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Bob Curry

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  1. Villanova University’s Department of Biology invites applications for a MSEPF position in the field of behavioral ecology. Initial appointment will cover the Spring 2021 semester, then continuing for two subsequent academic years by mutual agreement between the Fellow, Mentor, and the Department; continuation for one additional year is possible also. The successful candidate will contribute to the vibrant curriculum of the department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; initial teaching responsibilities will include graduate Behavioral Ecology and a senior capstone seminar; teaching in later semesters will include Genealogy for non-science majors and additional courses in the candidate’s specialty. The MSEPF will conduct research in avian behavioral ecology under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Curry. Additional information about the department and Frequently Asked Questions for job candidates are available here. Ph.D. required. Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.villanova.edu and include a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, teaching statement, a statement of contribution to the mission, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and at least 3 letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin 20 Dec 2020; the starting date will be late Jan 2021.
  2. Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Mendel Science Experience Post-doctoral Fellow within the Department of Biology, in the area of behavioral ecology. The position has a starting date of August 2019. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. The Fellows program is designed to enhance the College’s teaching of science to non-science majors through the Mendel Science Experience (MSE) program and to foster the professional development of recent Ph.D. recipients on a career path leading to faculty positions. Positions are 50:50 research and teaching. The fellow will conduct research in collaboration with the faculty mentor (Dr. Robert Curry, http://robertcurrylab.com) and will have opportunities to supervise undergraduate research. In addition, the fellow will team-teach a laboratory science course for non-science majors and develop undergraduate or Masters-level courses in ecology and/or animal behavior. Initial appointment is for two years, with a third year possible by mutual agreement between the fellow, the faculty mentor, and the College. Further information about the department is available at http://biology.villanova.edu. Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Biology/Biological Sciences or a related field and research interests in behavioral and evolutionary ecology of birds or spiders are encouraged to apply (https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/15607). Applicants with expertise in field studies of avian cognition, social networks, mate choice, or hybridization will be particularly well suited for this position; applicants with expertise concerning the ecology of spiders may be considered. The successful candidate will join the Curry Lab in which research focuses on the behavioral, evolutionary, and cognitive ecology of songbird hybridization, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral ecology of herbivorous ant-acacia jumping spiders. The successful candidate will also gain formal teaching experience, including team-teaching a MSE lab course with the mentor and developing her or his own courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. The MSE course planned for Spring 2020 will use a focus on students’ family trees and DNA test results as an approach for introducing conceptual and factual information about heredity and genetics, with interdisciplinary connections to history, geography, sociology, and more (http://robertcurrylab.com/courses/all-in-your-family/). The fellow may also have an opportunity to team-teach a field course in Tropical Ecology.
  3. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: WOS will hold its 2017 annual meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Scientific sessions will take place on 10 and 11 March. Field trips and social events will take place at localities including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Dr. Frank Moore will deliver the 2017 Margaret Morse Nice Lecture on 10 March. Dr. Jerry Jackson of FGCU is the Chair of the Committee on Local Arrangements. Meeting Website: http://www.wilsonsociety.org/wos2017/index.html Click here to view the meeting
  4. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: The Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 125th anniversary meeting to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia on the campus of the College of William & Mary (7 - 10 March 2013). WOS meetings are known for their unique blend of academic ornithologists and citizen scientists, as well as their extremely welcoming atmosphere for graduate and undergraduate students. The College of William & Mary is a beautiful historic campus surrounded by prime birding opportunities, including breeding red-cockaded woodpeckers. Several first-rate birding trips will be offered. Special symposia on the "History of American Ornithology" and "Birds and Human Disease" will be held, and the plenary speakers are Jed Burtt and Peter & Rosemary Grant. Abstracts for papers are due in about a month (7 January 2013). Registration information, abstract submission, travel information, and the meeting itinerary are all available at the conference web site: http://www.cvent.com/d/hcqx10 Please register now for this exciting, convenient, and inexpensive ornithology conference. Questions should be sent to local host Dan Cristol (dacris@wm.edu). Meeting Website: http://www.cvent.com/d/hcqx10 Click here to view the meeting
  5. Sue, Regarding key issues relating to the SFO concept, you said "we are working on them now in a business plan format and via committees lead by members of every interested OSNA society." I know, as an Officer of WOS, that WOS has declared itself to be an "interested OSNA society" by designating Tom O'Connell as a WOS representative (without knowing precisely what his involvement will entail). However, I am not aware of any WOS members leading whatever committees may exist, at least not as people representing WOS. The major area of confusion at present, I believe, concerns the phase now underway (according to your outline), to "Develop a business plan." It is not clear how that step is happening, and I suggest that this situation is not as "open and straight-forward as possible." I ask that you make public the committee structure for the current planning process, and the membership of the committees, so we'll know who to contact if we have comments about specific aspects. This simple step might help alleviate concerns among many ornithologists. ~ Bob
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