2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Apply now for the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Proposals are due March 15, 2018

Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available. EPA expects to award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018.

Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness.

Applicants must apply under the Request for Proposal (also known as a Solicitation Notice) for the EPA Region in which the funded project would be located.

Please refer to the full announcements for details, available at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice

Find background on the Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program and resources for applicants at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

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LAWN & LAND FORUM Webinar: Grass Selection

LAWN & LAND FORUM 

Webinar: Grass Selection

WHEN: March 8th, 2018, 2 PM – 3 PM CST

WHERE: Webinar series at GoToWebinar 

WHO: Panelists include Geoff Rinehart, University of Maryland, and Dr. Thomas Voigt, University of Illinois.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Managers of turf and other lands including those of Park and School Districts, Municipalities, Policymakers, Non-profits, and Corporate Campuses.

SUMMARY: Planting the right plant in the right place plays a large role in the success of a

natural lawn care (NLC) or integrated pest management (IPM) program. For this webinar, Geoff Rinehart, former coordinator of the Grass Roots Initiative at the

U.S. National Arboretum, and Thomas Voigt, researcher of low-input turfgrass varieties, cover the cool-season grasses that will jump-start your NLC/IPM program this spring.

The Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum is a collaboration between MPAC and the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association and funded by the North Central IPM Center to document, summarize, and improve the state of Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care policies and practices locally, regionally, and nationally. All summaries, findings, and resources developed from this forum will remain open source to turf managers, policymakers, and individuals interested in applying IPM policies and programs to their work.

REGISTER FOR FREE AT: bit.ly/MGGmar8 

MORE QUESTIONS: Contact Ryan Anderson randerson@pesticideaction.org or 773-878-8245

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Professor and Department Chair – Clemson University

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Clemson University (CU) is seeking to fill a Professor and Department Chair position within their Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The Chair provides vision and leadership to facilitate and strengthen our teaching, research, and extension missions. The person selected will promote and guide new initiatives in a large and diverse department. The position is located on the Clemson campus and will be a twelve-month, tenured appointment.

The Chair will represent the Department within the state, nationally, and internationally, will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with the agricultural and environmental community, and will facilitate interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation. The Chair will engage with all stakeholders and provide direction and guidance around resource development and departmental goals. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program planning and implementation, budget management, personnel recruitment and management, performance evaluations and reviews, coordinating promotion and tenure, and professional development of the faculty, staff, and students. The ability to manage budgets and assist faculty in obtaining gifts, grants, and contracts is expected. Promoting and enhancing the stature of the Department in teaching, research, and extension will be an important goal of the new chair.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and educational excellence including teaching, proven ability to obtain extramural funding, and a forward-thinking strategic vision for all mission areas. The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate in an appropriate field, and currently hold or be immediately eligible for promotion to the rank of Professor. He/She should have demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities, appreciation for the diverse interests and missions of the Department, and a commitment to the land-grant philosophy. The successful candidate must have experience in graduate and undergraduate training and communication and mentoring skills that encourage faculty to achieve their highest potential.

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES), part of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS), provides unified education, research, and public service programs that address public needs in agronomy, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture and turfgrass, plant pathology, and soil and water sciences. The Department is a result of a recent restructuring and was formed in 2016. It includes 45 faculty located on campus and at Research and Education Centers located in Charleston, Georgetown, Florence, and Blackville, SC. Three undergraduate degree programs (Plant and Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Turfgrass) and two graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D. in both Plant and Environmental Sciences and Entomology) are managed in the Department. Resources available on and near the Clemson University campus include the Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, Greenhouses Complex, Musser Fruit Research Farm, Simpson Research Farm, Student Organic Farm, SC State Botanical Garden, 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, Cherry Farm Insectaries, and the Arthropod Collection. Facilities are available throughout the state and include five Research and Education Centers.

Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae highlighting the applicant’s most significant publications and activities; a concise one-page statement on leadership and management philosophy; a concise one-page statement describing their vision for the role of the Chair; and names and contact information for five references (at least two holding the rank of Professor). To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 16, 2018. The review process will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated date of hire for the position is July 15, 2018. Further information about this position, departmental resources, programs, and faculty research interests is available at: (http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/plant-environemental-sciences/index.html).

 

 

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Research Specialist – University of Illinois Department of Animal Biology

Research Specialist
Department of Animal Biology
School of Integrative Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Animal Biology seeks a Research Specialist to coordinate and conduct aspects of the research program of Professor Mark E. Hauber’s Laboratory (www.cowbirdslab.org).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct molecular (genetic and endocrine) research on birds both in the laboratory and in the field, collecting and compiling data for scientific analyses and publications.
  • Present and update the group members with the results obtained from molecular and field work at laboratory meetings. Draft, edit and peer-review laboratory-based research manuscripts and protocols in the Hauber laboratory.
  • Manage record keeping, drafting and maintaining active animal and biosafety materials, research permits and order laboratory supplies.
  • Technical support for research equipment operation, maintenance and break-down reporting. Schedule and prepare the scientific agenda for regular laboratory research meetings.
  • Assist with research of other members as needed in the laboratory and field by the research group.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Master’s level graduate degree in a scientific discipline.
  • 2 years of combined laboratory and field experience with molecular and organismal research projects.
  • Mist-netting for birds, DNA extraction, PCR protocols, knowledge of MS Office and
  • Adobe Photoshop

Preferred:

  • Master’s in biology, environmental sciences or related discipline with research experience in field and molecular ornithology
  • 3 or more years of combined laboratory and field experience with molecular and behavioral research projects on birds.
  • Formal or informal training bird banding, molecular biological techniques and IACUC protocols.

SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

This is a full time, 100%, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.

The expected start date is as soon as possible after close date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at http://go.illinois.edu/ABResSpec18 and upload your cover letter and resume by February 23, 2018. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Marty Forrest at mjforres@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

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University of Hawaii Assistant Researcher – Tenure Track

Title: Assistant Reseacher (Urban Pest Management)

Position Number: 0083184

Hiring Unit:

C of Trop Agr and Human Resources, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: January 19, 2018

Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins March 01, 2018

Monthly Type: 11 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:

  • To begin August 2018 or soon thereafter. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by February 28, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop a strong, innovative, nationally recognized externally-funded program addressing research, extension and instruction on the environmental and economic impacts of urban, structural and/or public health insect pests in Hawaii.
  2. Perform research in an applied, ecological and/or evolutionary context aimed at improving urban and/or public health insect pest exclusion and management in these systems, with the goal of promoting safe, sustainable, and ecologically responsible methods.
  3. Teach 1-2 courses each year that could include, but are not limited to, General Entomology, Medical Entomology, Urban Pest Management, Social Insect Ecology and Evolution, and/or other courses and seminars as needed.
  4. Participate in the Entomology graduate program by teaching, supervising and mentoring graduate students.
  5. The faculty member will provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community as his/her expertise allows.
  6. Provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community as his/her expertise allows.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in entomology, biology or a related field, from a college or university of recognized standing.
  2. Ability to generate independent research reports, publications and grant proposals.
  3. Ability to interact effectively with students and/or assistants when appropriate.
  4. Initiative, interest in scientific work, and adaptability.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Experience with a range of social and/or urban pest issues.
  2. Proven publication record.
  3. Teaching experience at the university level.
  4. Evidence of successful grantsmanship.
  5. Expertise in urban pest biology, ecology and management as demonstrated by thesis or dissertation topic, publications and/or presentations in these areas.

To Apply:

Submit the following to the address listed below: 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research and teaching interests, 4 ) names and contact information for at least three professional references and 5) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).

Address:

  1. Koon Hui Wang
  2. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  3. Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
  4. 3050 Maile Way, Room 310
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries:

  1. Koon Hui Wang; 808-956-7076; koonhui@hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

 

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Entomology Department Head, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska seeks candidates for head of the Entomology Department. Located in a major agricultural state – #1 in red meat production and #4 in cash receipts from crops – with a blend of excellent senior and recently hired faculty members the entomology department serves a state rich in agricultural and natural resources. The department head will ensure a culture in which all are engaged and can thrive; manage financial and physical resources responsibly using best management practices; foster a diverse team and programs; and lead the department strategically seeking and deploying personnel and financial resources strategically, continually examining the departmental vision for relevancy.

Required qualifications – Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the teaching, research, and extension programs in the department, and a record of accomplishments leading successful teams.
Preferred qualifications – Administrative experience including direct supervision of faculty, staff, budgets, and program development, and accomplishments warranting appointment as tenured professor in the department.

To view the details and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_180013. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. To apply, attach a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on March 12, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of nearly 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. For more information about Lincoln: https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/

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EPA Update

In This Update:

1) EPA Accepting Public Comments on Nominees for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)

2) EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP on Efficacy Testing of Pesticides used for Invertebrate Pests and Fire Ants

1) EPA Accepting Public Comments on Nominees for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)

On January 26, 2018, EPA published a Federal Register notice (FRN) providing the names addresses, and professional affiliations of recent nominees by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for service on the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Brief biographical sketches for the nominees are posted to the EPA website at www.epa.gov/sap. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting four of these individuals for new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire in 2018.

Public comments on the nominees are invited on or before February 26, 2018.  These comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new members.  Comments may be submitted to docket  EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0602 in www.regulations.gov. For additional information, please see the FRN or contact Tamue L. Gibson, M.S., Designated Federal Official, Office of Science Coordination and Policy, Environmental Protection Agency (202-564-7642 or gibson.tamue@epa.gov).

2) EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP onEfficacy Testing of Pesticides used for Invertebrate Pests and Fire Ants

On January 26, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice requesting nominations of experts to serve as ad hoc members for the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP meeting to consider and review methods for efficacy testing of pesticides used for treatments of invertebrate pests and fire ants.

Nominations are due February 26, 2018.  Nominations can be provided by following the instructions in the FRN in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0693 in www.regulations.gov or by forwarding the nomination to the Designated Federal Official listed below.

