AI and Biological and/or Cultural Diversity Past and PresentThe University of Florida (UF) is embarking on a campus-widestrategic initiative to hire clusters of faculty with expertise inArtificial Intelligence (AI). As part of this initiative, theFlorida Museum ofNatural History (FLMNH) is seeking qualified applicants withinnovative research interests and experience for a 12-month,tenure-track faculty position specializing in AI applications forunderstanding biological and/or cultural diversity. This positionwill be filled at the Assistant or Associate faculty level in theFLMNHDepartment of Natural History .The FLMNH, a college-level unit within UF, is a vibrant communityof about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UFundergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchassociates, and museum collections, education, and administrativesupport staff. As the official state museum of Florida, our coremission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts,award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emergingvirtual and digital engagement. The FLMNH Department of NaturalHistory’s research and collections programs are world class andattract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropicsupport.The FLMNH enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of the 16 UFcolleges, including those of potential relevance to this newfaculty position: Agricultural and Life Sciences (Institute of Foodand Agricultural Sciences), Education, Engineering, Journalism andCommunications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Thisposition requires a strong commitment to university education,museum-based research, and outreach. Interactions with alliedacademic departments include affiliate professorship status withresponsibility for supervision of graduate students and teaching atleast one formal course per year. Interdisciplinary UF institutes,such as the Informatics Institute, Biodiversity Institute, andGenetics Institute, offer additional opportunities forcollaboration.We seek to strengthen FLMNH’s global leadership role inbiodiversity informatics by hiring a creative, interdisciplinaryscholar whose research and teaching focus on innovative approachesusing machine learning (ML) and computer vision, as applied tonatural history data sources. This position is part of amulti-college cluster hire under the theme of AI and the Resilientand Built Environment. We invite candidates who ask and answerquestions about changes in biological and/or cultural diversitythrough space and time and whose interests include working withburgeoning media and information generated from natural historydatasets, community scientists, and in-situ and remote sensors.Possible data sources include 2D and 3D images, audio and video,and genetic data from the domains of biodiversity, paleontology,and archaeology. Preferred candidates will have a strong foundationin statistical ML, deep-learning, and working in scalable computingenvironments. We especially encourage applications from candidateswho contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and excellence of theacademic community and who have experience working with underservedand/or underrepresented student populations. FLMNH has madestrategic investments in biodiversity informatics and is a nationaland international leader in this area. Its leadership position isfurther enhanced by iDigBio, the national hub for digitization ofnatural history specimens, and multiple funded infrastructureprojects in imaging and media creation. The successful candidatewill join other FLMNH faculty who are currently using [email protected] include a Ph.D., or equivalent, in biology,anthropology, geography, engineering, computer science, or otherrelevant discipline.Interested applicants must apply online at https://account.interfolio.com/login?apply=82273. Applicants must submit (1) cover letter; (2) full CV, includinglist of peer-reviewed publications and grants received; (3)research statement; (4) education and outreach statement; (5)statement describing the applicant’s contributions to diversity,equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, or service; and(6) names and email addresses of a minimum of 3 professionalreferences (do not send letters). For more information, pleasevisit FLMNHDepartment of Natural History .Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, andwill continue until the position is filled.The final 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 to Student”is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outsideof the United States must be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Pam Soltis,Search Chair, psoltis (at) flmnh.ufl.edu.The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to applyfor this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida RelaySystem at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibilityto work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance withFlorida’s Sunshine Law.The 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.
Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall didn’t hesitate at all.When asked the difference between Syracuse’s play on offense in the first half and the second half, they responded simultaneously.‘Finishing.’After a difficult first half in which the Orange struggled to capitalize on its numerous second chance opportunities, Syracuse (3-0) came out with a different mentality and cruised to a 74-54 victory over Lafayette (0-3) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange shot 43 percent from the field in the second half after a first half in which SU was a cold 32 percent, including an 0-of-6 from 3-point range. But 11 offensive rebounds in a 20-point, 17-rebound night from Alexander helped Syracuse pull away eventually.Early on, it was evident that SU was going to struggle to score points inside. In an attempt to combat a Lafayette starting lineup that featured two players taller than 6 feet, 3 inches, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman inserted 6-foot-3 center Shakeya Leary into the starting lineup to match that height.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut less than two minutes into the first half, dealing with Lafayette’s size was still a challenge for SU. After Alexander gathered a missed jumper, Lafayette forward Ashley Springer swung over to the cover her along with 6-foot-7 center Danielle Fiacco and latched onto the ball as Alexander attempted a putback.The call was a jump ball and the Leopards took possession.The height and strength in the Lafayette frontcourt stifled the Orange for much of the first half. Despite SU dominating both the offensive and defensive boards, the Leopards altered shots, forced numerous jump balls and limited the Orange to just 11 second-chance points in the first half.‘We definitely had to battle, be more physical and try to shoot over them and not back away from them,’ Alexander said. ‘A few times I was told I was going away and I had to keep going towards the pressure and I think all of us did that.’Syracuse never led by more than eight points in the first half. Even with all the offensive rebounds and follows inside, the Orange only shot eight free throws and led 31-30 at the break.But all that changed in the second half.Thirty-one seconds into the second half, SU guard Phylesha Bullard stole the ball and rushed up court for a fast-break layup. Although she missed the initial layup attempt, Hall trailed the play and finished for SU.On SU’s next offensive possession, Tyson-Thomas gathered a loose ball and missed a short jumper. But Leary caught the rebound about 10 feet from the rim and nailed a jumper to push SU’s lead to 38-30.‘We came out really good in the second half,’ Hillsman said. ‘I can’t really take credit for that second half because I really went in the locker room and said four or five things that I saw and I walked out and said, ‘You guys got to figure this out.”Six of the Orange’s opening nine points in the second half were a result of taking advantage of offensive rebounds. Alexander grabbed six offensive rebounds in the second half and added 11 points in the final 20 minutes to pace the Orange.The Orange’s strength on the glass began to wear down Lafayette and Syracuse began to draw fouls underneath the basket. Syracuse drew Lafayette’s seventh foul with 14:38 remaining in the second half, and the Orange got to the line for 16 free throws.With SU pulling away, about midway through the first half, Tyson-Thomas missed a turnaround jumper, but she followed her shot. She darted to the basket, following with a left-handed layup to put SU on top 57-37, its largest lead of the game to that point.The missed second-chance opportunities that plagued SU in the first half began to fall, and the Orange built a comfortable lead in the second half.‘In the first half we were getting the ball, we were getting second chance (shots) but we weren’t making them, it was the finish,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We went in the locker room, coach told us some things and we came out and we started finishing.’[email protected] Published on November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments