Monday, July 2, 2012

Visiting Position in Energy and Earth Resources, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, a four-year, degree-granting institution, invites applications for a one-year Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor position in the department of Energy and Earth Resources beginning in the 2012 fall term.  We seek a broad-based individual who is capable of teaching upper-level courses such as Geomorphology and Hydrology (Surface Water) as well as introductory courses such as Environmental Geology and Physical Geology.     Requirements include:  M.S. in geology/geological science (Ph.D. preferred); teaching and research experience appropriate to the position; demonstrable commitment to undergraduate education including field-based undergraduate research; excellent communication skills; and demonstrable commitment to the process of program development and assessment.  To apply, send a letter of interest (including a statement of teaching philosophy and research goals); a statement of eligibility to work in the U.S.; curriculum vita; transcripts for all degrees (copies acceptable initially); and names and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Steven Stern, Chair, Division of Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Johnstown, PA, 15904.  Review will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  Email correspondence can be sent to 

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Polar Early Career Scientists

To students and other early-career polar scientists:

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, is exactly what the name says: an international organization of over 3,000 undergrads, grad students, post-docs, early faculty members, and others from over 76 countries interested in Polar and cryospheric sciences.  APECS provides members with unparalleled guidance in career development.  Further, the group is committed to education and outreach, as well as to knowledge-sharing in the greater Polar Science community. 

 While APECS has committees in many countries (see, there is currently no active chapter in the U.S.  We have identified a need for a regional chapter in the Northeast so that we can create a local community and facilitate knowledge sharing, through both structured interactions at conferences as well as informal gatherings at restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.  We hope to provide a platform upon which to grow an active committee, which would provide resources for members to: develop writing and presentation skills, engage in community outreach/education, receive scientific or career guidance from established scientist "mentors," find funding sources, and share research!  We'd also like to hear what resources, interactions, and opportunities you're interested in, so if you have ideas or want to get more involved in making this group happen, please email Alexandra Giese: or Christie Wood:

We highly encourage you to join our new, low-volume listserv, which we expect to be used primarily for publicizing Polar Science events in the Northeast region (e.g. speakers at our universities) and for arranging meet-ups.  To join, please enter your email address into the google form linked to below (note: you may need to be logged in first).  If you have problems editing the document, please email your information to us directly.

And, if you aren’t already an APECS member, sign up today!  It’s free:

Hope to be in touch soon!
Christie Wood & Alexandra, co-chairs, US Northeast regional committee

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Christie Wood
PhD Student
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University

National Academies Fellowships

We are asking your assistance in forwarding this message to inform students and faculty in your department of these outstanding fellowship opportunities. More detailed information and an online application can be found at

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website (see link above).

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four annual review cycles.
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1

Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

Alaskan Geosciences Expeditionary Experience

Exploration and Research Involvement in Earth and Environmental Sciences on Alaska's Juneau Icefield and the Atlin Lake Region, British Columbia - Yukon

The program emphasizes field work in Earth Systems Science - the total systems inter-relationship of field geology, environmental geography, alpine geomorphology, ecology, geophysics, glaciology, glaciohydrology, remote sensing, meteorology, and surveying. Participants take part in an intensive Summer Arctic Expeditionary Program on the Juneau Icefield, the fifth larges icefield in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most spectacular. The program is held in cooperation with NASA and in partnership with the Juneau Icefield Research Program, the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research, and the University of Alaska Southeast. (Transferable as 3-9 academic credits)

Partial to full scholarships are available for early applicants. Undergraduates and some graduate students will be in the field continuously from June 23 - August 18. The full regular fee is $4800 for room, board and field logistic costs. Some travel grants may be arranged.

How to Apply:

Application forms may be found at
Office: (208) 301 - 3860
Field: (907) 209 - 2787

Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP)
4616 25th Ave. NE
Suite 302
Seattle, WA 98105

Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program

Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program
Jerry Yang & Akiko Ymazaki Environment and Energy Building
473 Via Ortega, Room 254, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4020, USA
Voice: (650) 725-2390 Fax: (650) 725-3164 Email:

Discover Exceptional Insight, Expertise & Scholarship

Through our emphasis on critical analysis and scholarly exchange, Stanford University has developed one of the most highly recognized academic programs in environmental engineering and science. We seek to empower students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to discover their passion and prepare for future expert and leadership roles.

