Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for  Job Opportunitystudents to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

NREIP provided competitive research internships to approximately 590 college students last summer. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 36 DoN laboratories.
Description of NREIP

This ten-week intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory.

Evaluation Criteria

NREIP interns will be selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendation, and career & research interests.

Award duration and stipend

The internship has a duration of 10 weeks. Stipend levels will be determined by the amount of credit hours you possess and stipends will range from $5,400 to $10,800. Stipends will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit.
*Level 1 ($5,400): 31 – 60 credit hours.
*Level 2 ($8,100): 61 or greater credit hours.
*Level 3 ($10,800): Proof of enrollment in graduate school.

NREIP’s Online Application closes on November 30, 2016!

https://nreip.asee.org/

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Soybean aphids show resistance to insecticides for second year

By Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor Reporter

Wading through stands of knee-high soybeans at the University of Minnesota
Southwest Research Center at Lamberton, Minn., pest management specialist Bruce
Potter pulled back lush, green leaves to reveal stems thick with yellow aphids.
Pockets where pests were thriving were easy to find, despite the plots having been
sprayed with insecticide about a week before.

The research farm is at the edge of a stretch of western Minnesota where some aphids
have developed resistance to a certain class of pesticides known as pyrethroids.
The problem might have started with producers cutting rates, using a less potent
mix of the insecticide or applying insecticide when it wasn’t needed. Those are rules that specialists such as Potter often preach. The whole idea behind the advice is to avoid issues such as resistance. “I hate it when I’m right,” Potter said.

He has been observing plots of soybeans that are part of a nematode study at the
research farm. It was first noticed last year that aphids weren’t responding to
pyrethroids. So far, the problem area is around southern Redwood County and Brown County (Minnesota), in an area that stretches about 20 to 30 miles east of Lamberton, according to Potter. He is hoping the problem doesn’t spread, but some issues with resistance are starting to turn up in areas where it wasn’t a problem last year. Researchers at other universities are keeping an eye out for similar issues in surrounding areas.

Potter suggested checking a field three to four days after applying insecticide to see
how well it’s working. If predator insects are dead but there are pockets of healthy aphids,
it could mean they are resistant to the insecticide. Spraying aphids that are already resistant to the pesticide makes the problem worse, Potter said.

In some areas, pesticides were controlling 70 percent to 80 percent of the aphid population. Potter said that’s not enough. With the high rate at which aphids reproduce, control methods need to reach almost 100 percent in order to be effective, he said. Aphids can double their population in less than two days. Soybean aphids started to reach problem numbers in some fields across the tri-state area in early August, prompting producers to treat their fields with pesticides.

Potter emphasized that it’s important to treat fields only when needed. The agreed-upon
threshold is when the aphid count is up to 250 per plant. It’s tempting to want to treat fields early and get the work out of the way. Potter said spraying early can kill the aphids’ natural enemies, then when aphids are on the move in August, they have no predators to keep their population in check. Aphid populations haven’t been as numerous as last year. Many soybean fields in the area were planted later than usual this season and aphids moved in later. But there’s still the risk of losing yield to aphids. Potter said yield loss is a problem up until soybeans are at the R6 growth stage, when the seed completely fills the pod. Producers are asked to report any problems with aphid control here.
Follow reporter Janelle Atyeo on Twitter @JLNeighbor.

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EPA Webinar: Protecting Students from Mosquitoes & the Zika Virus at School

You are invited to a webinar: EPA
When: Tuesday, Sept.20
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
These days, we can’t turn to TV, radio, or social media without hearing alarming stories of Zika virus. Mosquito-borne diseases have been responsible for much suffering throughout human history. Today, the diseases they transmit in the United States and its territories, including Zika virus, Dengue, chikungunya virus, and several forms of encephalitis, are continuing threats.

Join us as we learn about the mosquitoes that are of concern to schools and the interim guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers for district and school administrators to help schools keep their students, faculty and staff safe from Zika virus. Also hear firsthand the steps a school district in Florida is taking to reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent mosquito-borne illness.

Our featured presenters are:

CDR Joseph Laco, US Public Health Service Environmental Health Scientist, CDC National Center for Environmental Health

Michael Merchant, Ph.D., Urban Entomologist, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center

Dan Lisenko, Grounds and Maintenance Manager, Manatee County (Florida) School District
To register now, please visit the following link:
https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/mosquitoes-sipm/event/registration.html
To learn more about the event, please visit our website:
https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/mosquitoes-sipm/event/event_info.html

EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM
school.ipm@epa.gov l 844-372-7476 (toll-free)

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Livestream of Oct. 10 Summit on Data in Agricultural Science

Livestream of Oct. 10 Summit on Data in Agricultural Science

NIFA Summit on Big Data

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is convening a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government-wide efforts and investments in Big Data. Save the date for an opportunity to help shape the agenda driving innovation in our agricultural enterprise. Join us via livestream as leaders in agriculture and data science fields converge to synthesize the future of data-driven agriculture.

This Oct.10 event will include an address from NIFA Director Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, a set of visionary talks from leaders in the fields of data science and agriculture, and discussion.

