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At @UCDavis today: Russell Ligon on “Behavioral Evolution: execution and strategy”




Dr. Russell Ligon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell University

“Behavioral Evolution: execution and strategy”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2:10pm 1022 Life Sciences Building

New faculty search for “Assistant Professor in Quantitative Biological Sciences” @ucdavis w/ major emphasis on Contributions to Diversity






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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019.

As part of a campus-wide initiative to hire leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of underrepresented minority students (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American) and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, UC Davis announces an assistant professor faculty position in the College of Biological Sciences. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong disciplinary background in computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics or related discipline that will fit within one of the College’s departments.

In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics.

Additional Qualifications

We desire applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:

  • Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the college and the potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented minority students and groups (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American), and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

We encourage applications from candidates with strong disciplinary background in any current or emerging area that will fit within one of the following departments and/or centers:

  • Department of Evolution & Ecology
  • Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
  • Department of Plant Biology
  • Genome Center
  • Center for Neuroscience
  • Center for Population Biology

Please explore these departments at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/departments and these centers at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/cores

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics. Participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Application Requirements

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to this search for additional information about how their application materials, including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, will be used by the Search Committee in our screening and review process. The link is https://academicaffairs.sf.ucdavis.edu/advancing-faculty-diversity-pilot-project.

For full consideration applications must be completed by February 28, 2019; the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2019. Application packages should be submitted online through https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02600 and should include the following documents: current Curriculum Vitae, cover letter, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy, and 3-6 letters of recommendation.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement.

Davis Science Café: Moshe Rosenberg “There is Life After Cheddar: The Discovery and Evolution of Cheese”

“There is Life After Cheddar: The Discovery and Evolution of Cheese”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science


Capital Science Communicators is an association of science, health and technology communicators serving California’s capital region and beyond.

Tomorrow: 2018 Genome Center Halloween Symposium

UC Davis Genome Center


Wednesday, October 31st8:00 am – 3:00 pm, GBSF 1005 and LOBBY

Coffee and refreshments
Pumpkin and Poster set-up; sign-in for Costume contests, Lobby

Primer “What is Epigenomics?” Dr. Janine LaSalle; UC Davis, Associate Director, Genome Center, Professor MMIOpening Remarks, Dr. David Segal; UC Davis, Professor, Genome Center, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine,

Pharmacology, and MIND Institute

Dr. Kelly Frazer; Key Note Lecture
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, UC San Diego
“Using iPS cells and derived cell types to functionally annotate human genetic variants”

Break; poster and pumpkin viewing

“Epigenomics assays offered in the DNA Technologies Core” – Lutz Froenicke; DNA Technologies Core Manager

“Epigenomic editing technologies” – Henny O’Geen, UC Davis Segal Lab Project Scientist

“Measuring R-loop formation in the human genome using single molecule long read sequencing coupled to bisulfate probing” – Maika Malig, UC Davis IGG Student

“UBE3A in neuronal epigenomic networks” – Jesse Lopez, UC Davis IGG Student“Chromatin Architecture in Tomato” – Alex Mason, UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow

Lunch Break*
Final voting for Posters, Pumpkin Carving & Best Costume contestants, Lobby

Dr. Steve Jacobsen; Key Note Lecture

Investigator, HHMI, Professor,
Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology,
Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UC Los Angeles

“DNA methylation in Arabidopsis”
Closing remarks; Announcement of Raffle, Poster & Contest Winners 1

2018 GC Flyer.pdf

Faculty Position Available in Computational Biology at Cornell

Faculty Position Available in Computational Biology

Position:              Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure-track

Location:             Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

Position description:  The Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University (https://bscb.cornell.edu/) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level in the area of Computational Biology, with an emphasis in population genomics, comparative genomics and/or functional genomics. The position will have responsibilities 70% in research and 30% in teaching on a 9-month academic year basis. Applicants will be expected to focus on developing and applying rigorous computational methods to large-scale data analysis in population, comparative, or functional genomics and will play a central role in the department’s program in research and teaching.

Cornell is hosting a campus-wide expansion in genomics faculty recruiting, spearheaded by the Provost’s Task Force in Genome Biology. A cluster of 5 tenure-track faculty positions will be opening over the next 3 years at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. In addition to newly-hired faculty, faculty from several related departments will join the Department of Computational Biology, to be launched soon, and the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. Prior to the launch of the Department of Computational Biology, the successful candidate would also affiliate with the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology.

Cornell University has a broad teaching mission including introductory service courses in bioinformatics and more specialized and advanced courses for students in computational biology and related fields. The selected candidate will be expected to teach a 3 or 4 credit course each year and a 1-credit seminar course. Specific teaching responsibilities will be negotiated with the department chair as curriculum needs evolve.

Qualifications: A PhD in computational biology, computer science, computational statistics, or a related field and a primary interest in understanding biological phenomena through the development and use of computational and statistical methods. Postdoctoral experience with a demonstrated record of productivity is required. Training in computer science or computational statistics, with experience in applications in population genetics, comparative genomics, functional genomics, or systems biology is expected. Outstanding applicants in all areas of computational biology will be considered, but research areas of special interest include comparative and population genomics; functional genomics; gene regulation; modeling dynamic cellular processes; and networks in biological systems.

Salary and Benefits:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.

Applications and Starting Date:  Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2019 or as negotiated. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and arrange to have three reference letters submitted to Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12365. Inquiries may be sent to Andrew Clark, Search Committee Chair, ac347@cornell.edu. Initial screening of applications will begin November 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Please go to https://bscb.cornell.edu/ for information on the position and background about computational genomics at Cornell.

Opportunity:  The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Cornell’s global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit http://www.unyherc.org to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.


At @ucdavis today: Dr. Alison Rabosky “The origin & evolution of sociality in lizards: Kin, fitness, & parasites”

The origin and evolution of sociality in lizards:
Kin, fitness, and parasites

Dr. Alison Rabosky

University of Michigan

Friday, October 19th at 12:10 pm in 1150 Hart Hall

Coffee and cookies will be available.

Dr. Alison Rabosky is especially interested in understanding the origin and stability of novel phenotypes in nature, utilizing interdisciplinary approaches that draw from ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, functional genomics, and macroevolutionary comparative analysis. For more information, visit: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ardr/index.html

10/24 @ucdavis: Patrick Shih – Revisiting the early evolution of photosynthesis with new molecular biology approaches

MIC 291: Selected Topics in Microbiology

Professor Patrick Shih

(UC Davis, Plant Biology)

Revisiting the early evolution of photosynthesis with new molecular biology approaches"

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

4:10 pm

1022 Life Sciences

Patrick Shih flyer, Oct 24 2018.pdf

MIC291 10/10 Mitch Singer “Myxobacterial Development; control and evolution”

MIC 291: Selected Topics in Microbiology

Work-in-Progress Seminars

Professor Mitchell Singer

(UC Davis, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics)

Myxobacterial Development; control and evolution"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

4:10 pm

1022 Life Sciences

Mitchell Singer flyer, Oct 10 2018.pdf