A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Laboratoriesof Neurogenetics & Neuroscience (LNN) in the McKnight BrainInstitute at the University of Florida, focused on geneticdeterminants of brain health and disease. The research is fundedand directed by Prof. Matt Farrer in the Department of Neurology.Over the past 20 years, our team has helped define the geneticetiology of neurodegeneration using a combination of population andpedigree-based molecular genetics (high-throughput sequencing,genotyping and Sanger sequencing), bioinformatics (vcf tools,galaxy, python, perl, java) and applied statistics (R archive,(Plink, Beagle, linkage software). Dr. Farrer is best known for hiscontributions to Parkinson’s disease. The discoveries and insightsgained have improved diagnosis and have led to insightful models toadvance novel therapeutics into clinical trials.The successful applicant would join a team studying the majormolecular genetic determinants of neurologic disease and severalprojects are available (depending upon the aptitude and skill setof the applicant). The appointment represents a superb trainingopportunity to learn/apply a variety of molecular genetic,bioinformatic and statistical techniques for new Fellows or forSenior Fellows looking to make the transition to independentFaculty appointment.LNN is located in a vibrant neuroscience research atmosphere thatincludes the Center for Translational Research in NeurodegenerativeDisease, the Biomedical Sciences Center, the Center forNeurogenetics, the McKnight Brain Institute and the Fixel Institutefor Neurologic Disorders. The successful applicant will joindedicated, experienced and highly motivated teams. The research isfast-paced and exciting, the laboratories are modern andwell-equipped, and there are superb opportunities for advancedtraining in relevant techniques.A recent PhD, MD or MD/PhD, and experience in a field directlyrelevant to human genetics, molecular and/or population genetics.Applicants should have excellent oral and written communicationskills, and experience in the collection and analysis of data.Preferred candidates will have a strong record of productivity fromprevious training. They must have a high level of independence inthe design and execution of in vitro and in vivoexperiments. The position is initially available for one year withthe possibility of annual extensions. Salary will be commensuratewith experience and qualifications.Applications should include a CV, cover letter of intent, and alist of 3 references with contact information. Review ofapplications will begin immediately and will continue untilposition is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Matt Farrer [email protected] ; however,applications must be submitted online.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
I’d love to tell you to grab this month’s Trail Mix, slap it into your iPod, and head for a hike or bike ride on some green trailway near you, but I’ll be damned if Mother Nature isn’t just stone drunk. If you’re like me, you look at the weather forecast with a skeptical eye, with absolutely no assurance of what tomorrow might bring. Snow? Sure! 70 degrees the next day? Why not!!One thing you can be sure of is the epicness of this month’s Trail Mix. It’s big. Nearly thirty tracks of roots music goodness. The April mix opens with a track from The String Cheese Incident, who return with Song In My Head, the band’s first full length record in nine years. Trail Mix is stoked to include the title track from the record this month.April’s mix is also rich with some of the best songwriters you might have heard of, along with a slew you might have missed so far. You should know guys like Bobby Bare, Jr., who returns with his Young Criminals’ Starvation League, and the mix also features the new cuts from Kathy Kallick, Will Kimbrough and Luther Dickinson. Be sure to check out tracks from newcomers like Nathaniel Rateliff, Sam Morrow, A.J. Ellis, and Bradford Lee Folk.Like the blues? Trail Mix has you covered with Bobby Rush & Dr. John’s new tune, and be sure to check out the new one from Ray Bonneville.Like a little rockabilly country? Check out Moot Davis.Maybe you are a child of the 80s? Check out the retro pop vibe of Eternal Summers, who are also featured in the print magazine this month.Big fan of ridiculous acoustic shredding? You definitely need to hear the new one from The Infamous Stringdusters, who release their new record, Let It Go, this month. The mix also features new tracks from guitar whiz Bryan Sutton and fiddler extraordinaire Darol Anger.And that’s just the start. There’s a whole lot more. Dig in. Check it out. Share with your friends and on your favorite social network. And, as always, be sure to buy a few of these records. Download them. Buy some vinyl. Just help us support these great artists who are so willing to support Trail Mix.Speaking of supporting Trail Mix, I need to give a big shout out to the good folks at Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, one of Virginia’s finest music festivals, for sponsoring this month’s mix. Rooster Walk takes place in late May, and the line up is hot. For more information, check out their website at www.roosterwalk.com, and look forward to May’s mix, which will feature all Rooster Walk artists. String Cheese Incident – Song In My HeadA.J. Ellis – Stand UpBobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League – North of Alabama By Mornin’Bobby Rush with Dr. John & Blinddog Smokin’ – Stand BackBradford Lee Folk – The Wood SwanBryan Sutton – Log JamCurtis Harding – Keep On ShiningDarol Anger – The Denver Belle.mp3Eternal Summers – GougeGreg Smith & The Broken English – Losing HandHamell on Trial – TogetherHeather Maloney & Darlingside – WoodstockJapanther – Do ItJonny Two Bags – One Foot In The GutterKathy Kallick – Time Traveler’s WifeLost & Nameless – Empty SpacesLuther Dickinson – VandalizeMoot Davis – Love HangoverNathaniel Rateliff – When Do You SeeRay Bonneville – Love Is WickedSam Morrow – Old SoulTattletale Saints – Complicated ManThe Infamous Stringdusters – Let It GoThe Iveys – Jenna’s SongThe War On Drugs – Red EyesWill Kimbrough – Sideshow Love
