UO biologists seek to take bite out of mosquitoes
It’s only a first step, but a project led by two UO scientists eventually could deliver welcome news to outdoor lovers and the medical community.
As part of a recently announced Presidential Initiative in Data Science, the University of Oregon seeks two tenure track faculty at the assistant professor level in computational and/or mathematical biology focusing within the areas of computational genomics, bioinformatics, and statistical genetics. We seek candidates developing quantitative approaches to address fundamental questions in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, development, microbiology, neuroscience, evolution, ecology and/or human health. As part of the broader presidential initiative, the university is building a cross-disciplinary curricular and research program for data science writ large (see https://provost.uoregon.edu/data-science). This program is supported by the supercomputing cluster in the university’s recently launched High Performance Computing Research Core Facility. There is also the potential to interface directly with the recently announced $1 billion Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.
We seek candidates developing and implementing novel computational and/or statistical approaches for the analysis of complex, large-scale genetic and genomic datasets, including those who use these data in conjunction with other sources of data (e.g., geospatial, developmental, metagenomic).
UO is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
See full announcement on UO Careers Page here: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/521093/assistant-professor-of-biologycismath
The University of Oregon Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-related position (Assistant Professor) in Human Microbiome Science. The job ad appears on the UO Careers website: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/520628/assistant-professor-of-biology.
IE2 professor Peter Ralph discusses the health consequences of genetically similar populations in Healthline article, “Are You Related to the Person You Married?”: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/are-you-related-to-the-person-you-married.
Featured in the winter Cascade here :
The NOAA-funded MOCHA (Monitoring Oregon’s Coastal Harmful Algae) team, that includes IE2 member Michelle Wood as a co-PI, has found that high levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid (DA) in shellfish on the U.S. west coast are linked to warm conditions of major climate cycles like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a twenty year time series of data on DA in shellfish was used to support the conclusion and validate a risk assessment model that can be used to determine likelihood of blooms of DA producing phytoplankton. Read more in this article from “Around the O”.
Jessica Green and Ashkaan Fahimipour organized a 3-day working group at the Santa Fe Institute on the topic of modeling microbiomes. Former IE2 postdocs James O’Dwyer and Steve Kembel were among the participants.. Some press from the group: http://www.santafe.edu/news/item/happening-now-sfi-working-group-explores-predictive-models-microbiomes/
There is a crisis in research funding, and grassroots support may hold the answer for the most foundational branches of science.
Eugene, OR — Dr. Roo Vandegrift, a recent graduate of the doctoral program through the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, has launching a crowdfunding effort to attempt to address issues surrounding the systematic defunding of basic sciences in the United States. The campaign is available on Kickstarter from June 22 to July 22, and will fund a project to create and illustrate a guide book to the Xylaria fungi (known as “dead man’s fingers”) of the Cloud Forests of Ecuador as a test case for crowdfunding in the basic science of taxonomy.
Michelle Wood attended the Oregon Legislative Task Force on Shellfish meeting on May 31st in Charleston, Oregon, and briefed task force members on harmful algal blooms that affect shellfish in Oregon.
GrEBES presents: De-Extinction
Hank Greely – “De-extinction: How, WHy, and Whether”
Seminar: 27 April at 7pm in 182 Lillis Hall
The Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students (GrEBES) are pleased to present our annual Spring Public Seminar Series. This year we explore the topic of de-extinction through the eyes of paleontologist Jack Horner, bioethicist Hank Greely, and evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar. Join us next Wednesday (April 27th) at 7pm in Lillis 182 to listen to Hank Greely continue this year’s seminar series with a fun and exciting talk on the societal implications of de-extinction.
A limited number of De-Extinction tee-shirts are still for sale! They will be available at the reception and before and after the seminar ($15 cash only).
Look for flyers around campus and Eugene or Find us on online at https://grebesuo.wordpress.com/spring-seminar-series/