban heat island effects

A heat map of the Richmond cityscape shows a stark difference in temperature between buildings and surroundings.

Richmond’s Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Tuesday, August 21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Round House in Byrd Park

Speaker: Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D., Science Museum of Virginia

Topic: The Richmond urban heat island one year later: What we know.

Abstract: Last July, the Science Museum of Virginia led a collective of Richmond-area organizations in a citizen science assessment of the city’s urban heat island effect – or the amplification of heat waves in certain areas of the city due to extensive built surfaces and few trees. Results identified a 16°F difference between the warmest and coolest places in the city at the same time. Many of the warmest areas also coincide with higher populations of families in poverty, black communities, low educational attainment individuals, and vacant property. What do we know about how heat affects our health in Richmond? What can be done about this environmental and social issue? I’ll talk about green infrastructure as one of multiple possible solutions.

Richmond Tree Stewards is sponsoring this opportunity. Please bring friends and neighbors who may be interested.

There will be door prizes and refreshment

EVENT LINK:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1057616374407547/

VAS 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting

2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting 
Saturday, November 3, 2018  
Ferrum College  
9 am – ~5 pm

Deadline for electronic submission of 2018 Undergraduate Research Grant Applications is October 1, 2018.

The VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is a research grant proposal competition, which has been held annually since the Fall of 2001.  In order to participate in this meeting, undergraduate students, in conjunction with their faculty mentors, are required to:

(1)   Prepare and submit an Undergraduate Research Grant Application by the October 1 deadline.

(2)   Develop posters outlining the proposed research (following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines) and present their posters at the Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on November 3.

NOTE:  Both the Research Grant Applications and the Poster Presentations will be evaluated to determine the recipients of the research grants.

Nine Undergraduate Research Grant Awards of $750 each will be awarded to selected recipients at the end of this meeting.  The grant award recipients will also be awarded student membership in the Virginia Academy of Science for 2019 and will be expected to present the results of their research at the 2019 VAS Annual Meeting in May at Old Dominion University.

Please note that it is the intention of VAS to distribute the Undergraduate Research Grant Awards by institution, discipline, and faculty mentors.

Meeting Participation Procedures

  1. Each grant application must include one or more undergraduate students and one or more faculty mentors.
  • Student applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Student applicants do not need to be members of the Virginia Academy of Science.

o     Faculty mentors must be faculty members affiliated with 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Faculty mentors must be members in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2018) of the Virginia Academy of Science by the October 1 grant application submission deadline.  Current VAS membership status can be confirmed by contacting the VAS Associate Executive Officer at vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

If needed, the VAS Individual Membership Form is available on the VAS website via the link below.

http://vacadsci.org/vas-membership/join-and-become-a-member/individual-membership-form/

  1. The Undergraduate Research Grant Application should be downloaded from the VAS website and completed by the student applicant(s) in consultation with their faculty mentor(s).

The major component of the application is the Project Description whichmust be limited to no more than 3 single-spaced pages of text (10-12 point font) and must include all components listed below.

o   Project Summary (25-50 words) for inclusion in the Fall Meeting Program and possibly in Virginia Scientists and/or Virginia Journal of Science

o   Clear statement of Purpose or Objectives of research

o   Rationale of proposed approach

o   Clearly stated Research Plan with procedure(s) described in enough detail to allow assessment of research plan

A limited number of graphs, tables, and/or illustrations may be included if essential; these will not count in the 3 page limit.

o   Clear description of the Significance of the research to your specialty

o   Relevant Literature (3 to 5 key references only)

NOTE:  The Undergraduate Research Application for 2018 is now available on the VAS website (via Meetings > Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting > Fall Undergraduate Research Grant Application).

  1. Completed Undergraduate Research Grant Application must be emailed to Gary Isaacs(gdisaacs@liberty.edu)
  • The completed application (in MS Word docx or doc format) must be attached to a single email message
  • The following information must be included in the email subject line:  Last Name(s) of Student Applicant(s) – VAS UG Research Grant Application

The deadline for student applicants to submit the grant application is Monday, October 1, 2018 (by midnight).

  1. Student applicants must register for and attend the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College and present posters outlining their proposed research projects(following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines).

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link below.

http://www.ferrum.edu/about/campus-map-and-directions/

  1. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to accompany their students to the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College. 

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link above.

  1.  ALL 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting attendees(i.e., student applicants, faculty mentors, judges, guests) must register for the meeting ($15 registration fee). 

      NOTE:  Registration information will be available on the VAS website at a later date.

      The deadline for registering for the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is Friday October 12, 2018.