The word ‘gratitude’ is fairly common in our everyday vocabulary. It’s a word we use to describe feelings of appreciation or thanks. Its root, which stems from the Latin word ‘gratus,’ implies something pleasing or agreeable for which you are grateful.To me, that seems like a pretty flowery depiction of ‘gratitude.’ Sure, like most people, I’m grateful for my family and friends, for having clothes on my back, a roof (of sorts) over my head, food to eat, and money to pay those blasted student loans. But as backwards as it may sound, I’ve recently found myself also giving thanks for pain.Allow me to explain.The first time I remember wanting to kayak, I was an 18-year-old college freshman sitting in an inflatable duckie, waiting to put in on the upper section of the Russell Fork River.“You’ve got the beer, so we won’t let anything happen to you,” one of the guys on the trip said, slapping me on the back.I swallowed hard, looking at the cooler strapped down in my stern. The upper section is a mellow class II-III run, but for me, it would be my first taste of real whitewater. Just four months after that Russell Fork trip, I drove seven hours through the night to Indiana to buy my first kayak (a play boat and all the gear I’d need, found on BoaterTalk) for $500 cash.Never mind that I had never sat in a playboat before. Never mind that I still didn’t have a roll. The day I returned from Indiana I immediately hopped on a trip to Tennessee’s Nolichucky Gorge and experienced what I imagine it feels like to almost drown. I swam three times, one of which was the entire length of Quarter Mile, a class IV rapid named for its length. During that swim in particular, I remember reaching a point where my body, so physically taxed from fighting the current, simply gave up. As I floated downstream beneath the surface of the water, I remember looking up at the sky and thinking, this is it.Of course, that wasn’t it, for my life or my beatdowns. I’ve swum nearly every river I’ve ever paddled. I’ve had mild concussions, black eyes, gnarly bruises, and feelings of total defeat and despair. I’ve been green in the face and sick to my stomach with fear, at times wishing the takeout would magically appear downstream. But it’s all of that, and so much more, that draws me to the sport. It’s that discomfort for which I am grateful, but didn’t realize I was, until recently.“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage,” says health psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her 2013 TED Talk on the subject of “How to make stress your friend.”I came across McGonigal’s TED Talk via a blog my friend shared, which spoke similarly on the benefits of discomfort. In her presentation, McGonigal proves that changing the way we think about stress can drastically affect our health – if we choose to believe that stress hurts us, it will. If, however, we decide to embrace that anxiety and recognize it as a tool by which our body has called upon to meet a challenge, then stress can actually do us a lot of good.In fact, that change in attitude can affect us so much so that our normal physical reaction to stress (which involves increased heart rate and constricted blood vessels) can actually be altered so that the heart still beats heavily but the blood vessels stay relaxed. This, McGonigal says, is characteristic of the body during times of joy and courage.“One thing we know for certain is that chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort,” McGonigal says at the conclusion of her talk, “and so I would say that’s really the best way to make decisions, is go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.”When I heard her say those final words, everything I had ever doubted about my passions suddenly fell into place. After every beatdown I took, before every rapid I’ve never seen, there was always a little voice in the back of my head asking the big question: why? Why do we sleep on the ground in the dead of winter when perfectly cozy beds sit empty? Why do we tape our bloodied fingers and blistered heels and press on? Why do we turn to peanut butter and jelly as sustenance, and the back of our cars as home, for a few days of climbing or paddling? Why do we put ourselves in these uncomfortable situations for no apparent reason?It’s because these are the things that matter, that give meaning to our lives. The river is where I find purpose. It’s one of the few places that allows me to experience that balance between incompetence and confidence. Every bad line, every swim, every boof gone bad, isn’t a failure; it’s an unmet challenge. It is through these moments of discomfort that we dig deep, gain grit, and find that we are capable of much more than we believe.And so, on that note, let’s allocate some of our gratitude this year to all of the freezing wet nights and broken bones, to the bear that found your food and the guidebook that leaped over the edge, to every time you found yourself in a pickle yet somehow still managed to find your way out.
Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century is part of the museum’s Black culture and Afrocentrism showcase. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Located in Exposition Park, the California African American Museum stands in majesty. “The only reason why I actually knew about USC and why I applied here is because of the CAAM and its neighboring museums,” Reyes said. “[The CAAM] has really great exposure and really great ability of interaction. It’s very easy to understand and have a message come across to anyone of any age and of any educational standing.” “I just think that people [who are] younger just don’t want information that’s told the same way their parents receive information,” Davis said. “They still are concerned about the same kind of issues, but they just want to hear from people that they can relate to, and it could be older people, but they need to speak the right language.” Although Hill has only recently started working at the museum, she recalls the CAAM being one of the main reasons she chose USC. “He had on these green checkered pants and those cross earrings just on one ear and this silly, crazy hat,” Hill said. “I was like ‘Aw, this man seems so cool,’” Hill said. “I didn’t really get to talk to him, but he was looking at all the art, and then later on throughout the day, I found out that it was actually Timothy Washington who made one of the art exhibits.” “If Black History Month was to go away, we would still be working really hard to have great exhibits, great programs and really expose the broader community to the great art and unique history of African Americans in California,” Davis said. “I just felt the need to shake it up quite a bit and that we needed to go much more Instagram, much more social media savvy and have programming that would really resonate and be relevant with [younger people],” Davis said. Sofia Reyes, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said the CAAM also influenced her college choice. Although Black History Month consists of just 29 days (this year, anyway), the CAAM is less than a mile away from USC’s campus, reminding visitors year-round of the legacy of African Americans in the western United States. “There’s so much to just look at, and the artwork is beautiful, but the artwork does have a lot of meaning to it,” Hill said. “And just it being an African American museum, I think that that’s important to get that aspect of art that isn’t usually put on [as] the best or just doesn’t have that representation in the world.” Currently, the CAAM has a lively exhibit named “Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century.” The exhibit, curated by Tyree Boyd-Pates and Taylor Bythewood-Porter, pulls together contemporary art that showcases Black culture and Afrocentrism. The exhibit is centered around the clothing brand Cross Colours, an apparel line that gained traction when Will Smith wore its products on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Each exhibit has a life of its own. From “Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection” to “Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840-1940,” every exhibit contains lively elements that engage viewers. For Kennedy Hill, a freshman majoring in acting and a student worker at CAAM, “Cross Colours” is one of her favorite exhibits. A piece that caught her eye was a wall with the question “How do you use fashion to make a statement?” Visitors are then able to grab a marker and write their responses on the wall. That is something the CAAM has taken pride in ever since its official opening in 1981, offering a balance between art and history to it’s visitors. The museum has five galleries that rotate twice a year: two art, two history and one permanent collection. CAAM Executive Director George Davis made telling history with a more compelling, multimedia approach one of his objectives since joining the museum in 2015. Davis, who has a background in entertainment and broadcasting and received his MBA from USC in 1996, wanted to make the content more alluring to younger audience members. “We try to find topics that are compelling, whether it’s about the elections this year, or census, or some hashtag movements or there’s a big issue with African American women about natural hair, also dealing with people’s health,” Davis said. “So we might do yoga or we might do dance. We do a lot of non-traditional type public programs that we feel really tie us and even further bond with our audience.” “When I was deciding on if I wanted to go to USC, that was one of the places that I went to that kind of helped me with my decision,” Hill said. “I just thought [it] was so cool that it’s free for the community to just go to the museum, and it’s just right across from the school.” (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) And that is exactly what the CAAM does — it brings people from all walks of life together to experience unapologetic Black culture. One of Reyes’ most memorable experiences at the CAAM was the opportunity to organize an event with her writing class to bring formerly incarcerated men to a Visions and Voices event held at the museum. The event, titled “Jails and Justice: Rethinking Public Safety through the Arts,” discussed the rhetoric of incarceration and racism in the United States. “[The event] was just such a safe space,” Reyes said. “And just having the USC community, the activist community and the regular South Central community interact in that place — it was priceless, and I will remember that forever.” The CAAM hosts other educational programs similar to “Jails and Justice” year-round. The programs are often tied to the current exhibits that the CAAM changes twice a year. The words “free admission” are printed in large font near the opening doors, letting everyone who passes by know one thing: The cultural content inside the museum is accessible to all. Apart from the exhibits and programs, a visitor never knows who they might see at the museum. Hill saw Timothy Washington, the artist behind the mixed-media piece “Citizen/Ship,” during a work shift. As the CAAM sets out to accomplish this mission, its passion and dedication leave visitors with three vital gifts: art, history and culture. To do this, the museum worked on a rebranding process that would make the institution more welcoming and relevant to youth. As soon as a visitor steps through the doorway of the “Cross Colours” exhibit, they are greeted by throwback tunes and more color than an art palette. The apparel is placed all throughout the room, as well as visuals and interactive elements for visitors. Hill hopes students will have learned something once they leave the museum. The museum is evolving its storytelling by displaying more contemporary art exhibits featuring younger artists, more visuals and videos in order to illuminate the rich history of the Black Californian community.