Position Available: Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator

Job Opportunity

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 

University of California Cooperative Extension 

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources 

Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator 

Academic Coordinator II 

AP #16-12 

AP #10-03

Location Headquarters: Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Parlier, CA or UC IPM State Office, Davis, CA. 

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by August 12, 2016 (open until filled). 

POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a Project Coordinator (Academic Coordinator II) to provide scientific and administrative leadership for a CDPR/UC IPM project while maintaining the day-to-day operations of the project. The Project Coordinator will be the central point of communications and budget management for all work, ensuring project deliverables are completed as outlined in the contract. The Academic Coordinator’s clientele will include a wide diversity of California stakeholders. Primary clientele will include the pesticide regulatory community (state, county and federal), key members in urban, agricultural and natural area pest managers, and IPM academics.

This position solely serves the CDPR/UC IPM contract, a 24-month project entitled Pests, Pesticides and IPM: Pest Management to Sustain a Growing World Population. This project is a high level, high profile, statewide agency effort to engage diverse stakeholders to document successes and ongoing concerns about pests, pesticide use, and integrated pest management (IPM) in California while meeting the pest management requirements of an expanding global population. Information generated by targeted interest groups will be used to make specific recommendations to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and UC

Statewide IPM Program to establish an improved understanding of current perspectives and concerns about pests and pest management.

The desired outcomes of this collaboration are to establish an ongoing public dialogue to productively approach the complex issues surrounding managing pests in our state, nation, and world.

BACKGROUND: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the statewide division of the University of California that administers Cooperative Extension, which is responsible for local program development and delivery throughout the state of California. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is a network of colleagues with a focus on research, education programs, and outreach to resolve local challenges in communities where they live and work. UC ANR is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. UC ANR’s CE advisors, CE specialists, Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty and other academics and staff develop and deliver practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.

Our priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation are guided by the UC ANR Strategic Vision (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/). There are 5 strategic initiatives that ANR is currently focusing on: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystem (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (WQQS). This position will primarily address priorities found in the Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiative. The Strategic Plans for each strategic initiative can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR Academic Coordinator appointees are responsible for performance in the areas 1) coordination of academic programs, 2) professional competence and activity and 3) University and public service.

Professional Competence: All UC ANR academics are required to demonstrate professional competence in their programmatic areas. Professional competence includes participation in training activities to enhance professional development, such as administrative trainings, professional conferences, or workshops. Professional competence also includes activities that reflect professional standing within the programmatic area, such as presenting at conferences or workshops, holding offices in professional societies, invited presentations, or reviewing/editing publications.

University and Public Service: All UC ANR academics are required to actively serve the University, as well as the public. University service may occur at the local, division, state, national, or international levels. Examples of potential University service activities include serving on a university workgroup or committee, providing leadership in program teams, or advocacy efforts. Public service involves activities and events in which the incumbent uses their professional expertise to benefit groups or efforts outside the University. Examples may include serving on external boards or councils, participating in community events, and leadership of non-University collaborative groups.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

 Meet requirements of contractual deliverables on time and on budget.

 Conduct needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the clientele groups being served.

 Use information obtained from clientele and interested groups to refine, inform and advance pest management within UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and that:

o Support applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.

o Disseminate useful, science-based

information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.

o Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.

o Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.

o Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, campus-based specialists and faculty and Department Head level public agencies to address priority issues for UC ANR, within EIPD Strategic Initiative arena.

o Facilitate processes in the public policy arena to effectively bridge divergent interests around issues that impact subjects within the UC ANR purview.

 Develop and foster a collaborative environment to identify approaches which move pesticide policy and IPM forward.

 Effectively manage and equitably allocate resources; monitor the use of resources and comply with all relevant policies.

 Participate in professional organizations and collaborate with federal, state and county government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others by providing independent science-based information and leadership.

 Foster an increased understanding of Cooperative Extension’s research and education programs by clientele, the public and policy makers.

 Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work groups & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.

 Participate in UC and ANR leadership, through work groups & program teams, committees, task forces and other formal or informal structures.

 Serve the California public by participating in activities of public agencies and organizations.

 Actively advocate for UC ANR program awareness and support.

RELATIONSHIPS: The Project Coordinator is administratively responsible to the Principal Investigators of Pests, Pesticides and IPM: Pest Management to Sustain a Growing World Population and the Director of Statewide IPM Program.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all academic members.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

Minimum and Required Qualifications: 

 A minimum of a master’s degree in a pest management discipline is required, though advanced degrees are encouraged.

 Specialty and/or professional experience must demonstrate capacity or potential to accomplish team-based public policy research and education programs consistent with the values of Cooperative Extension.

 Demonstrated ability to integrate pesticide regulations/regulatory policy and pest management decision support in IPM.

