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two-week English spoken training on Land evaluation with Open Source Geomatics tools with emphasis on the GRASS for Windows

http://www.sadl.kuleuven.be/sadl/cursus_en.htm#VLIR2007

The training will take place from 27 August to 7 September 2007 in Leuven, Belgium

Open Source Software (OSS) is technically defined as software of which the source code is available to the public, or “open”. Use, modification and redistribution of the code is possible by everyone as long as the set terms and conditions are respected. FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) is OSS that is freely available. Over the last few years the development and use of OSS and FOSS has gained importance within the geospatial community. OSS4G and FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics) have become popular acronyms. However, the extremely dynamic and rather unstructured offer of (F)OSS4G-solutions, the lack of formal support and the reluctance to engage in new lines of technology have so far prevented many users to take the step to (F)OSS despite important potential benefits.

Objectives
The short training is designed to help participants to

Evaluate the potential of (F)OSS4G for the discipline of physical land evaluation;
Identify strong and weak points of FOSS4G-solutions and ways to handle them;
Acquire hands-on experience with the GRASS- and related FOSS4G like Quantum-GIS and simultaneously, evaluate in detail the potential of the GRASS-software for WINDOWS, version 6.3 or higher, for spatial data handling and processing in the context of physical land evaluation.

In addition, the training will provide an update regarding
The evolving concepts of physical land evaluation;
The concepts and functionality of Geographic Information Systems;
The principles of earth remote sensing for acquisition of land-related data for further processing in GIS
The programme is conceived in a ‘Train the Trainer’ spirit. An important objective is to motivate and help the participants to further spread the knowledge and skills gained.

Targeted participants
Participants have a background in the management and/or planning of natural resources (soil, water, vegetation, climate), They are familiar with maps and PC’s. GIS is not completely new. They are professionals or researchers or future professionals or researchers dealing with rural development and planning. They have the ambition to play a leading role within their current and/or future organisations regarding education and training in land evaluation and land use planning, GIS and earth remote sensing.

Content of the training
A detailed overview of the training programme is presented below.

Requirements for participation
For successful participation, participants must

Have obtained a qualification of higher education (or equivalent through experience) in natural resource management and/or land use planning;
Have basic knowledge regarding physical geography, land evaluation, agri- and silviculture and ecology;
Be proficient in English. Candidates who have not had basic education in English must provide proof of thorough and active English knowledge;
Submit a letter of motivation, in which the importance of the training programme is explained;

Participants applying for a scholarship need in addition
To provide a recommendation letter, preferably from an academic person, who can evaluate the participant thoroughly.

Training Location
Geo-Institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Celestijnenlaan 200E
BE-3001 Leuven-Heverlee

Practical arrangements
Campus accommodation is available for all participants from developing countries. For participants, eligible for a VLIR-funded scholarship, flight tickets are booked and delivered by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Insurance for the duration of the course is also included for this group. After confirmation of admittance to the course you will be contacted for further practical arrangements.

Participation fee
a) Candidates from developing countries (according to the OESO/DAC list used by VLIR-UOS), who do not have any link with North or South programmes supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), are eligible for a VLIR-funded scholarship. This scholarship covers - based on sound evidence - participation fee, flight from/to the home country to Brussels, accommodation, local insurance, social activities, local transport and – depending on the average flight cost – a contribution to daily subsistence expenditures. There is no participation fee. 12 scholarships are available.
b) Candidates from developing countries, who are active in North or South programmes supported by VLIR, are not eligible for a scholarship. The participation fee for this group is 500 Euro for the full training. No VAT is applicable. Travel, local transport, insurance, accommodation and subsistence must be covered by the participant (Total, including participation fee, estimated at 2.500 EUR). 8 seats are reserved for this category. Candidates from this group need to present a IUC form signed by their promoter.
c) The participation fee for other participants is 2.420 Euro for the full training or 1.210 EUR for one week participation . Both fees include 21% VAT. 10 seats are reserved for this category. Seats of this category, not occupied by 30 March, will be offered to students at a reduced price to be determined.

Candidates will be evaluated on a first come, first serve basis and will be notified ASAP about their admittance to the training. Early application is strongly recommended! The maximum number of participants is based on 2 participants per PC. Final subscription date is 30th March 2007.

