We just learned of a terrific research opportunity for a graduating senior interested in Neuroscience or Molecular Biology at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. A 2014 Middlebury graduate spent 2 years in the Kohtz lab and had a fantastic experience. Now Dr. Kohtz is looking to hire another Midd grad!
Please reach out to Dr. Jhumku Kohtz directly to learn more about this opportunity.
Heidi Rehm ’93, PhD, FACMG is looking to replace her current Middlebury alum research assistant and would love to hire another graduating Middlebury student! Interested students can contact Dr. Rehm directly via email.
The Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM) at Partners HealthCare Personalized Medicine is seeking a motivated individual to work in a cutting edge environment to serve as a research assistant for the LMM and genomic medicine research programs such as ClinGen and eMERGE. ClinGen is an NIH-funded program that is building authoritative resources to define the clinical relevance of genes and variants for use in precision medicine and research (https://www.clinicalgenome.org/). eMERGE is a national network organized and funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute that combines DNA biorepositories with electronic medical record systems for large scale, high-throughput genetic research in support of implementing genomic medicine (https://emerge.mc.vanderbilt.edu/). This position would begin with training within our variant sciences team which supports variant classification and gene-disease validity assessment followed by supporting an array of activities at the LMM and affiliated research programs.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support activities at the LMM
- Research the significance of variants and genes through literature and data review
- Classify variant- and gene-disease associations
- Support research projects that require curation of genomic knowledge to support publishing data obtained through clinical testing
- Support the development of new clinical tests or improvement of existing tests at the LMM
- Support the ClinGen program
- Support the sharing of curated knowledge with the community
- Assist laboratories with data submission to ClinVar
- Facilitate aggregation of data from locus-specific databases and deposition into ClinVar
- Assist in the development of a software tools for supporting variant and gene curation and tracking variant interpretation differences between laboratories
- Assist Clinical Domain WGs in supporting gene and variant curation programs
- Support the eMERGE program
- Support the assessment of genetic variants identified in eMERGE participants
- Assist eMERGE sites in gaining access to data on their participants
- Aid in the generation of clinical reports for eMERGE participants
- Support other projects related to genetic and genomic testing and research
In addition, the Research Assistant should possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to interact effectively with a local team at the LMM and an international network of laboratories and data sources and balance and manage multiple tasks and projects independently.
BA or BS degree in the sciences
Friday, April 28, 12:30-3:15 PM in MBH 216
Waleed Helweh – “Magnetic circular dichroism of mutated dicobalt(II) hydrolase enzymes”
Isabelle Leibler – “The synthesis and characterization of precursors to “X,Y-BIPHEP” chiral catalytic ligands”
Sebastian Fica Contreras – “Lys-16 in Amyloid Beta, Sugars, and Cu(II) Play a Critical Role in the Oxidative Stress Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease”
Greg Bowe – “The Effect of pH and Glycation on the ROS Generation and Conformation of Amyloid-β: Implications to Alzheimer’s Disease”
Nate Henning – “The Role of Zinc in Alzheimer’s Disease”
Friday, May 5, 12:30-3:15 PM in MBH 216
Thomas Cowell – “The Thermal Decomposition of Thiophene”
Jared Whitman – “Mechanism of the Thermal Decomposition of Ethanethiol”
Andrew Grant – “Mechanism of bone sensitivity to exogenous hormone exposures”
Cameron Pierce – “Electronic effects of chiral ligands on enantioselectivity: synthesis and investigation of OMe,CF3-BIPHEP”
Eric Stanton – “Synthesis of a Chromium Complexed Poly-(p-phenylene ethynylene) Polymer As a Potential Molecular Wire”
Friday, May 12, 12:30-3:15 PM in MBH 216
Lauren McLean – “Developing methods to quantify secondary metabolite gene expression in Antarctic Marinobacter gelidimuriae”
Josie Trichka – “The Antioxidant Properties of D-Allose: Modulation of Antioxidant Pathways and Correlation to Cancer Cell Proliferation Inhibition”
Roberto Barbier – “The Effect of Enolase Acetylation on Plasminogen Binding in Borrelia burgdorferi”
Joe Lovelace – “Characterization of the B. burgdorferi BdrQ protein, a possible protein acetyltransferase”
Sarah Koenigsberg – “Borrelia burgdorferi Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase: Enzymatic Characterization and Moonlighting”
Rita Allen Fellowship is available for the candidates who are working as media producers, journalists, or working scientists with a commitment to science communication.
Deadline- June 30, 2017
The Rita Allen Foundation and WGBH Boston are pleased to announce the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication. This new program will provide a year’s support for one fellow to study the field of science media, experiment with successful media formats and work to expand science literacy in the general public. The fellow will embed at WGBH, one of the pre-eminent science media producers in the US and home to the flagship public media science series NOVA.
The goal of the Rita Allen Fellowship is to identify ways to expand how and to whom science news and information are communicated. It also aims to discover new information by experimenting with best practices that will provide all science media producers with tools to reach new audiences more effectively.
Elizabeth Christopherson, President of the Rita Allen Foundation, says, “The Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication will explore the state of science journalism today and propose new and innovative approaches for improving popular understanding of science.” She calls science literacy “a cornerstone of our democracy.”