Marine Science career development opportunity in South Africa

Are you a recent graduate or a current student looking for an exciting learning opportunity? Cape RADD operates a marine field course which specializes in teaching SCUBA diving and free diving as approaches to data collection on the marine ecology of South Africa. We facilitate training courses for individuals or groups who want to learn more about the marine environment, conservation and research through hands on field experience and diver development. Cape RADD courses include training in multiple data collection and field operation techniques, theoretical workshops on analysis techniques and tools like R, GIS, and Coral Point Count.

As a Cape RADD student you will enrol in a fascinating and rewarding programme that will put you under the water for a hands on experience and valuable contribution to the marine research projects taking place at Cape RADD. Check us out on Facebook or Instagram to follow our story and see what our students are up to!

This programme is ideal for students, graduates, divers, conservationists or just those with an interest in marine biology looking to gain extra knowledge and field experience in the marine sciences, to develop new skills and show some real life experience on their CV.
Visit http://www.caperadd.com or email info@caperadd.com for more details.

Full-time Fisheries Technician in Santa Cruz, CA

We are currently recruiting a fisheries field technician for spring 2018-June 2019. This position will involve setting up PIT tag arrays, as well as capturing, PIT tagging, and monitoring juvenile steelhead and rainbow trout in the Carmel River. The position will be about 75% field work and 25% field prep/data entry. The position comes with full benefits.

The full job description and application procedure can be found here:
https://jobs.ucsc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70720

Interested persons are welcome to email me with questions at haley.ohms@noaa.gov

VCU Bug Lab Internship

Like Bugs?

Want lab experience?

The “VCU Bug Lab” is looking for a few new research
interns (unpaid) to assist with insect rearing and field
collecting this summer and fall. Applicants must be
reliable and cooperative, and available at least 8-10 hrs a
week, especially on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For more information stop by the Bug Lab (033 LSB; enter
through 029 LSB) or contact Dr. Karen Kester:
kmkester@vcu.edu

Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Masters Program

North Carolina State University is recruiting students for a new graduate program.  Please see a message from them below:
We have an NSF S-STEM training grant to recruit low-income and under-represented minority students to the program. We call the program IBMP – the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Masters Program. Students would be accepted into the Biochemistry Masters program and take our first 3 required graduate classes.  They could choose to do their masters thesis research in a lab in 5 departments: Biochemistry, Animal Science, Plant and Microbial Biology, Food and Nutrition Science, and Poultry Science.  Students will also have an opportunity to learn about industry jobs through industry mentors and internships.
Our first cohort of students will start Fall 2018.  We are still looking for applicants, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please give them our information. Our web site is: ibmp.wordpress.ncsu.edu.

2 Full Time Entry-Level Jobs

VCU Career Services has made us aware of the following entry-level jobs that are available for applications.

Paid Summer Internship: QC Lab Tech, Worthen Industries

Summer 2018 Internship, QC Lab Technician, Worthen Industries

Description:  The intern will be working in the Quality Control Laboratory at Worthen Industries UPACO Adhesives Division. The purpose is to provide a real-world hands-on learning opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in the sciences and laboratory work.

Qualifications: At least 2 semesters of laboratory experience, and a basic understanding of good laboratory practices.

How to Apply:  All interested parties should please email resume and/or a description of qualifications to Dmarshall@worthenind.com

Art + Science in India and Thailand

The ART+BIO Collaborative, an educational nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, offers various Field Studies of Art+Nature. We integrate art and the life sciences via public engagement, education, and research. We value diversity and inclusion in the arts and sciences, and design novel travel programs for artists, scientists, students, educators, professionals and for anyone interested in integrating nature, art, and biology in the wild.
Please consider applying to Jungle Life and help spread the word about this incredible opportunity to anyone who may be interested.
Here are the details:
JUNGLE LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in South India and Thailand
This program focuses on creative exploration of the unique and lush jungle environments of the Western Ghats of South India and the tropical island of Koh Lon, Thailand. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, collaboration, and various biological and natural history methods, we will utilize the natural habitat as a STUDIO+LAB to explore and make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature. During the program, we will stay at various field sites and provide an immersive, project-based experience, focused on the unique beauty and dense wilderness of the jungle.
Dates: June 5-19, 2018
There are limited spaces available. Those interested are highly encouraged to apply today. Please click on the link for photos and more information.

Advisor Meet and Greet for Rising Sophomores

 

Ready, Set, Go! Sophomore Transition Series for Rising Sophomores

Advisor Meet and Greet
Tuesday, April 24th  3-5 pm
Commons Plaza

  • Meet your departmental advisors
  • Spin to win VCU Biology prize
  • Tour VCU Biology advising center
  • Enter raffle drawing for prize

Everything you need to know about studying a BS in Biology at VCU

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