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Designing Conference Posters

In a previous life, Colin Purrington taught evolutionary biology at Hudson
University for fourteen years. Today, he engages in a wide range of
pursuits, including offering high-quality tips on designing conference
posters. He bills his suggestions as “gratuitous advice on how to prepare
posters for scientific meetings, research conferences, and similar gathering
of nerds.” His humorous tone belies a distinct commitment to this area of
visual representation, and his suggestions are contained with three areas:
“What sections to include”, “Dos and DON’Ts”, and “Presenting your poster”.
Visitors can skip around to any of these suggestions, and they will find
Purrington’s style both down-to-earth and practical. The information here
includes sample posters and basic suggestions about what information to
include on such a poster. One area not to miss is “Making sure your poster
doesn’t suck”, which recommends that potential poster-presenters have their
friends look at their work when they aren’t present and stick post-it notes
with suggestions on said poster. Overall, this is a great site, and one
that’s worth sharing with friends and colleagues. [KMG]

Reposted from the Nov. 11, 2011 Scout Report.

THATCampVA 2012

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1

Unconference Dates:

Friday, April 20
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Scholars’ Lab
Alderman Library

THATCampVA 2012 will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012. Friday will open at 3:00 with your choice of two-hour workshops, one focusing on DIY Aerial Photography and the other on the newly-launched Neatline.  And then on Saturday the THATCampVA unconference itself, with sessions generated by the participants, will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Opportunities for social time with friends old and new will be available on Friday night, April 20, at nearby establishments.

Please visit our THATCampVA 2012 website for more information and to register to attend.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarships

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces (VSGC) 2012–2013 Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities!  Visit for more info.

VSGC awards over $325,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students attending Virginia Space Grant member institutions and majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.  Research proposals from students majoring in any STEM field and working on a project that supports NASA’s mission are welcomed.  VSGC can assist students and faculty in identifying research projects and connecting to NASA.

The Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides a one-year scholarship of up to $8,500 to support undergraduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor.

The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $5,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor.  The Graduate Fellowship is add-on support for students and is renewable for one year.

The Community College STEM Scholarship Program provides $2,000 scholarships to students attending any Virginia Community College and majoring in STEM.

The Teacher Education STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,000 awards to students majoring in a teacher education preparation program and demonstrating an interest in teaching in a STEM field.   Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

The VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

For more info, please contact Nick Koltun, VSGC Educational Programs Specialist at or (757) 766-5210.

Audience Response Systems

The UVa Mobile Networking Community presents its first event of the school year.  Next Thursday 27 OCT, we will be hosting a forum on Audience Response Systems in Clemons Library 201 from 12:30 – 1:45.  Technologies presented at this event are used to engage students and audiences as well as enhance the educational experience through the implementation of mobile devices, social networking and networked feedback.  Our 4 presenters represent a rich cross-section of educational fields in technology, arts, humanities, and sciences and will discuss specific instances of how they are applying these types of technologies to the teaching and learning experience.

Panel Chair: Michael McPherson
VP and CIO with UVA’s Information Technology Services (ITS)
will provide an overview of the industry and currently available technology solutions for gathering information from audiences.

Panelist: Marianne Kubik
Drama Department
will discuss using a polling solution to engage audiences before a performance of “dark play or stories for boys.”

Panelist: Sonya Donaldson
English Department
will discuss exploring the use of social networking tools (Twitter, Gowalla, and others) to engage students in the classroom.

Panelist: Ed Murphy
Astronomy Department
will discuss using clickers in teaching science to non-science majors in large lecture sections, with an emphasis on using them to reveal and address common misconceptions.

Building on our forum series of the past two years, the Mobile Networking Community is concerned with providing the UVA community with information about how mobile technologies are affecting our professional and personal lives, whether you are simply interested in mobile technologies or can’t survive without them, own an iPhone, Android or whatever, and whether you love to use apps or develop code for them. This event is open to all and promises to continue to spark your interests in mobile technologies in your workflow.  So bring your curiosity, interests, questions and comments to Clemons next Thursday.
Light snacks provided as well.


Calling all UVa SEAS entrepreneurs and innovators!   We are pleased to announce the third annual UVa SEAS Entrepreneurial Concept Competition (ECC) on Wednesday, November 9.   This is an opportunity for engineering students (both grad and undergrad) to pitch a new product, process, or business and win a share of the $5000 in prizes.   The winner of the SEAS ECC will also have the honor of representing the School in the university-competition for the UVa Cup where the top prize is $20,000.

The deadline for submissions to the SEAS ECC is Saturday, October 29 at 12 noon.

Participants:    You may enter as an individual or with a team (see details on web site)

Submissions:   The SEAS contest submission is to be a two-page proposal written as an executive summary (see website listed below for details)

Prizes:              Three awards consisting of $3000, $1500, $500 each

Winner:            Must present to U.Va. Entrepreneurial Cup on November 18, 2011

Website:          (
Dates to Remember:

29 October:    SEAS proposals due

2 November:   SEAS Finalists contacted by email

9 November:   SEAS Competition

18 November: U.Va. Cup Competition

For more information, please contact Letitia Green at or Bernie Carlson at

Post-Doc Fellowships for Women in Science

On October 18, the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science program call for applications for the 2012 Fellowship Program will commence.  The program is entering its ninth year and since its launch in 2003, L’Oréal USA’s Fellowship program has recognized and rewarded 40 extraordinarily talented young women scientists engaged in breakthrough research projects at leading universities and research institutions across the country.

I invite you to communicate this special fellowship program for exceptional female post-doctoral researchers to your community.

The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science awards five post-doctoral women scientists with grants of up to $60,000. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering and mathematics.

I thank you for considering this fellowship opportunity for your community and appreciate your partnership in advancing the role of women in science.

More information on the Fellowships can be found on our website,  Should you have any questions or require more information, please e-mail me at


Virginia J. Niz
L’Oreal USA
575 Fifth Avenue – 34 Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel:  212-984-4474

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