More information and further updates regarding the programme will be published on the website.

Contact persons

Stefaan Vande Walle
Tel: +32 16 329727
E-mail: stefaan.vandewalle@sadl.kuleuven.be
Ludo Engelen
Tel: +32 16 329732
E-mail: ludo.engelen@sadl.kuleuven.be

Job Vacancies in Biochemistry in Nigeria

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, Nigeria

Advertisement of Vacant Academic positions in the Department of Biochemistry

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant academic positions in the Department of Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
(a) Positions: (i) Lecturer I/Senior Lecturer
(ii) Professor

(b) Qualifications
Lecturer I/Senior Lecturer –Candidates must possess a Ph.D degree in Biochemsitry with specialization in Molecular Biology or Bioinformatics from a reputable University with a number of publications in reputable scholarly journals. In addition, candidates should have cognate experience in the University system.
Professor- Candidates must possess a Ph.D in Biochemistry with specialization in Molecular Biology and/or Bioinformatics with at least ten years cognate experience in the University system, with a number of publications in reputable international journals and other scholarly publications.
The salary and conditions of service are as obtained in Federal Universities in Nigeria.

(c) Method of Application
Interested candidates are required to submit THIRTY-FIVE typewritten copies of application, credentials, and curriculum vitae giving the following information:
(i) Full Name (surname first in Capital letters)
(ii) Post applied for
(iii) Date and Place of Birth
(iv) Nationality
(v) Permanent Home Address
(vi) Current Post Address
(vii) Marital Status
(viii) No. of Children and their ages
(ix) Institutions attended with dates
(x) Academic/professional Qualifications and Distinctions obtained with dates
(xi) Publications
(xii) Work experience with dates
(xiii) Present employment, Status and Salary
(xiv) Extra Curricular activities
(xv) Names and Address of 3 referees who must have been closely associated with candidate’s academic/work experience.
Expatriate applicants should include their passport number, where and when issued.

Applications and referee’s’ reports should be forwarded to:
The Registrar,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife,
Osun State. Nigeria.

(d) Deadline: Application should be submitted not later than 4 weeks from the date of
this publication.

(e) Date of interview will be communicated to only short-listed candidates

Signed;
Dr(Mrs) A. Kuku
Ag. Head

Job Vacancies in Biochemistry in Nigeria

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, Nigeria

Advertisement of Vacant Academic positions in the Department of Biochemistry

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant academic positions in the Department of Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
(a) Positions: (i) Lecturer I/Senior Lecturer
(ii) Professor

(b) Qualifications
Lecturer I/Senior Lecturer –Candidates must possess a Ph.D degree in Biochemsitry with specialization in Molecular Biology or Bioinformatics from a reputable University with a number of publications in reputable scholarly journals. In addition, candidates should have cognate experience in the University system.
Professor- Candidates must possess a Ph.D in Biochemistry with specialization in Molecular Biology and/or Bioinformatics with at least ten years cognate experience in the University system, with a number of publications in reputable international journals and other scholarly publications.
The salary and conditions of service are as obtained in Federal Universities in Nigeria.

(c) Method of Application
Interested candidates are required to submit THIRTY-FIVE typewritten copies of application, credentials, and curriculum vitae giving the following information:
(i) Full Name (surname first in Capital letters)
(ii) Post applied for
(iii) Date and Place of Birth
(iv) Nationality
(v) Permanent Home Address
(vi) Current Post Address
(vii) Marital Status
(viii) No. of Children and their ages
(ix) Institutions attended with dates
(x) Academic/professional Qualifications and Distinctions obtained with dates
(xi) Publications
(xii) Work experience with dates
(xiii) Present employment, Status and Salary
(xiv) Extra Curricular activities
(xv) Names and Address of 3 referees who must have been closely associated with candidate’s academic/work experience.
Expatriate applicants should include their passport number, where and when issued.

Applications and referee’s’ reports should be forwarded to:
The Registrar,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife,
Osun State. Nigeria.

(d) Deadline: Application should be submitted not later than 4 weeks from the date of
this publication.

(e) Date of interview will be communicated to only short-listed candidates

Signed;
Dr(Mrs) A. Kuku
Ag. Head

Environment : Survival and Sustainability

The key to success in achieving environmental survival and sustainability lies with us changing our mode of thinking and living. Everyone should wake up to the reality that resources are limited and ways of using these resources sustainabily should be advocated.

Mécanique quantique : les conférences en ligne

Voici le lien sur lequel trouver les conférences d'Etienne Klein sur le site de la cité des sciences :
http://www.cite-sciences.fr/francais/ala_cite/college/v2/html/2006_2007/...

... L'opus 1 devrait être bientôt mis en ligne. Pour apprendre à compter les quantas comme des mottes de beurre ...

Alice

Encyclopedia of Earth: Call for Topic Editors and Authors

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARTH

Young environmental experts around the world, in concert with the goals of the World Academy of Young Scientists, I invite you to help build what is fast becoming a seminal reference on understanding and managing the environment.

In September 2006, the Encyclopedia of Earth was launched as a free and comprehensive web-based encyclopedia intended for a general audience. Content spans the physical, biological, economical, and social aspects of all environmental topics with particular emphasis on the interactions among society and the natural spheres of the Earth.

The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is being created and updated by an international collaboration of scientists and other experts in all fields related to the environment via a specially adapted version of the same open-source software platform used by the popular, but "not-quality-controlled”, Wikipedia.

Unlike other wikis, access to the Encyclopedia’s wiki is restricted to approved experts. Expert contributors then review and approve all content prior to publishing it at the free public site.

The EoE combines:

* environmental experts from around the world writing, reviewing and publishing articles in a collaboration known as the Environmental Information Coalition;

* review of each contributor for appropriate expertise before being permitted to join this effort;

* policies and guidance to produce objective, science-based, balanced, non-ideological and non-partisan information in an easy-to-understand language;

* independent peer review for scientific accuracy and objectivity before publication to the EoE's public site;

* attribution of all authors backed by their biographies; and

* free and open content under a Creative Commons license.

Just three months after its public launch, the EoE has recruited over 500 experts from thirty countries. They have published over 1,000 articles on the public site. Our current trajectory suggests thousands of experts contributing tens of thousands of entries in the near future.

With this in mind, we invite you to inspect the EoE and gain an appreciation of its potential.

http://www.eoearth.org/

I also invite you to apply to become a contributor for the EoE. The qualifications are simple. First, you are a recognized expert in a subject area of the Encyclopedia. This means you are a scholar, educator, professional, or other expert from the natural, physical, and social sciences, the arts and humanities, the professional disciplines, the public or private sectors, or the nongovernmental organizations whose work focuses on some aspect of the environment. Second, you are willing to work in a very dynamic, highly collaborative authoring and editorial environment. Third, you embrace the Encyclopedia's commitment to fairness, objectivity, and quality.

There are several roles you can play.

* Authors contribute content by writing articles and expanding on existing articles in their areas of expertise; and
* Topic Editors oversee specific subject areas in the Encyclopedia, often as part of a larger group of editors on a given subject. They approve, recommend for revision or decline articles for publication, as well as help set overall content and governance policies. Topic Editors are also encouraged to contribute articles in their areas of expertise.

Workloads are commensurate with an individual's time constraints.

You can write on or edit any topic that interests you and that falls within the scope of the Encyclopedia. Entries are from 250 to 5,000 words, geared to a general audience. Your articles can be drawn directly from existing material you have written, subject to any copyright restrictions. The Encyclopedia is built, maintained, and governed by experts like you via a specially adapted "wiki," an online resource that allows users to add and edit content collectively.

Significantly, unlike other wikis, access to the Encyclopedia wiki is restricted to approved experts, and all content is peer reviewed and approved prior to being published at the free public site.

There are also roles for non-environmental experts in many areas. We need volunteers with skills in copy-editing, design work, or image gathering.

Why allocate your scarce time to this initiative? There are many potential rewards:

1. Your work will reach a wider and more diverse audience than with traditional print publications.
2. Your work remains up-to-date.
3. Your work will enhance your scholarly and professional development.
4. You will be part of a publishing model that is rapidly changing the world of scholarly publication.
5. Your professional networks will be enhanced.

If you are interested in becoming either an Author or a Topic Editor please fill out and submit our online contributor form: http://www.eoearth.org/eoe/contribute

The Encyclopedia's oversight comes from an outstanding group of international scholars, our International Advisory Board (see below).