 Demonstrated ability to independently direct and coordinate a complex, high level, statewide project focused on controversial topics.

 Demonstrated success in producing scholarly and technical publications.

 Possess a high level of written and oral communication skills across diverse audiences from scientific to non-technical constituents.

 Possess skills, knowledge and experience in working with diverse groups in person, by conference call, or by video conference.

 Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the complex pesticide regulatory structures in California.

Preferred and Desired Qualifications: 

 Experience working with CDPR or CDFA contracts and contacts.

 Mastery of pesticide policy and the role of IPM in addressing pesticide policy.

 Possess a wide-range, working network across California including pesticide manufactures, regulatory community, commodity organizations, scientific community, farmer, and pest control organizations.

 An understanding of UC ANR contract and financial procedures.

 Ability to quickly identify, organize, and coordinate interest groups around controversial topics surrounding pesticide and pest management issues.

 Possession of Pest Control License or Crop Consultant Certificate.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Academic Coordinator salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/218497.pdf

This is not an academic career-track appointment. This position is funded for the period August 2016 through July 2018. Performance in this position will be evaluated annually. The merit cycle for this position will be evaluated every two (2) years. The position may be extended based on performance and availability of funding.

BENEFITS: The University of California offers a generous benefits package and you are eligible for participation in UC health benefits and retirement programs in accordance with the benefits eligibility requirements. This appointment also provides for sick and vacation leave in accordance with standing policies of UC. Information about UC’s benefits programs may be reviewed online at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/roadmaps/new-employee.html For information about the 2016 Retirement Choice Program including a description, Program Fact Sheet, FAQs and more, visit http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/2016-

retirement-benefits/index.html It is important that you review the information soon to be sure you’re aware of deadlines to make choices about your benefits.

HOW TO APPLY: 

To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet to anracademicsearch@ucanr.edu:

1. Cover Letter

2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication

Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.

3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

4. College Level Transcripts: Only electronic transcripts or legible photocopies of original

transcripts will be accepted.

Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant. 

A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position. Please be sure your application responds directly to the qualifications noted in the position description.

For information regarding this position, please contact: 

University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources 

Kim Ingram 

(530) 750-1282 

E-mail Address: ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu 

Internet: http://ucanr.edu/jobs/ 

Please refer to Position #16-12 in all correspondence 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited. 

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CDC announces Zika virus response planning for schools

CDC: Zika Virus Response Planning – Interim Guidance for School Administrators

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/schools.html

The CDC has developed interim guidance for kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. This guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K–12 schools in the continental United States and Hawaii, provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students.

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Hops field night set for Aug. 16 at OSU

Double click on the poster to view a larger version.

Hops

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Cleaning pesticide application equipment

Clyde Ogg – University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Pesticide Safety Extension Educator

Cleaning pesticide spray equipment between crops or after use for the year means exercising precautions. These precautions include using more personal protective equipment (PPE) than when spraying, and possibly more PPE than the label requires. Most pesticides enter the body through the skin, though they can also be inhaled and ingested.

At minimum when cleaning spray equipment, wear goggles or other eye protection, as pesticides are readily absorbed through the eyes and can injure them. Also wear a chemical-resistant apron or Tyvek® suit, water-resistant head gear, and respirator. These are in addition to the standard fare of long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes, socks, and chemical-resistant boots and gloves.

As with any activities involving exposure to pesticides:

  • Remove contaminated clothing and shower immediately after cleaning equipment. Don’t wait until the end of the day, as any pesticide on the skin surface can be absorbed into the body.
  • Keep contaminated clothing separate from other laundry and make sure the person washing the clothing knows the hazards, and also wears protective gloves.
  • Wash clothing in the hottest and highest water level possible. Wash more than once if needed. Throw away any clothing soaked from pesticides.
  • If the same washer is used for family clothing, run the empty washer through one or more cycles of hot water and detergent before doing regular laundry.

Greg Kruger, UNL weed science and application technology specialist, demonstrates how to clean a field sprayer in this video from UNL’s Pesticide Safety Education Program. Find more than 40 videos on its YouTube Channel, UNLExtensionPSEP.

Kruger notes: As much as 15 gallons of product can remain in the tank after it’s been emptied, due to the volume in the lines and filters. A thorough cleaning can help avoid contamination.

Cleaning Equipment

Careless cleanup is a main cause of equipment failure or malfunction. Always clean application equipment immediately after use, as dried pesticides are harder to remove.

Clean pesticide application equipment at a location where any spilled rinsate won’t contaminate water supplies or other crops, and is inaccessible to children and animals. The location may be the same as the mixing and loading site, and should be impervious to water.