This event will be streamed live in tandem with the Oct.10-12, National Science Foundation’s
Midwest Big Data Hub All-Hands Meeting.

Event Details

Monday, Oct. 10 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Add to Calendar

Be part of the conversation with @USDA_NIFA #NifaAgData

Stay tuned for more webinar details and information. More information will be available on the event web page.

NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges.
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Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, located in Manhattan, KS seeks a Research Microbiologist (Virology)/Research Molecular Biologist

The Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, Center for Grain and Animal Job OpportunityHealth Research, located in Manhattan, Kansas seeks a Research Microbiologist (Virology)/Research Molecular Biologist.  Salary Range is $71,012 to $109,781 annually plus benefits. The research involves characterizing and understanding the molecular virology of economically important arthropod transmitted viruses (arboviruses). The arboviruses under investigation will be Flaviviruses and other arboviruses (rhabdovirus, orbivirus, bunyavirus) in support of the Animal Health national programs.

The incumbent’s specific objectives will be to identify factors associated with Flavivirus infections, pathogenesis and maintenance in vector and animal host, and identify epidemiological and ecological factors affecting disease outbreaks caused by Flaviviruses and vesicular stomatitis virus.  The incumbent will be expected to lead efforts in 1) enhancing the understanding of how viruses differentially adapt to insect and animal hosts, and how this knowledge can be used to break future cycles of transmission; and 2) develop better countermeasures (detection and prevention tools) to increase the efficiency of livestock production, and in the case of zoonotic diseases, prevent transmission to humans.  This requires work with zoonotic pathogens in BSL-2 and BSL-3 containment facilities.

Interested?  Go to www.usa.jobs.gov  and search ARS-D16W-0467 for details and directions on how to apply; applications MUST be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Closing Date (Sept 16, 2016) of the Vacancy Announcement. U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

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Final rule on AFRI with request for comments

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its final rule in respect to a revision of the general administrative guidelines applicable to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program. The solicitation appeared in the Federal Register (81 FR 58809, Aug. 26).

The text of the NIFA solicitation notice can be found at the following link:

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-18422.pdf

Comments must be submitted by close of business on Sept. 26. All questions about these solicitations should be directed to the points of contact listed in the NIFA solicitation.

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USDA announces $18.9 million in awards to improve research facilities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA NIFA(NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in renewal awards to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment at historically black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.  Today’s announcement builds on USDA’s ongoing efforts to foster strong partnerships with the 1890 community, ensure equal access to USDA programs and services, and support educational opportunities for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

“These awards help colleges and universities make improvements that support cutting-edge academic research and foster 21st century innovation that will shape the future of American agriculture,” said Dr. Joe Leonard, Jr., USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, who today announced the awards during a visit to North Carolina A&T University. “For more than a century USDA has built strong partnerships with historically black colleges and 1890 Land-Grant Universities, and the 1890 Facilities Grant Program ensures that partnership will continue to benefit students for many more years to come.”

The awards announced today are made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program, which provides funding for the acquisition and improvement of food, agricultural, and human sciences facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that the 1890 land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, may participate fully in the production of human capital in the food and agricultural sciences.

North Carolina A&T is receiving an award of $1.12 million, which will be used to construct a Complex for Urban and Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Education and Research (C-U-SAFER) building and to establish a student farm. The complex and farm will provide students opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects, as well as help the school leverage extramural support from outside organizations with an interest in sustainable agriculture, local and community food systems.

Funding awards for 2016 include:

  • Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Ala.,  $952,989
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., $952,989
  • University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff., Ark., $904,537
  • Delaware State University, Dover, Del., $700,649
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla., $917,871
  • Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga., $1,003,446
  • Southern University, Baton Rouge, La., $839,111
  • Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky., $1,085,670
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md., $806,685
  • Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., $1,185,476
  • Alcorn State University, Lorman, Miss., $885,952
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C., $1,120,427
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, $1,299,243
  • Langston University, Langston, Okla., $991,763
  • South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C., $873,535
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $1,510,894
  • Tennessee State University Nashville, Tenn., $1,089,527
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., $993,968
  • West Virginia State University, Morgantown, W. Va., $826,068

Abstracts for the 2016 funded projects can be viewed on NIFA’s reporting website.

Previously funded projects include a Tennessee State University project that constructed a 25,000 square-foot Agricultural Biotechnology Building. It contains more than 12 state-of-the-art labs for cutting-edge research. Prairie View A&M University is currently upgrading their International Goat Research Center to better support animal and veterinary sciences research, teaching, and outreach programs in animal health. The renovations and supporting equipment will assist in developing a Center of Excellence in Caprine Research, providing agriculture students with experiential learning opportunities and facilitating delivery of programs to limited-resource farmers and ranchers.

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 support the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, and 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.

This month USDA is celebrating historic progress over the last eight years to improve the quality of life and access to opportunity for all Americans. Learn more online in The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Two graduate student fellowships in Manhattan, KS

The United States Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University (Manhattan, Job OpportunityKS) are looking for two PhD students to help run and grow the Invasive Mosquito Project (www.citizenscience.us). The Invasive Mosquito Project (IMP) is a partnered citizen science project that pairs schools with local professionals to teach about scientific research and recruit the next generation of STEM students while conducting mosquito surveillance and public health education. The project is summarized well by this ABC national news report (http://www.wcvb.com/politics/usda-launches-nationwide-project-to-track-invasive-mosquitoes/39871684).

