Archives for February 2016

2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting

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Scientists fight deadly banana fungus

Around the world, banana farmers are fighting a losing battle against Tropical Race 4, a soil fungus that kills Cavendish bananas, the only type grown for the international market. The disease was first spotted in the early 1990s in Malaysia, but has now started to wipe out crops in large parts of South-East Asia as well as in Africa and the Middle East.

ENN: Top Stories

Monarch Butterfly Population Surges in Mexico

The success marks a recovery for the threatened species that migrates across North America.
Discovery News

Opportunity: Biogeochemical Laboratory Analyst/Technician, SOEST

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OpportunitySchool of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Regular, Part-Time to Full-Time (50-100% FTE), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Department of Oceanography, Biogeochemical Analytical Facility, located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

MONTHLY SALARY RANGE: $ 1,160-$ 1,799/Mon. (@ 50% FTE) or $ 2,320-$ 3,599/Mon. (@ 100% FTE)

DUTIES: Prepares and analyzes natural samples (water, mineral solids, sediments, soils, plants, etc.) for measurement of dissolved inorganic and organic nutrients (P, N, Si); dissolved organic and inorganic carbon; dissolved oxygen; salinity; solid-phase carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus; and chlorophyll-a. Assists in general lab maintenance, including cleaning glassware and maintenance of lab instruments. Performs maintenance, as needed, for laboratory instruments including a nutrient auto analyzer, a C-H-N-S elemental analyzer, a high-temperature dissolved organic carbon (DOC)/total dissolved nitrogen (TDN) analyzer, a coulometer with a Versatile Instrument for the Determination of Total inorganic carbon and titration Alkalinity (VINDTA) sample introduction interface, an alkalinity titrator, a fluorometer, and a salinometer. Reviews results for quality assurance and quality control. Organizes data in database and provides results in summary tables. Assists in instructing and teaching laboratory users, including laboratory assistant(s) and guest users of the facility. Updates chemical inventory and laboratory Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) required documentation.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Oceanography, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Marine, Environmental Science, or related field. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience in a science research lab setting. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledgeable in database inputting, Excel, word processing, and organization/management. Good communication skills. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawaii’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with wet chemical analyses of oceanographic samples. Experience working with a nutrient autoanalyzer, a C-H-N-S elemental analyzer, a high-temperature DOC/TDN analyzer, a coulometer with a VINDTA (high-precision) sample introduction interface, an alkalinity titrator, a fluorometer, and/or a salinometer.

INQUIRIES: Kathleen Ruttenberg 956-9371 (Oahu).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.

CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2016.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

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Here Are the Top US Areas for Well-Being

U.S. communities are ranked based on their well-being in 2014 and 2015. Communities in Florida, California, Colorado and Texas ranked among the highest. Continue reading →
Discovery News

Major Jurassic Fossil Site Found in Argentina

Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered. Continue reading →
Discovery News

World Trade Organisation smashes India’s solar panels industry

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has found India’s huge solar initiative ‘guilty’ of breaking trade rules, write Dipti Bhatnagar & Sam Cossar-Gilbert, because it gives domestic manufacturers a small 10% quota for the supply of panels, leaving up to 90% for foreign competitors. It’s a warning for perils of the entire WTO system, and of even harsher trade rules like those in TPP, TTIP and CETA.
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The Ecologist

Opportunity: RAY Conservation Fellowship Program

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OpportunityThe Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with other environmental organizations to sponsor the Roger Airliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program.

Named in honor of a pioneering African-American female marine biologist Roger Airliner Young, this fellowship program is a year-long paid opportunity for recent college graduates from diverse communities and backgrounds. The program seeks to provide the graduates with the skills, resources and support to launch rewarding careers in the field of conservation generally and marine conservation specifically. NRDC and other environmental groups are hoping that the RAY fellowship will encourage recent college graduates of diverse communities and backgrounds to pursue career development opportunities in marine conservation, by providing leadership training and developing a pipeline for career development. The program is accepting applications now through March 21st. The Fellows will be announced on June 15, 2016.

The RAY fellow will assist NRDC staff members in ongoing advocacy efforts in ocean conservation. The fellow will have an opportunity to work on a range of ocean issues which may include preventing new oil and gas development along the outer continental shelf, improving fisheries management, securing new marine protected areas, engaging in regional ocean planning, promoting protection of the Arctic and of the high seas, and working to defend against environmental rollbacks in the legislative process. Through this work, the Fellow will gain skills in research and analysis, written advocacy, oral advocacy, and participation in regulatory processes. The Fellow will be an integral part of NRDC’s team and will gain exposure to a variety of activities including legislative advocacy, science meetings, and advocacy strategies including meetings with stakeholders.

Fellows will be paid and will receive health insurance, benefits and a professional development grant of $ 1,000. Each fellow will also receive formal mentorship and have access to a variety of professional networks.

For more information, please go to RAY Conservation Fellowship Program.

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President Obama Honors Early Career Scientists With Top White House Award

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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Credit: Pete Souza)

(Click to enlarge) Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Credit: Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama today named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), granting them the U.S. government’s highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

(From the NSF) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) nominated 21 of the awardees.

PECASE recognizes scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Winners demonstrate the ability to broadly advance fundamental research and help the United States maintain its position as a leading producer of scientists and engineers.

“The awardees are outstanding scientists and engineers,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “They are teacher-scholars who are developing new generations of outstanding scientists and engineers and ensuring this nation is a leading innovator. I applaud these recipients for their leadership, distinguished teaching and commitment to public outreach.”

The NSF-nominated awardees come from universities around the country and excel in areas of science represented by NSF directorates: biology, computer and information science, education and human resources, engineering, geosciences, mathematics and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences.

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Scientists Protest Cuts and Commercialization at Australian Climate Center

A decision by Australia’s science agency to lay off researchers and focus more on commerce threatens climate studies around the globe.
NYT > Oceans