Nominations should include scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, training, and experience, including entomologists and other scientists who are generally familiar with pesticide efficacy testing and application methods for public health pests; those who are specifically familiar with premises pesticide efficacy testing for flies, cockroaches, yellow jackets, mosquitoes, and/or ticks; and those who are familiar with pesticide efficacy testing for control of field populations of red imported fire ants.

Additional information may be found in the docket, on the FIFRA SAP website or by contacting the Designated Federal Official, Dr. Marquea D. King (king.marquea@epa.gov or 202-564-3626).

The FIFRA SAP serves as a primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment. The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a statutory Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. Read more.

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Save the date! Tick Summit

Save the date!

9th International IPM Symposium
Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability
Tick Summit

Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem

Wednesday March 21st, 2018

Baltimore, Maryland

Plan to join the IPM Institute of North America and Public Tick IPM Working Group at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for the Tick Summit, Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem.

The Tick Summit will address:

1. Current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM).

2. Effectiveness of ITM practices used by communities, pest management service providers and individuals in reducing the risk of tick populations and TBD incidence.

3. Current research projects and knowledge gaps.

4. Opportunities to increase adoption of effective practices.

Thursday March 22nd, 2018

1. Thursday A.M: Mosquito and additional vector-borne disease sessions.

2. Thursday P.M. An optional visit to Capitol Hill to educate policymakers.

Symposium Early Rate Online registration is open now!

https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html

1. Tick Summit Only (including Thursday AM): $235

2. Regular IPM Symposium: $375

3. One-Day: $195

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Space Available

Gold ($5000 and above) Includes: Three complimentary registrations, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Silver ($2500 to $4999) Includes: Two complimentary registrations, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Bronze ($750 to $2499) Includes: One complimentary registration, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Please contact Frank Laufenberg, flaufenberg@ipminstitute.org or visit our website at ipmsymposium.org for more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities!

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Save the Date: USDA/ARS/Vet, Med & Urban Entomology Stakeholder Webinars

Dear Stakeholders, Customers, and Partners:

The mission of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology National Program 104 (NP 104) is to improve the protection of humans and livestock from blood-sucking arthropods, and from stinging, or otherwise damaging insects. NP 104 research is divided into three components: (1) Medical entomology for the public and military; (2) Veterinary entomology; and (3) Fire ants and other invasive ant pests. The ultimate goal is to protect humans and livestock from these arthropod pests, through the development of safe and effective methods of management and control.

We are interested in obtaining stakeholder input on research, education and extension priorities to be addressed in our program over the next five years.  The first step in this process is collecting vital information and expert opinions from you, our stakeholders, customers and partners, on how Federal investments can best address current needs and challenges. This information will be incorporated into the next ARS National Program 104 Action Plan.

We invite you to participate in stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

At this time please note the time for the session(s) of your interest. Information will be distributed soon on how to connect to the Internet web-conference, as well as an option to submit input by email for persons who are unable to participate in the web-conference.

We look forward to your contribution to these discussions, and ask that you please invite others who might be interested in attending these webinars.

Many thanks for your interest in the research conducted by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Thank you,

Ulrich R. Bernier
National Program Leader
NP104: Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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Postdoctoral Fellow – Innate immunity in house flies

The Department of Entomology at Kansas State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the evolution and utilization of innate immune genes in house flies (Musca domestica). KSU is working collaboratively with the Arthropod Borne Animal Diseases Unit at the USDA to understand the evolution of house fly immune genes (effectors, receptors) and their co-option for living in septic environments. As such, fellow will perform research at both KSU and USDA laboratories.

Major Duties & Responsibilities: The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform comparative genomic and gene/protein evolution analyses, analyze transcriptome data, and quantify gene expression (e.g., qRTPCR) in vivo for immune genes and gene families of interest. The goal is to identify genes and gene products that are essential in house fly-bacteria interactions across their life history. The Fellow is expected to take the lead on directing and coordinating team projects and will have the opportunity to work with both undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratories.

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must have Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or any relevant subdiscipline.

Previous experience in comparative genomics and/or transcriptomics, gene/protein evolution, gene expression (mRNA, protein) must be substantiated in reference letters and/or publications. Candidate must have excellent technical, organizational, verbal and written communications skills. Experience in entomology and/or microbiology (rearing and manipulating insects, culturing bacteria) not required, but desirable.

Appointment and Salary: 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week). Anticipated length of appointment: 2 years. Salary is $47,476 – $50,000 annually plus the State of Kansas Employee Benefits. Annual renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

How to Apply: Link to the position announcement and application can be found here:

http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/502433/fellow-post-doc or scan this QR code à

To be considered for the position, applicants will need to submit the following:

(1) A letter of application elaborating qualifications

(2) Detailed curriculum vitae

(3) Copies of university transcripts

(4) Contact information including e-mail addresses of at least three professional references

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. Applicant screening begins October 16, 2017, and continues until suitable candidate is found.

Additional information: Questions about the position or application process can be directed to Dr. Ludek Zurek at

lzurek@ksu.edu. Project questions can be directed to Dr. Zurek or Dr. Dana Nayduch at dana.nayduch@ars.usda.gov.

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. Selectee will be subject to an additional background check in order to perform research collaboratively at USDA facilities.

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