Thoroughly rinse equipment with the recommended cleaning agent and carrier, allowing the cleaning solution to circulate through the system for several minutes. Remove nozzles and screens, and flush the sprayer system twice with clean water.

Clean both the inside and outside of the sprayer. Remove screens and strainers, unless strainers are self-cleaning. Check for residues in damaged hoses and replace them if necessary. Pay special attention to sprayer surfaces or components where dried pesticide buildup might occur, including inside the top of the spray tank and any irregular surfaces inside it.

Rinsate from cleaned equipment contains pesticides and must be collected and disposed of properly. Rinsate could be used as a diluent for future mixtures if it is safe and compatible with the pesticide mixture; however, it must not contain strong cleaning agents such as bleach or ammonia. Any rinsate that cannot be applied to a labeled site should be disposed of as you would a waste pesticide.

Commercial compounds are available to aid in tank cleaning. These neutralize and remove pesticide residues, mineral deposits, and rust. They also leave a protective film on tank walls to help prevent corrosion.

Preparing and Storing Equipment

When storing the sprayer, add one to five gallons of lightweight oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene, depending on the size of the tank, before final flushing. As water is pumped from the sprayer, the oil leaves a protective coating on the inside of the tank, pump and plumbing. Remove and store nozzle tips and screens in light oil to prevent them from corroding.

Sprayer engines require additional servicing after pesticide application. Follow directions in the engine owner’s manual.

Store clean, drained application equipment in a clean, dry building. If the sprayer must be stored outside, remove hoses, wipe oil off exterior surfaces, and store inside where they won’t be damaged by ultraviolet light.

For trailer sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle to prevent flat spots on tires during storage.

For more information, see the Nebraska Extension NebGuide, Cleaning Pesticide Application Equipment (G1770).

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Exclusion Netting Delays and Reduces Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Infestation in Raspberries published in Journal of Economic Entomology

The paper entitled “Exclusion Netting Delays and Reduces Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Fig. 1Drosophilidae) Infestation in Raspberries” has been published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

The entire paper can be found at this website.

Partial funding of this research was provided by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture through the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (Award 2013-34103-21338) .

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NIFA announces $8.4 million in funding to address climate change impact on US agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding opportunity(NIFA) today announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

 

“Each year, climate change poses uncertain and varied challenges for American farmers and producers in terms of environmental effects and impacts on agricultural practices and productivity,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “This funding will support discoveries to create innovative strategies to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on our nation’s agricultural systems, which will be invaluable for American farmers whose livelihoods directly depend on the nation’s land and water resources.”

The goal of the AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen, and water, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Since 2009, more than $150 million in research and extension grants have been awarded through AFRI in support of efforts to minimize the impacts of climate change.

Within this program, NIFA also will provide funds to design a cadre of community-based volunteers who would be trained to become “climate masters,” whose work will help their communities become better at adapting and becoming resilient to climate change. This effort could connect with state cooperative extension efforts and support the USDA Climate Hubs.

Examples of previously funded projects through this program include an Iowa State University study that examined factors that facilitate or hinder climate adaptation for agriculture, while assessing the role of human-made infrastructure and policies that protect natural resources, grassland and wetlands. A Penn State University project worked to strengthen farm operators’ capacity to manage cropping system’s adaptation to climate change by providing real time online decision making tools.

Applicants for fiscal year 2016 should focus on how land-use affects and is affected by climate change. Applications are due Nov.17 for climate and land use projects. Climate masters outreach and extension applications are due Sept. 14. See the request for applications for more information.

 

Science funded by AFRI is vital to meeting food, fiber, and fuel demands as the world’s population is projected to exceed nine billion by 2050 and natural resources are stressed under a changing climate. In addition, AFRI programs help develop new technologies and a workforce that will advance our nutritional security, our energy self-sufficiency, and the health of Americans. The President’s 2017 budget request proposed to fully fund AFRI for $700 million; this amount is the full funding level authorized by Congress when it established AFRI in the 2008 Farm Bill.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, have resulted in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability, and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

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Assistant Dean for Researchat College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia sought

Assistant Dean for Research
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia Job Opportunity
The University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) is one of the largest and most research‐intensive colleges of agriculture in the nation. Our research, instruction, and extension activities support a $74.3 billion food and fiber industry, the largest sector of the economy in the state of Georgia.

The CAES is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Dean for Research. The position, housed on the Athens campus, will serve as a member of the CAES administrative team and reports directly to the Associate Dean for Research and Director of Agricultural Experiment Stations in providing support and direction for the College’s research enterprise. The position also works collaboratively with CAES
Extension and Academic Affairs to enhance the tripartite mission of the College.

