Subject: funding for grads to attend Ecohealth conference in Kunming ChinaThe study of linkages between the environment and health of all species is an active and growing area of research that spans many disciplines. The International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH) was originated with the purpose of “sustaining health of people, wildlife and ecosystems by promoting discovery, understanding and transdisciplinarity.” The fourth biennial conference of the IAEH will be held in Kunming, China in October 2012 (http://www.ecohealth2012.org/). The conference offers a critical forum for EcoHealth scientists of all backgrounds to come together and learn about each other’s work. A primary goal of the conference is to provide educational and networking opportunities to students and to promote international collaborations within the field.
The NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Program has provided funding to support a pre-conference workshop on next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to environment-pathogen linkages, and travel for 15 US graduate students with research interests in this area to attend the workshop and conference.
Qualified graduate students with demonstrated research interest in next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to environment-pathogen linkages are invited to apply for travel support. A maximum of $3340 is available to support student attendance at the workshop and conference. Funding will be made in the form of reimbursement after the conference and be available to cover the costs of travel, lodging, meals and incidentals.
Eligible students will be based in a US graduate program (PhD or MS) and have a talk or poster abstract accepted by the conference steering committee. Abstracts are due on April 30 and submission details are available at the conference website above. Applications for this funding opportunity will be accepted until April 30 and should include the following: 1) a one page cover letter and brief CV combined in a single PDF, and 2) a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major advisor (or equivalent). The cover letter should explicitly describe the value of both the workshop and conference to the applicant’s research goals. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the applicant’s name followed by ‘IAEH workshop application’ in the subject.
The workshop will be delivered by Katherine F. Smith (Brown University), Linda Amaral-Zettler (Marine Biological Laboratory) and Zhengli Shi (Chinese Academy of Sciences). The agenda will include background talks and demonstrations of some of the latest approaches to analyzing next-generation sequence data.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012