Archives for January 2016

In India, government aid helps carmakers go green and cheap to fight smog crisis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Carmakers are gearing up to launch affordable hybrid and electric cars for India in the next few years, executives said, lured by government incentives for fuel-efficient vehicles as the country accelerates efforts to cut worsening air pollution.

Reuters: Environment

Opportunity: Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

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OpportunityFlorida Atlantic University (FAU) seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Executive Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI).  The Executive Director will provide strategic vision and leadership for developing interdisciplinary research centers across the University that seek to focus cross-cutting research expertise on critical marine and environmental problems relevant to the nation and the state of Florida. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for cultivating research and education in marine science, environmental science and ocean engineering and for diversifying and expanding FAU’s funding portfolio. The Executive Director will be responsible for cultivating academic curriculum themes for the Institute and working toward the development of new graduate degrees in marine and environmental sciences.

The Executive Director will manage diverse resources to implement the FAU and Harbor Branch Strategic Plans. These resources include dedicated support from a private foundation, an effective and growing Florida license plate revenue program, a development team to grow private donor support, a support budget from FAU, and a commitment for hiring several new faculty positions within the marine science, ocean engineering, and environmental science research areas. The Executive Director will have dedicated support from the FAU President and Vice President for Research, who have initiated an aggressive strategy to grow the FAU research enterprise. This strategy includes continued advancement of FAU marine and environmental science and engineering research as well as the growth of HBOI and FAU into an elite marine research entity within the next decade. The Executive Director will report to the Vice President for Research.

The ideal candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to the development and implementation of programs that improve the success of all marine and environmental research at FAU.  

The Executive Director will also:

  • Lead a diverse and effective team to manage the research, educational, administrative, and budgetary policies and functions for which the Institute will be responsible;
  • Work collaboratively with faculty at HBOI and other FAU campuses in the development and deployment of the new Institute;
  • Increase federal funding and diversify funding sources;
  • Participate in the development of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs in marine and environmental science and engineering in collaboration with FAU’s colleges;
  • Ensure excellence through recruitment, development, retention, and productive merit evaluation of faculty and staff;
  • Promote a collegial, diverse, equitable, and safe workplace that supports excellence and creativity;
  • Promote effective communication channels that enhance the productivity of all faculty and staff;
  • Work collaboratively with the HBOI Faculty Assembly in shared governance of the Institute;
  • Serve on the Vice President for Research’s leadership team of Institute Directors to help chart the future research direction of the University;
  • Function as a representative of FAU to national and international marine and ocean science agencies and organizations;
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation Board to foster and enhance the collaboration necessary to support HBOI initiatives through funding and development efforts.

About HBOI

Harbor Branch is the center-piece marine research institute at FAU. A $ 45 million campus-wide revitalization project was recently completed, including a new 40,000-ft2 laboratory building. HBOI’s expanding research faculty currently includes 23 principal investigators and program managers with a unique breadth of expertise in the areas of marine ecosystems and ecology, ocean dynamics and modeling, marine mammals, remote sensing and ocean optics, ocean exploration, ocean engineering and technology development, aquaculture, and marine biotechnology and drug discovery. In addition, over 50 FAU faculty members at other campus locations conduct related research in areas such as marine biology, natural products chemistry, biotechnology, environmental science, ocean engineering and ocean exploration. The university’s existing centers and collaborations offer exciting opportunities for inclusion in growth of FAU’s Ocean and Environmental Sciences mission. These include the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (based at HBOI); the Center for Ocean Energy Technology; the Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering (SeaTech); Florida Center for Environmental Studies; and the Environmental Sciences Initiative focused on Everglades health and restoration. Partnering opportunities for HBOI with the other three FAU research institutes are encouraged: the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), the Healthy Aging Institute, and the Neurosciences Institute.

The State of Florida has proactively undertaken the creation of a new global center of innovation and excellence in biotechnology that extends throughout South and Central Florida. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the Stanford Research Institute are among the institutions that have established a Florida presence. Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute are located on FAU’s Jupiter campus. HBOI and other FAU faculty have existing collaborations with several of these institutions and continue pursuing active relationships with the others.

FAU was established as the fifth university in the State University System in 1961. It has 30,300 students, 150 degree programs, and $ 40 million in annual research expenditures. It is classified as a “RU/H Research Universities (high research activity)” institution. FAU has a goal to double its extramural research funding in the next 5 years. FAU has six campuses located along 150 miles of Florida’s southeastern coast, from Ft. Pierce to Ft. Lauderdale, with the main campus in Boca Raton. Marine science activities bracket this expanse of Florida coastline with HBOI in Ft. Pierce on the Indian River at the northern end and the ocean engineering program at Sea Tech at the southern end in Dania Beach just south of Ft. Lauderdale. To learn more about FAU and HBOI, please visit and


For consideration, candidates must possess a doctoral degree, preferably in any of the areas of oceanography, biology, marine science, biotechnology, chemistry, ocean engineering, aquaculture, or other closely related fields.

