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November 13, 2018

Reminders:


UFII Fellows Journal Club: Leila Kalantari “Hierarchical Linear Dynamical System for Avian Audio Processing”

Leila Kalantari

UFII Fellow, Post-Doctoral Associate
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Abstract: Hierarchical Linear Dynamical System (HLDS) is a recently introduced generative state model that has a self-organizing property.  It exploits Kalman update rules for efficient learning. The self-organizing property of HLDS enables the model to be utilized for the purpose of clustering. The application scope of original HLDS is limited to linearly separable signals such as musical notes.  This talk is about employing HLDS for processing bird vocalizations.

For more information, visit our website.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Lunch 11:30AM & Talk 12:00 – 1:00PM
UF Informatics Institute
Rm E251 Computer Science and Engineering Bldg (CSE)
432 Newell Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Talk is free and open to the public.

Lunch is provided. Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!

RSVP

Submitted by Flora Marynak, UF Informatics Institute

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Emerging Scholars Symposium – A Faculty Diversity Outreach Program – Register by 11/19

A call to scholars nearing the end of their terminal degree studies and recent graduates, including postdoctoral scholars:

Engage with East Carolina University academic leaders … Learn about faculty life at ECU …Showcase your research

Register to participate in the Emerging Scholars Symposium today!

The Office for Equity and Diversity at East Carolina University is now accepting applications for our inaugural Emerging Scholars Symposium (“Symposium”), a 3 day event for advanced doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars who are underrepresented in their discipline.  The Symposium will be held on East Carolina’s campus on March 12-14, 2019.  Travel, lodging and meals will be covered for selected scholars.

Selected Symposium participants will:

  • engage with ECU academic leaders, including deans and department chairs, in their academic discipline;
  • gain knowledge about the University and topics of interest for new faculty;
  • be hosted by an ECU department to tour academic and research facilities;
  • meet with ECU faculty to learn more about our programs; and
  • showcase their research through the delivery of a presentation to faculty and students.

The deadline for applications to our March 2019 program is November 19, 2018.   Seats are limited.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria include:

  • graduate students within one or two years of completion, or already received, terminal degree (i.e., approximate completion date of fall 2019), including postdoctoral scholars
  • demonstrated academic career goals and interests that align with East Carolina University’s mission (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/mission-and-vision.cfm) and academic programs (http://www.ecu.edu/academics
  • demonstrated potential contribution to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • availability to participate in the full Symposium program

Additional information about the program, including how to apply, may be found here:  http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/oed/emerging_scholar.cfm.

Please share this information with any potential candidates that may be interested in this program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at (252) 328-6804 or oed@ecu.edu.

East Carolina University is committed to promoting and creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive and respectful community.

Submitted by Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Collaboratory for Women Innovators - Startup Roadmap Program

Do you have an innovative idea or an early stage startup that has potential as scalable venture? Do you want to see if your research has commercial potential? Then this program may be for you!  

The Startup Roadmap provides an interactive, high-energy hands-on environment to roll up your sleeves and discover the business value proposition for your idea—and much more. Startup Roadmap uses a dynamic coaching format with the proven So what? who cares? why you?® methodology and tools from wendykennedy.com (WKI). You will work collaboratively with a coach in weekly, small-group sessions to apply a business-focused lens to your idea and assess your readiness for the next stage of development—whether it’s incubation, licensing, or partnerships. At the end of the program, participants will have developed a commercialization roadmap to help launch their venture successfully, plus a pitch presentation deck for investors and other appropriate audiences. Open to all!

Meets once per week – starts Feb 2019.  Interested?  Apply Now!  For more information contact Kathy Sohar ksfl@ufl.edu.

Submitted by Kathy Sohar, Women’s Collaboratory for Innovators

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Looking for Opportunities to Build the “Service” Section of Your CV? The Postdoc Editors Association is Looking for a New Editor-in-Chief!

The University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA) is an editing service that helps postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA facilitates higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

If you are interested in serving as the next UF-PEA Editor-in-Chief, please send a brief statement of interest to Lily Lewis no later than Friday, November 30th.

Summary of Editor-in-Chief Duties:

  • Select volunteer editors to review submissions.
  • Briefly review edited submission before returning to author.
  • Make sure submissions are reviewed and sent back to the author within 48 hours.
  • Coordinate with Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs as needed.

Submitted Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Reminders:

Postdoc Editors Association – Accepting New Volunteer Editors

Now accepting new volunteer editors for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

The University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA) is an editing service that helps postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA facilitates higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more, volunteer to edit, or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Harneet Arora, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief

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Submit Postdoc Awards & Honors Announcements

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs wants to promote your achievements. Please send notification of postdoc awards and achievements to Lily Lewis or submit a Postdoctoral Achievements Submission Form. Postdoc Award announcements will be included in the weekly UF Postdoctoral Update Newsletter and Awards and other Achievements (such as publications) will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Submit your UF Postdoc Profile

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is in the process of updating our website and we want to highlight our current postdocs. We invite you to submit content for your profile and let us help you enhance your online professional presence. The online submission form can be found here and current profiles can be viewed here. Note that a professional style profile picture is required. If you do not have a photo, contact Lily Lewis to schedule your photo shoot prior to submitting your profile. Please feel free to contact Lily Lewis if you have any comments or questions about the submission form or would like assistance crafting your content.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Postdoc Editors Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who will offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors will provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief

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Postdoc HR Issues:

Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF's Human Resource Services' Benefits Office at benefits@ufl.edu or (352) 392-2477.

Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF's Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or bmercier@ufl.edu.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Gainesville-Postdocs-4479251?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr%20

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Lily Lewis to receive an invitation. More information.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida 

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175‌
Gainesville, FL 32611
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