New preprint from the lab: Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes 

We have a new preprint out in BioRXiv.  Would love comments and feedback

Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes [PeerJ Preprints]

Full citation:

Coil DA, Neches RY, Lang JM, Jospin G, Brown WE, Cavalier D, Hampton-Marcell J, Gilbert JA, Eisen JA. 2019. Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes. PeerJ Preprints 7:e27514v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27514v1

 

At @ucdavis 2/1 Dog diversity as a natural experiment in cognitive and behavioral evolution

Got this by email and am posting it.

*See the attached flier for the entire quarter’s seminar schedule.

This week’s Animal Behavior Graduate Group seminar:

Dog diversity as a natural experiment in cognitive and behavioral evolution

Dr. Kevin MacLean
University of Arizona

Friday, February 1st at 12:10 pm in 1150 Hart Hall

Coffee and cookies will be available.

“Dr. Evan MacLean is a biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist with interests in cognitive evolution and the study of animal minds. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2012, and served as Co-Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center from 2012-2016. Dr. MacLean conducts research with diverse species ranging from chimpanzees and bonobos to lemurs and domestic dogs. His work is motivated by questions about what makes the human mind unique, as well as how and why cognition evolves.”

For more information about Dr. MacLean’s research: https://dogs.arizona.edu/people/dr-evan-maclean

ABGGSeminarFlyerWinter2019FINAL_1_15_19.pdf

Today at @ucdavis: John Ioannidis – Reproducible and Useful Research: Building Trust in our Science

TODAY Dr. John Ioannidis, C. F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at the School of Medicine, Stanford University, will be giving a lecture as part of The UC Davis Forums series. He will be speaking on the topic of "Reproducible and Useful Research: Building Trust in our Science."

The lecture will take place in Ballroom B of the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) from 3 to 4:30 p.m, with a reception and light refreshments to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Please see the attached flyer below for more information, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

John Ioannidis Flyer.pdf

More detail on new @UCDavis faculty diversity initiative

More detail on the UC Davis “Advancing Faculty Diversity Grant” has been posted. See  Advancing Faculty Diversity | Academic Affairs. 

Some key details:

  • UC Davis received a grant from the UC Office of the president to run a pilot project involving faculty searches in each of eight campus entities.
  • The searches are very broad.  From the site “The searches will be college or school-wide, without specification of a specific discipline or department, provided that an applicant’s area of expertise falls within a discipline embodied in the academic unit. The goal of these broad searches is to attract the widest possible pool of candidates.”
  • The searches are trying a new approach to screening faculty candidates where the first screening will focus on “Contributions to Diversity” statements from the candidates.
  • From the site “In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, successful candidates will also have an accomplished track record (calibrated to their career stage) of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of African-American, Latino(a)/Chicano(a)/Hispanic, and Native American students or communities. Successful candidates will have 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 and an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. 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.”
  • The site provides some guidance for “What Should a Statement of Contributions to Diversity Accomplish?”
  • The site has some additional Q&As that may be helpful for applicants

Direct links to the job ads are below:

 

 

 

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

DEPARTMENT OF EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY

RECRUITMENT SEMINAR

BEHAVIORAL EVOLUTION OR ECOLOGY

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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Search ad test is here;

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

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
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

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Capital Science Communicators is an association of science, health and technology communicators serving California’s capital region and beyond.
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Tomorrow: 2018 Genome Center Halloween Symposium

UC Davis Genome Center

2018 HALLOWEEN SYMPOSIUM

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