More information about the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication will be added here over the next few months, or you can contact program coordinator Judith Vecchione.
To apply, click here.
Are you looking to spend the summer in Vermont? In addition to being able to appreciate Vermont during a season you don’t normally get to enjoy as a student, Vermont has some really great internship opportunities for students. Did we mention these are PAID internships? Some sample internships in the STEM areas:
- Computer Science Intern at 89 North
- Information Security Intern with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
- Software Engineering Intern with Dealer.com
- JAVA Programmer Intern with Dealer.com
- Dealer Technical Support Intern with Dealer.com
- Mobile Software Development Intern with Empower Mobility
- Web Application Developer Intern with Green Mountain Software Corporation
- Mobile App Developer Intern with Green Mountain Software Corporation
- Programming Intern with Ivy Computer
The list goes on and on and on. Check out ALL the internships on their website here.
Interns assist with online national campaigns to raise awareness for foster children who are often neglected or forgotten about. They do this by creating and managing personal social media sites to make social media impressions in the foster care and non-profit industries. If you are hired for a position you will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that are applicable to various fields. The internship is a fun, innovative and creative opportunity to benefit foster children across the country as well as in your own community! Previous interns have had the opportunity to travel on clothing tours, host fundraising events, and even work directly at the Together We Rise (TWR) headquarters in Brea, CA.
If Hired, Responsibilities Include:
- Raising awareness for foster children
- Creating and managing a fundraising event to support the cause of TWR
- Participating in social media and being an advocate for foster youth in your community
- Social media savvy
- Well-spoken and well-written
- Passionate about making a difference in the world
- Motivated to spread the Together We Rise mission
- An energetic individual
- Able to make a one semester commitment
- Pursuing Bachelors Degree or Degree in hand
The MicroStrategy Management Rotational Program is the pre-eminent program in the software industry designed to provide top college graduates unparalleled exposure and training in MicroStrategy.
It is a two-year program that consists of four, six-month rotations in various departments across the firm. The program is highly selective and we are looking for smart, motivated individuals who have a passion for tackling complex problems from all angles. The person is a dynamic and versatile individual who is both a skilled communicator and a high-tech enthusiast. Throughout your experience in the program, you will rely heavily on the leadership skills you’ve honed during your college experience.
As a participant, you will have the freedom to explore different roles, teams, projects while zero-ing in on the career that’s right for you.
During the program you will have the opportunity to rotate through several departments including:
* Marketing – help market our leading edge software product in areas like field marketing, digital marketing, and corporate marketing.
* Consulting – become a MicroStrategy Consultant and travel to customer sites on projects to help large Fortune 500 customers in industries like retail, banking, and pharma unlock the potential of data analytics using MicroStrategy.
* Finance – understand the financial levers of the business and help analyze and implement ways to improve result.
* Operations – work with areas of the business like sales and customer support to improve training, processes, reporting, and systems.
The program is meant to be inter-disciplinary and to build well-rounded future leaders at MicroStrategy. You will work on high impact, business-relevant projects and roles with well-defined goals and deliverables, and high visibility from senior leadership.
Interested? Learn more and apply in MOJO!
Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series
Thursday, May 4, 12:30–1:20 PM in Hillcrest 103
Rachelle Gould, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Cultural ecosystem services (and more generally, socio-cultural values related to ecosystems) are increasingly recognized as a critical component of conservation assessment and practice. This class of services is, however, notoriously thorny and difficult to characterize. Researchers continue to innovate ways to characterize these difficult-to-measure phenomena; the first half of this talk will summarize those current efforts and potential next steps (spoiler alert: there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question in the title!). The second half of the talk will focus on one of Dr. Gould’s current projects: the way that Cultural Ecosystem Services are at play in debates about solar panel siting in Vermont.
Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series
Thursday, April 27, 12:30–1:20 PM in Hillcrest 103
Daniel Press, Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz
Much was accomplished in the first 40 years of modern environmental policy, especially in light of how ineffectual pollution abatement was in the 1960s. However, a fundamental timidity still characterizes many American environmental regulations. Whether it’s pollution abatement or habitat conservation planning, American environmental policy rarely requires or aggressively encourages thorough transformations in the activities that cause environmental damage. Instead, American environmental regulators commonly do their level best to preserve, intact, how we produce energy, use land, manufacture goods, build structures and move ourselves around–provided the worst abuses of power are mitigated, reduced or contained.
Thursday, April 27, 4:30 PM at the Mahaney Center of the Arts
Nancy Etcoff—Assistant Clinical Professor and Psychologist, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, TED talk presenter, and author of Survival of the Prettiest (2000), the first in-depth scientific inquiry into the nature of human beauty. Presented in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity.
In her presentation, Etcoff will shed light on a range of behaviors to which human beings are often somewhat surreptitiously committed: devouring fashion magazines, checking one’s image in a mirror, or gazing longingly at objects of desire. All of these impulses, she has discovered, are rooted in human biology.
“To tell people not to take pleasure in beauty is like telling them to stop enjoying food or sex or novelty or love.”
Etcoff did postdoctoral work in cognitive neuroscience at M.I.T. and is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. She has won several awards for her research on sex differences and the brain.
Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Academic Enrichment Fund, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Director of the Arts, the Committee on the Arts, and the Department of Psychology.