Responsibilities:
 Further strengthen research capacity and grantsmanship in the CAES by identifying funding opportunities, supporting the formation of competitive faculty teams, supervising the CAES Grants Coordinator position, and participating in proposal management as appropriate.
 Work with units of the Office of the Vice President for Research and other UGA schools and colleges to strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations involving the CAES.
 Facilitate collaboration and contractual agreements between external research organizations (industry partners and universities) in Georgia and beyond.
 Provide administrative oversight for the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research & Educations Center (http://www.caes.uga.edu/center/campbell.html) and help to enhance research capacity and impact of this sustainable agriculture research facility.
 Enhance interdisciplinary graduate education in the CAES by encouraging and supporting graduate fellowship and training grant applications as well as conducting student symposia, competitions, and recognition events.
 Support general Agricultural Experiment Station administration.

Qualifications:
A terminal degree is required, preferably in one of the agricultural sciences or related field, a scholarly record meriting the rank of Professor at the University of Georgia, and a strong record of research productivity and in obtaining extramural funding as a principal investigator. Demonstrated leadership, project management, and effective communication skills are highly desirable.

Application:
For an application to be considered, the applicant should send electronically a single PDF file that includes:
i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position,
ii) curriculum vitae,
iii) graduate‐level academic transcripts, iv) vision statement for the research mission of the CAES (not to exceed 3 pages), and v) names and contact information of four
professional references.
Inquiries and application materials should be sent electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Harald Scherm, at scherm@uga.edu with a copy to agresch@uga.edu. Applications received by Oct. 5, 2016, are assured full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
UGA is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Institution

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Executive Director for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education sought

The National Academies of Science, Engineering  and  Medicine  is  actively  seeking  an Job OpportunityExecutive Director  for  the  Division  of  Behavioral  and  Social  Sciences  and Education (DBASSE) (www.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE).

As you may know, the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education – one of seven program units of the Academies – works to advance the frontiers of the behavioral and social sciences and their applications to public policy. DBASSE provides independent, evidence-based advice to decision-makers on key questions of national importance, and gathers experts from many disciplines who volunteer their services on study committees to provide this objective advice to federal agencies, Congress, foundations, communities of science, and the public.

The Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the vision, defining the strategic direction, and leading the overall management of DBASSE. Specific responsibilities include program development and funding, fiscal management, including a roughly $16-18 million revenue budget, board   relations,   human resources management for a staff of approximately 85, and public relations.  The externally facing activities of the Executive Director include representing the social and behavioral sciences to the federal government and to the public, and articulating the importance of social and behavioral sciences and their role in addressing many national and international challenges faced by the country and other nations.

For an application email courtney.smith@opuspartners.net .

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Just the facts: A review of the biology and economics behind soybean aphid insecticide recommendations

University of Minnesota: Bruce Potter, Robert Koch & Phil Glogoza
Iowa State University: Erin Hodgson
Purdue University: Christian Krupke
Penn State University: John Tooker
Michigan State University: Chris DiFonzo
Ohio State University: Andrew Michel & Kelley Tilmon
North Dakota State University: Travis Prochaska & Janet Knodel
University of Nebraska: Robert Wright & Thomas E. Hunt
University of Wisconsin: Bryan Jensen
University of Illinois: Kelley Estes & Joseph Spencer
early-season-soybean-aphid-infestation

Photo caption: Early-season soybean aphid infestation being fed upon by a lady beetle (Photo by Robert Koch).

Before soybean aphid was identified as a pest of soybean in the U.S. in 2000, insecticide applications to northern soybean crops were rare, targeting sporadic insect and mite outbreaks. Although large infestations have been relatively uncommon since the early to mid-2000’s, the soybean aphid is unquestionably still the key insect pest of soybeans in many North Central states. A tremendous amount of research and observational data has been obtained for this pest since its introduction and we have the tools and the knowledge to manage this pest effectively.

For more information see this link.

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SARE Outreach is Hiring a Content Development Specialist

Job Opportunity

SARE Outreach is Hiring a Content Development SpecialistPlease help us spread the word: SARE Outreach is hiring a content development specialist to join us in our College Park, Md., office. The official job announcement, including how to apply, is posted here:

https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/43891

The deadline to apply is July 29.

POSITION SUMMARY

The content development specialist is involved in all aspects of content development and dissemination to a wide variety of audiences using many different communications formats and strategies. (S)he:

  • contributes significantly to the production of all print projects (e.g., books, bulletins, promotional materials)
  • leads the social media efforts
  • is a primary web content team member
  • contributes to outreach and promotions efforts

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism, agricultural communications and/or in a field related to agricultural or environmental sciences, or equivalent work experience, plus two to three years of work experience in agricultural communications (writing/editing, media outreach, publishing, multimedia, design, etc.). A master’s degree and up to five years of experience are preferred.

For the full description and to apply, visit:

https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/43891

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