Peer-Reviewed Scientific Video Journals

In a world that the rate of technological and social change accelerates frighteningly, change itself often seems to be the only constant. The time has come and gone where the papers acquisitions can be based solely on printed copies, due to the online-publication. First the pdf-files appear, followed by the posterior audioslides. Now a new approach has arrived based on videos: you submit the manuscript, and the journal produce the video.

This is the case of JoVE. JoVe publishes scientific methods video articles that are peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed, and being cited in many top journals including Nature, Science and Cell. This new video-journal has received its first Impact Factor–1.325–indexed in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports. JoVE includes:

  • 80 new video articles published every month
  • 4,000+ video articles with 16,000+ authors published since 2006
  • 900+ subscribing institutions
  • 6,000,000+ users per year
  • Video production conducted by JoVE filming crews in 20 countries around the world

Examples of JoVE video articles from labs at MIT, HarvardYale, Stanford, Princeton and Caltech can show leading scientists communicate their research in the most innovative format.

As a result, universities are acquiring usage rights to JoVE (video)articles, e.g. the Univiersity of Arkansas Libraries. Technology has been a force in the development of civilization, all the more so as its link with science has been forged. In the broadest sense, video-papers could extend our abilities to change the world: to cut, shape, or put together ideas; to move things from one place to another; to reach farther with our hands, voices, and senses. Are you ready to be the actor/actress of your dreams?

“Fireproof” trees to prevent the spread of wildfires

The cypress trees shown in image resisted a fire that had devastated 20,000 hectares around Andilla (Spain) in July 2012. All around the 9,000-m2 area of cypresses, including pine, oak, holm oak, juniper and gorse trees; had been consumed by the flames, whereas, only 12 cyppresses burnt (1.26% out of more than 940 of mediterranean cyppresses in total).

After three years of research, a study about the use of cypresses as a screen against fire was published in the Journal of Environmental Management.*
The high resistance of the cypresses to ignition has raised the possibility of using this species in fighting forest fires. Especially noteworthy is the behaviour of the tops of the trees which, despite the fact that the trees are packed close together, the fire did not advance through the higher branches and on the top of that, the flames barely caused the drying out.

“La naturaleza tiene la respuesta a muchos de los problemas que enfrentamos” B. Moya.

* Della Rocca, G; Hernando, C; Madrigal, J; Danti, R; Moya, J; Guijarro, M; Pecchioli, A; Moya, B. 2015. Possible land management uses of common cypress to reduce wildfire initiation risk: a laboratory study.
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Vol: 159, 68-77 pp, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.05.020
Published: AUG 15 2015

UNEP internships

 
Students from a wide range of disciplines are able to apply, and depending on qualifications, are selected for internships that relate either to the organization’s strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. Internships afford you the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.
Requirements
  • The applicant MUST be in his/her third or fourth year of under-graduate (BA/BSc.) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme, and must continue to be enrolled during the period of the internship and after.
  • Willingness to intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week for a period of not less than THREE MONTHS and not exceeding SIX MONTHS.
  • Send a letter of endorsement from his/her educational institution, attesting to the fact that he/she is currently a registered student and will continue to be enrolled for the envisaged period of the internship. A letter from any one of the following personnel is suggested:
    • Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty
    • Registrar
    • Placement Office
  • Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of any other UN language (French or Spanish) is an advantage
http://www.unep.org/vacancies/default.asp?vac_level=Interns

What to do when you don’t know what studies to choose

Have you ever, or are you asking yourself about what studies you should choose from the millions that are offered in the World? Below you can find some tips that may help you get started, clarify concepts and reduce uncertainties.

1. Whenever you can, visit the centres, “spy” the people and infrastructures around, develop the situational awareness.

2. Ask for information and request an appointment with the organizers or tutors of the courses. Prepare these meetings in advance with all the questions that come into your mind focusing on finding out more about, not only the programmes, but also the lecturers. Go to the information sessions and the education fairs. Do not believe the myths, only the facts. Read carefully all the courses details in the curricula, webpages, leaflets and any document that you have compiled.

3. Analyze pros and cons for each course and give special weigh to both: those topics that you most like and the work opportunities that you have more chance of obtaining. It simply means letting go and being yourself, being free to trust your instinct and follow your passions. Life is too short and hard to do things that you do not love or that you cannot make a living from them.

4. It can be importat to include the Environment aspects in the previous point: public transportation, cost of living, support networks and workmates, distance from home-land, gender distribution, accommodation, countryside, communication, cultural shock, climate, friends, local industries. In fact, you can do this research during the first item above.

5. If you are confused, think about your friends and talk to people that have passed through the same some time ago. Again, do not believe the myths.

6. Still in doubt? Make a spreadsheet, fill it with a quantitative scale and the highest score could be your answer.


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Remunerated PhD positions

  1. PhD position No. 11 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Linking flow, biogeochemical cycling and micropollutant transformation
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015
  2. PhD position No. 5 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Coupled reactive transport modelling of hyporheic zone processes
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015
  3. PhD position with a focus on large-scale surface water-groundwater exchange
    Country:SWEDEN | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 08/01/2015
  4. PhD position in atmospheric chemistry
    Country:FRANCE | Organisation: The Opal-Coast University | Research fields: Chemistry, Environmental science | Application deadline: 31/01/2015
  5. PhD position No. 4 in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN HypoTRAIN: Biogeochemical processing along hyporheic flow paths
    Country:GERMANY | Organisation: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. | Research fields: Environmental science |Application deadline: 15/05/2015

10 doctoral fellowships in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Natural Sciences

SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 10 doctoral fellowships to begin on April 1st, 2015. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.

Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from October 14th until November 16th, 2014. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de