Come work at my lab–SAFL

Environmental and geophysical fluid flow, St Anthony Falls Laboratory

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, invites applications for a faculty position affiliated with the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL), a shared facility of CSE. The position could be in any of the following CSE Departments: Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE), Earth Sciences (ESci), or Mechanical Engineering (ME). The appointment will likely be at Assistant Professor level but exceptional candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels will be considered. SAFL research integrates experimental work at laboratory and field scales with advanced theoretical and computational methods to solve a broad spectrum of real-world problems related to fluid dynamics. We currently host 15 faculty, a staff of 24, about 60 graduate students and researchers, and numerous visitors from around the nation and world.

We are open to applications from highly motivated individuals in a broad range of fields that involve fluid flow and take advantage of the unique facilities offered by SAFL. Potential areas include, but are not limited to: physical, biological, and/or chemical fluid dynamics; atmospheric transport and processes; complex fluids and fluid interfaces; sediment and Earth and planetary surface dynamics; fluid energy sources such as wind, waves, and tides; unmanned airborne, floating, and underwater sensing networks; mesoscale processes in environmental systems; turbulence; novel underwater propulsion and manipulation; and fluid-related “big data” analysis and machine learning. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to a diverse research and teaching community in both SAFL and their home department through the development of a vigorous, internationally recognized, and externally funded research program; teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and service in the department, college, and university.

In addition to its experimental and computational facilities, SAFL hosts the Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium and Field Station and has strong connections to major centers across the University including: the Institute on the Environment (IonE), the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), and the National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore).

Materials Required

  • A one-page cover letter
  • A CV with a list of publications
  • A statement of research and teaching interests
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • List of any planned conference presentations in late 2018 – early 2019

Applications must be completed online at: – Search for Job ID 326714.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, beginning 2018 December 15, with interviews expected to begin in early 2019. Questions can be directed to Prof. Chris Paola (, Chair of the Search Committee.

St Anthony Falls Laboratory values a diverse faculty because it enriches perspective and fosters an inclusive environment, and because its members serve as role models for a diverse student body. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University supports the work-life balance of its faculty.

Join us for Geoscience Alliance IV in 2019!

Geoscience Alliance IV

 Carrying forward ancestral geoscience knowledge to

work through today’s challenges

Land Rights, Food Security, Natural Resource Extraction,

Extreme Weather Events, Water, Land Use Change, and Education

 Conference Information

Location:  Radisson Phoenix Airport, Phoenix, Arizona

Date:  January 31-February 3, 2019

The Geoscience Alliance (GA) is a national alliance of individuals committed to broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences.   Its members are faculty and staff from tribal colleges, universities, and research centers; native elders and community members; industry and corporate representatives; students (K12, undergraduate, and graduate); formal and informal educators; and other interested individuals. The goals of the Geoscience Alliance are to 1) create new collaborations in support of geoscience education for Native American students, 2) establish a new research agenda aimed at closing gaps in our knowledge on barriers and best practices related to Native American participation in the geosciences, 3) increase participation by Native Americans in setting the national research agenda on issues in the geosciences, and particularly those that impact Native lands, 4) provide a forum to communicate educational opportunities for Native American students in the geosciences, and 5) to understand and respect indigenous traditional knowledge.  We welcome participation by geoscientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, biologists, and other disciplines who are interested in the science questions related to the challenges outlined above.


Contact:  Diana Dalbotten, for more information.

NASA “Ask Us” Event

Virtual Engagement

International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor.
Credits: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Communications Team

Next Event: International Observe the Moon Night Through a Native American Perspective

Event Date: Wednesday, November 8th

Time:10AM-11AM AKST |11AM-12PM PST |12PM-1PM MST |1PM-2PM CST | 2PM-3PM EST

The ESTEEM team hopes you to had a chance to participate in International Observe the Moon Night, October 28th, 2017 and we’d like you to join us for a conversation that explores the cultural and scientific connections that we have to our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon, through a Native American lens. Native Americans have been observing the Moon for thousands of years and have developed very specific cultural connections related to the Moon.

Join the ESTEEM team on November 8th for a presentation by Annette S. Lee (director of Native Skywatchers) and her Native Skywatchers colleagues: Carl Gawboy; and Jeff Tibbetts on the Ojibwe perspective of the Moon. Following their presentation, we will allow time for dialogue related to other Native American perspectives of the Moon. We will also review unique NASA content related to the study of the Moon and explore connections between this content and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge shared. How have various tribes used the Moon to keep track of time? What Tribal traditions take place around the Moon? Tune in to learn more about the Moon through a Native American Perspective.

To request access or ask questions about this event, email Bonnie Murray at Check back the week of the event for a link to the YouTube live stream of this Ask-Us event.

Job Opportunity–Earth Sciences, Leech Lake Tribal College

Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake,
Minnesota, seeks a Research and
Community Coordinator in the general
area of Earth system science. This is a
new position and the successful candidate
will be supporting the continued
development of an integrated program of
information, education, and recruitment
of American Indian students that is built
around a community-inspired and
community-led natural history STEM
club –Azhegiiwe Bagwajaya’ii (“ he/she
returns to wilderness” in Ojibwe).
The program and the club will emphasize tutoring,
internships, engagement, student support, lectures, and a
workshop series, which includes Native speakers from the
greater community and academia. Azhegiiwe Bagwajaya’ii
will actively participate in the development and
maintenance of a long-term environmental monitoring
network as the focus of the connection between culture
and tradition and natural resources. The program of
environmental monitoring will include air, streams, lakes,
wetlands, soil, forests, plants, and wildlife. The
coordinator will supervise students and interested
community members in data collection.
LLTC is a small college within the Chippewa National
Forest near the headwaters of Mississippi River. Located
on the edge of the coniferous and the northern mixed
hardwood forests, the area is full of clear lakes, beautiful
rivers and tamarack bogs. This beautiful natural area is
also internationally known for its wide range of outdoor
activities including great fishing, hunting, hiking, xcountry
skiing, and more. Please visit for the job
description, description of qualifications, and application

Using the Flyover Country app in Undergrad Education — Short Course at GSA

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From: Amy Myrbo <>
Date: Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 3:46 PM
Subject: [Reu-geo] using the Flyover Country app in undergrad ed – short course at GSA
To: GEO REU list <>

I thought that some of you might be interested in this short course.  We also think that in addition to undergrad classroom/field trip use, Flyover Country could be used in REUs as a place to make student writing about their research areas and projects widely available to the public, so let me know if you’re interested in discussing that angle for your 2018 interns!  Thanks for your time.

Geo-educators, please consider signing up for our GSA workshop in Seattle Saturday afternoon 10/21!

Short course 523. Taking Students into the Field on Their Own Time: Using the Free, NSF-Funded Flyover Country Mobile App to Design Student Self-Guided Field Experiences

Abstract: Field experiences are an integral, formative part of a geoscience education. However, logistical barriers often make field trips difficult to include in undergraduate geoscience classes. This course will demonstrate using the free, NSF-funded “Flyover Country” app to design self-guided field trips that students can take on their own schedules. Participants will learn about the app, then experience an app-led group field trip near the convention center. Afterward, we will debrief the experience and discuss successes, modifications, and lessons learned. Participants will then have a hands-on tutorial on adding their own field trip content to the app database.

Instructors: Amy Myrbo, Avery Shinneman, Shane Loeffler
Cosponsors: GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Limnogeology Division.


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