Contributing is easy, simply go to http://www.eoearth.org/eoe/contribute and follow the guidelines. The Encyclopedia of Earth site also contains additional information about the project.

I encourage you to circulate this invitation widely within your community.

Contact, Editor in Chief, Cutler Cleveland, cutler@bu.edu or
Editorial Assistants:
Alejandra Roman, eoe@earthportal.net; or
Ida Kubiszewski, ida.kub@gmail.com with questions.

Thanks for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Sidney Draggan, Ph.D.
Encyclopedia of Earth Stewardship Committee
Secretariat to the Environmental Information Coalition

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Rita Colwell, Chairman, Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., former Director of the National Science Foundation, USA

Robert W. Corell, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

Robert Costanza, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, USA

Mohamed H. A. Hassan, President, African Academy of Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya

Thomas Homer-Dixon, Director, Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University College, Canada

Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business, The University of Michigan, USA

Steve Hubbell, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia, USA

Simon A. Levin, Moffett Professor of Biology, Director, Center for Biocomplexity, Princeton University, USA

Bonnie J. McCay, Distinguished Professor of Human Ecology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA

David W. Orr, Chairman, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, University of California - Irvine, USA

B. L. Turner, Director, School of Geography, Clark University, USA

Interferences in Photodetachment of a Negative Molecular Ion

Abstract:
The photodetachment of a negative molecular ion is studied theoretically using a two-center model. The detached electron wave function is obtained as a superposition of two coherent waves originating from each center. The photo-detached electron flux is evaluated on a screen placed at a large distance from the negative molecular ion. The electron flux on the screen displays strong interferences, the peak positions are related to the distance between the two centers in the negative molecular ion. We also obtained a simple analytical formula for the total photodetachment cross section. It approaches one and two times of the cross section for the one-center system in the high and low photon energy limits respectively

Cours en ligne de Biostatistique

la faculté de médecine de Paris Sud a mis un cours en ligne sur la biostatistique.

L'ensemble de l'enseignement est en accès libre, il comprend de courtes présentations multimédia, suivies d'applications pratiques, corrigées, réalisées à partir du logiciel de statistique "R" (logiciel du domaine public fonctionnant sous Windows, Linux et Mac ; cf la page principale du site pour plus d'informations). Un devoir non corrigé est aussi disponible.

Les cours multimédia sont présentés sous forme de diaporamas sonorisés.

http://www.kb.u-psud.fr/acces-etudiant/cours/biostat/Biostat.htm

A periodic table of visualization methods

This is a very clever "periodic table" listing different visualization methods.

You can mouse over each "visualization element" to see an example of each one.

It also distinguishes between different visualization categories: data visualization, information, concepts, strategies, metaphors and compound visualization.

This could be a very useful neat little tool to help explain to someone the differences between two visualization methods, or to learn about new ones.

Link.

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research Program Grants by HFSP for 2008

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research Program Grants by HFSP for 2008

Program Description:

THE HUMAN FRONTIER SCIENCE PROGRAM (HFSP) research grant program aims to stimulate novel, daring ideas by supporting collaborative research involving biologists together with scientists from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Recent developments in the biological and physical sciences and emerging disciplines such as computational biology and nanoscience open up new approaches to understanding the complex mechanisms underlying biological functions in living organisms.

Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants

Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Applications for Young Investigators' Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other independently of applications for Program Grants.

Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Up to $450,000 per grant per year may be applied for. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged

The 2008 call for Letters of Intent is now open.
Pre-registration is March 22nd, Submission deadline is April 3rd 2007.

Please note that HFSP funding programs start at the postdoctoral level. No support is available for undergraduate or PhD students. In addition they do not provide travel grants for attending conferences.

For further detail please visit http://www.hfsp.org/

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter is published and sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

The Newsletter compiles a huge amount of information concerning Open Access features, history, policies, OA-related conferences and a myriad of other interesting topic.

You can read the last issue online :
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/01-02-07.htm

access the archived back issues :
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/archive.htm

and subscribe by sending any message to :
SPARC-OANews-feed (at) arl.org

Malaria: How to Prevent It

Malaria: How to Prevent It

What is malaria?

