NEW LOGO for CIEE/ICEE!

A logo is a chief visual component of an Institution’s overall identity. Thus, we would greatly appreciate your help to choose the best logo from the five alternatives enclosed below.

Please give us your opinnion by voting online here: CIEE/ICEE Logo Poll.

These final logo’s options are variations of two main concepts: 1. a ‘triple-loop’ concept which represent the three CIEE’s domains (ecology, evolution and the environment), with two intertwined stands-double helix that conveys the idea of DNA/evolutionary biology; and 2. a ‘maple leaf’ concept with the stem leaf that represent the I, and a blend of ecology and evolution ideas with a natural leaf venation on a half of the leaf, and a simile of a cladogram on the other half. These concepts were developed by Tegan Mierle, designer of Pilot Interactive Inc., by following numerous feed-backs with the CIEE's Direction and Board Members.

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New Thematic Programs!

We are pleased to report that three new Thematic Working group proposals have been selected for funding by CIEE, including:


1. “Canada’s phylogenetic diversity in a changing world”. Main applicants:  Dr. Jana Vamosi and Dr. Jeremy Kerr. Awarded Grant $12,200 CAD;


2. “The terra incognita of community ecology: understanding continental-scale variation of ecological networks”. Main applicants: Dr. Timothée Poisot, Pr. Dominique Gravel and Dr. Daniel Stouffer. Awarded Grant: $14,400 CAD, and;


3. “Forecasting groundfish biodiversity change in the Newfoundland shelf”. Main applicants:  Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, Dr. Fred Guichard, MSc. Patrick Thompson, and MSc. Eric Pedersen. Awarded Grant: $6,120 CAD.

Congratulations to all the participants!

We had a remarkable response to our Call for Proposals in July 2013 and received ten competitive applications ranging from across the entire country.  Despite the timing of the Call in mid-summer, the quality of applications was exceptional!

The selection process was careful and comprehensive with each proposal receiving 5-6 independent reviews.  We take this opportunity to extend especial thanks the members of CIEE’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), including Marc Cadotte (U. Toronto), Jeffrey Hutchings (Dalhousie Univ), Sue Bertram (Carleton Univ.), Dennis Murray (Trent Univ.), Denis Réale (UQAM) and Bradley Anholt (U. Victoria) for their outstanding work in the review process.

In general, scientific excellence and likelihood of success were the main general criteria for evaluation, although consideration was also made for the degree to which proposals helped CIEE demonstrate broader benefits to Canada, fiscal responsibility, and benefits to sustaining member organizations. Specifically the criteria for evaluations were:
1. Project rationale: scientific significance of the questions (novel insights?), likelihood to advance understanding in Ecology, Evolution or Environmental issues, evidence of novel synthesis, evidence of benefit to Canadian environmental and economic well being
2. Project description: clarity of objectives, outcomes, work plan, meeting schedule.
3. Expertise of applicants and participants (from CVs/NSERC forms). This evaluation also evaluated evidence of participant diversity (institution, career stage, gender).
4. Potential for defined scientific products, including refereed publications.
5. Budget adequacy and feasibility (complete estimates and coherent justification).

Each reviewer provided written summaries of the relative merits of each proposal, and were asked to rank all proposals to each criterion on the same absolute scale (1-10). Relative rankings were synthesized to achieve a final recommendation for funding.  After awarded applicants effectively responded to reviewers’ feedbacks and addressed critical comments from the CIEE Director and Assistant Director, Funding Agreements between parts (CIEE and grantees) were developed.  These formal agreements extensively describe rights and responsibilities by the parts, allowing a clear and organized use and control of funding.

We encourage you to participate in future CIEE programs.  In this regard, we anticipate a new Call for Proposals to be issued during Fall of 2014.  Details of upcoming programs and activities will be posted on this website.
 


 

Training Workshop and Graduate Short Course

R Workshop. May 25, 2014

In conjunction with McGill University, a sustaining member of CIEE, we will be funding a dedicated workshop on ecological applications of R statistics.  The workshop will be offered in conjunction with the CSEE Genomes to/aux Biomes meeting in Montreal on May 25th, 2014.This workshop is being organized by Etienne Low-Décarie of McGill University and the “Montreal R User Group”, and is intended as in introduction to the use of R for Eco-Evo scientists.  By the end of the workshop, all users will be able to load their data into R, produce a beautiful plot and will be completely addicted to using their new R super powers. The workshop will consist of three 2-3 hours segments: 1) why R and getting started in R 2) getting data into R 3) plotting your data using ggplot2. The workshop focuses on hands on experience and there will be time to interact with your data with R.  It is presented by the “Zero to R Hero” team. Priority will be given to attendees at the full-week R course described below. For registration, please visit http://www.meetup.com/Montreal-R-User-Group/events/154614852/

 

Graduate Courses

We anticipate offering two graduate courses in our Synthesys Centre at the University of Regina:

1. a week-long intensive course in R-based statistics to be offered by Dr. Gavin Simpson, principal programmer for the R Vegan package. This workshop will follow the cost-sharing model used in our recent workshop on Ecological Applications of Stable Isotope Technology, hosted at CIEE headquarters within the Institute of Environmental Change and Society on the University of Regina Main Campus, in which tuition, food and lodging are provided by CIEE, while participants provide transportation costs.

2. a course in environmental ‘Omics’ (proteomics, genomics) conducted by Dr. Tzu-Chiao Chao and other Canadian researchers of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS),

 

Finally, we will host one of the new CIEE’s Thematic Working Groups to investigate Canada’s phylogenetic diversity in a changing world in summer 2014.  During the meeting, the working group will assess predictive species modeling and phylogenetic community ecology with the common goal of understanding how phylogenetic diversity is changing across Canada, while testing how evolutionary processes shape species’ range responses to climate change.