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John Schmitt awarded conference funding from the National Security Agency

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John Schmitt (Mathematics) and colleagues from Dartmouth College, Bard College, Smith College, St. Michael’s College, SUNY Albany, Wesleyan University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have received funding from the National Security Agency  for two conferences this year on discrete mathematics. The first was hosted by Middlebury at Bread Loaf during September. The main purposes of these conferences  are to enhance the national infrastructure for research and education in discrete mathematics by creating and strengthening a regional network of interacting researchers and to facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge research ideas, methods and results.

VGN Awards for Glen Ernstrom, Clarissa Parker, and AJ Vasiliou

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Vermont Genetics Network grants for Research in the Biomedical Sciences
Middlebury College is one of the baccalaureate partner institutions participating in a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Vermont. This grant continues the Vermont Genetics Network support that has been an important source of funding for faculty and student research during the past decade. The following faculty members received individual grants from this program to support their research this year:

Glen Ernstrom (Biology & Neuroscience) Project grant for work on Genetic Analysis of Neurotransmitter Release in C. Elegans. The grant provides funding for summer and academic-year effort from June 2014-May 2015 and includes summer stipends for two undergraduate summer research students.

 Clarissa Parker (Psychology & Neuroscience) Pilot support for a new project titled Genome-wide Association for Ethanol Sensitivity in the DO Mouse Population. The grant provides funding for 2014 summer effort and travel to present a paper at a conference in Uppsala, Sweden. Clarissa also applied for and was awarded funds to support an undergraduate summer research student.

 An-Gayle Vasiliou (Chemistry) Project grant to support research into Thermal Composition of Biomass: Molecular Pathways for Sulfur Chemistry. The grant provides funding for summer effort during 2014 and includes funds for two summer research students.

Submit A Winter Term Workshop Proposal

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DO YOU HAVE A TALENT? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IT? SIGN UP TO TEACH A WINTER TERM WORKSHOP IN JANUARY 2015. These non-credit workshops are open to the entire College community during Winter Term. DEADLINE for workshop proposals is midnight on Sunday, October 12th. Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities at x3156 if you have any questions. Proposal forms can be found at: go/wtwproposal.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 13 faculty positions, 38 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 7 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Resources for Hiring Managers from Creative Workforce Solutions

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Human Resources is pleased to announce a collaboration which will support diverse recruiting and assist our efforts in creating valued employees.

We are collaborating with Creative Workforce Solutions, which is itself a cooperative effort comprised of many Vermont Human Service offices, and will offer Hiring Managers additional resources for hard to fill positions. Common subsidized services include:

Tours of interested departments- These are an excellent way to introduce candidates to The College. A tour provides real-world understanding of our various environments and necessary skill sets.

Short Term Job Shadows- The length of these job shadows are customizable- from as little as 2-3 hours a week to a full week or 2, job shadows allow supervisors to evaluate candidates directly performing their work duties, while the candidates get hands-on understanding. CWS pays a candidate during these job shadows, and covers candidate liability as well.

Risk Free Trials of New Employees- Perfect for candidates with potential, but in need of additional training. Based on a predetermined length and schedule, these trials are a natural extension of the Job Shadow process. CWS pays a candidate during these trial periods, and covers candidate liability as well. Successful candidates may also participate in additional On the Job Training,which features partial reimbursement to employers, after the trial period.

During these times of challenging recruiting, these CWS programs are a welcome additional resource. Please contact your College Employment Specialist for more information, or send an email to employment@middlebury.edu .

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Squash Center Earns Highest Honor for Sustainability

Exploring Digital Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Bill McKibben Wins ‘Alternative Nobel’ Award

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Annual Winter Clothing Closet Accepting Donations!

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The time has come to begin collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet! 
Each year, ISSS and the CRAs team up to organize a clothing drive to benefit international and domestic students in need of warm winter clothes.

What we are looking for: “like new” or “gently used” winter clothing. We are especially in need of coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, sweaters, and footwear.

Where to bring your donations: Collection boxes can be found in the following locations from September 22nd to October 8th:

  • Atwater Commons Office - Allen 153
  • Brainerd Commons Office - Stewart Hall 214
  • Cook Commons Office - Battell North 150
  • Ross Commons Office - Ross Dining Hall 005 (below the fireplace lounge)
  • Wonnacott Commons Office - Battell South 123
  • Proctor and Ross Dining Halls - Inside main entrances
  • Athletics Complex - Inside the squash lobby and inside the fitness center entrance
  • Davis Family Library - Underneath the printer status sign, near the Information Desk
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall - Near staircase in the Great Hall
  • McCullough Student Center - Near the entrance to Crossroads
  • ISSS Office - Carr Hall by front entrance
  • Sunderland/Dana Auditorium - Main entrance
  • Adirondack House - Under television near the main desk downstairs
  • 118 South Main Street House
  • Service Building / Facilities Services - Inside Facilities Services break room

A big thank you to all offices hosting collection boxes this year and to all of you who are able to contribute!

Questions?
Please contact Brainerd CRA Angela Santee at asantee@middlebury.edu or Joani Taylor at jntaylor@middlebury.edu.