July 30, 2014
Fulbright Scholar Program: Highlighted Awards in Environmental Sciences
(a message from Fulbright Scholar Program)
Given your familiarity with the Fulbright Specialist Program, you are doubtless familiar with the numerous ways to share knowledge and take part in a culturally rewarding experience. We hope this message finds you eager to explore other opportunities with the Fulbright Scholar Program. If you have interest in further engaging in teaching and/or research endeavors, a core grant may be an excellent option for you!
As of last year, lifetime limits on Fulbright Scholar Program grants have been lifted, as have waiting periods between grants. This means more flexibility and opportunity to partake in Fulbright experiences throughout your career; you can participate on a semester-long award and not jeopardize your ability to get back on the Roster or your other future participation.
Given your expertise in Environmental Sciences, we wanted to highlight just a few awards in the Western Hemisphere and Sub-Saharan Africa regions that are especially relevant and are seeking applicants in your field:
Argentina – Science and Technology (5469)
Brazil – Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (5476) & Distinguished Chairs (5477)
Colombia – Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award (5503)
Canada – Research Chairs in Environment and Sustainability (5495)
Mauritius – Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development (5044)
In addition to this, there are many other awards throughout the regions, including All Disciplines categories. Feel free to visit Fulbright's Catalog of Awards at http://catalog.cies.org/ to explore these and many other opportunities.
If interested in applying for an award in the 2015-16 application cycle, please contact the related program staff—Fulbright Scholar Program is more than happy to help and work with you to ensure that all application materials are in prior to the U.S. review process.
Submitted by Nargiza Ludgate, UF International Center
Enhanced Storage Options for Research
Improvements are underway to enhance the performance and stability of data storage services used for research computing.
HiPerGator currently has 2 PB of fast storage for scratch and short-term data. A new 1 PB storage has been acquired to replace older systems. The new system will provide much higher performance and also fully integrate into the scratch file system, simplifying data management for users and project-data managers. Two ownCloud servers have been installed in the UF Data Center. One authenticates against the UF active directory and the other against Research Computing accounts. These servers allow dropbox-like functionality to upload and download files including sync-clients for Windows, Linux, MacOS, IOS, and Android.
Training sessions will be announced soon. In the meantime, please contact the Research Computing staff with any questions about using high performance computing resources.
Submitted by Erik Deumens, UF Information Technology
CIES Fulbright: Grant Opportunity in European Union Studies
My name is Mary-Rolfe Zeller and I work with the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. I am writing to you with some information concerning a unique opportunity in the 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar Program in the European Union. My organization, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Please forward this message to other interested colleagues and students, and feel free to share this through relevant associations and listservs.
This year the European Union is offering an award at the European University Institute in Florence to teach and research EU studies particularly in the disciplines of Area Studies, Economics, History (non-U.S.), Law, Political Science, and Sociology. This is a Postdoctoral award that is only open to early career scholars; graduating PhD students and postdocs are highly encouraged to apply. Please view the catalog entry for more information concerning the Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Position at European University Institute (Florence) award.
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars here or join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and the deadline for completed applications is August 1.
I am happy to answer any questions you have, and thank you for sharing this unique opportunity with your network.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700\
Washington, DC 20005
Phone +1.202.686.8643 | Fax +1.202.686.4029
Submitted by Nargiza Ludgate, UF International Center
UF to celebrate the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal
A special weekend of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal will be held at the University of Florida Aug. 15-17.
More than a dozen exhibits related to the planning, construction, development and impact of the canal will open during the centennial weekend. The exhibits will feature rare and unique materials from the collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries, including photographs, maps, government documents and original artifacts.
The celebratory weekend will begin Friday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a chamber orchestra performance at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Summerfest 2014, produced by the Symphony of the Americas and directed by Panamanian-born James Brooks-Bruzzese, will present the world premiere of an orchestral piece dedicated to the centennial. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (352) 392-2787 or ordering online at http://performingarts.ufl.edu/events/chamber-orchestra-summerfest-2014/
The Florida Museum of Natural History will host Panama Canal Zone Day Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will feature educational presentations, entertainment, storytelling and exhibits highlighting Panama’s tropical ecosystem and new fossil discoveries made possible by the canal expansion project currently under way.
On Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.– noon, the Smathers Library will hold an open house with curators of four exhibits: “Voices from the Panama Canal,” “Bigger Better Best: The Panama Canal Through American Children’s Literature,” “Panama Canal Model” and “Revealing the Right Route: Cartographic Evidence of Early Canal Plans.”
The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art will host a lecture on molas, a textile art form indigenous to Panama, by author Edith Crouch Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow. The accompanying exhibit, “Patterns Past and Present: Arts of Panama,” will showcase molas from the Smathers Libraries’ Panama Canal Museum Collection as well as items from public and private collections.
The Panama Canal Museum, formerly located in Seminole, Fla., closed in 2012 and transferred its collection to the Smathers Libraries, greatly enhancing UF’s holdings on Panama and the canal. The collection includes objects, photographs, artwork, newspapers, books and ephemera that document the history of the United States in Panama.
UF alumnus Joe Wood (BSBA ’59), the museum’s former president and one of its founders, is now the president of the Friends of the Panama Canal Museum Collection at UF. He serves on the advisory group along with other former museum members who continue to support the collection.
“Everyone who has participated in the establishment and growth of the museum since 1998 is extremely gratified that our mutual efforts with the University of Florida will allow for the continued growth and preservation of the museum collection,” Wood said.
All of the centennial events and exhibits are open to the public. For details, visit http://library.ufl.edu/PanamaCanalCentennial.
Numerous items from the Panama Canal Museum Collection have been digitized and can be viewed online in the UF digital collection “Panama and the Canal” (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/pcm). The digital collection includes oral history interviews, conducted by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, with former residents of the Canal Zone.
The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, serving as a gateway for global trade. It is designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World” and a “Monument of the Millennium" by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The earth and rubble removed between Colon and Balboa was enough to bury Manhattan to a depth of 12 feet.
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries
Austin Cary Forest Learning Center
In 2011, a fire at the Austin Cary Forest completely consumed the School of Forest Resources & Conservation’s Conference Building and all of its contents. But thanks to the significant and generous support of our friends, alumni, stakeholders, and colleagues, in April 2014 we dedicated and opened a beautiful new Learning Center at the Austin Cary forest.
Perched at the edge of one of the deepest lakes in North Florida, this stunning event venue provides you and your guests with a warm and inviting sense of rustic elegance and nearly 8,000 sqft of meeting or gathering space. The Learning Center is equipped with modern conveniences such as internet, computer and projectors, speaker systems, and more, and boasts a library, kitchen, classroom and expansive deck overlooking Lake Mize in addition to the main conference room.
The facility is available for rental on a daily basis for both University of Florida and public functions. Visit http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forestcampus for details or to make reservations.
Submitted by Rhiannon Pollard, IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation
Creative B Movie Series: Teen Wolf
Join a panel of scientists, artists and special effects experts for a ‘howling’ good time as the Florida Museum of Natural History ends its free, werewolf-themed movie series with “Teen Wolf” (1985) (PG) Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. The museum and Creative B will screen the movie and explore the balance between science and art with an expert panel. UF students receive free admission to the “Wolf to Woof” exhibit with their Gator 1 card. The museum will be open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Parental discretion is advised. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu.
Submitted by Katina Prokos, Florida Museum of Natural History
Celebrate UF's New Permanent Artwork at Today's Moving Water Installation and Dedication
UF students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the community are invited to gather for the installation and dedication of Moving Water, a new 32-foot-long ceramic tile mural on UF's campus created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada that marks the Panama Canal Centennial by connecting it with the lives of present-day Floridians. The mural is the culmination of a project Cortada conducted with UF engineering and art student to bring awareness of our impact on the environment by examining how much Florida has been transformed in the last 100 years. The event will take place today at 2 p.m. outside of Library West. Attendees are invited to BYOW (bring your own water) collected locally and participate in a procession throughout campus that will end with the dedication of the mural at the Computer Science & Engineering Building. For more information, visit http://creativeb.aa.ufl.edu/activities.aspx.
Submitted by Leah Craig, College of the Arts