Assistant professor position at Auburn

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor- Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2018.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized program on fundamental aspects of insect vector borne plant diseases. The successful candidate will lead a vigorous research program on understanding insect vector biology, plant pathogen(s), and interact ion( s) between insect vector(s) and plant pathogens associated with crops of agricultural importance for Alabama and the U.S. The successful candidate will use diverse approaches such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and population genetics to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with insect vectors and plant pathogens. A candidate with state of the art skills in next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and bioinformatics, genetic manipulations, and statistical analyses will be appropriate for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in related disciplines. Continue reading

Post doctoral associate position open at Cornell

POSITION:

Entomologist/Applied Insect Ecologist – 12-month appointment with potential to extend in the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY 14456.

AVAILABLE:

As early as January 1, 2018. Continue reading

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces $945,000 in funding to recruit and educate a more diverse agricultural workforce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $945,400 in available funding to help foster the next generation of multicultural scholars in agricultural sciences.  Funding is made through NIFA’s Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP).

“The Multicultural Scholars Program seeks to help young people reach their potential in the agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “It is important to develop the most diverse talent pool possible and show these students the abundant opportunities in the agricultural sector.” Continue reading

Website offers critical mosquito, disease information post hurricane

by Gabriel Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

Visitors to the Mosquito Safari website at http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu will find comprehensive information on common mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and instructions for controlling the pest, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists.

They said the information is critical in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose initial rains forced mosquitoes from their habitats into human areas, and whose residual standing waters have created new environments for mosquito breeding. Continue reading

Forest Farming Intensive for all levels

Organic Growers School, in partnership with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition and Warren Wilson College, is pleased to host a two-day Forest Farming Intensive for farmers, and forest landowners of all skill levels in Appalachia and beyond who are interesting in starting, expanding, or diversifying a forest farming operation. The event will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC on September 30th & October 1st, 2017. Continue reading

Updated Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Procedures for Notifications and Minor Amendments Now Open for Public Comment

On September 6, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Federal Register Notice announcing proposed updates to Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 98-10, “Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments.” This notice provides guidance to registrants submitting minor modifications to a registration that do not require extensive EPA review and do not have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment.

Since the issuance of PRN 98-10, there have been various statutory and regulatory changes. For instance, certain actions previously covered by this PRN now fall within the actions scheduled under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). This notice will update and clarify what kinds of changes registrants can make by 1) notification to EPA, 2) non-notification to EPA and/or 3) submitting a minor formulation amendment to EPA. Continue reading

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE ECOLOGIST

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology starting in January 2018. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia.  This position is part of a new university-wide emphasis that includes the hiring of six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges.  The faculty member in this position is expected to help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html) through participation in this broader university effort.  This Destination Area is focused on critical problems that cross the nexus of natural and human systems. Continue reading