Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spaces available in OTS Tropical Biology and Tropical Plant Systematics Courses

OTS is currently in the OPEN ENROLLMENT – ROLLING ADMISSION period for the 6-week Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3, the summer edition of our graduate fundamentals course, as well as the 5-week Tropical Plant Systematics 2014-9 course, also to be offered in June-July 2014.  A few spaces are still available for each course. OTS member institution students have priority for admission, deep discounts on course fees and those with financial needs that cannot be met on campus have priority for additional OTS partial scholarships.

Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3 now includes a Science Communication workshop lead by Neil Losin and Nate Dappen of Days Edge productions. Students learn the importance of communicating their findings to those outside the scientific community and in the process develop short videos as a means to accomplish this. In addition students maintain a Course Blog and create podcasts. Tweeter @OTS2014_1 and Instagram® are also tools used for this purpose.

Also please check out: How all ecology grad students can benefit from an OTScourse, an aptly titled article written by Terry McGlynn (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

More information about these two courses:
Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3

Course dates: June 10  – July 21, 2014
Application deadline:   open enrollment until course is filled
Instructors: Jane Zelikova and Jenny Stynoski will be joined by invited professors from Latin America and the USA
Tropical Biology is an intensive, six week course in field research and tropical ecology for 22 graduate students. This classic OTS field course, also called the “Fundamentals Course,” has trained tropical biologists since the 1960s using the highly regarded OTS “field problems” approach that focuses on formulation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and oral and written presentations. The OTS 2014-3 course will place emphasis on research and analysis tools as well as science communication and outreach.

Tropical Plant Systematics 2014-9
Course dates: June 11  – July 14, 2014
Application deadline:   open enrollment until course is filled
Instructors: Mauricio Bonifacino and Amanda Grusz will be joined by invited professors from Latin America and the USA
Tropical Plant Systematics is an intensive, five week field introduction to the identification, inventory, classification, and phylogenetic analysis of tropical vascular plants. This course is primarily for plant systematists but will also interest ecologists, zoologists, and conservation biologists – anyone whose research requires a broad knowledge of plant relationships and classification.

The two course flyers and an e-mail ready fill-in application form are available on our home page at  or by clicking on the course title in the Graduate Courses box.

Chicago Park District Internship - Beach Water Quality

Chicago Park District Intern (Seasonal) – Beach Water Quality

Position Type:    Administrative/Intern (H) 
Closing Date:  04/07/2014
Date Posted:  03/24/2014
Date Available:  ASAP


  • Under direct supervision, performs typing, word processing and a variety of clerical work in support of the operation of an organizational unit on a temporary basis. Performs related duties as required.
  • Assist with implementation of beach water quality programs.  Tasks include: data management, website maintenance, and office support for beach programs.  During the summer beach season, occasional weekend work will be required.
Responds to routine telephone inquiries. Collects information for compiling reports.  Makes telephone calls and contacts other departments and organizations to collect routine information or to follow through with calls initiated by supervisor.  Types prepared correspondence, memoranda, lists and brief reports.  Files as instructed in an established filing system.  Operates office machines (e.g. copier , calculator).  Performs routine data entry tasks using established mainframe systems.  Completes forms by hand or by using a typewriter/word processor by filing in the required information (e.g. supply requisitions, personnel requisitions).   Maintains simple logs or records. Receives and directs visitors.
Training and Experience:
High School graduation or equivalent, including completion of courses in English, Spelling, Mathematics and Typing, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is required.  One year of experience in a business office performing typing and filing duties is preferred. Word processing experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Knowledge of office methods and procedures.  Ability to make arithmetic calculations.  Ability to organize and maintain records manually or using personal computer. Ability to communicate effectively with park employees and the public.  Skill in the operation of office machines, including personal computers.  Effective oral and written communication skills.
Salary: $13.00 per hour; this position is not to exceed 6 months

For more information, please click here.

To apply please click here.

Southern Teachers Agency - Biology Teaching Jobs!

Schools need great science teachers! Each year, STA helps hundreds of teachers and coaches find jobs at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania. Please consider forwarding this information to students you know who might be interested in teaching science after they graduate.

Southern Teachers Agency already has quite a few biology and life science job listings from PreK-12 schools for the 2014-15 academic year.  These jobs range from elementary-grade science through high school AP Biology.

Certification is not required by private schools for many science teaching jobs.

Candidates do not have to be in a teacher-preparation program or major in education to be considered for faculty positions at outstanding independent schools. While a degree in science education is desirable, most middle and upper grade teachers are hired based on their major—their subject knowledge—and their gifts for working with young people. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application process:
Click here to Apply to be an STA Candidate.  You’ll be asked to submit a resume and cover letter along with the STA application.

Job Fairs:
Throughout the hiring season, STA will host 12 virtual recruitment fairs: Thursdays @ STA!  Registered STA candidates may participate in these fairs and will have the opportunity to meet school administrators through prescheduled, real-time digital interviews for vacancies, with zero travel and zero registration costs.  In order to participate in the next virtual fair of 2014 on March 27th, interested students should apply to STA for candidacy as soon as possible. For more information about Thursdays @ STA, click here.

Please visit our website or contact:
Southern Teachers Agency
Charlottesville, Virginia
Tel (434) 295-9122

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Summer 2014 Internships at US FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory in Dauphin Island, AL

Three positions are currently available for 10- to 12- week internships supporting research at the FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (GCSL)/Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Dauphin Island, AL. This Division is within the Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

The participants will assist senior scientists in planning and conducting studies and related activities in support of the FDA’s mission. Responsibilities will include laboratory science in microbiology, molecular biology and/or chemical analysis, such as conventional microbiological analyses, real-time PCR, reverse transcription- PCR, and whole genome sequencing of pathogenic bacteria or viruses. The projects will require a practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of the scientific area supported as well as some resourcefulness, initiative, and independent judgment. The ideal applicant will have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree program. Applicants with a Doctorate’s degree will not be considered.

Research will be performed in the development and application of microbiological and molecular assays to address the occurrence of hazards in seafood. Three projects will be supported by awardees of the internships: (1) investigation into the relationship between histamine formation (the main causative agent in scombrotoxin fish poisoning) and histamine-producing bacteria using rapid molecular based methods, (2) determination of variability in norovirus concentrations between individual oysters, and (3) identification of the Vibrio parahaemolyticus O4:K12 outbreak strain from environmental samples from the northeastern US.

Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2014 for the internships starting in mid- to late- May, 2014. Start and end dates are flexible. To apply, please send CV/resume and two letters of reference to Dr. William Burkhardt ( If you are selected for the internship, college transcripts (official or unofficial) and proof of health insurance will be required.

Stipend: $450/ week + relocation assistance (up to $250)