Malaria is an infection that causes high fevers and chills. It's spread by a type of mosquito that feeds at night. The mosquito carries a parasite that causes malaria. If this mosquito bites you, the parasite can get into your blood. The parasite lays eggs, which develop into more parasites, and they feed on your blood cells until you get very sick. Some people die from malaria.

Where is malaria most common?

Malaria is a health problem in many tropical countries. It's also a problem for people visiting these countries. Your chance of getting malaria is highest when you travel in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, African countries south of the Sahara Desert and some remote places in southeast Asia. Your chance of getting malaria is a little lower in the Caribbean, in the areas around the Amazon River in South America, in India and in some rural areas of Central America. In many countries in Asia and South America, malaria is only in the countryside. If you travel to these countries, you may not need to take malaria medicine if you stay in the malaria-free big cities or take only day trips outside the cities.

How can I protect myself from getting malaria?

You should do whatever you can to keep from getting mosquito bites. If you can, sleep in a room with screens on the windows and doors. Use a mosquito net over your bed. If possible, spray the net with permethrin (one brand name: Elimite). (Permethrin is a spray that repels mosquitos.) During the evening, wear light-colored clothes with long sleeves. It's important to protect yourself with a bug repellant spray that contains no more than 35% of a chemical called "deet." Try not to go outside after the sun sets.

What medicines can I take to prevent malaria?

If you plan to travel to a country where malaria is common, you'll probably take a medicine that may keep you from getting malaria. This is called "prophylactic" malaria medicine. Remember, however, no medicine can protect you 100%.

Prophylactic malaria medicines require you to start taking the medicine a few days or a week before you leave on your trip. You keep taking the medicine during your trip and after your trip for about 1 to 4 weeks, depending on which medicine you are taking. It's important to keep taking the medicine after your trip because the malaria parasites could still be in your blood. Stopping the medicine too soon could give the parasites an opportunity to grow and make you sick. These medicines have some side effects, and not everyone can take them. Your doctor can tell you which medicine is right for you.

Mefloquine (brand name: Lariam) and atovaquone/proguanil (brand name: Malarone) are two medicines you can take. If you can't take one of these, your doctor might recommend you take doxycycline (brand name: Vibramycin). Doxycycline makes you sunburn easily, so you must wear a hat, long sleeves and sunscreen whenever you're outside during the day. Some people can't take this medicine.

If you're traveling to parts of Central America, Haiti or the Middle East, you may be able to take chloroquine (brand name: Aralen). Again, your doctor can tell you which medicine is right for you.

Source

American Academy of Family Physicians
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.
http://familydoctor.org/x2500.xml

New discussion group and recent research articles based on my work

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 30. Interactions with the Herb Collectors of Bilaspur region.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 31. Interactions with the senior natives of Bilaspur region.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 32. Interactions with the Herb Collectors of Kanker region.

*Hidden (but great) contribution of village children in Minor forest produce business of Indian state Chhattisgarh.

*Wild fruits popular among the village children of Indian state Chhattisgarh.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 33. Interactions with the Herb Collectors of Raigarh region.

Joyeux Reveillon a tous et Meilleurs Voeux pour 2007

Voila je suppose que personne ne lira cette entrée parce que a l'heure où je l'écris je présume que vous vous preparez a passer le reveillon avec vos proches...

Je vais bientot y aller moi-même et avant de partir je voudrais souhaiter a toute les personnes de la Science Ac' un joyeux reveillon...

Je voudrais souhaiter aussi mes meilleurs voeux a la nouvelle année 2007 qui je l'espere nous donnera un autre festival aussi reussi et d'autres Science-Academiciens qui je l'espere seront aussi heureux que moi d'avoir participer a la Science Ac 2006...

A bientot pour de nouvelles aventures...

Rémy

Research Articles published this week

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 25. Interactions with the Senior Natives of Bagbahera region.

*Detailed information on Ponds of Indian state Chhattisgarh famous for treatment of specific diseases.

*Ethnoveterinary Formulations of Chhattisgarh, India. 1-300. (Compilation of Extended Summaries)

*Wild animals of Indian state Chhattisgarh and illegal trade: Some important information.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 26. Interactions with the Traditional Healers of Bastar region.

*Detailed list of Mythical animals of Indian state Chhattisgarh waiting to become real through scientific confirmation.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 27. Interactions with the Traditional Healers of Kanker region.