Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima


On Friday, 6-9 pm TOH 280 is this year's major Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment event. The film "Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima" will be screened and followed by a conversation with its director Toko Shiki and composer Erik Santos. The film is about the people of Fukushima Prefecture after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout disaster on March 2011.  Some of the people featured stayed in the area and some moved, all of whom kept a bright spirit, including 2 children's musical ensembles.

Having been to Japan three times since 2013, joining students in taking a close look at the landscape impacts, and hearing stories from people we met about what this event meant to them and to their view of the country, I highly recommend this film event for a rewarding Friday night.

You can view two trailers of the film at Vimeo1 and Vimeo2.

The class blog for the ASES 277 course with guess posts from my ASES 396 course are available.

A great resource about which to learn about recovery efforts and personal stories can be found at a variety of outlets, including the Tohoku Planning Forum and the 04 March 2016 cover article in Science.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Career Opportunities at Mayo Clinic



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What if your career could change your life?
Whether you're an experienced laboratory professional, a new graduate, or currently a 
student in the sciences, we invite you to explore the clinical laboratories at Mayo Clinic in 
Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic has a multidisciplinary, team-oriented environment that 
presents opportunities that may rarely be experienced elsewhere. Mayo Clinic is rated by 
FORTUNE Magazine as one of the nation's "100 Best Companies to Work For."

We have opportunities available for graduates or students graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 
a human biological science or chemistry.  Students are encouraged to apply PRIOR to graduating! 
We invite you to apply now.

We offer

·         Competitive Pay and  benefits package including 3 medical plans to choose from, and 2 
          retirement savings plans

·         Comprehensive orientation program

·         Relocation offered

·         Work/Life balance benefits including Generous Paid Time off and Continuing Education 
          Options

Click here to learn more about Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology job 
opportunities at Mayo Clinic.

At Mayo Clinic you'll become a valued member of our integrated health care team. You'll 
experience the culture of excellence and rewarding environment of a worldwide leader in 
medical care, research and education. As a respected member of our team, you'll partner 
with physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and administrators who are dedicated 
to Mayo's primary value: the needs of the patient come first. You'll discover a culture of 
teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, and most importantly, a life-changing career.

For more information please contact:
LaTasha Perkins
Human Resources
Mayo Clinic
Direct Line: (507)293-0884
Email: Perkins.Latasha@mayo.edu

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Chemist Intern Summer 2016

Description:
Medtronic is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Our Summer Associate Program offers technical internships to top graduate and undergraduate engineering students. Even before you graduate, you will get a taste of our innovative, mission-driven culture, while gaining meaningful work experiences and improving lives. In addition to a challenging 10-12 week internship assignment, you'll have opportunities to support the sixth tenant of our Mission through volunteer activities, and experience our dynamic culture through a variety of networking, leadership, and social events.

Responsibilities:
·         Work with research chemists and material scientists to prepare new compounds in the laboratory and optimize synthetic route to improve the efficiency.
·         Follow safe laboratory procedures to prepare organic and/or polymeric chemicals.
·         Assist in tabulating, interpreting and communicating the results.
·         Accurately record data in the laboratory notebook.
·         Communicate the results and finding to the supervisor and give progress reports.

Qualifications:
·         Academic Major: currently pursuing an undergraduate chemistry or chemical engineering degree from an accredited college or university.
·         Familiar with polymer and synthetic organic chemistry (e.g. Organic Chemistry Lab).
·         Some experience in characterizing organic and/or polymeric chemicals (NMR, GPC etc).
·         Good communicator and interpersonal skills.
·         Must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.

Location:

                Fridley, MN  

Medtronic
710 Medtronic Pkwy, LT240 | Minneapolis, MN, 55418 | United States
Office 763.505.4551 | Mobile 763.222.7786 | Fax 763.505.4712
julie.alkatout@medtronic.com

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Summer Science Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU)

Summer Science Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) offers
participants an immersive summer experience in secondary science
education at Trinity College. Selected from a national network of 60 liberal
arts institutions, TEU participants earn a generous stipend, take a 60-hour
course in science teaching methods, and apply what they’re learning to
teaching high school students under the supervision of a master teacher.

A six-week summer program funded by the National Science Foundation,
TEU aims to develop future educational leaders. If you are committed to
a career in secondary education or seriously interested in exploring the
possibility of such a career, apply now.

Apply Online: TEU.vassar.edu
http://teu.vassar.edu/Application Deadline: February 28, 2016
Acceptances Announced: March 15, 2016
Program Start Date: June 20, 2016

TEU participants receive:
Stipend ranging from $2,500 to $3,500
Travel expenses to and from Brown University
Books and course materials
Housing (dormitory-style single rooms)
Three meals a day in the campus dining hall
Funding to attend national or regional conference on STEM education

TEU participants complete:
60-hour methods course in math content and pedagogy
Four-week teaching practicum under the supervision of a mentor
Daily debriefing sessions with the mentor
A teaching portfolio with lesson plans and teaching materials
A self-assessment demonstrating growth in teaching
A post-summer science education leadership project at his/her home institution

For more info visit the program website.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources.

Sustainable Land and Water Resources

2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates 


Application deadline:  March 2, 2016

Program dates:  June 13 - August 19, 2016

Visit http://reuslawr.wordpress.com for more information and application.

The aim of the proposed REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students will work on one of three teams on projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, hydrology and other disciplines.  Research teams are hosted on two Native American reservations and at the Univ. MN and projects are developed in collaboration with the tribes' resource management divisions.  The REU incorporates an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods, CBPR, indigenous research methods, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Projects take place on the main campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota; and at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation in Montana.  Students in Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Mathematics, and related disciplines are invited to apply.   For a complete list of projects for this year, visit the project website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summer Opportunities: Health Scholars (Mayo) and Health Scholars (Rockswold, HCMC)

There is a heavy research focus in both programs.  Note that one of the HCMC positions is focused on biostatistics and another has a significant public health component.  One of the Mayo positions is in the Center for Innovation, which would be especially appropriate for students interested in healthcare administration careers.


2016 Program Details (Rockswold/HCMC)

  • Dates: June 6 – Aug 12, 2016, ten weeks of hands-on experience
  • Six St. Olaf students across three tracks:  Clinical Rotations (two students), Research (three students), and Public Health (one student)
  • Stipend of $4,000 paid to each student
  • Housing provided at Grand Cambridge Apartments on Macalester College’s campus
  • Final project (paper, poster, presentation) to be determined by student and HCMC faculty mentor
  • How to Apply

Program Details (Mayo)

  • Dates: June 6 – Aug 12, 2016, ten weeks of hands-on experience
  • Five St. Olaf students: All students will participate in a research project (4 in clinical research and 1 in health care innovation)
  • Stipend of $4,000 paid to each student
  • Housing provided, likely at 318 Commons in Downtown Rochester, MN
  • Final project (paper, poster, presentation) to be determined by student and a Mayo Clinic faculty mentor