Candidates must have at least five years of upper level administrative and management experience (preferably in an academic or research environment) in program development, acquisition and management of public and/or private research funding, and operations. Preferred candidates will have experience in the management of large multi-researcher, multi-disciplinary, and/or multi-institutional programs, with demonstrated skills in team building and effective delegation. Strong professional stature to serve as a respected representative and effective advocate for FAU in the national and international scientific and engineering community is also preferred. Experience conducting world-class research is required. Candidates with an active research program may apply.

This position is a full-time, 12 month administrative faculty appointment that reports to FAU’s Vice President of Research. The compensation package includes competitive salary, excellent fringe benefits, and a generous startup package. This position may be tenure-eligible in an academic unit commensurate with academic credentials.

FAU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access institution.

To Apply:

A complete job description and application instructions may be found at Please reference job #01003756. The applicant selected for the position must complete a background check prior to employment.

The review of applications will begin February 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.



Charles E. Schmidt of Biomedical Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Center for Ocean Energy Technology
Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology

Other Links:

Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Stanford Research Institute
Scripps Florida
Max Planck Florida Institute

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Tasty Tech Eye Candy: Glass Bridge, Drone Races and More

The world's highest, longest glass bridge, Salvador Dali's art in virtual reality and drone races top this week's gallery.
Discovery News

Cyclone passes over Australia’s northwest as wild weather hits nation

PERTH (Reuters) – A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia’s northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

Reuters: Environment

Chinese Boot Camps Treat Internet Addicts: Photos

Heavy Internet users suffer changes in brain function similar to those observed in drug abusers — and withdrawal symptoms can be similar.
Discovery News

What do we know about the Zika virus?

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to a surge in cases of birth defects in Brazil, and is spreading in other countries in the southern hemisphere. Flaminia Catteruccia, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says the virus may have adapted to the human environment and mutated.

ENN: Top Stories

UCLA solves the mystery of how Earth got its moon

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh) at an angle of 45 degrees or more — a powerful side-swipe (simulated in this 2012 YouTube video). New evidence reported Jan. 29 in the journal Science substantially strengthens the case for a head-on assault.

The researchers analyzed seven rocks brought to the Earth from the moon by the Apollo 12, 15 and 17 missions, as well as six volcanic rocks from the Earth’s mantle — five from Hawaii and one from Arizona.

ENN: Top Stories

Paris climate agreement seen as turning point by UN

Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues. 

A month and a half since 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues. 

“Much has been happening since Paris – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year on record, not just by a little but by a lot,” Janos Pasztor, who was today appointed as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change, told reporters at a briefing in New York. 

ENN: Top Stories

Shark Hotspots Overlap With Commercial Fishing Locations

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Great white shark. (Credit: Davidpstephens/Fotolia)

(Click to enlarge) Great white shark. (Credit: Davidpstephens/Fotolia)

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic.

(From Science Daily) — The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic hotspots.

Neil Hammerschlag, research assistant professor at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and UM Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, was part of the scientific team that published their findings in the Jan. 25 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors report in the study that catch quotas for sharks by commercial fishers might be necessary to protect oceanic sharks.

“Our research clearly demonstrates the importance of satellite tagging data for conservation,” said Hammerschlag, director of the UM Shark Research and Conservation Program who conducted the satellite tagging and tracking of several shark species in the northwestern Atlantic for the study. “The findings both identify the problem as well as provide a path for protecting oceanic sharks.”

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Jon White – From the President’s Office: 1-29-2016

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Jon White, Vice President of Ocean Leadership

A very important part of our mission at Ocean Leadership is to promote the value of innovative, collaborative ocean science research, and advocate for the important member organizations who perform it.  Events like the upcoming Public Policy Forum provide a perfect opportunity for this (please register soon!)

Next week, the Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference will take place in Tampa, Florida.  I’m looking forward to not only hearing from over 800 scientific experts about the latest oil spill and ecosystem science discoveries, technologies, and policies, but also having the chance to interact with so many people focused on such an critically important field.  Attendees from academia, state & federal agencies, NGOs and industry will all be present throughout the week to focus on the sustainment of a healthy gulf environment, community and economy.   

I will also take advantage of the geographic opportunity and visit COL members, Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of South Florida.  I am committed to learning as much as possible about ocean science and technology research efforts by our member institutions in the coming months.  This will enable me and our team here to more effectively advocate and promote the important work by ALL organizations.  I look forward to engaging all of them – virtually or in person – to this end.  I also invite member organizations to contact me so we can set aside some time to do this.

Jonathan W. White, RADM (ret.), USN
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership


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