Friday, March 7, 2014
A PBS NewsHour contest running through asks students to share their reasons for spending hours in the lab. What excites you? What frustrates you? What keeps you up all night? Share your story of conducting basic research with a short video—on Vine, Instagram or YouTube. PBS will post some of the best on their website and they might even visit your lab to learn more. Tweet the link to your entries using #chem_amb and drop a note on the Chemistry Ambassadors Facebook page!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
"Tackling Problems in Sustainable Energy" by Professor Melanie Sanford.
Dr. Sanford is currently both the Moses Gomberg Collegiate and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is the recipient of the 2011 MacArthur (genius) Award.
Her talk is aimed at a general audience and should be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about how questions of sustainability intersect with fundamental questions in chemistry. Dr. Sanford will address some of the most important global challenges in sustainability, with a particular focus on sustainable sources of energy. Specifically, she will describe her own efforts toward the development of (1) methods for more efficient utilization of fossil resources, (2) methods to recycle carbon dioxide such that it can serve as a raw material for the production of fuels and chemicals, and (3) electrical energy storage devices that maximize grid scale utilization of solar and wind resources.
To learn more about Dr. Sanford's career please visit her webpage at: http://www.umich.edu/~
Leraas Lecture: Tackling Problems in Sustainable Energy
Date: March 6th
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: RNS 150
An informal reception with refreshments will be held after the lecture from 8:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Become an Environment America Fellow: Fight for a green future. Learn what it takes to win.
My name is Hanna Terwilliger. I’m the Clean Energy Associate at Environment Minnesota. We’re a statewide citizen based environmental advocacy group. We’re about clean energy, clean air, clean water, and protecting open spaces – for example, right now we’re working hard to stop industrial agricultural pollution from harming our rivers and lakes. And, we’re hiring!
To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org Our early application deadline is Sunday, March 2nd. We’ll also be at the Minnesota Private Colleges Jobs and Internship Fair on February 19th!
Environment Minnesota is part of the Environment America federation, a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country.
Each year, we hire graduating seniors with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future and do what it takes to win.
Our Fellowship Program is a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.
As a fellow, you’re not just learning how to make an impact; you’re making one. If you want to hear more straight from our current fellows, we put together a short video for you. You’ll find it on our website here.
After two years as a fellow, you’ll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience and you’ll have made a real difference for the environment. Hear from two former fellows about the work they're doing now to fight fracking here.
To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org Our early application deadline is Sunday, February 16th.
And if you’re not graduating this year, you should apply to be an Environment Minnesota intern – you’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us.
I look forward to hearing from you!
-Hanna Terwilliger ‘13
PS- you can help us protect Minnesota waterways right now by signing our petition to Governor Dayton to limit pollution from big agribusiness.
Friday, February 7, 2014
University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
Interested applicants should send: 1) A short (2-page maximum) personal statement describing their interest in computational biology; 2) at least one letter of recommendation; and 3) an updated copy of their transcript to email@example.com.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The program directors are looking for eight talented undergraduates who are dedicated, detail-oriented, hardworking and interested in marine science. The program includes ten weeks of research, seminars and workshops, culminating in a symposium where the students will present their research and accomplishments. It runs from June 2nd - August 8th, 2014.
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten-week program, full room and board, a research allowance and a travel allowance.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Breakthrough Twin Cities helps motivated students overcome adversity to prepare for college with the support of older students passionate about education. Each year, we seek a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students (juniors/seniors) to apply for our paid, nine-week summer teaching fellowship, complete with training and classroom teaching experience. In addition to teaching middle school students from the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Schools, fellows work closely with professional instructional coaches to create lessons and get feedback on their teaching throughout the summer. This fellowship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review.
“I love the feeling you get after a class in which you have really taught the kids something. The sense of satisfaction that is brought by knowing you have touched a child’s life is one words cannot describe.” - Angela, Breakthrough Teacher
This year's application deadline is Tuesday, .
This opportunity is open to ALL MAJORS!
Visit their website for more details! Don't hesitate to contact Ryan Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Friday, January 31, 2014
The American Chemical Society has produced two new short videos highlighting chemists that have changed the world and chemical insights to solving everyday challenges. Enjoy taking a few moments during break or at any time to check them out on the ACS YouTube Channel or by clicking on the links adjacent to the descriptions.Chemistry Life Hacks: One part Mendeleev, one part MacGyver, this video shows how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, clean stubborn skillets, and solve other dilemmas. Click “subscribe” and you’ll have a new episode of this award-winning video series Reactions (formerly Bytesize Science) to share with friends each week.
Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World: Features contributions of Percy Julian, Mae Jemison and three other notable African American chemists. It’s co-produced for Black History Month by ACS and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).
Are you a gifted communicator of science? Test yourself and enjoy trying to provide a scientifically appropriate answer to the Flame Challenge question using vocabulary and ideas that an 11 year old can understand. Check out the Chemistry Ambassadors link at the ACS to watch the video and see the descriptions of this unique program.