With the help of USDA-APHIS, dynamic mosquito species distribution maps will be created and KSU collaborators will use the data to model emerging mosquito transmitted pathogen threats. To build the network and gather data, the graduate students will work with the local professional throughout the United States and likely in other countries to process the citizen science collected samples and curate the data submitted to the website. They will interact with professionals including local, state, and national public health officials, industry representatives, academic institutions, and local experts from mosquito control districts. They will help establish the classroom project in schools and work to make the IMP sustainable after they graduate with the aim of achieving the project goal of having 20% of schools in the United States participating for 20 years. The students will travel nationally and internationally to give presentations to governments, societies, and for schools.

PhD projects from the mosquito data will be according to the student’s interests in disease vector studies (GIS, population genetics, virology, ecology, public education via citizen science, etc.).

Skills ideal for the project include: strong writing and speaking skills in the English language, strong planning and management skills, excellent personal and relationship building skills, engaging and dynamic speaker, insect rearing experience, mosquito identification, computer skills (programing or website design), database management, social media communications, and media relations. A single individual need not have all these skills, but they must be able to identify their role on the team and how they support the other team members. Each individual must work independently as well as part of a group.

Please submit as a single document: a cover letter describing career goals and research interests; curriculum vitae; statement of research interests; and contact information, including email addresses of at least three references; to Lee.Cohnstaedt@ars.usda.gov.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins Sept. 24 and continues until suitable candidates are found. One student will begin January 2017 and the other start date is negotiable. I will be at the International Congress of Entomology if people would like to meet in person.

Please distribute to any interested individuals and email any questions to Lee.Cohnstaedt@ars.usda.gov.

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Interns needed at the PestWorld 2016 Convention & Exhibition

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Calls for Interns at the PestWorld 2016 Convention & Exhibition

Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) calls for applicants to their internship program in conjunction with PestWorld 2016, Oct. 18-21 at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. PestWorld is the largest annual gathering in the world of pest management professionals and draws thousands of participants representing every area of the pest management industry.

Who: Founded in 1933, the NPMA is a trade organization with close to 7,000 member companies.

NPMA calls for applicants to the PestWorld 2016 Internship Program. Internship opportunities are open to any undergraduate or graduate student (at least 21 years of age) interested in a career in pest management; any majors are acceptable from science to marketing to business management. Candidates will be selected based on the applicant’s statement of interest in the industry and NPMA’s intention to select a cross section of students from varying fields and schools.

 What: In exchange for working at the PestWorld 2016 convention under the direction of NPMA professional staff, interns will receive:

  • One full registration for the entire four day meeting, which includes an educational program, general sessions with keynote presentations, exhibit hall admission, and meal functions, including receptions. Interns will be encouraged to participate in all PestWorld 2016 activities when not assigned work tasks.
  • Lodging (double assigned occupancy) plus breakfast and lunch each day.
  • $250 cash stipend to help with expenses.
  • Opportunity to speak as part of the PestWorld 2016 educational program. PestWorld interns will have the opportunity to present a 20 minute talk about their current research as part of the 2016 Intern Showcase scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Interns must provide their own transportation to PestWorld. NPMA staff will make every effort to assign interns to areas beneficial to their future, based upon stated interests. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 15. Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail by Monday, Sept. 19.

Where: Washington Convention Center, Seattle, Washington

When: Oct. 18-21

Why: NPMA is committed to the future of the pest management and recognizes that university students are an important part of the future of the pest management industry.

For more information about NPMA and PestWorld 2016, visit:

http://www.pestworld2016.org/

Application Instructions:
Email the following to Jim Fredericks jfredericks@pestworld.org by Sept. 15

  1. Current resume or CV
  2. Cover letter explaining your interest in participating in the internship program and how it will be beneficial to you career.
  3. Names of two academic references
  4. Title and 150 word synopsis of the 20 minute educational presentation you would like to present as part of the PestWorld 2016 educational program.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept.15. Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail by Monday, Sept. 19.

If you have any questions, please contact NPMA at 703-352-6762 or via e-mail at jfredericks@pestworld.org.

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Reducing disinfectant exposures in occupational settings – a video by the National Pesticide Information Center

The National Pesticide Information Center recently developed a video, Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in Occupational Settings.

The video provides important safety and risk management information for professionals who use antimicrobial products in the workplace, including teachers and nurses. The video was developed and produced as a short training video and run time is just over 22 minutes. The video details several important topics, pertaining to the use of disinfectants:

*Classifying antimicrobials as pesticides and the definition of a pesticide.
*History of occupational exposures to antimicrobials.
*Common factors that lead to pesticide exposures in the workplace.
*Health risks associated with a few of the most commonly used disinfectant chemicals.
*Concrete steps users can take to mitigate these risks.

You can find Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in Occupational Settings on NPIC’s YouTube channel .

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