Reaching Around the Globe

Our 8-week summer program (June 24 - August 19, 2012) reaches out to visiting students from the US and internationally, as well as incoming and current Stanford students. This brings together an unmatched combination of cultural and academic elements to produce an extraordinarily energetic and revealing interaction experience.

Earn a Certificate

Summer visitors are offered the option of the SEWSS certificate program that requires successful completion of 3 courses.

Topics Offered in Summer 2012

Channel Flow Dynamics, Membrane Technology, Fate & Transport, Water Resources Management, Environmental Engineering Seminar, Computation & Visualization (MATLAB), Aquatic Chemistry & Biology, Environmental Policy in Europe, Environmental Informatics

GSA Field Geology Scholarships

The importance of field schools to practicing geologists is unquestionable; yet, the opportunities to experience field geology are dwindling. The Geological Society of America (GSA), in cooperation with ExxonMobil, is currently offering three programs to support and encourage field geology. This non-profit/industry collaboration has proven very successful and in 2011 over 300 geology students and professors applied for these awards.

(1)   The GSA/ExxonMobil Big Horn Basin Field Award (deadline 2 April, 2012) - a one week field seminar that offers 20 undergraduate and graduate students and 5 faculty members a chance to receive a high-quality educational experience in the spectacular Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming. The course is free to accepted participants, and all transportation, meals, and living expenses are covered.

The seminar focuses on multi-disciplinary integrated basin analysis and enables awardees to study exposures of individual hydrocarbon system play elements, such as source, seal, reservoir and structure, within a prolific hydrocarbon basin.  For more than a century, the Bighorn Basin has been studied by academic, industry and government geoscientists, who have focused on the exceptional outcrop exposures, as well as subsurface borehole and seismic data. Our current understanding of the basin derives from both industry and academic perspectives.

This is not, however, a course on the detailed geology of the Bighorn Basin. Instead, our objectives are to introduce the concepts of integrated basin analysis, including evaluation, prediction, and assessment of play element distribution and quality, using the Bighorn Basin as a natural laboratory.  Via this laboratory, we will explore the concepts, methods, and the tools of petroleum geoscience that we use on a day-to-day basis in the energy industry.  Our discussions on the outcrop and in the classroom will focus on how we make decisions with limited data and how critical information is identified in order to evaluate risk vs. uncertainty. We also use the excellent field setting to teach fundamental geoscience skills in structure, stratigraphy, geochemistry, etc.  By the end of the school, the teams will generate play element maps, play summary charts, cross-sections, and play fairway maps.  The highlight of this course is the presentation of these ideas to the group and the ensuing discussions about how these ideas and play assessments could be further developed.

This seminar is team taught by four ExxonMobil professionals. These geoscientists represent over 100 years of research in integrated basin analysis, with specific skills in tectonics, geochemistry, structure, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, hydrocarbon systems analysis, and integrated play analysis. GSA’s role is to select awardees and to handle all logistics.

(2)   The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Award (deadline 12 March, 2012) -  provides 17 undergraduate students $2,000 each to attend the field camp of their choice based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit. Funds for this award have been provided by ExxonMobil. Selections of awardees are completed by GSA.

(3)   The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award  (deadline 12 March, 2012) - provides one geologic field camp an award of $10,000 to assist with their summer field camp based on safety awareness, diversity, and technical excellence..

To apply for these awards, please visit Students and recent graduates must submit an on-line application form and record of relevant courses and grades, two letters of recommendation and a cover letter. 

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Nocerino,, or +1-303-357-1036.

Colorado Scientific Society Student Research Grants

The Colorado Scientific Society, a nonprofit earth-science organization, invites students enrolled at an accredited college or university to apply for research grants to be awarded in late April 2012. Grants are generally awarded to students in a Masters or Ph.D. program, however applications from undergraduates conducting senior-level research will also be considered and are encouraged.

General grant categories:
  •  Field-oriented research on geology, geochemistry, and geophysics of the Rocky Mountain region
  •  Engineering geology research (with no restriction on geographic area of interest)
  •  Studies on the Heart Mountain fault in northwestern Wyoming or a Quaternary study with no geographic restriction
The grant amounts actually awarded may vary depending on the number of applicants, however typical amounts from past years have ranged from $600 to $1200.

Students can obtain application forms and grant policy and procedure information directly from the Society website at

Completed applications must be emailed or post-marked by March 30, 2012.

Applications should be submitted via email to:

Applications sent via regular mail are permitted only as a last resort:
Colorado Scientific Society
C/O Lisa R. Fisher
1530 Alkire Street
Golden, CO 80401